Mark Philippoussis won his first ATP Tour title by beating Magnus Larsson in the final Sunday of the $400,000 Toulouse Grand Prix.
Philippoussis, a 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 winner, had made three finals before, the last in the Tokyo indoor last year. He had to win all five matches this week in three sets, two of them in third-set tiebreakers.After splitting the first two sets, the turning point came at 3-3 in the third. Larsson was leading 30-0 then Philippoussis unleashed three crisp winners in a row - a backhand cross court, a forehand down the line and another forehand cross court to give him a break point and the momentum to carry him to victory.
Larsson was ranked 10th in the world when he lost to Thomas Muster in Barcelona in April 1995. Six weeks later, he broke his foot in two places and was slow coming back. He'd played in just four quarterfinals before making the final in Toulouse, which he won in 1994.
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - Swiss teenager Martina Hingis, her confidence and control suddenly nowhere to be found, was beaten 6-2, 6-2 Sunday by Jana Novotna in the European Indoors final.
"I was a bit sad not to win here," said Hingis, who shed a few tears during the awards ceremony. "But at least I know there are things I can improve on for next season."
The 16-year-old had won her previous nine matches. This was Hingis' third appearance at the European Indoors, the tournament in which she made her professional debut two years ago.
Novotna, the No. 4 seed, showed little effects of a bad cold, winning in just more than an hour to capture the $150,000 first prize from the $926,000 purse. This was her second title of the year and the 12th of her career.
Novotna has climbed from No. 8 to No. 5 in the WTA rankings. Hingis, in reaching the final, has soared to a No. 8 ranking.
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) - David Prinosil completed his week of upsets Sunday, routing Petr Korda 6-1, 6-2 to win the $475,000 Czech Indoor for his first victory on the ATP tour this year.
"I know you all wanted Korda to win, but sorry, maybe next time," Prinosil, a Czech-born German citizen, told an applauding crowd in his native language.
The unseeded Prinosil beat fourth-seeded Richard Krajicek and Todd Martin en route to the final. Korda eliminated top seed Goran Ivanisevic.
"It's very bitter, but David was simply better than me," Korda said.
Prinosil, ranked 58th in the world, earned $64,000 for his first victory over Korda after four defeats.
RAMAT HASHARON, Israel (AP) - Fourth-seeded Javier Sanchez of Spain swept past South Africa's Marcos Ondruska 6-4, 7-5 in just 94 minutes Sunday to win the $303,000 Israel Open.
In an error-ridden final of aggressive baseline tennis, Sanchez' greater experience and range of shots ultimately gave him the edge over his lively opponent, who was seeded 22nd.
Throughout the match, long crosscourt rallies ended in overhit baseline shots or smashes into the net by either player.
It was Sanchez' first ATP tour title this year and the fourth of his career. He collected $43,000.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Martina Navratilova beat Chris Evert 6-3 on Sunday, leading Team Navratilova to a 66-55 victory over Team Evert in the two-day Virginia Slims Legends Tour event.
Team Navratilova won the final two doubles matches, with Zina Garrison Jackson and Evonne Goolagong beating Billie Jean King and Pam Shriver 6-4, and Navratilova and Garrison topping Shriver and Tracy Austin 6-2.