- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 September 5 , 2003 

Sports: Agassi, Nalbandian reach Open quarters

Andre Agassi could be three matches away from signing a million-dollar paycheck.

Players of Armenian heritage continue to achieve successes at the last of this year's Grand Slams, the US Open, which began August 25 in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Andre Agassi and David Nalbandian have passed four rounds, to reach the quarterfinals and are now among eight players fighting for the ATP points, the trophy and $1 million.

After beating Alex Corretja from Spain and Andreas Vinciquerra from Sweden in the first and second rounds Andre Agassi (seeded first) from USA met with Yevgeni Kafelnikov from Russia (seeded 28) in the third round. Agassi beat Kafelnikov 6-3, 7 (7)-6 (4), 6-4.

In fourth round Agassi defeated American Taylor Dent 6 (5)-7 (7), 6-4, 7-5 victory over Dent, who retired after the third set (injury).

Agassi meets No. 5 seed Argentinean Guillermo Coria in his quarterfinal match.

Nalbandian, of Argentina, (seeded 13) gained a 6-4, 7 (7)-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany in the first round.

Nalbandian survived a tough second-round match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 7(7)-6(3).

In the third round the Argentinean Armenian beat Mark Philippoussis (seeded 20) from Australia 7-5, 6(10)-7(12), 6-3, 6-2, to enter the fourth round where he overcome the hardest obstacle of his trip to the quarterfinals by gaining a 3-6, 7(7)-6(1), 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 2 seed Roger Federer from Switzerland.

In the quarterfinal match Nalbandyan will be playing against Younes El Aynaoui from Morocco.

Unlike Agassi and Nalbandian, Sargis Sargsyan, representing Armenia, (unseeded) managed to pass only first round of the competition by beating American Amer Delic 4-6, 6-3, 6(3)-7(7), 6-2, 7-5.

In the second round he suffered a 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6(6)-7(8) defeat from American James Blake.




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Near her home in the center of Yerevan,Flora Sarkissyan, like many Armenian housewives after the season of sheep shearing, prepares wool that will provide warmth when a sunny September day is but a memory.


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