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Day Of Surprises- At Clay Coerts By BILL BENNER Wednesday was a day of sur prises at the U.S. Open Clay Court .Tennis Championships at the Indian- Sports The Indianapolis Star THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1980 PAGE 29 Hpons aporus denier. Surprise for Frenchman Christophe Freyss and Hoosier Mary Lou Piatek, 'who found themselves still among the singles contestants in these $350,000 championships. t Surprise to Ivan Lendl, Victor Amaya, Phil Dent, Hank Pfister and Virginia Ruzici. all seeded players who found .themselves out of the running. And surprise to the thousands of spectators who showed up Wednesday night, hoping to see more tennis. They saw none because of the torrential rainfall which jswept the area shortly before the scheduled 8 p.m. start of play. Malless also announced that Wednesday night's tickets will be honored for today's session. Perhaps no one was more amazed at his continued presence in the field than Freyss, a 23-year-old native of Paris who is his country's lOth-ranked player and currently 124th in the world So uncertain of his chances in the AFTER A 90-MINUTE wait. Tournament Director Stan Mai less postponed Wednesday night's session and said the matches pitting top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd against Australian Diane Evers and eighth-seeded Jose-Luis Clerc against Ricardo Ycaza of Ecuador will be at 11 a.m. this morning. The winners then will play later in the afternoon. Winn.;' - - ' fr' " .J j , " ' ll'l''.l"llllIIHIIIllllllllllll)B .i ;.-m ; , . .V . , , '.ti 45 iJT'' " Vis! 1 mmmmmwmmmmmmmrimmmmwmwmmmmmmvmVM 'y.'uifiui w'y '..si..ji.'ww yn" - wm - mr ""'Wp mmmMmmnmmnwmmmmm)mmMmm I . - " W ' . ' ; . - V ,f y w .nV-f i f ft -''- " ' t . .r ' - , , - -r . ' ,;V ' - . t : '. v. - . 1 ' . . . , ,,, . i.w .j v ;;v ; V C- . ,- ' V , V i men's singles draw that he had already booked himself on a flight home today, Freyss produced Wednesday's biggest upset, a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, the fourth seed and No. 10 in the world. "Yes, I am surprised," said the humble Freyss. "I played good tennis today and my opponent missed too much. He made a lot of errors." LENDL WAS JOINED in his notable downfall by Amaya, Dent and Pfister as the men's singles field was reduced to the final 16 on the hot, humid afternoon that turned matches into contests which tested the players' endurance as much as their skill. Amaya, of Louisville, Ky , and ninth-seeded, was ousted by Per Hjertquist of Sweden in the opening Stadium Court attraction of the day, 4-6, 6-0, 6-0. Amaya reportedly became ill in fhe muggy conditions and was an easy target for the 20-year-old Hjertquist in the last two sets. "It is very important to be in good shape in (his weather," said Hjertquist. "It is the most important." Conditioning also seemed to tell in the case of Dent, the 12th-seeded Australian as he lost to Zeljko Franulovic of Yugoslavia, the only former men's singles champ (1969, 71) in the field. The final was 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. "He felt the heat more than I," said Franulovic, who was on his way to becoming one of the game's great players before being struck down by a severe shouder injury in 1971. "The heat made the whole difference." PFISTER, OF LOS Gatos, Calif., the 14th seed, also succumbed quickly in his match against collegian Mel Purcell of Murray, Ky. Purcell won the first set, 6-4, then breezed to victory with a 6-0 second set as Pfister wilted. For most of the other top-rated men, it was business as usual despite the weather. No. 1 Gene Mayer of New York swept past Juan Nunez of Chile, 6-2, 6-2, and No. 2 Harold Solomon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. saying he is playing his best tennis of the summer advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Fernando Luna of Spain. Other men's seeds moving into the final 16 were No. 5 Jose Kigueras of Spain, who dropped the first set but recovered to defeat Australia's David Carter, 2-6, 6-0, 6-0; No. 6 Wojtek Fibak of Poland, who was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Mark Edmonson of Australia; No. 10 Eliot Teltscher of Los Angeles, a 6-2, 6-3 victor over Billy Martin of Los Angeles; No. 13 Kim Warwick of Australia, who pulled out a grueling 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5 verdict over Fernando Maynetto of Peru, and 16th-seeded Terry Moor of Memphis, who dropped Finland's Leo Palin, 6-3, 6-1. THE BIG STORY of the day on the women's