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LONDON---Disgraced sprinter Ben
Johnson is the face of a new anti-dop-
The Canadian was stripped of his
Olympic gold medal and world record
in the 100 metres at the 1988 Seoul
Games after testing positive for
steroids. After a two-year suspension,
he received a lifetime ban in 1993 for a
second positive doping test.
Now he is promoting an anti-doping
campaign, Pure Sport, which has been
launched by a sportswear company.
The campaign's backers say John-
son will ask sports fans to sign a peti-
tion demanding action to "improve the
waning credibility of world sport,"
while demanding a truth-and-reconcili-
ation process across sport.
Johnson will take his message to
the Olympic Stadium in Seoul on Sep-
tember 24 --- the 25th anniversary of
the race where his reputation was
Ben Johnson promotes new anti-doping campaign
NEW YORK---Sara Errani s eyes filled with tears
when describing how she felt during her 6-3, 6-
1 loss at the US Open to fellow Italian Flavia Pen-
netta in one of the biggest upset so far at the
year s final Grand Slam tournament
"I don t want to play. I don t want to stay out
there on the court," the fourth-seeded Errani said.
Much more used to the pressure is top-seeded
Serena Williams, who followed Errani s match in
Arthur Ashe Stadium and overcame a slow start
for a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Galina Voskoboeva.
Williams has lost a total of four games in two
matches as she seeks a repeat at the US Open.
"I ll have to think about it and see what I can
do better, but it was OK," she said.
The first set was dicey at times and took 44
minutes to close out. Chasing a ball at the net
while receiving at 5-3, Williams slipped and fell
on her backside. But she got to the ball and saved
Two points later, she closed out the set. The
second set took only 27 minutes.
The Errani match was nearly as lopsided, only
it was the so-called favorite on the losing end. She
came into the US Open with the highest seeding
ever for an Italian woman at a major and said the
pressure of the seeding and the high expectations
are getting to her.
"I don t know why, but I m not enjoying going
on the courts, and that is the worst thing a player
can have," she said. "Because if you go there and
you fight and you lose, not my problem. But the
problem is, if you go there and you are not fighting.
That is my best thing that I always had as my
good thing. And I have to find a way."
Pennetta took control of this match by breaking
Errani s serve in the first game. She finished with
33 winners to 12 for Errani, who made the semifinals
here last year after reaching the final in the French
Her ranking shot up and many wondered how
she did it, without a big serve, with real net game
to speak of and no huge weapons from the base-
line.It was mostly grit and heart---and when those
aren t present, well, she gets results like she got
"We have to find the solution, because is I
think these things happen to everybody when
you feel on the top and the people playing against
you have no pressure and you have a lot of pres-
sure," Errani said.
Pennetta improved to 4-2 lifetime against Errani.
At 31, Pennetta is five years older than her Italian
Fed Cup and Olympic teammate, and she is no
stranger to the big stage.
Four years ago, Pennetta became the first Italian
woman to crack the top 10. She s a three-time
quarterfinalist at the US Open but came to Flushing
Meadows this week an underdog --- ranked 83rd,
a slide that began when she missed the end of last
year with a wrist injury.
"I tried to play aggressive from the very beginning
and I was perfect today, I think," Pennetta said.
Elsewhere around Flushing Meadows, Errani s
doubles partner, No. 10 Roberta Vinci, defeated
Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-1,
6-2, while this year s Wimbledon runner-up, 16th-
seeded Sabine Lisicki, defeated Paula Ormaechea
of Argentina, 6-2, 6-3.
Other winners included No. 9 Jelena Jankovic,
No. 25 Kaia Kanepi, No. 26 Alize Cornet and No.
27 Svetlana Kuznetsova who, besides Williams, is
the only player left in the women s field to have
won the U.S. Open.
No. 8 Angelique Kerber withstood a tough fight
from teenager Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, but
won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
The Bryan brothers also had their first-round
match yesterday as they try to take the first step
toward completing the calendar Grand Slam. (AP)
Favourite Errani in upset loss
Sara Errani, of
Italy, returns a
shot to Flavia
round of the
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