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Seles winning the 1992 US over Sanchez-Vicario.

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More from 1992 Brighton:

Bad ankle forces Durie to default - Tennis
The Times
London, England - Thursday, October 22, 1992
Author: Andrew Longmore

THE first step proved to be almost the last for Jo Durie in Brighton yesterday. The British No. 1 had barely found her feet in her first round match against Mary Joe Fernandez when she fell awkwardly and twisted an ankle stretching for a backhand on the opening point.

After being treated on court, she won the first game to love but was forced to default at 2-3, 0-15 down, giving the No. 2 seeded American an unexpectedly easy passage into the second round.

Durie was followed out of the Midland Bank championship by the British junior, Shirli-Ann Siddall, who lost the first three games to the sturdy Texan, Katrina Adams, recovered from 1-4 to 4-4 but fell away after losing the first set tie-break.

A lob, which fell fractionally long, gave Adams the edge in the tie-break and seemed to discourage the Dorset girl.

Siddall, 18, who is ranked No. 224, has spent most of her year on the satellite circuit and does not feel she really belongs in this company yet despite good wins over Elna Reinach and Monique Javer on grass in mid-summer.

She is, though, the pick of a thin crop of British girls and should have benefited from the experience of playing in only her third event of the year on the Kraft tour. As Adams gave Steffi Graf a good match here last year, she need not be discouraged by a 7-6, 6-1 defeat.

Durie's body seems to be trying to tell her something these days. She was forced to pull out of an event in San Diego in August with a stiff neck. The one consolation for her yesterday was that the injury was not to the suspect back that has caused her so much trouble in the past.

Fernandez, making her debut in Brighton, quickly worked out that the most painful and profitable course was to stretch her opponent wide on the forehand. Once Durie had dropped her service in the fifth game, the end was nigh.

"I can't ever remember having to default from a match and I hate to have to do so but it would have been silly to continue," she said.

Graf should have been stretched rather more than she was by Andrea Strnadova in a meeting of Wimbledon champions, senior and junior. The Czechoslovak looked woefully short of self-belief and put up only limited resistance.

"She has the game but she doesn't seem to have any game plan," said the top seed after her 6-0, 6-4 victory.

Graf now meets Lori McNeil, who has been a persistent foe in the past, but Jana Novotna, the only player in the draw to have beaten Graf and a 6-2, 6-0 victor over Natalia Zvereva yesterday, looks the main threat to the German's dominance.

RESULTS: First round: E Reinach (SA) bt P Thoren (Fin), 6-1, 7-6; K Nowak (Pol) bt L Bacheva (Bul), 7-5, 6-4; M J Fernandez (US) bt J Durie (GB), 3-2, ret; K Adams (US) bt S-A Siddall (GB), 7-6, 6-1. Second round: J Novotna (Cz) bt N Zvereva (CIS), 6-2, 6-0; S Graf (Ger) bt A Strnadova (Cz), 6-0, 6-4; L McNeil (US) bt L Meskhi (Georgia), 7-6, 7-6.
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A review of the success of the 97 Maleeva sisters and some whinging about the state of British tennis from Brighton 1992:

Maleeva sisters show Britain route to success - Tennis
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London, England - Friday, October 23, 1992
Author: Andrew Longmore

IT MUST be embarrassing for Britain's tennis authorities to view the women's rankings these days. Where one family, brought up in a discredited and poverty-stricken system, can produce three players in the top 25, a whole nation and, in tennis terms, a wealthy one can manage just one in the top 100.

Britain, of course, is not alone in being unable to match either the productivity or the quality of the remarkable Maleeva sisters, who are, coincidentally, ranked in order of seniority Manuela (No.9), Katerina (12) and Magdalena (21). But the playing poverty of the British game is as incomprehensible to their mother as it is to many within the system.

"How is it possible with so much money not to organise the proper way to produce a few better players?" Mrs Maleeva asked. "I don't understand. We did it the Bulgarian way with no money and so much red tape and blackmail." Nor could the eight-time Bulgarian national champion disguise her incredulity at the suggestion that a surfeit of money was at the heart of Britain's problems. "How could the money be too much?" she said.

If anyone is entitled to pop that question, it is Mrs Maleeva, or Julia Berberian as she was known during her playing days. Under communism, her three daughters were able to take advantage of free facilities at the multi-sport CSKA club in Sofia and of their mother's coaching experience. But they had to rely on rackets and balls supplied by an uncle in the United States and on the erratic goodwill of the communist big shots. Often, they did not know until two hours before departure if they would be allowed out of the country to compete.

Fortunately, Manuela earned enough money early in her career to finance Katerina who, in turn, helped to fund her younger sister. Together, the three have now won a total of nearly $4.5 million (about Pounds 2.8 million), more than adequate reward for their mother's faith and spirit.

The family silver has not grown much this week at the Midland Bank championship in Brighton. After Katerina's first-round defeat, Magdalena was beaten 6-1, 6-4 yesterday by Nathalie Tauziat, the No.7 seed, who was followed into the quarter-finals by three other seeds, Conchita Martinez, Mary Joe Fernandez and Anke Huber. The defending champion, Steffi Graf, spent the day shopping in London despite the loss of her purse the previous day.

Like her sisters, Magdalena, 17, can look a limited performer at times and it will be the job of her new coach, Pavel Slozil, to add a touch of aggression to the consistency. Wisely, Mrs Maleeva has recognised her limitations. "I have taught my girls all I know," she said.

