Chang Advances to USTA Challenger Final
Calabasas, Ca. –
Former French Open champion, Michael Chang, won two matches to
advance to the finals of the USTA Challenger of Calabasas at the
Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.
Chang, the tournament’s top seed, began the day by
defeating Denmark’s Kenneth Carlsen, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (5) in a
quarterfinal match which had been suspended on Friday due to darkness.
In his semifinal match two and a half hours later,
Chang rallied to eliminate fellow American Justin Gimelstob, 6-7 (4),
Chang fought off two break points and held serve for
a 5-3 lead in the third set. He then broke Gimelstob’s serve to win
“Obviously it feels great. It’s been awhile since
I’ve been able to win a couple of matches in a row,” Chang said.
“Hopefully it’s a good sign for things to come.”
Chang, ranked 92 in the world, will face fifth-seeded
Cecil Mamiit in the final. Mamiit defeated Germany’s Bjorn Phau, 7-6
(5), 6-2 in an earlier semifinal match.
Sunday’s final begins at noon (Pacific time).
The USTA Challenger of Calabasas is a $50,000
Challenger event. The tournament is part of the United States Tennis
Association Professional Circuit.
USTA Challenger of Calabasas
Saturday - April 13, 2002
Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center
Singles - Quarterfinals
Chang (1), United States, def. Kenneth Carlsen (6), Denmark, 7-6 (5),
1-6, 7-6 (5)
Cecil Mamiit (5), United States, def. Bjorn Phau, Germany,
7-6 (5), 6-2
Michael Chang (1), United States, def. Justin Gimelstob, United
States, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3
Doubles - Semifinals
Paul Rosner, South Africa and Glenn Weiner (2),
United States def. Brandon Coupe and Kevin Kim, United States, 6-3, 6-2