TIM HENMAN REACHES SEMI FINALS OF PEKING TOURNAMENT

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Tim Henman maintained his winning form to breeze into today's semi-finals of the men's ATP Challenger tournament in Peking. The 21-year-old British No 2 from Oxford, who has won both the ATP Seoul Challenger and the Guardian Direct National Championships in the past fortnight, beat Sule Ladipo, of Nigeria, 6-4, 6-2, yesterday and now meets Joao Cunha-Silva of Portugal.

Andre Agassi and Monica Seles have both been forced to pull out of end- of-season tournaments because of injuries. Agassi will miss next week's ATP Tour World Championship in Frankfurt with a pectoral muscle strain - ending his hopes of regaining the world No 1 spot before the end of the season. Seles, meanwhile, has withdrawn from next week's WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York because of persistent pain in her knee. Seles won the New York tournament, formerly known as the Virginia Slims Championships, in 1990, 1991 and 1992. ''I am so disappointed,'' she said. ''Now I must focus on trying to get better for the Fed Cup matches when I hope to compete for the United States the week of 20 November.''

MEN'S ATP CHALLENGER (Peking) Selected quarter-final: T Henman (GB) bt S Ladipo (Nigeria) 6-4 6-2.

KREMLIN CUP (Moscow) Men's singles, quarter-finals: C-U Steeb (Ger) bt A Olkhovsky (Rus) 6-1 7-6; D Vacek (Cz Rep) bt A Volkov (Rus) 6-2 6-3; Y Kafelnikov (Rus) bt B Black (Zim) 6-7 6-0 6-0; M Rosset (Swit) bt S Draper (Aus) 6-4 6-2.

STOCKHOLM OPEN Quarter-finals: D Prinosil (Ger) bt J Courier (US) 6-3 7-6; A Boetsch (Fr) bt M Tillstrom (Swe) 7-5 6-4.

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