Whether, with its new-found freedom, Bulgaria will be able to build on the success of the Maleevas is open to doubt. The state-backed clubs are collapsing and money is scarce, though rackets are available at a price and television is now allowed to broadcast the exploits of the nation's most famous sporting dynasty. "There is great interest in tennis but it will take time to develop," Mrs Maleeva said. Now that is a familiar refrain.

RESULTS: Second round: P Paradis-Mangon (Fr) bt C Dahlman (Swe), 6-4, 6-2; C Martinez (Sp) bt K Adams (US), 6-0, 6-4; N Tauziat (Fr) bt M Maleeva (Bul), 6-1, 6-4.
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Brighton 1992 quarterfinal:

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London, England - Saturday, October 24, 1992
Author: Andrew Longmore

GERMANY, in the form of Anke Huber and Steffi Graf, lost a total of six games and took less than two hours to reach the semi-finals of the Midland Bank championship in Brighton yesterday.

Graf and Huber, who live within half an hour of each other in southern Germany, now meet in a private affair to decide their national representative for the final tomorrow.

The odds clearly favour Graf, the top seed and defending champion. Huber has won an average of three games in each of the three matches against her Federation Cup-winning partner and the chances of breaking par today, by her own assessment, owe more to hope than expectation, particularly as she is troubled by an ankle injury.

"It is very difficult. Steffi plays so fast and has such a good serve. I have never played well against her, this time, I hope to play a little better, though nobody thinks I can win. We will see," Huber said after a 6-3, 6-1 quarter-final victory over Pascale Paradis-Mangon, of France. It was hardly optimistic.

To complete a bad day for the French, Nathalie Tauziat, the No.7 seed, was beaten in straight sets by Mary Joe Fernandez. Like her compatriot, Tauziat does not always make the most of her ability.

After saving a break point in the fourth game of the match, the American began to gain confidence, taking the first set in 41 minutes and breaking twice early in the second to win 6-4, 6-3 and earn a semi-final against Jana Novotna. The Czech maintained her impressive recent form with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the No.3 seed, Conchita Martinez.

In her quarter-final, Huber won the first four games in double-quick time, Graf the first eight off Lori McNeil and, though Paradis-Mangon recovered briefly to take the next three, that was the nearest the French girl came to egalite.

A run of seven games won by Huber from 4-3 in the first set to 5-0 in the second suggested that lengthy treatment to the left ankle midway through the first set was purely a precautionary measure and the German finished the rout off with a flourish, leaving the baseline for once to execute a swift and precise serve and volley.

Inevitably, because she comes from the same area and has worked with the same coach, Huber has been overshadowed by Graf. She is only 17, but has risen into the top 20 quickly enough to invite the comparison. Her forehand, though, which begins with the face of the racket parallel to the ground, owes nothing to Graf or the coaching manuals. Paradis-Mangon will testify to its efficiency but the purists feel that the technical weakness of the stroke will stop Huber from reaching Graf's heights.

Graf's first set in a 6-0, 6-2 victory was almost flawless, a stream of backhand passes and heavy first serves reducing McNeil, the No. 8 seed, to despair. The second set was only marginally less convincing. McNeil, a winner of the grass court title just down the coast at Eastbourne in mid-summer, had not beaten Graf in seven matches. Yesterday, she never threatened to stem the flow of defeats.

Graf had earlier perused a record of her career, compiled by the loyal local fan club. She was surprised how few players had a positive head-to-head record against her, even more surprised by the identity of two of them. One is Jo Durie, who leads the series 4-3, and the other Shelley Walpole, who had the distinction of beating the future Wimbledon champion in a satellite in their one and only encounter at Sutton Coldfield eight years ago. Both are British.

RESULTS: Quarter-finals: S Graf (Ger) bt L McNeil (US), 6-0, 6-2; A Huber (Ger) bt P Paradis-Mangon (Fr), 6-3, 6-1; M-J Fernandez (US) bt N Tauziat (Fr), 6-4, 6-3. J Novotna (Cz) bt C Martinez (Sp), 6-4, 6-2.
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Philadelphia Daily News
Saturday, November 14, 1992
Author: Bill Fleischman

Ah, another tension-filled day of quarterfinals in women's tennis. How much of this gripping drama can we stand?

First, third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario breezed past unseeded Natalia Zvereva, 6-2, 6-1, yesterday in a Virginia Slims of Philadelphia quarterfinal.

Last night, before 8,331 customers at the Civic Center, it was Jennifer Capriati's turn. The fourth-seeded Capriati dominated No. 8 seed Lori McNeil, 6-2, 6-1.

The good news for tennis fans is that the tournament's top four seeds are in today's semifinals. Capriati plays No. 1 Steffi Graf in the 1 p.m. semi. At 7 p.m., Sanchez faces No. 2 seed Gabriela Sabatini.

Although Capriati didn't think her match with McNeil was easy, it lasted just 51 minutes. In last year's Philly Slims inaugural, McNeil extended Capriati to three sets before bowing in a second-round test. Last night, however, the veteran Texan was on the defensive throughout.

"Mentally, I wasn't aggressive," McNeil said. "I was defending the ball instead of being aggressive. If you play defensively, and the other player is just hitting out, your opportunities will be limited.

"A couple times, I was up, 30-0, and just missed volleys. Every time I had an opportunity to get back in, I would let those games slip away."

McNeil double-faulted on double set point to close the first set. She also double-faulted at double break point in the second game of the final set.

If any high seed should have been vulnerable in the quarterfinals, it was Capriati. The 16-year-old Floridian hasn't played in a tournament since she was stunned by Cambodian-born Patricia Hy in the third round at the U.S. Open in September.

But against McNeil, Capriati's only problem was her serve. Her first-serve percentage was only 55 percent. Picky, picky.

By midway through the second set, the Olympic gold medalist was polishing her serve-and-volley game.

"I feel more comfortable," she said, "but I'm still not a net player."

Capriati, a Philadelphia finalist a year ago, said the two months away from the tour refreshed her.

"I'm a lot more eager," she said.

When Capriati is away from the tour, she doesn't elbow her family out of the way before school to read the tennis results first. She said people "just tell me" what's happening.

That Capriati isn't consumed by tennis at her age is a good sign. She is trying to lead a reasonably normal teenager's life, even though she is a millionaire.

"There's two Jennifers, off the court and on the court," she said. "On the court, I've got to concentrate more and be serious; be more mature. Off the court, it doesn't matter who I'm around. I'm just myself."

Capriati's semifinal against Graf will be a rematch of the Olympic final: Capriati won in Barcelona for her only victory over the four-time Wimbledon champion in five meetings.


While much of the attention has been focused this week on Graf, Sabatini and wild-card entrant Lisa Raymond, Sanchez Vicario has made a typically unobtrusive advance to the semifinals.

Meeting little resistance from Zvereva, Sanchez Vicario improved her lifetime record to 6-1 against the 1988 French Open finalist, whose career has stalled since then. Zvereva's only victory over Sanchez Vicario was in a Federation Cup match two years ago when the 20-year-old Spaniard retired in the second set.

Zvereva's lone positive stretch yesterday was in the third game of the second set. Tied at one game apiece and down triple break point, she fought until the eighth break point, when she hit a backhand long.

"Every time I play (Zvereva), I was always beat her," Sanchez Vicario said. "Today, I didn't have many mistakes and I was very aggressive."

In the past year, Sanchez Vicario, a natural baseliner, has been polishing a serve-and-volley game.

"I'm more dangerous now," this year's U.S. Open finalist said. "I know that if you want to be in first place in the rankings, you have to be very complete and aggressive."

Sabatini holds an 11-5 career advantage over Sanchez Vicario, but has lost their last two meetings.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Saturday, November 14, 1992
Author: Diane Pucin

There's no sign of a smile, no stray giggle. Hit the ball, run to the ball, hit the ball, run to the ball, win a point, win a match, shake hands, jog out of the arena.

Jennifer Capriati, 16-year-old conglomerate with endorsement patches decorating her tennis shirt like ornaments on a Christmas tree, beat Lori McNeil, the No. 8 seed, 6-2, 6-1, in a quarterfinal match of the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tournament at the Civic Center last night. It was a 51- minute exercise in corporate tennis. Get the job done, get out of the office. Quickly.

Capriati, the No. 4 seed, will play top-seeded Steffi Graf today at 1 p.m. In the other semifinal, at 7 p.m., No. 2 seed Gabriela Sabatini will face No. 3 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Sanchez was as efficient as Capriati in taking out Natalia Zvereva, also 6-2, 6-1, in yesterday's other quarterfinal.

Now that she's a grizzled two-year veteran of the pro tour, even as she still takes two-month breaks from tennis to attend her junior year of high school, Capriati has decided on the best way to approach her life these days: "There's two Jennifers," Jennifer said. The Jennifer on the court tries to impersonate an executive who wears a coat and tie and a perpetual frown. That Jennifer "is more serious and has to concentrate more and just be mature." The other Jennifer is the kid who wears headphones and walks in step with the hard rock, goes to school and the mall.

It's that Jennifer who stubbornly grabs as much normalcy as possible, who demands the school time and the play time and balks at playing exhibitions even if you can earn a nice six-figure guarantee because, really, both
Jennifers are already millionaires with a nice car and all the CDs she could ask for.

And besides, "I feel more fresh coming back (to tennis) from school," Capriati said. "I'm a lot more eager to play now."

McNeil, who is 28 and most famous for upsetting Chris Evert at the U.S. Open in 1987, was lamenting her own lack of aggressiveness in the short match. McNeil said that "mentally, I wasn't aggressive. I was defending a lot of balls. The few times I was aggressive, I was in a position to win the points. But I didn't do that enough."

Capriati didn't play particularly well, McNeil said. Capriati begged to differ. "I was very happy with the way I played. I didn't think I served as well as I can, but other than that, I was happy."

As grimly serious as Capriati looks on the court, her game is becoming more playful. It may not always be at the best time, or in the most thought-out way, but Capriati is trying hard to incorporate a volley into her game.

Most of the top women's players, Monica Seles, Graf, Sanchez, Sabatini, have been saying for a year that they are working on volleys. Capriati is saying that, too. And Capriati, that mature Jennifer, has figured out all the angles, in her head if not always on the court yet. She figures that whichever of the women get this volley stuff comfortably into their game will benefit immensely.

