Venus rallies to reach
fourth round at Sony
Venus Williams erased a match point and outlasted Aleksandra Wozniak 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Sunday’s third round at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Her career comeback now includes a come-from-behind win. Williams is playing in her first tournament since withdrawing from the U.S. Open last August after being diagnosed with a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease.
The three-set victory was her second in less than 48 hours, and took nearly three hours.
She’ll need to recover quickly for a fourth-round match tonight against No. 15-seeded Ana Ivanovic, who beat No. 20 Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Other winners included Rafael Nadal, bidding for his first Key Biscayne title, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Andy Murray advanced when Milos Raonic withdrew with a sprained right ankle. American John Isner, seeded 10th and coming off a runner-up finish at Indian Wells a week ago, lost to No. 19 Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-2.
Tseng keeps rolling with
another LPGA victory
Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Kia Classic for her second straight LPGA Tour title and third in five events this year, closing with a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory in Carlsbad, Calif.
The 23-year-old Taiwanese star became the second-youngest player to reach 15 LPGA Tour victories. Nancy Lopez was 22 when she reached the mark.
Tseng led wire-to-wire and finished at 14-under 274, with South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo (71) in second at 280.
Also: Fred Couples made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss. Couples shot 3-under 69 for a 14-under 202 total, edging Michael Allen (66) by one stroke.
UNLV softball notches
win against Cal Poly
The UNLV softball team notched its third straight win, capping the Mustang Classic with a 4-1 win over Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Starter Amanda Oliveto threw a complete game, allowing five hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Jaexie Balilea’s solo homer in the sixth inning provided the winning run for the Rebels (17-14), and Heather Harrison homered in the seventh inning.
Also: The UNLV baseball team lost to Air Force 12-5 in Mountain West Conference play at Air Force Academy, Colo.
UNLV held a 4-3 lead after six innings, but Air Force scored five runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth. Trevor Kirk had a two-run homer for the Rebels (11-13, 1-5 MWC).
The UNLV women’s tennis team beat Colorado State 7-0 in a neutral-site match at San Diego.
UNLV (10-6, 1-1 MWC) swept the three doubles matches to take the first point, then won all six singles matches in straight sets. Lucia Batta led the way with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Tori Ameson at No. 1.
The UNLV track and field team had nine first-place efforts Saturday at the Pasadena Games in Pasadena, Calif. Kelsey Williamson (800-meter run, 4×400 relay, 4×800 relay) and Secoral Yanez (200, 4×400 relay, 4×800 relay) paced the Rebels’ first-place efforts.
Ann Marie Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colo., won the NHRA Lucas Oil Series Top Alcohol Funny Car final on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, beating Tony Bartone of Long Island City, N.Y.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia, fending off Sauber’s Sergio Perez.