Taylor topples the new arrival: Tennis

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Claire Taylor, the national junior champion from Banbury, captured her first senior international title at the LTA women's satellite tennis tournament at Telford today. She overpowered Katia Roubanova, the 15-year-old daughter of the LTA coach Olga Morozova, 6-3, 6-0 in 51 minutes. Roubanova, now eligible to represent Britain in international competition, was unable to find the form that had seen her upset the second seed, Amelie Castera, in the semi-finals. In France, Michael Stich similarly could not discover the power and fluency of his quarter-final performance in the Marseilles Open and was beaten 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 by Switzerland's Marc Rosset. In the final, Rosset plays the Frenchman Arnaud Boetsch.