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Palmer, Sanchez-Vicario Win Doubles

September 7, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Jared Palmer won the first championship at the U.S. Open on Thursday, capturing the mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Anna Kournikova and Max Mirnyi.

Sanchez-Vicario and Palmer, the second-seeded team, played together for the first time at the Open.

``I think the key to the whole week was Arantxa returned serves so well,″ Palmer said. ``Arantxa is such a good returner I was able to do some stuff up at the net.″

``I try to help as much as I can,″ Sanchez-Vicario said. ``Jared gave me a lot of confidence. I feel comfortable playing with him.″

They won the first prize of $126,000, while the fourth seeded team of Kournikova and Mirnyi won $63,000. Kournikova and Mirnyi upset the top-seeded team of Rennae Stubbs and Todd Woodbridge in the semifinals.

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