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Sports in brief: Sharapova defeats Wozniacki

Tennis

Overrule helps sharapova gain sony final

KEY BISCAYNE — Maria Sharapova won a disputed final point after an overrule by the umpire, edging Caroline Woz­niacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Thursday to reach the final at the Sony Ericsson Open.

"Obviously you don't want it to end that way," said Sharapova, who plays No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday's title match. Radwanska beat No. 7 Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2.

Radwanska is 0-4 this year against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and 25-0 against everyone else.

At 40-30, Sharapova's second serve was called long by the linesman for a double fault. Umpire Kader Nouni immediately reversed and ordered the point replayed. TV replays showed the overrule was correct.

Sharapova was awarded two serves, and a big first serve set up an overhead slam for the victory.

Wozniacki, angry about the overrule, declined to shake Nouni's hand and had words with him.

"It was a pretty crucial point," she said.

"It's obviously a tough situation to be in," Sharapova said, "because it's so close to the end of the match, and both of us had fought so hard for over two hours."

Sharapova never has won the tournament that, while she trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy as a youngster, she and her family would make the drive from Bradenton to watch.

"It was pretty much the only tournament I would come as a spectator," she said. "We came every year."

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the men's semifinals, beating No. 5 David Ferrer 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). Tonight, Djokovic faces No. 21 Juan Monaco, who beat the last American, No. 8 Mardy Fish, 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 Rafael Nadal plays No. 4 Andy Murray in the other semifinal.

Swimming

Phelps a winner at odd Grand Prix

Michael Phelps won the 100 butterfly at the Indianapolis Grand Prix after finishing second in the 100 freestyle.

It was a strange night session at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Ryan Lochte, Phelps' biggest rival, failed to qualify for the final heat for both of his events — the 100 free and the 100 fly. The former Gator won both consolation heats with a season-best 49.46 seconds in the 100 free and a career-best 52.32 in the 100 fly.

Despite splitting his trunks at the start of the 100 free, Nathan Adrian held off Phelps to win in 48.62. Phelps was at 48.74.

Dana Vollmer dominated the women's events, winning the 100 free and 100 fly.

et cetera

figure skating: Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won the world title in Nice, France, beating defending champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States 182.65 points to 178.62. Virtue and Moir took the free dance after finishing first in Wednesday's short dance. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France won bronze. After the women's short program, the United States has dim medal prospects. Ashley Wagner is eighth, and Alissa Czisny 16th. Russia's Alena Leonova leads.

skiing: Tommy Ford capture the slalom title at the U.S. championships in Winter Park, Colo., with a combined time of 1 minute, 32.20 seconds.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Sharapova defeats Wozniacki 03/29/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:11am]
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