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Ivanovic continues big run at grass tourney

BIRMINGHAM, England — Ana Ivanovic, the former world No. 1, reached her first ever final on grass at the Aegon Classic, a Wimbledon warmup, by beating Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-2 Saturday. Ivanovic, now No. 13, described the prospect of winning the tournament as a "dream."

The 26-year-old Serb recovered after falling behind 0-2 in the first set. Zhang, 25, of China was playing only her second grass tournament.

"On grass, it can slip away really fast," Ivanovic said. "So I was a little worried at the start."

Today, Ivanovic faces No. 62 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who also reached her first grass final. The Czech waited out two rain delays to beat Casey Dellacqua 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

Gerry Weber Open: Roger Federer had 10 aces to beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and reach the final in Halle, Germany. Federer, 45-5 with six titles in the event, rallied from down 4-2 in the tiebreaker. He faces Alejandro Falla, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to become the first Colombian to reach the final of a grass event.

Queen's Club: Grigor Dimitrov upset Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final in London. He faces Feliciano Lopez, who beat Radek Stepanek 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. At No. 13, Dimitrov, 23, is the youngest player ranked in the top 20.


Rider dies from fall during competition

German rider Benjamin Winter died during an event in Luhmuehlen, Germany. Winter, 25, considered a top prospect, sustained head injuries when he fell from his horse at an obstacle on the 6,500-meter course. He was wearing an air jacket. Winter completed the course without an error aboard another horse earlier Saturday. "The entire equestrian community is deeply distressed," Ingmar De Vos, secretary general of the international equestrian federation, said in a statement. "The safety and welfare of riders and horses is of prime importance at all events. But sadly, tragic accidents like this do happen." The 10-year-old gelding was uninjured.


Horses: Obviously won the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile for the second straight year at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. He finished in 1 minute, 32.66 seconds and won by 1½ lengths. Joe Talamo also won the $300,000 Vanity Stakes aboard Iotapa, who ran 1⅛ miles in 1:47.64 and won by 101/4 lengths.

Track: Jamaica's Warren Weir won the 200 meters in 19.82 seconds, best in the world in 2014, at the Diamond League event in New York. Countryman Nesta Carter won the 100 in 10.09. Americans Tori Bowie and Tianna Bartoletta won the 100 (11.07) and 200 (22.68), respectively.

Swimming: Grace Van der Byl, 35, of Solana Beach, Calif., won the Manhattan Island Marathon, completing 28.5 miles in 7:14:03.

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Sports in Brief 06/14/14 [Last modified: Saturday, June 14, 2014 9:04pm]
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