News from 1998

11/19 21:00:00 ET:
$2,000,000 Chase Championships Women's Tennis Update

Madison Square Garden New York, New York:

THURSDAY'S QUARTERFINALS:

Steffi Graf def. Monica Seles (5), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

Irina Spirlea def. Dominique Van Roost, 6-2, 6-3

FRIDAY'S QUARTERFINALS:

Lindsay Davenport (1) vs. Nathalie Tauziat (8)

Martina Hingis (2) vs. Mary Pierce (6)

NOTES:

Graf won this event in 1987, '89, '93, '95 and '96...Pierce was a finalist last year...Graf has won 12 straight matches since returning from wrist surgery earlier this month, including titles in her native Germany and Philadelphia...Seles claimed Chase titles from 1990-92.


11/18 22:02:06 ET:
Pierce, Seles, Davenport advance in Big Apple

New York, NY (TSN) - Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport, fifth seed Monica Seles and sixth-seeded Mary Pierce all won on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $2,000,000 Chase Championships in Madison Square Garden.

Davenport dropped the first set but rallied to overcome a perky Sandrine Testud, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0. The world's number-one player, who was two points away from defeat, will take on eighth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat in the next round.

Seles, who moved up to the fifth ranking when Venus Williams dropped out of the tournament with a knee injury, dispatched Russia's Anna Kournikova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Kournikova, making her Championships debut, double-faulted 16 times and had trouble getting her game together. Seles, a three-time champion at this event, will face Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals. Graf, who has won 11 straight matches since returning from wrist surgery earlier this month, moved on with a win over third-seeded Jana Novotna on Tuesday.

Pierce dominated Amanda Coetzer, 6-1, 6-0, to earn a date with number-two Martina Hingis in the quarters. Pierce simply overpowered the much smaller Coetzer with huge groundstrokes and devastating serves. In all, the 5-foot-2 Coetzer won only 26 points for the match.

The final quarters matchup pits Dominique Van Roost against Irina Spirlea in a meeting of unseeded players.


11/18 20:59:06 ET:
$2,000,000 Chase Championships Women's Tennis Update

Madison Square Garden New York, New York:

WEDNESDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:

Lindsay Davenport (1) def. Sandrine Testud, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0

Monica Seles (5) def. Anna Kournikova, 6-4, 6-3

Mary Pierce (6) def. Amanda Coetzer, 6-1, 6-0

THURSDAY'S QUARTERFINALS:

Martina Hingis (2) vs. Mary Pierce (6)

Monica Seles (5) vs. Steffi Graf

NOTES:

Defending champion Jana Novotna lost to five-time winner Steffi Graf on Tuesday...Novotna beat Pierce in last year's final...Seles is a three-time champion here (1990-92).


11/17 21:35:01 ET:
$2,000,000 Chase Championships Women's Tennis Update

Madison Square Garden New York, New York:

TUESDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:

Martina Hingis (2) def. Patty Schnyder, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Steffi Graf def. Jana Novotna (3), 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1

Nathalie Tauziat (8) def. Natasha Zvereva, 6-3, 6-1

WEDNESDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:

Lindsay Davenport (1) vs. Sandrine Testud

Monica Seles (5) vs. Anna Kournikova

Mary Pierce (6) vs. Amanda Coetzer

NOTES:

Graf is a five-time winner here, capturing the season-ending tournament in 1987, '89, '93, '95 and '96...Graf has won 11 straight matches since returning from wrist surgery earlier this month, including titles in her native Germany and Philadelphia...Novotna was the defending Chase champion, having defeated Mary Pierce in last year's final.


11/17 16:20:00 ET:
Davenport, Graf, Seles, Highlight COREL WTA TOUR Award Winners

A host of familiar faces were selected as recipients for the 1998 COREL WTA TOUR awards, it was announced today. Each of the winners will be awarded custom-designed Waterford Crystal trophies in separate on-court ceremonies during the Chase Championships this week at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

Balloting was conducted among players, worldwide media, and tournaments from early September through November 4. Balloting for the Most Exciting Player was conducted by fans on the Tour's websi and on-site at several events, including the U.S. Open. Over 60,000 fans cast ballots. 

