Tennis: Seles stands in way as Graf pursues a sixth title

STEFFI GRAF and Monica Seles will command centre stage in the semi-finals of the French Open today when they meet for the 15th time, and for the fourth time at Stade Roland Garros.

Football: United workers' revolutionary party

BY NOMINATING Destiny as the Man of the Match in Barcelona on Wednesday night I fear we are doing Manchester United and football in general a dangerous disservice. We've been fretting so long about the increasing number of important matches that lumber tediously towards an unsatisfactory conclusion it is understandable that the awesome finale created by United should be granted supernatural status.

Tennis: Pierce the creatine convert

THE SHAPE of women's tennis is the big issue at the French Open as the sturdy Amelie Mauresmo, the new home heroine, prepares to do battle today with Martina Hingis, the world No 1, in the second round of the singles. Mary Pierce, the French No 1, weighed in to the debate yesterday, talking frankly about using creatine to supplement her training regimen.

Tennis: Serena strikes twice

THE YOUNGER Williams sister, Serena, won twice yesterday to advance to the quarter-finals of the German Open in Berlin. Williams rolled past Jennifer Capriati 7- 6, 6-3, then returned an hour later to beat another American, Lisa Raymond, 6-1, 7-6.

IS IT WORTH IT... Dunlop 200G

NO AMOUNT of jazzy technology is going to make the average person play tennis like Martina Hingis, but you might consider raising your game with a Dunlop Revelation 200G. A price tag of pounds 149.99 seems steep, even with vibration absorbers and a braided graphite frame, but it could be a wise investment if you're turning into a serious player.

Shopping: Stop that terrible racket

With summer approaching and thoughts turning to Wimbledon, it's time to say `new balls, please' and update your tennis gear. By Shaun Phillips

Tennis: Victory sustains comeback from Rios

MARCELO RIOS produced a sure-footed performance to beat Gustavo Kuerten 6-4, 6-3 yesterday and advance to the semi-finals of the Estoril Open in Portugal.

Tennis: Anna is in the form of her life

ANNA KOURNIKOVA, the ninth seed, defeated the top seed and world No 2, Lindsay Davenport of the United States, 6-4, 6-1 yesterday in the third round of the Bausch and Lomb Championships, a victory that extended the hot streak that began for the Russian about a month ago.

Tennis: Coetzer bows out

AMANDA COETZER, who filled the Family Circle Cup with cheers a year ago, left the stadium in disappointment yesterday as only the second defending champion in 27 years to lose before the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Easy for Hingis but Seles fails to produce her touch

MARTINA HINGIS, the world's No 1 , continued her carefree skip through the $1.3 million Evert Cup in Indian Wells on Monday by dismissing Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-3, but former top-ranked Monica Seles sank to defeat.

Tennis: Sweet revenge for Mauresmo

STORMING BACK from a nervous start, Amelie Mauresmo avenged her Australian Open final defeat by Martina Hingis with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 triumph over the world No 1 in Gaz de France Open in Paris yesterday.

Tennis: Service faults fail to stop Kournikova

ANNA KOURNIKOVA, still attempting to overcome a problem with her serve that affected her at the Australian Open, beat Germany's Anke Huber 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open yesterday.

Tennis: Mauresmo says Hingis is `stupid'

AMELIE MAURESMO has described Martina Hingis as "stupid" for making remarks about her build. The muscular Frenchwoman beat world No 1 Lindsay Davenport in the semi-finals in Melbourne last week before losing to Hingis in the final.

Tennis: Storm over man-sized Mauresmo

THE WORLD'S top two women players have denied they were talking about anything but tennis when they said Australian Open finalist Amelie Mauresmo was like a man.

Tennis: Kournikova's faulting farce

THE WOMEN'S Tennis Association does not keep records for double faults, but Anna Kournikova must be pretty close to setting one. The 18-year-old Russian, who normally makes the news because of her good looks and powerful all-court game, hit 31 double faults in her 1-6, 6-4, 10- 8 victory over Miho Saeki of Japan yesterday.
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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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