WHAT: $2.45-million Lipton Championships.
WHERE: Key Biscayne.
WHEN: Thursday through March 30 (women's final March 29).
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Men _ Andre Agassi. Women _ Steffi Graf.
SURFACE: Outdoor hard court.
TOP NAMES: Men _ Pete Sampras, Thomas Muster, Michael Chang, Goran Ivanisevic, Boris Becker, Agassi, Jim Courier. Women _ Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Jana Novotna, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams.
NOTES: Graf is nursing her injured left knee. Hingis likely will take over her No.
1 ranking after this event. Seles, who has not played this season because of a broken finger, is entered, but she entered and withdrew last week in Indian Wells, Calif. Williams is making her South Florida debut.
_ DARRELL FRY