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18C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 n Qirasl!iieps Cx r-o El E3 p iDpna 7 ... results the ' i 3. tournament 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. Men Slnglo Third Round Tim Henman de(. Carlos Moya (16) 6-1, 6-4. Fabrice Santoro def. Sebastien Pneto 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, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Greg Rusedski (6) def. Mare 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, 6-1. Gustavo Kuerten (10) def. Andrei Medvedev 6-2, , ...t,c . i counting off . If - ' . 2 Beads, one orange and one ,-, white, left on Court 1 when Serena Williams left it. a Top-10 players beaten by Nicolas Keifer of Germany in his past four meetings with top- ' 10 players. Keifer, ranked 27th, ! upset seventh seed Jonas ; Bjorkman 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3) on ; Monday. He previously beat Greg ; Rusedski (No. 5), Yevgeny ' 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. 7 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. , oq Points that Pete Sampras won while losing to Wayne Ferreira. Ferreira won 81 points . in the match. Sampras also had seven more unforced errors, 29, than his opponent. I c Lowest ranking of any singles ' 4 wa player remaining in the draw. . Detroit's Steve Campbell, a 7 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). j - ALLSPORT Anna Kournikova, 16, launches a backhand return during round match Monday. Kournlkova advances to play Con-her 7-5, 6-4 victory against a rusty Monica Seles in a third- chita Martinez in the fourth round. fenus9 Serena advance Notebook 4-6, 7-6 (7-5). Steve Campbell def. Todd Martin 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). Double! Flrtt Round Luke and Murphy Jensen def. Alberto Berasategul and Gabor Koves 6-1,6-7 (5-7), 6-2. Socond Round Wayne Black and Sebastien Lareau def. David Ro-ditl and Maurice Ruah 6-1.62. Lucas Arnold and Daniel Orsantc 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. . Jin Novak and Pavel Vizner def. Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haartiuis 6-4, 6-3. Ellis Ferreira and Rick Leach def.' Aleksandar Ki-tlnov and Jeff Salzenstein 6-3, 4-6. 6-3. Trevor Kronemann and David MacPherson def. Dave DiLucia and Michael Sell 6 2, 6-4. Alex O'Brien and Jonathan Stark def. Mark Kell and TJ. Middleton 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic def. Luis Lobo and Javier Sanchez 6-3, 6-4. David Adams and Wayne Ferreira def. Todd Wood-bridge and Mark Woodforde 7-6 (7-5) ret. Byron Black and Jim Grabb def. Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes 6-3, 6 3. Mariano Hood and Sebastien Prieto def. Donald Johnson and Francisco Montana 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2. Women Singlet Fourth Round Martina Hingis (1) def. Sandhne Testud (13) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Lindsay Davenport (2) def. Nathalie Tauziat (12) 6- 1, 6-2. Jana Novotna (3) def. Anke Huber (14) 6-2, 6-2. Senna William def. Patty Schnyder 6-0, 4-6, 6 3. Silvia Farina def. Amanda Coetzer (6) 6-7 (3-7), 6- 2, 6-1. Arantxa Sanchez Vicarlo (8) def. Maria Alexandra Vento6-2, 6-1. Venu William (11) def. Rita Grande 6-1, 6-4. Double First Round Florencia Labat and Sung-Hee Park def. Ginger Helgeson-Nielsen and Janet Lee 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-6(7-2). Second Round Marlaan de Swardt and Debbie Graham def. Caroline Dhenin and Eugenia Koulikovskaya 6-1, 7-5. Chanda Rubin and Irinia Spirlea def. Tamarine Tan-sugarin and Yuka Yoshida 6-4, 6-3. Christina Singer and Helena Vildova def. Sabine Appelmans and Miriam Oremens 0-6, 6-2, 6-0. Helena Sukova and Mlrjana Lucie def. Eun-Ha Kim andMihoSaekl 1-6, 7-5, 6-1. i. v.,.., Julie Halard-Decugis and Rachel McQuillan- def.( Yayuk Basuki and Caroline Vis 7-5. 6-2. Amanda Coetzer and Anke Huber def. Karina Hab-sudova and Eva Martincova 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 . 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicarlo and Natasha Zvereva def. Laura Golarsa and Dominique Van Roost 6-1 , 6-2. Naoko KiJImuta and Nana Mlyagl def. Silvia Farina and Barbara Schett 6-3, 6-2. Elena Likhovtseva and Ai Sugiyama def. Florencia Labat and Sung-Hee Park 6-2. 6-3. :-jv.,;: Patty Schnyder and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy def. Katnna Adams and Manon Bollegraf 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). today's matches Day 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-Rma Spirlea vs. Julie Halard-Deeugls-Rachel McQuillan; Christina Singer-Helena Vildova vs. Arantxa Sanchez Vicano-Natasha Zvereva; Anna Koumkova-Lansa Neland vs. Knstine Kunce-Conna Morariu; Faorice 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 Ketola; Annabel Ell-wood -Nicole Pratt vs. Conchita Martmez-Pa-tncia Tarabin; Jonas Bjorkman-Patrick Galbraith vs. Neil Broad-Piet Norval. Court 3 day session Patty Schnyder-Brenda Scnultz-McCarthy vs. Cathenne Barclay-Kerry-Anne Guse; Elena Likhovtseva-Ai Sugiyama vs. Mirjana Lucie-Helena Sukova; Alexandra Fusai-Nath-ai Tauziat vs. Manan De Swardt Debbie Graham; Wayne Biack-Sebastien Larxeau vs. Yevgeny Kafelnkov-Daniel Vacek; Byron Black-Jim Grabb vs. Sandon Stolle vs. Cyril Suk. TBA day session Martina Hingis-Jana Novotna vs Rika Hiraki-Mercedes Paz; David Adams-Wayne Ferreira vs. Trevor Krone mann-DavKf MacPherson. updates 511: Call 51 1 and Cll enter category 3861 3I for frequent updates on The Lipton tennis tournament. 