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AFTER A MONTH OFF, AGASSI RETURNS TO WIN TOURNAMENT

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Andre Agassi is putting more distance between himself and the other young American tennis stars, and he isn't looking over his shoulder.

Agassi gave more evidence Sunday in Washington that he is rising above the rest of the U.S. field, winning the Sovran Bank Classic for his third tournament title of the year.Agassi, who took a month off after losing in the French Open final, resumed his hot 1990 by charging through five matches without losing a set, including a 6-1, 6-4 drubbing of Jim Grabb in the final.

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At Norcross, Ga., Wimbledon runner-up Zina Garrison is confident the United States will successfully defend its Federation Cup title despite missing Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

"Before we had the veterans," Garrison said Sunday on the eve of the Americans' first round match.

The USA team consists of Garrison, 14-year-old sensation Jennifer Capriati, Gigi Fernandez and Patty Fendick.

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At Newport, R.I, belief - and some pretty spectacular tennis - is what brought top-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario the championship of the Virginia Slims of Newport tennis tournament, her first on a grass court.

"I never thought I would lose the match," she said after winning the last five games in the third set to beat veteran Jo Durie 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-5.