September 22, 1990 |
Wally Masur rallied to defeat Martin Jaite in a five-set struggle Friday at Sydney, Australia, to give Australia to a 2-0 lead over Argentina in their Davis Cup semifinal. Masur defeated Jaite, 3-6, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-0, 6-2, in just under three hours. Jaite looked in command after winning the first two sets, but Masur gained in confidence as the match progressed and his serve-volley game came together.
April 21, 1991 |
Second-seeded Mary Joe Fernandez broke Linda Harvey-Wild's serve seven times for a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the semifinals of the Virginia Slims of Houston tournament Saturday. Top-seeded Monica Seles of Yugoslavia, looking for her third singles title of the year, won the first 10 games en route to a 6-0, 6-2 victory in 71 minutes over sixth-seeded Sandra Cecchini of Italy in the other semifinal match. The match against Fernandez was Harvey-Wild's ninth of the tournament.
July 18, 1988 |
Andre Agassi, who like his opponent had to play two matches Sunday, needed only an hour to beat Andres Gomez of Ecuador, 6-4, 6-2, in the championship of a $350,000 Grand Prix clay court tournament at Stuttgart, West Germany. Because rain washed out play Saturday, the semifinals were played Sunday morning when the 18-year-old Agassi of Las Vegas defeated Henri Leconte of France, 7-5, 7-5, and the 28-year-old Gomez beat Guillermo Perez-Roldan of Argentina, 6-3, 6-1.
April 23, 1989 |
Top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina held off fourth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez of Spain, 6-4, 6-4, Saturday in the semifinals of the $200,000 Eckerd Tennis Open at Largo, Fla. Sabatini will face No. 8 Conchita Martinez of Spain in today's championship match. Martinez needed just 59 minutes to defeat No. 6 Sandra Cecchini of Italy, 6-0, 6-0, Saturday night. Sanchez, trailing in the second set, 5-2, won the next two games, fighting off two match points on Sabatini's serve in the ninth game, to close within 5-4. But Sabatini then broke Sanchez's serve at love to clinch the match.
March 10, 1988 |
Jay Berger has had his moments, but none quite like Wednesday. Berger continued a string of upsets in the $415,000 Du Pont tennis tournament, surprising top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden, 6-0, 7-5, in a wind-swept match at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "You can't get too much bigger than beating the No. 2 player in the world," said Berger, ranked 70th.
March 27, 1993 |
The United States Davis Cup team, playing with its second string, is on the brink of being ousted in the first round. With Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang declaring themselves unavailable, the defending champion Americans, reduced to using Brad Gilbert and David Wheaton, lost the first two singles to Australia on Friday at Melbourne. One defeat in the final three matches will mean their elimination.
May 6, 1993 |
After struggling on clay all season, Boris Becker finally won on that surface, beating fellow German Carl-Uwe Steeb, 6-4, 6-2, in the $1.7-million German Open at Hamburg. Becker, 25, entered the tournament late in hopes of preserving his No. 4 ranking in the world. He was an early-round loser at recent clay-court events in Nice, Monte Carlo and Madrid. 'I've got my timing and my form back. It's taken a long time," said Becker, who had been off seven weeks because of an injury.
May 18, 1990 |
One day after American hopes were raised, all three remaining U.S. players were eliminated from the Italian Open. Defending champion Alberto Mancini blasted his way into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Brad Gilbert Thursday at Rome. "I played a great match today," Mancini said. "I returned service well, and my passing shots were sharp. And Gilbert's baseline shots are a little less effective on clay than they are on a faster surface."
May 18, 1990
Top-seeded Steffi Graf of West Germany fell behind early against Leila Meskhi of the Soviet Union, then won nine straight games and advanced to the semifinals of the German Open women's tennis tournament today. Graf lost serve in the third game and trailed 2-1 and then 4-2, but after that, she was not troubled by Meskhi, rolling to a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Graf's semifinal opponent will be another Soviet, No. 8 seed Natalia Zvereva, who beat No. 9 Judith Wiesner of Austria, 6-7, 6-0, 6-4.