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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Martinez Takes Kremlin in Tough 3-Set Battle


Top-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain beat Austria's Barbara Paulus in a tough three-set final 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to take the Kremlin Ladies Open and the first prize of $67,000.

After being broken in the opening game, Martinez took the next six, claiming the first set in just 25 minutes Saturday. But Paulus fought back, winning the second set when she broke the Spaniard in the 10th game.

Both players exchanged service breaks in the third and deciding set, until Martinez held for a 6-4 victory after Paulus netted an easy backhand at match point.

"I didn't have enough patience with my serve today, and she was returning well, but in the end I started serving better," said the winner.

The men now take over Olimpiisky's courts from the women, although most big names will start Tuesday, including the top seed, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

The tournament had its first seeded casualty Monday as Frenchman No. 4 seed Cedric Pioline was beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 by Martin Damm of the Czech Republic. This year's Wimbledon finalist and No.6 seed MaliVai Washington was a winner in straight sets over Czech Bohdan Ulihrach, 7-6, 6-2.

Ameritech Cup. Jana Novotna stopped Jennifer Capriati's bid for her first title since 1993, winning the final five games Sunday to take a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory.

Novotna, second-seeded and the No. 5 player in the world, won her third title of 1996 with a strong serve and a versatile game featuring a relentless array of sliced backhands.

Capriati displayed the strong baseline game and timing on ground strokes that once had her ranked sixth. But she didn't have enough in the final set Sunday, losing to Novotna and her chip-and-charge tactics.

Paris Open. Thomas Enqvist, saying he was playing "in a zone," stopped Yevgeny Kafelnikov's attempt for a French double by beating the Russian 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday in the final of the Paris Open.

"I felt like I couldn't lose," Enqvist said. "I was kind of playing out of my mind.

"I was in a zone today," the 22-year-old said. ()

Enqvist served 20 aces, inclu in 1 hour 26 minutes.

ding four in the final game as he dominated the Russian