Sporting Digest: Tennis

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BERND KARBACHER, a quarter-finalist at last month's US Open, will make his Davis Cup debut for the defending champions, Germany, in this weekend's semi-final against Russia. Niki Pilic, the German team captain, named the 26-year-old Karbacher as the second singles player behind the former Wimbledon champion, Michael Stich, for the Hamburg match which starts tomorrow.

LTA SUMMER SATELLITE MASTERS (Ealing) Men's singles semi-finals: A Foster (GB) bt N Gould (GB) 6-2 6-2; N Weal (GB) bt B Cowan (GB) 6-3 6-2.

NICHIREI WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT Singles first round: A Sanchez Vicario (Sp) bt N Kijimuta (Japan) 6-0 6-0; N Sawamatsu (Japan) bt Wang Shi-ting (Tai) 6-0 4-6 6-1; L Davenport (US) bt K Shibata (Japan) 6-2 4-6 6-0; D Monami (Bel) bt Y Kamio (Japan) 6-0 7-6; K-A Guise (Aus) bt E Martincova (Cz Rep) 6-4 6-1; J Halard (Fr) bt M Paz (Arg) 6-4 7-6.

MOSCOW WOMEN'S OPEN First round: R Dragomir (Rom) bt E Bond (GB) 6-7 6-3 6-1; P Begerow (Ger) bt M Wainwright (GB) 6-2 4-6 6-3.