This week in tennis at a glance

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STARS

STARS

- Sweden's Thomas Enqvist beat Tim Henman of Britain 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio.

- Serena Williams won the estyle.com Classic by beating American compatriot Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in Manhattan Beach, California.

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SPEAKING

"I can't play if I'm not healthy, but it's ultimately why I'm playing the game, for moments like the U.S. Open." American Andre Agassi, who pulled out of the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati with a sore back.

"If Plan A isn't working, I have Plan B, Plan C and even Plan D." - Serena Williams, after winning the estyle.com Classic.

"I can't remember a match where I had so many chances and it didn't go my way." - Lindsay Davenport, after losing to Serena Williams.

"Whether this is a turning point, or ignites something in my career, we shall have to see. Whether I'm playing great or going through a difficult spell, my feet stay firmly rooted to the ground." - Tim Henman, after beating American Pete Sampras.

"It's a whole new situation for me to be the favorite. When I was 20th in the world, no one cared about me. No one wanted to interview me and no one wanted my opinion on anything." - Sweden's Magnus Norman, who is second in the ATP Champions Race.

"I think the difficulty that I have is that I just don't match up that well against him. That's because I keep getting my butt kicked." - South Africa's Wayne Ferreira, on his 0-9 record against Andre Agassi.

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SIBLING STREAK

By winning the estyle.com Classic, Serena Williams ran the family tournament winning streak to four. Serena's last loss was at Wimbledon to her older sister and eventual winner. Venus also won her next two events, Bank of the West and Acura Classic before Serena's title-winning appearance at Manhattan Beach, California, where, in the final, she beat Lindsay Davenport for the fifth straight time. In the semifinals, Serena posted her third consecutive win over Martina Hingis.

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SAMPRAS STOPPER

Tim Henman snapped his seven-match losing streak against Pete Sampras when the two met in the third round at the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati, winning 6-3, 6-4. It was Henman's first victory over the 13-time Grand Slam tournament winner, who called for trainer Bill Norris early in the second set.

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STAYING HOME

Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo is skipping the U.S. Open because of back pain. The runner-up at the 1999 Australian Open, Mauresmo said she hopes to be in shape for the Sydney Olympics, which begin the week after the U.S. Open ends. She has been selected as a member of the French Olympic team.

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SIGNING UP

Ninety-nine of the 100 top-ranked men and 102 of the top 104 women have entered this year's U.S. Open. The only man to skip America's premier tennis tournament is 1991 U.S. Open finalist Jim Courier of the United States, who retired earlier this year. Romania's Irina Spirlea, who hasn't played a WTA Tour event since losing in the first round of Wimbledon, and Amelie Mauresmo, who has a bad back, are the only two women who are staying away.

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SITES TO SURF www.tenniscanada.com www.rcatennis.com www.leggmasontennisclassic.com

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Tournaments This Week

ATP TOUR $870,000 RCA Championships, hard, Indianapolis. $725,000 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, hard, Washington, D.C.

WTA TOUR $1,080,000 du Maurier Open, hard, Montreal

Tournaments week of Aug. 21

ATP TOUR $415,200 The Hamlet Cup, hard, Commack, New York

WTA TOUR $535,000 The Pilot Pen, hard, New Haven, Connecticut.

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