They play different styles, Michael Chang using speed, Pete Sampras using power. Both work.
Chang moved into the third round and Sampras into the second in the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Sampras had what for him was the perfect opponent, but Chang faced a familiar and dangerous combatant."We're not players who can really serve you off the court or blow you off the court," Chang said of opponent MaliVai Washington. "It's more or less a chess match. I tried not to take it into the fifth set because I knew he was not going to get tired."
Chang, seeded sixth, beat Washington 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to get into the third round. Earlier in the day, Sampras, top-seeded and the defending champion, overpowered South African qualifier Kevin Ullyett 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in a first-round match.
Chang survived the 3-hour match with a few big serves and Washington's errors.
"A few points here or there and it could have been Mal's match," Chang said of a match that produced 111 unforced errors.
Defending women's champion Steffi Graf and fourth-seeded Mary Pierce, considered one of her strongest challengers, highlight today's matches. Also seeking berths in the third round were sixth-seeded Linday Davenport and No. 10 Zina Garrison Jackson.
In other first-round action involving seeded players Wednesday, No. 8 Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine defeated Austrian Gilbert Schaller; No. 14 Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia stopped Jacco Eltingh of the Netherlands and South African Marcos Ondruska eliminated No. 10 Alberto Berasategui of Spain.
Two seeded women's players were eliminated. Leila Meskhi of Georgia ousted No. 14 Anke Huber of Germany and Natalia Medvedeva, Medvedev's sister, beat No. 16 Amy Frazier.
In other matches involving seeded women, No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the French Open champion, downed Natalia Tauziat of France; No. 3 Conchita Martinez, the Wimbledon winner, stopped Nicole Arendt; No. 5 Kimiko Date downed Yone Kamio; No. 8 Gabriela Sabatini, the 1990 U.S. Open champion, stopped Meredith McGrath and No. 9 Mary Joe Fernandez outlasted Patty Fendick.