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Hanging in for the win

Updated: May 25, 2004, 4:14 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Two Americans, subscribing to the Yogi Berra maxim "It ain't over, 'til it's over," nearly waited until it was too late on Monday. Yet, somehow, Lisa Raymond and Vince Spadea prevailed.

Raymond was down 0-6, 0-5 to Lubomira Kurhajcova -- spotting her a preposterous 11 games -- before rallying to win, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3. Spadea trailed France's Florent Serra 1-5 in the fifth set but closed famously for a 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 9-7 victory that went a staggering 4 hours and 32 minutes.

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