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  • 31 Jan
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- Echoes. Long after the USTA demolishes Louis Armstrong Stadium, work
    that will begin immediately after the conclusion of this US Open, the echoes
    will remain. They will resound even after a state-of-the-art roofed stadium is
    built and inaugurated on the venerable Armstrong footprint in 2018.Younger
    tennis fans might not even know that Armstrong, originally built for the 1964
    Worlds Fair and called the Singer Bowl after the sewing machine manufacturer,
    was the main stadium of the US Open until 1996. When Arthur Ashe Stadium was
    completed and put to service in 1997, Armstrong became the subordinate. It
    continued to produce thrilling matches, many of which lasted well into the
    morning hours.The very first match on Armstrong was between Bjorn Borg and Bob
    Hewitt. The final one was a quarterfinal mens doubles clash Tuesday between the
    Hall of Fame American team of Bob and Mike Bryan and Feliciano Lopez and Marc
    Lopez (they arent related) to close out an era.Everyone probably has a list of
    favorite Armstrong matches. Here is our top 10 countdown:No. 10: 1993 second
    round, Mats Wilander d. Mikael Pernfors 7-6 (3), 3-6, 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4This
    match didnt even start until 10:26 p.m. Pernfors, a Swede who had played
    collegiate tennis at the University of Georgia and won the hearts of many fans
    with his appealing clay-court game, was in the midst of a comeback. Wilander, a
    fellow Swede who had lost his drive after becoming No. 1 in 1988, was also
    trying to reinvent himself. Mounting a furious comeback, Wilander finally won
    the match before a sparse but enthralled and enthusiastic clutch of fans at 2:26
    a.m.No. 9: 1995 final, Steffi Graf d. Monica Seles 7-6 (6), 0-6, 6-3This match
    was tantalizing because it featured one of the most remarkable, and bizarre,
    backstories in tennis history. Seles had been successfully challenging Grafs
    supremacy until a deranged Graf fan stabbed Seles during a match two years
    earlier. The US Open was just Seles second tournament, and first Grand Slam,
    back on tour. When Seles blanked Graf in the second set and it appeared that she
    might be picking up right where she left off, Graf roared back to win her 18th
    career Grand Slam singles title.No. 8: 1984 semifinals, Ivan Lendl d. Pat Cash
    3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4)This match was one of four epic battles on what
    still might be the greatest and certainly most competitive day in Open tennis
    history. This Super Saturday began at 11:07 a.m. with Stan Smith defeating John
    Newcombe in the senior mens semifinals 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Later, Martina Navratilova
    captured her second straight US Open singles title, defeating Chris Evert 4-6,
    6-4, 6-4. John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors ended the days play at 11:14 p.m. with
    McEnroe eliminating the two-time defending champion in a five-set barnburner.
    But the first semifinal featuring Lendl and Cash was the most thrilling match of
    them all, with Lendl surviving a match point to win it. Lendl played eight US
    Open finals in a row starting in 1982, winning three.No. 7: 1980 final, John
    McEnroe d. Bjorn Borg 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-7 (5), 5-7, 6-4This was McEnroes second
    straight US Open title, but the path to it was agonizing. He dismantled rival
    Ivan Lendl in four sets in a quarterfinal, eliminated Jimmy Connors in one of
    their epic five-setters in the semifinals, and finally whipped Borg in final.
    McEnroe avenged his loss to Borg in the Wimbledon final of a few months earlier.
    Borg would not be the same player again after this final.No. 6 1981 final, Tracy
    Austin d. Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1)This was the 100th
    anniversary of the U.S. Championship. Fittingly, Americans would claim both
    singles titles as well as the mens and womens doubles titles. One day before
    McEnroe defeated Borg in the mens final for the second year running and drove
    Borg from the game, 18-year old Austin also toppled an icon. The blonde
    youngster from Rolling Hills, California, had barged right into the developing
    rivalry between Chris Evert and Navratilova, rattling both veterans. Navratilova
    was just coming to the peak of her powers at the time of this match and playing
    in her first US Open final. She attacked relentlessly, but Austins accuracy,
    consistency and nerve were too much. Navratilova, who had upset Evert in the
    semifinals, double-faulted on match point.No. 5: 1999 third round, Serena
    Williams d. Kim Clijsters 4-6, 6-2, 7-5This was the year 17-year-old Williams
    went on to win her first US Open title, and she remembers this three-setter on
    Armstrong well. No one knew who Kim Clijsters was at the time, Williams said.
