[Yahoo] Sharapova repeats as Japan Open champion (AP)

Rusty Backhand
10-09-2004, 04:16 PM
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova overpowered Mashona Washington 6-0, 6-1 Saturday to win her second straight Japan Open on a day when rain from an approaching typhoon leaked through the arena's retractable roof and interrupted play. A 35-minute delay came during a men's semifinal in which Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic eliminated top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.