Agassi keeps 'bullfrog' from making him croak

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

NEW YORK -- "When I'm hitting the ball this well, I feel I can beat anybody," Andre Agassi said after advancing to the third round of the U.S. Open by beating Guy Forget, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, late last night. "But you have to remember that anybody can beat you."

Sometimes Agassi can beat himself. Just when the match was within his grasp, leading 5-2 in the third set, Agassi abruptly went into a fog.

"After losing that third set I thought I'd have to go to the hospital to get a 90-pound bullfrog surgically removed from my throat," Agassi said of his near-choke.

Too much pasta?

Fourth 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.

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, which she trailed 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 her 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 8 1/2 shoe?"

To which Sandra Cacic, who was waiting for the match to finish 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.

Upset update

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.

Marcus Zoecke, who upset No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic opening day, also won his match, beating Robbie Weiss, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2.

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