Current World Number One Lindsay Davenport was the only multiple winner. Davenport was a near-unanimous selection for the Player of the Year Award, which was selected by worldwide media, and also took the Diamond Aces Award, which is selected by worldwide tournaments and goes to the player who has done the most to help grow the game both on and off the court. 

Other players taking awards included Monica Seles, who was selected as "Comeback Player of the Year," and Steffi Graf, who was selected by the fans as the Tour's "Most Exciting Player" for the second time in three years. The doubles team of Martina Hingis and Jana Novotna won Doubles Team of the Year, while Serena Williams followed in the steps of her older sister Venus, taking "Newcomer of the Year." Venus won the same award in 1997. Switzerland's Patty Schnyder, who took five titles and broke into the Top 10 in 1998, was selected as "Most Improved Player," while the players selected Yayuk Basuki for the Karen Krantzke Sportsmanship Award and Joannette Kruger for the Player Service Award. 

In addition to the player awards three tournaments were selected for their outstanding efforts. The duMaurier Open in Montreal, Canada was named by the players as the Tier I/II Tournament of the Year, while the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, Canada was selected as the Tier III/IV Tournament of the Year, giving Tennis Canada a clean sweep. It is the fourth straight year the Bell Challenge has been honored. In addition, the IGA Classic in Oklahoma City, OK USA was selected for the Tour's Tournament Achievement Award for its outstanding efforts in marketing the game and attracting new fans. The IGA Classic set a tournament attendance record this past February, drawing over 23,000 fans. 

The awards will be presented throughout the course of the week, with Davenport being honored in an on-court ceremony prior to Saturday's Chase Championships semi-finals at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

Two other awards, the David Gray Service Award and the Ted Tinling Media Award, will be announced later in the week.

This news article courtesy of the Corel WTA website.

11/17 13:53:26 ET:
$2,000,000 Chase Championships Women's Tennis Update

Madison Square Garden New York, New York:

TUESDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:

Nathalie Tauziat (8) def. Natasha Zvereva, 6-3, 6-1

Martina Hingis (2) vs. Patty Schnyder

Jana Novotna (3) vs. Steffi Graf

NOTES:

Graf is a five-time winner here, capturing the season-ending tournament in 1987, '89, '93, '95 and '96...Graf has won 10 straight matches since returning from wrist surgery earlier this month, including titles in her native Germany and Philadelphia...Novotna is the defending Chase champion, having defeated Mary Pierce in last year's final.


11/17 08:56:57 ET:
$2,000,000 Chase Championships Women's Tennis Update

Madison Square Garden New York, New York:

TUESDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:

Martina Hingis (2) vs. Patty Schnyder

Jana Novotna (3) vs. Steffi Graf

Nathalie Tauziat (8) vs. Natasha Zvereva

NOTES:

Graf is a five-time winner here, capturing the season-ending tournament in 1987, '89, '93, '95 and '96...Graf has won 10 straight matches since returning from wrist surgery earlier this month, including titles in her native Germany and Philadelphia...Novotna is the defending Chase champion, having defeated Mary Pierce in last year's final.


11/16 22:01:10 ET:
Spirlea, Van Roost Chase Home Two Seeded Players in New York

New York, NY (TSN) - Irina Spirlea and Dominique Van Roost pulled off two first-round upsets on Monday in the $2,000,000 Chase Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Spirlea knocked off Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the fourth seed, in straight sets. The first set went to a tiebreak, with Sanchez Vicario coming back from 6-4 to tie it at 6-6. Spirlea then rattled off two straight points to win 7-6 (8-6). Spirlea dominated the second set, winning 6-1 to advance. <>Van Roost defeated seventh-seeded Conchita Martinez in two sets to earn a berth in the second round. After escaping the first set, 7-6 (9-7), Van Roost cruised in the second with a 6-2 win.

Tuesday's first-round action has second seed Martina Hingis battling compatriot Patty Schnyder, third seed and defending champion Jana Novotna taking on Steffi Graf and number-eight Nathalie Tauziat meeting Natasha Zvereva.

Graf, who has won 10 straight matches and two titles in a row since returning from wrist surgery, is a five-time winner at this event. She captured the season-ending tournament in 1987, '89, '93, '95 and '96.

