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TennisHack 01-04-2003 09:09 PM

Pictures from the Final
 

Stefan Koubek, from Austria, holds the championship trophy after defeating American Jan-Michael Gambill at the Qatar Open Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. Koubek won, 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)




Stefan Koubek, from Austria, holds the championship trophy after defeating American Jan-Michael Gambill, from Spokane, Wash., at the Qatar Open, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. Koubek won, 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)




Stefan Koubek, from Austria, center, looks at a golden sword which was presented to him after defeating American Jan-Michael Gambill, from Spokane, Wash., 6-4, 6-4, to win the Qatar Open, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. Looking on are Sheikh Tamim bin Hamed Al Thani, president of the Qatar Olympic Committee, left, and sponsor of the tournament Wayne Harms, general manager of Exxon Mobil Qatar, Inc. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

TennisHack 01-04-2003 09:15 PM


American Jan-Michael Gambill, from Spokane, Wash., reacts after going down four games to two during the second set against Stefan Koubek, from Austria, during the championship match of Qatar Open, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. Koubek won, 6-4, 6-4, and becomes the new number one ranked player. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)



American Jan-Michael Gambill, from Spokane, Wash., serves against Stefan Koubek, from Austria, during the championship match of Qatar Open, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. Koubek won, 6-4, 6-4, and becomes the new number one-ranked player. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)



American Jan-Michael Gambill, from Spokane, Wash., hits a backhand return against Stefan Koubek, from Austria, during the championship match of Qatar Open, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Doha, Qatar. Koubek won, 6-4, 6-4, and becomes the new number one-ranked player. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Marilyn 01-04-2003 10:08 PM

the sword looks cool ;) and so is the trophy :)

TennisHack 01-05-2003 02:38 AM

All right, we're having a bit of a debate. What color is JMG's outfit? Is it grey, blue, or purple?

TennisHack 01-05-2003 02:41 AM

An article to go with the pictures :)

Koubek Swats Gambill to Top Race After Qatar Win
Sat Jan 4, 1:05 PM ET

DOHA (Reuters) - Unseeded Austrian Stefan Koubek earned the distinction of topping the ATP Champions Race following his 6-4, 6-4 win over American Jan-Michael Gambill in the final of the season-opening Qatar Open on Saturday.

Koubek's third career title followed victories in Atlanta in 1999 and Delray Beach in 2000.

"I am happy that I won my first tournament of the news season. I am also happy to know that I will be ranked number one for the first week in the ATP Champions Race," a beaming Koubek said.

"This is a memorable victory for me as I have been able to play consistently well," the world number 54 added after pocketing the winner's check of $142,000.

Koubek's run in Doha finally ended a nine-match losing streak dating back to last August. He had not won a match since reaching the second round in Indianapolis.

The 26-year-old broke ninth seed Gambill in the third game of the first set to take a 3-2 lead and held on to clinch the first set.

Gambill, voted as one of the 50 'Most Beautiful People in the World' by the People magazine in 2000, was error-prone as he netted numerous returns.

An increasingly frustrated Gambill even earned a warning from the umpire after slamming a ball into the stands.

While Gambill lost his cool, a focused Koubek played precision tennis.

Koubek gained the early advantage in the second set by breaking Gambill in the first game.

Whenever Gambill rushed to the net, Koubek passed him easily with brilliant down the line winners.

Both Koubek and Gambill had not won a title since each won in Delray Beach -- Koubek in 2000 and Gambill in 2001.

"This is my biggest win," Koubek added.

A downcast Gambill said: "He played well, returned well .. it was good tennis. I wasn't getting my first serve the way I wanted."

RogiFan 01-05-2003 03:40 AM

:) JMG -- why didn't he lose his cool vs. Rogi?? I haven't seen him play that much but every time I see him, he NEVER smiles... glad Koubek beat him. :p

Mr. Man 01-05-2003 05:02 AM

b/c he is better than Roger ;) :p

I'd say a mixture of grey and purple 'Tennishack. :rolleyes:

Leo7 01-06-2003 02:44 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by TennisHack
All right, we're having a bit of a debate. What color is JMG's outfit? Is it grey, blue, or purple?
lol looks like a light purple to me.


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