BASSETT, A LOSER; REHE WINS - OPENING DAY AT LIPTON COMEBACK CORNER - HOW THE SEEDS FARED
Saturday, March 14, 1992
KEY BISCAYNE -- Carling Bassett-Seguso and Stephanie Rehe have both tasted Lipton glory.
Bassett reached the semifinals of the first Lipton in 1985; Rehe made the final four in 1988.
Now, in the '90s, Bassett and Rehe want another sip. The two former Top Ten players are both making comebacks -- Bassett, 24, returning from her second child, Rehe, 22, returning from back surgery.
Friday found the pair back at Lipton, fighting to get out of the first round on opening night after rain delayed play for seven hours.
Bassett, playing her second tournament in two years Friday, lost to Amanda Coetzer 6-4, 6-4. Rehe, the 1991 Comeback Player of the Year, beat Sara Gomer 7-5, 6-4.
Bassett, who qualified with three victories this week, was upset that she lost. Rehe offered some encouragement.
''I would tell Carling to be patient,'' said Rehe, who is ranked No. 111 now. ''Don't be too hard on yourself. Your expectations are so high when you first come back. It takes time.''
It hasn't taken Bassett much time to gain some needed confidence. She was a nervous loser to Kimiko Date in the first round of the Virginia Slims of Florida in Boca Raton 11 days ago.
''Now, I feel I'm in every match,'' Bassett said. ''I played well in qualifying and I really wanted to win tonight. I thought I had a good shot. I was in control of most of the points, but I made too many errors.''
Coetzer, who upset Gabriela Sabatini and reached the semifinals at the Virginia Slims of Florida, frustrated Bassett with her baseline game. The 20-year-old South African does not give opponents anything.
''She didn't give me much pace to work with,'' Bassett said. ''I had to be the aggressor all night. But I guess that's what she does. She makes you feel like you have to win the point. Every game was a grind.''
Bassett won the opening game of the second set on the sixth deuce, then broke for a 2-0 lead, but Coetzer won the next three games.
Coetzer broke for 4-3, but Bassett broke back. Coetzer broke again for 5-4 and served out the match. Bassett saved four match points, but couldn't stop the last one.
''Those games could have gone either way,'' said Bassett, who will try to qualify for the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head next month. ''This was a tough match to lose, but I would have lost it easier if I didn't play those qualifying matches. I just need more matches.''
Rehe, who took a wild card into the main draw, won her first match at Lipton since reaching the quarterfinals in 1986. She lost her last three first-round matches.
''It was a very close match,'' said Rehe, who will face 21st-seeded Naoko Sawamatsu of Japan in the second round today. ''Durie played well, but I won with some big passing shots. I'm happy because I like Lipton . I've always enjoyed playing in Florida. I won a lot of junior matches here.''
Rehe returned to the tour in the summer of 1990, following extensive rehabilitation after a back injury sidelined her in 1989. She reached the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles in her second tournament back and finished the year ranked No. 57.
''There was no pressure after the surgery,'' said Rehe, who lives in L.A. ''Last year, I expected too much and I lost some confidence. We all know how to play tennis; it's in the head. On the crucial points, you have to go for it. It's one thing to say it and another to believe it deep down.''
Rehe has struggled in singles, but excelled in doubles to where she is now ranked No. 19.
''My doubles kept me in there,'' said Rehe, who won Indian Wells with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch two weeks ago. ''I think I'm playing pretty well. My goal is to get back into the Top 20. Getting the Comeback Award last year was wonderful after all the hard work I've put in. It inspired me.''
It was Saturday the 14th by the time Patrick McEnroe finished beating Stefano Pescosolido 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Last year, McEnroe upset Boris Becker in the third round on the same stadium court.
''It helps that I've played well here before,'' said McEnroe, who lost his serve in the first game of the second set, before he rallied.
''I started out playing a little defensive. He was controlling the points in the first set. I had to change my game and take the ball early.''
