Lesenarova, Andersson capture Clay Court titles

Champs continue run of straight-set wins

September 27, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

As usual, the T. Rowe Price Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships at the Suburban Club finished with a pair of runaways.

Zuzana Lesenarova blew past University of San Diego teammate Katarina Valkyova, 6-3, 6-1, yesterday to defend her title and pick up her fourth college grand slam title in five tries.

And in another intrasquad match for the men's crown, Daniel Andersson sent Virginia Commonwealth teammate Frank Moser packing with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph.

During the last five finals -- all straight-set victories by the men's and women's champions -- the losers have captured as many as four games in only two of 20 sets.

The event, which features some of the top young clay-court specialists from around the world, often turns into a survival test after a week of wall-to-wall singles and doubles play in prequalifying and qualifying.

Andersson had problems early in the week when cramps nearly sent him to the sidelines in a round-of-16 three-setter, but that could have worked to his benefit.

"We had to pull him out of doubles," said his coach, Paul Kostin, "and that's probably why he remained strong all the way through the singles."

Moser and Andersson are a doubles team and practice partners.

"I usually win when we play a practice set," Andersson said, "but when Frank gets hot, he can beat anyone. Look what he did to the No. 1 seed [Notre Dame's Ryan Sachire] in the semis [6-2, 6-0]."

Moser, ranked No. 92 among collegians, had no answer for Andersson's solid ground strokes from both sides. Andersson's victory ran his record to 11-0 this season. The senior business major also won a clay-court tournament in Tennessee.

Andersson is a two-time All-American, two-time GTE Academic All-American and Colonial Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Lesenarova, a native of the Czech Republic, won three women's grand slam titles last year and was a semifinalist in the NCAA tournament. She ended the season ranked No. 1 with a 39-5 singles record.

Top-seeded Martina Ondrejkova and Iva Puflerova of South Alabama won the women's doubles title, defeating Lesenarova and Valkyova, 6-4, 6-2.

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