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Feb. 07, 2005
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COLOR PHOTOPhotograph by Jon Buckle/Empics Up Down Under Serena Williams has enough left for a leap of joy after defeating Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne last Thursday; she beat Lindsay Davenport in the final, while Marat Safin (left) beat Lleyton Hewitt in four sets to take the men's title on Sunday (page 62).COLOR PHOTOCLIVE BRUNSKILL/GETTY IMAGES [See caption above] TWO COLOR PHOTOSPhotographs by Al Bello/Getty ImagesThunderous Arturo (Thunder) Gatti admires his handiwork after a flurry of fifth-round blows (right) sent "Jesse" James Leija to the canvas in their WBC junior welterweight championship bout in Atlantic City last Saturday night. Gatti won in a fifth-round knockout. TWO COLOR PHOTOSPhotographs by Brian Bahr/Getty ImagesTimber Line The snowboarders got big air in the X Games men's finals in Aspen on Saturday (above), which was won by Xavier de le Rue; the skiers were also flying in the X men's semifinals (right).