"You make it so much easier on yourself," Capriati said. "Instead of doing all that running around, you can end the point quicker. When I watch a match on television, like if Monica is playing Steffi, I'll see a point and think 'You should have gone to the net. If you had gone to the net you would have won the point like two shots earlier.' "

Capriati may not get a chance to test her adventurous net game today. Graf has been playing excellent tennis this week, hitting hard and deep and running well enough to get to just about everything. These two last played in Barcelona. At stake was an Olympic gold medal. The winner was Capriati, in a captivating three-set performance that was summarized by Capriati thusly: ''Oh, wow."

It was Capriati's first win over Graf, the world's No. 2-ranked player. Today, Capriati said: "I won't feel as intimidated as before I beat her. Before, I'd go into the match thinking 'Am I going to finally beat her?' I was wondering how many times it was going to take. This time, I know I can beat her."

Sanchez and Sabatini are no strangers. They've played 16 times and Sabatini has the clear edge, 11-5. But Sanchez has won the last two matches, both this year, and Sanchez, too, is trying to be a more aggressive and well-rounded player. Sanchez, 20, is also brimming with confidence. "I didn't have many mistakes," she said after Zvereva had been unable to put up much of a fight, not with 34 unforced errors against only nine clear winners. "I go to the net when I have the chances. I hit very good passing shots, too, and that makes me feel better going to the semifinals."

Seedings in parentheses.

Quarterfinals: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (3), Spain, def. Natalia Zvereva, Belarus, 6-2, 6-1; Jennifer Capriati (4), Saddlebrook, Fla., def. Lori McNeil (8), Houston, 6-2, 6-1.


Quarterfinals: Zina Garrison-Larisa Savchenko-Neiland (3) def. Elise Burgin-Mariann deSwardt 7-5, 6-2; Conchita Martinez-Mary Pierce def. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario-Pam Shriver (1) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; Lisa Raymond-Shaun Stafford def. Jill Hetherington-Kathy Rinaldi (4), 6-2, 6-4.
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Philadelphia Daily News
Friday, November 13, 1992
Author: Bill Fleischman

One current pitch of women's tennis is that depth of the talent is more than ever.

But when the top-seeded player in the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia dismisses the fifth seed, 6-1, 6-1, as Steffi Graf did yesterday in her quarterfinal with Conchita Martinez, the skeptics smirk and say, "Not."

Martinez, 0-7 lifetime vs. Graf, appeared doomed to defeat from the start yesterday. Graf took only 46 minutes to drop a depth charge on Martinez, the No. 8 player in the world. In the first set, Graf lost just one point on her serve.

Early-round upsets in a women's tournament are as hard to find as an Eagles fan without an opinion on whether Randall Cunningham or Jim McMahon should start. In the first three days of the Philly Slims, No. 7 Amy Frazier was the only seeded player to lose.

The No. 2-ranked Graf repeated yesterday that players are improving and working on fitness more than they did four years ago, when she won the Grand Slam. It's true there are more players capable of winning tournaments: Graf, top-ranked Monica Seles, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Navratilova, Jennifer Capriati and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

But beyond those six, the talent level drops off like a Rocky Mountain waterfall.

The way Graf played yesterday, few players could have beaten Fraulein Fast.

"I didn't play that bad," a numbed Martinez insisted. "She just hit the ball too early and I couldn't do anything."

Graf, training for international diplomatic duty when her tennis career ends, said: "I thought it would be a lot tougher. She's not somebody to put away that quickly. But I played very good tennis; (I made) very few mistakes."

Graf, winner of the last three tournaments she has entered, is clearly the favorite to collect the $70,000 winner's check on Sunday.

"Every time I go on the court, I have a good feeling," she said. "My backhand is working very well. I'm very calm on the court."

Graf's semifinal opponent will be the winner of today's Jennifer Capriati-Lori McNeil match.


Unseeded Natalia Zvereva, a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 upset winner over sixth-seeded Mary Pierce, will face No. 3 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario today at noon. The winner will face Gabriela Sabatini in a semifinal tomorrow . . . In the 7 p.m. quarterfinal, No. 4 seed Jennifer Capriati meets No. 8 Lori McNeil.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Friday, November 13, 1992
Author: Diane Pucin

Twice, Lisa Raymond served for the second set against Gabriela Sabatini, the world's third-ranked tennis player.

Raymond got the first service break of the match. She had more break-point chances. She had more out-and-out winners, more crackling forehands down the line, more contortionist crosscourt backhands, more stiff-armed volleys.

But Raymond lost.

Still a college player from the University of Florida, which explains the occasional "Go Gators" cheer from the second deck at the Civic Center, Raymond could not overcome Sabatini, a former U.S. Open champion and a professional for nearly eight years.

Sabatini, the No. 2 seed, came back from a 5-2 second-set deficit to beat Raymond, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), last night in an entertaining quarterfinal match at the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tennis tournament.

Also advancing to tomorrow's semifinals was top seed Steffi Graf, who needed only 46 minutes to slice up No. 5 seed Conchita Martinez, 6-1, 6-1.

There was a minor upset in second-round play yesterday when Natalia Zvereva knocked out No. 6 seed Mary Pierce, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Pierce's always-present father was still berating his daughter two hours after the match as they watched Graf.

In the semifinals, Graf will play the winner of today's match between No. 4 seed Jennifer Capriati and No. 8 seed Lori McNeil. Sabatini will face the winner today between Zvereva and No. 3 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

Sabatini, a 22-year-old from Argentina who hasn't lived at home since she was 14, left Raymond's hometown crowd disappointed, but only a little, last night.

Raymond was born in Norristown and her parents live in Wayne. That's still Raymond's home, too. She stayed there this week, along with Shaun Stafford, an ex-Florida player and Raymond's doubles partner for the tournament.

And Raymond appreciated the cheers whenever she'd leave Sabatini perplexed at the power and variety of her shots.

The crowd was especially enthusiastic in the second set, when Raymond won five straight games, going from an 0-2 deficit to a 5-2 lead. Raymond, still a 19-year-old teenager, was at her best in that stretch. She has a marvelously varied game that includes an over-90-m.p.h. serve, a confident volley that she is not afraid to use, and an ability to hit authoritatively down the line or crosscourt with both her forehand and backhand.

Afterward, Sabatini was clearly impressed with Raymond's play.

"She has everything to be a good player," Sabatini said. "She has a great backhand. A good forehand. A good serve. It was very hard for me to beat her today."

What Raymond doesn't have yet is the mental discipline to be tough and
concentrated all the time. Raymond admitted last night that she let up a little bit after grabbing that 5-2 lead in the second set.

"It's tough to maintain that concentration all the time," Raymond said. ''That's why the top 1, 2, 3 in the world are where they are. They are so mentally tough."

Raymond was smiling when the match ended, because, she said, "I know I was very close to beating the No. 3 player in the world."

Raymond has chosen the unpopular route to the pro tour, the route that travels through dual meets and NCAA tournaments and the chance to wear blue and orange and cheer her head off for teammates. As Raymond says, "I love being a Gator."

But it's also clear after her play here that Raymond can compete well on the pro tour. She won two matches in the tournament, including an upset of the No. 7 seed, Amy Frazier.

She will take back to Florida "some confidence. I mean I had a very good chance of knocking off the No. 3 player." Raymond discovered that she could play against the pros aggressively.

The statistics showed that Raymond hit 38 clean winners to only six for Sabatini. But Raymond also had 60 unforced errors to only 31 for Sabatini. Partly that's a result of being aggressive. It's also a result of being inexperienced.

Still, Raymond is determined to finish out this year at Florida. She's going back to school to work with her coach, Andy Brandi. She says she's "99.9 percent sure I'll turn pro in the spring after school." It seems Raymond is ready for almost anything.

Except, perhaps, Graf.

Take this as a warning. Graf said yesterday that she is feeling fit and playing as well as ever. Martinez would heartily agree. Poor Martinez would play excellent points, well-thought-out and well-executed, and there was Graf, with sprinter's speed and a marathoner's endurance, always in place to return the ball.

"What can you do?" Martinez wondered. Not very much yesterday.

"I just played good tennis," Graf said. "I made very few mistakes. I used the court very well."
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Philadelphia Daily News
Friday, November 13, 1992
Author: Bill Fleischman

All Gabriela Sabatini knew about Lisa Raymond before their first tennis match was that Raymond is a "local player" who's in college.

Following the second-seeded Sabatini's 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) quarterfinal victory last night in the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tournament, she was impressed, to say the least.

"(Raymond) has everything to be a good (pro) player," Sabatini said. "She was very loose. She has a great backhand, a good forehand and a good serve. It was very hard for me to beat her."

Raymond, the NCAA singles champion from Wayne, has created the most excitement in this week's tournament at the Civic Center. The University of Florida sophomore upset seventh-seeded Amy Frazier in the second round, then extended Sabatini last night before an appreciative crowd of 7,224.

"I had fun the entire match," Raymond said. "It's not often that I get to go out in front of the home crowd against the No. 3 woman in the world. I had a lot of people supporting me. The least I could do is give them a good show."

The show was splendid.

In the first set, after she and Sabatini exchanged service breaks in the fifth and sixth games, the 22-year-old Argentinian took a 5-4 lead. At double set point against her, Raymond hit a forehand winner and a backhand half- volley crosscourt to get back to deuce. But on the third set point, a backhand half-volley floated long.

Before the second set began, Raymond crouched to gather her thoughts. Her silent pep talk appeared to fail as she fell behind, 0-2. Many other inexperienced players in her position would start thinking about their room service order at the hotel.

But Raymond broke Sabatini's serve, then won the next four games to lead, 5-2. With a third set on everyone's minds, Sabatini, displaying the mental resolve that the top players possess, suddenly regained control of the match.

Serving for the set, Raymond, ranked No. 132, escaped three break points. But, on the fourth, she hit a loose forehand.

Trailing, 5-3, Sabatini went up, 40-0, before Raymond won the next four points. At set point, Raymond netted a crosscourt backhand, then hit two loose forehands.

Serving again for the set, Raymond double-faulted for 15-30, then smacked an overhead wide. At double break point, a backhand soared long and it was 5-5.

After both players held serve, Sabatini's history of playing pressure points in big matches prevailed as the 1990 U.S. Open champion took command in the tiebreaker.

"I was thinking that she didn't have that much experience," Sabatini said. "She started rushing and missing a little bit."

Raymond's inability twice to serve out the second set bothered her.

"I don't think it was nerves," she said. "(Sabatini) put together three good games to get to 5-all, and I may have let up a little bit. That's something I've done in the past."

