Lee through to Indonesia Open final, will play Jorgensen for title
JAKARTA • Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei beat Indonesia's Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-9, 21-18 yesterday to regain the world No. 1 ranking and reach the Indonesia Open final. He will meet Jan O. Jorgensen, after the Dane beat China's Tian Houwei 21-14, 18-21, 21-17 in the other semi-final.
The women's singles final will be between China's fourth seed Wang Yihan, who upset Spain's top seed Carolina Marin 16-21, 21-11, 21-17 and unseeded Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying, who prevailed over China's Wang Shixian 21-9, 21-15.
Defending champ Nordqvist in three-way share of Shoprite lead
NEW YORK • Defending champion Anna Nordqvist overcame a poor start with nine birdies in her last 12 holes for a seven-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead at the Shoprite LPGA Classic on Friday in New Jersey.
Tied with the Swedish golfer were Japan's Ai Miyazato and South African Paula Reto, with Haru Nomura of Japan, Scottish veteran Catriona Matthew and American Casey Grice one shot back on 65.
Montmelo tragedy as Spain's Salom dies after crashing during practice
BARCELONA • Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom died on Friday after crashing in free practice for the Grand Prix of Catalunya in Barcelona.
The 24-year-old was struck by his motorbike which bounced against the outer wall at the Montmelo track after he fell at Turn 12 in the second practice session.
The SAG team rider lay on the ground, where he was treated before being transferred by helicopter to the Hospital General de Catalunya, where he died later.
Former No. 2 Haas takes over as tournament director at Indian Wells
PARIS • Tommy Haas was named tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, United States, on Friday, filling a position vacated by Raymond Moore in March after he made derisive comments about women's tennis and the Women's Tennis Association.
The German, who rose to the No. 2 ranking in 2002 and reached four Grand Slam semi-finals, remains an active player at 38, persevering in an injury-plagued professional career that began in 1996.
NEW YORK TIMES