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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 5C Tennis 7 have 363 more days to go as the defending champion. It's definitely exciting. " Bellisari, Buckeyes rebound QUOTE OF THE DAY Women's singles champion SERENA WILLIAMS. TODAY E-MAIL FROM THE OPEN By Staff Writer Elizabeth Clarke The Associated Press ' ; COLUMBUS, Ohio Two weeks after a horrendous debut, former Boca Raton High School standout Steve Bellisari probably Serena's celebration plans begin with her credit card T lirnn 1"h rtorTi t- ir tit 1 nvfnrknn r irh 'it i C " ' 1 Ay Ohio State. I ' Bellisari came off the bench to hrow two touchdown passes and was on the field for five of Ohio State's six touchdowns as the No. 13 Buckeyes bounced back from an parly 10-0 deficit for a 42-20 victory against No. 21 UCLA on Saturday night College football ; - . v The Beadman cometh You have to believe that only in New York would Venus and Serena Williams find a fan like the Beadman, legally known as Claude Cruz. But he actually first saw the sisters at Lipton three years ago. Cruz, who became a guest of the Williamses this year, i v -? us:. 7 il L Bellisari was also the Buckeyes' second-leading rusher with 50 yards on three third-down scrambles - In Ohio State's 23-12 loss to Miami on Aug. 29, starter Austin Mo-herman led the Buckeyes to a 10-7 lead when Bellisari got the call from coach John Cooper. Moments after he took the field, he lost 11 yards on a lateral that went out of bounds, taking the Buckeyes out of field-goal position. Then on his next play, he fumbled the snap from center and Miami recovered. "We had something to prove tonight," Bellisari said after completing ll-of-16 passes for 159 yards and running for 50 yards on three third-down scrambles. "No question he was the best quarterback on the field tonight," Cooper said. "I would imagine he'll be the starting quarterback after we look at the films." is a hairdresser who left his native Brazil nine years for the Big Apple. Last year, he sewed about 5,000 beads into a cap to create the wig he has worn throughout the tournament for two years. This year, he made six beaded outfits to match his wig. He wore a skirt and top covered with strings of pink and white beads for Serena Williams' singles final victory Saturday, but he said his nicest outfit is a dress with green and blue beads. He also has made four beaded bags and hopes to eventually go into the beaded clothing business with the Williams family, of course. "I just think they're wonderful players," Cruz said. And just FYI, he sews beads only on the front of his outfits makes sitting more comfortable. BY THE NUMBERS 7 Seeding for Serena Williams entering the U.S. Open. She became the lowest seed in the Open era, which began in 1968, to win the U.S. Open women's singles title by defeating Martina Hingis on Saturday. 15 Years since Americans won both the men's and women's singles titles. John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova did it in 1984. The last time American-born players won both Open titles was 17 years ago when Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert did it in 1982. 76 Inches. Height of the tallest U.S. Open men's champion. Stan Smith, who is 6-feet-4, won the title in 1971. Todd Martin, at 6-6, had been trying to become the tallest U.S. Open winner in history. Smith coached him as a young professional. 