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10 - 16 January 2002
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Mixed successSpain's Tommy Robredo and Arantxa Sanchez- Vicario beat the top-seeded United States 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup.
The victory, at Perth's Burswood Dome in Australia, made Sanchez-Vicario the first player to win the event twice, having won with brother Emilio in 1990.
"Today it was just our day and we won it," said Sanchez-Vicario after the victory on Saturday.
"I just want to thank Tommy. Thanks for playing with me. I know you have a long way to go in your career."
Robredo, above, and Sanchez-Vicario, seeded three, won the mixed doubles 6-4, 6-2 to hand the United States pair of Monica Seles and Jan-Michael Gambill their second Hopman Cup final defeat in two years.
Robredo had earlier fought off two match points to beat Gambill 6-3 2-6, 7-6 in the second singles and send the final into the decisive mixed doubles clash. "It is amazing," the 19-year-old Robredo said. "Thanks to Arantxa for playing with me. She is one of the greatest players ever in Spain and it is great to be here with her. I had a great time in my first year and, if you want, I will come back next year."
The United States had taken the first match on court, when Seles beat Sanchez-Vicario 6-1, 7-6. Gambill then lost to Robredo 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
Net gainsAhli won the Arab Volleyball Clubs Championship, defeating Egyptian rivals Zamalek only two weeks after Zamalek edged Ahli for the league title.
In the all-Egyptian final, Ahli players, above, took the first two sets, stalled briefly in the third but held on in the fourth set for a convincing 3-1 victory. The two clubs had sailed to the final without a defeat.
Eight clubs participated in the 20th edition of the championship, which was held in Jordan from 1-6 January
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