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Tennis Roundup : Mayotte Advances in Australian Indoor Championship

From Times Wire Services

Tim Mayotte and Richard Matuszewski led four players into the quarterfinals of the $510,000 Australian Indoor tennis championships Thursday at Sydney.

The top-seeded Mayotte, from Boston, beat compatriot Todd Nelson, 7-5, 6-2, in a second-round match at the Sydney Entertainment Center.

Matuszewski, 24, from New York, beat Californian Marty Davis, runner-up to Mayotte in the Brisbane Indoor last Sunday, 6-4, 6-4 in another second-round match.

Also advancing were Carl Uwe-Steeb, who beat fellow West German Eric Jelen, 6-4, 6-4, and Canadian Grant Connell, a surprise winner over Australian Darren Cahill, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.

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David Pate defeated Kevin Curren, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 in the first round of the Hong Kong Tennis Championships.

South Africa’s Johan Kriek defeated Australia’s Mark Woodforde, 6-4, 6-2, in the only other first-round match.

First-round play continued late Friday with six matches, including Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg against U.S. teen-ager Michael Chang of Placentia and defending Hong Kong tournament champion Eliot Teltscher against Miloslav Mercir of Czechoslovakia.

Milan Srejber of Czechoslovakia upset fourth-ranked Jonas Svensson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3, in the second round of the $290,000 Olympia Tennis tournament at Toulouse, France.

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Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia beat Guy Forget of France, who won the title in 1986, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The International Tennis Federation revised the draw for the AsiaOceania qualifying group in next year’s Davis Cup team tennis competition, promoting New Zealand to one of the two seeded nations and demoting South Korea.

New Zealand and India were not put in this year’s world group. As a result, both nations should have been seeded in their zonal groupings but ITF officials wrongly gave New Zealand’s place to Korea, who lost its bye and will now open against Japan.

Pam Shriver, who won a gold medal in doubles at the Summer Olympics, heads a list of the latest qualifiers for next month’s Virginia Slims tennis championships.

Joining Shriver in the $1-million tournament are Helena Sukova, Natalia Zvereva and Zina Garrison, who teamed with Shriver to win the women’s doubles title at Seoul.

Grand Slam winner Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Gabriela Sabatini were the first players to qualify for the tournament, which will be held at Madison Square Garden Nov. 14-20.

The event features the top 16 players in the Virginia Slims point standings.


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