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Tennis Roundup : Matuszewski, No. 136, Upsets Mayotte

From Times Wire Services

Richard Matuszewski hadn’t showed signs that he was ready for the kind of match he played Saturday in upsetting Tim Mayotte, 7-6, 6-4, to gain the final of the $510,000 Australian Indoor tennis championships at Sydney.

Last week at Brisbane, Australia, Matuszewski--typically--lost in straight sets to Mayotte, who won a silver medal at the Seoul Olympics.

Matuszewski, 24, is a two-year pro from Hopewell Junction, N.Y. with a journeyman’s swing. He is ranked 136th, and his sights are hardly set on cracking the top 10.

For now, however, Saturday’s victory is reward enough.

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“This is definitely the biggest moment of my career,” Matuszewski said of reaching his first Grand Prix final. “I did the right things today and played smart. I just stayed in the points.”

In the other semifinal match, fifth-seeded Slobodan Zivojinovic of Yugoslavia beat second-seeded Andres Gomez of Ecuador, 6-4, 6-2.

Mayotte, 27, ranked eighth in the world, looked tired during the early-afternoon semifinal. He had 5 hours sleep after his quarterfinal ended at midnight Friday.

“I felt flat and had real problems with my serve,” he said.

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Matuszewski played defensively and allowed Mayotte to make the mistakes.

Mayotte served 10 double faults during the match, 3 straight in the 12th game of the first set for a break when serving at 6-5.

Defending champion Martina Navratilova and second-seeded Chris Evert easily won their semifinal matches in the $250,000 Virginia Slims tournament at Filderstadt, West Germany.

The top-seeded Navratilova, four-time winner of the tournament and ranked second in the world, had no trouble ousting Eva Pfaff of West Germany, 6-4, 6-2.

Evert defeated Italy’s Raffaella Reggi, 6-3, 6-1.

Second-seeded Jimmy Connors downed Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland to gain the final of the $290,000 Olympia Open tournament at Toulouse, France, against Soviet player Andrei Chesnokov.

Connors won, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, and Chesnokov eliminated Christian Bergstrom of Sweden, 7-5, 6-3.


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