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Tu, 16, Upsets Coetzer in Second Pro Match

November 08, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

Meilen Tu, a 16-year-old from Northridge playing only her second professional tennis match, upset eighth-seeded Amanda Coetzer, 6-1, 6-3, on Monday in the opening round of the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia.

Coetzer is ranked No. 16 in the world. Last year, the South African won tournaments in Australia and Japan, but she was able to win only one service game against Tu.

"I knew if I played well, I'd have a chance," said Tu, who lost to Meredith McGrath, 6-3, 6-4, last Tuesday at Oakland in her professional debut. "I knew she was a little bit nervous because I came out playing pretty well. I was attacking right away. I didn't give her any errors."

Jennifer Capriati, who has been on a 15-month hiatus from tennis, will play a first-round match against sixth-seed Anke Huber on Wednesday.

Capriati, who was arrested May 16 for misdemeanor marijuana possession, has refused to do interviews before her match. In a statement she said, "I wouldn't say I'm in tip-top shape, but I feel good enough to break the ice."

Capriati, 18, entered a 28-day in-patient drug rehabilitation program in Miami after her arrest.

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Olivier Delaitre of France offset fourth-seeded Richard Krajicek's 18 aces to win, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), in the first round of the European Community Championship at Antwerp, Belgium.

Jurisprudence

The former controller of Bruce McNall's coin firm pleaded not guilty to charges that she helped divert money from a coin fund to McNall, but she has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy. Patricia Linden, 39, pleaded not guilty at her post-indictment arraignment in Los Angeles. Federal law prohibits magistrate judges from taking guilty pleas.

Six jurors were selected for the trial of Toronto Blue Jay pitchers Dave Stewart and Todd Stottlemyre, who were charged with battery and resisting arrest after a scuffle with police outside a nightclub in Tampa, Fla. If convicted, each player could face up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Stewart also faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, which carries a maximum 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Baseball

Baseball's chief negotiators are expected to talk from Thursday-Sunday in Rye Brook, N.Y., with mediator W.J. Usery, the first meetings on consecutive days since Aug. 24-25. There have been only four negotiating sessions since players struck Aug. 12 and only one since Sept. 9, five days before owners canceled the World Series for the first time since 1904.

Right-handed reliever Joe Grahe, who the Angels have already decided is no longer in the team's plans, will have arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder today.

Miscellany

The presidents of Tulane, Southern Mississippi, Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati and Houston have voted to form an all-sports league, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported. Four additional schools will be invited to join.

Don Weems, football coach at Harbor College since 1989, was injured when he was hit by a car Friday while crossing a street near his home in Hermosa Beach. He remains at Kaiser Hospital in Harbor City in fair condition in the intensive care unit.

Sammy Fuentes (28-13-1, 24 KOs) knocked out David Ojeda (17-3) in the fifth round to retain his Penta Continental Junior Welterweight title at the Forum.

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