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Kelesi routed in comeback bid

April 16, 1997

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Helen Kelesi of Canada, once ranked as high as No. 13 in the world, left the court in tears Tuesday night after being routed in a first-round match of the NationsBank Kansas Classic, a $75,000 USTA Challenger tennis tournament.

Kelesi was defeated 6-1, 6-0 by Erika deLone of Lincoln, Mass.

The Canadian halted her career in 1995 when she underwent surgery for a benign brain tumor. She now has a 1-3 match record in her comeback bid.

In abother match, second-seeded Noelle Van Lottum of France crumpled to the court in pain and was forced to retire from her first-round match against China’s Fang Li. The preliminary diagnosis was a sprained right ankle.

Top-seeded Sarah Pitkowski of France won her first-round match, defeating Silvia Plischke of Austria 6-3, 6-1.

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