Monica Seles, the joint world No 1, won her second tournament since her return to competition last August when, despite an injury, she defeated her fellow American Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, at the Peters International championship in Sydney yesterday.
The injury concerned Seles while she was serving, but she said she would still play in the Australian Open which starts in Melbourne today. "The trainer said it should be OK," said Seles, who had her thigh heavily strapped shortly before fighting off a match point in the second set.
In Melbourne, the British No 1 Clare Wood won her third qualifier to set up a first-round match against the former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez in Melbourne today. Wood beat Lisa McShea of Australia 6-4, 6- 1.
Andre Agassi, who plays a qualifier in the the first round, warmed up with a few verbal swats at Thomas Muster, who could leapfrog ahead of him and No 1 Pete Sampras in the rankings without even winning the year's first Grand Slam event. "Muster still needs to show himself on surfaces other than clay," Agassi said.