Monday, March 06, 2006

Mauresmo misses out

Amélie Mauresmo failed to regain the world No1 spot when Nadia Petrova beat her 6-3, 7-5 in the Qatar Open final. Mauresmo, winner of three tournaments this year, could have overtaken Kim Clijsters, who was inactive through injury last week, in today's WTA rankings if she had beaten the Russian.

Petrova, the No2 seed and world No8, won on her first match point after 1¾ hours for her second career title. The Russian won $95,000 (£54,000) and a Harley Davidson while Mauresmo picked up $51,000.

"I am absolutely delighted with my effort," Petrova said after lifting her second career WTA Tour title. "I played my best match here today against probably the best player of the tournament."

It was the fourth successive Russian victory in Doha after Anastasia Myskina in 2003 and 2004 and Maria Sharapova last year.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Ai Sugiyama of Japan won the doubles 6-4, 6-4 against China's Ti Ling and Tiantian Sun.


Richard Jago in Dubai
Monday March 6, 2006
The Guardian


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