Becker ousts McEnroe to reach ABN World final vs. Volkov

March 01, 1992

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Boris Becker advanced to today's final of the ABN World tournament by beating John McEnroe, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), yesterday.

Becker, ranked No. 4 in the world and seeded second in the $525,000 event, will meet Alexander Volkov of Russia, who ousted Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.

Haarhuis, 36th in the world rankings, saw his giant-killing run brought to a close by the determined Volkov, ranked No. 20. He earlier had defeated third seed Ivan Lendl and Croatian Goran Prpic to reach the semifinals.

Becker, 24, produced a near-perfect display of power tennis to beat McEnroe. The German's concentration faltered only during a brief two-game period late in the second set.

Becker cruised through the first set, never looking in danger on his own serve and breaking McEnroe's in the first and seventh games.

The German, who has 31 tournament victories to McEnroe's 77, succeeded for most of the match in pinning the American to the baseline with deep, accurate returns.

Evert Cup

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Top seed Monica Seles won her 23rd consecutive match, defeating fourth seed Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria.

The world's top player needed one hour to win, 6-1, 6-0, and reach today's final of the $350,000 tournament at the Grand Champions Resort.

The last time Seles lost was in November 1991 at the Virginia Slims to defending Evert Cup champion Martina Navratilova, who was forced out of the tournament because of the flu.

Seles, 18, from Sarasota, Fla., will play third seed Conchita Martinez of Spain for a $70,000 top prize. The runner-up will get $28,000.

Martinez advanced after taking 1:20 to eliminate unseeded Ann Grossman, 6-3, 6-1.

Purex Tennis Championships

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Stefano Pescosolido of Italy marched into his first career final on the men's tour by upsetting a lethargic Andrei Chesnokov at the championships and advanced his first ATP Tour final.

Pescosolido, 20, rallied to score a 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over the eighth-seeded Russian.

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