Sporting Digest: Tennis

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MONICA SELES, who was stabbed in the back by a fan during the Hamburg Open last April, has not entered any torunaments this year. The International Management Group, which represents Seles, said yesterday that she had concentrated on physical rehabilitation but 'there are still emotional issues resulting from the stabbing attack'. She does not know when she will return.

US INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP (Philadelphia) First round: J Eltingh (Neth) bt P Sampras (US) 7-6 6-4; J Courier (US) bt D DiLucia (US) 6-3 6-0; P Haarhuis (Neth) bt J Connors (US) 6-4 2-6 7-6 7-3; J Stark (US) bt S Pescosolido (It) 7-6 7-6.

ATP TOURNAMENT (Stuttgart) Singles first round: A Boetsch (Fr) bt P Korda (Cz Rep) 6-2 7-6; I Kafelnikov (Rus) bt B Gilbert (US) 7-6 6-1; B Becker (Ger) bt D Prinisol (Ger) 6-1 6-4; G Ivanisevic (Croa) bt W Ferreira (SA) 3-6 6-3 6-2. Second round: S Edberg (Swe) bt J Stoltenberg (Aus) 7-6 6-1.

PARIS WOMEN'S OPEN First round: P Langrova (Cz Rep) bt A Olivier (Fr) 6-4 7-5; S Appelmans (Bel) bt S Wasserman (Bel) 7-6 6-1; P Begerow (Ger) bt S Pitkowski (Fr) 6-3 6-3; D Monami (Bel) bt M-F Bentivoglio (It) 6-4 7-5; W Probst (Ger) bt S Noorlander (Neth) 6-3 6-3; L Golarsa (It) bt A Temesvari (Hung) 6-3 6-2; M Navratilova (US) bt C Singer (Ger) 6-2 6-2; M Pierce (Fr) bt M Kochta (Ger) 6-4 6-1.

WTA TOURNAMENT (Oklahoma City) First round: A Grossman (US) bt C Delisle (Can) 6-3 7-6; K Adams (US) bt A Miller (US) 4-6 6-2 6-1; J Steven (US) bt N London (US) 6-3 6-3; L Harvey Wild (US) bt T Whitlinger (US) 6-4 1-6 7-6; Z Garrison-Jackson (US) bt C Cristea (Rom) 6-0 6-4; R Zrubakova (Slovak) bt L Weerasuriya (S Lanka) 6-3 6-2.

WTA CHINA WOMEN'S OPEN (Peking) First round: Tang Liyao (Ch) bt Yi Jingqian (Ch) 7-5 6-1; P Shriver (US) bt P Thoren (Fin) 6-2 6-3; A Strnadova (Cz Rep) bt R Tedjakusuma (Indon) 6-3 6-0; A Dechaume-Balleret (Fr) bt E Iida (Japan) 4-6 6-1 6-3; M Miyauchi (Japan) bt J Byrne (Aus) 6-2 6-2.

LTA WOMEN'S CHALLENGER TOURNAMENT (Newcastle) Second round: M Seibold (Ger) bt N Feber (Bel) 3-6 6-4 7-6; K Cross (Devon) bt P Tampieri (It) 6-0 5-7 6-1; M Maruska (Aut) bt M Starosta (Pol) 6-2 6-2; J Ward (Durham & Cleve) bt G Coorengel (Neth) 5-7 6-4 6-2; L Ahl (Devon) bt S Parhomenko (Rus) 7-5 6-4; C Schneider (Ger) bt M Wainwright (Essex) 6-2 7-6; K De Weille (Neth) bt F Fortuni (It) 6-2 6-0; L Niemantsverdriet (Neth) bt M Koutstaal (Neth) 6-1 7-6.

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