Graf beats Coetzer in exhibition

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Steffi Graf won the best-of-three match challenge today, beating Amanda Coetzer 6-3, 7-5.

Steffi Graf won the best-of-three match challenge today, beating Amanda Coetzer 6-3, 7-5.

The match was part of Graf's post-retirement yearlong goodwill tour around the world to show appreciation to fans who have supported her since she took to the professional circuit at age 13.

On Friday, when Graf, who is 30, lost the second match in Cape Town, the home crowd cheered louder for Graf than her opponent, something patriotic South Africans sports fans virtually never do.

The Johannesburg stadium was about 80 percent filled.

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