Chang Moves Into Calabasas Challenger Quarterfinals
By Fred Sidhu
Calabasas, Ca. – Top-seeded Michael Chang advanced
to the quarterfinals of the $50,000 USTA Challenger of Calabasas with a
6-3, 6-3 victory over Alexander Waske of Germany at the Calabasas Tennis
& Swim Center.
Chang, a former French Open champion whose world
ranking has fallen to 92, slugged it out from the baseline with the hard
From the very first game of the match, Chang
pressured Waske, who won a Challenger tournament in Leon, Mexico last
Chang fired two aces in his opening service game and
then scored an early service break in the next game.
Later in the match, Chang served at 5-3, 30-30 when
he put away an overhead smash and then slammed an ace to win the first
In the second set, Chang broke Waske in the opening
game and again as the German served to stay in the match at 3-5.
Waske, who played collegiate tennis at San Diego
State University, came into Calabasas this week ranked 169 in the
Chang advances to the quarterfinals, where he will
face sixth-seeded Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark in a match scheduled for
Friday at 4 p.m.
Tickets Friday through Sunday are $8 - $12. Children
under 18 will be admitted for $5 Friday through Sunday. For ticket
information, call (818) 222-2782.
Friday’s quarterfinal’s begin at 11 a.m.
Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s final, begin at noon.
The USTA Challenger of Calabasas is a $50,000
Challenger event. The tournament is part of the United States Tennis
Association Professional Circuit.