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Tennis: Sorenstam Leads in ADT Championship First Round


World No. 1 women's golfer Annika Sorenstam of Sweden leads American Cristie Kerr by one stroke after the first round of the season-ending LPGA ADT championships in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Sorenstam fired a six under par 66 on the Trump International Golf Course. Kerr is one stroke back at five under par 67. Australia's Karrie Webb is tied with Taiwan's Candie Kung and South Korea's Jeong Jang for second place at four under par, 68.

Defending champion Meg Mallon of the United States is eight strokes off the lead at two over par, 74. Mallon beat Sorenstam in a playoff to win the tournament last year.

The ADT Championship features the top 30 players on the official money-winning list. The winner receives $250,000.

Tennis Masters Cup

World number two tennis player Andy Roddick of the United States and Britain's Tim Henman have scored wins at the Tennis Masters Cup tournament in Houston, Texas.

Henman kept his semifinal hopes alive with a straight-set win over Guillermo Coria of Argentina (6-2, 6-2). The win evened the British player's record at 1-1 in round-robin play. Roddick had a tougher time with former U.S. Open winner Marat Safin of Russia.

The American was taken to a tiebreaker both times, but beat the Russian, 7-6, 7-6. Roddick is undefeated (2-0) at this event. Later world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland takes on former French Open champion Carlos Moya of Spain. The tournament features eight players divided into two groups of four.

The top two finishers in each group after round robin play advance to the semifinals. An undefeated champion can earn more than one million dollars.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.