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1996 IN REVIEW

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MEN'S FINAL
Sampras Finishes Moya's Run
Pete Sampras Playing with surgical precision, Pete Sampras (pictured) easily defeated Carlos Moya of Spain, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, to claim his second Australian Open and ninth Grand Slam title. Only Bjorn Borg, with 11 Grand Slam singles titles, has won more majors since the start of the open era in 1968. The loss ended an phenomenal run for the 20-year-old Moya, who defeated Boris Becker and Michael Chang to reach the finals.

Despite Loss, Moya Moves Up Tennis Ladder



WOMEN'S FINAL
Hingis Defeats Pierce for Australian Title
Martina Hingis Fourth-seeded Martina Hingis (pictured) became the youngest Grand Slam singles champion in 110 years, defeating unseeded Mary Pierce of France, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Australian Open. Displaying a dazzling array of shots, the 16-year-old Hingis fulfilled a lifetime of expectations by overwhelming Pierce, the 1995 champion. Hingis won the first five games of the match and never looked back.

For Hingis, Questions to Be Answered
Jennifer Frey With her overwhelming victory at the Australian Open, it's obvious that 16-year-old Martina Hingis has arrived on the scene. The question, however, is whether the burnout that took its toll on phenoms Jennifer Capriati, Andrea Yeager and Tracy Austin will affect Hingis.


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Gavin Hopper, who currently coaches Amanda Coetzer, has been approached by rising Australian star Mark Phillippoussis. Get the full story in the Australian Open Notebook.


Withdrawals Take Their Toll
Hometown favorite Mark Philippoussis, who knocked Pete Sampras out of the Australian Open last year, joined the long list of big names who will skip this year's event, as he withdrew Sunday because of an injury to his forearm.


F L A S H B A C K

Monica Seles 1996: Becker, Seles Complete Comebacks
It had been five years since Boris Becker had won a Grand Slam title, and while it hadn't been as long for Monica Seles (pictured), her comeback had no peer. At the 1996 Australian Open, Seles won her first title since being stabbed in 1993 by topping Germany's Anke Huber, 6-4, 6-1. Becker, who hadn't won a Grand Slam event since the 1991 Australian Open, held off a rally by the U.S.'s Michael Chang, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 victory.



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