    She became such a wonderful, great player. I was just on the come-up myself.
    That propelled me to win my first Open. Thats something Ill never forget.No. 4:
    1992 semifinals, Stefan Edberg d. Michael Chang 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7,
    6-4This match was the centerpiece of one of the greatest ironman runs in Open
    tennis history. Edberg had rebounded from fifth-set deficits against Richard
    Krajicek in the round of 16 and Ivan Lendl in the quarterfinals. In the
    semifinals he faced the same hopeless situation against one of the toughest,
    most consistent players on tour. Chang had a reputation as indefatigable, but
    Edberg found stamina even he didnt know he possessed to outlast Chang in the
    longest match in US Open history, five hours and 26 minutes. Edberg went on to
    defeat 1990 US Open champ Pete Sampras in the final.No. 3: 1996 quarterfinals,
    Pete Sampras d. Alex Corretja 7-6 (5), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7)This was the last
    year Armstrong was the main stadium at the US Open. Sampras was an established
    talent by this point, and Corretja a young Spanish clay-court artisan. Some
    critics still felt that it all came too easily for Sampras, that he was not
    prepared to dig deep and leave it all out on the court in order to win. But in
    this match, Sampras demonstrated that his heart was as big as his serve. He
    overcame a spirited opponent, dehydration and cramps. At one point he retreated
    to the back of the court and vomited. Woozy and struggling to focus, he still
    managed to win in a fifth-set tiebreaker. It showed the tennis world that I have
    heart, Sampras later said of that remarkable performance.No. 2: 1991 fourth
    round, Jimmy Connors d. Aaron Krickstein 3-6, 7-6 (8), 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)This
    match might not have had the superb shot-making or big-picture resonance of some
    on this list, but who hasnt seen it repeated during a US Open rain delay (in the
    pre-roof era) or cited in any number of documentaries? Connors was 39 years old,
    and it was his birthday. He roared back from a 5-2 deficit in the fifth set as
    the crowd sang Happy Birthday. This match was the apex of Connors remarkable run
    at that US Open. Its resolution was as improbable as a feel-good sports movie,
    even if it left Krickstein feeling lousy, like he had been reduced to a prop in
    the narrative created by a man whom he considered a friend and mentor.No. 1:
    1988 final, Mats Wilander d. Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4This match was
    played on a Monday, which unfairly diminished its impact. Its the least
    acknowledged of all the greatest tennis matches. But it is right up there on the
    short list of the most compelling tennis matches of this or any other era. At
    four hours and 55 minutes, its still the longest singles final in US Open
    history. Lendl was well-nigh invincible at the US Open by then, having won the
    three previous finals. But Wilander was in the midst of his career year. A win
    in the final would earn him the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career
    and make him one of the few men in tennis history to win three majors in the
    same year (Wilander never did win Wimbledon).The match was a brilliant struggle
    in which each player freely changed tactics each time his opponent seemed to
    gain some comfort. Games were fought over as bitterly as sets. Unforced errors
    were scarce. That Wilander seemed a David against Lendls Goliath only enhanced
    the occasion. Winning the match took so much out of Wilander that he soon went
    into a motivation and rankings swoon from which he never really recovered.
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    two years ago and took bronze in 2005. CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Demetrius McReynolds
    scored 18 points with four assists as Eastern Illinois beat NAIA St. Francis
    (ILL) 83-41 in a season opener on Friday night.McReynolds was 7 of 8 from the
    field, including two from distance for the Panthers. Montell Goodwin added 15
    points and Muusa Dama led the team in rebounds with nine in addition to scoring
    six points. The Panthers averaged 55.4 percent from the field and 65 percent
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