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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moya Stuns No. 1 Sampras In World Championships

HANOVER, Germany -- Pete Sampras, defending champion and No. 1 in the world, was upset in the opening match of the ATP Tour World Championship, losing in three sets to Carlos Moya on Tuesday.


Moya won 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 over an erratic Sampras, and took some revenge for a straight-sets loss to Sampras in the final of the Australian Open early this year.


Because of the round-robin format of the preliminary round, Sampras is still not out of contention in the season-ending event. But he faces tough matches against Patrick Rafter and Greg Rusedski, who are both ranked higher than the No. 7 Moya.


The $3.3 million tournament brings together the top eight players in the world, split into two groups. The top two from each group advance to the semifinals.


Sampras had a whopping total of 50 unforced errors, and the Spaniard had more aces, 8-6.


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Lisa Raymond broke open a tight second set with two service breaks of Helena Sukova to win her first-round match in the Advanta Championships in Villanova, Pennsylvania, on Monday night.


The 6-3, 6-4 victory moved Raymond, No. 17 in the world, into the second round against the winner of Tuesday's match between Anke Huber and sixth-seeded Iva Majoli.


Raymond won the opening three games of the match, then broke Sukova in the fifth and seventh games of the second set. Sukova, who broke Raymond in the sixth game, double-faulted following a sizzling backhand winner by Raymond to fall behind 4-3 and lose momentum.


"Helena can be very tough to play because you can't get a rhythm against her,'' Raymond said. "If my serve's off or my return's off, I'm in trouble.''