Lindsay Davenport earned up her 50th career title Sunday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Amelie Mauresmo at the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany.
The American became the 10th player to reach that milestone, relying on her big serve for her 10th straight win against Mauresmo.
"I was really, really excited to get 50 titles and get it so quickly," the 29-year-old Davenport said after winning her fifth title of the year at the $650,000 tournament.
Dutch teenager Michaella Krajicek won her first career WTA title, beating Akgul Amanmuradova 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in the final of the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan.
Third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils 7-6 (9-7), 6-0 to win the Open de Moselle in Metz, France.
Wesley Moodie recovered from an unsteady start to claim the Japan Open title with a 1-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Mario Ancic.
In the women's final, second-seeded Nicole Vaidisova defeated third-seeded Tatiana Golovin 7-6 (7-4), 3-2 after the latter was forced to retire midway through the second set because of soreness in her left Achilles' tendon.
RUNNING: Deena Kastor, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 25 seconds to win the Chicago Marathon for a rare victory by an American and her first marathon win. She held off a late push by defending champion Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania.
Kastor, an Agoura High graduate, finished 5 seconds ahead of Tomescu-Dita.
Kenya's Felix Limo won the men's race in 2:07:02.
With their victories, Kastor and Lima earned $125,000.
HORSE RACING: Direct Connect rallied to beat favorite Moonlite Romance in the $75,000 Cavonnier Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Paul Aguirre, Direct Connect was in last place on the backstretch in the field of five California-bred 2-year-olds in the seven-furlong race. The colt moved up to third around the turn and caught Moonlite Romance in the final strides to win in 1:23 1/5.
CYCLING: Erik Zabel won the Paris to Tours classic for the third time on Sunday, edging Daniele Bennati in a sprint finish.
As a bunch of riders approached the line, 35-year-old Zabel pulled ahead and held off a strong challenge to beat Bennati by a wheel in a time of 5 hours, 37 minutes, 23 seconds.
SOCCER: Former U.S. coach Bora Milutinovic, who has guided four different countries at the World Cup finals, was fired Sunday as coach of Qatari club Al Sadd. The Serbia-born coach led the U.S. at the 1994 World Cup.
_ Daily News Wire Services