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Old 09-25-2002, 05:22 PM   #1
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Rain continues to plague Salem Open
September 25, 2002

HONG KONG (Ticker) - Rain continues to plague the $400,000 Salem Open.

Only one match resumed briefly on Wednesday before rain washed out play.

Rain forced three matches to be suspended on Tuesday and only the one between Austrian Stefan Koubek and Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero resumed. However, after Koubek won one game to take a 3-2 lead in the second set, rain halted play. Ferrero, winner of the Tennis Masters Series Monte Carlo, won the first set, 6-2 on Tuesday.

Due to the rain, a total of 13 first-round singles matches are scheduled to be played on Thursday.

Only Nicolas Massu, Francisco Clavet and Hyung-Taik Lee have booked their places in the second round.

On Tuesday, Cecil Mamiit and Jonas Bjorkman were tied 3-3, while Jeff Morrison was up 6-1, 1-1 over Takao Suzuki when play was suspended.

No. 3 Carlos Moya takes on Jan-Michael Gambill for the fifth time in their careers. The Spaniard won four of his 11 ATP titles this year. He also was a finalist in Monte Carlo. Gambill reached the final in Los Angeles where he fell to countryman Andre Agassi.

Russian Marat Safin, still looking for his first title of the year, faces Lars Burgsmuller of Germany. Safin is third in the ATP Champions Race after making the final at the Australian Open and semifinals at Roland Garros and TMS Hamburg.

Safin just won two singles matches over the weekend to help Russia defeat Argentina in the Davis Cup semifinals.

American Taylor Dent takes on Paradorn Srichaphan in his debut at this tournament. Srichaphan has played well this season, including his first career title in Long Island which has proppeled him up to 31st in the ATP Champions Race. Dent won the Newport Challenger and reached the third round of successive Tennis Masters Series events in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Wild card and three-time Hong Kong winner Michael Chang is playing here for the 12th straight year. Chang, 30, meets fourth-seeded Alex Corretja who is playing in Hong Kong for the first time. Chang, who recently hinted at retirement, has won the his only two meetings with Corretja.

The Spanish player two tournaments this year at Gstaad and Kitzbuehel and was a semifinalist at the French Open and Long Island.

First prize is $51,500.
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