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UMAG---Tommy Robredo won the
Croatia Open yesterday, beating Fabio
Fognini of Italy 6-0, 6-3 for his 12th
career title and second this year.
The Spaniard won the opening set
in only 18 minutes, losing just six points
with Fognini helpless to reverse the rout
from the clay-court baseline.
Fognini broke Robredo twice in the
second set but could only hold serve
"No money can buy this feeling,"
Robredo said. "I played a perfect match,
did a great job. But in matches like this
it is always important to win."
Robredo also won on clay at the
Grand Prix Hassan II in April in
Casablanca, Morocco. Eleven of his 12
titles have been on the surface.
The result halted an impressive run
by Fognini. The Italian captured two
titles in winning 13 straight matches en
route to the Umag final. He won both
tournaments in Germany, in Stuttgart
two weeks ago and Hamburg last Sun-
In the 24-year history of the Croatia
Open, a Spaniard has won 10 times.
Former No. 1 Carlos Moya holds the
record with five victories.
Spain's Tommy Robredo celebrates after defeating Italy's Fabio Fognini in their
ATP Tour Croatia Open final tennis match in Umag, Croatia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
will miss the Rogers Cup tour-
nament due to a hip injury.
The world No 2-ranked Russian
withdrew yesterday saying she
has yet to recover from the injury
she sustained during a second-
round loss to Michelle Larcher
de Brito at this year s Wimble-
Sharapova tumbled several
times during the Wimbledon
match, complaining about court
conditions, taking a medical time-
out and later saying she thought
she strained a hip muscle. She
subsequently withdrew from this
week s Bank of the West Classic
at Stanford University.
The Rogers Cup will take place
Aug. 3-11 at Rexall Centre on York
University campus in Toronto.
The men s tournament takes place
from August 2-11 in Montreal.
GSTAAD---Russia s Mikhail
Youzhny, the world number 33,
secured the Gstaad singles crown
with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Hol-
land s Robin Haase in the final
of the Credit Agricole Suisse
The 31-year-old s 68-minute
victory was his first title success
since February last year.
"I m very happy," said Youzhny,
a former world number eight.
"When you win a tournament,
it doesn t matter how you ve
played or who you beat.
My last title was at the start of
last year in Zagreb, so it s been
"I m trying everything to try
and play more consistently at a
Meanwhile, Great Britain s
Jamie Murray and Australian
partner John Peers claimed their
second ATP doubles title together
with victory in Gstaad.
Murray and Peers overcame
Spaniards Pablo Andujar and
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-
4 in the final of the clay court
They did not drop a set through-
out the competition and their suc-
cess follows up their triumph at
the US Men s Clay Court Cham-
pionship in Houston in April.
Murray, brother of Wimbledon
men s singles champion Andy, said:
"We ve been playing a few months
now, working hard together to try
and get the team as good as we
"We ve had some good results
and we ll keep trying to go for the
SOUTHPORT---German veteran Bern-
hard Langer and Mark Wiebe of the
United States will return today to
decide the winner of the Senior British
Open after darkness stopped a playoff
following two holes at Royal Birkdale.
Langer shot a level-par 70 and Wiebe
a 66 in the final round to be locked at
9-under 271 after 72 holes yesterday.
The players then twice halved the 18th
in par before the conditions became
too dark to continue.
Bidding for his second Senior British
Open title after having won at
Carnoustie in 2010, Langer held a two-
stroke lead over Wiebe when starting
the final hole. But the two-time Masters
champion sent his approach into a
greenside bunker and made a double-
Minutes earlier, Wiebe s birdie putt
at No. 18 pulled up short.
DENHAM---Hall of Famer Kar-
rie Webb rallied to win the
Ladies European Masters yes-
terday, making two eagles in a
7-under 65 for a one-stroke vic-
The 38-year-old Australian,
preparing for the Women s British
Open at St Andrews, had a 16-
under 200 total at Bucking-
hamshire. She has three victories
this season, also winning the
Australian Ladies Masters in Feb-
ruary and the LPGA Tour s
ShopRite LPGA Classic in June.
"I came over here to get some
tournament rounds under my
belt, get some confidence going,
get into the time zone and British
conditions," Webb said. "To win
is just the icing on the cake. I m
very happy with how I played
this week and I got more and
more confident on the course as
the week went on."
Webb eagled the par-5 ninth
and 14th holes.
"I hadn t played the par 5s par-
ticularly well this week," Webb
said. "It s a great boost when
conditions are tough."
South Africa s Ashleigh Simon
was second. She closed with a
69. The Women s British Open
starts Thursday on the Old
Sharapova takes self out of Rogers Cup
Youzhny beats Haase in Swiss Open final
Langer, Wiebe to return
for Senior British playoff
Webb gets home by one stroke
Karrie Webb, of Australia, tees off the second hole during the final
round at the US Women's Open golf tournament at Sebonack Golf Club
in Southampton, NY, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BARCELONA---Errol Clarke of
Barbados has been elected a
bureau member of the Interna-
tional Swimming Federation
Clarke is among seven new
members elected to FINA at its
General Congress on Friday, and
under the presidency of Dr Julio
Maglione of Uruguay, who was
re-elected for a new four-year
The other new members elected
for the period 2013-2017 were Fer-
nando Carpena (Spain), Mohamed
Diop (Senegal), Erik van Heijningen
(Netherlands), Andrey Kryukov
(Kazakhstan), Lino Candido
Lourenço (Angola), and Vladimir
They will join Dimitris Diathes-
sopoulos (Greece), Matthew Dunn
(Australia), Ben Ekumbo (Kenya),
Eugenio Martinez (Cuba), Dr
Margo Mountjoy (Canada), Coara-
cy Nunes Filho (Brazil), Kazuo
Sano (Japan) and Qiuping Zhang
(China), as members on the FINA
Clarke is also President of the
Central American and Caribbean
Amateur Swimming Confederation
The Congress made some slight
changes in the Constitution Rules,
namely approving the creation of
the FINA Ethics Panel.
Concerning General Rules, the
delegates in Barcelona validated
the new relay events in 50m-pool
(mixed 4x100m free and medley)
and 25m-pool (4x50m free and
medley for men and women, and
mixed 4x50m free and medley).
The Congress also approved
new Facilities Rules with the aim
of updating all the diagrams, char-
acteristics and dimensions of facil-
ities used at FINA events. In back-
stroke races, the possibility of using
an adjustable starting platform
"Despite our diversity, we are a
big united Aquatic Family. We have
achieved a lot together, but the
present is already past. We must
move forward, in a path of
progress, development and aiming
always to a better future," said Dr
Barbados' Clarke elected on FINA Bureau
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