side was the defeat of Romania's third-seeded Ruzici, 7-6 (7-5),' 6-2, to Hana Strachonova, a former Czechoslovakian citizen who defected to Switzerland last year in order to better control her own destiny in tennis. Strachonova said that Ruzici's three-set victory Tuesday over. Korea's Duk Hee Lee may have taken its toll. "She wasn't as strong today," said Hana. "After the first set, she wasn't fighting and wasn't concentrating. Virginia is the (Star Phot r Frint Flml CHRISTOPHE FREYSS SERVES DURING UPSET VICTORY Frenchman Upset Ivan Lendl Wednesday In Straight Sets (Star pm y Tdd Moor) HAROLD SOLOMON RETURNS A SHOT AGAINST FERNANDO LUNA The Number Two Seed Advanced Wednesday With A W, 84 Victory Two-Time Champ Franulovic Sees New Faces Here Again type of player who is coming back at you all the time but she had a tough match yesterday and I think she was tired." Evonne Goolagong, the second seed from Australia who was runner-up to Evert Lloyd here a year ago, also complained of weariness as she struggled in the first set against Joyce Partman of Surfside, Fla., but nonetheless moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-0 victory. Goolagong, winner of her second Wimbledon title a month ago, took a 5-1 lead in the opening set. surrendered four straight games, then resumed her domination the rest of the way. "I SUDDENLY BECAME very tired, very lethargic," explained Goolagong of her first-set lapse. "But I picked up after that because I knew I couldn't go on in that manner. I just decided to keep the ball in play and not try anything too difficult. Then she started to become a little erratic." ' There was no tiring on the part of No. 4 seed Andrea Jaeger of Lincolnshire, III. The 15-year-old Jaeger defeated Anne Smith of Dallas, 6-1, 6-1. Jaeger's opponent today will be Piatek, the Indiana native from Whiting who admitted surprise to find herself in the quarterfinals of a tournament held on clay, not her best surface. Piatek celebrated her 19th birthday in winning style, going three sets to dispose of her doubles partner, South African Rosalyn Fairbank, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. "In the first set, she was moving me around pretty good," said Piatek. "But in the second and third sets, I started taking the short balls and came into the net, plus I started hitting deeper." Fifth-seeded Regina Marsikova of Czechoslovakia had the toughest match of any of the women's quarterfinalists. She outlasted countrywoman Renata To-manova, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7. IT WAS JUST the oppoite for sixth-seeded Ivanna Madruga of Argentina. She advanced into the quarters by registering a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Lele Forood of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The other women's quarterfinalist will be. Anne White of Bradenton. Fla , who ousted 1978 U.S. Clay champion Dana Gilbert, 6-4, 6-4. Today's women's quarterfinal pairings, in addition to the Piatek-Jaeger match, will have Goolagong against Marsikova. Madruga against Strachanova and White against the Evert Lloyd-Evers winner. Top men's matches include Fibak against Franulovic, Mayer versus Moor, Dibbs versus Hjertquist, Solomon versus Purcell, Teltscher versus Freyss and qualifier John Hayes of Cos Cob, Conn., against Higueras. By DAVE BENNER We've all heard it before. There's no Jimmy Connors, no John McEnroe and Ik) Guillermo Vilas at this year's U S Open Clay Court Championships. But there is a familiar face who has done Unite well and collected plenty of pay from this particular tournament. "I was just really nervous at the start, it took me a while to concentrate," she said. "Then when I came back to 5-all in the first set I v.as so happy that I lost my concentration and could never get going in the second set. "I know she played a lot of loose points, though. It was probably hard for her to get up for the match. It's hard to , prepare for someone you've never heard of." Remember eljko t ranulovic? Franulovic, for those with fading clay PRICES GOOD THURS., FRI. and SAT. UNITED PACKAGE LIQUORS ... YOU CAN ALWAYS DEPEND ON FOR LOWER EVERYDAY PRICES, BIGGER SELECTIONS, AND BETTER SERVICE. tag YOUR CHOICE! v'' ja ur n ai n nTAii HEAVEN HILL VODKA 11 I cah ulu ouuiVn BY DESMOND & DUFF SAVE $5.00 750 ML $(599 SAVE $3.50 1.75 LITER 59.2 OZ. year-old graduate of Princeton said. "It's really a nerve-wracking experience for me to play in a stadium because I'm not used to it." The reason being that Hayes is one of those who usually must qualify for a tournament, much as