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I1 w r r r y r y T v - 18C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 tr c results the tournament f1; n Bo - ,. . . . , - . J ..... .H .,,.-..1, 4-, '.J. Wl'-i k..'"''-.-- "l" I.IIIIIJIJIJ P WHERE: Tennis Center at ; Crandon Park, Key Biscayne. WHEN: Through Sunday. DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 95" south to Key Biscayne exit. Head east and over the Rickenbacker Causeway. Tennis center is on right. TICKETS: $20-$40. Call (305) 442-3367. TV: 1-3 p.m., ESPN. counting off .i,.iV 'J S . -" r y , J J - l .. ., - ., ...... .T '--( .3- lin'iiiinrinirtiri iirmf iwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiihiiihiiiiiiiiiiii inn iiiiiiiini ujLjijijiL.liiuiujli.iijjiiii.iiili.iii jjmiiiiL)iuii.jii.iiMiiiiLiLJijjjL 2 Beads, one orange and one white, left on Court 1 when Serena Williams left it. a Top-10 players beaten by j Nicolas Keifer of Germany iri his past four meetings with topr 10 players. Keifer, ranked 27trt upset seventh seed Jonas j Bjorkman 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3) on Monday. He previously beat Grg Rusedski (No. 5), Yevgeny J Kafelnikov (then-No. 6) and Marcelo Rios (No. 8). g Sets Martina Hingis had lost in four tournaments this year before dropping a set Monday to 14th seed Sandrine Testud. Men Singles third Round Tim Henman def. Carlos Moya (16) 6-1, 6- ' f habrice Santoro def. Sebastien Prieto 6-2, 6-3. Nicolas Kiefer def. Jonas Bjorkman (7) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3). Wayne Ferreira def. Pete Sampras (1) 0-6, 1-6 (8-6), 6-3. Greg Rusedski (6) def. Marc Rosset 6-1,7-6 (10-8). Petr Korda (2) def. Francisco Clavet 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Thomas Enqvist def. Karol Kucera (11) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Alex Corretja (8) def. Galo Blanco 6-3, 6-. " Qustavo Kuerten (10) def. Andrei Medvedev 6- 2.4-6,7-6(7-5). " , Steve Campbell def. Todd Martin 1 -6, 7-5, : 7- 6 (7-4). Doubles First Round Luke and Murphy Jensen def. Alberto Bera-' sategui and Gabor Koves 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2. "i Second Round ' Wayne Black and Sebastien Lareau def. Da-. vid Roditi and Maurice Ruah 6-1, 6-2. ' Lucas Arnold and Daniel Orsanic def. Dave Randall and Jack Waite 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Daniel Vacek def. Chris Haggard and Paul Rosner 6-2, 6-4. Sandon Stolle and Cyril Suk def. Grant Stafford and Kevin Ullyett 6-7 (0-7), 6-4, 6-3. .. Jiri Novak and Pavel Vizner def. Jacco El-tlngh and Paul Haarhuis 6-4, 6-3. Ellis Ferreira and Rick Leach def. Aleksandar Kitinov and Jeff Salzenstein 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. J Trevor Kronemann and David MacPherson def. Dave DiLucia and Michael Sell 6-2, 6-4. Alex O'Brien and Jonathan Stark def. Mark Keil and T.J. Middleton 6-4, 7-6 (7 4) Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic def. Luis Ljobo and Javier Sanchez 6-3, 6-4. ' David Adams and Wayne Ferreira def. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde 7-6 (7-5) rt. '-' . Byron Black and Jim Grabb def. Mahesh . Bhupathi and Leander Paes 6-3, 6 3 Mariano Hood and Sebastien Prieto def. rjonald Johnson and Francisco Montana 6' 4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2. Women Singles Fourth Round Martina Hingis (I) def. Sandrine Testud (13) 3- 3, 5-7, 6-2. Lindsay Davenport (2) def. Nathalie Tauziat (12) 6-1, 6-2. ' Jfjna Novotna (3) def. Anke Huber (14) 6-2, 6-2. Serena Williams def. Patty Schnydef 6-0, 4- 6,6-3. Silvia Farina def. Amanda Coetzer (6) 6-7 (S-7), 6-2, 6-1. V.7X i AVantxa Sanchez Vicario (8) def. Maria Ale- j jandra Vento 6-2, 6-1. i - Venus Williams (11) def. Rita Grande 6-1, 6-4. v -!"' Doubles y, . First Round J Rlorencia Labat and Sung-Hee PaflC'Het. ALLSPORT Anna Kournikova, 16, launches a backhand return during round match Monday. Koumikova advances to play Con- kr 7 C C A . . . . : s t . .... ... . V J nci . -y, o-h vi.iury dgdifibi a rusty rvionica seies in a xnira- cnita Martinez in the fourth round. j Points won by 1 7th seed - Patty Schnyder in the first five games of her three-set loss to unseeded Serena Williams. Williams called herself "on fire" in the first set, which she won 6-0. oa Points that Pete Sampras ' won while losing to Wayne . Ferreira. Ferreira won 8 1 points ; in the match. Sampras also had seven more unforced errors, 29, than his opponent. 1 ftl Lowest ranking of any singles U3 player remaining in the draw, Detroit's Steve Campbell, a qualifier, upset a second-straight higher-ranked player to reach the fourth round. Campbell beat Todd Martin, also a Michigan native, in three sets 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). court quirks VIBES OF MARCH Pete Sampras didn't look like 1. 7V we BiisDeirena acteaiice Notebook (Singer Helgeson-Nielsen and Janet tee"6-7 (2-7), 6-3. 7-6 (7-2). , Second Round Manaan de Swardt and Debbie Graham def. Caroline Dhenin and Eugenia Koulikovskaya 6-1,7-5. Chanda Rubin and Irinia Spirlea def. Tamar-', me Tansugarm and Yuka Yoshida 6-4, 6-3. Christina Sineer and Helena Vildova def. Sa- - tjine Appelmans and Miriam Oremens" 0-61""' ' 6-2. 6-0. Helena Sukova and Mirjana Lucie def. Eun-Ha Kim and Miho Saeki 1-6. 7-5, 6-1; Julie Halard-Decugis and Rachel McQuillan def. Yayuk Basuki and Caroline Vis. 7-5, 6- 2. ;" t Amanda Coetzer and Anke Huber def, Kar- f find your game." . Hingis reached the quarterfinals by beating Sandrine Testud 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Seles out: Anna Kournikova considers Monica Seles one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but she had to put her admiration aside when she played her hero for the first time Monday. The 16-year-old accomplished that fairly easily, earning what she called the biggest win of her career by dispatching a rusty Seles 7-5, 6-4. Kournikova plays Conchita Martinez in the fourth round. "It was my dream to play against her," Kournikova said. "I feel bad for her, for her dad (who has cancer), what happened to her (her stabbing in April 1993). If nothing would have happened to her, I think she would win another 20 Grand Slams." Until last week, Seles had barely touched a racket while spending time with her father. She admitted that her expectations for this tournament were lower than usual. "I think I gave too many easy shots on key points," Seles said. "Too many unforced errors. That's not playing (enough)." By Elizabeth Clarke .' ?'r:"":'r i Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ; " . ::VV;1 KEY BISCAYNE Serena Williams ". i. almost got too excited Monday about playing so well in a tournament close to home, f-, She had played a near-perfect first set with 11 winners and" just seven unforced errors, rolling past 17th seed Patty Schnyder 6-0. - . 1 ; ;. " . i. "That was the best set I think I ever t played," Williams-said- "But in the second '. set, I slowed dqwn I started thinking about - a lot of things like playing at home, I'm . doing veil, I'm going to be in the quarterfinals."' ' r .v'-;' r :' . i That's when she started struggling with i first serves, made ,18 unforced errors and ."eVQfttually lost the second set. Before the m third, 'he tolcj feerself to stay calm. ',-J. T .' iler .advice to, herself appeared to helpt ijV as she hung on for a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 victory and J a spot in the quarterfinals. .y; ' u-$ .'- Serena's older' sister, Venus, won easi-ly, defeating Rita Grande 6-1, 6-4. Both play today iSere.nJi fac.es top seed Martina Hingis ' at 1 p.m. Venus meets 29th seed Silvia Farina, who upset sixth seed Amanda ma Habsudova and tva Martincova (1, J- 6.6-1. i : - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Natasha Zver-eva def. Laura Golarsa and Dominique Van Roost 6-1, 6-2. Naoko Kijimuta and Nana Miyagi def. Silvia Farina and Barbara Schett 6-3, 6-2. i , Coetzer on Monday, at 7:30 p.m. The Hingis-Williams matchup looks to be the most interesting of the day. The two have never played. ..,.-.! Hingis was excited about her opponent 'and looks forward to meeting the younger of the Palm Beach Gardens sisters. "I think her garrie is a bit smarter than her sister's, but she doesn't have the power Venus does," said Hingis, 17. "I just like to play sometimes a player like this, that they always talk about." . - Schnyder, who is from Switzerland like Hingis, might warn her about being too excited to play Serenal Williams' ability to chase down every ball surprised Schnyder and forced her out, 'pf, sync early in the match. ,: " "She is so strong. . She's very fast," Schnyder said. "Her serve is really good. It's hard to play her, especially if she takes the ball early and hits everything. You can't Elena Likhovtseva and Ai Sugiyarna def. filorencia Labat and Sung-Hee Pant 6-2, good, old Pete out there Monday. And he admitted he didn't feel like good, old Pete. Something about March Madness spilling onto the tennis court. "It was kind of a weird feeling out there. I kind of felt like Rhode Island yesterday (Sunday), being up six with a minute left and all of the sudden they're down. I was up, had the match in my hands. All of a sudden you're in the third set. You feel like in your mind, this match should be over." NO VIBES AT ALL Third seed Jana Novotna easily, beat 14th seed Anke Huber, 6-2, 6-2, before a small stadium court crowd, but said the extra I attention going to the WTA newcomers doesn't bother her.; "There are more important ! players at this moment, probably, playing," the 29-year-old veteran said. "I have no problem about that." In the quarterfinals, Novotna meets another veteran, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. j I Sampras: Cracking under the pressure? Korda making push for No. 1 against him. Perhaps it's the pressure of the No. 1 ranking in the wake of his recent difficulties. Sampras has held the world's top spot for 102 weeks, the longest consecutive occupancy of the position by any man other than Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl. Now, though, he's in danger of being replaced at No. 1 by someone from among hold on Petr Korda, Marcelo Rios or Greg Rusedski. Who? Exactly. Sampras has been ranked as the game's best player at the end of each of the past five seasons, and isn't "panicking" about the possibility of not ex 3 f. Patty Schnyder and Brenda Schultz-McCar-tjiy def. Katrtna Adams and Manon Bollegraf 5-7,6-1,7-6(7-4). today's matches pay sessions begin at 11 a.m. Night sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Stadium day sessions Anna Koumikova vs. Conchita Martinez; Martina Hingis vs. Serena Williams; Goran Ivanisevic vs. Marcelo Rios, Nicolas Kiefer vs. Andrei Medvedev or Gustavo Kuerten. Grandstand day session Jeff Tarango vs. Yevgeny Kafelnikov; Tim Henman vs. Petr Korda; Greg Rusedski vs. Thomas Enqvist; Wayne Ferreira vs. Steve Campbell. Stadium evening session Venus Williams vs. Silvia Farina; Andre Agassi vs. Alberto Costa. Grandstand evening session Mark Knowles-Daniel Nestor vs. Luke Jensen-Murphy Jensen. Court 1 day session Chandra Rubin-Rina Spirlea vs. Julie Halard-Decugis-Rachel McQuillan; Chnstina Singer-Helena Vildova vs. Arantxa Sanchez Vicano-Natasha Zver-eva: Anna Koumkova-Lansa Neland s. Knstine Kunce-Corina Morariu; Fabric Santoro vs. Galo Blanco or Alex Corretja; Tim Henman-Goran Ivanisevic vs. Alex O'Bnen-Jonathan Stark. Court 2 day session Lucas Arnold-Daniel Orsanic vs. Jiri Novak-Pavel Vizner; Ellis Ferreira-Rick Leach vs. Devin Bowen-Tuomas Ke-tola: Annabel EHwood Nicoie Pratt vs. Conchita Martinez-Patncia Tarabin; Jonas Bjorkman-Patnck Gaibrarth vs. Neil Broad-Piet Norval. Court 3 day session Patty Schnyder-Brenda Schultz-McCar-tny vs. Catherine Barclay-Kerry Anne Guse: Elena Likhovtseva-Ai Sugiyarna vs. Mirjana Luce-Helena Sukova: Alexandra Fusai-Nathal Tauziat vs. Marian De Swardt Deboe Graham; Wayne B:ack-Sebastien Labreau vs. Yevgeny Ka'elnkov-Dame) Vacek; Byron Biack-jim GrabO vs. Sandon Stoie vs. Cyril Suk. TBA day session Martina Hirgs-Jana Novotna vs Rika Hiraki Mweoes Paz: David Adams-Vay"e fea vs. Trevor Kronemann- tia.'id MacPherson. aces and faces Hiai TRICKY RUSEDSKI For Greg Rusedski, reaching the No. 1 ranking from his current position as No. 5 in the world will be a tricky job. The Canadian- ; turned-Brit must beat Marcelo ; Rios in the quarterfinals, Petr Korda in the semifinals and a ' top-10 player in the final. Plus, : Korda needs to advance with at least one walkover so he doesn't earn the extra points that would push him ahead of Rusedski. "(Then) I have to go into the 1 locker room and hurt his next opponent," Rusedski joked upon hearing that. Only problem? Korda's next opponent is Tim Henman, another Brit who had been feuding with Rusedski about whether the two would ' play for the World Team Cup later this year. At that, Rusedski said: "Maybe I'll have to call someone up." All kidding aside, both advanced to the fourth round with wins Monday. They're on the same side of the draw and could, depending on obstacles named Rios and Korda, meet in the semifinals. Elizabeth ClarVe pras said. "(But) those are moments that I've come through." When everything's normal, that is. If he isn't burning out or getting distracted. Motivation isn't a problem, Sampras said, but his results this year indicate something is amiss. For the first time since 1995, he came into Lipton with just one title, Philadelphia. He also came in with a 14-3 match record (compared with Agassi's 19-3 record) this year. This is Sampras' earliest exit from the Lipton which he won in 1993 and '94 since 1991. And the treat to his No. 1 ranking is very real, with Korda needing only to reach the semifinals to oust him. Korda advanced to the fourth round Monday with a 6-4, 4-6. 6-4 defeat of Francisco Clavet. Third seed Marcelo Rios, already in the fourth round also could become No. 1 if he wins the tournament, passing both Korda and Sampras, who would fall to No. 3. "It's going to be like this for pretty much the whole year, w ith a lot of guys stepping up." Sampras said. "The end-of-the-year ranking is a true indication of who had the best year, hut t;s is not the way I wanted to start." 1 ST0DA From 1C Meekly. There was a time not so long ago when Sampras would have toasted that first-set bagel, smothered it with cream cheese and devoured the opponent Instead, he whined through the second set acting distracted or d'si"lu .sted much of the time, and languished just enough to allow Ferriera room to breathe. Sampras then squandered two match points in the tie-break, including a double-fault on his serve. Sampras afterward described his "shock" over losing to Ferriera, who seized control early in the third set and never relinquished the grip. In startling candor, Sampras said he has been "losing a little confidence." As a result he said, h "got a little tight" when the match did. r Ferriera. to be sure, is a respected opponent He is ranked l36th in the world, reached as high as No. 6 three years ago and has beaten Sampras three corw-ecutive times. In fact the South African has a 4-4 lifetime record against Sampras. But Sampras, Ferriera was quick to point out has not been playing like Sampras. Unflappable in most circumstances, Sampras was instead lethargic and more than a little petulant when things turned LIPT0N From 1C mad at himself, which is sort of unusual for him at a stage where he was winning that easily," Ferreira said. "It's not like him at all." But Sampras said he felt fine until the second-set tiebreaker. He went up 6-4 with two match points. Ferreira served on the first one and hit a running forehand winner. Sampras served the next point His first service was clocked at 130 mph but was long. He tried to put the second one into Ferreira's body but again missed long. Ferreira won the next two points and the set. "(I) just couldn't seem to recover after that match point," Sampras said. "I just seemed a little bit flustered." It affected him for about four games, he said, and Ferreira kept rolling and then, Ferreira won. Sampras has been flustered and worse before. But it rarely affects his tennis. A man driven enough to recover from vomiting on court by winning the match and the U.S. Open title a few days later just d'x sn't strug-jjle with recovering from a double fault. "Titbreakfrs are kind of like a roll of the dice," Sam tending it to srx years. "It's not like I'm getting beat out there," Sampras said. "It's just that I'm not playing well. It's a snowball effect, and I get a little down on myself." Sampras has won only one title in five tournamants while compiling what is for him a mediocre 15-4 match record. His taste is for the Grand Slam events Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, VS. Open of which he has won 10 in his career and at least one every year since 1993. I lis stated goal is to win the French for the first time. "The year is young." Sampras said. "There's a lot of tennis to play." But the watch has started on the man at the top. V Is the "always" part of his career coming to an end? J i XAJUA AA A AAJUULAAJJULUuUUULAA J J A A AJULA KJiiUiommi . m 4Uam-U4juua-V

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