Sport in short: Tennis

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BORIS BECKER has pulled out of next week's Japan Open because of a cold. It will be the fifth tournament the former Wimbledon champion has missed this year because of illness or injury.

JIM COURIER, the world No 1, lost 7-5, 7-6, to Israel's Amos Mansdorf in the semi-finals of the Salem Open in Osaka, Japan, yesterday. Mansdorf meets another American, Michael Chang, in today's final.

SALEM MEN'S OPEN (Osaka, Japan) Semi-finals: A Mansdorf (Isr) bt J Courier (US) 7-5 7-6; M Chang (US) bt S Simian (Fr) 6-2 3-6 6-3.

SOUTH AFRICAN MEN'S OPEN (Durban) Quarter-finals: W Ferreira (SA) bt J Renzenbrink (Ger) 3-6 6-1 6-3; A Volkov (Rus) bt L Jonsson (Swe) 6-1

6-2; A Krickstein (US) bt A Reichel (US) 6-4 6-0; G Stafford (SA) bt R Weiss (US) 7-5 7-6. Semi-finals: Krickstein bt Volkov 6-2 6-7 6-4; Stafford bt Ferreira 6-4 7-5.

ESTORIL MEN'S OPEN (Lisbon, Por) Semi- finals: A Medvedev (Ukr) bt E Sanchez (Sp) 6-4

6-2; K Novacek (Cz) bt M Gustafsson (Swe) 6-4 6-4.

FAMILY CIRCLE MAGAZINE CUP WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT (Hilton Head, S Carolina) Third round: Semi-finals: S Graf (Ger) bt G Sabatini (Arg) 6-0 7-6; A Sanchez Vicario (Sp) bt J Capriati (US) 2-6 7-5 6-0.

REEBOK TOUR (Bramhall, Manchester): Men's final: N Fulwood (Derbys) bt J Delgado (Warwicks) 6-0 6-2. Women's final: N Egorova (Rus) bt A Smith (Staffs) 3-6 6-1 6-1.