Chang Wins USTA Challenger of Calabasas Title
By Fred Sidhu
Calabasas, Ca. –
Top-seeded Michael Chang defeated fifth-seeded Cecil Mamiit, 6-3,
7-5 in one-hour and 30-minutes to win the $50,000 USTA Challenger of
On a warm afternoon in Southern California, Chang
broke Mamiit’s serve twice to win the first set.
After exchanging service breaks early in the second
set, Chang and Mamiit were tied at 5-5 when Chang broke serve to take a
Chang served out the match at love as he hit an ace
followed by a running forehand netcord winner, a service winner and a
backhand passing shot.
When asked about his victory, Chang said, “Most
people would look at it as just a Challenger event, I see it as much
more than that. To me it’s a pretty special tournament to be able to
come out and to win because it has been so long.”
Chang’s last tournament title was at the Los
Angeles ATP event in July, 2000.
He added, “When you’ve had a drought like I’ve
have and struggled, every victory that you have becomes sweeter,
particularly as you get older. I didn’t have any easy matches this
The victory in Calabasas was Chang’s second career
Challenger title. In 1987 he won the Las Vegas Challenger at age 15.
The USTA Challenger of Calabasas is a $50,000
Challenger event. The tournament is part of the United States Tennis
Association Professional Circuit.
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