Davis Cup dreams and Amelia Island fever
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Davis Cup winnersThe A-team semifinalists: Russia, Spain, Argentina and the U.S.
Maria SharapovaRussian returns to action and wins Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island, Fla., her first clay title. She's now 22-1 on the year. (Mattek and Uhlirova on the doubles.)
Sharmil Tarpishev/Marat SafinWhen Russian captain Tarpishev picked Safin (pictured) to play Davis Cup singles over Nikolay Davydenko, the Miami winner last week, one wondered, "What's he been smoking?" Then Safin won and one wondered, "Where do we get some of that?"
Tennis Educational Merit Award winnersTodd S. Ellenbecker of Scottsdale, Ariz., Sharon Rosenburgh of Indianapolis and Kathleen Ann Stroia of St. Petersburg, Fla. The Tennis Educational Merit Awards are given annually to individuals who are U.S. citizens or residents that have made notable contributions in the tennis education field at the national level. Award winners have repeatedly demonstrated leadership and creative skills in tennis instruction, writing, organization and promotion of the game of tennis.
Ryan HarrisonFifteen year-old American defeated 37-year-old Alex Reichel 6-1, 6-4 for a spot in the main draw in Houston. Harrison lost just eight games in qualifying, dispatching of the No. 4 seed Phillip King 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday. Already turned pro, Harrison is a career-high No. 7 in the junior rankings this week.
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Lindsay DavenportReaches Amelia Island semis but then has to withdraw with illness. Still, her play on clay suggests that she might want to reconsider her plans for Paris.
Roger FedererOnly top-10 player not to play Davis Cup. But do we give him credit for the wisdom to retain José Higueras for the clay-court season.
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Justine HeninWorld No. 2 pulls out of Charleston, S.C., with a knee injury, joining the Williams sisters as absentees.
Richard GasquetYou're France's top gun -- and you had beaten Andy Roddick on a fast court at the last year's Wimbledon -- but you don't play Davis Cup on account of a blister. Then you avail yourself for the meaningless dead rubber?
Davis Cup formatIt was a week of hotly contested matches and intrigue. Now the competition will reconvene (wait for it) Sept. 19-21.