Wozniacki nets New Haven title
for fourth consecutive year
No one has ever beaten Caroline Wozniacki in New Haven, Conn., and Hurricane Irene couldn’t do it either.
The world’s top-ranked player stayed ahead of the storm Saturday and won her fourth consecutive New Haven title, defeating Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 6-1 in the finals.
Wozniacki improved to 17-0 at Yale.
Cetkovska, ranked 40th, had won seven consecutive matches since the start of qualifying. She beat fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli and second-seeded Li Na. But she couldn’t stop Wozniacki, who also is the top seed at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday.
Also: American John Isner won the Winston-Salem Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Julien Benneteau in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The native of nearby Greensboro overcame 34 unforced errors with 19 aces — the fastest recorded at 139 mph — and got his second tournament win of the year. He also won at Newport, R.I., in early July.
The 113th-ranked Benneteau was playing his ninth match of the tournament, having won three qualifiers just to make the 32-player main draw. The 29-year-old knocked off three seeded players to make the fifth tournament final of his career.
Sabine Lisicki of Germany beat Aravane Rezai of France 6-2, 6-1 to win the first Texas Open in Grapevine, Texas.
The fifth-ranked Lisicki, who entered the tournament ranked 23rd in the world, did not lose a set during the tournament and lost only 13 games total in her five matches.
Men’s soccer comes up short
to Cal Poly in season opener
The UNLV men’s soccer team lost to Cal Poly 1-0 in the season opener at San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The Rebels hung close despite being outshot 16-3. The Mustangs broke through in the 75th minute, with Ian Clark scoring past UNLV goalie Ryan Harding.
Also: The UNLV volleyball team lost to UC Davis 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 to wrap up play at the season-opening Hampton Inn & Suites Classic in Greeley, Colo.
Elisa Brochado led the Rebels (0-3) with nine kills, and Daryn Glenn supplied 11 digs and seven kills.
UNLV assistant track coach Khadevis Robinson advanced to the semifinals in the 800-meter run at the world track and field championships in Daegu, South Korea. Robinson placed third in his heat, clocking 1 minute, 48.41 seconds.
Police still seeking Crittenton
following murder charge
Javaris Crittenton was wanted on a murder charge as police searched for the former NBA player in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Crittenton has been charged in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four who was gunned down Aug. 19 on an Atlanta street.
A spokesman with the Atlanta police said Crittenton was not in custody. Calls to the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s office weren’t immediately returned.
Three of Crittenton’s neighbors in Fayetteville, Ga., said SWAT members executed a search warrant last week on his residence in an affluent cul-de-sac 17 miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Crittenton, who spent the 2006-07 season at Georgia Tech and played in 113 NBA games, allegedly killed Jones with shots fired from a dark-colored SUV, police said.
Also: Alexander Povetkin (22-0) of Russia defeated Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Chagaev (27-2) by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBA heavyweight title in Erfurt, Germany.
The title belonged to Wladimir Klitschko following the Ukrainian’s victory against England’s David Haye by unanimous decision in Hamburg, Germany, last month. However, the title was declared vacant when the WBA elevated Klitschko to “super champion” status.
Freshman quarterback Riley Clark tossed five touchdown passes, and Calvary Chapel’s football team forced 11 turnovers on its way to a season-opening 50-6 win at Silver Stage in Silver Springs.
Bobby Buist caught four touchdown passes, and A.J. Davis added two rushing scores and a TD reception for the Lions.
Meanwhile, Mountain View improved to 1-0 without having to step on the field.
The Saints were to have traveled to Zephyr Cove to open the season against Whittell, but the host Warriors declined to play after suffering injuries in a scrimmage last weekend.
Ashlynn Harris made a diving save on the final penalty kick as the expansion Western New York Flash defeated the Philadelphia Independence 5-4 on penalty kicks to win the Women’s Professional Soccer championship game in Rochester, N.Y. The game was tied at 1 following the 90-minute regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods.