Tennis Roundup : Pugh Takes Hall of Fame Title in 3 Sets
Unseeded Jim Pugh of Palos Verdes won the first singles championship of his professional career Sunday, defeating sixth-seeded Peter Lundgren of Sweden, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, to win the Volvo-Hall of Fame Championships Sunday at Newport, R.I.
Pugh took command with a service break in the first game of the third set, ending the momentum that Lundgren seemed to build by breaking Pugh’s serve in the final game of the second set.
“It was a 180-degree change,” said Pugh of the third-set opener. “I said to myself, ‘You’ve got to stop him here.’ But I didn’t expect it to change everything. He didn’t play nearly as well the rest of the third set.”
Anders Jarryd of Sweden won the men’s singles title and Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina took the women’s championship in the $250,000 Gunze World tournament at Osaka, Japan.
Jarryd beat Pete Sampras, of Rancho Palos Verdes, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and Sabatini overpowered Mary Joe Fernandez of Miami, 6-1, 6-2.
The 16th-ranked Fernandez defeated the Argentine in their previous four meetings.
Carl-Uwe Steeb of West Germany rallied from two sets down to defeat Sweden’s Magnus Gustafsson, 6-7 (6-8), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, in the final of the $305,000 Swiss Open at Gstaad, Switzerland.
Gustafsson, 22, seemed in control when he had a break point for 2-0 in the third set. But he lost the point, the game and then his serve.
Steady rain forced the cancellation of the U.S. Pro championship final between Mats Wilander of Sweden and Andres Gomez of Ecuador at Brookline, Mass.
Tournament director Mike Savit said the singles and doubles finals would be rescheduled later this summer, depending on the availability of the players involved.