Tennis: Hingis breezes to her fourth major title

Martina Hingis became the youngest player to defend a Grand Slam title successfully when she beat Conchita Martinez in straight sets in Saturday's Australian Open women's final in Melbourne.

Tennis: Korda's career takes another spectacular turn

Petr Korda completed another extraordinary chapter in his comeback yesterday by reaching the Australian Open final. In the women's final, Martina Hingis, the world No 1, will meet Conchita Martinez tomorrow.

Tennis: Australian Open: Great escape gives Escude his place in history

The Frenchman Nicolas Escude yesterday fought his way out of a corner for the third time at the Australian Open in Melbourne to reach the men's semi-finals and earn place in Grand Slam history.

Tennis: Woodbridge too far for downcast Rusedski

GREG RUSEDSKI became the latest victim of the resurgence in Australian tennis here yesterday, crashing out 7-6 6-4 6-2 to Todd Woodbridge in Melbourne's Saturday afternoon sunshine.

Tennis: Henman throws it away

THE heat and a man called Karel got to Tim Henman here yesterday as the Briton saw his game disintegrate in the final of the Sydney International.

Tennis: Graf returns for Australia

Steffi Graf, the former world No 1, confirmed yesterday she will use next month's Australian Open as the platform to relaunch her faltering career.

Tennis: Double joy for Novotna

Lindsay Davenport of the United States and Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic capped their first year of partnership on Saturday with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over the French duo of Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat in the doubles final at the end-of-year Chase Championships in New York.

Tennis: Novotna masters her nerves

Jana Novotna, the second seed, used a blazing serve as the basis for a straight sets victory over Mary Pierce to claim the singles title at the Chase Championships at Madison Square Garden yesterday.

Tennis: Pierce hits the heights against Hingis

Mary Pierce came up with one of the greatest performances of her career during a nerve-racking finish to beat the world No 1 Martina Hingis in the quarter-finals of the Chase Championships in New York.

Tennis: Hard graft gives Davenport the edge as erratic form evens out

Now the men have finished their smash 'n' grab raid at the ATP Championships in Hannover, it is the turn of the women to battle it out over their end of season booty. Jane Marlow reports from New York.

Tennis: Hingis misses out on Frankfurt date with Graf

Martina Hingis has conquered all comers in a spectacular rise to the top rank in women's tennis, but the 17-year-old Swiss will have to wait a little longer before getting her chance to take on her illustrious predecessor, Steffi Graf.

Tennis: Swearing costs pair final

The doubles final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow came to an abrupt end yesterday in the first set when Caroline Vis, of the Netherlands, swore at the umpire, who eliminated her and her partner, Yayuk Basuki, of Indonesia. The victory went to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Natasha Zvereva.

Williams reaches final at first try


Tennis: Agassi in the mood to prove his point

For the benefit of spectators up in Row Z at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Andre Agassi was the baldy guy in the pink shirt. Yes, that was him all right. He might have given the parade of champions a miss at the opening ceremony the night before, but he did turn up to play. And he won.
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