Henman slips in Champions Race

Tim Henman's second-round defeat at last week's Masters Series event here has cost him his place in the top 10 of the Champions Race.

The British No 1 was beaten by the Frenchman, Sebastien Grosjean, and falls from eighth to 11th in the new standings announced yesterday. Henman's fellow Briton, Greg Rusedski, slipped from 42nd to 45th after losing to the Belarussian, Max Mirnyi, at the same stage of the event.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov was another second-round casualty but moves ahead of Andre Agassi at the top due to the American's first-round loss to Hicham Arazi. Spain's Alex Corretja soars from 53rd to sixth after his final victory over Thomas Enqvist.

Corretja signalled his re-emergence after a year battling illness with his 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Enqvist. The unseeded Spaniard, who finished 1999 at No 26 in the world after rising to third at the end of 1998, took exactly two hours to overcome the 10th-seeded Swede, who looked flat after a long, drawn out semi-final victory over last year's champion, Mark Philippoussis, on Saturday.

Enqvist, who had needed seven match points to subdue Philippoussis, committed 51 unforced errors, finally losing the match with a double fault on Corretja's second match point.

Martina Hingis's reign as the women's world No 1 continues despite her suffering a fifth successive defeat at the hands of Lindsay Davenport in the Indian Wells final.

Serena Williams falls from fourth to sixth after crashing out to Mary Pierce in the quarter-finals as she attempted to defend her title. Pierce rises two places to replace Williams at No 4.

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