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Wednesday, March 25, 1998
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v n n D31 P 0 . 013 results 20C THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25,' 1998 s c (Si SD sji ops V u the tournament WHERE: Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne. WHEN: Through Sunday. TICKETS: $20-$40. Call (305) 442-3367. TV: 1-3 p.m., ESPN. T , v" 1 V . "- 1 Men Singles Fourth Round Tim Henman def. Petr Korda (2) 6-4, 6-4. Marcelo Rios (3) def. Goran Ivanisevic 6-2, 6-3. 7-5. Thomas Enqvist def. Greg Rusedski (5) 6-2, 6-2. Jeff Tarango def. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (6) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Alex Corretja (8) def. Fabrice Santoro 6-1,3-6, 6-3. Gustavo Kuerten (10) def. Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Steve Campbell def. Wayne Ferreira 6-7, 6-2. Andre Agassi def. Albert Costa 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1. Doubles Third Round Lucas Arnold and Daniel Orsanic def. Jiri Novak and Pavel Vizner 6-4, 6-2. . Ellis Ferreira and Rick Leach def. Devin Bowen and Tuomas Ketola 6-0, 6-1. Neil Broad and Piet Norval def. Jonas Bjorkman and Patrick Galbraith 6-3, 7-5. Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Daniel Vacek def. Wayne Black and Sebastien Lareau 6-4, 6-3. Sandon Stolle and Cyril Suk def. Byron Black and Jim Grabb 6- ALLSPORT round. Rusedski joined Petr Korda as players who had a chance to supplant Pete Sampras as No. 1 but didn't. Greg Rusedski of Great Britain hits a backhand in his 6-2, 6-2 loss to Thomas Enqvist of Sweden in Upton's fourth If S ampras falls .No. L bi ame it on Rios counting off o men wearing ponytails on , stadium court late Tuesday " . afternoon. Marcelo Rios, wearing the traditional-style ponytail, defeated Goran Ivanisevic, who '. sported the waterspout-style ponytail, in the matchup between the third and 20th seeds. 3 of the top 16 seeds remaining for the men's quarterfinals, which begin today. Two days of , upsets on the men's side leave ; only Rios (3), Alex Corretja (8) and Gustavo Kuerten (10). The women entered the quarterfinals with five of the top 1 6 seeds. golf carts being used to shuttle people, ice, equipment, food and other items around the grounds of the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. mm percent of first serves Greg ; " Rusedski hit during his 53- -minute loss to Thomas Enqvist. '. The fastest-serving player on the tour couldn't explain why he played so poorly. Losing the match also puts him out of contention for the No. 1 ranking. ' 2 unforced errors made in the "2 Serena Williams-Martina Hingis match. Williams made 47 of them. Hingis made 45. 33,000 Lipton dinner napkins with Venus Williams' image on them. Pete Sampras is on the other 33,000 dinner napkins, while Martina Hingis and Patrick Rafter each grace half of the 66,000 cocktail napkins printed. Total napkins printed: 132,000. court quirks KYOTO TO QUARTERS Steve Campbell cannot explain his unbelievable success at the ; Lipton this year. His only other - trip to Key Biscayne ended in a 1 first-round loss. Tuesday, he : recorded his third straight upset,-this one over Wayne Ferreira, who ousted Pete Sampras on ; Monday. Campbell, who flew from Japan to Miami last week just before qualifying, is the first qualifier ever to reach the Lipton quarterfinals and next plays eighth seed Alex Corretja. "I feel great," Campbell said. "Best . tournament of my life." TEARS BETWEEN THE LINES Jeff Tarango doesn't expect tears or anything else to mar a competitive match when he plays Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals Thursday, despite what he calls a rocky relationship with Agassi. It all goes back to the one time he beat Agassi. Tarango was 8, Agassi was 7 and they were playing in San Diego. "I think he got overruled on match point and he started crying because (of that)," Tarango said. Agassi later said, before Tarango turned pro, that Tarango made Agassi cry that day. Untrue, Tarango says, adding "It's so long ago, who really cares." aces and faces TEACH ME PATIENCE America's most unpredictable tennis player has been calmed by, of all things, a child. And it seems to be helping not only his life, but his game. Jeff Tarango and his wife, Benedicte, had a daughter, Nina Rose, in September. "I think it's just taken my mind off the tennis a lot," he said. "I'm just going out and playing like a boy in the park. Like it's not really a life-or-death matter whether I make my forehand up the line or not." His new low-pressure style helped him upset sixth seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3 6, 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth round Tuesday. The only problem with the baby is she makes traveling difficult. Jeff and Benedicte made a deal last week: if he reached the quarterfinals, she'd pack up and trek to Miami. They should amve tonight, if Benedicte survives the diaper-bag lifting round. "My wife now considers traveling to be an Olympic sport." Tarango said. 4, 7-6 (1 1-9). Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor def. Luke and Murphy Jensen 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Jonathan Stark and Alex O'Brien def. Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic 7-6 (10-8), 6-2. Women Singles Fourth Round Anna Kournikova def. Conchita Martinez (9) 6-3, 6-0. Quarterfinals Martina Hingis (1) def. Serena Williams 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(7-4). Venus Williams (11) def. Silvia Farina 6-1 , 6-2. Doubles Second Round Conchita Martinez and Patricia Tarabini def. Annabel Ellwood and Nicole Pratt 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Anna Kournikova and Larisa Neiland def. Kristine Kunce and Corina Morariu 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (3-7), 6-1 . Third Round Catherine Barclay and Kerry-Anne Guse def. Patty Schnyder and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6-3, 6-4. Julie Halard-Decugis and Rachel McQuillan def. Chanda Rubin and Irina Spirlea 6-2, 1-6, 6-0. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Natasha Zvereva def. Christina Singer and Helena Vildova 6-0, 6-1. Elena Likhovtseva and Al Sugiyama def. Mirjana Lucie and Helena Sukova 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Alexandra Fusai and Nathale Tauziat def. Mariaan de Swardt and Debbie Graham 6-4, 6-2. today's matches Day sessions begin at 11 a.m. Night sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Stadium day sessions Neil BroadPiet Norval vs. Yevgeny KafelnikovDaniel Vacel Gustavo Kuerten vs. Tim Henman Anna Kournikova vs. Lindsay Davenport Amanda CoetzerAnke Huber vs. Conchita MartinezPatricia . Tarabini Grandstand day session Ellis FerreiraRick Leach vs. Lucas ArnoldDaniel Orsanic Catherine BarclayKerry-Anne Guse vs. Julie Halard-Decugis Rachel McQuillan ; Mariano HoodSebastien Prieto vs. TBA ; David AdamsWayne Ferreira vs. Trevor KronemannDavid MacPherson Anna KournikovaLarisa Neiland vs. Naoko KijimutaNana Miyagai Stadium evening session Arantxa Sanchez Vicario vs. Jana Novotna I Thomas Enqvist vs. Marcelo Rios updates 511: Call 511 and enter . category 3861 for 5 1 11 fre(Juent updates on 5 J The Lipton tennis tournament. 50 for up to 5 mm. See page 2A for more details. INTERNET: For coverage of The Lipton on line, go to Palm Beach Interactive: ww, GoPBI.comSports Town from Notebook three-time Lipton champion has high expectations for himself here. Fans also would like to see Agassi win again. He is one of three Americans remaining in the draw. Unseeded Jeff Tarango of California began the upsets Tuesday at the Lipton, ousting sixth seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Qualifier Steve Campbell of Michigan ended the day of upsets, sending Ferreira home one day after he beat the top seed, with a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 7-5 win. Eighth seed Alex Corretja and 10th seed Gustavo Kuerten were the only other seeded players to advance to the quarterfinals Tuesday. Henman's win was the biggest. Korda won the Australian Open this year and has had several chances to overtake Sampras in the rankings if he did well in successive tournaments. Each time he has faltered. Noteworthy: Anna Kournikova reached her fourth quarterfinal this year, upsetting ninth seed Conchita Martinez 6-3, 6-0. She plays second seed Lindsay Davenport today Corina Morariu of Boca Raton and doubles partner Kristine Kunce lost 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (3-7), 6-1 to Kournikova and Larisa Neiland Attendance was 12,082. high lob and missed badly. "I decided maybe I should take it out of the air," she said. "By the time I made my decision, it was a little too late." Afterward, Williams rushed to pick up her bag and take the rubber bands out of her hair while giving a quick wave to the appreciative crowd. She didn't stop at a crowd of kids seeking autographs. "I feel I could have done better," she said a few minutes later. "I don't think I played so well. I guess I should be satisfied, but