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Sunday's Action
5th Title Rains Down on Graf
Steffi Graf Steffi Graf (pictured) overcame a case of the nerves, then handled Monica Seles, 7-5, 6-4, to win her fifth U.S. Open women's title. It was Graf's 21st Grand Slam title--three shy of Margaret Smith Courtís singles record. The victory was followed by a heavy downpour during the award ceremony. It may have seemed a mere disturbance to some, but to The Post's Michael Wilbon, it was a symbolic event worth noting.


Sampras Cruises Past Chang
Pete Sampras Pete Sampras won his fourth U.S. Open men's title Sunday by routing Michael Chang, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). For Sampras, this title followed a rocky road that included heartbreak and exhaustion, dehydration and nausea, and the tears that still tend to overwhelm him at times. Todayís victory gave Sampras, 25, his eighth Grand Slam title, but only his first in a year that has been fraught with trauma, mostly because of the death of his coach, Tim Gullikson.


Waves: Carillo Deserves Top Billing
Leonard Shapiro CBS's Mary Carillo's flawless play-by-play in last Saturday's U.S. Open coverage got no prior billing or post-match kudos. Regardless of the lack of attention, however, it is a big deal, writes The Post's Leonard Shapiro in this week's Sports Waves.


Notebook: Seles Cuts Social Calendar
Last year, Monica Seles admitted she came to the U.S. Open to have fun. Perhaps that's why she lost to Steffi Graf in the final. This year, things are different. On court, Seles is more focused. And off court, she has skipped the social events that highlighted her experience last year.


CBS' Cameras Bring Up Replay Debate
Mac-Cam Much of the arguing and fussing that John McEnroe did during his brilliant tennis career concerned line calls. Well, McEnroe might have been right more times than he was wrong about those balls that hit the line or landed out of bounds. In televising the Open, CBS has been using cameras at each baseline capable of shooting 1,000 frames a second, compared to regular slo-mo cameras that shoot 90. These super cams have supported player views on many controversial calls.


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