Sports shorts: Serena wins again, heads to Aussie Open as favorite

2013-01-06T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Serena wins again, heads to Aussie Open as favoriteStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

BRISBANE, Australia - Serena Williams proved the break between seasons hasn't hurt her momentum, capturing her 47th career title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Saturday in the Brisbane International final.

"I always feel like I don't know how to play tennis when I play against you," Pavlyuchenkova told Williams.

Williams has won 35 of her past 36 matches, including titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open, and she will be the favorite at the upcoming Australian Open, which she has won five times.

• In Perth, Australia, Spain beat Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup for the fourth time on Saturday. Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles 6-4, 7-5 against Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.

• In Doha, Qatar, Richard Gasquet won the Qatar Open, coming from a set down to beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

• Li Na of China secured a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 win over Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic to capture the Shenzhen Open.

Hockey

Talks give hope for settlement

NEW YORK - In a meeting arranged by a federal mediator, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr got together Saturday for the first face-to-face talks between the NHL and the players' union in three days.

Hopes soared that a deal to end the 112-day lockout may be close. The NHL set a Jan. 11 deadline to save a 48-game season.

• In Ufa, Russia, the United States beat Sweden 3-1 to win the junior ice hockey championships behind Rocco Grimaldi's two goals. Goalie John Gibson was the MVP.

MISCELLANEOUS

PGA Tour opener postponed again

KAPALUA, Hawaii - The season-opening Tournament of Champions was postponed for the second straight day because of gusts that topped 40 mph. Golfers will try to play 36 holes today, followed by an 18-hole finish Monday.

• In baseball, team president Nolan Ryan confirmed that the Texas Rangers made an offer to free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Lance Berkman, 36.

• Demba Ba scored twice in his debut as Chelsea beat Southampton 5-1 in the third round of soccer's FA Cup, while Robin van Persie scored late for Manchester United to tie 2-2 at West Ham and earn a replay.

• In basketball, the Pima College women beat South Mountain 62-53 in Phoenix behind A'jha Edwards (14 points, 10 rebounds), Mya Perrow-Donovan (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Tucson High grad Raja Moreno (13 boards). The Aztecs (9-8, 5-3) host No. 6 Mesa at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the men at 7:30. ... Lawrence Pierce had 19 points as the Pima men's team (6-10, 1-7) fell at South Moutain 83-58.

• In hockey, Minot State beat Arizona 5-3 to sweep a two-game series at TCC Arena.

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