U.S. OPEN: Mother Nature took center court Monday at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., forcing a two-hour rain delay in the afternoon and suspending eight evening matches.

In the men's competition, No. 1 Pete Sampras beat Marat Safin in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals in the only completed men's match of the day. As for the women, No. 2 Lindsay Davenport eliminated No. 10 Nathalie Tauziat, No. 4 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario defeated No. 15 Anna Kournikova, No. 5 Venus Williams beat No. 12 Mary Pierce and No. 13 Amanda Coetzer beat No. 7 Conchita Martinez, to set the quarterfinal field.

"It was a scary sight - it was like green out there. Maybe it was going to rain money," said Sampras of the skies around the National Tennis Center before the storm hit.


ASA NATIONALS: Larry H. Miller Toyota pitcher Peter Meredith recorded his second win in the ASA National Tournament Sunday, defeating the GMC Dealers of St. Louis, 5-1.

Meredith gave up only three hits, struck out 15, and walked only two, in going the distance for his ASA National Tournament record 48th victory. Meredith holds both the ISC World Tournament (53 wins) and ASA National Tournament records for total career tournament wins.

Mitch Munthe blasted a three-run home run in the third inning.

The Salt Lake team was scheduled to play again Tuesday afternoon, facing Decatur Pride. The Pride eliminated Miller Toyota from last year's ASA Tournament, and finished third in the 1998 ISC World Tournament. Miller Toyota finished fifth in the ISC.