GRAF CRUSHES 14TH SEED
The Miami Herald - Thursday, March 5, 1992
Author: AMY NIEDZIELKA
It wasn't during, but after her match Wednesday that Steffi Graf got miffed.
In defeating Naoko Sawamatsu, 6-0, 6-1, in 48 minutes to advance to the quarterfinals of the Virginia Slims of Florida at The Polo Club Boca Raton, Graf had little reason to get riled up. With a 100 mph-plus serve and blistering forehand and backhand slices, Graf swung Sawamatsu from side to side, forcing errors and hitting the corners for winners.
In an evening match before a sellout crowd of 6,181, second-seeded Gabriela Sabatini, the defending Slims champion, mixed power and finesse in winning her second-round match against Jo Durie, 6-2, 6-0, in 57 minutes.
"I thought she was going to come to the net a little bit more," Sabatini said. "She has a very good first serve, but she was staying at the baseline pretty much."
Durie kept her sense of humor throughout the match. After missing an easy backhand volley into the net, she laughed, covered her eyes and flailed her racket in front of her as if she couldn't see.
The match for Graf, also, was the fun part. In the interview room, however, she got a bit flustered when she was asked about the photos a free-lance photographer had taken of her about 10 days ago. Graf said she was sunbathing nude in the back yard of her Polo Club home when photographs were snapped from a helicopter hovering overhead.
"I don't know where you can have your privacy anymore," she said. "If you're just in your garden and you can't do what you want in your own home, I think that is pretty sick."
Wednesday's New York Post reported that the photographer was Art Seitz and that he is trying to sell the pictures. Seitz would not comment on the matter.
Graf, who said she plans to take legal action, was lying stomach down.
"He only got my back, you know," she said with a slight laugh, dropping her head into her hands. "Thank God. Otherwise I would go crazy."
Kind of like Sawamatsu, who must have been dizzy Wednesday chasing down so many well-placed Graf shots. Playing in only her second tournament in four months, Graf looked sharp for the second straight day. Tuesday she beat Linda Ferrando, 6-1, 6-2, in 58 minutes.
"She really didn't have too much chance today when the ball got into a rally," Graf said. "I'm really happy with the way I've been playing so it doesn't really bother me that itwas easy."
The only game Graf lost was the first of the second set.
"You try to be consistent," she said. "That's the main thing you go for. I was more patient than I am usually."
Graf missed January's Australian Open with a case of the German measles and suffered from an inner ear blockage before that. During the time off, Graf dropped to 38th in the Kraft Point Standings, her lowest ranking since March, 1984.
"I'm definitely trying to build up for the big ones in the summer," she said. "I just need the tournaments right now. . . . It was frustrating to have the time off."
Graf will play the winner of today's Brenda Shultz-Zina Garrison match Friday.
Chanda Rubin, the youngest player competing in the Florida Slims at 16, advanced to the third round with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Halle Cioffi. She will face Sabatini today.
* The University of Florida's Lisa Raymond, the NCAA's top- ranked woman, was knocked out by Kimiko Date, 7-5, 6-3. Raymond had received a wild card into the tournament.
* Two-thirds of a set of triplets, Christine and Patti O'Reilly, Duke University graduates, lost their doubles match today to Renata Baranski-Hellas Ter Riet, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
* The Gabriela Sabatini Rose, the new variety of rose named for Sabatini by the Virginia Slims of Florida , has yet to bloom. In fact, 200 of the flowers are running behind schedule because of unseasonably cool temperatures in Eustis, Fla., where they were being grown. The roses were shipped to Delray Beach but it is not expected that they will bloom this week.
Seedings in parentheses
Second round: Conchita Martinez (4) d. Eva Sviglerova, 6-3, 6-1; Laura Gildemeister (10) d. Donna Faber, 7-6 (7-0), 6-4; Kimiko Date (11) d. Lisa Raymond 7-5, 6-3; Brenda Schultz (15) d. Alexia Dechaume, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Barbara Rittner (16) d. Amanda Grunfeld, 6-1, 6-3; Chanda Rubin d. Halle Cioffi, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Amanda Coetzer d. Natalie Baudone, 6-3, 6-4; Gabriela Sabatini (2) d. Jo Durie, 6-2, 6-0; Judith Wiesner (8) d. Natalia Medvedeva, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Third round: Steffi Graf (1) d. Naoko Sawamatsu, 6-0, 6-1.
Today's key matches
* 10 a.m.: Raka Zrubakova vs. Nathalie Tauziat, Brenda Shultz vs. Zina Garrison. * 6 p.m.: Mary Joe Fernandez vs. Laura Gildemeister.
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