Sporting Digest: Tennis

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JAIME YZAGA, of Peru, recorded the biggest win of his career when he eliminated the world No 2, Jim Courier, from the Australian Indoor Championships in Sydney yesterday. Yzaga ran down every ball and returned Courier's serve with precision to win their quarter-final, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 19 minutes. 'Jim didn't play well in the first set and that gave me confidence. I started putting more pressure on him, playing the ball around, changing the pace and coming into the net,' he said

AUSTRALIAN MEN'S INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP (Sydney) Quarter-finals: J Yzaga (Peru) bt J Courier (US) 6-4 2-6 6-4; G Ivanisevic (Croa) bt M Pernfors (Swe) 6-3 6-2; P Korda (Cz Rep) bt M Woodforde (Aus) 6-4 6-1; W Ferreira (SA) bt J Canter (US) 5-7 6-4 6-2.

TOULOUSE MEN'S INDOOR TOURNAMENT Second round: Quarter-finals: A Boetsch (Fr) bt M Gustafsson (Swe) 6-2 6- 3; A Chesnokov (Rus) bt M Rosset (Swit) 6- 4 7-6; C Pioline (Fr) bt R Gilbert (Fr) 5-7 7-5 6-2; C Bergstrom (Swe) bt Y El Aynaoui (Mor) 6-4 6-3.

ATHENS CUP MEN'S TOURNANAMENT Semi-finals: A Berasategui (Sp) bt H de la Pena (Arg) 6-3 7-5; J Arrese (Sp) bt J Sanchez (Sp) 6-3 4-6 7-6.

JEREMY BATES, the British No 1, reached the final of the Wash and Go Irish Open Championships in Dublin yesterday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over the Romanian, Alex Radelescu. Bates took less than an hour to wrap up the match and end the run of the Romanian who had beaten the American, Todd Nelson, and Britain's Chris Wilkinson.

WASH AND GO IRISH OPEN (Dublin)Semi-finals: J Bates (GB) bt A Radelescu (Rom) 6-1 6-2; P Cane (It) bt D Dier (Ger) 6-2 6-3. Doubles semi-final: M Renstrom and M Tillstrom (Swe) bt J Bates and M Petchey (GB) 7-6 6-3.

LTA SATELLITE (Basingstoke) Men's singles final: B Gyetko (Can) bt P Langvardt (Den) 6-2 0-6 6-4. Doubles final: Gyetko and S Herdoiza (US) bt B Cowan (Eng) and G Mandl (Aut) 6-4 6-4. Women's singles final: S Parkhomenko (Rus) bt E Bond (Gloucs) 2-6 6-3 6-0. Doubles final: Parkhomenko and N Egorova (Rus) bt L Woodroffe (Eng) and C Stassen (US) 6-2 6-1.

EUROPEAN WOMEN'S INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP (Zurich) Quarter-finals: S Rottier (Neth) bt S Cacic (US) 6-3 6-4; M Maleeva (Bul) bt N Tauziat (Fr) 6-4 6-1; M Maleeva-Fragniere (Swit) bt N Zvereva (Bela) 6-2 7-5; M Navratilova (US) bt M Oremans (Neth) 6-2 6-2.

TAIWAN WOMEN'S OPEN (Taipei) Singles, second round: Wang Shi-ting (Tai) bt K-A Guse (Aus) 6-7 6-4 7-5; A Fusai (Fr) bt J Faull (Aus) 6-1 4-6 6-2; L Harvey-Wild (US) bt K Radford (Aus) 5-7 7-5 6-4; C Cristea (Rom) bt Park Sung-hee (S Kor) 4-6 6-1 7-6. Quarter-finals: Wang Shi-ting bt Fusai 6-3 7-6; S Stafford (US) bt D Jones (Aus) 6-7 6-3 7-5; Harvey-Wild bt K Godridge (Aus) 6-2 6-4; Cristea bt K Kschwendt (Ger) 7-5 6-3.

MAUREEN CONNOLLY TROPHY WOMEN'S 21 AND UNDER TOURNAMENT (Stirling): Great Britain take winning 6-2 lead over United States (S-A Siddall bt L Pugliese 7-5 3-6 6-3; K Cross lost to R Jenson 6-4 7-6; L Ahl bt N Hummel 7-5 7-6; J Pullin bt P Nelson 4-6 6-3 6-2).