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Germany, Australia Reach Davis Cup Final

September 26, 1993|From Staff and Wire Reports

Germany will play host to Australia in the Davis Cup final in December.

Australia, advancing to the final for the 43rd time, took a 3-0 lead over India in a best-of-five semifinal series at Chandigarh, India, when Wimbledon doubles champions Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge defeated India's Leander Paes and Ramesh Krishnan, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

Germany, playing this year without the nation's top player, Boris Becker, who led the nation to the Davis Cup title in 1988 and 1989, will make its fifth appearance in the final after taking a 3-0 lead over Sweden in a semifinal series at Borlange, Sweden.

Michael Stich and Patrik Kuhnen beat Swedes Henrik Holm and Anders Jarryd, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) to clinch the victory.

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The United States advanced to the 16-nation world group by taking a 3-0 lead over the Bahamas in a best-of-five qualifying match for the 1994 Davis Cup at Charlotte, N.C.

Patrick McEnroe and Richey Reneberg defeated Roger Smith and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas, 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 6-4, 6-2, to clinch the victory.

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In other 1994 Davis Cup qualifying matches, Spain advanced to World Group by taking a 3-0 lead at South Korea, Russia advanced to the World Group by taking a 3-0 lead at Cuba and South Africa advanced to the World Group by taking a 3-0 lead over Senegal.

New Zealand won a doubles match to pull back to 2-1 against visiting Austria. Argentina also stayed alive with a victory to trail 2-1 at Hungary, and Denmark upset visiting Croatia in the doubles to go up 2-1. Romania took a 2-1 lead over Morocco.

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Fourth-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa ousted top-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals of a $375,000 women's tournament at Tokyo.

Coetzer will meet Japan's Kimiko Date in the today's final. Third-seeded Date beat No. 8 Julie Halard of France, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), in the other semifinal match.

Auto Racing

Britain's Damon Hill took the pole position from teammate Alain Prost in qualifying for today's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Mark Martin led second-round qualifying for today's Goody's 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with a fast lap of 91.985 m.p.h. and will start 21st in the 34-car field.

Miscellany

Tracy Harris Patterson retained his World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title by stopping Daniel Zaragoza of Mexico in the seventh round at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The Golden State Warriors will have to play away from Oakland for at least two seasons while a new arena is built on the site of their current home. The probable venues are the Cow Palace, in Daly City south of San Francisco, or the new San Jose Arena.

Jenny Thompson of Stanford was honored as U.S. swimmer of the year at the U.S. Aquatic Sports Awards Banquet.

Top-seeded Lim Xiao Quing of Sweden will play second-seeded Christine Magnusson, her doubles partner, in the final of the U.S. Open badminton championships today at Loyola Marymount.

Brothers Oliver and Rene Schwall of Germany won the Tornado catamaran world championship off Long Beach.

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