OPEN: ORDER, ORDER ON THE COURT
The Miami Herald
Wednesday, September 7, 1983
During one spectacular rally with 16-year-old Aaron Krickstein, Yannick Noah raced to retrieve a lob at the baseline and hit an implausible shot between his legs while winning the point.
Asked if he practices the shot, Noah grinned and said, "Yeah, just for fun. If you're playing five hours a day and it becomes boring, you try it."
Noah's shot highlighted a relatively calm and true-to-form Tuesday at the U.S. Open tennis championships. As temperatures soared to 93 degrees and smog practically obliterated the Manhattan skyline in the background, there were no tumultuous upsets such as top-seeded John McEnroe's ouster by No. 16 Bill Scanlon the day before.
No. 2 Ivan Lendl, now favored to win his first Grand Slam tournament, whipped No. 12 Johan Kriek, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1, in men's fourth-round action.
French Open champion Noah, seeded fourth, ended the upset trail of Krickstein, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. Krickstein, from Grosse Point, Mich., and ranked 489th, was the youngest male ever to reach the fourth round.
No. 5 Mats Wilander had an easy time beating Andres Gomez, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, in one hour and 17 minutes. Wilander broke to a 4-1 lead in the opening set and won the first four games in each of the second and third sets.
And No. 9 Jimmy Arias -- like Krickstein, a teenage product of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. -- rallied past Sweden's Joachim Nystrom, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.
In women's play, No. 1 Martina Navratilova continued to steamroll opponents in her bid to win her first U.S. Open as she defeated No. 7 Sylvia Hanika, 6-0, 6-3, to move into the semifinals.
In the day's only surprise -- a mild one -- No. 5 Pam Shriver dumped No. 3 Andrea Jaeger, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.
In today's quarterfinals, defending men's champion and third seed Jimmy Connors plays No. 14 Eliot Teltscher, and Scanlon takes on unseeded Mark Dickson. The winners will meet in Saturday's semifinals.
In the other men's quarterfinals Thursday, Lendl faces Wilander and Noah battles Arias.
The last two women's quarterfinals also will be played today. No. 2 Chris Evert Lloyd meets No. 8 Hana Mandlikova, and No. 14 Jo Durie battles unseeded Ivanna Madruga-Osses.
Jaeger nearly pulled a McEnroe temper tantrum as she griped and pouted over several line calls. At one point, Shriver snapped at Jaeger, "Just play the calls," in reference to Jaeger's half-hearted performances when she was irritated at officials' decisions.
Afterward, Jaeger said, "When I questioned her [umpire Joan Vormbaum] about the calls, she said they were too close to call. In my opinion, she should not be in the umpire's chair if every time she's questioned, she says they are too close to call. It seemed like it just happened over and over.
"At the beginning, I did all right on my service games, but then I just started missing my serve and passing shots that I normally don't miss. She was playing well. It was hard to psyche myself up because I was getting more involved with the calls than with my game, which shouldn't happen."
Neither Jaeger nor Shriver was delighted with having to meet so early in the tournament. Both rapped fourth-seeded Tracy Austin for withdrawing the tournament at the last minute because of injuries.
"It's unfortunate when you get a high seed in the last two Grand Slam tournaments [Wimbledon and the U.S. Open] pull out," Shriver said. "Here are Durie and Madruga playing for the semis to meet Chris, and the rest of us are left [in the top half of the draw] frothing at the mouth.
"If you have an injury that is very obvious, you pull out. It seems Tracy said, 'I have a lot of things wrong with me, and I don't want to come back too soon, so I'll pull out the day the tournament starts.' I feel that is not right."
Said Jaeger: "It's funny, because Tracy has only entered in about 20 tournaments and played in about four. It gets to be hard on the promoters who advertise that Tracy Austin is coming when she never shows up."
Meanwhile, Lendl, who lost last year's Open final to Connors, looked sharp against Kriek, who usually plays well here. Lendl slammed eight aces, double-faulted only twice and committed just seven unforced errors.
Asked his reaction to McEnroe's loss, Lendl said, "It just certified something I was saying all along: No matter what ranking you have, if you do not play your very best you can just lose to anybody, because tennis is getting very, very difficult with all the young players."