Ivanisevic is aces, but Norman is tops Despite heart scare, Swede ousts 2nd seed

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WIMBLEDON, England -- Goran Ivanisevic left Wimbledon yesterday with a tournament-record 46 aces and a snarl.

He slammed aces off walls, near line judges and into virtually every corner of Court 3 during a tennis slam-fest.

And he lost to a 21-year-old Swede with an accelerated heartbeat.

Magnus Norman fought off the aces -- and endured the medical scare -- to beat Ivanisevic, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 14-12, in a marathon second-round match.

After two straight rainouts, the Wimbledon show finally started rolling. And organizers will open the gates today -- only the second time in tournament history that Wimbledon will play matches on the middle Sunday.

But it's going to be tough to top Ivanisevic-Norman.

There was Ivanisevic on his record run, exceeding the total of 42 aces unloaded by John Feaver in a 1976 loss to John Newcombe. But Ivanisevic also had 19 double faults.

And there was Norman, a rising tour star who beat Pete Sampras at the French Open. Norman was dodging the aces and trying to remain calm during his medical scare.

After the 12th game of the final set, Norman clutched his chest and sat down, waiting for his accelerated heart rate to return to normal. He took great gulps of air and small gulps of water. He talked with a doctor.

But he didn't panic, and his heart rate returned to normal in 30 seconds.

Twice before in matches he had endured similar incidents, defaulting once after his heartbeat hadn't slowed after 40

minutes. But he said a Swedish cardiologist assured him it was safe to play. He said he'll check with the doctor again to make sure it's safe to continue at Wimbledon.

"It's not very funny when something like this happens to the heart," he said.

Somehow, Norman managed to remain focused on the match, ending the 3-hour, 19-minute marathon with a concussive backhand crosscourt service return that Ivanisevic could hardly see, much less hit.

He won by standing up to the Ivanisevic serving barrage.

"You can just shake your head because there's nothing to do," he said. "He's serving unbelievable. Sometimes, you feel like, 'This is unfair, this is unfair, because he has a good serve.' "

Norman wasn't the only player who brought noise and light to Wimbledon yesterday.

The crowds that flocked to Wimbledon were ready to cheer for anything. They applauded when it stopped raining. They roared when the sun briefly broke through the clouds.

And they screamed for Greg Rusedski, the ex-Canadian turned British citizen.

In a magnificent match on the new Court 1, Rusedski ignored a bad back and outlasted Jonathan Stark, 4-6, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-3, 11-9.

"We're trying to make some history on that new court," said Rusedski, the fastest server left in the tournament.

Top seed Sampras beat the darkness by handling Hendrik Dreekmann, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 7-5.

Reigning champion and No. 4 seed Richard Krajicek defeated Andrei Pavel, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3.

Ex-champions Boris Becker and Michael Stich also won. Becker, the No. 8 seed, defeated Thomas Johansson, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Stich beat Justin Gimelstob, 7-5, 6-1, 6-1.

The teen-aged stars of the women's tour also had their spectacular moments yesterday.

No. 1 Martina Hingis overwhelmed Olga Barabanschikova, 6-2, 6-2. She even earned some points from her tabloid critics, who derided her for the short shorts she wore under her skirt in her opening match.

The critics noticed she had worn less revealing bloomers.

Hingis took it all in stride, saying the tabloids even published revealing photos of Diana, Princess of Wales.

"I mean, you just take it as it is," she said. "I'm always good for any good advice or changes."

Anna Kournikova came from 1-5 down in the second set, wiped away four match points, and defeated Barbara Rittner, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

Venus Williams finally made her Wimbledon debut, showing some dazzling skills, but was beaten by Magdalena Grzybowska, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Williams wasn't all that disappointed with her performance, even though she often looked like a player in need of more practice time -- and match experience.

All that will come, she said.

"I think everyone knows that I definitely have a game that's going to be good," she said. "I'm a pretty good player on the court.

"I just didn't win," she added. "I can't get down or get angry because now there's nothing I can do. I'll try to move on and be ready for the next match."

MEN

Singles first round

Sargis Sargsian, Armenia, def. Johan Van Herck, Belgium, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4. Alexander Radulescu, Germany, def. Adrian Voinea, Romania, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Renzo Furlan, Italy, def. Jan Siemerink, Netherlands, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Danny Sapsford, Britain, def. Nicolas Pereira, Venezuela, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Patrick Baur, Germany, def. Jeff Salzenstein, Englewood, Colo., 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 9-7. Javier Sanchez, Spain, def. Michael Tebbutt, Australia, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 14-12.

Second round

Cedric Pioline, France, def. Javier Frana, Argentina, walkover. Tim Henman (14), Britain, def. Jerome Golmard, France, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3. Richey Reneberg, Minneapolis, def. Carlos Moya (10), -- Spain, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Brett Steven, New Zealand, def. Frederik Fetterlein, Denmark, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. Sandon Stolle, Australia, def. Emilio Alvarez, Spain, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Alexander Radulescu, Germany, def. Marzio Martelli, Italy, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Paul Haarhuis, Netherlands, def. Todd Larkham, Australia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. Boris Becker (8), Germany, def. Thomas Johansson, Sweden, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Michael Stich, Germany, def. Justin Gimelstob, Whippany, N.J., 7-5, 6-1, 6-1. David Rikl, Czech Republic, def. Francisco Clavet, Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Christophe Van Garsse, Belgium, def. Magnus Gustafsson, Sweden, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

