In Brief


Serena Williams beats
Stosur, wins Rogers Cup

Eight weeks into her comeback, Serena Williams said not only can she be as good as she once was — she can be better.

The 29-year-old American star made a pretty good point by capturing the Rogers Cup in Toronto in commanding fashion Sunday, dispatching 10th-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 6-2 for her first Canadian crown since 2001.

The victory was just the latest step in a remarkable comeback from injury and illness that has seen her win two of the four tournaments she’s played since being sidelined for 49 weeks.

“Being down the way I’ve been down and coming back, it was cool. Eight months ago, if there was only one tournament I wanted to win, it was Toronto,” Williams said. “For whatever reason, I really wanted to win this event. So seeing it come true is really cool. Just going through so much and being able to win is even more amazing.”

Williams, who has 38 titles to her name including 13 Grand Slams, was sidelined just days after her Wimbledon victory last summer, first with a foot injury sustained when she stepped on a piece of glass in a restaurant in Germany, then with blood clots in her lungs.

Also: Novak Djokovic captured the Rogers Cup in Montreal for the top-ranked player’s ninth tournament title of the year, beating Mardy Fish, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

The 24-year-old Serb, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, is 29-0 this year on hard courts and 53-1 overall. He also won the Rogers Cup in 2007.

The sixth-seeded Fish was the only player to win a set a set against Djokovic this week.

Fish has lost all seven career meetings with Djokovic, but he gave the top seed a battle with his awkward mix of baseline and attacking play.


Study: Horse racing hurt
by casinos, online poker

A study commissioned by the Jockey Club cites casinos, online poker and poor public perception of horse racing as major factors in the decline of the racing industry.

The consulting firm McKinsey & Company presented the findings of its study during an annual Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The study will form the foundation of a multimillion-dollar series of initiatives over the next several years to move the sport forward.

While the study determined that racing has lost substantial gambling market share to casinos and online poker, it also identified strength in the core product. Kentucky Derby attendance is up by 8 percent since 2000. Betting handle on Grade I and Grade II races has increased by 23 percent per race over the past decade.

However, the study notes that overall betting handle is down by 37 percent, and attendance at racetracks is down 30 percent.

Also: Cozi Rosie beat Malibu by a half-length in the $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for older fillies and mares at Del Mar.

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Cozi Rosie ran 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1 minute, 47.69 seconds and paid $10.40, $5.20 and $3.60.

Danielle Kang became the first player in 15 years to successfully defend the U.S. Women’s Amateur title, beating Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final in Barrington, R.I.

Kang, the 18-year-old Pepperdine standout, had a 4-up lead after 18 holes and finished off Jutanugarn with a par on the par-4 13th.

Manchester United opened its Premier League title defense with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion in Birmingham, and Andre Villas-Boas’ first game in charge of Chelsea ended in a scoreless draw at Stoke.

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