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Graf Back To Form

Steffi Graf, displaying no signs of her recent back problems, continued her mastery over German compatriot Anke Huber to advance 6-4, 6-4 to the finals of the Delray Beach Winter …


Chang Ousted In Upset

Thomas Muster of Austria upset fourth-seeded Michael Chang in a final-set tiebreaker to advance to the quarterfinals of the Newsweek Champions Cup tennis tournament. Muster, seeded 14th, defeated Chang 6-1, …


Sampras Struggles

Top-seeded Pete Sampras, coming off a second-round loss in the U.S. Indoor last month, struggled past Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in a second-round match at the $1.8 …


Courier Serves To Win

Jim Courier capitalized on a strong serve to beat qualifier Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 and win the MassMutual Championships, in Scottsdale, Ariz., for his second title this year. Thomas …


Enqvist Upsets Chang For U.S. Indoor Crown After Dropping First Set

Michael Chang can’t bear to watch while losing to Thomas Enqvist in the finals of the U.S. Indoor Tennis Championship at Philadelphia on Sunday. Photo by Associated Press


Mac-Like Attack In Philly: Agassi Loses Cool, Match As Fans Boo Him Off Court

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Sampras Won’t Play

Top-ranked Pete Sampras will not play in the United States’ Davis Cup quarterfinal match in Italy next month because of a scheduling conflict. The New York Times reported that Sampras …


Graf Into Semifinals

Steffi Graf, in the second match of her comeback from injuries, defeated 14-year-old Martina Hingis of Switzerland in a quarterfinal match at the Paris Open. Graf won 6-2, 6-3 in …


Miscellany

Bill Parcells could try another blitzkrieg early Friday, opening day in the NFL’s annual free-agency period. There have been unsubstantiated reports of a Dave Meggett sighting at the Patriots’ offices, …


No. 2 Beats No. 1

Andre Agassi, shaking off only his second loss in 33 sets played this year, turned back Michael Chang 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 to capture the San Jose Open at San Jose, …


Chang Dodges Bullet

Michael Chang found out how to beat a speeding bullet in the quarterfinals of the San Jose Open. Fighting serves by Greg Rusedski that reached a record 137 mph, Chang …


Sports People

Top-seeded Boris Becker won his opening-round match in the Marseille Open, beating Juan Albert Viloca of Spain 6-2, 6-4… . Marc Gagnon, a two-time world champion from Canada, …


Martin Leads U.S. Past France To Advance In Davis Cup Field

Todd Martin chases down a shot from Guy Forget during their Davis Cup match. Martin’s victory clinched a first-round win for the U.S. Photo by Associated Press


U.S. Davis Cup Team Takes Lead

Richey Reneberg and Jared Palmer took up where they left off in the Australian Open, and the United States took a 2-1 Davis Cup lead over France in St. Petersburg, …


United States, France Split Opening Matches In Davis Cup First Round

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Agassi Puts Australian On Slam List

Andre Agassi absorbed a 28-ace barrage by Pete Sampras, wore him down from the baseline and lifted his Australian Open title Sunday in a spectacular match to close in on …


So Much For Fragile Persona Pierce Pulls Back Reins In Solving Sanchez Vicario

Mary Pierce pouted and shouted, cursed and screamed, bopped her forehead with her racket and flogged her thighs like a jockey riding a racehorse. And this, she said, was one …


Pierce Punctures Vicario, Wins Final Victory Over World’s No. 2 Avenges French Open Loss

Mary Pierce wins her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Photo by Associated Press


Krickstein’s Pain Equals Agassi’s Gain Injury Default Ends Semifinal Before Flood Hits Center Court

Andre Agassi reached the Australian Open final today when Aaron Krickstein defaulted with a groin injury moments before several inches of water from a blocked storm drain flooded center court. …


Sampras Rolls Past Chang To Reach Final

France’s Mary Pierce overcame her temper and erratic play to defeat Conchita Martinez. Photo by Associated Press


Sampras Breaks Down In Tears, But Recovers In Time For Victory Champ Wins One For Sick Coach; Agassi Also Reaches Semifinals

Pete Sampras, right, won, but is still consoled by Jim Courier. Photo by Associated Press


Agassi Brings Aussie Hopes To Quick End Vocal Fans Don’t Get The Upset They Crave

Mary Pierce has smashing success in quarterfinals to reach Aussie Open semifinals. Photo by Associated Press


Russian Ace Sends Martin Home Early Kafelnikov Sweeps American 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov salutes the crowd after ousting American Todd Martin. Photo by Associated Press


Sampras Overhauls Larsson In Five Sets Resurgent American Men Reach New Heights In Australian Open

American Pete Sampras celebrates one of his finest hours. Photo by Associated Press


Davenport Rips Own Chances

Lindsay Davenport, the topranked American in the Australian Open women’s field, doesn’t believe she’s ready to win a Grand Slam title just yet. “I wouldn’t pick myself to win at …


Agassi Says To Put Your Bets On Him

Stefan Edberg sends a backhand in the direction of Hendrik Dreekmann. Photo by Associated Press


Sampras Nets Another Win As Coach Ails

Shortly after his coach was hospitalized Friday, a worried Pete Sampras rushed through to the fourth round at the Australian Open. Tim Gullikson, who suffered two minor strokes in the …


Edberg Again A Happy Birthday Guy Sixth-Seeded Swede Reaches Third Round Of Australian Open

Serenaded by fans singing “Happy Birthday” when he stepped on court Thursday, Stefan Edberg did what he’s always done on his birthday at the Australian Open - win. Edberg, twice …


Crying Game Takes Over Li In Aussie Loss Sanchez Vicario Takes Bite Out Of Fang

Mary Pierce hits a forehand shot during her 6-1, 6-0 first-round vistory over Tina Krizan. Photo by Associated Press


Courier Has Become A Really Laid-Back Dude

A mellowed Courier is back in Melbourne, and his straight-set win shows he means business. Photo by Associated Press