Sports

Connors Out In Quarters

At Halle, Germany, playing in his first ATP quarterfinals in four years, 42-year-old Jimmy Connors succumbed to the strong serve of Marc Rosset 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

In another match featuring an American, defending champion and third-seeded Michael Stich of Germany defeated Richey Reneberg of Houston 6-3, 6-4.

While most of the 10,000 spectators supported Connors, Stich said it was good that Connors lost: “For tennis and the young players it is better that Jimmy lost. At his age, I’ll at the most be a line judge on the court.”

At Eastbourne, England, Chanda Rubin, a former Wimbledon junior champion, prepared for this year’s Grand Slam tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Germany’s Christina Singer in the semifinals of the Eastbourne grass-court championship.

Rubin, seeded 13th, faces Nathalie Tauziat today. The 11th-seeded French player beat second-seeded Natasha Zvereva of Belarus 6-2, 6-4.

Steffi Graf and Boris Becker are both ready to play at Wimbledon after making quick trips to Germany to receive treatment for minor injuries.

Graf, the top-seeded German and five-time champ, injured her right wrist while practicing earlier this week but is expected to play Wimbledon, which starts Monday.

Becker, the three-time champion, strained a calf muscle during the Queen’s Club tournament in London last week. The injury was not serious and Becker also is expected to play Wimbledon.



Click here to comment on this story »







Sections


Profile

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile