Haynes: I will learn from this

Updated: September 3, 2004, 9:20 PM ET
Associated Press

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."


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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