Tennis: Henman on the road to recovery

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Tim Henman is on the comeback trail after missing last weekend's Davis Cup defeat by Zimbabwe following an operation on his elbow. The British No 1 expects to be fit for Wimbledon which starts on 23 June, although he has yet to begin full training.

The 22-year-old said: "It has been a frustrating few weeks for me. Obviously having an operation does interrupt things, but it's definitely improving so hopefully I'll be able to get back on the court. It's just a question of waiting and seeing really. I'll just have to see how my elbow reacts when I start practising again and I'll take it from there."

Asked on Radio 5 Live if he would be fit for Wimbledon, he said: "I hope so." Henman will be keen to return in time for the French Open which begins in May, a month before Wimbledon.

The British No 7 Danny Sapsford fought back from losing the opening set to defeat the American Doug Flach convincingly, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0, in the first round of the Hong Kong Open yesterday.

The Davis Cup player from Weybridge had only made the first round after beating Lars Wahlgren, of Sweden, 6-4, 6-2 in the final qualifying round. Sapsford had overcome Russia's Vladimir Malolin, who retired at 6-3, 3- 1 down, and Australian Andrew Kratzmann 6-1, 6-1 in the first two qualifying rounds.

American Chanda Rubin scored the first upset of the Bausch & Lomb Championships with a 6-4, 7-6 first-round victory over the 10th seed, Barbara Paulus of Austria.

Jennifer Capriati rebounded from 5-1 down in the first set to capture a 7-6, 6-2 first-round match over 73rd-ranked Catalina Cristea of Romania. The victory sets up an all-American second-round contest between the 27th- ranked Capriati and the third seed Monica Seles today.