Becker brought down by Costa
Thursday 14 March 1996
Carlos Costa blew Boris Becker out of the Newsweek Champions Cup in the first round at Indian Wells, California yesterday. The world No 38 won 6-3, 7-5 in his first meeting with fourth-seeded Becker, taking the final five games of the second set to wrap up a surprise result in 84 minutes.
Becker refused to use the windy conditions as an excuse for losing to the Spaniard. "I just didn't play as good as Costa today," he said. "When I was serving for the second set, I made two very easy volley mistakes, especially one backhand volley. You can't afford making those mistakes if you want to win."
Becker's compatriot, Steffi Graf, had no such problems in earning a semi- final place in the Evert Cup, beating South Africa's Amanda Coetzer 6- 4, 6-1 in 66 minutes in the only quarter-final of the day.
"I just let it run away from me," Coetzer said. "I don't know if it was just the wind out there, but I definitely felt that she didn't go for as many shots."
Jennifer Capriati was eliminated in the third round when the fifth seed, Chanda Rubin, beat her 6-3, 6-3. Rubin, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January, stopped a run in which Capriati dropped only five games in two matches in her second tournament back in the game since November, 1994.
Capriati recovered from 5-1 down in the first set after finding the power on her groundstrokes, but two double-faults in the eighth game allowed Rubin to break to take the set 6-3. Capriati fell behind 4-0 in the second set but Rubin dropped serve twice on errors. After that, Rubin played steadily, broke Capriati for 5-3, and won on her fourth match point.
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, the 10th seed from the Netherlands, succumbed to the challenge of the 18-year-old American Lindsay Lee, who won their third-round match 7-5, 6-7, 6-3.
Latest in Sport
Liverpool target Marco Reus rejects new Borussia Dortmund contract offer - reports
Arsenal agree new deal with BT Sport - which coincides nicely with advert showing FA Cup win over Liverpool
Divock Origi joins Liverpool before immediately being loaned back to Lille
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners preparing bid for wantaway Shakhtar Donestk midfielder Douglas Costa
- 1 What if 35 Palestinians had died, and 800 Israelis?
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45 after suffering from cancer
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
£65 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Cardiff: Due to the continual growth and...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: I am currently recruiting for an Operati...
£100 - £110 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Ham...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based i...