Top seed Lindsay Davenport, fifth-seeded Monica Seles and number-six Mary Pierce will take to the court for the first time on Wednesday. Seles has won this tournament three times (1990-92).

Top prize is worth $500,000.


11/16 11:11:16 ET:
$2,000,000 Chase Championships Women's Tennis Update

Madison Square Garden New York, NY:

MONDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (4) vs. Irina Spirlea

Conchita Martinez (7) vs. Dominique Van Roost

NOTES:

Steffi Graf is a five-time winner, capturing the season-ending tournament in 1987, '89, '93, '95 and '96...Graf has won 10 straight matches since returning from wrist surgery, including titles at the Sparkassen Cup and Advanta Championships...Monica Seles is a three- time winner (1990-92)...Top prize is worth $500,000...Jana Novotna is the defending champion, defeating Mary Pierce in last year's final.


11/14 20:11:34 ET:
$450,000 Advanta Championships Women's Tennis Update

The Pavilion at Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania:

SATURDAY'S SEMIFINALS:

Lindsay Davenport (1) def. Monica Seles (5), 6-3, 6-3

Steffi Graf def. Nathalie Tauziat (6), 6-1, 6-4

SUNDAY'S FINAL:

Lindsay Davenport (1) vs. Steffi Graf


11/14 09:42:46 ET:
$450,000 Advanta Championships Women's Tennis Update

The Pavilion at Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania:

SATURDAY'S SEMIFINALS:

Lindsay Davenport (1) vs. Monica Seles (5)

Nathalie Tauziat (6) vs. Steffi Graf

NOTES:

Seles won here in 1991...Graf captured the 1992 and '95 titles.


11/13 14:15:58 ET:
$450,000 Advanta Championships Women's Tennis Update

The Pavilion at Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania:

FRIDAY'S QUARTERFINALS:

Monica Seles (5) def. Natasha Zvereva, 6-0, 6-1

Nathalie Tauziat (6) def. Amanda Coetzer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Lindsay Davenport (1) vs. Amy Frazier

Martina Hingis (2) vs. Steffi Graf

NOTES:

Hingis is the defending champion...Seles won here in 1991...Graf captured the 1992 and '95 titles.


11/12 21:42:08 ET:
Graf and Seles Move into Quarterfinals

Villanova, PA (TSN) - Steffi Graf and fifth-seeded Monica Seles advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday at the Advanta Championships in suburban Philadelphia. Also moving into the quarterfinals was sixth- seeded Nathalie Tauziat.

Graf held off Elena Likhovtseva, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4. Graf, who won last week in Germany for her second tournament win of 1998, is unseeded at this event. Graf, who won this event in 1992 and 1995, will face second seed and defending champion Martina Hingis for a semifinal berth on Friday.

Seles took out Ai Sugiyama, 6-3, 7-5. Seles, who won this event in 1991, takes on her doubles partner Natasha Zvereva in the quarterfinals.In the evening session, Seles and Zvereva combined to beat top-seeded Lindsay Davenport and Corina Moraiu 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in doubles.

Tauziat held off local favorite Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), and advanced to face wild-card entry Amanda Coetzer on Friday.

Seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder was upset by Amy Frazier, 6-3, 6-1. Frazier is rewarded for her effort by getting to face top-ranked Lindsay Davenport for a semifinal berth.


11/12 15:05:00 ET:
WTA Chase Championship Draws Update

NEW YORK — First-round matchups for the women's tennis season-ending Chase Championships following the draw conducted Thursday at Madison Square Garden (prefix number denotes seeding):

Top half:

1-Lindsay Davenport (U.S.) vs Sandrine Testud (France)

Natasha Zvereva (Belarus) vs 8-Nathalie Tauziat (France)

3-Jana Novotna (Czech Republic) vs Steffi Graf (Germany)

Anna Kournikova (Russia) vs 5-Monica Seles (U.S.)

