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Sampras loses in German

Time is running out before the French Open and Pete Sampras is running out of tournaments as he seeks to complete his quest for all four Grand Slam titles.

Sampras lost 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the German Open to Arnaud Di Pasquale, a 21-year-old Frenchman without many major achievements. That cut short his clay-court preparation for Paris.

Sampras, coming back from a thigh injury that sidelined him for more than month, hoped to use the tournament as a tuneup for the French Open, which starts May 29.

It is the only Grand Slam title still missing from Sampras' impressive collection. He shares the record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles, but he has always struggled on clay and his best showing at Roland Garros was a semifinal appearance in 1996.

"Doing well here would have been great for Paris," Sampras said.

In other matches, third seed Magnus Norman battled back to beat Rainer Schuettler 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Mariano Zabaleta, last year's runner-up, upset Lleyton Hewitt, the 10th seed, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

ITALIAN OPEN: Playing only her third match since returning to the tour from a six-month layoff, Venus Williams routed Chanda Rubin 6-1, 6-2 to move into the third round in Rome. In other matches, Corina Morariu upset eight-seeded Sandrine Testud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. No. 4 Mary Pierce beat Marlene Weingartner 7-5, 6-3, and Italy's Rita Grande ousted Tampa's Kristina Brandi 6-4, 7-5.

CLINIC: Australian Fred Stolle will host a clinic at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Lake Woodlands in Oldsmar. Stolle won the French Open and the U.S. Open and was a three-time Wimbledon finalist.