Eltingh beats foe's 'clown' rap AUSTRALIAN OPEN

January 22, 1995|By New York Times News Service

MELBOURNE, Australia -- A distinctly unsummerlike wind roared in from the South Pole yesterday, and any third-round Australian Open contender who failed to adjust wound up being blown out of the running.

And one, the often undiplomatic Thomas Muster, departed with more resentment than the rest.

The 14th-seeded Muster was the only loser sore enough to blame his opponent for Mother Nature's rude intrusion into their match.

According to Muster, who was upset, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, by the 24th-ranked Jacco Eltingh, the amiable Dutchman took advantage of the adverse weather conditions to turn their match into a circus. To be specific, said the irate Austrian, Eltingh played like a clown.

"When you play like clowns, they don't play tennis; it's just somebody pushing the ball in and running forward and hoping somebody misses or you catch the ball," said Muster, who prefers the baseline attrition to Eltingh's improvisation.

After Eltingh was finished attacking the net, he attacked Muster's sportsmanship.

"On the courts he has a certain kind of attitude which is not really well respected by the other players; when you hear him say things about others and the way they play, it doesn't show a lot of sportsmanship," said Eltingh, who also defended his match strategy.

"Why would I stay on the baseline and play his strength. He likes to run me around for at least four hours if it's up to him, so I'm going to play another way where I make him upset and I can win."

Things were friendlier between North American neighbors Andre Agassi and Greg Rusedski of Canada.

Agassi complained about the chill on the stadium court, but he didn't let it stop him from knocking Rusedski from contention in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Agassi led a group of eight American men, including defending champion Pete Sampras, Michael Chang and Jim Courier, into the round of 16, marking the first time in 13 years that that many players from the United States have advanced this far in the year's first Grand Slam tournament.

Agassi limited Rusedski to two aces and, reminiscent of the mistake-free run that made him the 1994 U.S. Open champion, made just nine unforced errors, the fewest of the day.

"A year ago I gave up on the idea that a big serve was what I needed," said Agassi, who decorated his racket bag with a get-well message for Tim Gullikson, the ailing and hospitalized coach of top-seeded Sampras. "My game doesn't revolve around that."

Gullikson, who has a congenital heart defect that has led to a series of strokes in the last five months, learned he would have to remain in the hospital for observation at least through the weekend after collapsing shortly before Sampras' third-round victory on Friday.

Aaron Krickstein, who had already eliminated the 11th-seeded Wayne Ferreira, yesterday beat 19th-ranked Petr Korda, who made 74 unforced errors and submitted in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).

Krickstein has dropped six consecutive matches to his next foe, sixth seed Stefan Edberg of Sweden.

MEN

Singles, third round

Stefan Edberg (6), Sweden, def. Hendrik Dreekmann, Germany, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2, 6-3. David Wheaton, Lake Minnetonka, Minn., def. Renzo Furlan, Italy, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-3. Patrick McEnroe, Cove Neck, N.Y., def. David Prinosil, Germany, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (10), Russia, def. Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (10-8). Jacco Eltingh, Netherlands, def. Thomas Muster (14), Austria, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Aaron Krickstein, Palm Beach, Fla., def. Petr Korda, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Andre Agassi (2), Las Vegas, def. Greg Rusedski, Canada, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Todd Martin (8), Lansing, Mich., def. Vincent Spadea, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. Pat Rafter, Australia, def. Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, 6-3, 1-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

WOMEN

Singles, third round

Barbara Paulus, Austria, def. Sabine Appelmans, Belgium, 6-1, 6-3. Karina Habsudova, Slovakia, def. Meike Babel, Germany, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Naoko Sawamatsu, Japan, def. Kimiko Date (7), Japan, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Jana Novotna (3), Czech Republic, def. Lisa Raymond, Wayne, Pa., 6-1, 3-6, 9-7. Angelica Gavaldon, Mexico, def. Lori McNeil (15), Houston, 2-6, 6-3, 8-6. Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, San Diego, def. Elena Makarova, Russia, 6-0, 6-2. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (1), Spain, def. Zina Garrison Jackson, Houston, 6-1, 6-3. Mary Joe Fernandez (11), Miami, def. Amanda Coetzer, South Africa, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

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