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Davenport claims 2nd straight title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nothing sidetracked Lindsay Davenport in her second drive toward a State Farm Women's Tennis Classic championship.

Davenport finished what she started a year ago, beating Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the final.

Martina Hingis and Davenport set up a match between the world's two top players by reaching last year's final. But it was never played because of two days of heavy rain, leaving the first-year event without a champion.

"That was just such a bizarre way to end the tournament," Davenport said. "I'd beaten (Jennifer) Capriati, (Monica) Seles and (Anna) Kournikova, and then not be able to finish the tournament. So that was a disappointment, but I'm happy to have been able to come back and win this year."

This time, the top-seeded Davenport endured three rain delays before her second-round match with Gala Leon Garcia. She then went three sets against Lisa Raymond and Capriati to reach a final against the eighth-seeded Shaughnessy, who got into her hometown tournament last year as a wild card.

This was Davenport's second straight title and 32nd on the WTA Tour. She won in Tokyo on Feb. 4, beating Shaughnessy in straight sets in their first meeting along the way, then took three weeks off.

SYBASE OPEN: At San Jose, Calif., Greg Rusedski knew after the first point that he was going to beat Andre Agassi.

With a booming serve at speeds reaching 139 mph, the British lefty upset the Australian Open champ 6-3, 6-4 in the $400,000 Sybase Open final on Sunday.

"The way I was thinking and serving out there, I was in command," Rusedski said.

The indoor tournament's eighth-seed, who earned his 10th career title, had not won a final since October 1999 in Vienna.

The victory avenges Rusedski's appearance in the 1997 final at San Jose Arena, when he was forced to retire against Pete Sampras with a wrist injury.

"I'm back now," Rusedski said. "It's good to be healthy. It's good to be playing good tennis."

Top-seeded Agassi, who had trouble with his first serves, lost for the first time this season, putting his record at 11-1. He was playing in his first tournament since winning the Australian Open.

Down 0-40 to open the second set, Agassi was broken when he overhit as Rusedski rushed the net. But with girlfriend Steffi Graf and coach Brad Gilbert looking on, Agassi held serve to narrow the set to 4-3.

MEXICAN OPEN: At Acapulco, Mexico, Gustavo Kuerten, in complete command against an overmatched opponent, beat Spanish wild card Galo Blanco 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to win the Mexican Open.

Amanda Coetzer of South Africa had a tougher time in capturing the women's title, defeating Elena Dementieva of Russia 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Kuerten, the world's No. 1 player, dominated this tournament from the outset. After landing a spectacular winner against Blanco, the Spaniard held up his hand as if to say, "Go easy on me."

"I couldn't hope for more," Kuerten said. "I think I prepared myself well and I was pretty relaxed."

Kuerten's toughest match came against fellow Brazilian Fernando Meligeni in the quarterfinals, but Meligeni developed a back cramp and retired in the third set.