Sporting Digest: Tennis

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ALBERTO BERASATEGUI, of Spain, upset Jim Courier, the former world No 1, to win the Nice Open yesterday with an impressive straight-sets victory. The unseeded Berasategui, 20, who had knocked out the top seed, Stefan Edberg, in the quarter-finals, overpowered the second seed Courier to win 6-4, 6-2.

HONG KONG OPEN Quarter-finals: M Chang (US) bt M Tebbutt (Aus) 6-3 6-4; I Lendl (US) bt G Rusedski (Can) 3-6 7-5 6-3; B Gilbert (US) bt J Morgan (Aus) 6-2 7-6; P Rafter (Aus) bt M Damm (Cz Rep) 4-6 6-3 6-4. Semi-finals: Chang bt Gilbert 6-2 7-5; Rafter bt Lendl 6-3 6-4. Final: Chang bt Rafter 6-1 6-3.

NICE OPEN Quarter-finals: S Dosedel (Cz Rep) bt T Guardiola (Fr) 6-4 7-6; J Courier (US) bt W Ferreira (SA) 6-3 6-2. Semi-finals: A Berasategui (Sp) bt Dosedel 3-6 6-3 6-4; Courier bt M Rosset (Swit) 6-0 6-3. Final: Berasategui bt Courier 6-4 6-2.

ATP TOURNAMENT (Birmingham, Alabama) Second round: J-F Altur (Sp) bt G Stafford (SA) 6-3 1-6 6-2; M Filippini (Urug) bt B Shelton (US) 6-4 6-7 7-5; D Witt (US) bt M Wilander (Swe) 6-3 4-6 6-4; J Palmer (US) bt R Jabali (Bra) 6-2 6-0. Quarter-finals: G Markus (Arg) bt D Orsanic (Arg) 6-3 6-0; Palmer bt Altur 6-3 6-1; Filippini bt Witt 6-3 7-5; J Stoltenberg (Aus) bt J Eltingh (Neth) 6-4 6-2. Semi-finals: Stoltenberg bt Filippini 7-5 7-6; Markus bt Palmer 6-4 6-4. Final: Stoltenberg bt Markus 6-3 6-4.

BANGKOK WOMEN'S OPEN Semi-finals: S Appelmans (Bel) bt F Labat (Arg) 6-4 6-2; P Fendick (US) bt K Radford (Aus) 7-5 6-2. Final: Appelmans bt Fendick 6-7 7-6 6-3.

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