Raymond also was disappointed with her serve: Her first serve percentage was 49 percent, compared with 73 percent for Sabatini.

"The whole week I've been serving really well," she said. "Today, it really did leave me."

Raymond will return to college with additional confidence. Two months ago, in a U.S. Open second-round match, she was tied with top-ranked Monica Seles at 5-5 in the first set before bowing, 7-5, 6-0.

"I proved to myself at the Open that I could hang in with the No. 1 player," Raymond said. "I had a very good chance of knocking off the No. 3 player here."

According to Florida coach Andy Brandi, playing collegiately has developed Raymond's temperament to be a pro. Brandi should know. He has coached such pros as Kathy Rinaldi, Shaun Stafford and Jay Berger.

Referring to Raymond's tour appearances last summer in Los Angeles, Montreal and at the U.S. Open, Brandi said: "This has been a process where she has started to grow comfortable with this environment. At the beginning, she didn't think she was an equal with these players."
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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Thursday, November 12, 1992
Author: Diane Pucin

It was a real Philly kind of day at the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tennis tournament yesterday.

Two hecklers were removed from the front row of the expensive box seats at the Civic Center. This is uncommon at women's tournaments; to have cap-waving, foot-stomping guys front and center wearing dirty sweaters and clapping unpredictably.

Gabriela Sabatini faced a roomful of Flyers plus the Eagles' Rich Miano plus Eric Lindros' grandparents. She took pictures, signed autographs and thoroughly charmed the tongue-tied young hockey players and the gray-haired grandparents.

And Lisa Raymond, who was born in Norristown and lives in Wayne, upset the No. 7 seed.

Of course she would. It was a Philly day.

Raymond, 19, who is taking the week off from school at the University of Florida, where she's a sophomore, had a decisive 6-4, 6-4 second-round victory over Amy Frazier.

Frazier, a 20-year-old who didn't go to college and who is ranked No. 17 in the world, used to play against Raymond in junior tennis and, yes, Frazier agreed, Raymond will do just fine whenever she turns pro.

Tonight at 7, Raymond, who won her first-round match against Beverly Bowes, a player ranked No. 109, takes another step up when she plays Sabatini, the world's No. 3-ranked player and the No. 2 seed here, in a quarterfinal match.

Sabatini beat Pam Shriver, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Shriver lost five set points in the second set.

And it was Shriver who was the target of the two hecklers. Afterward, after Shriver had lamented the three blown overheads and the double fault that were among her five set-point chances, Shriver proved to be a good sport.

"At least my fans are better looking than those two guys," she said. "If they hadn't been removed, I might have done something, as they say, unpresidential."

Jennifer Capriati, the No. 4 seed, and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the No. 3 seed, also played their first matches yesterday.

Capriati beat Elise Burgin, 6-2, 6-0. And in last night's late match, which ended at 12:35 this morning, Sanchez defeated Amanda Coetzer, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3).

Capriati was playing her first tennis since an unlikely third-round upset loss at the U.S. Open to Patricia Hy. Since September, Capriati has been a high school student in Florida, a junior, who said that "maybe" English was her favorite subject because "you don't need to do too much calculating."

Capriati didn't need to do too much addition and subtraction to figure out she had an easy time defeating Burgin, a 30-year-old veteran of eight professional years.

For Raymond, this has been a fine homecoming. She has a bad cold, but that's hardly important when you are discovering that your punishing groundstrokes prove perplexing to your opponent and that your 90-mile-an-hour
serve is as hard and troubling as many on the pro tour.

Raymond won the first three games yesterday against Frazier, who had beaten Raymond, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), at the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles in August.

Frazier tied the set up at 4-4. It seemed that Frazier, who has been a pro for nearly three years, had taken command. She is more experienced in the tight spots. She should have been able to ride the momentum and win the set. But she didn't.

Raymond held her serve in the ninth game (the final point was a high- kicking service ace) to go up, 5-4, then won the set with a service break that came on a gutty backhand pass.

It was come-from-behind time in the second set. Raymond lost her serve in the first game.

"It's a little bit difficult when you're serving right after you've broken to win the set," Raymond said. "The first game of each set is so important anyway."

But Raymond evened the set at 3-3 and won the match as she did the first set, breaking Frazier's serve in the 10th game.

Frazier double-faulted to put herself down, 15-40, then netted a nervous forehand to end the match.

It was the veteran who showed nerves with tennis, but Raymond was nervous too. Her family yelled "Go Lisa" as the final game was about to begin, and Raymond told them to be quiet. No sense being jinxed or anything.

Raymond, who received a wild card into the main draw, said she had been looking forward to coming here for a year. She'd asked for a wild card last year, the first for the Philadelphia tournament, but the coveted wild cards went elsewhere.

"I just wanted to play some good tennis here," she said. "I wanted to get a good draw, not the first couple of seeds right away."

Wish granted.

Sabatini had hoped to go to the Flyers' game tonight, but she'll have to be content with having met Lindros, Mark Recchi and Terry Carkner last night.

Sabatini said she didn't know anything about Raymond.

"She's in college, right? And she's local."

Local worked yesterday.
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Thursday, November 12, 1992
Author: Bill Fleischman

A few more victories like yesterday's and Lisa Raymond's timetable to turn professional might be switched to fast forward.

Raymond, the NCAA singles champion from Wayne, sprang the first upset of the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tournament by beating seventh-seeded Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-4, in a second round match.

