Steffi Graf, winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, said it was "a mistake" when she announced she had played her final matches at Wimbledon and the French Open.
Graf, playing in the TIG Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., said she may have been too emotional in deciding not to play again in two of tennis' four Grand Slam events.
"I made a mistake," Graf was quoted in Tuesday's San Diego Union-Tribune. "That's the way I felt, and that was my immediate response."
MORE TENNIS: Martina Hingis finally won again. Hingis rebounded from two painful losses in recent months with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Chanda Rubin in the TIG Classic. "It was very important for me to get the confidence back," said Hingis, who earlier signed a contract to wear adidas clothing. Terms of the agreement with Adidas-Salomon AG, the parent of the adidas line of sportswear, were not disclosed. The only seeded player to lose was No. 8 Nathalie Tauziat, who was beaten by qualifier Anke Huber 6-3, 6-1. Sixth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Elena Likhovtsena 6-2, 1-6, 6-4; No. 7 Amanda Coetzer defeated Lisa Raymond 6-7 (1-7) 6-1, 6-1; and unseeded Anna Kournikova beat Meilen Tu 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Jim Courier upset fourth-seeded Tim Henman 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 in the second round of the du Maurier Open in Montreal. Courier is 3-1 against Henman. Byron Black beat 13th-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 6-4, 6-4. Adrian Voinea beat fifth-seeded Magnus Norman 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6) in the Grolsch Open in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Third-seeded Karina Habsudova beat Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-0 in the Sanex Trophy in Knokke, Belgium, staying on target for her third straight WTA Tour final.
GOLF: The three-hour made-for-TV match between Tiger Woods and David Duval on ABC earned a 7.4 rating and 12 share in the overnights. The network had expected the one-on-one exhibition to garner about a 6.5, a spokesman said. The rating surpassed ABC's typical figure on Monday nights in the summer. Woods won 2-and-1. Ratings measure the number of U.S. households with televisions watching the game, while the share is the number of households with televisions turned on watching the event. Overnight ratings represent only the top 44 U.S. markets. Each point equals about 598,000 viewers. A final rating for the event will be released later this week. Paul Lawrie was named the U.S. PGA Tour's player of the month for July after winning the British Open in a three-way playoff. Hale Irwin won twice on the U.S. Senior Tour to earn that tour's honors. Stuart Appleby and Jeff Sluman lost their lead then rallied to win the CVS Charity Classic by two strokes over the uncle-nephew team of Dana and Brett Quigley in Barrington, R.I. Following an opening-round 59 under the best-ball format, Sluman and Appleby shot 63 for a two-day score of 20 under. The Shark got caught in the net when Greg Norman launched a Web site. Norman engaged in a chat session to kick off shark.com, an Internet site he says is aimed at men aged 25-55 "who are seeking more out of life." Norman described the site as devoted to content, products and services linked to his lifestyle. It covers sports, health and fitness, travel and "boy's toys" like cars, gadgets and fashion.
AUTO RACING: Drivers Eddie Cheever and Robby Unser were fined $5,000 each for unsportsmanlike conduct by the Indy Racing League. Spokesman Ron Green also said the IRL would investigate rookie driver Scott Harrington's conduct during Sunday's MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200. Harrington conceded that some drivers complained to the IRL about his tactics, which he said were misinterpreted as blocking. CART driver Christian Fittipaldi is expected to miss at least eight weeks with a head injury sustained Monday in an accident while testing a car. Preliminary tests indicated that the nephew of longtime star Emerson Fittipaldi has a subdural hematoma _ a collection of blood _ on the left side of his head, according to Dr. Jaimie Henderson, assistant professor of neurosurgery at St. Louis University hospital.
SOFTBALL: Kaci Clark pitched a three-hitter for her 18th victory and the host Virginia Roadsters beat the Tampa Bay FireStix 3-0. Jodi Chimielewski went 2-for-2 for the FireStix.
_ Compiled from Times wires.