E. Sanchez wins Australian tuneup


SYDNEY, Australia -- Emilio Sanchez upset defending champion Guy Forget, 6-3, 6-4, yesterday for the men's title in the New South Wales Open.

Sanchez's sister, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, advanced to women's final today for the second year in a row, outlasting Anke Huber of Germany, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in a two-hour battle.

Top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini won the other semifinal, overpowering Mary Joe Fernandez, the No. 4 seed, 6-2, 6-3.

Emilio Sanchez, seeded seventh, did not lose a set in five matches as he won his 15th career singles title. His prize was $38,300.

"When I came here, I was expecting to perfect my timing," Sanchez said. "Slowly I started to play better. Today was my best match. I'm very happy with my form."

Forget, the third seed, went over the $3 million mark in career winnings with the second prize of $19,900.

Forget said he was distracted by the news that he will play fellow French Davis Cup hero and doubles partner Henri Leconte in the first round at the Australian Open tomorrow.

"I'm already mentally into that match," he said. "I wish they would have done the draw later."

Rio Challenge

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Jim Courier, the French Open champion, completed his tuneup for this week's Australian Open by defeating Michael Chang, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in the final.

The victory gave Courier, 21, the $120,000 winner-take-all prize in the six-man exhibition.

Courier, a Floridian ranked second in the world, used his power strokes to overcome tenacious challenges from Chang late in both sets.

New Zealand Open

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- American MaliVai Washington routed Markus Zoecke of Germany, 6-2, 6-4, and moved into the final to play unseeded Jaime Yzaga.

Yzaga of Peru defeated Canadian Davis Cup player Grant Connell, 6-4, 6-2.

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