McEnroe will meet Paul Haarhuis in the second round.
Carling Bassett-Seguso and Stephanie Rehe have had success at Lipton . But the former Top Ten players are now on the comeback trail. The trail took different paths on the first day of play Friday: Bassett-Seguso lost to Amanda Coetzer while Rehe defeated Sara Gomer.
How bad did it rain at Lipton Friday? Bad enough to delay play for seven hours. And bad enough for only 13 of 52 scheduled matches to be completed.
''The rain hurts a lot because Lipton is only a 10-day tournament,'' Lipton tournament referee Alan Mills said. ''There's not as much built-in time to catch up as there is at Wimbledon, which is two weeks.''
No seeds played Friday.
MATCH OF THE DAY
Amanda Coetzer defeated Carling Bassett-Seguso 6-4, 6-4 in a two-hour duel on center court.
MISMATCH OF THE DAY
Shaun Stafford stopped Meredith McGrath 6-1, 6-3 in one hour.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
''It's good to play Agassi early in the tournament. If he gets rolling, he'll be tough to beat.'' -- Bryan Shelton, who plays Andre Agassi tonight.
--Stefan Edberg has the most lifetime Lipton match wins (22) of anyone entered this year. Ivan Lendl's record of 24 victories is in danger. Steffi Graf (28) is two victories away from tying Chris Evert, who leads the women with 30 wins. Gabriela Sabatini has won 27 matches at Lipton .
--The youngest players at Lipton are Lindsay Davenport (15) and Brian Dunn (17). Davenport is nine months younger than Jennifer Capriati, who turns 16 this month.
--Thirtysomething set: Jimmy Connors (39), Kevin Curren (34), John McEnroe (33), Andres Gomez (32), Michiel Schapers (32), Catherine Suire (32), Jo Durie (31), Peanut Harper (31), Ros Fairbank-Nideffer (31), Brad Gilbert (30) and Mary Lou Daniels (30).
--Lowest-ranked player: No. 794 Nicole Hummel, who qualified.
TODAY'S MATCHES TO WATCH
Day session starting at 10 a.m.
Sandon Stolle vs. Brian Dunn (Court 11, 2nd match): Fred's son against the U.S. Boys' 18 champion for the right to play John McEnroe Sunday.
Jim Courier vs. Thierry Champion (Stadium, 4th match): The defending champion returns as the No. 1 player in the world. Courier has never lost to a French player.
Michael Chang vs. (Court 1, 4th match): Chang is coming off a victory at Indian Wells last week.
Night session, 7 p.m.
Pete Sampras vs. Shuzo Matsuoka (Court 1, 1st match): Sampras lost to Rodolphe Gilbert in his first match here last year.
Andre Agassi vs. Bryan Shelton (Stadium, 2nd match): Agassi, the 1990 Lipton champion, is in a slump.
Men -- Bryan Shelton d. Paolo Cane 7-6, 7-5; Shuzo Matsuoka d. Michiel Schapers 6-4, 6-2; Ramesh Krishnan d. Martin Jaite 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Thierry Champion d. Christian Minussi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Carl-Uwe Steeb d. Carlos Costa 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3; Patrick McEnroe d. Stefano Pescosolido 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Women -- Shaun Stafford d. Meredith McGrath 6-1, 6-3; Amanda Coetzer d. Carling Bassett-Seguso 6-4, 6-4; Katrina Adams d. Mercedes Paz 6-3, 6-3; Ros Fairbank-Nideffer d. Isabelle Demongeot 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3; Wiltrud Probst d. Elena Brioukhovets 6-2, 6-2; Stephanie Rehe d. Sara Gomer 7-5, 6-4; Pascale Paradis-Mangon d. Linda Ferrando 7-5, 6-0.
