Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Open Start to Be 'Hard'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Open Start to Be 'Hard'

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If USGA executive director Mike Davis has his way, the record low scores at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional are unlikely to travel to the West Coast.

Davis said Monday at San Francisco's majestic Olympic Club that the course will be "the hardest start in a U.S. Open" when players tee off June 14.

The unleveled Lake Course in the serene setting just across the street from the Pacific Ocean will play at 7,170 yards -- 373 yards longer than the previous time the tournament played host to the national championship in 1998 -- including the 670-yard 16th hole that could be the longest par 5 in Open history.

Windy conditions and the threat of the city's famous fog also could make the hilly course even tougher.

Tennis

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic played his first match since winning the Australian Open, shaking off the rust to beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 6-4, 6-2, in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships in United Arab Emirates. Sixth-seeded Mardy Fish had an easy time against Andreas Beck of Germany, winning, 6-1, 6-1, to join Djokovic in the second round.

* Defending champion Jelena Dokic of Australia and fifth-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia won first-round matches at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Dokic, seeded seventh, beat Kristina Mladenovic of France, 6-3, 6-1. Fifth-seeded Martic rallied past Erika Sema of Japan, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

* American Andy Roddick is hoping to turn around a dismal season when he opens play today at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Florida. Fourth-seeded Roddick, who has slipped to No. 30 in the rankings, usually does well in the first couple of months of the year. He has traditionally fared well at the indoor tournaments in February -- he has won the Memphis and San Jose titles three times each. But he's battling injuries. He is 2-3 this year, his worst start since he joined the ATP Tour full time in 2001.

Olympics

Authorities hope to protect the integrity of the London Olympics by meeting daily to analyze possible suspicious betting patterns and assess if any athletes are deliberately underperforming for personal profit. …

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