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Steffi Graf, fresh from winning her sixth Wimbledon singles title, has pulled out of Germany's Fed Cup semi-final match against Spain later this month because of back problems. The German team captain, Klaus Hofsass, named Anke Huber, Sabine Hack, Meike Babel and Claudia Porwick for the semi-final tie from 22 to 23 July in Santander, Spain.

Monica Seles has not given up her fight to put the man who stabbed her behind bars, despite losing an appeal. The lawyer of the former world No 1 yesterday announced another appeal against a Hamburg court's decision to give a two-year suspended sentence to 41-year-old Gunther Parche.