Sporting Digest: Tennis

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CHRIS BAILEY, Britain's No 3 player who last week won his first Challenger event in Bristol, has pulled out of the Northern Electric Open in Newcastle with a neck injury. Bailey's withdrawal follows another British player, Chris Wilkinson, who withdrew with a shoulder injury.

NORTHERN ELECTRIC OPEN (Newcastle) Men's singles, first round: P Wekesa (Ken) bt T Gollwitzer (Ger) 6-3 6-2; J Carrasco (Sp) bt P Nyborg (Swe) 7-5 6-1; J Sanchez (Sp) bt B Lemercier (Fr) 6-3 2-6 7-6; A Foster (GB) bt U Colombini (It) 6-3 6-4; J Bjorkman (Swe) bt M Daniel (Isr) 6-2 7-6; M Petchey (GB) bt S Krumrey (Ger) 4-6 6-1 7-5; S Sansoni (Fr) bt N Bruno (It) 6-2 4-6 6-4.

US PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Brookline, Mass) Men's singles, first round: M Washington (US) bt G Bezecny (US) 6-2 6-1; T Martin (US) bt K Thorne (US) 7-6 6-4; A Mansdorf (Isr) bt B Barber (US) 6-1 6-4; B Gilbert (US) bt D DiLucia (US) 6-2 6-4.

PRAGUE WOMEN'S OPEN Second round: I Gorrochategui (Arg) bt A Carlsson (Swe) 6-2 6-1; M Babel (Ger) bt H Rusch (Ger) w/o; N Muns-Jagerman (Neth) bt L Ghirardi (It) 4-6 6-4 6-3; A Strnadova (Cz Rep) bt R Bobkova (Cz Rep) 6-4 7-5; P Tarabini (Arg) bt S Frankl (Ger) 6-2 3-6 6-2; N Medvedeva (Ukr) bt L Golarsa (It) 4-6 7-6 7-5; L Ferrando (It) bt K Habsudova (Slovak) 6-3 0-6 6-1; H Kelesi (Can) bt C Dahlman (Swe) 6-3 2-6 6-4.

AUSTRIAN WOMEN'S OPEN (Kitzbuhel) Second round: J Wiesner (Aut) bt S Dopfer (Aut) 6-1 6-2.

RAIN prevented play on the third day of the LTA women's satellite tournament at Frinton-on-Sea yesterday.

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