Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters lost to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3, in the final of the Open Gaz de France Sunday. Clijsters still will unseat Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark as the top-ranked player when the new rankings are released Monday.
Clijsters, the top seed who had won her two previous matches with the fourth-seeded Kvitova, slammed an ace to save a match point, but Kvitova converted her second match point with a forehand winner. "I would like to dedicate this trophy to my grandfather, who passed away last week," Kvitova said. "I played for my grandfather. I'm happy I won the tournament for him."
The victory is not a complete surprise. Kvitova has won 16 of 17 matches this season and won the WTA newcomer of the year award last season. The 20-year-old Kvitova will climb to No. 14 in the rankings and is a lefthander like her idol, Martina Navratilova.
Kings snap long skid in Philadelphia
Jonathan Quick stopped 40 shots and Drew Doughty scored to lead Los Angeles to a 1-0 victory, its first regulation win in Philadelphia in nearly 18 years. The Kings moved to 4-0-2 on their current 10-game road trip . . . Todd Bertuzzi scored two goals for the second straight game, lifting the Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the visiting Bruins. Detroit has won two straight, both against Boston, with a combined 10 goals after losing three of four and scoring a total of one goal in those losses . . . Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, Steve Mason made 29 saves, and the surging Blue Jackets beat the host Stars, 2-1, to match a club record with their fifth consecutive road win.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Was Saturday night Fedor's finale?
The result of the fight was nearly as surprising as what came afterward, when Fedor Emelianenko stood in the middle of a cage and contemplated retirement.
His mystique has been dashed after two straight defeats, but with his 28 consecutive victories during nearly a decade of perfection, he is certain to go down as one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts.
"Yes, maybe it's the last time. Maybe it's high time," Emelianenko said through an interpreter after losing to Antonio Silva in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix on Saturday night in East Rutherford. "Something went wrong from the very beginning [in the match] and I didn't manage to readjust myself. Maybe it's time to leave." - AP