Originally created 06/19/00

Overtime: Sampras loses in straight sets

Six-time champion Pete Sampras will not go into Wimbledon off a victory. Instead, he thinks Australian teen-ager Lleyton Hewitt is capable of winning the Grand Slam event.

Hewitt upset Sampras 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to win the Queen's Club tournament in London, the major men's warmup for Wimbledon.

Sampras looked flat and failed to generate the extra speed or accuracy on either his serve or volleys. He also failed to earn a single break point after breaking Hewitt's serve in the second game, and had no answer for the stream of screaming winners down the line.

"He's going to be a threat at Wimbledon," Sampras said. "He's definitely a contender. The way he played today, there's no reason he can't do well there. Winning it might take a few years, but if he gets his game going and serves like that and returns like that, he's going to be tough to beat."

Lisa Raymond, in a strong sign she is ready for Wimbledon, defeated Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4 Sunday to win the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England. The sixth-seeded American reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last season -- the third time she's gone that far.

In other tennis finals, Sweden's Mikael Pernfors, a former University of Georgia player, completed his domination of the LastMinuteTravel.com Masters senior tennis tournament Sunday, beating Frenchman Henri Leconte 6-2, 6-2 for the title in New York. Pernfors earned $100,000 for winning the first professional tennis tournament in Central Park. ... Iroda Tulyaganova became the first player from Uzbekistan to win a Women's Tennis Association title, beating Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Sunday in the Tashkent Open. Tulyaganova, a 1999 Wimbledon junior champion, is ranked 160th on the women's tour.


Brazilian Helio Castroneves earned his first CART victory, beating Italian Max Papis by 4.415 seconds in the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit on Sunday.

Castroneves, the seventh different winner in seven FedEx championship races this season, took the lead when pole-sitter Juan Montoya, the Indianapolis 500 winner, went out with a broken driveshaft on the 62nd lap of the 84-lap race and steadily pulled away over the 2.3-mile, 14-turn road course.

Eddie Cheever Jr. earned his fourth career IRL victory and the first for an Infiniti engine, taking the lead on lap 172 and crossing the finish line on a caution flag Sunday in the Radisson 200 in Fountain, Colo. Cheever also took over the season points lead from Buddy Lazier, who blew an engine on the first lap.


Guatemala routed Antigua and Barbuda 8-1 Sunday and will open the semifinals of regional qualifying for the 2002 World Cup against the United States next month. The U.S. opener at Guatemala is tentatively set for July 16.

England might face expulsion from the European Championships if its fans persist in violence, European soccer's ruling body said Sunday.

"UEFA will have to consider the future presence of the English team if there is any more violence," said Gerard Aigner, chief executive of UEFA, referring to Saturday's outbreak after England defeated Germany 1-0.

Asked if England could be kicked out, UEFA president Lennart Johansson said: "That shouldn't be excluded."

Meanwhile, Spain recovered from a blunder in an opening game loss in the European Championships by defeating Slovenia 2-1, In another game, Yugoslavia defeated Norway 1-0.


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