50 1 for up to 5 min. See page 2A for more details. INTERNET: For coverage of The bpton on line, go to Palm Beach Interactive: ww.GoPBU8mSportsTowii ' find your game.' T Hingis reached the quarterfinals by beating Sandrine Testud 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. D 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 Clarite !, - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer KEY BISCAYNE Serena Williams almost got too excited Monday about playing so well in a tournament close to home. She had played a near-perfect first set with 11 winners and just seven unforced errors, rolling past 17th seed Patty Schnyder 6-0. "That was the best set I think I ever played," Williams said. "But in the second set, I slowed down. I started thinking about a lot of things, like playing at home, I'm doing well, I'm going to be in the quarterfinals." That's when she started struggling with first serves, made 18 unforced errors and eventually lost the second set. Before the third, she told herself to stay calm. Her advice to herself appeared to help, as she hung on for a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 victory and a spot in the quarterfinals. Serena's older sister, Venus, won easily, defeating Rita Grande 6-1, 6-4. Both play today. Serena faces top seed Martina Hingis at 1 p.m. Venus meets 29th seed Silvia Farina, who upset sixth seed Amanda 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 game 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 Serena. Williams' ability to chase down every ball surprised Schnyder and forced her out of 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 court quirks VIBES OF MARCH Pete Sampras didn't look like good, old Pete out there Monday. And he admitted he didn't feel r ' like good, old Pete. Something . -about March Madness spilling . onto the tennis court. "It was kind of a weird feeling out there, f 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 1 4th seed Anke Huber, 6-2,. 6-2, before a small stadium court : crowd, but said the extra ; 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. stargazing 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-tumed-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 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 Clarke Sampras: Cracking 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 disinterested 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 httle confidence." As a result he said, he "got a little tight" when the match did. Ferriera, to be sure, is a respected opponent He is ranked 36th in the world, reached as high as No. 6 three years ago and has beaten Sampras three consecutive 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 Ictharpc and more than a little petulant when things Wrned under the pressure? against him. Perhaps it's the pressure of the No. 1 ranking in the wake of his recent difficulties. Samaras has held the world's top spot for 102 weeks, the longest consecutive occu pancy 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 extending it to six 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 toumamants 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. His 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. Is the "always" part of his career coming to an end? ) j push for No. 1 lem, 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, when he was ousted in the second round. But the biggest shock of all is that Sampras' 102-week stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking is in jeopardy. Because of Sampras' early exit all second seed and second-ranked Petr Korda needs to do to overtake Sampras is reach the semifinals. 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 fail to No. 3. "It's going to be like this for pretty much the whole year, with a lot of guys stepping up." Sampras said. "The endf the year ranking is a true indication of who had the best year, but this is not the w ay I w anted to start" 7 Korda making LIPTON From 1C 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 doesn't struggle with recovering from a double fault "Tiebreakers are kind of like a roll of the dice." Sampras said. "(But) those are moments that I've come through." WTien everything's normal that is. If he isn't burning out or getting distracted. Motivation isn't a prob- 1

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