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Groth, Kudryavtseva make WTA final

Guangzhou, China -- No. 1-seed Jarmila Groth ran through her match in 38 minutes Saturday in grabbing a finals berth at the Guangzhou Invitational tennis tournament in China.

Groth blitzed Edina Gallovits 6-0, 6-1, winning 70 percent of the points in the semifinal match. She's lost only 10 games -- half of them in her second-round match -- this week in advancing to her first WTA finals.

Groth established control quickly, winning 25 of the 31 points in the first set, dropping only two points on serve in the set.

She'll go against Alla Kudryavtseva in the finals. Kudryavtseva, also seeking her first WTA title, stopped Zhang Shuai 6-0, 6-4 Saturday. She dropped serve once but also had five service breaks against Zhang.

U.S. Open to go 3-D

New York -- Panasonic, CBS Sports and the U.S. Tennis Association will produce 3-D versions of the U.S. Open on Labor Day and finals weekends, organizers say.

The USTA said Wednesday Panasonic has become an official sponsor of the U.S. Open in a new three-year contract.

A news release said working with CBS Sports, the USTA and Pansonic will spearhead the first-ever 3D broadcasts of the tournament. CBS Sports will produce 3-D versions of all the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that it broadcasts in high definition on Labor Day weekend and on finals weekend, Sept. 10-12.

The release said the matches will be made available nationwide via DirecTV's dedicated 3-D entertainment channel, "n|3D Powered by Panasonic" (DirecTV channel 103).

Celtics center Perkins to miss Game 7

Los Angeles -- Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said Wednesday he has torn ligaments in his right knee and will miss Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles.

Perkins entered the Staples Center Wednesday on crutches, telling reporters he had torn the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee while grabbing a rebound in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Lakers, The Boston Globe said.

The announcement ended any speculation he might be able to play in the Finals' deciding game after crumpling to the floor with 5:30 remaining the first quarter of the Celtics' 89-67 blowout loss in Game 6.

Federer extends Halle winning streak

Halle, Germany -- Roger Federer continued his Gerry Webber Open winning streak Saturday, downing Philipp Petzschner to draw Lleyton Hewitt in the Halle, Germany, finals.

Federer, seeking his sixth Halle title, ousted Petzschner 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 to win his 29th straight match at Gerry Webber Stadium since 2002.

No. 8 seed Hewitt, meanwhile, took Saturday's first match, staging a rally against Germany's Benjamin Becker to prevail 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

The Australian has won two career grand slam events, including Wimbledon in 2002, but this is his first Halle appearance. In recent years Hewitt has tuned up for Wimbledon at the Queen's Club, where he has won four times.