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TENNIS ROUNDUP : Graham Gains Finals in Singles, Doubles

From Associated Press

Sixth-seeded Debbie Graham of Stanford swept past teammate and defending champion Sandra Birch, 7-5, 6-4, Wednesday to move into today’s final of the NCAA women’s championships at Gainesville, Fla.

Graham, a sophomore from Fountain Valley, will face seventh-seeded Nicole Arendt of Florida, who rallied to defeat unseeded Eveline Hamers of Kansas, 6-7 (7-1), 6-4, 6-1.

Graham and Birch played a match comparable to their Pacific 10 championship duel won last month by Graham. Graham used her big serve and powerful ground strokes in winning her second consecutive straight-set victory over Birch.

“I think I might have wanted it a little bit more,” Graham said. “I’ve been working really hard. This has been one of my goals this year, to do really well in this tournament. I just went for it.”

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Graham and Birch later teamed up to advance to the doubles final. Graham and Birch moved into the final with victories over teams from Florida (by default) and Georgia (6-3, 6-3).

Top-seeded Brad Gilbert led three Americans into the third round of the Italian Open with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 victory over Luis Mattar of Brazil on the clay courts in Rome.

Also advancing to the round of 16 were second-seeded Aaron Krickstein, who defeated Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 6-2, and ninth-seeded Jim Courier, who beat Jaime Yzaga of Peru, 6-3, 6-4.

Top-seeded Steffi Graf needed only 42 minutes to beat Katia Piccolini of Italy, 6-0, 6-1, and reach the quarterfinals of the German Open at West Berlin.

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Second-seeded Monica Seles of Yugoslavia overwhelmed Nicole Jagerman of the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-0, in 45 minutes, Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina defeated Elise Burgin, 6-2, 6-1.

The quickest match of the day was Soviet Larisa Savchenko’s 6-3, 6-0 victory over No. 15 Hana Mandlikova of Australia in 40 minutes.


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