Chang manages to subdue Medvedev

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Michael Chang kept alive his hopes of becoming the first player to win both the French Open and the Paris Open with a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 7- 5, win over Andrei Medvedev in the third round of the Paris Open yesterday.

The fourth-seeded Chang needed three sets and 142 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the indoor tournament. The 23-year-old American, who has enjoyed a successful season with wins in Tokyo and Peking, had to draw on all his renowned fighting qualities to defeat the Ukranian.

Medvedev took the first set, but Chang broke him in the second to open up a 4-2 lead and went on to take the set 6-3. The third set was a tense battle, with Medvedev leading 5-3 and serving for the match.

Medvedev threw his racket in anger when he was broken in that game, and was broken again as Chang took a 6-5 lead. In the last game, Medvedev earned two break points, but wasted both chances before hitting a return into the net on match point.

Chang now meets Jim Courier, who cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, win over Magnus Larsson of Sweden. Larsson, who has just recovered from a fractured ankle, could do little against Courier's powerful groundstrokes.

n Venus Williams beat fifth-seeded Amy Frazier in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, California. Williams, 15, who has played just four tournaments as a professional, secured a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, victory.

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