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Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 6, 1985

Lendl stops Noah, Connors rips
Gunthardt by identical scores;

N.Y.

heat takes center court

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Associated Press
The eighth-seeded women's doubles team of Carling Bassett and Chris Evert Lloyd were eliminated yesterday
from U.S. Open play by Zina Garrison and Kathy Rinaldi, 6-2, 6-3. Evert Lloyd, the top-seeded singles player,
had already advanced to the semi-finals in singles action.

NEW YORK (AP)
-Czechoslovakia's Ivan Lendl, -his
power game as hot as the 112-degree
temperature on the court, demolished
seventh-seeded Yannick Noah of
France 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 yesterday to ad-
vance to the semifinals of the U.S.
Open Tennis Championships for the
fourth consecutive year.
Lendl, ranked No. 2 in the world and
seeded second here behind defending
champion John McEnroe, has
reached the final of this Grand Slam
tournament the last three years. He
has yet to win the title.
LENDL WAS awesome in taking
apart the game of Noah, the 1983
French Open champion and winner of
the Italian Open earlier this year. The
athletic Frenchman was never in con-
tention, even though he easily won the
opening game of each set.
He took Lendl to deuce in the second
game of the match as the crowd in
Louis Armstrong Stadium at the
National Tennis Center settled in for
an epic struggle. They never got it,
however, as Lendl smothered his op-
ponent as much as the humidity.
"He seemed to pace himself from
the very first point of the match,"
Lendl said of Noah. "Obviously I was
worried about the heat, too. But after
about three or four games, I felt I was
in such good shape that I could go all
the way, that he was not going to get
to me today the way the match was
going."

THE CZECH broke Noah in the
third game when the Frenchman
double-faulted at break point. He
broke his service again in the fifth
game, this time at 15.
And in the second set, it was Lendl
once again breaking away from a 1-1
deadlock, breaking Noah's serve in
the third and seventh games en route
to a two-set advantage.
It wasn't that Noah was playing
poorly. It was Lendl in all of his glory,
pounding forehands to the corners
with uncanny accuracy, whipping
cross-court backhand passing shots
and rifling service returns for
outright winners.
HE HAD THE perfect answer to
everything Noah tried, and Noah tried
everything.
"He served better than I did. He
returned better. His groundstrokes
were moving better. He did
everything better than I did," Noah
said.
At one point, late in the match,
Noah flung his racket in exasperaton
at another backhand cross-court
passing shot that dipped drastically to
nip the sideline, knowing he couldn't
reach it. When he held serve at
love in the fifth game of the third set,
the Frenchman triumphantly raised
his arms into the air, sensing it was a
hollow victory, but a victory just the
same.
"MOST OF the time I count a lot on
my first serve so that I can come in
and play an aggressive game, an at-

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tacking agame," Noah said. "I didn't
serve too well today, so I didn't have a
chance to feel confident at the net."
It was the sixth game of the third set
before Noah finally reached break
point on Lendl's serve. The Czech an-
swered it quickly, however, riping off
the next three points to hold service.
And in the next game, he broke
Noah at 30, moving to break point with
a backhand volley down the line and
wrapping up the service break when
Noah's backhand sailed long.
NOAH FOUGHT off three match
points in the next game, the ninth, to
hold service. But four points later,
Lendl sealed his trip to the semifinals
when he rocketed a forehand that lan-
ded right in the corner of the sideline
and baseline.
It was Noah's second straight trip to
the quarterfinals on the asphalt courts
here in three years. Because of in*
juries, he didn't compete last year.
But two years ago, he lost a five setter
to Jimmy Arias.
This time, it was a blowout as Lendl
orchestrated almost every point. And,
at the end, Lendl was gracous in vic-
tory.
"It's not that he was not trying,"
Lendl said of Noah. "He was trying.
But he was not giving 100 percent all
of the time.
"What you're hoping is that if yo
go all out and he's pacing himself,
that your judgment was right, and not
his. "If your judgment was wrong,
you're going to give everything out
and the match will still be going and
ouhaven othing left. And then he will
kcinand you're finished.
"If your judgement is right, you will
finish off before he can kick in. When
you start pacing yourself, it's very
difficult to kick in."
JIMMY CONNORS rolled into the
semifinals of the U.S. Open during the
heat of the night.
Connors, in a lackluster performan-
ce, was never tested in his easy vic-
tory over Switzerland's Heinz Gun-
thardt, also winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.
It is Connors' record 12th straight
trip to the semifinals of America's
premier tennis event, which he has
won five times. He also increased his
men's singles record match victory*
total to 77.
On Saturday, Connors will play
Lendl, who advanced to the semis for
the fourth consecutive year. The last
two times they have met on the har-
dcourts at the National Tennis Center
were for the title in both 1982 and 1983.
Connors capturing them both.
THE OTHER semifinal will pit
McEnroe against third seeded Mats
Wilander of Sweden.
It was a lethargic performance byO
Connors. But that was probably
brought on by the mistake filled per-
formace by Gunthardt, who never
was in the match.
The Swiss right hander had no
weapons to hurt Connors. And that left
him a sitting duck for Connors'
passing shots and stinging volleys.
IN ALL, Gunthardt had 13 aces, but
the majority of those came in the third
set when the contest had beer
decided. Through the sixth game o
the second set, with Connors holding a
4-2 advantage, Connors had only
three aces.
The left-handed crowd favorite
roared out to a 4-0 lead, breaking Gun-
thardt's service in the first and third
games. Connors broke the Swiss No. I
in the first and second games of the
second set and the third game of the
third.
"I played pretty well; he really
wasn't," Connors said. "I wanted to
jump on top of him early."
And that Connors did, wrapping up
the match in five minutes short of two
hours.

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