Bottom half:

7-Conchita Martinez (Spain) vs Dominique van Roost (Belgium)

Irina Spirlea (Romania) vs 4-Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (Spain)

6-Mary Pierce (France) vs Amanda Coetzer (South Africa)

Patty Schnyder (Switzerland) vs 2-Martina Hingis (Switzerland)


11/12 14:10:08 ET:
$450,000 Advanta Championships Women's Tennis Update

The Pavilion at Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania:

THURSDAY'S SECOND-ROUND MATCHES:

Monica Seles (5) def. Ai Sugiyama, 6-3, 7-5

Nathalie Tauziat (6) def. Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Amy Frazier def. Patty Schnyder (7), 6-3, 6-1

Steffi Graf vs. Elena Likhovtseva

NOTES:

Seles won here in 1991...Graf captured the 1992 and '95 titles.


11/11 22:05:10 ET:
Seles and Graf Win; Novotna and Sanchez Vicario Upset

Villanova, PA (TSN) - Steffi Graf and fifth-seeded Monica Seles were among the winners on Wednesday at the Advanta Championships in suburban Philadelphia, but third-seeded Jana Novotna and number-four seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario were upset. Martina Hingis, the defending champion and second seed, was a second-round winner on Wednesday.

Graf earned a first-round win over Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Graf, who won last week in Germany for her second tournament win of 1998, is unseeded at this event. She will face another unseeded player in Elena Likhovtseva in the second round on Thursday.

Seles also cruised to a first-round win over Irina Spirlea, 6-3, 6-4, and will face Ai Sugiyama in the second round on Thursday. The only other first-round match on Wednesday saw sixth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat capture a 6-3, 6-2 win over Anke Huber.

The upsets came in the second round, Novotna and Sanchez Vicario each fell in straight sets. Natasha Zvereva defeated Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon champ, 6-4, 6-4, while Amanda Coetzer knocked off Sanchez Vicario, 6-4, 6-1.

Both Novotna and Sanchez Vicario were given byes into the second round, as was Hingis. The layoff didn't affect the defending champion, who easily beat a weaker opponent than the other two upset victims faced with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Brie Rippner.

In addition to the Seles and Graf second-round matches on Thursday, Tauziat will face Lisa Raymond and seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder will take on Amy Frazier. Raymond, Schnyder and Frazier all won their first-round matches on Monday.


11/11 20:36:40 ET:
$450,000 Advanta Championships Women's Tennis Update

The Pavilion at Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania:

WEDNESDAY'S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:

Monica Seles (5) def. Irina Spirlea, 6-3, 6-4

Nathalie Tauziat (6) def. Anke Huber, 6-3, 6-2

Steffi Graf def. Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

WEDNESDAY'S SECOND-ROUND MATCHES:

Martina Hingis (2) def. Brie Rippner, 6-4, 6-1

Natasha Zvereva def. Jana Novotna (3), 6-4, 6-4

Amanda Coetzer def. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (4), 6-4, 6-1

THURSDAY'S SECOND-ROUND MATCHES:

Monica Seles (5) vs. Ai Sugiyama

Nathalie Tauziat (6) vs. Lisa Raymond

Patty Schnyder (7) vs. Amy Frazier

Steffi Graf vs. Elena Likhovtseva

NOTES:

Hingis is the defending champion.


10/25 10:35:10 ET:
Pierce Beats Seles in Moscow


Moscow, Russia (TSN) - Fifth-seeded Mary Pierce defeated second seed Monica Seles to capture the title at the $1 million Kremlin Cup. The title was Pierce's first since April.

Pierce outslugged Seles 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 on Sunday, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to win in straight sets over an admittedly sluggish Monica Seles. It took the French star one hour and 32 minutes to win her third final of the year in four tries. Seles is now 2-4 in final appearances this year.


10/25 09:50:06 ET:
$1,000,000 Kremlin Cup Women's Tennis Update

Moscow, Russia

SUNDAY'S FINAL

Mary Pierce (5) def. Monica Seles (2), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3

NOTES:

Pierce's first-place check is worth $165,000.


10/24 13:17:01 ET:
Seles & Pierce to Square Off in Moscow Final

Moscow, Russia (TSN) - Second-seeded Monica Seles and fifth- seeded Mary Pierce advanced to Sunday's final of the $1 million Kremlin Cup. Pierce was able to come back from one set down and dispose of top-seeded Venus Williams, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0. Williams was slowed by a knee injury.

