Sporting Digest: Tennis

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ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO confirmed her status as one of the leading players on the women's tour with victory over the defending champion, Gabriela Sabatini, in the Bausch And Lomb championships at Amelia Island, Florida. The top-seeded Spaniard, appearing in her fourth consecutive final, beat the second-seeded Argentine 6-2 5-7 6-2.

BAUSCH AND LOMB WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP (Amelia Island, Fla) Final: A Sanchez Vicario (Sp) bt G Sabatini (Arg) 6-2 5-7 6-2.

HONG KONG OPEN First round: J Courier (US) bt S Matsuoka (Japan) 6-3 6-2; J Bates (GB) bt C Adams (US) 6-4 7-5; J Siemerink (Neth) bt C Bailey (GB) 6-4 6-1; B Steven (NZ) bt R Weiss (US) 4- 6 6-1 6-1; T Ho (US) bt R Fromberg (Aus) 7-5 6-2; G Raoux (Fr) bt J Stark (US) 6-2 6-1; P McEnroe (US) bt M Damm (Cz Rep) 6-4 6-3.

NICE OPEN First round: G Markus (Arg) bt B Karbacher (Ger) 6-2 6-2; A Chesnokov (Rus) bt G Prpic (Croa) 6-2 7-5 ; Marc Gollner (Ger) bt T Carbonell (Sp) 3-6 6-2 6-1; F Davin (Arg) bt M Vajda (Slovak) 6-4 6-0; D Dier (Ger) bt F Roig (Sp) 6-4 6-3; R Furlan (It) bt M Filippini (Urug) 6-1 6-3.

ATP MEN'S CLAYCOURT CHAMPIONSHIP (Charlotte, NC) First round: N Pereira (Ven) bt M Aurelio Gorriz (Sp) 6-3 6-4; J Yzaga (Peru) bt S Cortes (Sp) 6-2 6-2; T Martin (US) bt C Dosedel (Cz Rep) 6-3 6-2.

ASSOCIATION OF TENNIS PROFESSIONALS' RANKINGS: 1 P Sampras (US) 3,736pts; 2 J Courier (US) 3,563; 3 S Edberg (Swe) 2,972; 4 B Becker (Ger) 2,680; 5 P Korda (Cz Rep) 2,452; 6 G Ivanisevic (Croa) 2,294; 7 A Agassi (US) 2,245; 8 I Lendl (US) 1,959; 9 M Chang (US) 1,899; 10 M Stich (Ger) 1,801.

WOMEN'S TENNIS ASSOCIATION RANKINGS: 1 S Graf (Ger) 1,960pts; 2 A Sanchez Vicario (Sp) 1,810; 3 M Seles (Yug) 1,410; 4 G Sabatini (Arg) 1,350; 5 M Navratilova (US) 980; 6 C Martinez (Sp) 870; 7 J Capriati (US) 828; 8 M J Fernandez (US) 815; 9 J Novotna (Cz Rep) 807; 10 A Coetzer (SA) 779.

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