- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 May 9, 2003 

Sports Digest:


ATP Tour

David Nalbandian lost to Felix Mantillia.

Both Andre Agassi and David Nalbandian lost in the first round of Telecom Italia Masters Roma tournament in Rome, Italy from May 5 to May 11.

Playing on the clay surface current top player Andre Agassi seeded and ranked number one lost 6-0, 6-7, 4-6 to Spain's David Ferrer.

Nalbandian, seeded 11, suffered 3-6, 6-1, 0-6 defeat from another Spaniard Felix Mantillia.

Despite the loss Agassi still holds first position in ATP rankings with 371 race points. Nalbandian lost two positions and moved down to 25th place with 88 race points.

Meanwhile Sargis Sargsyan with 64 race points moved up from 52nd to 44th place after his successful performance at the tournament in Valencia, Spain finished on May 5, where he reached quarterfinals.

WTA Tour

Armenian tennis player Marie-Gayaneh Mikaelian representing Switzerland has reached the third round at a tournament in Berlin.

Mikaelian beat Ai Sugiyama from Japan in the first round, Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in the second and lost to Daniela Hantuchova from Slovakia in third round.

For the present moment Mikaelyan holds 35th place in rankings with 871 race points.

Football (Premier League: Fourth round)

The key match of the fourth round of the Premier League was a duel between two clubs holding top places in the league table Kotayk and Pyunik.

Kotayk with its nine points in three matches was defending its first position while Pyunik squad with seven points entered the field to take it away from the hosting club.

However, luck ordered otherwise for Pyunik. The first half saw several attacks by both sides, but ended scoreless.

Tension grew as the game remained scoreless until Kotayk's Hayk Harutyunyan found the net in the 69th minute. Defending champion Pyunik found itself on the edge of crash as the club had only 21 minutes to score back and against a strong opponent fiercely defending.

Salvation came at injury time for Pyunik when Edgar Manucharyan scored saving a 1 draw point for the club.

Meanwhile three other clubs -- Lernagorts, Mika and Shirak -- with 6 points each got an opportunity to pass Pyunik in case of a win.

Shirak was the only club to take advantage of the situation, beating Lernagorts 2-1 to increase its season total to 9 points and kick Pyunik out of second place.

Mika also had a chance of bettering its standing, but failed in a 2-3 loss to FC Dinamo-2000 Yerevan.

Meanwhile Banants added to the list of clubs keeping Araks (0-4) at the bottom. Banants won 2-0.

Clubs Played Win Draw Loss Goals Scored Goals Accepted Points Position
Kotayk 4 3 1 0 5 1 10 1
Shirak 4 3 0 1 4 3 9 2
Pyunik 4 2 2 0 14 1 8 3
Lernagorts 4 2 0 2 8 5 6 4
MIKA 4 2 0 2 7 5 6 5
Banants 4 1 1 2 2 3 4 6
Dinamo 4 1 0 3 4 7 3 7
Araks 4 0 0 4 1 20 0 8


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Day of Remembrance

May 9 is Victory Day, when Armenia remembers its war veterans with ceremonies that include laying carnations and standing in formation near the Eternal Flame above Yerevan.



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