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Wta Tour Championships

Omens bleak for Seles

Monica Seles got a free pass into the third round of the US Open when her second-round opponent, Laurence Courtois of Belgium, withdrew with bone inflammation in her left knee.

The walkover could prove costly, however.

Saturday, 31 August, 1996, 12:00am

Medal-hungry Arantxa sparks hack stampede

It is not easy for high-profile professional tennis stars to get lost in a crowd, especially at the Olympic Games, where they are surrounded by mostly unknown amateurs purveying the Corinthian spirit of amateurism and so on. But that is what happened to Spanish woman Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who only two weeks ago lost to Steffi Graf in the Wimbledon singles final.

19 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Shaamit stars, Steffi survives . . . and Swiss surprise

IT was a day for winners and losers . . . and if you were English, yet more disappointment.

On a super sporting Saturday, German star Steffi Graf fought off a determined challenge from Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to win her fifth French Open tennis title.

9 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Saintly Graf wins points over rivals in more ways than one

IF ever there was a prima facie case for a sports star to be canonized, Steffi Graf presented it powerfully this season.

Saint Steffi has a good ring to it, don't you think? She deserves an honorary sainthood at the very least after emerging with halo intact and reputation burnished from one of those annus horribilis that British Royals keep twittering on about.

27 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Conchita cruise

TOP seed Conchita Martinez of Spain survived a tough first set before cruising into the semi-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships tennis tournament in Amelia Island, Florida, with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over fifth seed Amanda Coetzer of South Africa.

Second seed Gabriela Sabatini beat fellow Argentinian Ines Gorrochategui 6-0, 6-3 in another quarter-final.

9 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

HK challenge adds Pierce to all-star cast

MULTI-NATIONAL player Mary Pierce, officially of France, will join the star-studded field for January's First Pacific Bank Challenge tennis tournament at Victoria Park.

29 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Arantxa netted for HK event

NEWLY-CROWNED US Open champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario joins tennis legend Martina Navratilova in the line-up for the First Pacific Bank Challenge at Victoria Park in January.

13 Oct 1994 - 12:00am


KATERINA Maleeva, one of the three famous tennis-playing sisters, has joined the lineup for January's First Pacific Bank Challenge at Victoria Park.

The Bulgarian-born Maleeva, whose sisters Manuela and Magdalena also play on the professional circuit, joins five other players in the Opel-presented event from January 5-7.

5 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

No need to puff smoking at tennis

FOR the second year in a row, First Pacific Bank has shown us that first-class athletic events can be produced without cigarette advertisements.

The tennis match between No 1-ranked Monica Seles and No 7-ranked Jennifer Capriati held on Saturday, January 11, was indeed world class.

18 Jan 1993 - 12:00am