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Zina hoping home sweet for a change
Houston Chronicle
Tuesday, May 6, 1986

Zina Garrison thinks this might be the year for her to reverse her pattern of not playing well in her hometown.

The third-seeded Houstonian overcame a slow start and joined fifth-seeded Wendy Turnbull as a winner during first-round action Monday night in the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Houston at the Westside Tennis Center.

Garrison defeated Australian Elizabeth Smylie 7-5, 6-0 after avoiding two set points in the ninth game of the first set. Turnbull, returning to action after a month, posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Molly Van Nostrand of Brightwaters, N.Y.

In a battle of the Whites, Wendy of Atlanta upset Anne of La Jolla, Calif., 7-5, 7-5. Anne, not related to Wendy, was the sixth seed.

Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd will make her first appearance of the tournament tonight when she meets Anne Smith of Dallas. The 6 p.m. match involves second-seeded Kathy Rinaldi of Gainesville, Fla., and Candy Reynolds of Knoxville, Tenn., with the Evert Lloyd-Smith match to follow. Evert Lloyd-Turnbull, the No. 1-seeded team in doubles, will face Penny Barg-Beth Herr in the final match of the night.

Although Garrison has had some impressive wins in her career and has been ranked as high as No. 5 on the Women's Tennis Association computer, she has not played well in the pro tournaments in Houston. Usually her successes have been limited to the first two rounds, losing in the quarterfinals.

"Maybe, since I haven't been playing well lately, this is the year to reverse it," Garrison said.

"She was hitting her backhand well and I was a little nervous," Garrison said of her slow start.

This was Garrison's first competition since she retired with a knee injury after four games in the second set of a match in the second round at the Amelia Island WTA Championships last month.

"I took 12 days off after that. It was just a strain," she explained. "I've only played two sets since that time. I got killed by a pro at the Houston Racquet Club, but it (the knee) feels a lot better."

Garrison felt that she let herself be bothered by the windy conditions more than Smylie did.

"It bothered me, especially on the north end. She used it better than I did," she said.

Garrison was broken in two of her first three service games but broke back once. Smylie was serving for the set in the ninth game after breaking Garrison's service in the eighth game.

The ninth game went to deuce four times and Smylie twice had set points before Garrison rallied with the aid of two Smylie errors. That started a string of 10 consecutive Garrison wins that closed out the first set and extended throughout the second set.

Garrison pointed out that most of her problems have cropped up when she was leading 30-0.

"I just tried to concentrate more on the 30-0 points, instead of letting it get away," she said of her tactic changes.

Turnbull has been off the tour for a month and she had a little difficulty in the first set. After losing her serve in the third game she posted a break, and broke Van Nostrand again in the 10th game.

After Turnbull ran up a 5-0 advantage in the second set, Van Nostrand held serve and forced the seventh game to deuce after Turnbull's first match point hit the tape and bounded out.

"I got a little aggravated," Turnbull admitted after missing the slam. "You always want to win it on the first match point. I felt pretty good, but it is hard to be tough on the big points after being off.

"I haven't played on clay in a long time," she said of the close first set. "Once I got ahead (in the second set) she started to make a lot of errors. She either hits a lot of great shots or makes a lot of errors. There is no in between in her game."

She was disturbed by the windy conditions and felt that the court might be a little harder.

"In a couple of spots there are little holes and you can dig it up with your feet," Turnbull said. "Of course, no clay court is ever fast enough for me."

Wendy White admitted that she simply outlasted Anne White during the early session.

"It was a good win for me," Wendy said. "I thought it was difficult for both of us to get our timing down because it was real windy out there and the court is a very slow clay surface," Wendy said. "That is not very good for either of our games. It came down to just a matter of who could hang in there."

