New Delhi: It was a year that belonged to the Williams family with Serena overpowering sister Venus in three grand slam finals. And it could have been a calendar slam had she played the Australian open. The younger Williams lost just five matches through the year. But there was some relief at the WTA season ending championships instead of an all Williams final; Kim Clijsters got the better of Serena. But there was disappointment for Martina Hingis fans. After losing in the final of the Australian open the Swiss miss was out of action for most of the year because of ankle surgery, and she isn't going to be at Melbourne in 2003 either. Four all for the Men Unlike the women's circuit there was no single dominant player in the men's. Four grandslams produced four different winners. But Lleyton Hewitt stood out finishing the year with the number one tag and the Wimbledon trophy. But the final of the final Grandslams relived the rivalry of the 90's, with Andre Agassi facing Pete Sampras. And as on most occasion's pistol Pete produced his best tennis on the day, claiming his record fourteenth grand slam title and first since Wimbledon 2000. Retirement was said to be on the cards, but the 31 year old says he'll be back next year. Russia gets Davis But the drama unfolded in the final of the Davis Cup. Russia came back from 2-1 down to beat holders France in Paris. The unlikely hero Mikhail Youzhny who came from two sets down to win the final rubber gave Russia their first Davis Cup title. The most promising player though came out from Asia. Paradon Srichappan beat Hewitt and won two ATP tour titles to jump up to 16th in the World rankings. Next up for him would be to become the first Asian to win a grand slam title.
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