In Brief | Nation and World Sept. 24


Tsonga routs Seppi to defend Moselle Open title

METZ, France — Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France routed fifth-seeded Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday to defend his Moselle Open title.

The seventh-ranked Tsonga needed just 50 minutes to win, breaking the Italian’s serve four times.

Tsonga was in control on his serve, winning 85 percent of his service points.

He won nine games in a row to take a 4-0 lead in the second set.

It is Tsonga’s second title of the year, after the Qatar Open in January, and boosts his chances of reaching the year-ending ATP finals in London.

Klizan wins 1st ATP title in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Martin Klizan of Slovakia defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win his first career ATP title at the St. Petersburg Open.

The third-seeded Klizan broke the fourth-seeded Fognini twice in the first set and four times in the second. The last break came in the final game, when the left-hander hit a cross-court forehand winner to seal the victory.

Klizan had used his only ace of the match to close out the first set.

In the past seven months, the 23-year-old Slovak has moved up from No. 121 in the world to a career-high 45th. His breakthrough season included reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open by beating No. 6-ranked Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.

Fognini, ranked 53rd, was playing in his second ATP final but is still looking for his first title.

Klizan reached the final in St. Petersburg by upsetting top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in a three-set match that lasted nearly four hours Saturday. After a short break, Klizan played a doubles semifinal, which he and his partner lost.

“I was really dead yesterday after the match, but I played very solid this week and I’m very happy that I won this week,” Klizan said. “It’s my first title and I hope not last, and I hope I can make more points in the end of this season.”

Wozniacki wins KDB Korea Open

SEOUL, South Korea — Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat injury-plagued Kaia Kanepi 6-1, 6-0 Sunday to win the KDB Korea Open.

Wozniacki from Denmark needed only about one hour to defeat the third-seeded Kanepi of Estonia to win the tournament on Seoul’s Olympic Park hard courts. It was Wozniacki’s 19th career WTA victory.

She defeated Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in the semifinals while Kanepi advanced the finals after beating Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Oregon moves past LSU to No. 2 in AP Top 25

NEW YORK — Oregon slipped past LSU to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 behind Alabama after the Ducks rolled to a victory and the Tigers struggled to remain unbeaten. Oregon routed Arizona 49-0 on Saturday night in Eugene. No. 3 LSU hung on to win at Auburn 12-10.

Florida State remained No. 4 after its 49-37 victory against Clemson, and Georgia held steady at No. 5. No. 6 South Carolina gives the Southeastern Conference four of the top six teams in the nation. Alabama got 59 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel, with LSU receiving the other.

Nevada RB Jefferson leads NCAA in rushing, TDs

RENO, Nev. — Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson now leads the nation in both rushing and scoring, averaging 174.8 yards and three touchdowns per game.

The junior running back from Visalia, Calif., tied an NCAA record with seven touchdowns in Nevada’s 69-24 victory at Hawaii on Saturday to bring his season total to 12 through the first four games.

By wire sources