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Seles wins French tuneup in Madrid

| Sunday, May 26, 2002

MADRID, Spain — Monica Seles routed Chanda Rubin 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to claim her 53rd career singles title at the Madrid Open.

Seles, who went into the tournament ranked sixth on the WTA tour, defeated the 65th-ranked Rubin in 1 hour and 7 minutes.

After the match, Seles denied she plans to retire after the French Open, but didn't rule out quitting within the coming year.

"It's been said that I was thinking about retiring this season,'' she said.

"It was said after the Australian Openm, and it will be said again after Roland Garros. But I will keep playing as long as I enjoy myself on the courts. Maybe I'll stop this year, maybe not.''

  • In Strasbourg, France, second-seeded Silvia Farina-Elia defeated top-seeded Jelena Dokic in the final of the Strasbourg Open.

  • In St. Poelten, Austria, second-seeded Nicolas Lapentti defeated Fernando Vicente 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Raiffeisen Grand Prix.

  • In Stanford, Calif., Wake Forest junior Bea Bielik used her powerful serve to overwhelm Florida senior Jessica Lehnhoff 6-2, 6-0 to win the NCAA singles championship.

    BASEBALL

    Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle left yesterday's game against the San Francisco Giants after being hit on the left knee by a line drive. Benito Santiago's line shot struck Neagle with two outs in the fourth inning. The left-hander scrambled to the ball and threw out Santiago to end the inning, then was helped to the dugout by two teammates.

    LACROSSE

    In Piscataway, N.J., Tom Hardy forced overtime with a late goal and scored again with 32 seconds left in the second overtime to give Syracuse a 12-11 victory over Virginia in the semifinals of the NCAA lacrosse tournament. The victory sends the Orangemen (14-2) to the championship game for the fourth straight year. It also sets up a third straight title matchup with Princeton (10-4), which defeated top-seeded Johns Hopkins in the first semifinal at Rutgers.

    HORSE RACING

    In New York, Sunday Break cruised to a one-length victory over Puzzlement in the Peter Pan Stakes and now looms as one of the biggest threats to War Emblem's bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Sunday Break will likely race next in the Belmont against War Emblem, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.

  • In Louisville, Ky., Take Charge Lady took control on the far turn to win the Grade III Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

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