SANCHEZ VICARIO OUT IN WIMBLEDON UPSET - Fifth seed falters on grass against Halard
The Dallas Morning News
Thursday, June 25, 1992
WIMBLEDON, England -- Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario will begin preparing for the Olympics in her hometown of Barcelona earlier than she had expected. The fifth-seeded Spaniard will have an additional week after losing in Wednesday's second-round Wimbledon action to the world's No. 23-ranked player, Julie Halard of France, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Sanchez Vicario joined Michael Chang, who lost Tuesday, as a highly seeded, baseline-hugging, clay-court specialist who was unable to adapt to the erratic Wimbledon grass. For Sanchez Vicario, the unpredictable, low bounces on Court 1 often made attempts at baseline rallies futile. Although she advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1989 and again last year, she hasn't gotten past the second round in four of her six appearances.
Like Chang, however, she leaves believing she can win on grass. She said she simply did not play well against an opponent she twice had beaten -- once at Wimbledon in 1989.
"Maybe two years ago, I thought that I could not play on the surface, but now my mentality has changed," she said. "I think today was not a good day for me. But anyway, I think positive . . . I am going to try next year."
Sanchez Vicario was not the only women's seed eliminated in third-day action. No. 15 seed Kimiko Date of Japan lost to unseeded American Gigi Fernandez, 6-1, 6-3. Another seed, No. 4 Martina Navratilova, was struggling when her match against Magdalena Maleeva was suspended because of darkness. Navratilova had breezed through the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second, 6-3.
No. 9 seed Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere advanced to the second round in the resumption of her darkness-delayed match begun Tuesday. No. 1 Monica Seles, No. 7 Mary Joe Fernandez and No. 12 Katerina Maleeva advanced to the third round.
In men's action, 12th-seeded Andre Agassi faced triple break point when he resumed play Wednesday against Moscow's Andrei Chesnokov. He double-faulted, and trailed, 3-1, early in the third set. But he immediately broke back and won the match, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, 7-5.
Eight other men's seeds -- No. 2 Stefan Edberg, No. 3 Michael Stich, No. 5 Pete Sampras, No. 8 Goran Ivanisevic, No. 10 Ivan Lendl, No. 11 Richard Krajicek, No. 13 Brad Gilbert and No. 15 Alexander Volkov -- advanced to the third round.
Sanchez Vicario almost exited sooner than the match's one hour, 56 minutes. She trailed, 6-3, 2-0, before rallying to win six consecutive games and take the second set. The aggressiveness she used to dominate the second set disappeared late in the third.
With the match 3-3, Halard broke Sanchez Vicario's serve. In the eighth game, Halard aced her on the first point, then used her overpowering serve to leave Sanchez Vicario on the defensive.
"This was one of my best victories," Halard said. "It's better to play her on grass than on a clay court because on clay, she can win. It's easier to beat her on grass. She's less confident."
Sanchez Vicaro had opportunities to hold serve in the ninth game. but Halard finally broke her when a Sanchez Vicario forehand crosscourt sailed long on the first match point.
"I had some chances, but I didn't take it," Sanchez Vicario said. "So this is why I lost the match. I am not very disappointed because anything can happen on this surface. She had a better day, and she beat me."