Three straight for Isner
John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 yesterday at Atlantic Station.
The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta in five of the past six years and is 20-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles.
Baghdatis, who appeared to suffer a right-leg injury late in the first set of his 12th ATP final and first since 2011, scored just two points against 18 Isner serves in the second set.
The 6-foot-10 Isner ripped 13 aces to push his four-match total to 90. He won 27 of 28 points on his first serves and nine of 11 points on his second serves.
Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final for their record 107th title, beating Gilles Muller and Colin Fleming 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-3.
Gasparyan wins Baku Cup
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP):
Margarita Gasparyan of Russia won her first WTA title yesterday by beating Patricia Maria Tig of Romania 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 in the Baku Cup final.
Gasparyan served for the match when up 5-4 in the second set but was broken back at love. However, she dominated the final set to wrap up the win in 21/2 hours.
Gasparyan had never won a main-draw match at the WTA level before this tournament, while Tig - a qualifier - was also playing in her first tour final.
The 112th-ranked Gasparyan said "it's been an amazing tournament for me."
South Sudan gains Olympic status
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP):
With an Olympic flag draped around his neck, the official from South Sudan couldn't contain his emotion.
Moments after his war-torn country was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday, Tong Chor Malke Deran wiped tears from his eyes and later broke down when talking about the plight of his nation's athletes.
The decision means the world's newest nation will be able to have its competitors enter the stadium in Rio de Janeiro next year behind their own flag. More importantly, the country's near non-existent sporting infrastructure and athletes will receive funding assistance from the IOC.
South Sudan, which split from Sudan and became independent in 2011, has been hit by civil war for the past two years.