U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova won the Wismilak International on Sunday, defeating Marlene Weingartner 6-1, 6-4 to reach No. 5 in the WTA rankings.
The Russian took her second straight title, fifth in her career and second in this event.
"It was tough to go all the way through after coming from the U.S. Open," said Kuznetsova, who was seeded second.
She broke serve in the seventh game of the second set and served out against Weingartner, unseeded and in her first tour final.
CHINA OPEN: Marat Safin won his first title in two years, beating Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 in an all-Russian final in Beijing. Safin, a former U.S. Open champion struggling since an injury-plagued 2003, last won at the 2002 Paris Indoors.
MILLENNIUM ITC: Unseeded Ricardo Mello won his first ATP Tour title, beating top seed Vincent Spadea 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in Delray Beach. Mello, who entered ranked 100th, beat the top three seeds.
ROMANIA OPEN: Jose Acasuso routed No. 4 seed Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-0 in Bucharest.
USF improves to 5-0
The South Florida men's soccer team held visiting Alabama A&M to two shots on goal in a 1-0 victory for its fourth consecutive shutout. Hunter West scored in the 58th minute for the Bulls (5-0), who won the USF Invitational.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Kelly Rowland scored to lead FSU (7-1) past Florida International 1-0. Emelie Karlsson scored twice as Barry won 5-0 over Eckerd (0-3). Freshman forward KeLeigh Hudson and junior Jessica Young scored their first collegiate goals to lead Florida (6-1-1) past Cincinnati 4-0.
TENNIS: Nestor Briceno, Martin Stiegwardt, Greg Ouellette, Jordan Dolberg and Stefan Tell won in straight sets for the host Florida men against USF at the Gator Invitational. The UF women won three of five singles matches against Miami and all three doubles matches over Kentucky.
Ruffian race a rout
Sightseekeasily took the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap, winning by 11\ lengths and improving to 5-for-5 at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old mare, who covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.51, will run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park in Texas. In a pair of stakes races for 2-year-olds, Park Avenue Ball was the surprise winner of the Grade II $300,000 Futurity, returning $23.60, $9.30 and $5.20, and odds-on favorite Sense of Style won the Grade I $300,000 Matron for fillies.
WOODBINE: Favorite Soaring Free beat Perfect Soul by a length to win the $1-million Atto Mile on turf. Soaring Free set a stakes record of 1:32.72.
PHU coaches win
Lisa Johnson and Tara Burton, volleyball coaches at Palm Harbor University High, won the Open Division at the Mikasa Florida Championships in Clearwater Beach. Nick Lucena and John Mackey won the men's Open Division.
CYCLING: Santiago Perez of Spain won the mountain time trial in Sierra Nevada at the Spanish Vuelta. Roberto Heras' overall lead was narrowed to five seconds after the 15th stage.
POWERBOATS: Dave Villwock drove Miss Budweiser to victory in the Bill Muncey Cup on Mission Bay in San Diego, the final appearance by the famous red unlimited hydroplane under the sponsorship of Anheuser-Busch. Miss Budweiser had 141 victories and 17 drivers in 42 years.
SOCCER: Real Madrid coach Jose Antonio Camacho announced his resignation after a 1-0 defeat in the Spanish league to Espanyol, the club's second loss in four days.
Compiled from Times wires.