Stadium day, 10 a.m.: Raffaella Reggi-Concato vs. Peanut Harper; Marcos Ondruska vs. Andres Gomez; Katrina Adams vs. Gabriela Sabatini (3); Jim Courier (1) vs. Thierry Champion.
Stadium night, 6 p.m.: Wiltrud Probst vs. Steffi Graf (2); Bryan Shelton vs. Andre Agassi (11).
Court 1 day, 10 a.m.: Jimmy Brown vs. Jim Grabb; Carrie Cunningham v. Regina Rajchrtova; Jeff Tarango vs. Gianicluca Pozzi; Ramesh Krishnan vs. Michael Chang (6).
Court 1 night, 6 p.m.: Pete Sampras (4) vs. Shuzo Matsuoka; Shawn Stafford vs. Natalia Zvereva (18)
Court 2 day, 10 a.m.: Eva Sviglerova vs. Petra Langrova; Kevin Curren vs. Christian Saceanu; Jo Durie vs. Ginger Helgeson; Zina Garrison (9) vs. Pascale Paradia-Mangon; Stephanie Rehe vs. Naoko Sawamatsu (21).
Court 3 day, 10 a.m.: Marc Rosset vs. Christo Van Rensburg; Helen Kelesi vs. Miriam Oremans; Arnaud Boetsch vs. Jan Siemerink; Jan Gunnarsson vs. Jaime Yzaga; A. Mora/M. Nastase vs. M. Ondruska/R. Deppe; Robin White (31) vs. Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer.
Court 4 day, 10 a.m.: Silvia Farina vs. Gretchen Magers; Jean-Philippe Fleurian vs. Chuck Adams; Gary Muller vs. Javier Frana; Caroline Kuhlman vs. Erika De Lone.
Court 5 day, 10 a.m.: Ronald Agenor vs. Steve Bryan; Katia Piccolini vs. Kathy Rinaldi; Wally Masur vs. Leonardo Lavalle; Martin Blackman vs. Patrick Baur.
Court 6 day, 10 a.m.: Petra Thoren vs. Eugenia Maniokova; Bernd Karbacher vs. Grant Connell; Jason Stoltenberg vs. Jaime Oncins; Larisa Savchenko-Neiland vs. Maya Kidowaki.
Court 7 day, 10 a.m.: Danilo Marcelino vs. Jonathan Stark; Diego Nargiso vs. Carsten Arriens; Marketa Kochta vs. Sabine Hack; Grant Stafford vs. Cristiana Caratti.
Court 8 day, 10 a.m.: Frederic Fontang vs. Jon Sobel; Tomas Carbonelli vs. Patrik Kuhnen; Nicole Hummell vs. Kristin Godridge; Elna Reinach vs. Karine Quentrec.
Court 9 day, 10 a.m.: Alexander Mronz vs. Markus Zoecke; Mary Lou Daniels vs. Donna Faber; Fabrice Santoro vs. Rodolphe Gilbert; C.Steeb/M.Zoecke vs. M.Barnard/B.Haygarth.
Court 10 day, 10 a.m.: Vell Paloheimo vs. Gilad Bloom; Camille Benjamin vs. Meike Babel; Fernando Roese vs. Todd Witsken; Gabriel Markus vs. Cedric Pioline.
Court 11 day, 10 a.m.: Noelle Van Lottum vs. Rika Hiraki; Sandon Stolle vs. Brian Dunn; Patricia Tarabini vs. Manon Bollegraf; Dave Randall vs. Robbie Weiss
Court 12 day, 10 a.m.: Bettina Fulco-Villella vs. Chanda Rubin; Halle Cioffi vs. Florencia Labat; Lindsay Davenport vs. Maureen Drake; Alexia Dechaume vs. Audra Keller.
Court 13 day, 10 a.m.: Linda Harvey-Wild vs. Claudia Porwik; Nathalie Herreman vs. Akiko Kijimuta; Rennae Stubbs vs. Kyoko Nagatsuka; Catherine Suire vs. Kimberley Po.