Sporting Digest: Tennis

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LAST year's Davis Cup finalists, the United States and Switzerland, were eliminated from the first round of this year's contest yesterday when they were beaten 4-1 and 3-2 by Australia and India respectively.

DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP First round: (Melbourne): Australia bt United States 4-1 (M Woodforde bt B Gilbert 5-7 6-1 6-4; D Wheaton bt W Masur 6-4 7-5). (Calcutta): India bt Switzerland 3-2 (L Paes lost to M Rosset 4-6 4-6

4-6; R Krishnan bt J Hlasek 6-3 6-4 6-2). (Moscow): Germany bt Russia 4-1 (M Stich bt Y Kafelnikov 6-3 6-4; C-U Steeb lost to A Olhovsky 6-4 6-7 6-7). (Vienna): France bt Austria 4-1 (G Forget bt H Skoff 3-6 6-3 6-1; A Boetsch bt G Schaller 6-4 6-2). (Aarhus): Czechoslovakia bt Denmark 4-1 (M Damm lost to K Carlsen 6-7 4-6; K Novacek bt F Fetterlein 6-4 6-4). (Modena): Italy bt Brazil

4-1 (D Nargiso bt L Mattar 6-1 6-2). (Kalmar): Sweden bt Cuba 5-0 (S Edberg bt M Tabares 6-3 6-2; N Kulti bt J Pino 6-4 6-4). (Barcelona): Netherlands and Spain level 2-2 (P Haarhuis bt C Costa 3-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3).

DAVIS CUP EURO / AFRICAN ZONE Group One, first round: (Budapest): Hungary bt Finland 4-1. (Oslo): Zimbabwe bt Norway 4-1. (Luxembourg): Luxembourg bt Kenya 4-1.

DAVIS CUP ASIA / OCEANIA ZONE Group One first round: (Jakarta): Indonesia lead Phillipines 2-1. (Hong Kong): Japan bt Hong Kong 5-0. Group Two semi-final: (Bangkok): Thailand bt Pakistan 5-0. (Tehran): China lead Iran 2-1.

DAVIS CUP American Zone Group One: (Nassau): Bahamas lead Uruguay 3-0. Relegation play-off: (Santiago): Chile 2 Canada 1. Group Two semi-finals: (Lima): Peru lead Paraguay 3-0. (Guayaquil): Puerto Rico lead Ecuador

2-1. Relegation play-off: (Bogota): Colombia lead Dominican Republic 2-1.

VIRGINIA SLIMS WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT (Houston): Semi-finals: C Martinez (Sp) bt G Sabatini (Arg) 6-3 6-3; S Hack (Ger) bt J Novotna (Cz Rep) 4-6 7-6 7-6.

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