1,290,000 Dollars won by the Williams family at this U.S. Open. Serena Williams earned $750,000 for singles plus half the doubles prize of $330,000 for a total of $915,000 in two weeks. Venus earned $210,000 for reaching the singles semifinals, plus $165,000 for doubles. Her total is $375,000. PAST CHAMPIONS WILLIAMS From 1C And for at least a day, the attention will get worse. Serena begins the morning talk show circuit before 7 a.m. today and will appear on the Today show, Good Morning America, CNN and the Rosie O'Donnell Show before flying home. She doesn't expect anything to slow down once she returns to Palm Beach Gardens, either. "It's actually impossible for me to go out now," Serena Williams said. "(At home), it's the same. People honk their horns. It's actually kind of annoying. You can get in a major accident. It's deadly." Venus agreed. "I don't respond to any honks of the horn," she said. "I don't look. Honking is not good." But don't be surprised if you see them out shopping in the next few months. As of Sunday, they hadn't had a chance to celebrate Serena's title. "I'm not really a celebrating person," Serena said. "I did a lot of celebrating on the court (Saturday)." They did accept a doubles trophy and a $330,000 check to share, bringing the sisters' weekend income to $1.29 million. "Shell celebrate with her credit card," Venus offered during the joint news conference after the doubles. A few moments later, Serena laughed for a long moment and raised her arms with a "woo-hoo" when someone told her she had won almost $1 million in two days. "That is really great," she said when she had collected herself. Her sister kept her grounded, though, reminding her about the taxes that would be taken out. "You have a quarterly to pay pretty soon," Venus said. "I guess Uncle Sam is really happy," Serena answered. She mused if she should have mentioned that to President Clinton when he called her to offer congratulations Saturday. They started their match like they'd partied all night, however, winning just five points in the first five games and trailed 5-0 in less than 20 minutes. vvnai migiii siaiiu uui un uie 4 I w KATHY WILLENSThe Associated Press Venus (left) and Serena Williams chat during the doubles final, which netted them $330,000, bringing their weekend total to $1.29 million But they woke up soon enough, fighting back to 54 before losing the set on Testud's serve. They won the second sets easily and came from 0-30 down to win the final game with a backhand swinging volley by Serena. During the awards ceremony, Serena accepted the trophy and the check, holding both at one point. Venus' smiles afterward looked a little forced and her words uninspired. "I love winning," she said. "It's great. And, yeah, I'm happy." It might have been the first time the younger sister answered most of the questions during a joint news conference, but Venus said she didn't mind her sister winning a Grand Slam before her. "I'm really glad that she was able to win because that means that, indirectly, I was able to get a U.S. Open title," Venus said. Winning the doubles didn't ease her mind about losing to finalist Martina Hingis after cramping in a tough three-set semifinal Friday. "It doesn't help at all," Venus said. "It never helps. I'll never forget. Very bitter." Noteworthy: Recently retired Steffi Graf sat in the high rafters of the 20,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium watching the men's final, while Jerry Seinfeld and Walter Cronkite, among the many celebrities watching, sat in the President's box just a few rows from the court. . . . Comedian Jon Lovitz sang the national anthem before the men's final. . . . CBS Sports' coverage of Serena Williams' victory recorded the highest rating for a women's final since 1993. 