Originally created 08/09/99

Overtime: Hingis wins easily over V. Williams



CARLSBAD, Calif. -- To those wondering if Martina Hingis would regain her game, the Swiss teen-ager provided an emphatic answer with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Venus Williams in the TIG Classic on Sunday.

"That was a great test for me to see where I'm at right now," she said. "I feel like I'm pretty good."

Hingis needed just over an hour to beat the fourth-seeded Williams for her first title since the German Open in May.

"Some people said is she ever going to come back," Hingis said. "This is a good opportunity for me to show here I am again."

Hingis also regained the No. 1 ranking she lost to Lindsay Davenport after Wimbledon, where Hingis was knocked out in the first round. Davenport will drop to No. 2 in the WTA Tour rankings released Monday. Williams remains fourth behind Steffi Graf.

Thomas Johansson overcame a groin injury to win the du Maurier Open men's tennis championship with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 upset over third-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia on Sunday in Montreal.

Johansson, the 11th seed, became the first player in eight years to win the du Maurier in his first appearance at the event, also known as the Canadian Open. Andrei Chesnokov of Russia did it in 1991.

Unseeded Czech Denisa Chladkova led fourth-seeded Maria Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo of Spain 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 Sunday when rain halted play in the Sanex Trophy tennis tournament title match in Knokke, Belgium. The final will be completed today.

Sixth-seeded Younes El Aynaoui of Morocco easily defeated Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta 6-0, 6-3 Sunday in a shortened final of the Grolsch Open tennis tournament in Amsterdam.

SWIMMING:

The results of the Atlantic City Ocean Marathon Swim are in doubt after swimming's international governing body voted Sunday to uphold the suspensions of the winner and third-place finisher.

The doping panel of FINA voted to uphold the suspensions of David Meca-Medina and Igor Majcen of Slovenia, race director Sid Cassidy said.

The international swimming federation temporarily suspended Meca-Medina and Majcen in May, saying both tested positive for the steroid nandrolone during the Jan. 31 World Cup event in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. FINA issued a letter Aug. 2 temporarily staying the suspensions and allowing the swimmers to compete in Atlantic City.

OLYMPICS:

A ban on American and Japanese marching band members performing at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony will be reversed this week, Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Monday.

Under a plan devised by Olympic officials, the bands' contractor -- American-based World Projects Corporation -- also would be offered a substantial sum to cover legal costs, the newspaper said.

The paper reports the Sydney organizing committee will be asked to approve a new international band comprising "hundreds" more Australians and more players from other nations.

The Americans and Japanese would be offered no less than the seven minutes they were originally promised in the Sept. 15, 2000 opening ceremony.

HORSE RACING:

Trainer Elliott Walden made all the right decisions and Menifee did the rest, roaring down the stretch to win the $1 million Haskell Invitation Sunday by a half-length at Monmouth Park.

Walden, who is on a roll with victories in the Whitney, Haskell and Jim Dandy in the last week, scratched Ecton Park from the Haskell Friday and in favor of the Jim Dandy at Saratoga Sunday, which he won easily.

Meanwhile, Menifee who went off as the 3-2 favorite, stalked Forestry and Cat Thief from the halfway mark. Then Menifee, ridden by Pat Day, rushed past his two rivals to win in 1:48.6.