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German faces charges of stalking top seed

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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 1, 2002

NEW YORK -- A German man who spent the past year pursuing Serena Williams around the world was arrested Saturday and charged with stalking the top-seeded player.

NEW YORK -- A German man who spent the past year pursuing Serena Williams around the world was arrested Saturday and charged with stalking the top-seeded player.

Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, was taken into custody after a police officer spotted him watching Williams through a fence at the U.S. Tennis Center, police spokesman Louis Camacho said.

Stromeyer was charged with two counts of stalking, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Authorities said Stromeyer has followed Williams around the world since June 2001. During that time, Stromeyer sent repeated e-mails and made numerous phone calls in an effort to contact Williams.

Stromeyer previously was spotted at tournaments in Germany, Italy, Britain and France. He was arrested outside the gates of Wimbledon on July 3 after scuffling with police.

The district attorney planned to ask for an order of protection that would keep Stromeyer away from Williams. He faces a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

SWEEPS: The next set Andre Agassi loses will be his first.

Agassi continued his straight-sets march with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Ramon Delgado. In three matches and nine sets, the two-time Open champion has lost just 13 games.

"You go out and take every point as seriously as you can," Agassi said. "And at the end, you look up at the scoreboard and hope things went well. I wasn't comfortable until I was up two sets and two breaks."

LADIES NIGHT: Saturday night's schedule was an all-female affair, with No. 9 Monica Hingis against Amanda Coetzer and No. 3 Jennifer Capriati against No. 30 Meghann Shaughnessy in the featured matches followed by a doubles match, if time allowed, with Hingis and Anna Kournikova against Laura Granville and Jennifer Hopkins.

It was the first time since the U.S. Open began holding night matches in 1975 that no men were part of the show court schedule.

RECORD RETIREMENT: When Marcelo Rios was forced to quit his match against Jiri Novak after two sets, it was a Grand Slam record ninth retirement from a match. Four others pulled out before the tournament began.

Seven occurred during the first two days, and Hicham Arazi pulled out with a left ankle injury in the second round.

Rios, seeded No.22, felt pain in his right knee, a problem that has troubled him for six months and forced him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon.

"I've had pain for a long time, one day good, one day bad," said Rios, who lost the first two sets 6-3, 6-3. "If I keep playing, it gets worse and maybe I have to stop for a while again."

SHE'S BAAACK: Martina Navratilova, a four-time singles winner at the U.S. Open, is into the second round of the women's doubles after teaming with Iroda Tulyaganova for a 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 victory over Alicia Molik and Francesca Schiavone. That came a day after Navratilova and Leander Paes beat top-seeded Rennae Stubbs and Todd Woodbridge to reach the second round of the mixed doubles.

Navratilova has won 167 singles titles and 165 doubles titles. She laughed off questions about her continued success at age 45. "First, I was too young," she said. "Then I was too old. There was a very short period of time when I was just right."

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