1963-1964-1965-1966-1967-1968-1969-1970-1971 -1972-1973-1974-1975-1976-1977-1978-1979-1980-1981 -1982-1983-1984-1985-1986-1987-1988-1989-1990-1991 Rafael Osuna Roy Emerson Manual Santana Fred Stolle John Newcombe Arthur Ashe Rod Laver Ken Rosewall Stan Smith Hie Nastase John Newcombe Jimmy Connors Manuel Orantes Jimmy Connors Guillermo Vilas - Jimmy Connors John McEnroe John McEnroe John McEnroe Jimmy Connors Jimmy Connors John McEnroe Ivan Lendl Ivan Lendl - Ivan Lendl Mats Wilander Boris Becker Pete Sampras Stefan Edberg Stefan Edberg - Pete Sampras Andre Agassi Pete Sampras Pete Sampras Patrick Rafter Patrick Rafter Andre Agassi films won t be anything he did with the ball, but rather what he did after getting rid of it. In the fourth quarter, Bellisari pitched the ball to flanker Ken-Yon Rambo on an end around, then leveled a UCLA tackier. "That block was a good feeling," Bellisari said. "It meant a lot to me. That probably was the play I'll remember from this game." I The contact was nothing new for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Bellisari. He came to Ohio State as a highly regarded quarterback, but to get playing time as a freshman he was a backup strong safety and a big hitter on special teams. Safety Gary Berry recognized the contribution Bellisari made. "Steve got our team up and electrified," Berry said. "He got things going. He does that every day in practice." Even the opposition agreed, i "I thought Bellisari hurt us running the football and he threw a couple of deep balls that got us as well," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said. "I think they found a quarterback." i Moherman started for the Buckeyes (1-1) and completed 10-of-19 passes for 107 yards with one interception. UCLA was playing without nine starters and four backups who received two-game suspensions for illegally obtaining and using handicapped-parking placards. B Penn State slips to No. 3: Penn State's close call against unranked Pittsburgh cost the Nittany Lions the No. 2 ranking, while Florida State remained No. 1 with a close call against Georgia Tech. . The Seminoles (2-0) held the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll with a 41-35 victory against the Yellow Jackets. But idle Tennessee (1-0), the defending national champions, moved up to No. 2 as the Nittany Dons fell after a 20-17 victory against the Panthers. LATE SATURDAY . B Florida A&M 56, Norfolk St 7: Quarterback Quinn Gray threw four touchdown passes as the Rattlers (1-1, 1-0 MEAC) defeated the Spartans (1-1, 0-1) at Tallahassee. Gray completed 24 of 39 passes for 381 yards, throwing two touchdown passes to Cainon Lamb and two to Robert Walton. i FAMU was coming off a 57-3 defeat last week at Miami where Gray MEN 1881 Richard Sears 1882 Richard Sears 1883 Richard Sears 1884 Richard Sears 1885 Richard Sears 1886 Richard Sears 1887 Richard Sears 1888 Henry Slocum, Jr. 1889 Henry Slocum, Jr 1 890 Oliver Campbell 1891 Oliver Campbell 1892 Oliver Campbell 1893 Robert Wrenn 1 894 Robert Wrenn 1895 Fred Hovey 1896 Robert Wrenn 1897 Robert Wrenn 1898 Malcolm Whitman 1899 Malcolm Whitman 1900 Malcolm Whitman 1901 BillLarned 1902 Bill Larned 1903 Laurie Doherty 1904 Holcombe Ward 1905 Beals C.Wright 1906 Bill Clothier 1907 Bill Larned 1908 BillLarned 1909 BillLarned 1910 BillLarned 1911 Bill Larned 1912 Maurice McLoughlin 1913 Maurice McLoughlin 1914 Dick Williams 1915 BillJohnston 1916 Dick Williams 1917 Lindley Murray 1918 Lindley Murray Agassi's stamina difference in win 1933 Helen Jacobs 1934 Helen Jacobs 1935 Helen Jacobs 1936 Alice Marble 1937 Anita Lizana 1938 Alice Marble 1939 Alice Marble 1940 Alice Marble 1941 Sarah Palfrey Cooke 1942 Pauline Betz 1943 Pauline Betz 1944 Pauline Betz 1945 Sarah Palfrey Cooke 1946 Pauline Betz 1947 Louise Brough 1 948 Margaret Osbourne duPont 1949 Margaret Osbourne duPont 1950 Margaret Osbourne duPont 1951 Maureen Connolly 1952 Maureen Connolly 1953 Maureen Connolly 1954 Doris Hart 1955 Doris Hart 1956 Shirley Fry 1957 Althea Gibson 1958 Althea Gibson 1 959 Maria Bueno 1960 Darlene Hard 1961 Darlene Hard 1962 Margaret Smith 1963 Maria Bueno 1964 Maria Bueno 1965 Margaret Smith 1966 Maria Bueno 1967 Billie Jean King 1968 Virginia Wade 1969 Margaret Smith Court 1970 Margaret Smith Court 1971 Billie Jean King 1972 Billie