HANIKA GETS SHOT AT NO. 1 MARTINA
The Miami Herald
Monday, January 10, 1983
Author: From Herald Wire Services
Sylvia Hanika of West Germany, one of only three women to beat Martina Navratilova last year, will get another shot at the world's top-ranked player tonight in the final of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington tournament at Landover, Md.
Hanika advanced to the final Saturday night by rallying from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to upset second-seeded Andrea Jaeger, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5. Navratilova, who has lost only 10 games in the tournament, breezed past Mary Lou Piatek, 6-1, 6-3, although Piatek did manage to break Navratilova' s serve twice during the match, something no other player had done previously in this tour-opening event.
Navratilova, who won 90 of 93 matches last year, believes her presence on the court is sometimes enough to rattle opponents.
"I know back in 1973 and 1974, Chris [Evert Lloyd] had that aura about her. She would beat up on people pretty bad. They would go into the match thinking they couldn' t win, just wondering how many games they would win. I don' t know if I' m at that point yet," Navratilova said. "I may be getting there, too.
"I think some players, when they go against me, think their own game isn' t good enough and try to do too much with their shots. The other girls feel they have to play over their heads to beat me. They know I'm not going to beat myself."
But Hanika, ranked No. 10 in the world and seeded sixth in the tournament, is not conceding the title.
"I am not awed by Martina," said Hanika, who has won two of their last four meetings. "I will probably play a serve-and- volley game, but I'll have to see how she does early to dictate how I will play."
Defending champions Heinz Gunthardt and Balazs Taroczy defeated Brian Gottfried and Raul Ramirez, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6, to win the WCT World Doubles Championship at London. Gunthardt and Taroczy split $72,000; Gottfried and Ramirez split $36,000 ... Australian Wally Masur rallied past American Juan Farrow, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, to win the $40,000 West Australian Open at Perth.
East German Birgit Meineke earned her third individual gold medal in the U.S. Swimming International meet at Bloomington, Ind., winning the 100-meter freestyle in 53.99 seconds, a world short-course record.
Meineke, 18, earlier won the 50- and 200-meter freestyles.
Teammate Cornelia Sirch, 16, won the 200 backstroke in 2:07.74, a world short-course record.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Meineke, Sirch, Kristin Otto and Carmela Schmidt set a world short-course record of 3:41.74. Short-course records are set in 25-meter pools instead of the standard 50-meter pools.
Jeff Kostoff of Upland, Calif., and Kim Linehan of Sarasota, Fla., set American records in the men's and women's 1,500 freestyle. Kostoff's winning time was 14:50.37; Linehan's was 15:50.96.
Mary T. Meagher of Louisville won the 200 butterfly in 2:08.23, almost three seconds off her world record.
Although no team scores were kept, the United States won 16 gold medals. East Germany won 12.
West German Irene Epple, snapping a streak of disappointing performances, won the first women's World Cup super-giant slalom race at Verbier, Switzerland. Hanni Wenzel of Lichtenstein was second and Tamara McKinney third ... Erwin Resch of Austria won his second World Cup downhill race as a treacherous bend wiped out one-third of the field at Val D'Isere, France. Peter Luescher of Switzerland was second.
The New York-Pennsylvania League awarded a franchise to Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. League president Vincent McNamara said the club would be operated by Roger Kahn, author of The Boys of Summer ... World Boxing Association junior-flyweight champion Katsuo Tokashiki of Japan succesfully defended his title for the fourth time with a unanimous decision over South Korean Kim Hwan-Jin at Kyoto, Japan ... Geir Kyernmo of Norway, running his first marathon, won the inaugural Greater New Orleans Marathon in two hours, 20 minutes and 18 seconds, beating more than 2,000 competitors ... Northrexford Drive, ridden by Terry Lipham, rallied in the stretch to edge Sequoyah Sunday by 1 1/4 lengths in the $113,500 California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita. The winner covered seven furlongs in 1:22 2/5 and paid $6.80, $3.60 and $2.60.