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 August 29, 2003 

Sports: Out of the running for UEFA; still alive in US Open


Shirak got an eyefull of the team from Denmark as they were ousted from UEFA competition.

Armenia's participants in UEFA Cup competition have been eliminated.

On August 28 Shirak fell 0-2 to Nordsjaelland, Denmark and Banants lost 1-2 to Hapoel of Tel Aviv.

The Danes' shutout of Shirak left the Armenian side with no goals in UEFA action, as they suffered an 0-4 defeat in the away match.

Banants managed a 1-1 draw with the Israeli team in Tel Aviv, and were hopeful that the home advantage would bring better results and advancement to the next round. But Thursday's defeat kicked them out of competition on a 2-3 aggregate.


The last of this year's Grand Slams, US Open, started on August 25 in Flushing Meadows, NY, and will last until September 7. Three players of Armenian heritage have advanced beyond the first round.

Playing on the hard surface Andre Agassi (seeded first) from USA easily defeated Alex Corretja from Spain (6-1, 6-2, 6-2). David Nalbandian of Argentina (seeded 13) gained a 6-4, 7(7)-64, 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany while Sargis Sargsyan representing Armenia (unseeded) beat American Amer Delic 4-6, 6-3, 63-77, 6-2, 7-5.

In the second round Agassi beat Andreas Vinciquerra from Sweden 7(7)-6, 6-1, 6-4 to enter the third round.

Nalbandian was to meet Jarkko Nieminen from Finland in the second round while Sargis Sargsyan was to face James Blake from USA in matches not yet concluded at our deadline.

Armenia's female representatives didn't do as well.

Magdalena Maleeva (seeded 10) of Bulgaria suffered 4-6, 3-6 defeat from Shinobu Asagoe of Japan in the first round.

Marie-Gayaneh Mikaelyan from Switzerland was luckier than Maleeva. She won 6-3, 6-1 over Marlene Weingartner from Germany in the first round. However in the second round the Swiss-Armenian lost 5-7, 4-6 to Japan's Saori Obata.


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