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NEWPORT---Amelie Mauresmo is
slated to experience two very mem-
orable moments in just a few short
She was inducted into the Inter-
national Tennis Hall of Fame on Sat-
urday but unable to travel to the cer-
emony because she s expecting her
first child in early August.
Joining the 36-year-old French-
woman were David Hall of Australia,
a six-time Paralympic medalist, and
Nancy Jeffett, elected in the con-
"Amelie will be here next year,
but we want to celebrate her this
year," 1987 Hall of Famer Stan Smith
told to the crowd.
Mauresmo, who is now Andy
Murray s coach, won the Australian
Open and Wimbledon in 2006 and
spent 39 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA
She won 25 singles titles and was
a silver medalist at the 2004 Athens
Under mostly cloudy skies on
Newport s grass courts, Mauresmo
was enshrined during a 75-minute
ceremony that included a presen-
tation of a gold Hall of Fame ring to
Billie Jean King.
"This is wonderful to be here to
share this moment with all of you,"
said King, inducted in 1987.
Jeffett, 87, was honored for her
50 years in the sport.
"Nancy Jeffett has been such a
force, particularly in women s tennis,"
Jeffett was presented by 2002 Hall
of Famer Pam Shriver.
"This has been a real love of the
game that has brought me to this
moment," Jeffett said in a short
When he was 16, Hall was struck
legs amputated. He is the fourth
wheelchair player to be inducted.
"Through the early days after my
accident, tennis was like a long lost
friend that would come back to me,"
the 45-year-old said.
Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wim-
bledon champion, also attended the
ceremony that was held before the
semifinal matches of the Hall of
Fame Tennis Championships.
Murray puts Britain in semifinals
LONDON---Andy Murray came from a set down
to beat France's Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-
0 yesterday and put Britain into the Davis Cup
semifinals for the first time in 34 years.
Murray, who won his opening singles on Friday
and then teamed up with his brother Jamie to
win Saturday's doubles, gave Britain an
unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series on
grass at the Queen's Club. The final scheduled
match between James Ward and France's Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga was not played.
Britain's first World Group semifinal since 1981
will be at home against Australia on Sept. 18-20.
Murray wrapped up victory when a Simon
backhand flew wide and the Scot could hardly
hold back the tears as he leapt about the court
with the Union Jack flag in hand, before
embracing team captain Leon Smith.
Hewitt, Groth restore Aussie pride
It took two replacement players, including
Davis Cup stalwart Lleyton Hewitt, to help
restore some pride to Australian tennis.
Facing a 2-0 deficit after dropping the opening
singles matches on Friday, Australia came back
to win its Davis Cup quarterfinal on grass in the
tropical northern city of Darwin yesterday when
Sam Groth and Hewitt won their matches in the
Hewitt clinched the quarterfinal with a stirring
7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-3 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov.
He fell on to his back when Nedovyesov's
forehand went long and teammates Nick Kyrgios
and Thanasi Kokkinakis---who were both
replaced in the reverse singles after losing their
matches Friday---ran onto the court to hug him
before he went to the net to shake hands with
his Kazakh opponent.
Groth and the 34-year-old Hewitt, who said he
plans to retire after next January's Australian
Open, won their doubles match Saturday to keep
Australia will now face Britain, which beat
France in London, in September's semifinals.
Belgium sweeps Canada 5-0
OSTEND---Belgium completed a 5-0 sweep of
its Davis Cup quarterfinal against Canada on
Sunday with victories in the reverse singles.
Kimmer Coppejans rallied to beat Frank
Dancevic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and Steve Darcis then
defeated Filip Peliwo 6-4, 6-3 in the World Group
Belgium reached its first semifinals since 1999
on Saturday, clinching a 3-0 insurmountable lead
on clay in Ostend.
Canada wasn't expected to fare well after
arriving without injured top-30 players Milos
Raonic and Vasek Pospisil.
Belgium hosts four-time runner-up Argentina
in the semifinals in September.
Mauresmo inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame
Amelie Mauresmo...expecting her
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