Pacific Stars And Stripes, May 20, 1997, Page 25

Publication: Pacific Stars And Stripes May 20, 1997

Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, JapanJ O PffliC S1W&/WD STRIPB TUESDAY, ?W20,1997 IS The Associated Press r, * BERLIN — ^lary Joe Fernandez won her first title in over two years Sunday, posting a straight-set win as Mary Pierce's power game disappeared at the German Open. Fernandez survived a flurry of win- ners at the start from Pierce, who won last week's Italian Open, to beat the Frenchwoman 6-4, 6-2 at the $927,000 tournament. "The harder I tried, the worse I was playing," said Pierce, seeded 12th. "I ran out of gas. I felt like all my energy was gone after six or seven games." The Spanish clay court specialist de- feated his Chilean opponent 7-5,' 7-5,6-3. Rios, one of the most talented new stars on the men's tour, had beaten Cor- retja in straight sets in Monte Carlo. But he looked tired here, and midway through the third set the Foro Italico crowd began whistling its displeaure with Ms performance. ROME —-Alex Corretja, exacting re- venge for a loss in a tournament final last month, routed M^rcelo Rios %i straight sets Sunday to win the Italian Open. ••>'V.' ' •''.'• •: ' •'•'.'-..':'-'-:. :- • ROCKVlfeE, Md. — Tim Willdson upset five-t^e Wimbledon champion Bjora Borg 6-4,6-0 Sunday to advance to the championship of the Corel WordPer- fect Champions over-35 tennis tour- nament. Wilkison will play his, first seniors The Associated Press First title In two years tour final Monday against either top- seeded Jimmy Connors or Johan Kriek, who met in the other semifinal late Sunday. ' Wilkison, scheduled only to play dou- bles in the tournament, entered the sin- gles draw when defending champion Andres Gomez withdrew due to illness. The Associated Press ROME ~- The head of the ATP Tour on Sunday proposed a new ranking sys- tem intended to enhance the Italian Open and other t$p non-Grand Slam events.;.-,. ;•.'•• •... •.. .'•;•••,'•• •.'...V... .:• '".•'.-•"•.A player's ranking would be deter-" mined by his results in the four Grand Slams,0 a reduced number of top tier tournaments now known as the Supert9, and a group of smaller events, said Matk;.•.;••.. . - • '"•.••'. ' ;•.•;• '.'• :..;v.v . -\ • Miles, ichief executive officer of the ATP TOIUV '••' ;:;v-;. •'••.• Yv"'v:y •• ." /'It would h^t the extent to which players might not play so well at the big events," Miles told a news conference on the final day of the Italian Open. ':-. ^ Under the current ranking system* only results from any 14 tournaments determine a player's ranking. In recent years, tournaments on the Super 9 tour have complained that top players failed to show, generally citing injuries, or lost in early rounds. Some players have also complained that the current ranking system is too complicated. Under the proposal, all the top events would count, said Miles. The ranking proposal is one of a series of changes the ATP Tour is looking at to be in place for 2000. It would require the approval of the executive council made up of players and tournament represen- tatives. womens The Associated Press STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford women's tennis team avenged its otily loss of the, season with crushing 5-1 vic- tory over top-seeded-Florida on Sunday to win the NCAA Division I champi-\ onship. Stanford players took the court to rau- cous chants'of "Gator bait, Gator bait/' by Florida- fans whose team looked to repeat their 4-3 victory over the nal earlier this season. Florida had a 62- rnatch winning strealyjoing into the fin- als, and was 31-0 this season. But the chants soon died down as Lilia Osterloh, Stanford's top player, led the charge with a 6-3; 6-1 drubbing of fellow No. 1 Dawn Buth. Osterloh's array of penetrating ground strokes overpowered Florida's top player. '^Nerves were a big factor, but after I won the first set it was a big relief off my shoulders," Osterloh said. '-•. i Juh'e Scott sealed the match for the Cardinal (30-1) with a rousing 6-7, (5-7), 7-5^ 6-2 victory over Stephanie Nickitas at No. 5 singles. The national title was the ninth for Stanford since the NCAA .^tena . went into its present format $9982. Murphy's Law hits Amsterdam on late bomb The Associated Press EDINBURGH, Scotland — Yo Mur- phy caught a 50-yard pass from Dave Barr witji just under two minutes re- maining to give the defending champion Scottish Claymores a 10^6 victory Sun- day over Amsterdam in a ifrorld League of American Football PRO FOOTBALL ••••! field goal was set up after the Clay- mores'Jamie Fields recovered a fumble. The Admirals tied the game 3-3 early in the second quarter on a 32-yard field goal by Oliver Quass. , The Claymores took the After a scoreless third quafter, Quass lead early, going up 3-0 put the Admirals ahead 6-3 on a 34-yard on a 22-yard field goal field goal; setting the stage for Miirphy's by Finnish kicker Kari Gronross. The winning catch. . . f, Claymores 10 Admirals 6 The Associated Press \ FOXBORO, Mass. ~- Ben troha's goal in the fifth round .of a Shootout gave the DC United a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory over the New England Revolu- tion on Sunday. Iroha's goal was the Un- ited's fourth of the tie- breaker. Mike Burns had the Revolution's final chance and beat goalkeeper Jeff Causey but sent his shot off the1 left post. '___ Both teams had ample scoring chances hi regula- tion time; New En- glarid (5-4) showed few signs of fatigue after their Friday night victory in San Jose, and dominated play throughout the first half. /EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. — Atony De Avila ended New York-New Jersey's 361-minute scoreless streak,and the MetroStars snapped a two-game losing string witfcua 1-0 victory Sunday over the Kansas City Wizards. •* De Avila's IStk-minute goal ended a three-game skid and 451 minutes of goalless play for the MetroStars. DALLAS —- Mexican star Damian Alvarez scored one goal and as- sisted on another in his debut, leading the Dallas Burn to a 2-0 victory Satur- day night over the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Alvarez threaded a pass through the legs of a defender to set up Dante Wash-ington for an open shot mat beat goal- keeper Mark Dougherty in the 25th min- ute. V ' . '• ; " .-.• : •;' •''•' ".-.• .DENVER — Shaun Bartlett scored in the fifth Shootout round to give the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew Saturday night About 10,000 fans watched the Rapids prevail in the tiebreaker. SAN JOSE, Calif.—Joe-Max Moore, Imad Baba and Eric Imler all scored as the New Englaija^Kevolution went 3-for-3oin a tiebreaker Shootout to° defeat the San Jose Clash 2-1 Friday night.The Clash (4-5) missed all three Shootout attempts. i AH types - Modular, Conference,Executive & Quarters clash Japan toll-free tel: 003-^13-230 fax:003-1114-485 Tokyo Office tel: 03-5570-1725 USA tel: 202-338-4009 USA fax: 202-338-4138 USA Worldwide Toll-Free Tel: AT&T Access # +1-800-257-6682 We Make it Easy To Save - Call ffie USA Direct at 404-5BS-9180 AMERICAN FONE N F T W O k K T H E U S I SAVE UD to 70co on every phone ca 73 $/K6rea Or call any of these4»

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Publication: Pacific Stars And Stripes

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Issue Date: May 20, 1997

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