Frazier is ranked No. 17 in the world. Raymond, a University of Florida sophomore, is No. 132.

In a quarterfinal tonight, wild-card entry Raymond faces second-seeded Gabriela Sabatini, who defeated unseeded Pam Shriver, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

After her most significant victory, Raymond reiterated that she plans to compete for the Gators through the NCAA Tournament next spring. Her coach, Andy Brandi, said he expects Raymond to turn pro "the day after the NCAA Tournament."

Beating Frazier, a friend and former junior tennis rival, didn't give Raymond a pro twitch.

"I try not to look at rankings, or how far I get in a tournament," she said. "I try to look more toward how my game is improving."

Raymond has the groundstrokes, the serve (clocked in the low 90s yesterday) and court coverage to be a pro. Yesterday, the 5-4 Raymond was hitting the ball harder than her 5-8 opponent.

In Raymond's only previous meeting with Frazier, three months ago in Los Angeles, she felt overpowered in a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) loss.

"The second time around," said the Academy of Notre Dame graduate, "you have a much better feel for what to expect. This time, I stood more inside the baseline. I tried to take balls earlier (and) be the aggressor."


Shriver's upset plan was floored by a five count.

Shriver led Sabatini, 4-2, in the first set, then bowed. In charge in the second set at 5-3, Shriver let five set points slip away.

One: Sabatini hits a backhand passing shot.

Two: Shriver double faults.

Three: Shriver slams an overhead into the net.

Four: Shriver hits an overhead wide.

Five: Shriver hits a backhand half-volley wide.

Gurgle. Gasp.

"I handled them all horrendously," Shriver said after droping the second set. "But it wasn't just that service game. I think I had four different times when I had a single break and failed to consolidate. I had a point in the first set for 5-2 (and lost the game).

"(Sabatini's) tough to play because she hits more topspin than just about anybody. I got a little arm and leg weary toward the end. I didn't have the same freshness that I had about an hour earlier."

After surviving the two-hour, nine-minute workout, Sabatini said, "I had to be very tough mentally . . . I didn't have my rhythm. I played very well sometimes (but) not the whole match."


In last night's matches, No. 3 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario defeated South Africa's Amanda Coetzer, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3). No. 5 Conchita Martinez outlasted veteran Zina Garrison, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Martinez will face top-seeded Steffi Graf today (not before 3 p.m.), enabling Graf to attend tonight's Flyers-Islanders game at the Spectrum.

Martinez was startled to learn she is playing Graf today, not tomorrow. "Are you sure?" she asked reporters. When the scheduling was confirmed, Martinez said, "Well, it doesn't matter."
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The Philadelphia Inquirer,
Wednesday, November 11, 1992
Author: Diane Pucin,

Steffi Graf's done the Eagles. She thinks it was a good thing the Eagles won Sunday, "because they haven't done so well the last three or four matches." She thinks it "will be hard for Randall" this weekend.

And Steffi Graf's done South Street, bought a "crazy" shirt. She plans to do the Art Museum today. "I heard it's very nice," she said. And tomorrow, yep, it's the Flyers game for Graf. She'd like an afternoon match, thank you.

Yes, Graf is doing some tennis here, too. The 23-year-old German, who has been one of the best female players in the world for nearly nine years, is playing in Philadelphia for the first time, at the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tournament at the Civic Center.

Graf should have plenty of time for tourism if all her matches are like last night's. In only 56 minutes, Graf, the No. 1 seed, knocked out Elena Brioukhovets, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round.

Brioukhovets, a charming, smiling 21-year-old from Odessa in the Ukraine, won her only game, the sixth of the second set, because Graf didn't convert one of four match points. On the rare occasions when Brioukhovets hit a winner, she would put the racket up to her face, turn all red and giggle.

But this was an unfair contest. Graf had all the shots.

On Monday, after she had won her first-round match and Graf, who had a first-round bye, loomed as a challenge instead of a brick wall, Brioukhovets had said she wanted to hit the ball to Graf's backhand and come to the net and attack with volleys as much as possible.

But Graf was so dominant that she was usually able to run around Brioukhovets' shots and hit her rifle forehand. And how could Brioukhovets move to the net? She seemed to be painted on the baseline by the brush of Graf's hard, deep groundstrokes.

Graf's match was over too quickly to be entertaining. Most of the day's tennis entertainment came in Zina Garrison's 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7) first-round win over giant-serving Brenda Schultz of the Netherlands.

Only two years ago, Garrison shocked Graf in the semifinals at Wimbledon, just a couple of days after Garrison had shocked Monica Seles in the quarterfinals.

It was Garrison's first, and last, Grand Slam tournament final. She lost the championship to Martina Navratilova. She also lost the verve and aggressiveness of her game somewhere along the path of a six-month odyssey of banquets and exhibitions and honors that followed Wimbledon.

Garrison, who turns 29 next week, came into this tournament unseeded and ranked only No. 18 in the world. She had spent much of the last seven years in the top 10 and she is not used to this struggle that winning has become.

Against Schultz, a 21-year-old who is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and who owns the fastest serve of the year among the women at 109 m.p.h., Garrison twice served for the match in the second set and twice had her serve broken.

But she is more experienced in the ways of the tiebreak. If she finds that sometimes her mind wanders during matches now, Garrison knew how to focus at the end.

