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Mauresmo stays hot by beating Clijsters

Published Feb. 22, 2006

Amelie Mauresmo won her third consecutive tournament and moved slightly closer to becoming the top tennis player in the world by beating No. 1 Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Diamond Games.

Despite her 15th consecutive victory, Mauresmo, ranked No. 2 and who also won the Australian Open and Gaz de France, made up minimal ground on Clijsters for the No. 1 spot because the Belgian also made the final.

Mauresmo, who broke for a 4-2 lead in the third, is scheduled to play this week in Dubai while Clijsters will take a week off.

SAP OPEN: Andy Murray beat Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in San Jose, Calif., for his first ATP title. Murray, 18, who beat Andy Roddick in the semifinals, will move into the top 50 for the first time. Hewitt held off two match points with aces in the third but double-faulted in the tiebreaker. John McEnroe, playing his first ATP event since 1994, partnered with Jonas Bjorkman to beat Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 10-7 in the doubles final. It was the 47-year-old's 78th doubles title, lifting his ATP career overall win total to 155.

COPA TELM Carlos Moya beat Filippo Volandri 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the final in Buenos Aires. Down 5-3 in the first, Moya saved a set point and won three consecutive games. He broke to lead 2-1 in the second and lost only two points on his five service games.

OPEN 13: Arnaud Clement beat Mario Ancic 6-4, 6-2 in the final in Marseille, France. Clement, a one-time ball boy at the tournament who beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, got 49 percent of his first serves in.


Derby prep postponed

Oaklawn Park rescheduled the Kentucky Derby prep Southwest Stakes for Thursday because of a frozen track in Hot Springs, Ark. The Pippin Stakes, scheduled for Saturday, also will be Thursday. And the Martha Washington Stakes, scheduled for Sunday, will be Friday.


Donor found for Butcher

Four-time winner Susan Butcher has found a bone marrow donor, her husband said. Butcher is in a Seattle hospital with acute myelogenous leukemia. The match is a 32-year-old woman and the backup a man in his 30s. A transplant is scheduled for early April.


U.S. rips Guatemala

Chris Klein had a goal and two assists to lead the United States, playing without its European-based players, past Guatemala 4-0 in a warmup for the World Cup at Frisco, Texas. He assisted on goals by Ben Olsen, which made it 1-0, and Brian Ching (2-0). And he controlled a ricocheted ball in the 71st minute to make it 4-0. Eddie Johnson also scored.

ITALIAN RECORD: AS Roma beat Empoli 1-0 to tie a Serie A record of 10 wins in a row. Its captain, Francesco Totti, broke his leg on a tackle but is expected back for the June World Cup.


TRACK: Australia reopened an investigation into claims Said Aouita encouraged athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs while its distance coach. Steeplechaser Melissa Rollison renewed claims the 1984 Olympic 5,000-meter champ urged her to take human growth hormone in 2004. An investigation two years ago found no evidence.

CROSS COUNTRY: Ryan Hall won the 12K title in New York. He finished in 34:38, 27 seconds faster than Jorge Torres. Carrie Tollefson won the women's 4K in 12:32, five seconds faster than Lauren Fleshman.

SUPERCROSS: Dade City's Chad Reed held off Ivan Tedesco for his first win of the season late Saturday in St. Louis.

Compiled from Times wires.