US Open Series Bonus Challenge Men's and Women's Races Heating Up

August 9, 2004 06:33 AM

Agassi Vaults Over Federer For Second Place in Men’s Standings Behind Roddick;
Mauresmo Ties Davenport For Top Spot in Women’s Standings

Andre Agassi defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati today to move into second place behind Andy Roddick in the US Open Series men’s standings while Amelie Mauresmo defeated Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-0 in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal to take a share of the lead in the women’s race with Lindsay Davenport.

Agassi defeated Series leader Roddick in a third-set tiebreak in the semifinal Saturday night then won his first singles title since April 2003 to replace Roger Federer for second place in the men’s standings. Federer is now in third place, only 8 points behind Agassi.

Likhovtseva moved into third place in the women’s standings by reaching the final in Montreal. Venus Williams and Vera Zvonareva are tied for fourth place and trail Likhovtseva by 13 points.

The top men’s and women’s US Open Series leaders are as follows:

2004 US Open Series Bonus Challenge Standings (as of August 8, 2004)

The US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season including 10 ATP and WTA Tour professional tournaments in North America leading up to and linked to the US Open, including the potential for the top three men’s and women’s finishers to earn up to $1.3 million in US Open bonus prize money. The top men’s and women’s finishers in the series will receive 50 percent more of whatever they win in singles at the US Open; the second-place finisher receives 25 percent more; and the third-place finisher receives 10 percent more.

Next on the US Open Series: The US Open Series continues in two weeks with the ATP’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. Fox Sports Net will broadcast the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Saturday August 21 from 1-3 PM and 6-9 PM. CBS will broadcast the final live on Sunday, August 22 at 12:30 PM ET.