Sporting Digest: Tennis

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Michael Stich, the former Wimbledon champion, defeated Jim Courier in straight sets in the Stockholm Open yesterday to set up a quarter-final meeting today with his fellow German and great rival, Boris Becker. In the same tournament Stefan Edberg was defeated in straight sets in front of his home fans by Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Gary Henderson, of Ilkley, yesterday achieved his first Masters victory by beating Wokingham's Paul Hand 6- 7, 6-3, 6-4 to land the LTA Autumn Satellite title in Basingstoke.

STOCKHOLM OPEN Men's singles, third round: P Sampras (US) bt M Rosset (Swit) w/o; B Becker (Ger) bt A Chesnokov (Rus) 6-4 6-3; M Stich (Ger) bt J Courier (US) 7-5 6-3; M Larsson (Swe) bt W Ferreira (SA) 6-1 6-2; G Ivanisevic (Croa) bt A Gaudenzi (It) 7-5 6-3; Y Kafelnikov (Rus) bt S Edberg (Swe) 7-6 6-2; S Bruguera (Sp) bt A Boetsch (Fr) 6-4 6-2; A Agassi (US) bt T Martin (US) 6-7 6-4 6-1.

NOKIA GRAND PRIX (Essen, Ger) Women's singles, second round: I Majoli (Croa) bt E Makarova (Rus) 6-3 6-2; N Medvedeva (Ukr) bt L Meskhi (Geor) 6-0 6-4; M Hingis (Swit) bt S Hack (Ger) 6-3 6-0; A Huber (Ger) bt J Kruger (SA) 6-2 6-3; J Novotna (Cz Rep) bt M Kochta (Ger) 6-1 6-1; B Schultz (Neth) bt E Reinach (SA) 6-4 6-0; K Habsudova (Slovak) bt A Carlsson (Swe) 6-2 6-4.

LTA AUTUMN SATELLITE MASTERS (Basingstoke) Men's singles final: G Henderson (GB) bt P Hand (GB) 6-7 6-3 6-4.