ATLANTA, April 29: Qualifier Marcio Carlsson of Brazil upset a tired Jim Courier 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round of the $ 315,000 AT&T Challenge men’s claycourt tennis tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Tuesday.
Courier, who defeated Michael Chang at the weekend to win the US Clay Court Championship in Orlando, led 3-1 in the third set, but dropped his serve in the fifth and eighth games to tumble out.
Carlsson surprised by making the quarter-finals in Orlando where he lost to Chang, then won six matches to qualify for the main draw here.
Earlier yesterday, Pete Sampras looked below his best but managed to overcome fellow American Alex O’Brien 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in their first round match.
The only other seeded player on court yesterday, the sixth seed Andrei Pavel from Romania, accounted for Armenia’s Sargia Sargsian 6-4, 6-4.
In other first round matches, American Malivai Washington embarrassed Australia’s Michael Tebbutt 6-0, 6-0, Steve Campbell beat Canadian Sebastien Lareau 6-3, 6-4 andParaguay’s Ramon Delgado overcame Spaniard Juan Antonio Marin 6-4, 6-2.
Agassi stays cool
MUNICH: Andre Agassi braved wintry temperatures to maintain his perfect record over Todd Woodbridge with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 battling win into the second round of the $ 525,000 BMW Open.
Agassi, who grew up in the sweltering desert town of Las Vegas, ignored the chilly German weather as he carved out the victory, his second on clay this spring, in one hour, 33 minutes, yesterday.
Capriati back in form
HAMBURG: Jennifer Capriati produced an upset victory over Florencia Labat, and sixth seed Sabine Appelmans of Belgium was tumbled out by Russia’s Elena Likhovtseva on the opening day of the Intersport Ladies Grand Prix here tonight.
Capriati, now ranked 227, humbled 34th-ranked Labat 6-2, 6-4 in 67 minutes.