No. 2 Stich ousted by Washington

January 18, 1994|By Ron Gloster | Ron Gloster,Assoicated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- MaliVai Washington of the U.S. shocked second seed Michael Stich today in the first round of the Australian Open.

Stich, a semifinalist in Melbourne last year and the No. 2 player in the world, was forced into repeated errors at the net by Washington's low returns.

Washington, an American ranked 26th in the world, defeated the German 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. He lost his serve only in the third set.

"It's not like he won the match," Stich said. "I gave it to him."

No. 8 seed Petr Korda of the Czech Republic also was ousted today, losing in straight sets to Thomas Enqvist of Sweden.

No. 4 Stefan Edberg of Sweden, No. 6 Thomas Muster of Austria, No. 9 Todd Martin of the United States, No. 10 Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden, No. 12 Alexander Volkov of Russia, No. 13 Wayne Ferreira of South Africa and No. 16 Arnaud Boetsch of France all won.

The best comeback so far was pulled off by American Jared Palmer, who rallied from two sets down to defeat Germany's David Prinosil.

Women's second seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain dropped only four games while winning her first-round match, and No. 10 Kimiko Date lost just two games in advancing. No. 3 Conchita Martinez of Spain. No. 4 Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, No. 5 Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic and No. 6 Mary Joe Fernandez of the United States also won today.

Top seed Pete Sampras and Jim Courier were among American favorites who won first-round matches yesterday. Also winning first-round matches then were No. 5 Goran Ivanisevic, who delighted several hundred flag-waving Croatian fans with a straight-sets win over Alex O'Brien, and No. 11 Marc Rosset of Switzerland, No. 14 Karel Novacek of the Czech Republic and No. 15 Lendl.

Two former champions -- Mats Wilander and Tracy Austin -- made successful comebacks in their first appearances yesterday. It was Austin's first Grand Slam appearance in 11 years.

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