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Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2

The first test of Steffi's patience at Mahwah...

The Record
New Jersey
Wednesday, August 24, 1988
Sherry Ross, Record Staff Writer

There are many things that Steffi Graf can control on a tennis court, but the weather isn't one of them.

Graf's eagerly awaited second-round match (she had a first-round bye) in the United Jersey Bank Tennis Classic was interrupted by rain Tuesday night in the second game of the first set, with the match against Arantxa Sanchez just four minutes old.

Sanchez broke Graf to open the match, but Graf was ahead in the next game at 15-40. Then the rains came, soaking the sellout crowd on a chilly evening at Ramapo College.

Also postponed by the weather was the late match between fifth-seeded Katerina Maleeva and Gigi Fernandez.

The Graf-Sanchez match has been rescheduled as today's second match on Center Court. Dianne Balestrat faces sixth-seeded Sylvia Hanika in the first match on the court, beginning at 10 a.m., and the Graf-Sanchez match follows, with the action resuming at the point at which the match was postponed.

The Maleeva-Fernandez match is today's first match on Court One.

(Anyone holding tickets for Tuesday night's matches may exchange their tickets at the UJB box office at Ramapo College for any remaining weekday session. Call the box office at 825-9100 for more information.)

Rain could further scramble the schedule, since more of the wet stuff was predicted for today.

Graf is using the UJB Classic as a tuneup in her bid for a tennis Grand Slam at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29. With a victory at the Open, Graf would complete the sweep, which began with her victories in the Australian and French opens and at Wimbledon. She would become the first woman to complete the Slam since Margaret Court in 1970.

Graf drew an unusually tough early-round opponent. Sanchez, a quarterfinalist in this year's French Open, is ranked 21st on the Women's International Tennis Association computer. She was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over 1983 UJB champion Jo Durie in her opening-round match.

Sanchez comes from a tennis playing family. Her oldest sister, Marisa, plays No. 1 singles for Pepperdine University, and her eldest brother, Emilio, has been ranked in the top 20 in men's tennis. Her younger brother, Julio, was the world's No. 1 ranked junior in 1986.

The full slate of day matches was completed Tuesday, and Larisa Savchenko of the Soviet national contingent became the first seeded player to lose in the tournament. The No. 7 seed was toppled by qualifier Julie Halard, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

Her countrymate, Natalia Zvereva, is scheduled to play tonight against Elna Reinach in a second-round match. Zvereva was runner-up to Gabriela Sabatini in the recently concluded Canadian Open in Montreal. Zvereva, who lost to Graf in the French Open final, is the fourth seed in the UJB Classic.

In other matches, Bettina Fulco defeated Belinda Cordwell, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5; Catarina Lindqvist beat Jana Novotna, 6-3, 6-4; Isabelle Demongeot defeated Judith Wiesner, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; and Nathalie Tauziat downed Etsuko Inoue, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. Demongeot, a qualifier, meets third-seeded Helena Sukova in a second-round match.
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