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reached the semifinals of the WTA
Finals and sent US Open champion
Flavia Pennetta into retirement by
beating the Italian 7-5, 6-1 yesterday.
The 33-year-old Pennetta, who was
eliminated with the loss, was playing in
her last career tournament after
announcing at the US Open she would
retire at the end of the season.
Agnieszka Radwanska also reached
the semifinals by beating top-seeded
Simona Halep 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Sharapova completed the round-robin
stage 3-0, while Radwanska, Pennetta
and Halep all finished at 1-2. Radwanska
advanced because of more sets won,
with Pennetta having to win at least
one set against Sharapova to reach the
Pennetta led 3-1 in the first set but
Sharapova broke back in the eighth game
and took control.
Sharapova came into the tournament
after being sidelined with a leg injury
since the Wimbledon semifinals. At the
Wuhan Open in China this month, she
retired in her first match back with a
left wrist injury.
"I wanted to try to play a high-quality
three matches," said Sharapova, who
won the WTA Finals in her debut
appearance in 2004. "I m actually a little
bit surprised that I ve been able to win
three matches as physical as some of
those matches were."
Halep reached the final in her first
WTA appearance last year but became
the first player to be eliminated.
"I go home," Halep said. "I go to the
holiday. It s OK. I think I had a good
year this year."
Radwanska trailed 3-1 in the first set
and then 5-1 in the tiebreaker before
turning the match around. In the second
set, Halep saved a break point to hold
serve in the first game but won only
one point in three service games. (AP)
LOS ANGELES---Minnesota s Ricky
Rubio had a career-high 28 points as
the Timberwolves rallied from a 16-
point deficit in the second half to beat
the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 on
Wednesday in their opening game of
the new NBA season.
It was an emotional win for the Tim-
berwolves, coming three days after long-
time coach and team president Flip
Saunders died following a battle with
Hodgkin s lymphoma.
Among other games, Cleveland dom-
inated a misfiring Memphis in the Griz-
zlies home opener, Oklahoma City s
Billy Donovan won on his coaching debut
against San Antonio, and Miami defeated
Minnesota led by nine points with
2:11 left and seemed to have the game
sewn up, but the Lakers finished on a
9-1 run. Lou Williams hit a three-pointer
with 31 seconds left to trim Minnesota s
lead to one point. Minnesota s Kevin
Martin missed a jumper before Williams
missed a leaning four-footer at the
Rubio also had 14 assists and Martin
scored 23 points for the Timberwolves,
while Kobe Bryant scored 24 points in
the first game of his 20th season with
the Lakers, breaking John Stockton s
NBA record for the most seasons with
Cleveland s Kevin Love had 17 points
and 13 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers
to a 106-76 win at Memphis.
Richard Jefferson had 14 points for
Cleveland, which capitalised on Mem-
phis shooting woes, building a double-
digit lead in the first quarter and extend-
ing the margin to 32 in the fourth.
Jefferson shot five of six, including
all three 3-point tries, part of Cleveland
shooting 45 per cent from beyond the
arc.Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol led
the Grizzlies with 12 points apiece.
Oklahoma City s Russell Westbrook
had 33 points and ten assists to lead the
Thunder past San Antonio 112-106.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points in his
first regular-season game since February.
He made just six of 19 field goals, but
hit two critical free throws with 11.5 sec-
onds remaining to put the Thunder in
Enes Kanter had 15 points and 16
rebounds off the bench for the Thun-
der.Miami s Chris Bosh scored 21 points
in his first game since getting sick last
February, and helped the Heat beat
Dwyane Wade added 20 for Miami,
which used a 26-6 run in the second
quarter to take control and beat the
Hornets for the 14th consecutive time
at home. The Heat made 12 of 20 shots
from three-point range.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with
19 points. Los Angeles Paul Pierce
endeared himself to his new teammates
by putting the Clippers ahead for good
with a late jumper that sealed a 111-104
victory over Sacramento.
Griffin had 33 points for Clippers, but
blew a 15-point lead before surviving
for the season-opening win. (AP)
Sharapova, Radwanska reach
semifinals at WTA Finals
past Lakers on
Cavaliers 106, Grizzlies 76
Thunder 112, Spurs 106
Heat 104, Hornets 94
Clippers 111, Kings 104
Bulls 115, Nets 100
Trail Blazers 112, Pelicans 94
Raptors 106, Pacers 99
Mavericks 111, Suns 95
Nuggets 105, Rockets 85
Pistons 92, Jazz 87
Knicks 122, Bucks 97
Celtics 112, 76ers 95
Wizards 88, Magic 87
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