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Agassi Ousted Again on Italian Open Clay

From Staff and Wire Reports

Andre Agassi was ousted in the second round of the Italian Open by unseeded Stefano Pescosolido, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, Wednesday in Rome.

Agassi had lost in the first round of the Monte Carlo Open in April.

“I haven’t been comfortable on clay yet,” Agassi said. “I wouldn’t expect to do well at the French playing this way.”

The French Open begins May 23.

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Agassi, who was seeded only No. 12 because of his five-month absence from the tour because of an injury, joined fifth-seeded Michael Chang on the Italian Open sidelines. Chang bowed, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), to Jacco Eltingh.

Top-seeded Pete Sampras and second-seeded Michael Stich won to reach the round of 16.

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Two-time defending champion Steffi Graf beat Ginger Helgeson, 6-2, 6-2, to move into the quarterfinals of the German Open on clay in Berlin.

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Gabriela Sabatini was a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Kimberly Po, moving into the third round.

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Luiz Matter had 10 aces in beating Grant Stafford, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, and Fernando Meligeni beat Stephane Simian, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals of the America’s Red Clay Championships in Coal Springs, Fla.


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