Tennis: Courier gives glimpse of his old form

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Jim Courier, of the United States, hammered the second-seeded Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Infiniti Open in Los Angeles.

Courier, the No 6 seed, did not drop a set during the week, disposing of Grant Stafford, Mahesh Bhupathi, Richard Krajicek, who was twice the champion here and was the fourth seed, and the top seed, Goran Ivanisevic, en route to the final

The 26-year-old American, now ranked 29th in the world, was No 1 in the world for 58 weeks in 1992-93. But he said: "Winning tournaments has always been more tangible to me. You can't touch No 1. It's like transcendental. It's there but you can't grasp it like you can when you win last point of a tournament and the trophy is yours. Then you can feel it. Those are the moments that make all the sacrifices worth it."

The present women's No 1, Martina Hingis, showed off her entire repertoire in crushing a lethargic Conchita Martinez 6-0, 6-2 in the final of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University, California, on Sunday.

The 53-minute win was the 16-year-old's 50th victory of the year. She has been beaten only once: in the French Open final, when she lost to Iva Majoli.