Davenport Is Defeated in Moscow

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A weakened Lindsay Davenport lost to defending champion Anastasia Myskina, 6-4, 7-6 (1), Saturday in a semifinal of the Kremlin Cup at Moscow but will regain the No. 1 ranking next week.

Elena Dementieva defeated Elena Bovina, 6-4, 7-5, in the other semifinal to set up the first all-Russian final in the Kremlin Cup. Myskina is seeking her third title this season.

In the men’s semifinals, Greg Rusedski of Britain upset third-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-3, and eighth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia beat fifth-seeded countryman Mikhail Youzhy, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 7-5.


Davenport will reclaim the top spot in women’s tennis from Amelie Mauresmo of France, who did not play in the Kremlin Cup because of a strained thigh. Davenport was winded and had a headache in her loss to Myskina, the French Open champion.

“It’s been a very, very long year and a long summer for me with a lot of matches,” said the second-seeded Davenport, who has won a season-record seven titles out of 20 tournaments this year.


Guillermo Canas of Argentina defeated Tommy Haas of Germany, 6-4, 6-3, and Feliciano Lopez of Spain beat Davide Sanguinetti of Italy, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals of the CA Trophy at Vienna.... Jerome Haehnel beat countryman Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1), and Richard Gasquet, 18, defeated Jeff Morrison, 6-1, 6-4, to set up an all-French final in the Open de Moselle at Metz, France.... Second-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy lost to 15-year-old Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (1), and Virginie Razzano of France beat Anca Barna of Germany, 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals of the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan.


Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt -- the world’s top three ranked players -- and No. 6-ranked Carlos Moya pulled out of this week’s Madrid Masters in another wave of withdrawals from the hard-court tournament. Top-ranked Federer cited personal reasons and fatigue. No. 2 Roddick cited tendinitis in his left knee, Hewitt cited personal reasons, and Moya cited a shoulder injury. Guillermo Coria, Gustavo Kuerten, Fabrice Santoro and Sebastien Grosjean pulled out last week.


Normann Stadler of Germany seized the lead in the bike ride and held on in the marathon for a 10-minute margin of victory at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Stadler, a 33-year-old professional triathlete, won the grueling race in 8 hours 33 minutes 29 seconds. Fellow German Nina Kraft won the woman’s race with a time of 9:33:35.

USC junior point guard Dwayne Shackleford, a transfer from Allegany College in Cumberland, Md., where he was a junior college All-American, tweaked his right knee in the Trojans’ season-opening practice Saturday and underwent an MRI exam. Results were not available. Shackleford had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee over the summer.


Ronda Rousey of Santa Monica won the judo junior world championship in the 63-kilogram class by defeating Jing Jing Mao of China in the finals at Budapest, Hungary. Rousey, 17, finished ninth at the Athens Olympics.

Summer Romero of San Diego won the $1,500 Hello Kitty Boardfest longboard surfing competition at Huntington Beach, and 12-year-old Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana was among the heat winners in Boardfest’s $20,000 World Qualifying Series shortboard division.