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Page 14-Wednesday, June 2, 1982--The Michigan Deily
French Open tennis

Gerulaitis falls
to young Swede...

. . .as Mandilikova
outlasts Austin

PARIS (AP) - Mats Wilander, the
17-year-old Swede, toppled Vitas
Gerulaitis 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 yesterday in
another astonishing upset in the French
Open Tennis Championships.
Wilander, who had previously
eliminated the favorite, Ivan Lendl,
moved into the semi-finals amid
feverish excitement on the center court
of the Roland Garros stadium.
GERULAITIS WAS seeded fifth.
Wilander next meets Fourth-seeded Jose
Luis Clerc of Argentine, who outstroked
Peter McNamara of Australia 6-2, 6-2,
Again Wilander reminded the crowd
of the absent reigning champion, Bjorn
Borg. He looked like Borg as he sped
about the baseline, his topspin forehan-
ds across the court and double-fisted
backhands down the line.
In almost three hours on the slow
clay court, Wilander scarcely ever lost
his cool. At the end, it was Gerulaitis
who was pressing too hard and losing
the points.
THE YOUNG SWEDE first broke
service for a 4-3 lead in the first set af-
ter catching his rival flatfooted with a
clever lob. Two games later, Gerulaitis
was showing signs of strain and double-
faulted twice. Then Wilander hit a daz-
zling Borg-like cross-court forehand to
clinch the set.
Wilander broke once in the second
set, at 5-3. Again a lob won him a vital
point. That game ended with Gerulaitis
arguing over a line call.
. The American got into more
arguments in the third set and the noisy
Paris crowd responded with whistling
and cat calls as Wilander remained
stoic during the uproar. But Gerulaitis
broke through at 6-4 with a fine
backhand volley and was in the match

... another upset
GERULAITIS' experience began to
tell. He was reading the young Swede's
game better and moving across to cut
off his backhandpassing shots.
In the fourth set, Gerulaitis had two
points for a break and a 3-1 lead. But
then the duel suddenly swung back in
Wilander's favor again.
He fought back to deuce and hit
another perfectly placed lob to win the
game. Then a short backhand return
and a blinding forehand across the
court gave him a service break and a
3-21ead. After that Wilander simply had
to hold his service - and the roars of
the Parisian crowd helped him through
to the finish.
Wilander said afterward he never ex-
pected to get so far in the $917,000 tour-
"Lendl and Gerulaitis play different
games," he said. "Lendl stayed at the
back and Gerulaitis was coming in all
the time. But my passing shots went
very well."

PARIS (AP)- Defending women's
champion Hana Mandlikova, the No. 5
seed from Czechoslovakia, wasted two
match points in the second set, then
raced to victory in the third for a 7-6, 6-
7,6-2 quarter-final upset yesterday over
third-seeded Tracy Austin in the
$917,000 French Open tennis tour-
Mandlikova's triumph makes her the
only non-American in the women's
THE 2-YEAR-OLD Czechoslovak
will vie for a berth in the finals against
second-seeded Martina Navratilova,
who survived her quarterfinal test
yesterday by beating fellow American
Zina Garrrison 7-5, 6-1.
The other women's semifinal will pit
Americans Chris Evert Lloyd, favored
to win a fifth French crown, against No.
3 seed Andrea Jaeger.
Mandlikova needed two hours, 39
minutes to eliminate the 19-year-old
Austin, who was making her first ap-
pearance at this clay court event.
IN THE first set, Austin built upa 3-0
lead in the tiebreaker but then lost the
next six points as Mandlikova won it 7-
The talented but erratic right-hander
had two double-faults, two aces and two
service winners in the 12th game of the
second set. She blew two match points
to send the set into a tiebreaker after
four deuces when she netted a forehand
and then hit long.
Mandlikova, ranked fifth worldwide,
raced to a 5-1 lead in the final set before
Austin broke her serve at love in the
seventh game. Mandlikova then wrap-
ped it up at 6-2, taking it on her first
match point in that set when Austin hit
high into the air and the ball fell short of
the net.



It was Austin's first tournament since
a five-month layoff after pinching a
nerve in her back.
"Your body is not that strong when you
come back after such a long period,"
she said. "I just wish I could have a
practice tournament in which results
didn't matter-just one."

PONTIAC (AP) - The Detroit Lions
yesterday gave Coach Monte Clark a
five-year extension to his contract, the
National Football League said.
The extension will take effect begin-
ning with the 1983 football season, team
spokesman Don Kremer said. Clark's
original five-year pact with the club ex-
pires at the completion of the upcoming
season, he said.
NO TERMS of the agreement were
The Lions finished &-8 last season,
good enough for second place in the
National Football Conference's Central
Division. They chalked up a 9-7 record
the year before, again falling just short
of reaching the NFL playoffs.
In Clark's first two seasons; the Lions
compiled a 9-23 mark.
"MONTE HAS established a solid
foundation with a continuing develop-
ment of his personnel and "scouting
program," team owner William Clay
Ford said in a statement announcing
the contract extension.
Clark, 45, said he appreciated Ford's
vote of confidence in the team's
program and in its coach.
"Although it has been a rebuilding
process, I believe we have progressed
to the point where it is realistic to ex-
pect us to be serious contenders each
year," Clark said ina statement.
Prior to joining the Lions as coach,
Clark spent six years as offensive coach
for the Miami Dolphins. He coached
San Francisco in the 1976 season.
Clark played 11 seasons in the NFL
with San Francisco, Dallas and



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