Hingis, Kournikova Are No Longer A Team

Posted: January 02, 2001

Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova have split as doubles partners.

Hingis, the world's No. 1 player, said yesterday during the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, that she wants to cut back on her doubles commitments this season. The Swiss star plans to play doubles with Monica Seles in the Australian Open and during a warm-up tournament in Sydney next week.

Hingis and Kournikova won the Australian Open doubles crown in 1999, Kournikova's only Grand Slam victory.

In Hopman Cup action yesterday, Seles returned after a 10-year absence and led the United States to a 3-0 victory over Slovakia in the mixed-teams tournament.

Seles played for Yugoslavia in 1991 and is the first player to represent two countries in this tune-up for the Australian Open.

She beat Karina Habsudova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, and teammate Jan-Michael Gambill defeated Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. In mixed doubles, Seles and Gambill downed Habsudova and Hrbaty, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

The Americans, seeded third, are in Group B with Slovakia, Russia and Belgium.

Russian Marat Safin, ranked No. 2 in the world and the U.S. Open champion, was upset by little-known Belgian Olivier Rochus, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

That gave Belgium the win over Russia in the round-robin event after Kim Clijsters' 6-1, 6-4 win over Elena Likhovtseva. Safin and Likhovtseva teamed for a 6-3, 7-6 (3) doubles victory over Clijsters and Rochus, but the Belgians won, 2-1.

With temperatures reaching 102 degrees in Adelaide, Australia, Christophe Rochus of Belgium beat Andrew Ilie of Australia, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, in the first round of the AAPT Championship.

Jason Stoltenberg of Australia defeated fourth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean of France, 6-3, 6-2.

Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt opens today against Australian Davis Cup teammate Wayne Arthurs.

Sixth-seeded American Meghann Shaughnessy beat Austrian Silvia Plischke, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, in a first-round match of the Australian women's hard-court championships in Gold Coast.

Germany's Marlene Weingartner upset third-seeded Nathalie Dechy of France, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-0, in a first-round match of the ASB Bank Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.

Top seed Sandrine Testud will play her first-round match today against United States qualifier Jill Craybas.

Defending champion Fabrice Santoro of France was beaten in the first round of the Qatar Open in Doha, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), by Gianluca Pozzi, a 35-year-old Italian who is in his 16th season on the ATP Tour.

Colleges

Bobbi Olson, 65, the wife of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson for 47 years, died early yesterday in Tucson surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

Associate head coach Jim Rosborough coached the Wildcats Saturday after Olson took an indefinite leave of absence to spend time with his wife.

Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital after experiencing chest pains.

Majerus, 52, who has a history of heart problems, was admitted to LDS Hospital as a precaution, according to a University of Utah news release. Preliminary tests on his heart were normal, spokesman Mike Lageschulte said.

Rich Trickett, LSU's assistant head coach and offensive-line coach, has taken the same job in his native Morgantown at West Virginia under new coach Rich Rodriguez. He previously coached at the school as an offensive- and defensive-line coach from 1976-79.

Hockey

Pavol Demitra, the second-leading scorer for the St. Louis Blues, will be sidelined three to four weeks with a bruised retina in his right eye after being cut by the blade of a hockey stick during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Phoenix.

Demitra has 38 points. He had 14 goals and 30 points in the last 19 games.

Boxing

Evander Holyfield and Johnny Ruiz will have a rematch of their summer bout on March 3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, though Holyfield may already be looking past that bout.

Holyfield, the World Boxing Association champion, has said only two opponents interest him - Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis. But first he will have to beat Ruiz, 28, in a mandatory rematch for the WBA title.

The 38-year-old Holyfield won the vacant WBA title with a unanimous 12-round decision Aug. 12. Holyfield won by only one point on two ringside scorecards and four points on a third.

Olympic boxing champion Bekzat Sattarkhanov was killed in a New Year's Eve car accident in Kazakstan, police in the Shumkent region said. He was 20.

Sattarkhanov was one of the standout boxers of the Sydney Olympics. He beat Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez of the United States to win the gold medal in the 125-pound class.

Motor sports

Hundreds of vehicles bound for West Africa thundered through Paris in the start of the grueling 2001 Dakar Rally.

The rumbling convoy marked the race's return to Paris for the first time in three years and the resumption of its traditional start from the Eiffel Tower at dawn on New Year's Day. Some 133 motorcycles, 113 cars, 30 race trucks, and 82 support vehicles are heading to Senegal in 20 stages, covering 6,658 miles before the scheduled arrival Jan. 21.

The drivers will travel through France and Spain before crossing the northwestern Sahara desert, taking in Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and Senegal.

Noteworthy

Harry "Fritz" Dorish, one of the first true relief pitchers of the post-World War II era, died Sunday at 79 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Dorish spent 45 years in baseball as a player, coach, and scout. He pitched for 10 years in the American League with Boston, St. Louis, Chicago and Baltimore.

He led the AL in 1952 with 11 saves and was second the next season with 18. The righthander joined the majors in 1947 with Boston. He had a career record of 45-43 and a 3.83 ERA.

Martina Ertl of Germany, second in the World Cup overall standings, suffered a torn ligament in her right knee for the third time during a giant slalom in Semmering, Austria, and might miss skiing's world championships. She faces a layoff of four to six weeks.

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