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Chang, Rios Win at Heineken Open

October 8, 1999

SHANGHAI, China (AP) _ Sixth-seeded Michael Chang, still seeking his first title of 1999, advanced to the semifinals of the $325,000 Heineken Open Friday by upsetting fourth-seeded Jan-Michael Gambill 6-3, 7-5.

Once ranked as high as No. 2 in the world, Chang’s last title came in this tournament a year ago. Coming into the Heineken Open, Chang had won only 18 matches in 17 tournaments this year.

``Hallelujah, it’s time to change some things around,″ Chang said after reaching only his second semifinal of the year. ``It’s a long time since I felt this comfortable.″

Chang has won 12 of his 33 career titles in Far East tournaments, including a total of seven in China and Hong Kong.

``Just coming to Shanghai is enormous motivation for me,″ Chang said. ``I love coming to China. The people make me feel so comfortable.″

Also advancing to the semifinals Friday were top-seeded Marcelo Rios of Chile and No. 2 Magnus Norman of Sweden.

Rios, who has not lost a set this week, defeated Australia’s Todd Woodbridge 6-3, 6-3, and Norman downed Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

In the other quarterfinal, Jonas Bjorkman beat Swedish compatriot Andreas Vinciguerra 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

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