Kournikova Defeated in A&P Classic
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) _ The A&P Tennis Classic officially struck out with its headline attractions as Amanda Coetzer took advantage of Anna Kournikova’s serve and defeated the Russian teenager 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinal Friday night.
The ouster of the fan favorite completes a bad week for the organizers of the exhibition event. Jana Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon champion, withdrew on Tuesday before the start of the tournament because of a bad ankle. Six-time winner Steffi Graf was forced to retire from her match on Thursday night after becoming nauseous in the third set.
Kournikova was treated for severe dehydration and cramping, tournament director John Korff said.
``She is not having fun,″ Korff said. ``This is a lot worse than someone sitting in a chair rubbing their calves.″
Dr. Joe Pizzurro, the tournament physician, said Kournikova received intravenous fluids, a muscle relaxant, a massage and cold compresses. He said she’d likely not require hospitalization.
Coetzer, who is ranked No. 9 in the world, will play Chanda Rubin, the 1997 A&P Classic winner, in one semifinal Saturday afternoon. Two-time winner Jennifer Capriati, who benefited from Graf’s upset stomach, will face unheralded Erika de Lone of Boston.
De Lone got a spot in the semis earlier in the day by defeating second-seeded Nicolo Pratt 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) to win the accompanying USTA Challenger event at the Sheraton Crossroads.
Coetzer, who lost last year’s final to Graf, jumped to big leads in both sets. She broke Kournikova’s service twice in the first seven games of the first set and on her first three service chances in the second set.
That definitely disappointed five young men in the stands who bared their chests to reveal `A-N-N-A!′ during the match.
Kournikova gave them and the crowd something to cheer about before the match ended, however.
After four deuces, she held serve to get to 5-2 and then broke Coetzer’s serve after the South African blew a match point with a double fault.
Kournikova held at 15 to make it 5-4 and then the two played one of the longest games of the match, seven deuces. Coetzer saved three break points before eventually winning when Kournikova mishit a ball coming to the net.