March 9, 1992 |
Strike another blow for international relations. Right here in the California desert, in the heart of capitalistic glitter and opulence, a Russian tennis player from Moscow lost a match and still won the day Sunday. With a chance to shortchange a crowd of Americans, many of whom had paid the equivalent of lots of rubles to see the final of this Newsweek Champions Cup Tournament, Andrei Chesnokov turned goodwill ambassador.
March 8, 1992 |
As he said he would, Michael Stich hung up his gone-on-vacation sign, but the timing of his holiday seemed to catch everyone pretty much by surprise. During a match? On reflection, Stich said there is a simple explanation for what happened. "I got tired, I lost, that's it," Stich said. So there you have it.
August 19, 1990 |
Derrick Rostagno of Brentwood switched rackets and found his game, keeping Andrei Chesnokov off balance Saturday with pinpoint drop shots and cross-court passes to reach the finals of the Volvo International. The victory capped a week of upsets at New Haven, Conn., where all but one of the 16 seeded players lost before the semifinals. Rostagno beat fifth-seeded Chesnokov, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Rostagno, ranked 79th in the world, faces Todd Woodbridge for the title.
April 24, 1989 |
Conchita Martinez, a 17-year-old from Spain who did not have a computer ranking a year ago, upset top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, 6-3, 6-2, Sunday to win the $200,000 Eckerd Tennis Open at Largo, Fla. Martinez, seeded eighth, whose only previous tournament championships were in satellite events, did not lose a set during the tournament. Martinez never trailed. She broke Sabatini in each of her first three service games and built a 5-2 first-set lead. After Sabatini held, cutting it to 5-3, Martinez struggled to close out the set. She had three set points, but made errors on each one. Finally, on Martinez's fourth opportunity, Sabatini slammed a forehand long.
December 13, 1986 |
Twenty-year-old Andrei Chesnokov of the Soviet Union upset Boris Becker, the world's No. 2-ranked player, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, Friday in the $150,000 Young Masters tennis tournament at Stuttgart, West Germany. "I wanted to play well, to concentrate and win completely, but it simply didn't work today. I've lost my senses," said the 19-year-old West German, who entered the tournament as the clear favorite. Despite the loss, Becker qualified for the semifinals today.