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Haynes: I will learn from this

9/3/2004

NEW YORK -- Angela Haynes got what she wanted at the U.S.
Open. Sort of, anyway.

The 19-year-old wild card made it to the biggest stage at
Flushing Meadows when her match Friday was shifted from Louis
Armstrong Stadium to Arthur Ashe Stadium. Once there, she lost in
the third round to 16th-seeded Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Haynes found out about 90 minutes before the match that she was
moving, and said she had plenty of time to get ready.

Then she walked onto the feature court and looked around.

"This is my first time on Arthur Ashe, so it was a lot going on
for me," she said. "Yeah, just real excited, kind of nervous. But
what can I do?"

"The crowd and the whole ambiance, being out there in front of
all the people, being on TV, people counting on you," she said.
"I mean, I think I was the favorite. I sounded like I was."

Haynes drew plenty of support with her early run in the
tournament, and she had her chances in this match. But in the
second set, she lost after holding a 3-1 lead in the tiebreaker.

Schiavone startled her younger opponent by hitting a return
through her legs.

"She shocked me with that one. I was too busy looking at her,
because it was a good shot, I forgot to hit the volley," Haynes
said.

Haynes grew up in Compton, Calif., and knew the Williams sisters
when they were kids. She was one of a record four black women to
reach the third round, joining Serena, Venus and Chanda Rubin.

Fittingly, her early victories earned her a spot on the Ashe
court.

"He opened the window for a lot of African-Americans. He was a
great tennis player, great person," she said. "We need more
people like him."