Hewitt, Molik win at Sydney International

Associated Press

Sydney, January 15:

Lleyton Hewitt recovered from a first-set lapse that allowed Ivo Minar to win five straight games before beating the Czech qualifier 7-5, 6-0 in the Sydney International final. It was Hewitt’s fourth Sydney title — he won previously in 2000, 2001 and 2004 — and his 20th straight match victory here.

In the all-Australian women’s final, sixth-seeded Alicia Molik beat Samantha Stosur 6-7, 6-4, 7-5. Stosur benefited from walkover wins in her two previous matches. Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport pulled out with bronchitis against Stosur in the quarter-finals and on Friday third-seeded Elena Dementieva had heat sickness.

Hewitt quickly moved out to a 5-0 lead, and when Minar won his first game to make it 5-1 — saving a set point in the process — the centre-court crowd gave him a loud ovation.

That seemed to inspire Minar, who broke Hewitt in the next game and held, then did the same again to even the set.

Hewitt held to go up 6-5 before breaking Minar in the next game, taking the opener on his third set point when a Minar return went long. In the men’s double final, Todd Woodbridge of Australia and Mahesh Bhupathi of India beat Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra of France, 6-3, 6-3.

Kooyong Classic


Roger Federer confirmed his No 1 ranking with a 6-4, 7-5 win over second-ranked Andy Roddick in the final of the Kooyong Classic. In a playoff for third, Andre Agassi lost to Tim Henman 6-3, 6-7, 7-5. Federer won 11 titles last season including three majors.

Canberra Classic


Serbia-Montenegran teenager Ana Ivanovic won her first WTA Tour title with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Melinda Czink at the Canberra Classic. The 17-year-old Ivanovic beat the Hungarian in the first tour final between a lucky loser and the player who beat them in qualifying. In the doubles final, Tathiana Garbin of Italy and Tina Krizan of Slovenia beat Czech Gabriela Navratilova and Michaela Pastikova 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

Heineken Open


Fifth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile beat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-4, 6-2 to win the Heineken Open tennis tournament. Gonzalez used a powerful serve to overwhelm his unseeded rival, claiming his fifth ATP title. The hard-hitting Chilean conceded only seven points on serve in the first set and four in the second, winning the championship in 75 minutes.