Sporting Digest: Tennis

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STEFFI GRAF, the world No 1, has withdrawn from the Family Cup Circle women's tournament, starting today at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, after injuring her left knee in practice.

WTA TOURNAMENT (Houston) Semi-finals: M Pierce (Fr) bt A Carlsson (Swe) 6-2 6-2; S Hack (Ger) bt C Martinez (Sp) 2-6 6-4 6-4. Final: Hack bt Pierce 7-5 6-4.

DAVIS CUP World Group First round: (Madrid): Spain 4 Italy 1 (S Bruguera and T Carbonell bt D Nargiso and P Cane 6-3 3-6 6-1

6-1; Bruguera bt S Pescosolido 6-4 1-6 0-6 6-2 6- 3; A Berasategui bt A Gaudenzi 7-5 6-3). (Lund): Sweden 5 Denmark 0 (J Apell and J Bjorkman bt K Carlsen and M Christensen 6-7 7-6 7-6 2-6 6-2; S Edberg bt Carlsen 6-7 6-1 6-2; M Gustafsson bt F Fetterlein 7-6 6-2). (Eindhoven): Netherlands 5 Belgium 0 (P Haarhuis and J Eltingh bt X Daufresne and F Dewulf 6-3 6-4 6-2; Haarhuis bt Daufresne 6-2 6-2; J Siemerink bt B Wuyts 6-1 6- 1). (Ramat Ha Sharon): Israel 1 Czech Republic 4 (A Mansdorf and E Erlich lost to P Korda and C Suk 3-6 7-6 7-6 6-1; Mansdorf lost to Korda 4-6 6-3 7-6 1-6 1-6; G Bloom lost to K Novacek 4-6

3-6). (St Petersburg): Russia 4 Australia 1 (A Olhovskiy and Y Kafelnikov bt T Woodbridge and M Woodforde 6-4 6-0 3-6 4-6 6-3; A Volkov bt P Rafter 6-4 7-6 6-3; Kafelnikov bt J Morgan 6-3 6-7 7-5). (New Delhi): India 0 United States 5 (L Paes and G Natekar lost to P McEnroe and R Reneberg 7-6 6-4 2-6 7-6; Paes lost to J Courier 7-6 1-6 4-6; Z Ali lost to T Martin 2-6 5-7). (Besancon): France 4 Hungary 1 (A Boetsch and O Delaitre bt V Nagy and L Markovits 6-3 6-3 6-3; Boetsch bt J Krocsko 6-3 6-3 6-1; H Leconte bt S Noszaly 6-4 6-3). (Graz): Austria 2 Germany 2 (T Muster and A Antonitsch lost to M Stich and P Kuhnen 4-6 6-3 2-6 6-2 1-6; Muster bt Stich 6-4 6-7 4-6 6-3 12-10). Euro/African Zone Group One First round: (Oporto): Portugal 4 Great Britain 1 (J Cunha-Silva and N Marques lost to J Bates and M Petchey 5-7 6-4 7-6 3-6 6-8; Petchey lost to E Couto 6-1 6-2) (Britain home to Romania on 15-17 July in relegation play-off). (Zagreb): Croatia 2 Norway 1. (Harare): Zimbabwe 2 Switzerland 3. (Johannesburg): S Africa 5 Romania 0. Asia/Oceania Zone Group One First round: (Hong Kong): Indonesia 3 Hong Kong 2. (Kyoto): Japan 5 Philippines 0. Group Two Relegation play-offs: (Colombo): Sri Lanka 5 Saudi Arabia 0. Second round: (Singapore): Malaysia 3 Singapore 1. (Taichung): Taiwan 3 Pakistan 2. (Tehran): Iran 4 Thailand 1. American Zone Group One: (Lima): Peru 3 Chile 2. (Montevideo): Uruguay 2 Bahamas 1. (Bogota): Colombia 2 Canada 3. (Caracas): Venezuela 3 Ecuador 0. (Mexico City): Mexico 3 Cuba 0. (Caracas): Venezuela 3 Ecuador 0. Group Two: (Asuncion): Paraguay 2 Puerto Rico 1. (Guatemala C): Guatemala 2 Jamaica 1.

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