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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Weary Graf, Capriati Fall In Fed Cup

LONDON -- Steffi Graf and Jennifer Capriati both stumbled to defeats in women's Fed Cup world group action.


Graf lost in Tokyo to Kimiko Date, as Japan clinched a surprise 3-2 victory over Germany on Sunday.


Date was the toast of Japan as she overcame a leg injury to beat the world No. 1, 7-6 3-6 12-10. Weary Graf went on to lose the doubles with partner Anke Huber.


The prize for the Japanese is a semifinal July 13 to 14 against 14-time winner, the United States.


The Americans shrugged off two heavy defeats in two days for Capriati, by Barbara Paulus and Judith Wiesner, to edge home 3-2 in Salzburg against Austria.


The two Fernandez -- Mary Joe and Gigi -- won the deciding doubles to get the United States out of trouble.


The other semifinal will be between champions Spain and France.


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Thomas Muster needed three hours, five sets and a late rally to beat Alberto Costa, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, taking home his second consecutive Monte Carlo Open title and his seventh clay court tournament in a row.


It was the third consecutive time that the two played five sets and more than three hours. Costa had the last victory over Muster on clay last August, putting an end to Muster's clay court final streak of 24 in a row stretching back to 1990.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)