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Top-seeded Michael Chang hammers in opening round

April 9, 1997

HONG KONG (AP) _ Top-seeded Michael Chang trounced wild-card entry Melvin Tong of Hong Kong 6-0, 6-1 today to complete a rain-delayed match and move into the second round of the Salem Open.

Chang was never in trouble against the unseeded Tong, who is not even on the ATP computer rankings.

The match continued from Tuesday night when rain interrupted play after Chang had taken a 3-0 lead in the first set.

Chang next faces fellow American Jeff Tarango in the second round.

Fifth-seeded Patrick Rafter came from behind to beat fellow Australian Mark Woodforde 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in their opening-round match.

Rafter’s victory came only days after both players helped Australia to a 5-0 rout of the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup in Adelaide.

In the first upset of the tournament, South African Neville Godwin defeated sixth-seeded Czech Martin Damm 6-4, 6-3.

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