Graf gears up for return

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Steffi Graf, who is recovering from knee surgery, says she expects to return to play in the autumn.

"If everything goes well, I'll be able to play again in late autumn and will then be in the Tournament of Champions in Frankfurt at the beginning of December," Graf said yesterday.

The 28-year-old seven-times Wimbledon champion had knee surgery on 10 June in Vienna. "I'm now doing very well," she said. "Directly after [the surgery] it was a bit difficult. Now I can move without pain."