Sporting Digest: Tennis

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ITALIAN MEN'S OPEN (Rome): Third round: G Ivanisevic (Croa) bt M Rosset (Swit) 6-4 6-3; M Filippini (Urug) bt J Siemerink (Neth) 6-4 6-4; G Perez-Roldan (Arg) bt A Medvedev (Ukr) 6-4 6-4; S Bruguera (Sp) bt K Novacek (Cz Rep) 6-4 6-1; J Courier (US) bt F Santoro (Fr) 6-3 6-3; M Chang (US) bt C-U Steeb (Ger) 6-2 7-6; P Sampras (US) bt C Bergstrom (Swe) 6-1 6-4; A Chesnokov (Rus) bt B Becker (Ger) 6-2 3-6 7-6; J Courier (US) bt F Santoro (Fr) 6-3 6-3.

US MEN'S CLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Coral Springs, Fla): First round: T Martin (US) bt A Mancisidor (Sp) 6-3 6-4; J Stark (US) bt R Fromberg (Aus) 6-0 6-4; L Herrera (Mex) bt T Champion (Fr) 6-3 6-4; A O'Brien (US) bt D Rostagno (US) 7-6 6-1; J Tarango (US) bt C Garner (US) 6-4 6-0; P McEnroe (US) bt J Connors (US) 7-5 7-5; B Shelton (US) bt R Azar (Arg) 7-6 6-4; T Carbonell (Sp) bt T Witsken (US) 2-6 6-3 6-0. Second round: D Wheaton (US) bt T Woodbridge (Aus) 2-6 6-4 6-0; M Pernfors (Swe) bt R Reneberg (US) 6-4 6-2; A Krickstein (US) bt Stark 6-2 6-4; A O'Brien (US) bt J Carlsson (Swe) 7-6 7-5; Martin bt Carbonell 6-2 6-1; McEnroe bt Tarango 6-1 6-4; Shelton bt Herrera 7-5 6-1.

GERMAN WOMEN'S OPEN (Berlin) Singles, third round: M J Fernandez (US) bt J Wiesner (Aut) 6-2 7-6; N Tauziat (Fr) bt M J Gaidano (Arg) 7-5 6-3; A Huber (Ger) bt A Grossman (US) 5-7 6-1 6-3; B Schultz (Neth) bt J Capriati (US) 6-2 5-7 6-4; M Maleeva (Bul) bt G Helgeson (US) 7-5 6-1; C Martinez (Sp) bt M Babel (Ger) 6-1 6-3; G Sabatini (Arg) bt S Cecchini (It) 6-0 6-3.

BRITAIN completed an impressive round robin with a 3-0 win over Ukraine yesterday to guarantee a seeded place in tomorrow's Federation Cup play-offs in Nottingham.

FEDERATION CUP EURO/AFRICA QUALIFYING (Nottingham): Pool A: Turkey bt Estonia 2-1 (G Gultekin bt A Tulp 6-1 7-5, I-D Aksit lost to H Holter 6-2 6-2, Aksit and Gultekin bt Holter and K Kond 6-1 6-4); Croatia bt Malta 3-0 (T Silvija bt H Asciak 6-2 6-1, N Ercegovic bt C Curmi 6-0 6-2, Ercegovic and M Muric bt Asciak and Curmi 6-1 6-0). Pool B: Belgium bt Senegal 3-0 (L Courtois bt A Berthe 6-0 6-1, N Feber bt M Berthe 6-0 6-0, Courtois and D Monami bt Berthe and Berthe 6-1 6-1); Ireland bt Norway 3-0 (G Niland bt A Jonsson 4-6 6-2 6-3; S Nicholson bt C Instebo 6-4 6-3, K Nugent and C Curran bt L-B Andersen and Instebo 6-4 6-4). Pool C: Great Britain bt Ukraine 3-0 (M Javer bt G Beleni 6-3 6-3, C Wood bt O Lugina 6-0 6-2, A Grunfeld and J Salmon bt Beleni and N Biletskaia 6-1 6-2); Russia bt Lithuania 3-0 (E Maniokova bt V Kaminskaite 6-0 6-1, E Makarova bt G Misiurova 6-3 6-2, Makarova and Maniokova bt E Liachoviciute and Misiurova 6-1 6-0). Pool D: Latvia bt Romania 3-0 (A Blumberga bt A Vanc 7-5 7-5, L Neiland bt R Dragomir 3-6 6-4 6-2, U Bushevitsa and Neiland bt Dragomir and Vanc 4-1 ret). Pool E: Greece bt Israel 2-1 (C Zachariadou lost to A Smashnova 6-3 6-3, C Papadaki bt Y Segal 6-4 6-4, Papadaki and Zachariadou bt I Berger and Segal 6-3 4-6 6-3).

LTA SATELLITE (Basingstoke): Men's semi- finals: B Larkham (Aus) bt M Calvelli (It) 6-2 6-3; P Kilderry (Aus) bt W Arthurs (Aus) 3-6 7-6 7-6. Doubles final: J Holmes and P Kilderry (Aus) bt P Hand (Berks) and T Kempers (Neth) 7-6 6-4. Women's singles, semi-finals: V Lake (Eng) bt N Egrova (Rus) 7-6 6-3, M Vallin (Swe) bt A Woolcock (Aus) 6-1 6-4.

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