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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stiff Steffi Forfeits to Novotna

VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania -- Her back ailing, Steffi Graf called it quits after a set, giving Jana Novotna the title at the Advanta Championships.


"I tried to practice in the morning," Graf said. "It wasn't possible, so I knew it would be difficult to get on the court and play."


She lost the first set 6-4, then decided it was futile to continue. She said she would wait as long as possible before deciding whether to play in the season-ending Chase Championships.


Novotna beat Graf for just the fourth time, won her third straight title and moved up to No. 3 in the world.


Novotna won her 12th straight match behind a powerful serve. She lost just five points on serve and broke in the seventh game, when Graf slapped three groundstrokes into the net.


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Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, the world's No. 1-ranked doubles team, solidified that standing with a victory in the title match of the ATP Tour World Doubles Championship on Sunday.


Woodbridge and Woodforde beat American Alex O'Brien and Canadian Sebastian Lareau 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) at the Hartford Civic Center.


The tournament title is the 12th of the season for Woodbridge and Woodforde.


"It would have been a shame if we didn't win this after having been No. 1 all year," Woodbridge said.











"This was by far our most complete season after playing together for six years."





Early in the match, Graf tried early to rush to the net and end points quickly, "but then again I couldn't move very well at the net," she said.