Jean King 1 973 Margaret Smith Court 1974 Billie Jean King 1975 Chris Evert 1976 Chris Evert 1977 Chris Evert 1978 Chris Evert 1979 Tracy Austin 1 980 Chris Evert Lloyd 1981 Tracy Austin 1982 Chris Evert Lloyd 1983 Martina Navratilova 1984 Martina Navratilova 1985 Hana Mandlikova 1986 Martina Navratilova 1987 Martina Navratilova 1988 Steffi Graf 1989 Steffi Graf 1990 Gabriela Sabatini 1991 Monica Seles 1992 Monica Seles 1993 Steffi Graf 1994 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 1995 Steffi Graf 1996 Steffi Graf 1997 Martina Hingis 1998 Lindsay Davenport 1999 Serena Williams Before 1968. the United States National Championships was an amateur event. It became the U S. Open in 1968 when the tournament was opened to professionals. 1919 Bill Johnston 1920- kiB V. v- if 1 : - ' i :; I-' ! . . v I 1921 - - Bill Tilden - Bill Tilden - Bill Tilden - Bill Tilden - Bill Tilden - Bill Tilden - Rene Lacoste - Rene Lacoste - Henri Cochet 1929 Bill Tilden 1930 John Doeg 1931 - 1932-1933-1934-1935-1936-1937-1938-1939-1940-1941 WOMEN 1887 Ellen Hansell 1 888 Bertha Townsend 1 889 Bertha Townsend 1890 Ellen Roosevelt 1891 Mabel Cahill 1892 Mabel Cahill 1B93 Aline Terry 1894 Helen Helfwig 1 895 Juliette Atkinson 1 896 Elizabeth Moore 1 897 Juliette Atkinson 1 898 Juliette Atkinson 1899 Marion Jones 1900 Myrtle McAteer 1901 Elizabeth Moore 1 902 Marion Jones 1903 Elizabeth Moore 1904 May Sutton 1905 Elizabeth Moore 1906 Helen Homans 1907 Evelyn Sears 1908 Maud Barger Wallach 1909 Hazel Hotchkiss 1 91 0 Hazel Hotchkiss 1911 Hazel Hotchkiss 1 91 2 Mary K. Browne 1 91 3 Mary K. Browne 1 91 4 Mary K. Browne 1915 Molla Bjurstedt 1916 Molla Biurstedt 1917 Molla Bjurstedt 1918 Molla Bjurstedt 1919 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman 1920 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 1921 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 1922 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 1923 Helen Wills 1924 Helen Wills 1925 Helen Wills 1926 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 1927 Helen Wills 1928 Helen Wills 1929 Helen Wills 1930 Betty Nuthall 1931 Hellen Wills Moody 1932 Helen Jacobs - Ellsworth vines - Ellsworth Vines - Fred Perry - Fred Perry - Wilmer Allison - Fred Perry - Don Budge - Don Budge - Bobby Riggs - Donald McNeill - Bobby Riggs - Ted Schroeder - Joe Hunt - Frank Parker - Frank Parker - Jack Kramer - Jack Kramer -Pancho AGASSI From 1C because of it. "It's incredible," Agassi said. "It's been a long road for me, one that I'm quite proud of." Best of all for tennis fans, his opponent and Davis Cup partner didn't hand him the title. They played 3 hours, 23 minutes of competitive tennis, the first five-setter in a U.S. Open final since Mats Wilander beat Ivan Lendl in 1988. "The way he played, it was just disappointing that somebody had to lose," Agassi said. "I was hanging on by a thread for most of the match." Martin, who fought off a stomach virus and ninth seed Greg Rusedski from two sets down in the fourth round, had control for almost half the match. The soft-spoken Midwestemer had 23 aces and 54 winners 19 off the backhand and 20 at the net. "I certainly wouldn't call this disappointing," Martin said. "I lost to a better player. I can't be disappointed with what happened today or over the last two weeks." But he was disappointed with his play at the most important moments. He lost the first set only because he lost his serve in the first game of the match. He lost the match because he couldn't convert any of his eight break points. He held serve through the second and third sets, forcing the tiebreakers, and worried his Davis Cup teammate. "He was not only serving great, he was volleying magnificent," Agassi said. "Then, he was actually holding his own from the baseline. That probably concerned me the most" But all