Top Women's Net Seeds Roll
Saturday, April 11, 1992
The Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island, Fla., were devoid of drama Friday as the top seeds easily advanced to the semifinals of the $350,000 clay-court tournament.
Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario were barely challenged in quarterfinal matches at Amelia Island Plantation.
Graf, the No. 1 seed, and Sabatini, the defending champion, stayed on course to meet in the final for the third time in four years by beating No. 7 Leila Meskhi 6-0, 6-2 and No. 5 Jana Novotna 6-2, 6-1, respectively.
Sanchez Vicario, a finalist in the tournament two years ago, advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over unseeded Sabine Hack, who delivered one of the few surprises of the week
when she upset No. 6 Katerina Maleeva in the third round.
Conchita Martinez, who had difficulty serving because of tendinitis in her right shoulder and elbow, made it a clean sweep of the quarterfinals by the top four seeded players by beating No. 8 Zina Garrison, 6-3, 6-1 in a night match. She'll play Sabatini today.
Graf, a three-time Amelia champion, will face Sanchez Vicario in the other semifinal.
While last week's clay-court tournament at Hilton Head, S.C., produced a number of upsets, this week's women's tour event on the same surface has moved along pretty close to form.
Sabatini, seeded second and ranked third in the world, believes that's because the players who had difficulty at Hilton Head - the year's first clay-court outing - have adjusted to the slower surface.
She said her victory over Novotna, who has lost five consecutive times to Sabatini, wasn't as easy as it appeared even though one important statistic told another story. Novotna had 41 unforced errors to Sabatini's 14. ''It was a lot tougher (match) than that,'' Sabatini said.
But Sabatini was focused. ''She played an incredible match,'' Novotna said, ''and I didn't really do my best.''