Chang Advances to Second Round of
USTA Challenger of Calabasas
By Fred Sidhu
Calabasas, Ca. – Top-seeded Michael Chang defeated
Great Britain’s Arvind Parmar, 6-2, 6-3 in his opening round match at
the USTA Challenger of Calabasas at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim
After losing in the first round of last week’s
Challenger tournament in Tarzana, Chang put on a strong performance from
start to finish as he eliminated Parmar in one-hour and six-minutes.
At 2-2 in the first set, Chang began dominating
Parmar from the baseline as he won eight of the next nine games on his
way to the straight-set victory.
“It feels good. Last week is last week. You start
out a new week and you hope for better things,” Chang said. “It’s
nice to win a match. It’s been a while.”
Before winning his first round in Calabasas,
Chang’s last victory came in January in the second round of a
Challenger event in Hawaii.
When asked about his goals coming into the Calabasas,
Chang said, “I’m not even thinking that far. I’m just taking
things match by match. No use looking too far. I just want to
concentrate on my second round match."
Chang, ranked 92, will play his second round match on
Thursday afternoon against Alex Waske of Germany, who defeated qualifier
Thomas Dupre 6-1, 6-4.
In other first round action, sixth-seeded Kenneth
Carlsen of Denmark defeated qualifier Eric Taino, 6-2, 6-4. Taino had
won last week’s Challenger in Tarzana.
Fresno’s Robert Kendrick, a lucky loser, eliminated
fellow American, Paul Goldstein, 6-4, 6-0. Kendrick lost in the final
round of qualifying, but entered the main draw when Brian Vahaly
withdrew with a wrist injury.
Admission is free through Thursday’s day session.
Tickets for Thursday night’s Pro/Celebrity Exhibition are $12. Tickets
Friday through Sunday are $8 - $12. Children under 18 will be admitted
for $5 Friday through Sunday. For ticket information, call (818)
All tournament sessions through Friday 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.