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SPORTS
March 10, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apparently, proximity to No. 1 in the world has created some sort of chilling effect on the men's tennis tour. How else would you explain Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia? Kafelnikov needed merely to defeat Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the quarterfinals late last month in London to supplant Pete Sampras. He lost. Here, he didn't even get that close.
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SPORTS
January 21, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another left-hander made Steffi Graf look, well, almost mortal at a Grand Slam event. Quite unlike her U.S. Open loss to left-handed Patty Schnyder, the 10th-seeded Graf summoned her trademark steely resolve today after a dubious start and defeated Barbara Schwartz of Austria, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, in a second-round match at the Australian Open.
SPORTS
November 22, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe we should forget about those other supposed rivalries involving Lindsay Davenport and the hyped teens. How about that woman bordering on 30? Steffi Graf vs. Davenport is gradually unfolding as a compelling matchup. The German dealt Davenport her first loss as No. 1 at Philadelphia last Sunday and nearly did it again here Saturday at Madison Square Garden in the Chase Championships before pulling up with a strained right hamstring in the third set.
SPORTS
November 20, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe something otherworldly happened behind the doors of the operating room when Steffi Graf had minor surgery on her right hand in September. A nervous, error-prone 29-year-old entered the surgery lacking her trademark forehand weapon--at least consistently--as well as her beguiling slice backhand. The post-op verdict? Let's put it this way: The sassy, brassy teens of the WTA tour are no longer dismissing Graf as a thing of the past.
SPORTS
November 18, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Steffi Graf continued her remarkable resurgence Tuesday night, advancing into the quarterfinals of the Chase Championships with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1 victory over third-seeded Jana Novotna at New York. After suffering a series of injuries and surgeries, the German is playing again like the woman who dominated women's tennis for a decade. Since undergoing wrist surgery in September, Graf has won 11 consecutive matches and two tournaments.
SPORTS
November 16, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Steffi Graf is all the way back. The unseeded Graf defeated top-ranked Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday in a grueling two-hour match to win her second consecutive tournament since returning from a two-month layoff because of wrist surgery. The stunning victory came in the final of the Advanta Championships at Villanova, Pa. The loss spoiled Davenport's first tournament on American soil since she became the No. 1-ranked player in the WTA's computer rankings.
NEWS
November 16, 1998 | From Associated Press
Steffi Graf is all the way back. The unseeded Graf defeated top-ranked Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday in a grueling two-hour match to win her second consecutive tournament since returning from a two-month layoff because of wrist surgery. The stunning victory came in the final of the Advanta Championships at Villanova, Pa. The loss spoiled Davenport's first tournament on American soil since she became the No. 1-ranked player in the WTA's computer rankings.
SPORTS
November 13, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Steffi Graf is in and Venus Williams is out. Graf, a five-time winner of the Chase Championships, earned a spot in next week's season-ending 16-player tournament Thursday, thanks to Monica Seles' 6-3, 7-5 victory over Japan's Ai Sugiyama in the second round of the Advanta Championships at Villanova, Pa. Sugiyama could have qualified for the $2-million event by reaching the Advanta final.
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