Huber `feels so good' after straight-set upset

Top-seeded Hingis awaits in quarterfinal match

U.S. Open

September 06, 1999|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK -- Anke Huber threw her entire 5-foot-8, 128-pound body into her final forehand. She had been doing that on every shot against No. 15 seed Amelie Mauresmo, but this was her fourth opportunity at match point.

When Mauresmo's backhand landed in the net, Huber, a 10-year veteran, found herself the upset winner of the match, 6-4, 6-4, and in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time in her career.

"It feels so good," said Huber, 24.

"I was very tight after the rain delay. I was telling myself, `Come on, just stay quiet, take it easy.'

"But I missed one shot and it was 30-40 and she went on to hold her serve. But I played well after that. This is a big success for me."

The competition gets considerably tougher now.

After her match, Huber knew her next opponent would be the winner of the match between No. 1 Martina Hingis and No. 10 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

"I hope it's Arantxa," she said.

Hingis advanced, 6-4, 7-5.

Two default

No. 7 seed Todd Martin advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time since 1995, when Magnus Larsson was forced to retire with acute tendinitis.

And in a night match between Jiri Novak and Fabrice Santoro, Novak advanced when Santoro retired at 6-1, 6-0, 5-1 with a foot problem.

"I've had some tendinitis in my knee for the last four or five days," said Larsson, who had lost the first set 6-3 when he called it quits.

"It is painful as soon as I put the weight on my left foot. It goes up to the knee, just under the knee; painful and hard to put the balance on the foot."

Martin now plays No. 9 Greg Rusedski, who beat Chris Woodruff last night, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Despite the loss, Woodruff leaves happy. He is ranked No. 71 after a climb from No. 1,342 since the end of last year.

Williamses advance

Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles, defeating Nana Miyagi and Linda Harvey-Wild, 6-4, 6-1.

Pub Date: 9/06/99

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