SYDNEY, Australia -- Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia
won the Sydney International for the fourth time in six years
Saturday, beating Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-0 in the
Australian Open tuneup event.
Hewitt, also the tournament winner in 2000, 2001 and 2004, has
won 20 straight matches in the event. He has lost only one career
match at the Sydney International Tennis Center, falling to Max
Mirnyi in the first round of the 2000 Olympics.
In the all-Australian women's final, sixth-seeded Alicia Molik
beat Samantha Stosur 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 for her fifth WTA Tour
Also, Australia's Todd Woodbridge and India's Mahesh Bhupathi
beat Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-3 in the
Hewitt raced to a 5-0 lead, but Minar rallied to tie it at 5.
"It was a strange match ... momentum swings," Hewitt said. "I
felt like I came out of the blocks extremely well, but then he
loosened up a bit. When he got back to 5-5, I had to try to settle
down and take it up a notch, and I was able to do that."
Hewitt has won 24 ATP Tour titles.
"I wasn't doing anything special," Minar said. "He was
playing some bad shots."
The Australian Open begins Monday in Melbourne.