U.S. advances to semifinals of Federation Cup


NOTTINGHAM, England -- The U.S. team claimed a spot in the Federation Cup semifinals. Monica Seles got a deadline. Steffi Graf received flowers and a get well card.

On a topsy-turvy yesterday in women's tennis, most of the action seemed to be in hospitals and committee rooms.

Zina Garrison and Gigi Fernandez overcame a slow start to defeat Judith Wiesner and Petra Ritter, 6-4, 6-1, in doubles, giving the United States a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Austria. Wiesner had saved two match points to defeat Jennifer Capriati, 6-2, 0-6, 8-6, in the opening singles contest, but Mary Joe Fernandez then wiped out Austria's Barbara Paulus, 6-1, 6-1.

The Americans advanced to a semifinal tomorrow against Czechoslovakia, which got singles victories from Radka Zrubakova and Jana Novotna in a 2-1 defeat of Switzerland.

While the opening pair of quarterfinals were being played, the world's top two women players were stealing the headlines though they were far away.

Top-ranked Seles was given until Aug. 5 to produce a doctor's note explaining her late withdrawal from the Federation Cup.

Graf, ranked No. 2, was forced to pull out of the Federation Cup yesterday because of a torn tendon in her right shoulder. Team captain Klaus Hofsass said she would be sidelined for three weeks. The ITF later sent flowers and a note with "best wishes for a speedy recovery" to Graf at her home in Bruhl, Germany.

Barbara Rittner will take Graf's place in singles alongside Anke Huber as Germany faces Italy in one of today's quarterfinals.

Spain, led by Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez, faces Indonesia in the other quarterfinal.


Canadian Open

MONTREAL -- John McEnroe was at it again yesterday, throwing two temper tantrums which cost him a key point in a third-set tie-breaker loss to Derrick Rostagno in the third round of the $1.2 million Canadian Open.

"It was ridiculous. I've never been involved in a match that ended like that," Rostagno said after his 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory. "It doesn't really feel like a win."

Rostagno will play the winner of another night match between No. 2 Jim Courier and No. 16 Amos Mansdorf. Earlier, top seed Ivan Lendl also moved into the quarterfinals with a lackluster 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over 15th seed Wally Masur from Australia.

Shuzo Matsuoka continued his string of upsets, defeating 13th seed Patrick McEnroe, 6-4, 6-3, in a third-round match.

Westchester Ladies' Cup

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Fifth seed Ros Fairbank-Nideffer overcame a five-hour rain delay to eliminate qualifier Lisa Raymond, 6-3, 6-3, and move into the semifinals. Second seed Lori McNeil also advanced to the semifinals, defeating No. 8 Debbie Graham, 7-5, 6-1.

Dutch Open ATP

HILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Mark Koevermans of the Netherlands beat Italian Renzo Furlan in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

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