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 January 17, 2003 

Sports Digest

Football (Oscar Lopez)

Lopez no longer coaching in Armenia.According to newspaper "Komanda", Oscar Lopez is no longer coach of Pyunic Football Club nor of the Armenian National team and has left to go back to his home in Argentina.

The paper reports that, according to Armenian Football Federation sources, Lopez asked that his salary be doubled. When his request was not met, he left.

The post of Pyunic coach is temporarily being filled by Khoren Ohanisyan, president of the club and former USSR player.

Tennis (ATP/WTA Tours)

One of the four Grand Slam tournaments Australian Open kicked off on Monday January 13 in Melbourne.

The 128 men and 128 women are competing on the hard surface including Yerevan's Sargis Sargsyan.

Ranked No. 31 in ATP standings, Sargsyan has advanced to the fourth round, having beaten Agustin Calleri (4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-0) in the first round, and Gaston Gaudio (2-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2).

And, earlier today (January 17), Sargsyan moved on another round, defeating Mark Philippoussis (5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-4).

David Nalbandian (ranked 82) of Argentina also reached the third round with wins over Jerome Golmard (3-6, 6-3, 6-1, retired) and Jaymon Crabb (6-1, 7-6, 6-3).

Meanwhile another player of Armenian descent, Marie-Gayaneh Mikaelyan representing Switzerland, suffered a first-round loss to Emmanuelle Gagliardi (1-6, 0-2 walkover).

This season, Armenia also has a representative in the WTA. Ludmila Nikoyan currently holds 1043rd place.


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