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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 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--the fourth game of the second set.

A long deuce battle ensued in the ninth game of the second set between the two, each using a two-handed backhand. Tu closed the match when Coetzer hit a lob out of court.

"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."

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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.

Angel right-handed reliever Joe Grahe will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder today.

The surgery will be performed by the Angels' orthopedic physician, Lewis Yocum, at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood.

Bobby Meacham, a former infielder for the New York Yankees, was promoted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to manager of the triple-A Calgary Cannons.

The Detroit Tigers fired pitching coach Bill Muffett and replaced him with Ralph Treuel.

Miscellany

Elaine Roque, an eight-year veteran on the Coors Light Women's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, has been elected president of the Women's Professional Volleyball Assn.

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