Success for Henman


Tennis: Britain's Tim Henman ended a run of seven losing finals dating back two years by beating Olympic silver medallist Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4 6-4 6-4 to win the CA Trophy yesterday.

Henman, the sixth seed, needed only one break of serve in each set for his first title since Basle in 1998 and his fifth career success.

"It's been a long time coming. It's been a test of one's patience, but to put in a performance like this makes it worth it," said Henman. "It's a definite relief, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a relief. On the other hand, I always believed I would win again, I have always had a lot of self-belief."

Haas had to wait until the final game of the two hour three minute hardcourt match for his first break points but Henman recovered from 0-40 to complete his impressive triumph.

Henman, who had been far from his best form earlier in the week, became the first Briton to win a title in 2000 and the second British champion in Vienna after Greg Rusedski triumphed here last year.

Golf: Billy Andrade fired a final-round 68 yesterday to win the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas for his first PGA Tour win since 1998. Andrade saved bogey on the final hole after hooking his drive into a desert canyon, two-putting from 50 feet to hold on and win by a stroke over Phil Mickelson.

Andrade left his first putt about 3 feet short, then calmly knocked in the putt to finish 28 under. Mickelson finished the weekend with his second successive 66, but a missed 3-footer on 17 and a had a bogey on the ninth, one of the easiest par fives on the course.

Motor Cycling: Newly-crowned world champion Kenny Roberts junior put the icing on the cake with a runaway 500cc victory in the Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi in Japan, the season's penultimate round.

The Suzuki-riding American swept aside Max Biaggi, who began from pole position on his Yamaha, to take the first bend and continued on to win the 74.58-mile race round 25 laps by 6.17 seconds.

His nearest championship rival, Honda's Valentino Rossi, battled with Biaggi for second position in the final seven laps and eventually finished 0.19secs ahead of his fellow Italian.

Roberts had clinched his first world 500cc title by finishing sixth in Rio de Janeiro last week.

Tennis: Martina Hingis staged a brilliant comeback to defeat Lindsay Davenport and win the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich - her home tournament - for the first time in her career.

Six years since making her professional debut at the event, world number one Hingis won 64 4-6 7-5 after looking dead and buried when second seed Davenport served for the match at 5-4 in the final set.

She took her only break point in that game, and then held comfortably before breaking American Davenport to 15 in her next service game, the Californian netting a forehand on match-point.

Golf: American Juli Inkster held off the challenge of Sweden's Annika Sorenstam to win the LPGA World Championship in California yesterday, firing a final round three-under par 69 to win the first prize of $152,000-with a total of 14-under par 274, four stroke ahead of final-round partner Sorenstam.