Goldstein Wins at Fame Hall Tourney
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Paul Goldstein defeated Goichi Motomura, Japan’s top-ranked player, 6-4, 6-3 Monday on the opening day of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Goldstein, the No. 3 seed from Stanford, was the first player in collegiate history to be part of four straight NCAA team titles. Now he’s looking for success as a pro.
``I don’t think its more than having to learn out there,″ said Goldstein, who reached the third round at Wimbledon just two years after leaving Stanford in 1998. ``It’s the beginning of the year and for us Americans, there are a lot of fresh faces with all the new kids out of college.″
The Hall of Fame tournament, the only one on grass in the United States, is held in conjunction with induction ceremonies. Martina Navratilova, Malcolm Anderson and Robert Kelleher will be honored on Saturday.
In other first-round singles action, No. 4 seed Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, overcame a sluggish start to defeat Germany’s Axel Pretzsch 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; sixth-seed David Prinosil of Germany held off Israel’s Harel Levy 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3; Australian Wayne Arthurs, the seventh seed, beat countryman James Sekulov 6-2, 6-2.
Italy’s Laurence Tieleman, the No. 8 seed, got past Lorenzo Manta of Switzerland 6-4, 6-3; Australian Dejan Petrovic beat Russian Andrei Stoliarov 6-3, 6-3; and Germany’s Christian Vinck defeated American Jeff Morrison, 6-2, 6-1.
Morrison was the 1999 NCAA singles champion as a sophomore at Florida and a wild card entrant into the tournament.
Defending champion Chris Woodruff, the top seed, plays fellow American Michael Russell on Tuesday.
In doubles action Woodruff and Mark Merklein beat Tuomas Ketola and Gareth Williams 6-1, 6-4. Peter Wessels and Ville Liukko edged American’s Mark Keil and Michael Russell 6-4, 7-6 (8) and Kyle Spencer and Mitch Sprengelmeyer got past Scott Draper and Jason Stoltenberg 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (8).