Novak Djokovic outlasted two-time defending champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters final Sunday.
In a rematch of the U.S. Open final, Djokovic seemed headed for another loss to Murray when the Brit was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. But the Serb saved one match point before breaking back for 5-5. He also saved four match points in a tiebreaker en route to his fifth ATP title of the year. Heather Watson became the first British woman in 24 years to win a WTA title by beating Chang Kai-chen 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (4) at the Japan Open in Osaka. The last British woman to win a tour title was Sara Gomer in 1988. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her sixth WTA title of the season by beating Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 at the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria.
Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said Andrew Bynum will receive another injection in his right knee before the season begins. Collins wasn't sure of the specifics, but Bynum's agent, David Lee, said, "just look at it as lubrication for his knees. He's had them in previous years." In September, Bynum had injections of plasma-rich platelets in an effort to stimulate healing in arthritis-affected areas in his knees. He's been held out of training camp. Jeremy Lin had just four points on 1-of-10 shooting in Houston's 116-107 loss to visiting San Antonio. DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and nine rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat Miami 99-89. The Heat's LeBron James had 11 points in 20 minutes in front 17,292 in Shanghai.
Inbee Park won the LPGA Malaysia, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat Na Yeon Choi by two shots in Kuala Lumpur. Park took the lead with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 13th. She got away with bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 when Choi (71) made a double bogey on the par-3 17th. Park finished at 15-under 269 and won $285,000. Paula Creamer (69) tied for sixth at 9 under. Michelle Wie (68) finished at 1 over. Fred Funk won the Greater Hickory Classic, holing a 2-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to beat Duffy Waldorf by a shot in Conover, N.C. Funk, who shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 15-under 201, won $240,000. Waldorf had a 66. Defending champion Mark Wiebe (70) was third at 10 under.
With a third straight win, Sebastian Vettel is suddenly closing in on a third straight Formula One title. The Red Bull driver won the Korean Grand Prix at the 3.49-mile Yeongam course to move ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by six points in the standings. Vettel took the lead on the first turn and never relinquished it. Teammate Mark Webber was second, followed by Alonso. Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and visiting Indiana upset defending champion Minnesota 76-70 in Game 1 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals. The Fever won without leading scorer Katie Douglas (sprained ankle). Cross country runner Elizabeth Phillips won the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She's a seven-time All-American from Washington University (St. Louis) who led the Division III school to the national title last year. The biomedical engineering major graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Alexi Pappas, a cross country and track and field star at Dartmouth, was among the nine finalists. She's from Alameda and a Bishop O'Dowd High-Oakland grad majoring in creative writing and English.
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