Coria-Robredo in Stuttgart Final, Fed Cup Results

Posted on July 21, 2003

The two hottest claycourt players (excluding Juan Carlos Ferrero) advanced to the Stuttgart final Saturday, with (2)Coria pummeling unseeded Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-0, and (9)Robredo leading Fernando Gonzalez 6-2, 4-1 when the Chilean retired with a stomach virus he had been battling during the week. "I had diarrhea for four days until yesterday," said Gonzalez, providing far too much information. "I played too long, tough matches. I felt very weak yesterday. This morning my stomach started to cramp. Today I tried my best. I wanted to finish the match but I couldn't." This is Robredo's first final of the year after three previous semis. The head-to-head between Robredo and Coria is 1-1, but they haven't faced each other since 1991. In the doubles final, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who was vacationing in Croatia until midweek, and partner Kevin Ullyett will face Tomas Cibulec and Pavel Vizner. Cibulec and Vizner are looking for their second doubles title together this year after Copenhagen, and are 1-2 in finals this year.
In the Amersfoort semis, No. 6-seeded Dutchman "Everybody Loves" Raemon Sluiter (d. Montanes in three) advanced to the final against No. 7-seeded Chilean Nicolas Massu (d. Horna). Massu leads the head-to-head with Sluiter 2-0. In the stadium-emptying doubles final, Bowen/Fisher takes on Haggard/Sa.

Without mainstays such as the struggling Conchita Martinez and the retired Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, the weakened Spanish Fed Cup team fell to an 0-2 deficit against France Saturday in Spain. Nathalie Dechy eased by Magui Serna 6-3, 6-4, and Amelie Mauresmo downed Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-3, 6-3. The reverse singles and doubles are Sunday. Last year Spain reached the finals but lost to Slovakia -- not this year.
The U.S. took a 2-0 lead over Italy in their quarterfinal when Meghann Shaughnessy beat Francesca Schiavone, 6-3, 6-4, and Chanda Rubin beat Rita Grande, 6-3, 6-3. "For me, it's very important that I really use that part (volley) of my game," Rubin said of her attacking the net. "It's important that I be aggressive." Belgium (vs. Slovakia) and Russia (vs. Slovenia) also hold 2-0 leads in their quarterfinal ties.

Michael Chang and other members of his family recently bought the Denver-based Dunton Realty Co...The winner is Stuttgart today will also take home a brand new silver Mercedes-Benz CLK 240 Cabriolet...Tommy Robredo was named after the hit song 'Tommy' sung by The Who, since his father was a big fan...Guillermo Coria is nicknamed "El Mago" in the Spanish press, "The Magician"... Lindsay Davenport withdrew from next week's Bank of the West Classic tournament with a left foot injury…Seeds at Stanford: Serena, Clijsters, Capriati, Stick Girl…Has a change of date hurt Indianapolis? You be the judge. Last year the tournament featured six of the top 11 players in the world, this year, just three of the top 20. Not surprisingly, according to news reports tickets sales are already down 8% from last year…According to a USTA/TIA survey, California leads all states with the most active tennis players (3.12 million) in 2002. New York (1.79), Florida (1.40) and Texas (1.27) follow…At the American Celebrity Golf event at Lake Tahoe, Pete Sampras yesterday shot a respectable 85, for 44th place among 76 playing celebs. Ivan Lendl, however, continued to get the upper and on the Pistol firing a 77 good for 20th place.