FERNANDEZ OUSTED IN HILTON HEAD
The Charlotte Observer
Wednesday, April 1, 1992
OBSERVER NEWS SERVICES
After torrential rains washed out most of the first-day matches, the sun broke through at the Family Circle Magazine Cup on Tuesday and seven of the nine seeded players advanced.
Conchita Martinez, at No. 5 the highest seeded player in action, dispatched Mary Lou Daniels 6-0, 6-2, but the No. 9 seed, Gigi Fernandez, was upset by unseeded Silke Frankl.
The top seeds, including top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini and No. 2 Martina Navratilova, begin play today.
Fernandez saved two set points in the first set. But then she won but three games the rest of the way in losing 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-1.
It was the biggest victory in Frankl`s five-year career. She was ranked 115 in the world coming into the tournament. Fernandez is ranked No. 19.
The No. 10 seed, Natalia Zvereva, also won, defeating Julie Shiflet 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. Six other seeds advanced.
But Patty Fendick, the No. 15 seed, was ousted by unseeded Ines Gorrochategui of Argentina 7-5, 6-3.
Heavy rains on Monday washed out most of the first-day action at the tournament. Thirty matches were played Tuesday.
Silke Frankl, Germany, def. Gigi Fernandez (9), Aspen, Col., 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-1; Natalia Zvereva, (10) CIS, def. Julie Shiflet, Virginia Beach, Va., 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; Magdalena Maleeva (11), Bulgaria, def. Rachael Ann Jensen, Atlanta, 6-1, 6-1; Brenda Schultz, (12), Netherlands, def. Rosalyn Fairbank-Nideffer, San Diego, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3.; Sandra Cecchini, Italy, (13) def. Katrina Adams, Houston, 6-2, 6-0.; Amanda Coetzer, South Africa, (14) def. Angela Kerek, Germany, 6-3, 6-2.
Ines Gorrochategui, Argentina, def. Patty Fendick, (15) Sacramento, Calif., 7-5, 6-3.; Debbie Graham, Fountain Valley, Calif., (16), def. Laura Garrone, Italy, 6-3, 6-4.; Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Germany, def. Bettina Fulco-Villela, Argentina, 6-4, 6-4.; Shaun Stafford, Gainsville, Fla., def. Sandy Collins, Odessa, Texas, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).; Ann Grossman, Grove City, Ohio, def. Mercedes Paz, Argentina, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.; Patricia Hy, Canada, def. Linda Ferrando, Italy, 6-4, 6-4.; Audra Keller, Memphis, Tenn., def. Christine O`Reilly 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.; Andrea Temesvari, Hungary, def. Elena Brioukhovets, CIS, 6-0, 6-2.
Halle Cioffi, Knoxville, Tenn., def. Federica Bonsignori, Italy, 6-0, 6-2; Petra Ritter, Austria, def., Silke Meier, Germany, 6-3, 7-6 (14-12); Veronika Martinek, Germany, def. Denisa Szabova, Czechoslovakia, 6-1, 6-0; Caroline Kuhlman, Lakeside Park, Ky., def. Florencia Labat, Argentina, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Patricia Tarabini, Argentina def. Eugena Maniokova, CIS, 6,1, 6-3; Sabine Hack, Germany, def. Beverly Bowes, Dallas, 6-3, 6-1; Donna Faber, Bradenton, Fla., def. Linda Harvey-Wild, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Conchita Martinez, (5) Spain, def. Mary Lou Daniels, Munster, Ind., 6-0, 6-2.