"Wimbledon was a big high," Garrison said. "Afterwards, it was a big low. I spent six months traveling a lot and practicing very little. For the last two years, I haven't really dedicated myself to tennis. But now I've asked myself, 'Do you want to play?' I do."

NOTES. Home-town favorite Lisa Raymond of Wayne will play her second-round match no earlier than 1 p.m. today against No. 7 seed Amy Frazier, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Caroline Kuhlman last night.

The other three top seeds, who received first-round byes, also begin play in the second round today. No. 2 seed Gabriela Sabatini takes on serve-and- volley veteran Pam Shriver no earlier than 5 p.m., and No. 3 seed Jennifer Capriati, who has been out of action and in school since the U.S. Open, plays another veteran, Elise Burgin, no earlier than 4 p.m. Burgin got into the field only after the last-minute withdrawal of Stephanie Rehe.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the third seed,begins play in tonight's second match against Amanda Coetzer. . . . Arthur Ashe received a prolonged, emotional standing ovation before last night's matches. He was honored for his career and for his work in starting the Ashe Foundation, which is committed to raising money for the cure of AIDS. Ashe was diagnosed with the disease in 1988.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tuesday, November 10, 1992
Author: Diane Pucin

Lisa Raymond says she was nervous, very nervous. She says she was worried, not about winning or losing, only about playing badly. She says she was up early, says she had to go shopping in the afternoon, says she didn't want to embarrass herself in front of all her old high school friends, friends who were eagerly sitting all around the arena.

Some nervous.

Raymond, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Florida and a resident of nearby Wayne, played in a professional tennis tournament at home for the first time last night.

It took the allegedly nervous Raymond 19 minutes to win the first set and 51 minutes to destroy Beverly Bowes, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round of the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia tournament at the Civic Center.

It took Bowes, a 27-year-old veteran, about 10 minutes to realize that Raymond was not some star-struck rookie.

Not until the fourth game of the first set, when Raymond was already ahead a service break, did the 1992 NCAA singles champion actually make an error, hitting a forehand long.

"Well," Bowes said. "Finally, her first error of the day."

Not that Bowes, a former college champion herself, had actually seen the forehand. She was often looking around, trying to track the latest of Raymond's laser-quick ground strokes.

About five more minutes had elapsed in the match before Bowes, dressed all in purple, a color that matched her bruised game, talked to herself again.

"You have to hit lobs," Bowes said to her feet. "Hit lobs."

That is the strategy of the desperate. Raymond was hitting the ball too fast and too hard for Bowes to catch up to it. So Bowes tried hitting high, soft lobs.

This did not faze Raymond. It just meant the second set consumed a few more minutes than the first.

"When she started throwing up lobs," Raymond said, "that showed she was having a lot of problems with my aggressiveness and with the hardness I was hitting the ball."

Raymond controlled the match because she whacked every ball with full power. Sometimes there was no time for Bowes even to get her racket back.

Raymond is spending her second year at Florida trying to balance her responsibilities to the university, where she has a scholarship, and her desires to further test herself on the pro tour.

She isn't playing any college tournaments in the fall, but said she would play dual matches for Florida and play in the NCAA team competition next spring.

After winning the NCAA singles title in May, Raymond played a limited pro schedule over the summer, then beat Petra Ritter in the first round of the U.S. Open before losing to Monica Seles, the eventual Open champion and the world's No. 1-ranked player, in the second round. Raymond was tied with Seles at 5-all before losing her poise and the match, 7-5, 6-0.

"That match stayed with me a lot," Raymond said. "I'd go back to that 5- all game. I kept replaying it in my mind."

After the Open, Raymond went back to Gainesville, where she drills with coach Andy Brandi. She has improved her serve tremendously. Her first serves are consistently near 100 miles an hour, and her well-placed second serves earned Raymond three of her six aces last night.

In college, Raymond can take the time to experiment, to work on her serve, to improve her volley, to learn about the hows of playing points, of working an opponent into a position to be beaten. She can do that without worrying about computer points or making enough money to support herself.

But still Raymond has an eagerness to jump to the pros. Last week she won three qualifying matches and then advanced to the quarterfinals of the Puerto Rico Open before losing to Gigi Fernandez in a close match. Fernandez is ranked No. 35 in the world. Raymond is No. 132.

"It is tough in a way," Raymond said of being in school. "I have a lot of close friends at UF, and I have a great time playing for the Gators. But, yeah, sometimes it's tough not to take the money. But I just can't think about that."

Next up for Raymond will be the winner of tonight's match between seventh- seeded Amy Frazier and Caroline Kuhlman.

NOTES. Top-seeded Steffi Graf, who had a first-round bye, will play her first match tonight at 7 against Elena Brioukhovets. Brioukhovets had an easy 6-2, 6-0 victory over Jill Hetherington yesterday. . . . The only seed in action yesterday was fifth-seeded Conchita Martinez, and she wasn't tested much in a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Nathalie Herreman.

Shaun Stafford, who giggled throughout her three-set loss to Martina Navratilova at the U.S. Open, greatly annoying Navratilova, had to retire with a sprained ankle after losing the first set of her match against Amanda Coetzer yesterday. . . . Before Graf's match tonight, Arthur Ashe will be honored. It will be Arthur Ashe Night, and volunteers will collect donations for the Ashe Foundation to combat AIDS.
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