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Published: Sunday, 8/2/2009

Dominiak, George win tennis titles

Zorana George won the women's final of the Toledo Singles Championships. Zorana George won the women's final of the Toledo Singles Championships.

In the city of Toledo Singles Championships men's final, it was a familiar face in the winner's circle.

Todd Dominiak defeated Kyle Collette 6-3, 6-0 Saturday at Toledo Tennis Club to claim his second straight title and 11th overall.

In the women's final, top-seeded Zorana George beat Morgan Delp 6-4, 6-1.

•LOS ANGELES - Qualifier Carsten Ball reached his first ATP Tour final by beating Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals of the L.A. Tennis Open.

Ball will play in today's final against the winner of the late match between top-seeded Tommy Haas and sixth-seeded Sam Querrey.

"It's only a bonus to be in the final, win or lose," Ball said. "To be able to play in an ATP Tour tournament on a Sunday is what we all work for."

It was the first meeting between Ball and Mayer, 22-year-olds who were both playing in their first ATP semifinal.

•STANFORD, Calif. - Second-seeded Venus Williams was at the top of her game as she advanced to the finals of the Bank of the West Classic, beating third-seeded Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-1 in a match that lasted just over an hour.

"I felt like everything went well for me," Williams said. "I was able to raise my level at the important parts. My plan is to try and keep this level for the rest of the tournament."

The third-ranked Williams will be seeking her third title at Stanford in her first appearance since 2005. Dementieva, ranked fourth in the world, reached her seventh semifinal of the season.

•UMAG, Croatia - Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko cruised into the final of the Croatia Open by beating Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-1, 6-1.

The Russian will face former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who beat seventh-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-1, 6-7 (1), 7-5.

It was Davydenko's ninth straight singles victory after winning the German Open last week. His 15th career title took him back into the top 10 at No. 9.

CHESTER, W.Va. - Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird's classic finishing kick wasn't strong enough in the West Virginia Derby.

Mine That Bird finished third behind long shot winner Soul Warrior and Big Drama in the $750,000 race.

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