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Tennis Roundup : Gilbert Beats Mayotte, Faces Mansdorf

From Times Wire Services

Brad Gilbert and Amos Mansdorf advanced to the final of the world’s richest indoor tennis tournament with semifinal victories Saturday in the $1.1-million Paris Open.

Gilbert, ranked 23rd in the world, reversed last year’s defeat at the Paris Open by beating second-seeded Tim Mayotte, 7-5, 6-3. Mayotte was the only remaining seeded player in the event, in which $262,000 goes to today’s winner.

In the other semifinal, Israel’s Amos Mansdorf defeated Switzerland’s Jakob Hlasek, ranked 25th in the world, 7-6, 7-6.

Mayotte had beaten Gilbert all five times they had met, including their semifinal at the Olympics.

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This time, Gilbert dominated. Mayotte, usually a good server and ranked No. 8 in the world, was broken 5 of the 11 times he served and had 5 double faults.

Mansdorf won a see-saw tiebreaker in the first set of the semifinal against Hlasek. Mansdorf went out to a 6-3 lead, but Hlasek took the next 4 points in a row to reach set point at 7-6.

Mansdorf held off that one and another set point before taking three points in a row to win the tiebreaker, 10-8. The pair went to another tiebreaker in the second set.

Pam Shriver’s hopes of a revenge match with Steffi Graf were dashed by a stomach virus when she withdrew during the semifinals of the $250,000 Midland Group championships at Brighton, England.

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After the top-seeded Graf had struggled to beat Lori McNeil, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, in the first semifinal, Shriver was forced to retire when she was trailing, 6-7, 1-2, to Bulgarian Manuela Maleeva.

Top seed Zina Garrison defeated Louise Allen 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the final of the $100,000 Virginia Slims tournament at Indianapolis.

Garrison will play second-seeded Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria, who lost just two games in beating No. 3 Stephanie Rehe, 6-2, 6-0.


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