Seles outslugged seventh-seeded Sandrine Testud, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), in Saturday's other semifinal.

Williams' knee injury began to take its toll during the second set, a stanza in which Pierce won the last five games. Pierce closed out the second set with three aces and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third set after Williams double-faulted twice. A trainer was summoned right after the game, but Williams reamined vulnerable. Pierce dominated the rest of the third set and did not allow Williams a point in the final three games of the encounter.

Seles is gunning for her third title of the year, this being her fourth finals appearance. Pierce is also in search of her third crown of the year in her fourth trip to a tournament final.


10/24 11:43:22 ET:
$1,000,000 Kremlin Cup Women's Tennis Update


Moscow, Russia

SATURDAY'S SEMIFINALS:

Mary Pierce (5) def. Venus Williams (1), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

Monica Seles (2) def. Sandrine Testud (7), 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)

SUNDAY'S FINAL:

Monica Seles (2) vs. Mary Pierce (5)


10/23 11:58:50 ET:
Williams, Seles advance in Moscow

Moscow, Russia (TSN) - Top seed Venus Williams and second-seeded Monica Seles both advanced to the semifinals with straight-set victories on Thursday at the $1 million Kremlin Cup.

Williams, who is seeking her fourth title of the year, crushed Elena Studenikova, 6-1, 6-0 in a quarterfinal match. Meanwhile, Seles smashed Silvia Farina 6-0, 6-1 in less than 50 minutes.

Fifth seed Mary Pierce dispatched Magui Serna is straight sets as well. Serna, who upset Swiss teen sensation Patty Schnyder to earn a quarterfinal berth, dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision to Pierce. Third seed Conchita Martinez was knocked out by seventh-seeded Sandrine Testud in the most exciting match of the day, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

Williams will meet Pierce in Saturday's semifinals, while Seles, who is seeking her third title of the year, will face off with Testud. Pierce has two wins on the season, while Testud has one.


10/22 13:23:51 ET:
Williams, Seles cruise at Kremlin Cup

Moscow, Russia (TSN) - Top seed Venus Williams and second-seeded Monica Seles both advanced to the quarterfinals with straight-set victories on Thursday at the $1 million Kremlin Cup.

Williams, who is seeking her fourth title of the year, dispatched Russian Elena Likhovtseva, 6-3, 6-1, in a second-round match. Meanwhile, Seles downed Barbara Schett of Germany, 6-3. 6-4.

The big upset of the day saw Swiss teen sensation Patty Schnyder, a five-time titlist this year, eliminated in two sets. Spain's Magui Serna defeated the fourth-seeded Schnyder, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Third seed Conchita Martinez pasted Nadejda Petrova, 6-0, 6-0, in a second-round encounter, while fifth-seeded Mary Pierce made short work of Belgian Sabine Appelmans, 6-2. 6-2.

Other winners included Sandrine Testud, the seventh seed, who upended Natasha Zvereva, 6-4, 6-3, and Silvia Farina, who defeated Henrieta Nagoya, 6-3, 6-1. Also, American Chanda Rubin was beaten by Katarina Studenikova of Slovakia, 6-3, 7-5.


10/19 13:49:31 ET:
Seles enters Advanta Championships

Philadelphia, PA (TSN) - Monica Seles, winner of nine Grand Slam singles titles and the world's sixth-ranked player, has entered to compete in the 1998 Advanta Championships.

Seven of the world's top ten women's players will be participating in the tournament which takes place at the Pavilion at Villanova University, from November 9-15.

The rest of the field includes 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, 1998 French Open titlist Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Lindsay Davenport the worlds' number-one ranked player and 1998 U.S. Open champion, Australian Open champion and defending Advanta champion Martina Hingis and seven-time Wimbledon winner Steffi Graf.

Other notables in this year's draw include: Patty Schnyder, Nathalie Tauziat, Serena Williams, Anke Huber, Ruxandra Dragomir, Irina Spirlea, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Jennifer Capriati, Lisa Raymond and Amy Frazier.

The winner of the tournament will take home $79,000.