Greg Rusedski, Britain, def. Jonathan Stark, Seattle, 4-6, 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 6-3, 11-9. Guillaume Raoux, France, def. Doug Flach, Atlanta, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1. Arnaud Clement, France, def. Martin Lee, Britain, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Richard Krajicek (4), Netherlands, def. Andrei Pavel, Romania, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3. Wayne Ferreira (15), South Africa, def. Rodolphe Gilbert, France, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7. Andrew Richardson, Britain, def. Juan Albert Viloca, Spain, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Magnus Norman, Sweden, def. Goran Ivanisevic (2), Croatia, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 14-12. Andrei Medvedev (13), Ukraine, def. Sargis Sargsian, Armenia, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5. Byron Black, Zimbabwe, def. Danny Sapsford, Britain, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. Mark Woodforde, Australia, def. Chris Wilkinson, Britain, 5-7, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

Petr Korda (16), Czech Republic, def. Marc Rosset, Switzerland, 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (10-8). Pete Sampras (1), Tampa, Fla., def. Hendrik Dreekmann, Germany, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 7-5.

WOMEN

Singles first round

Elena Likhovtseva, Russia, def. Natasha Zvereva, Belarus, 6-2, 6-2. Maria Alejandra Vento, Venezuela, def. Annabel Ellwood, Australia, 7-5, 6-1. Ginger Helgeson Nielsen, Alpine, Calif., def. Lucie Ahl, Britain, 6-2, 6-4. Nathalie Tauziat, France, def. Nana Miyagi, Japan, 6-3, 6-4. Sandrine Testud, France, def. Miriam Schnitzer, Germany, 6-3, 6-0. Ines Gorrochategui, Argentina, def. Meilen Tu, Porter Ranch, Calif., 6-0, 6-3. Naoko Kijimuta, Japan, def. Larisa Neiland, Latvia, 7-5, 6-2. Magdalena Grzybowska, Poland, def. Venus Williams, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Florencia Labat, Argentina, def. Rita Grande, Italy, 6-4, 6-4. Judith Wiesner, Austria, def. Jana Kandarr, Germany, 7-5, 6-2. Magui Serna, Spain, def. Jolene Watanabe, Arcadia, Calif., 6-3, 6-1.

Corina Morariu, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Claire Taylor, Britain, 6-2, 6-1. Els Callens, Belgium, def. Paola Suarez, Argentina, 6-4, 6-2. Mary Pierce (9), France, def. Dominique van Roost, Belgium, 6-3, Barbara Paulus (16), Austria, def. Kristie Boogert, Netherlands, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand, def. Ludmila Richterova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-1. Sarah Pitkowski, France, def. Francesca Lubiani, Italy, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain, def. Sandra Dopfer, Austria, 6-2, 6-2. Lorna Woodroffe, Britain, def. Patty Schnyder, Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4. Naoko Sawamatsu, Japan, def. Samantha Smith, Britain, 6-1, 6-3. Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Switzerland, def. Catalina Cristea, Romania, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Aleksandra Olsza, Poland, def. Lenka Nemeckova, Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Radka Zrubakova, Slovakia, def. Nancy Feber, Belgium, 6-1, 7-5. Mary Joe Fernandez (11), Key Biscayne, Fla., def. Noelle Van Lottum, France, 6-2, 6-2. Kristina Brandi, Bradenton, Fla., def. Ann Grossman, Grove City, Ohio, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Nicole Pratt, Australia, def. Katarina Studenikova, Slovakia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Patricia Hy-Boulais, Canada, def. Miho Saeki, Japan, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2. Barbara Schett, Austria, def. Asa Carlsson, Sweden, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Second round

Martina Hingis (1), Switzerland, def. Olga Barabanschikova, Belarus, 6-2, 6-2. Helena Sukova, Czech Republic, def. Shi-Ting Wang, Taiwan, 6-0, 6-3. Nicole Arendt, Gainesville, Fla., def. Lisa Raymond, Wayne, Pa., 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Anna Kournikova, Russia, def. Barbara Rittner, Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. Maria Alejandra Vento, Venezuela, def. Andrea Glass, Germany, 2-1, retired injured. Conchita Martinez (10), Spain, def. Yuka Yoshida, Japan, 6-0, 6-0. Sabine Appelmans, Belgium, def. Laura Golarsa, Italy, 6-2, 6-0.

Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (14), Netherlands, def. Amy Frazier, Rochester Hills, Mich., 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Gigi Fernandez, Aspen, Colo., def. Nathalie Dechy, France, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Anke Huber (7), Germany, def. Joannette Kruger, South Africa, 6-2, 6-0. Karen Cross, Britain, def. Maria-Antonia Sanchez Lorenzo, Spain, 6-4, 6-0. Irina Spirlea (12), Romania, def. Elena Makarova, Russia, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8. Iva Majoli (4), Croatia, def. Marion Maruska, Austria, 6-3, 6-3.

Featured matches

Men

Yevgeny Kafelnikov (3) vs. Javier Sanchez

Richard Krajicek (4) vs. David Rikl

Marcelo Rios (9) vs. Dennis Van Scheppingen

Patrick Rafter (12) vs. Jens Knippschild

Tim Henman (14) vs. Paul Haarhuis

Wayne Ferreira (15) vs. Cedric Pioline

Women

Martina Hingis (1) vs. Nicole Arendt

Monica Seles (2) vs. Kristina Brandi

Jana Novotna (3) vs. Elena Likhovtseva, Russia

Iva Majoli (4) vs. Karen Cross

Lindsay Davenport (5) vs. Denisa Chladkova

Amanda Coetzer (6) vs. Patricia Hy-Boulais

Anke Huber (7) vs. Anna Kournikova

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (8) vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi

Pub Date: 6/29/97

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