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 Thursday, September 9
Bhupathi doubles up again
Associated Press

  NEW YORK -- Ai Sugiyama of Japan and Mahesh Bhupathi of India teamed Thursday to win the mixed doubles title at the U.S. Open, defeating Americans Kimberly Po and Donald Johnson 6-4, 6-4.

It was the first Grand Slam tournament title for Sugiyama and the second major mixed doubles championship for Bhupathi, who teamed with Rika Hiraki to capture the French Open in 1997.

Bhupathi also has won two Grand Slam tournament men's doubles titles this year with Leander Paes: the French Open and Wimbledon.

Top seed gone
Virginia Razzano of France, the No. 1 seeded player in the U.S. Open junior girls singles, was defeated Thursday by Laura Granville of Chicago 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The victory moved Granville, seeded 11th in the 64-player draw, into the quarterfinals.

Oh, say can you hear?
The planes screaming over Louis Armstrong Stadium were enough to keep Yevgeny Kafelnikov muttering throughout his quarterfinal match with Richard Krajicek, but the Russian put his foot down when the national anthem wafted in.

Someone was practicing her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the adjacent Grandstand court, and in mid-song Kafelnikov took off his white cap and placed it over his heart while rolling his eyes. When the crowd stopped laughing and Krajicek tried to serve at deuce, Kafelnikov waved him off as the singing continued.

When the anthem was done, the crowd applauded and a fan cried out, "Play ball!," and the match resumed. Krajicek won the next two points to hold serve.

New tour stops
Women's tennis will be played in 28 different countries on six continents next year, including the Olympics, Fed Cup competition and the season-ending Chase Championships of the WTA Tour.

The 2000 WTA Tour calendar released Thursday shows tournaments have been added in Scottsdale, Ariz.; St. Louis; Prague, Czech Republic; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Shanghai, China.

The year's first tournaments begin Jan . 3 in Australia and New Zealand.

Changing serves
Richard Krajicek had an ace returned to his record-breaking total on Thursday.

In his 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) loss to Yevgeny Kafelnikov on Wednesday night, Krajicek was credited with 48 aces, based on the umpire's score card.

On Thursday, Krajicek was credited with 49 aces.

On the first point of the 12th game in the fifth set, Krajicek served an ace. The serve was called out by the line judge, but overruled by the chair umpire. The score was noted as 15-0, but the ace was not recorded onto the electronic score card.

A videotape of the match was reviewed and all the aces counted.