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Steffi Graf will play her first match in Austria tomorrow when she spearheads the German team in the Fed Cup relegation match against Austria in Poertschach. The German team consists of Graf, Anke Huber, Christina Singer and Sabine Hack. Barbara Paulus, Judith Wiesner, Melanie Schnell and Barbara Schett represent Austria.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the No 1 seed, and the No 6 seed, Alberto Costa of Spain, were the only seeds to reach the quarter-finals yesterday at the Swiss Open in Gstaad, Switzerland. Kafelnikov, who went out in the first round at Wimbledon, beat Karim Alami, of Morocco, 6-3, 6-3 in just 57 minutes. "Many players like me aren't used to losing in the first round and I'm here to get over what happened in Wimbledon," Kafelnikov, the world No 4 said. "I have a good chance to become No 1. All I have to do is win the US Open." Costa, a finalist in Monte Carlo earlier this year, had to work a little harder to reach the last eight, beating Argentina's Hernan Gumy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

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