Still young at 20, the 1989 French Open champion is on the rise after winning the International Players Championships.
The description fits Michael Chang. It also fits Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.Chang and Sanchez Vicario were only 17 when they scored the biggest victory of their careers, winning the final in Paris on consecutive days.
They pulled another one-two over the weekend in Key Biscayne. Sanchez Vicario beat Gabriela Sabatini in Saturday's all-Latin women's final 6-1, 6-4. Chang swept Argentina's Alberto Mancini on Sunday, 7-5, 7-5.
"Arantxa and I have kind of faded off a little bit since '89," Chang said. "But still, whenever we look at each other, we don't say anything, but we just kind of smile."
For both players, the weekend win was the biggest in nearly three years.
"This tournament is like a miniature Grand Slam," Chang said. "The field gets better and better each year."
Chang extended his career-best winning streak to 12 matches and became the first player to earn three titles in 1992. He also won at San Francisco and Indian Wells, Calif.