Stomach ailment doesn't keep Pierce from winning

September 02, 1994|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Women's No. 4 seed Mary Pierce suffered stomach cramps during the second set of her match with Katarina Studenikova last night, but still was able to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open.

Pierce exuded a stream of emotions as she worked her way to a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory.

After rolling through the first set, she called for a trainer in Game 4 of the second, when she fell behind 3-1. The trainer reappeared between the seventh and eighth games, just before she was broken to lose the set.

"I don't know exactly what it was," Pierce said. "Maybe I ate too much pasta before the match."

The trainer, she said, gave her "two little chewy things like Sunburst" and they helped.

Obviously feeling better, she broke Studenikova in the first game of the third set and ran to the back of the court to high-five a fan.

Later, when she executed a brilliant, ripping backhand for a winner, she skipped back to the service line.

"The conditions were bad and I didn't feel well, so it's hard to know how well I played tonight," she said. "Katarina played really well, hitting some deep shots, and for a while, especially in the second set, I was missing mine by inches.

"Next match I have to concentrate better and play better than this."

It must be the shoes

On the second point of the first set of her second-round match against Paola Suarez, the heel of Zina Garrison Jackson's new tennis shoe came unglued.

She ran to the locker room and simply yelled:

"Does anyone have a size eight-and-a-half shoe?"

To which Sandra Cacic, who was waiting for the Garrison Jackson match to finish on the Grandstand Court so she could play Steffi Graf, said:

"I have an old pair and a new pair; which one do you want?"

"I'll take whichever pair you don't want," Garrison Jackson said.

She got the old pair and won, 6-4, 6-3.

Cacic wore the new pair and lost to Graf, 6-0, 6-2.

Results to remember

Richey Reneberg, who earned a five-set victory over No. 7 seed Boris Becker Monday, kept his Open hopes alive with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Jordi Burillo to move past the second round for the first time in his eight career appearances here.

Marcus Zoecke, who upset No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic opening day, also won his second-round match against Robbie Weiss, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2, to advance to the third round for the first time here.

Meanwhile, Todd Martin, who fought off a five-set upset bid in the first round, also won rather easily in round two yesterday, beating Andrei Chesnokov, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

"I've been counting my blessings the last couple days," said Martin.

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