TENNIS ROUNDUP : Lendl Can’t Complain After a Clean Victory Over Stich

From Associated Press

With two tournament victories in the past two weeks, Ivan Lendl said he could find nothing to complain about Sunday after beating Michael Stich, 7-5, 6-3, to win the $750,000 Volvo Indoor at Memphis, Tenn.

“I’m very pleased. I hit the ball nice and clean. I didn’t give him any free points and I made a lot of big shots when I needed them,” said Lendl, seeded first in the tournament and ranked third in the world. It was his 90th tournament title.

Lendl controlled Stich with precision groundstrokes and a powerful serve when needed as he dispatched him in 90 minutes to pick up the $99,000 winner’s check.

Stefan Edberg won his first title of the year and bolstered his No. 1 ranking with a four-set victory over fellow Swede Jonas Svensson in the Eurocard Classics tournament at Stuttgart, Germany.


Edberg, who won, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, broke Svensson’s serve three times as took the first set in less than 30 minutes. He had trouble with his own serve in the second set and trailed, 5-4, in the third. But Edberg broke for 5-5 and the match turned in his favor. The victory was worth $137,000.

Top-seeded Jana Novotna won her fifth career singles championship by coming to the net in the final two sets to defeat fifth-seeded Anne Smith, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, at the $150,000 Virginia Slims event at Oklahoma City.

UCLA’s Mark Knowles rallied in the No. 2 singles to defeat USC’s Donny Isaak, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, as the Bruins defeated the Trojans, 5-2, in the USTA/ITCA Men’s National Indoor Team Championship at Louisville, Ky.

UCLA is 14-0 and will be No. 1 when the next national rankings come out. USC fell to 9-1.