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GRAF GIVES BIRTH TO SON THREE WEEKS EARLY

Steffi Graf gave birth to a healthy son three weeks early, and father Andre Agassi attended the birth.

The baby, Jaden Gil, was born at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas on Friday and weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, Graf's marketing firm said Saturday.

"This is the most proud day of our lives," the two tennis stars said in a statement. "We are thankful for this wonderful gift and are excited to begin our new lives as parents."

Mother and son were doing well and were able to leave the hospital the day after the birth, the statement said.

Graf and Agassi married in a private ceremony Monday. They previously had announced their son was expected in early December. It is the first child for both.

Agassi, 31, and Graf, 32, began dating after each won the French Open in 1999. Graf, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, retired in 1999.

Agassi was previously married to actress Brooke Shields. It is Graf's first marriage.

The couple recently bought a $23 million home in the San Francisco Bay area. They announced in July they were expecting a baby.

Davenport routs Maleeva

LINZ, Austria -- Defending champion Lindsay Davenport routed seventh-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-2, 6-2, to reach today's final of the $565,000 Generali Ladies tournament.

Third-seeded Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia downed 11th-seeded Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzebekistan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, in the other semi.

The top-seeded Davenport has won 11 straight matches. She defeated Dokic last week in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dokic has reached the final in four of her last five tournaments. Tulyaganova upset second-seeded Justine Henin in the second round.

"She was a very difficult opponent, but I was very strong in the first and third sets," Dokic said. "I also think that I was mentally stronger than she was."

Clijsters, Raymond gain final

LUXEMBOURG -- Top-seeded Kim Clijsters defeated Amanda Coetzer of South Africa, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the final of the $170,000 SEAT Open.

The Belgian will play Lisa Raymond in today's title match. Raymond downed Tina Pisnik of Slovenia, 6-2, 6-0, in the other semifinal.

Clijsters won the Luxembourg tournament two years ago and Coetzer won in 1997.

Clijsters ousted Anna Kournikova on Friday and had no trouble against the third-seeded Coetzer.

Raymond, seeded sixth, was the doubles champion this year at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She is ranked 31st and will be playing in her first singles final this year.

Finnish qualifier in final

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen surged into the final at the Stockholm Open, beating three-time champion Thomas Enqvist, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Nieminen, who has not dropped a set in his four matches, will face sixth-seeded Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands today. Schalken defeated fourth-seeded Guillermo Canas of Argentina, 6-4, 6-2, in the other semifinal.

Nieminen is the first player from his country to play for an ATP championship. He also is the first qualifier to make the final of the Stockholm Open, one of the world's oldest indoor tournaments.

This is the first time since 1994 a Swede is not in the final. Enqvist became the second Swede to lose to Nieminen in two days. In the quarterfinals, the 20-year-old Finn upset defending champion Thomas Johansson.

"I tried to be more aggressive today," Nieminen said.

"Enqvist hits a lot harder than Johansson, but he made more mistakes."

Safin, Schuettler advance

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Defending champion Marat Safin recovered from a tough first set to beat Russian compatriot Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, and advance to the final of the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open.

"I played well when I needed to and had to fight like a dog to hang on," Safin said. "So it was a big win."

"I tried to be too careful today and I missed some opportunities to break his serve because I wasn't aggressive enough," Kafelnikov said.

The third-seeded Safin will next face Germany's Rainer Schuettler, who scored a 6-3, 6-4 victory over France's Michael Llodra in the other semifinal.

Safin has beaten Schuettler in two of their three matches. Each has one title this year.

Schuettler employed a strong return game, breaking Llodra twice in each set.

"It's tough playing against a serve-and-volley player like Llodra," Schuettler said.

Federer, Henman win

BASEL, Switzerland -- Tim Henman reached the title match of the $1 million Swiss Indoors, routing Carlos Moya, 6-1, 6-4, in the semifinals. Henman, seeded second, will play Roger Federer of Switzerland today. Federer, seeded fourth, defeated Julien Boutter of France, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

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