Anja Persson

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In tennis, fifth-seeded Robin Söderling beat Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in Milan Sunday to take his second career title. 

Söderling won on his third match point and says ‘I’m in form, my serve is good.  I hope this is my year’.  He is the third Sweden to win the indoor event, after Björn Borg in 1978 and Stefan Edberg in 1984.

Ski queen Anja Persson, the reigning overall World Cup champ, added to her medal collection when she took the silver in the combined Friday.  And although she finished Sunday’s downhill out of contention, she is just 23 points behind in the race for this year’s overall title.

Sweden has once again taken the World Handball title after beating Spain 33-30 on Sunday. 

Johan Wissman continues to make gains on the track:  last week he won the men’s 200 meter in Boston, this week it was second in the same event, this time in Belgium.

And Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss this week’s friendly international against France due to a back injury.  Ibrahimovic suffered a back injury Saturday and Swedish coach Lars Lagerbäck says training or playing a match on Wednesday is not in the cards for Zlatan.

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