Agassi is dethroned
at Key Biscayne
[BB] KEY BISCAYNE, Florida – Andre Agassi was dethroned after a three-year reign at Key Biscayne but Serena Williams finds her crown still fits perfectly even after an eight-month lay-off. Argentina’s Agustin Calleri hammered 47 winners in a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), triumph against Agassi yesterday at the $8.65 million WTA and ATP Masters Series hardcourt event, ending the 33-year-old American’s 19-match and three-title run in Miami. “I wish somebody would tell me how he hit so well,” Agassi said. “I raised my standard to stay in there. I was lucky to win two games in the first set. The guy was just making me play great tennis and I wasn’t coming up with it.”
Two-time defending women’s champion Williams breezed into the semi-finals by routing 73rd- ranked fellow American Jill Craybas 6-0, 6-1. She faces Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou for a berth in Saturday’s title match.
Rusedski in clear
LONDON – Greg Rusedski will be able to resume his career after the governing body of men’s tennis chose not to appeal against its own tribunal’s decision to clear the Briton of failing a drugs test. “The main thing is that we agreed with Greg to move forward and help him back into the game and we felt it was the right decision at this time,” the ATP’s vice-president of corporate communications David Higdon said yesterday.
SYDNEY – Wallaby prop Patricio Noriega yesterday announced his retirement from rugby union after an international career spanning 13 years and two countries. Noriega, 32, played 24 Tests for the Wallabies after moving to Australia with his young family from Argentina following the 1995 Rugby World Cup having played 25 Tests for the Pumas from his 1991 debut.
Aussies in the money
ORLANDO, Florida – Robert Allenby defeated women’s world No.1 Annika Sorenstam and Stuart Appleby fired a final day low 66 to help their team to victory in the most lucrative interclub golf match in history yesterday. The $2 million, two-day Tavistock Cup battle between Orlando, Florida’s exclusive residential golf course estates Isleworth and Lake Nona featured 10 of the world’s top 50 players. And it proved a worthwhile couple of days for Aussies Allenby, Appleby and Craig Parry, who live at Isleworth as their nine-man team triumphed 14.5 to 9.5 even without celebrated neighbour Tiger Woods. The winning team received $133,000 a player for turning out when they would probably have been practising anyway as the Masters looms next week.
Ronaldo on guard
ASUNCION – Brazilian striker Ronaldo says his team will have to be prepared to make sacrifices to keep intact their unique record of playing at every World Cup. “This is a really difficult competition,” said Ronaldo, who is playing in the South American World Cup qualifiers for the first time. “Our team has always had difficulty qualifying but we have to get over this – if we don’t, we won’t go to the World Cup,” he said yesterday, a day ahead of Brazil’s match against Paraguay. “All the games are difficult but we have to get over the other problems – the travelling, the tiredness, the lack of understanding on the field.”
Ronaldo played for Real Madrid at the weekend, arrived in Asuncion on Monday and will be back in Spain in time for the following weekend.
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