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Netherlands shuts out Germany in Davis Cup

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001

The Netherlands made another strong showing in the Davis Cup, defeating Germany in doubles Saturday to reach the semifinals for the first time.

After ousting defending champion Spain in the opening round, the Dutch were joined in the semifinals by Sweden, which clinched its series with a doubles victory over Russia for a 3-0 win.

The other two semifinalists will be determined today when Brazil-Australia and Switzerland-France complete their quarterfinals with two singles.

The victory by Paul Haarhuis and Sjeng Schalken gave the Dutch a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five quarterfinal. Haarhuis and Schalken beat David Prinosil and Jens Knippschild 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in the Dutch city of Hertogenbosch.

The Netherlands had been 0-6 against Germany dating to 1933.

In other World Group play, Switzerland stayed alive after winning the doubles but trailed France 2-1, and Australia took a 2-1 lead over Brazil with a three-set doubles win.

BAUSCH & LOMB: Monica Seles (her mother is sick), Jennifer Capriati (injured foot) and Anna Kournikova (injured foot) withdrew from the Amelia Island tournament, which starts Monday.

PORTO OPEN: Top-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario faces No. 3 Magui Serna in today's final in Porto, Portugal. With two matches on one day because of earlier rain delays, Sanchez-Vicario rallied from a set down to beat Petra Mandula 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 and Silvia Farina Elia 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Serna beat Silvija Talana 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the other semifinal.

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