NAVRATILOVA UPSET BY ZVEREVA ON CLAY AGAIN
The Charlotte Observer
Friday, April 3, 1992
Observer News Services
Second-seed Martina Navratilova was eliminated 6-4, 6-2 Thursday by Natalia Zvereva, while a qualifier, for the first time in a decade, made the quarterfinals at the Family Circle Magazine Cup.
Navratilova`s match was delayed until late afternoon because of two three-set matches on the green clay of stadium court at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. With the mottled light from the sun shining through the trees, Navratilova said she had a hard time seeing the ball at the net.
"After two or three games, it got pretty nasty out there," she said. "For somebody who comes to the net it was like strobe-light tennis."
Zvereva, seeded 10th, has won all three of their meetings on clay.
"I love it (playing her) on clay. Not on grass that much," she said, smiling. "It was not bad today. I was able to pass her most of the time."
In the first set, Zvereva built a 5-2 lead before Navratilova came back to make it 5-4. But Zvereva broke her in the last game.
"She was going for broke and making the vast majority of her shots," Navratilova said. "You can`t give her that many opportunities. Regardless of what I did, she was doing the right thing."
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, the No. 3 seed, dispatched Ines Gorrochategui 6-2, 6-1 and now meets Leila Meskhi, the No. 7 seed who made last year`s final. Meskhi tallied a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 16 Debbie Graham.
Meanwhile, Caroline Kuhlman, coming back after four years away from the tour with injuries, became the first qualifier in 10 years to make the tournament quarterfinals. Kuhlman, 25, defeated Petra Ritter 6-2, 7-5. Today, she meets No. 9-seed Brenda Schultz, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Veronika Martinek. And unseeded Patricia Hy eliminated sixth-seed Jana Novotna 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Top-seed Gabriela Sabatini led her third-round match against Amanda Coetzer 7-5, 5-3 when play was suspended because of darkness.
The last qualifier in the quarterfinals at the Family Circle was Zina Garrison in 1982. Ironically, Kuhlman beat her Tuesday.
Thursday`s third-round singles (seedings in parentheses): Natalia Zvereva (10), CIS, d. Martina Navratilova (2), 6-4, 6-2; Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (3), Spain, d. Ines Gorrochategui, Argentina, 6-2, 6-1; Conchita Martinez
(5), Spain, d. Sandra Cecchini (13), Italy, 6-1, 6-2; Patricia Hy, Canada, d. Jana Novotna (6), Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Leila Meskhi (7), Georgia, d. Debbie Graham (16), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5; Brenda Schultz (12), Netherlands, d. Veronika Martinek, Germany, 6-2, 6-2; Caroline Kuhlman d. Petra Ritter, Austria, 6-2, 7-5; Gabriela Sabatini (1), Argentina, led Amanda Coetzer (14), South Africa, 7-5, 5-3 (suspended by darkness).*