Saturday, August 2, 2003

Tennis Notebook

Injured Serena to sit out U.S. Open

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LOS ANGELES - Serena Williams will not defend her U.S. Open title this month after undergoing knee surgery Friday.

The world's top-ranked women's player had surgery to repair a partial tear in the mid-portion of the quadriceps tendon of her left knee. She will be out six to eight weeks and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Dr. Rodney Gabriel, who performed the surgery.

Williams has won six titles in her last seven Grand Slam tournaments.

LEGG MASON CLASSIC: Andy Roddick had to wait nearly two hours to finish a 49-minute match. The No. 2 seed was one point from winning the first set of his 6-1, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Mardy Fish when rain suspended play at Washington.

Roddick will face 10th-seeded Tim Henman, who defeated Paradorn Srichaphan 7-6 (5), 7-5, in today's semifinals. Top-seeded Andre Agassi also advanced, rallying for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over James Blake.

ACURA CLASSIC: Lindsay Davenport looked sharp in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Chanda Rubin and advanced to the semifinals of the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Fourth-seeded Davenport won the last five games of the first set to erase a 3-1 deficit. The nerve problem in her foot that has hampered her for nearly a year has yet to surface this week.

"It's been feeling great this week, she said.

Davenport will face second-seeded Kim Clijsters, who defeated Lisa Raymond 6-2, 6-2, in today's semifinals. The other semifinal will pit No. 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne against unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova.

CINCINNATI MASTERS: The Western & Southern Financial Masters has given its last two wild cards to former winner Thomas Enqvist and rising young American Robby Ginepri.

Enqvist won the 2000 title and has a 19-7 singles record here, the fourth-most victories among active players. He has struggled this season since returning in January from a shoulder injury.

Ginepri, 20, is making his second straight appearance here; he lost in the first round to then-No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt last year. Ginepri's ranking has hit a career high of No. 46, and he won his first ATP Tour event last month in Newport, R.I.

The other two wild cards were earlier awarded to Americans Michael Chang and Todd Martin.

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