SLIMS NOTES - Fourth-seeded Kathy Jordan withdrew Monday prior to the start of the tournament. She encountered problems with a recurring shoulder injury last week while playing in the U.S. Clay Courts and returned to her specialist at King of Prussia, Pa., Debbie Spence of Cerritos, Calif., moved up in the draw to replace Jordan and Niurke Sodupe of Miami replaced Spence as a qualifier . . .Zina Garrison was expecting some new rackets from the factory, but they didn't arrive in time for her Monday night match. She had to go to the Westside pro shop and purchase a racket . . .Most of the big-name European players - Hana Mandlikova, Steffi Graf, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Helena Sukova, Manuela Maleeva and Australia's Gabriela Sabatini - have skipped this tournament to avoid tax problems. If players stay in the U.S. for a designated length of time they are required to pay U.S. taxes. Because all were in the U.S. for the Virginia Slims Championships in March, those players have exhausted their time limits, according to Women's Tennis Association Director of Operations Peachy Kellmeyer . . .Attendance at the Monday night session was estimated at 1,800, which was excellent considering the Monday schedule was not announced until late Sunday .
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Curren gives lesson to Teacher
The San Diego Union
Tuesday, May 6, 1986
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Fifth-seeded Kevin Curren survived gusty winds yesterday to defeat Brian Teacher 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the $615,000 Shearson Lehman Brothers Tournament of Champions at the West Side Tennis Club in New York.

Sweden's Mikael Pernfors, the No. 16 seed, also advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Terry Moor, but another Swede, 11th-seeded Henrik Sundstrom, fell to Pablo Arraya of Peru 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 7-6 (7-2).

Another seed to fall was No. 13 Slobodan Zivojinovich of Yugoslavia, who was stopped by Mexico's Francisco Maciel 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4). Ninth-seeded Martin Jaite of Argentina brushed aside Poland's Wojtek Fibak 6-4, 6-3.

In a battle that lasted five minutes short of three hours, Argentina's Guillermo Vilas beat Hans Schwaier of West Germany 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. The victory came on the same court where Vilas, now 33, captured the U.S. Open in 1977.

Curren rode his powerful serve and crisp volleys to victory in 73 minutes. His game was too sharp for Teacher, 31, who dropped his serve in the third and ninth games of the first set and the sixth and eighth games of the second.

The top seeds in the 64-player tournament -- No. 1 Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, No. 2 Boris Becker of West Germany, No. 3 Joakim Nystrom of Sweden and No. 4 Yannick Noah of France -- are scheduled to play their first-round matches today.

HOUSTON SLIMS -- Hometown favorite Zina Garrison, seeded third, survived a first-set scare before rallying to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Australian Elizabeth Smylie in a first-round match of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Houston. Fifth-seeded Wendy White defeated sixth-seeded Anne White 7-5, 7-5 and Wendy Turnbull of Australia beat Molly Van Nostrand 6-4, 6-1 in other first-round matches. Smylie was leading 5-3 and serving for the first set, but Garrison won that game and the next nine to take the match. Turnbull said her experience was the deciding factor in her victory over the unseeded Van Nostrand. "After I won the first set, which was very tight at the end, I started to have a mental edge," Turnbull said. "Molly tends to either hit a lot of winners or misses. There's no middle ground with her." In other singles action at the Westside Tennis Club, Camille Benjamin defeated Andrea Leand 6-0, 7-5, and Kim Sands topped Mary Lou Piatek 6-1, 6-3. Fourth-seeded Kathy Jordan withdrew due to a recurring shoulder injury. Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd had a first-round bye.

AZTECS ADVANCE -- The San Diego State men's team won five of the six singles matches yesterday and defeated Air Force, 5-1, in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference championships in Provo, Utah. The Aztecs, who clinched the match without sending their doubles teams onto the court, will face top-seeded Utah in the semifinals today. The Utes crushed Texas-El Paso yesterday, 9-0. Aztecs Julio Noriega, Larry Lindsey, Eric Crabb and Leland Rolling needed three sets to subdue their Air Force opponents. Russell Myers posted a 6-2, 6-2 win for SDSU's fifth point.
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Evert Lloyd, Rinaldi romp
Houston Chronicle
Wednesday, May 7, 1986

You might have thought that Chris Evert Lloyd and Kathy Rinaldi, the top seeds in the 16th annual Virginia Slims of Houston tennis tournament, were watching the clock at the Westside Tennis Center.

Rinaldi needed only 72 minutes Tuesday night to dispose of Candy Reynolds 6-1, 7-5, while Evert Lloyd whipped Anne Smith 6-0, 6-2 in only 56 minutes.