Agassi's fitness work paid off again. Martin "lost his legs" beginning in the fourth set. Agassi immediately pounced, breaking Martin's serve in the third game and again in the ninth after Martin opened the game with a double fault. From then on, Agassi looked like the winner. When Martin's backhand volley went long on set point in the fourth, Agassi sprinted to his chair for the changeover. He repeated the dash during the fifth set. "I thought the relentless pressure that he put on me not just with her serve, not just with his feet, not just with his returns, but every game, he seemed to be there," Martin said. For Agassi, his presence and enjoyment of this were obvious, as he embraced the New York fans Gonzales 1949 Pancho Gonzales 1950 Art Larsen 1951 Frank Sedgman 1952 Frank Sedgman 1953 Tony Trabert 1954 Vic Seixas 1955 Tony Trabert 1956 Ken Rosewall 1957 Mai Anderson 1958 Ashley Cooper 1959 Neale Fraser 1960 Neale Fraser 1961 Roy Emerson 1962 Rod Laver MARK LENNIHANThe Associated Press Andre Agassi's relentless fifth-set pressure ultimately wore down Todd Martin. who have adopted him since his U.S. Open debut as a brash teenager with long hair and loud clothes. "Somebody showed me a picture recently of when I was 16," Agassi said. "I looked at it. I said, Wow. She's cute.' I've changed a lot." And often. He lost in the first round when he played his first U.S. Open in 1986. By 1990, he had been dubbed a super-talent who would never work hard enough to win. Then he won at Wimbledon in 1992 and he became a one-hit wonder. His 1994 U.S. Open and 1995 Australian Open titles turned him into Pete Sampras' biggest rival and a contender for the top of the world. But he dropped off in 1996 and totally out in 1997. "I had to make a choice if I was going to really play the game or quit," Agassi said of those lowest days. "If I was going to play, I had to do a lot of work." He started the work and comeback at a challenger tournament in his hometown of Las Vegas. It's the lowest level of professional tennis and Agassi wasn't sure he'd ever make it out. Had anyone told him where he would be this week, he wouldn't have believed it. The fans cheered both the Americans, but only Agassi got the tennis equivalent of football cheers on Sunday. That he can appreciate it might be his greatest gift of all. "It's hard for me not to keep things in perspective these days," he said. "I don't know if you ever make up for missed opportunities. The best you can do is not regret from here on in." ' t Match statistics was knocked out of the game. Walton caught five passes for 112 yards and touchdowns covering 64 and 18 yards and Lamb caught five passes for 111 yards and touchdowns covering 68 and 12 yards. T B No. 17 Kansas St 40, Temple 0: Frank Murphy ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, leading the Wildcats (1-0) past the Owls (0-1) at Manhattan, Kan. : B No. 19 Arizona 34, Middle Tennessee 19: Dennis Northcutt scored on an 80-yard punt return and the Wildcats (2-1) beat the Blue Raiders (0-2) at Tucson, Ariz. i B Hawaii ends losing streak: The Rainbows (1-1) ended the nation's longest active Division I losing streak at 19 with a 31-27 victory against the Panthers at Honolulu. i To do it, Hawaii had to get a pair of school-record performances from quarterback Dan Robinson (452 yards passing) and Dwight Carter (220 yards in receptions). ' Robinson connected twice with Attrice Brooks, for 80 and 14 yards, 12 yards to Carter, and 6 yards to Craig Stutzman to account for the TDs. Agassi Martin 1st serve percentage 64 60 Aces 7 23 Double faults 4 8 Percentage 1st serve points won 75 71 Percentage 2nd serve points won 66 59 Winners 39 74 Unforced errors 23 60 Break points 5-10 0-8 Net points 16-19 62-97 Total points 165 147 Time of match 3:23

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