DAILY TELEGRAPH - 22nd October 1983
LLOYD WINS FROM BRINK OF DEFEAT
Chris Lloyd, reigning champion of Grand Slam tournaments in Australia and France and top seed for the £100.000 Daihatsu Challenge, was taken right to the brink of a stunning defeat in the quarter-finals at Brighton last night.
In a magnificent encounter, full of courage, excitement and superb tennis, Mrs Lloyd was twice within two points of defeat in a nail-biting final-set tie-break before she finally subdued French teenager Catherine Tanvier.
Mrs Lloyd, a grimly-determined champion increasingly showing the toll these days of 12 punishing years at the top, needed to draw on all her vast experience to complete her 5-7 6-2 7-6 win.
It was not only Miss Tanvier's immense and aggressive talent that so troubled the American, who has lost only eight times in 57 matches this year.
Her youthful exuberance as she hit huge and looping top-spin forehands, endless sliced backhands, teasing drop shots and resounding overheads was just as much a threat.
The match lasted more than 2.5 hours with the intriguing first set, in which Miss Tanvier was broken when she first served for it at 5-3, occupying almost an hour of that time.
After Mrs Lloyd took the second set in reasonably commanding fashion and broke in the first game of the third it looked as if her renowned control would enable her to steam roll on.
Instead, Miss Tanvier, 18 and ranked 41 in the world, responded magnificently, breaking back with a spectacular drop shot which took the climax to a tie-break.
Then at 5-5, tragedy struck the young pretender, her racket slipped out of her hand during a sad mis-hit. Mrs Lloyd moved to match point which she took as Miss Tanvier could not control a teasing lob.
Although beaten, Miss Tanvier's performance underlined the growing strength of European women's tennis, for in today's semi-finals Mrs Lloyd plays the Hungarian teenager, Andrea Temesvari, who beat the French qualifier, Marie-Christine Calleja 7-5 6-2.
Durie faces Shriver
In the other semi-final, Jo Durie meets Pam Shriver in what is not only a rehearsal for their Wightman Cup clash next month but a particularly searching test for the British No 1.
In the eight times the similarly-styled, tall, big hitters have met, Miss Durie has avoided defeat just once. That was in the third round of the French Open in May when the American retired injured after losing the opening set.
Naturally enough Miss Shriver, who beat Sue Barker 6-1 2-6 6-2 yesterday in what was also probably a Wightman Cup preliminary will be trying to show that Roland Garros was but a temporary accidental break in her normal supremacy.
For her part, Miss Durie, who had not even taken a set in their first seven clashes, will be keen to confirm that she can now regularly overcome other players in the world top 10 and that the 4-2 lead she held in Paris before Miss Shriver's fall, was a genuine reflection of her advance this year.
To do so, however, Miss Durie will certainly have to be less profligate than during the opening set of her quarter-final against her current doubles partner Ann Kiyomura.
Miss Durie eventually won what she appropriately termed "a tough old game against a really tough fighter" 6-4 6-4. Yet she had points to have won all the first six games.
It was one of those days when although one never felt Miss Durie was in serious danger of defeat, there was nevertheless too much tension in her game for either her concentration, confidence or control to settle at a sustained peak.
Though the second singles place in Britain's team for the Nabisco Wightman Cup in Williamsburg is still officially vacant, there seems little doubt that it should go to Miss Barker.
Recovering from a dreadful first set, when her first service too often failed and her ground strokes were frequently wayward. Miss Barker rallied splendidly in the second set but then faded again in the final set after losing one point to avoid being broken in the third game and five chances to break back one game later.
On the last of the break points Miss Shriver survived by a net cord which was far more significant than any Miss Barker had enjoyed earlier.
"A huge point in a game which in effect was the whole match" said the American, whose aggravation and frustration because she felt unable to serve freely was all too obvious.
Miss Barker later disclosed that she had managed only two hours sleep overnight. She had been delayed at the centre until 12.30am giving a statement to the police after an incident in a doubles match when one of her over exuberant fans was escorted out of the hall.
The man was later released but Miss Barker, who said she only knew the man by sight as a spectator in other tournaments, added - "It was upsetting. That's why it took me a while to get going".
M C Calleja (France) bt V Ruzici (Romania) 6-3 4-2 retd
J Durie (Avon) bt A Kiyomura (US) 6-4 6-4
P Shriver (US) bt S Barker (Devon) 6-1 2-6 6-2
A Temesvari (Hun) bt M C Calleja (France) 7-5 6-2
Mrs C Lloyd (US) bt C Tanvier (France) 5-7 6-2 7-6
Singles (Rank : 26) (High : 1 - 11 weeks)
Titles (12) - 2012 - New Haven, SF - WIMBLEDON, 2013 - Beijing, GB Fed Cup, 2014 - Brisbane, Dubai, Stuttgart, Rome, YEC Singapore, 2015 - Stanford, GB Fed Cup, ITF - Antayla, 2016 - Bogota, Olympics, 2017 - Nurnberg, QF - FRENCH OPEN
Doubles - (Rank : 39) (High : 1 - 32 weeks)
Titles - (23) - 2010 - Bogota, Bad Gastein, ITF Karuizawa, ITF Montpellier, 2011 - Bogota, Birmingham, ITF Poitiers, ITF Bratislava, 2012 - ITF Opole, 2013 - Bad Gastein, ITF Bertioga, 2014 - WIMBLEDON, Bad Gastein, 2015 - Nottingham, ITF Ortisei, 2016 - Brisbane, ITF Glasgow, St Petersburg, ITF Toyota, 2017 - ITF Contrexeville, Bastad, Stanford, ITF Balatonboglar