WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ Top-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain defeated Australian Jo-Anne Faull 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the $50,000 Fernleaf Classic international women’s tennis tournament Sunday.
The unseeded Faull, who had impressed with her strong serve and groundstroke game to dispose of three seeded players on the way to the final, never was in contention against Martinez.
In a one-sided match, Martinez was too strong on her own service game and her awesome forehand dictated most of the baseline rallies.
″I played very, very good today,″ Martinez said at the completion of her victory which took just one hour.
By wining the final, Martinez has risen to No. 21 in world rankings, a jump of 18 places since she arrived in New Zealand two weeks ago.
″My plan was to play my own game, mixing it up with some loopy balls and short shots,″ she said.
The top-seeded Australian duo of Elizabeth Smylie and Janine Thompson won a hard-fought doubles final against unseeded Tracey Morton of Australia and Heidi Sprung of Austria 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australian Ossie Moore downed former champion and countryman Peter Fowler to win the $130,000 Australian Matchplay Championship at the Kingston Heath course Sunday.
Moore and Fowler battled through 36 holes before Moore prevailed 1-up.
For his victory, Moore collected $28,000, while Fowler earned $15,000.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - A 37-year-old runner in a marathon died Sunday after collapsing one kilometer from the finish line, where his wife and three children were waiting to cheer for him.
A race official, Vreni Welch, said that an ambulance arrived within three minutes after Gerhard Venter collapsed but that he died before reaching a nearby hospital.
Venter, an aviation technician, was competing in an annual 26.2-mile marathon in Bedfordview, on the eastern outskirts of Johannesburg. He reportedly had completed another marathon two weeks ago in a time of 4:29:50.
GRANADA, Spain (AP) - Fabio Bordonalli of Italy won the five-day, 513-mile 33rd Tour of Andalucia cycling race Sunday, while Eric Vanderaerden of Belgium won the fifth and last leg of the competition.
Vanderaerden covered the 84 miles run between Torredonjimeno and Granada in a time of 3 hours, 31 minutes and 40 seconds, followed by Paolo Rosola of Italy and Stephane Guay of France in the same time.
Bordonalli’s time in the overall standings was 22:25:57. Luc Roosen of Belgium was eight seconds behind in second place.