he. had to do for this one. Wednesday, he beat a fellow qualifier, Roberto Vizcaino of Spain in straight sets. "There was no letdown, believe me," Hayes said. "He's a tough player and I knew I had to play well." The heat and humidity didn't bother Hayes since he just completed play in a satellite circuit three weeks ago. Stops along the way included Memphis, Baton Rouge and Dallas. At Dallas the temperature reached 115 degrees the day he played. "It was hot as hell," he said. "If that didn't toughen me up I don't know what would. That heat was terrifying." Hayes now meets another seeded player in the third round. No. 5 Jose Higueras. "It's just another tough match," Hayes said philosophically. "I have nothing to lose, it's been a great week for me already. I just wanted to make the main draw, win a round or two, get some experience and improve my game. I'm certainly not ready to start winning tourneys yet." WHEN JOYCE PORTMAN was 13, she watched on television as Evonne Goolagong won the Wimbledon championship. Wednesday, on Stadium Court, Portman got to see Goolagong again, as Wimbledon champion again, no less. And up close. Portman. who just graduated from the University of Florida and turned pro only three weeks ago, began thinking about her match with Evonne Tuesday night. "I was scared I would go out there and freeze." Portman said. "I've never played anybody ranked like that in my life." Portman lost, 7-5, 6-0, but was pleased with the way she played, especially after coming back from a 4-love deficit in the first set. QUANTITY RIGHTS RESERVED HALLERS 8 YEAR OLD HEAVEN HILL GIN NOffTH-1080 E. B6Hi St NOM CAST Will EMERSON $99 $g99 86 PROOF BLENDED WHISKEY SAVE $5.60 1.75 LITER 59.2 02. SAVE S2.80 1.75 LITER 59.2 02. WEST SSth a GEORGETOWN ROAD SPCEDWAY-59S9 CfUWFORDSVttXI RO. fAcrnu from Scwwfcway ShocpM C 1 . ' ROCKVILLE ROAD-S830 J PORTO-CALL SHOPPING CTR ) iASTLETON STORE-a2nd I ALUSONVUII RO. LAFAYETTE ROAD-3740 (ADJACENT TO LAFAYETTE SQUARE) Memories, was the champion of this tournament in 1969 and 1971 and just happens to be the only previous champion entered in this year's tournament at Ihe Indianapolis Sports Center. The 33-j ear-old Yugoslavian at one time was Regarded as one of the premier clay court players in the world. Where did Zeljko 0?" t Nowhere, really. In 1972. at the peak f his career, Franulovic sustained a Revere shoulder injury that kept him off the tennis circuit for two years. It was J974 before he was ready to tackle the jgame again. j "WHEN I FIRST STARTED playing fegain. I just wanted to bring my game together," said Franulovic after defeating 12th-seeded Australian Phil Dent, 6-4, 6-0, Wednesday to advance to the Journey's third round. "I was practicing ,at home (Split. Yugoslavia), but had no matches. I was patient and never gave up." I He started playing actively again in 75. but found some new faces to challenge him. It was the old adage for Tranulovic, "you win same, you lose isome," but he wasn't bothered by the fact tie wasn't as dominant a force as in khe past. I "I play well, but I can still lose to the 'guys who have come up in the meantime," he said. "As long as I can stay on the circuit and play my game, I jdon't care if 1 lose a few matches. I feel I can beat almost anybody, except Borg land some of those guys." j The last time Pranulovic put in an lappearance at the U.S. Open Clay Court jChampionships' was three years ago when ihe lost to Jose Higueras in the third jround. He spent the last two years playing the European Circuit because, "I felt .; like it would be a good idea. It's hard to 'play here in the States. 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HE decided to make the trip across the pond in hopes of winning his first tournament since 1977 when he beat Victor Pecci in the Bavarian Championships. Success hi the States thus far has been limited for Zeljko, although he did beat Harold Solomon, the No. 2 seed here, at Washington two weeks ago. 1 He opened this tournament with a BEER: WARM ONLY MILLER LITE $59 12 PACK CANS l2) l victory over Ross Case in straight before taking care 'of Dent in a morning BACARDI RUM SILVER LABEL SAVE $3.00 1.75 LITER 59.2 02. match Wednesday. "It's a good victory, nice because here in a national tournamei STROH'S 24 LOOSE CANS Franulovic said. "I played better against Case in my first match because it was difficult to play today, for both of us. It was so hot and humid, tough to get air. You just wanted to get the ball back and not play any long games." 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