Sports shorts: Nadal wins 1st title since injury; Serena falls but is No. 1

2013-02-18T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Nadal wins 1st title since injury; Serena falls but is No. 1Staff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

SAO PAULO - Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the indoor clay-court Brazil Open on Sunday, his first trophy since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee.

Nadal, whose 37 of 51 titles are on clay, returned to play in Chile last week, losing in the final of both singles and doubles.

"I'll definitely enjoy this one because of all the problems," said Nadal after his first title since winning the French Open for the seventh time last June.

• In Doha, Qatar, defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Serena Williams 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open, earning her 16th title and ending a 10-match losing streak against the American.

Azarenka will give up the No. 1 ranking to the second-ranked Williams today, but she extended her win streak to 14 matches and beat Williams for the first time since 2009. She has a 2-11 record against Williams.

"It feels incredible," Azarenka said.

Williams, who had won her last eight finals, made 48 errors against Azarenka and only converted three of seven break points. But the American took comfort in returning to the No. 1 ranking after 2 1/2 years, the oldest player to hold that title, breaking the mark held by Chris Evert, who was No. 1 in 1985 just shy of her 31st birthday.

"I'm definitely not happy, but I'm No. 1," Williams said, smiling.

• In Rotterdam, Netherlands, Juan Martin del Potro beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Sunday to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Miscellaneous

Davis wins 24 Hours in Old Pueblo

Jonathan Davis captured the solo men's category at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo mountain bike race Sunday, completing 19 laps of the 17-mile course north of Tucson.

Rita Borelli won the solo women's category with 17 laps. Single-speed solo winners were Hunter Keating (17 laps) and Melissa Liebling (13).

The 14th annual event in Oracle attracted more than 3,500 riders, volunteers and fans.

• In Schladming, Austria, the U.S. ski team finished the weekend with the most golds (four) at the world championships, the first non-European nation to ever achieve the feat. The Austrians led with eight total medals, but American Ted Ligety became the first man to win three gold medals in 45 years, and Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, became the youngest woman in 39 years to win the slalom title.

• The U.S. will host the next skiing world championships in Colorado Feb. 2-15, 2015, at Beaver Creek and Vail.

• Tour de France runner-up Christopher Froome won the Tour of Oman Saturday, holding off Alberto Contador by 27 seconds and Cadel Evans by 39 seconds to claim his first stage-race victory.

• In soccer, the Los Angeles Galaxy said midfielder Landon Donovan, 30, will rejoin the team during the final week of March after a break of almost four months. ... Chelsea, Manchester City and Wigan scored four times each Sunday to advance in the FA Cup.

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