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Two Seeds Ousted in USTA Event

March 28, 1998

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) _ Fourth-seeded Elena Wagner of Germany moved into the semifinals of the $25,000 USTA Women’s Pro Tennis Challenger of The Woodlands on Friday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Karin Miller of Bradenton, Fla.

Wagner is the highest seeded player left in the tournament.

Also grabbing semifinal berths were Samantha Smith of Britain, Israel’s Anna Smashnova and Jolene Watanabe of Glendora, Calif.

Smith defeated Jane Chi of Meridian, Idaho, 6-3, 6-1; Smashnova stopped China’s Jian Qian Yi 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, and Watanabe downed Meghann Shaughnessy of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-4.

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