In the only other match Tuesday involving a seeded player, No. 8 seed Elise Burgin edged Houstonian Lori McNeil 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Houston's Zina Garrison, the third seed, will be featured tonight, facing Michelle Torres. It will be their third meeting and they are 1-1 at this stage.

Evert Lloyd won the first 11 games and allowed Smith only three points in the first five games. Smith, former Trinity University star and assistant coach, forced Evert Lloyd to the limit in the second game of the second set, sending the count to deuce five times and holding break points on three occasions. Evert Lloyd pulled out the game on her second advantage.

She moved on to a 5-0 advantage in that set before Smith put a break together and then held her serve.

"I like playing Anne and I always play well against her because she hits the ball hard," Evert Lloyd said. "I play better against someone who hits the ball, rather than just pushes it. She has an ideal game for me, it challenges me to try to pass her. I think if she had played any other player she would have done very well."

Evert Lloyd is coming off three weeks of vacation and was pleased with her first performance of the week.

Making her first women's tournament appearance in Houston since 1976, she will be skipping the German Open this year in preparation for the French Open. The German Open is scheduled next with the French to begin in two weeks.

"I want to play one clay tournament and this is very good preparation for the French," she said. "The problem with playing a tournament the week before a major tournament is that you have to be up for three weeks in a row."

Reynolds was broken three times in the first set but settled down in the second set. There were seven breaks in the second set as Rinaldi felt she lost her concentration after winning easily in the first set.

"She started playing a bit better and, after winning so easily, I lost my concentration. I think it was my fault (she got behind) and I had to start using my head to try to stay in the match," Rinaldi said.

"I started coming in a little and tried not to play spectacular tennis."

Rinaldi, who hit the pro circuit at age 14 and has enjoyed her greatest success during the past year, credits a rest period to the change in her game.

"At the end of 1984 I took time off and got myself in shape. I started improving different parts of my game. I started having some good wins and once you start having wins against the top players, you start believing in yourself.

"That makes you want to work harder and harder and want it more and more. I'm enjoying it and am more adjusted toward life now than I was at 14."

Burgin, finalist here last year and the doubles winner with Martina Navratilova, was forced to three sets by McNeil, who is another product of John Wilkerson's MacGregor Park Tennis Center program.

"Lori is the type of opponent who can have brilliant spots," Burgin said. "I would never take her lightly. It was a really difficult match to play because the wind was such a factor and there are some bad spots on the court.

McNeil, who reached the doubles semifinals of the U.S. Clay Courts last week with Catherine Suire, lost her serve twice in the first set, broke Burgin in the fourth game of the second and then lost her serve twice in the third set.
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Oh, yeah, I forgot the VS of CA tournament! Will have to queue that one up, if only for the Pistol Packing Martina incident...

Pistol-packin' Martina fined
The Toronto Star
Wednesday, May 7, 1986
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Tennis star Martina Navratilova has been fined $1,000 by the Federal Aviation Administration for carrying a concealed gun and ammunition aboard an airplane, a spokesman confirmed in Washington yesterday.

Russell Park of the FAA's Los Angeles office said Navratilova told authorities at the San Francisco airport March 2 that a .38-calibre Smith & Wesson and 10 rounds of ammunition were packed in a carry-on case by mistake.

"She claims there was some confusion. She said it was a mistake," he said.

The FAA's civil penalty was levied after law enforcement authorities decided against prosecuting Navratilova, Park said.

Park said the FAA notified Navratilova about the fine in a letter that was sent to her home in the Dallas area.

Navratilova could not be reached because she is in Japan, according to the Women's Tennis Association office in Miami.

Only rain stops Lendl

When he finally got started, Ivan Lendl was as hot as the weather. But the weather changed dramatically, and Lendl had to wait until today to decide his first-round match in the $615,000 Shearson Lehman Brothers Tournament of Champions in New York.

Lendl, defending champion, was leading 6-3, 2-2 last night when his battle with Italy's Francesco Cancellotti was first delayed, then suspended when heavy rains fell on the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.

All other seeded players who played yesterday advanced into today's second round of the 64-player tournament, including reigning Wimbledon champion Boris Becker of West Germany.

