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TENNIS ROUNDUP

Henman Victorious in Paris

November 03, 2003|From Associated Press

Tim Henman ended a disappointing season on a high note Sunday, beating Romania's Andrei Pavel, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2), to win the Paris Masters title.

"It's been an incredible atmosphere. I look forward to coming out to defend my title next year," Henman told the crowd afterward.

Henman had slipped to No. 40 in the rankings last month from a career-best of No. 4 in 2002. And shoulder surgery late last year sidelined him for the first two months of the season.

Looking relaxed and confident, the 29-year-old from Great Britain scored an impressive 50 winners and eight aces. It was his 11th career title and his first trophy at a Masters.

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Amelie Mauresmo shook off a slow start and beat Anatasia Myskina, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2, to win the Advanta Championships at Villanova, Pa., for her second title this season.

Mauresmo, seeded second and ranked seventh, dominated the final two sets in winning her 10th career title.

Myskina was making her fifth finals appearance of the season. The third-seeded Russian defeated Mauresmo in the finals of the Kremlin Cup three weeks ago.

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Russian teen Maria Sharapova won the Bell Challenge title at Quebec City when Milagros Sequera broke her left ankle at the start of the second set.

Sharapova won the first set 6-2. It's the second WTA Tour title for the 16-year-old.

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