Second seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, hampered by an arm injury, was defeated 6-1, 6-1 in the Italian Open quarterfinals by Swiss teenager Patty Schnyder.
Schnyder will face four-time defending champion Conchita Martinez in one semifinal today. Martinez dismissed South Africa’s Joannette Kruger 6-0, 6-4 to win her 23rd consecutive match at Foro Italico.
Mary Pierce, who followed up her ouster of top seed Monica Seles with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Romania’s Ruxandra Dragomir, the 14th seed, faces No. 11 Barbara Paulus of Austria, who won her quarterfinal with No. 7 Irina Spirlea 6-4, 6-2.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov breezed into the semifinals of the German Open by routing Albert Costa 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes in Hamburg. Kafelnikov’s opponent will be Andrei Medvedev, who ousted 12th-seeded Sergi Bruguera 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Tommy Haas, 19, a wild-card entry from Germany, rallied to upset Alberto Berasategui 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. He’ll play Felix Mantilla, who beat Hicham Arazi 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Rumors that Mike Tyson wasn’t training and that his once-postponed bout with Evander Holyfield was in jeopardy prompted a top Nevada boxing official to visit Tyson’s training camp.
After watching Tyson train for about an hour, Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Marc Ratner said he was satisfied the June 28 fight was going ahead as scheduled.
Ordway, second in the Gotham and fourth in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, will miss the Preakness, to be run next Saturday at Pimlico, because of a leg injury.
Bob Briggs, 52, a defensive lineman who played in the AFL and NFL from 1967-76, has died at Sanibel Island, Fla.
Vera Ilyina, 23, a Russian who dives for the University of Texas, won the women’s 1-meter springboard championship in the USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ilyina won with a score of 287.04. She beat Dorte Lindner of Germany (247.17) and She Lei of China (238.92).