I don't know." She even got a bit defensive when someone asked if she was happy with how she rallied with Hingis. "A lot of people think that black people can't rally, just think they're athletes and they can't think," Williams said. "As you can see, that's not true What was the question?" When the questioner clarified that he hadn't been asking about race, she said she was pleased with how she kept up with Hingis but could have done better. Hingis, who now has a 5-1 record against the Williams sisters, has no doubt that Serena w ill do better, and soon. "I was pretty nervous." she said. "I had never played her before. But she's going to tough opponent in the future." THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Brit Tim Henman stunned second-ranked Czech Petr Korda 6-4, 6-4 in the Lipton Championships at Key Biscayne on Tuesday. By Elizabeth Clarke Palm Beach Post Staff Writer KEY BISCAYNE A day after three players gained a shot at No. 1 next week, two more upsets left Marcelo Rios as the only one with a chance to replace Pete Sampras atop the rankings for the first time in almost two years. Sampras' loss to Wayne Ferreira on Monday gave room to the other players for the No. 1 position. Rios, who will become No. 1 if he wins the tournament, beat Goran Ivanisevic 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday. Since last week, he has been a favorite to win this event. After Tuesday's rash of upsets, he is the only top-five seed remaining. "I feel I'm really moving good, hitting the ball well from the baseline," Rios said. "I feel pretty good." Rios can thank Tim Henman, who beat second seed Petr Korda 6-4, 6-4, and Thomas Enqvist, who ousted fifth seed Greg Rusedski 6-2, 6-2, for clearing his way to the top spot. Korda and Rusedski both also could have reached No. 1 but only with better results than fourth-round losses. But Rios isn't getting too excited yet. "I haven't even thought about it," he said. "I'm just in the quarters. Maybe when I'm in the finals, I'm going to start thinking about it." Andre Agassi, who is ranked 31 and seeded 29th, technically upset 19th seed Albert Costa 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1, but the "I really believe that if Hingis hadn't taken that timeout she'd have lost," Richard Williams said. "That's a smart move. That's why she's a champion." Before that ninth game of the third set, however, Serena Williams had been loose and hitting winner after winner. Hingis didn't play her best, making 45 unforced errors and struggling with her first serve in the middle of the match. Hingis earned a one-set and one-service-break lead, but then lost six straight games. In the third game of the third set, she missed two straight backhands to lose her serve. She reacted by hurling her racket from behind the baseline across the court to behind the umpire's chair and stalking off the court to her bench. "I lost two (games) in a row," she said. "I wasn't very happy with myself because I had the chances to make the points." She didn't have as much trouble in the tiebreaker. Her first serve had come back to her, and Williams hadn't had enough time to calm down from the erratic shots she was hitting. Even Williams' mother, Brandi, couldn't watch. She was nervous about the result either way. A win would have meant an all-daughter semifinal. On te final point, Williams misjudged a be In third set, Hingis delivers knockout after timeout LIPTON From 1C for a trainer on the changeover at 5-4. "I think she was very nervous so she called the trainer to get some time, get some coaching." Williams said. "I'm not sure what she did." All the running in the physical match exhausted her slightly out-of-shape legs, Hingis said, and she started cramping. But she also knew that calling a trainer might ice a player whose ranking has jumped more than 400 spots in the past year and who hasn't played many similar matches in her five months as a tour regular. "My legs were hurting," Hingis said. "But you also think a little bit about that (effect on her opponent)." During the three-minute injury timeout, Williams sat on her bench a few feet from where her father watched from the first row and concentrated, she said. Then she lost eight of the next 10 points, to allow Hingis to go ahead 6-5. and had to hold serve just to reach a tiebreaker. "I think I tried too hard." Williams said of the final few minutes of the two-hour, four-minute match. Her fa'her called the timeout a wise decision.

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