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HAMERS HAMMERS OPEN FOES

June 21, 1992

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In all likelihood, the tennis matches Eveline Hamers is playing this weekend at the Lawrence Open will be her last in Lawrence.

The former Kansas University standout is completing the handful of credit hours she needs to graduate and then will return to her home in Meerssen, the Netherlands, for a year.

"I'm very happy to go back, but I'll miss Lawrence, my friends and just the whole way my life was here with tennis and school," Hamers said.

Saturday, Hamers advanced in all three brackets she entered. In singles action, after a first-round bye, she defeated Martha Metzler, 6-4, 6-0, in the quarterfinals at the Lawrence Tennis Center.

Hamers could face former teammate Rebecca Jensen in the finals if both players win their semifinal matches today.

"WE HAVEN'T played a lot of practice matches against each other, so it will be fun to see what happens," Hamers said.

Hamers and Jayhawk Casey Cooley advanced to the women's doubles finals by topping sisters Bernice and Ana Lugo, 6-2, 6-2.

Hamers is also in the finals of the mixed doubles bracket. Her partner is KU women's tennis coach and Lawrence Open tournament director Michael Center.

Center's involvement in the tourney has helped attract several KU players. Five women from last year's Kansas team and three players from the men's squad are in this year's Open in either singles or doubles competition.

"I told them to play," Center said, smiling. "I said, `You all are playing.'"

LAST YEAR, Carlos Fleming was the only KU tennis player who competed in the tournament, and he won the men's open bracket.

Paul Garvin, KU's No. 2 singles player last year, is looking to follow in Fleming's footsteps. He advanced to the semis by defeating Sergio Hernandez in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.

"Coach Center just asked me to play, and I was doing nothing so it was something to do," Garvin said. "Plus, I get to make a little bit of money hopefully."

The winner of the men's and women's open brackets receive $100, and Garvin could win another $50 if he and doubles partner Ian Goodman win the men's open doubles.

Garvin and Goodman reached the semifinals with two straight-set wins on Saturday. In the quarterfinal match, the two trailed 5-2 in the first set before rallying to beat Gerardo Venegas and Todd Chappel, 7-5, 6-4.

"We got off to a slow start," Garvin said. "Then we turned it up a notch and won seven straight games, and that pretty much won the match for us."

Garvin is playing in satellite tournaments this summer, and, although his eligibility has expired, he will return to KU in the fall to complete the hours he needs to graduate.

"AFTER I GRADUATE, I think Rafeal (Rangel) and I are going to play some satellite stuff for a while," Garvin said.

Hamers, meanwhile, plans to both study and work in the Netherlands. She also intends to rejoin the club tennis circut in her home country.

"I used to play those tournaments before I came to KU," Hamers said. "It's pretty competitive. There are so many good tennis players at home."

Hamers added that she may return to Kansas for graduate school.

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