Krickstein topples Ferreira AUSTRALIAN OPEN

January 20, 1995|By New York Times

MELBOURNE, Australia -- It was the sun worshipers who fared best yesterday at the Australian Open, where the courtside temperature crawled toward 100 degrees and putting up a cool and composed front became almost as important as holding serve.

The tactic worked well for a pair of unseeded American veterans, Aaron Krickstein and Patrick McEnroe, whose stoicism helped them advance to the third round and, in Krickstein's case, led to a significant upset.

The 45th-ranked Krickstein admitted he was only pretending to be unaffected by the heat, a professional bluff that eventually tricked 11th-seeded Wayne Ferreira into a 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 upset after a draining 3-hour-1-minute battle.

The frazzled South African, who earned his first and only trip to a Grand Slam semifinal here in 1992, was too hot and bothered to contend with Krickstein's tireless counterpunching, an attitude that found embarrassing statistical expression in 100 unforced errors.

"I don't think I'd make a hundred unforced errors in a whole tournament if I went all the way," said the 27-year-old Krickstein, who made 29 yesterday and admitted the harsh sun had an impact on his concentration.

One round after shocking Germany's top player, third-seeded Boris Becker, the 28-year-old McEnroe disposed of Jeremy Bates, the British No. 1, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

McEnroe, who shrugged off his discomfort during the two-hour, 20-minute match, required an hour to rehydrate himself afterward.

McEnroe proved his mettle by saving 17 of 20 break points he faced against his serve.

"With this being the first real hot day here, I think a lot of the guys were struggling," said McEnroe, who last week in Sydney won his first-ever pro singles title and is currently on a career-best eight-match unbeaten streak.

Sweden's Stefan Edberg celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday taming Adrian Voinea, a Romanian qualifier ranked 176th, in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, and rewarded himself with a chocolate birthday cake.

Edberg, who has reached the quarterfinals or beyond every year has competed here since 1983, couldn't recall ever losing a match on his birthday.

Edberg won this event twice, in 1985 and 1987, when it was still played on grass at Kooyong, and he has been the runner-up here on three occasions, most recently in 1993.

Last year's Australian Open runner-up, Todd Martin, seeded eighth and a potential fourth-round opponent for McEnroe, advanced yesterday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 dismissal of France's Jean-Philippe Fleurian.

In the evening matches, top-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario remained on target for this title and the No. 1 ranking with a 6-2, 6-1 drubbing of 51st-ranked Tami Whitlinger Jones.

MEN

Singles, second round

Vincent Spadea, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Wayne Black, Zimbabwe, 6-4, 6-1, 6-0; Hendrik Dreekmann, Germany, def. Fabrice Santoro, France, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; Stefan Edberg (6), Sweden, def. Adrian Voinea, Romania, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; Thomas Muster (14), Austria, def. Thierry Guardiola, France, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, def. Richard Krajicek (16), Netherlands, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-3;

Greg Rusedski, Canada, def. Nicklas Kulti, Sweden, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Aaron Krickstein, Palm Beach, Fla., def. Wayne Ferreira (11), South Africa, 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; David Prinosil, Germany, def. Wally Masur, Australia, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4; Patrick Rafter, Australia, def. Steve Campbell, Detroit, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2; Patrick McEnroe, Cove Neck, N.Y., def. Jeremy Bates, Britain, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3;

Jacco Eltingh, Netherlands, def. Sebastien Lareau, Canada, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; Petr Korda, Czech Republic, def. Lars Burgsmuller, Germany, 2-6, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5; Yevgeny Kafelnikov (10), Russia, def. Kenneth Carlsen, Denmark, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3; Todd Martin (8), Lansing, Mich., def. Jean-Philippe Fleurian, France, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3; Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden, def. Guy Forget, France, 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Andre Agassi (2), Las Vegas, def. Jerome Golmard, France, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.

WOMEN

Singles, second round

Angelica Gavaldon, Mexico, def. Joannette Kruger, South Africa, 6-1; Naoko Sawamatsu, Japan, def. Laurence Courtois, Belgium, 6-0, 6-4; Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, San Diego, def. Park Sung-hee, South Korea, 7-5, 6-3; Lisa Raymond, Wayne, Pa., def. Kristin Godridge, Australia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Elena Makarova, Russia, def. Radka Zrubakova, Slovakia, 6-0, 6-2;

Jana Novotna (3), Czech Republic, def. Helena Sukova, Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Sabine Appelmans, Belgium, def. Radka Bobkova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-0; Karina Habsudova, Slovakia, def. Natalia Medvedeva, Ukraine, 6-3, 6-1; Meike Babel, Germany, def. Chanda Rubin, Lafayette, La., 4-6, 6-4, 9-7; Kimiko Date (7), Japan, def. Patty Fendick, Tahoe Village, Nev., 6-4, 6-3;

Zina Garrison-Jackson, Houston, def. Christina Singer, Germany, 6-2, 6-1; Barbara Paulus, Austria, def. Audra Keller, Memphis, Tenn., 6-3, 6-3; Mary Joe Fernandez (11), Key Biscayne, Fla., def. Linda Harvey-Wild, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; Amanda Coetzer, South Africa, def. Ruxandra Dragomir, Romania, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Lori McNeil (15), Houston, def. Silke Meier, Germany, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1; Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (1), Spain, def. Tami Whitlinger Jones, Henderson, Nev., 6-2, 6-1.

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