Chang and Carlsen to Finish Suspended Match on Saturday
By Fred Sidhu
Calabasas, Ca. – Top-seeded Michael Chang led
sixth-seeded Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark 7-6 (5), 1-5 when their
quarterfinal match at the USTA Challenger of Calabasas was suspended due
The match will be completed at noon (Pacific time) at
the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Club.
Chang and Carlsen exchanged service breaks early in
the first set and eventually went to a tiebreaker.
In the tiebreak, Carlsen double faulted at 5-5 and
Chang hit a service winner on
the next point to secure the first set.
In the second set, Carlsen broke Chang twice to take
a 5-1 lead before the match was suspended.
The winner will
advance to the semifinals to face unseeded Justin Gimelstob, who
defeated third-seeded, Noam Okun of Israel, 6-4, 6-4.
Carlsen and Chang are certainly no strangers to each
other. This is the tenth time they have played.
Chang won eight of the nine previous meetings. They
first played in Hong Kong in 1993 as Chang defeated Carlsen 7-6, 6-2 in
Carlsen’s only victory over Chang came in 1995 at
New Haven when Carlsen won, 7-5, 6-4.
In their most recent meeting before Calabasas, Chang
defeated Carlsen 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Boston in 1998.
In other quarterfinal matches, fifth-seeded Cecil Mamiit eliminated
second-seeded Vince Spadea, 6-4, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (8) in two-hours and
49-minutes and Germany’s Bjorn Phau defeated Gianluca Pozzi of Italy,
7-6 (5), 6-2.
General admission is $10 on Saturday and $12 on
Sunday. Children under 18 will be admitted for $5 each day. For ticket
information, call (818) 222-2782.
Saturday’s matches and Sunday’s final begin at
The USTA Challenger of Calabasas is a $50,000
Challenger event. The tournament is part of the United States Tennis
Association Professional Circuit.