Also advancing were No. 3 Joakim Nystrom of Sweden, No. 4 Yannick Noah of France, No. 6 Brad Gilbert, No. 7 Thierry Tulasne of France, No. 8 Andres Gomez of Ecuador, No. 10 Jimmy Arias, No. 12 Andreas Maurer of West Germany and No. Tim Wilkison.

The red-haired Becker dropped his first two games before roaring back to 6-2, 6-4 victory over Spain's Juan Aguilera.

"It was my first match on clay in a while," said Becker, the No. 2 seed. "I was very pleased with my serve today.

Lendl also began slowly as Cancellotti captured the first three games. Then Lendl went on a seven-game tear, closing out the first set and taking a 1-0 lead in the second.

After a rain delay of 1 hour, 21 minutes, Lendl increased his advantage to 2-0 before Cancellotti captured the next two games in the baseline battle of clay-court specialists. Then the downpour began again, forcing the suspension.

The Lendl-Cancellotti match was played in 61-degree weather, a far cry from the record-tying 92 degrees recorded in New York earlier in the day.

Nystrom had no problems brusing aside Larry Stefanki 6-2, 6-2.

Chrissie almost flawless

Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd breezed to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Anne Smith in her opening match of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Houston title. Lloyd ripped off the first five games of last night's match with a loss of only three points and completed the first set charged with only three errors.

"Usually when I've been off three weeks, I am rusty. Tonight, I didn't feel rusty at all and I thought I played very well," Lloyd said. "Hopefully, I'll reach my peak toward the end of the week."
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Garrison wins tough match
Houston Chronicle
Thursday, May 8, 1986

Zina Garrison, the finesse player, was fairly average. Zina Garrison, the power player, was positively OK.

But it wasn't the mask she wore. It was the fire in Garrison's eye that kept Houston's tennis sweetheart in the thick of the Virginia Slims tournament Wednesday night.

Garrison, sustaining herself with sheer spunk when meal-ticket shots failed her, disposed of Michelle Torres 6-4, 6-3 to advance into the quarterfinal round at the Westside Tennis Club.

"When I got into the second set, I started thinking about some of the other matches I had when I was up a set," the No. 3-seeded Garrison said.

"I would win the first set and not do so good the second or third set. I needed to get over the hump."

Torres, an 18-year-old who lost only one game in a first-round blitzing of Regina Marsikova, was no easy obstacle. Torres broke Garrison's serve twice to open the match. Garrison returned the break each time.

It was in the seventh game of the first set that Garrison came face to face with elimination. Elimination, however, took one look at Garrison's determined snarl and backed off.

Torres had finally figured out Garrison's drop shot. Garrison, meanwhile, couldn't get a handle on her forehand smash.

She blew one big time, sent an angry scream into the fading twilight, drilled a game-winning ace and didn't lose service again.

Except in the first game of the second set. She double-faulted twice. It turned out that Garrison, the big server, wasn't all that terrific either.

"What haven't I tried?" she said of her serve. "I wasn't pleased with the double faults."

Torres, 1-1 with Garrison going into the match, wasn't too thrilled with her game either.

"The first couple of games were ridiculous," Torres said. "I wasn't doing anything with her drops."

Garrison prevailed in the second set with a brief change of temperament and deadly change of tact.

After losing the first game, Garrison conceded a point to Torres on a ball that had been ruled out. Torres promply lost the game on a double fault.

Serving in the fifth game, Garrison lost the first two points, then stormed back with a barrage of cross-court winners. In the sixth game, another flurry of winners - some cross-court, some down the line - earned Garrison the decisive service break.

"I just tried to move her as much as I could and get to the point where I could take control," Garrison said. "You have to keep her off balance. She's kind of a sneaky player. She likes to hit you with something you're not expecting."

"I made too many errors on some long points," Torres said. "I'd make some errors and she'd get more aggressive."

The field of eight seeds was trimmed to five earlier in the day when Pam Casale survived a stormy third set and upset No. 8 Elise Burgin 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Burgin, serving at 2-2 in the third set, protested Umpire Toni Lawrence's reversal of a baseline call that would have given Burgin the game. Lawrence ordered the point replayed, a decision that failed to satisfy Burgin. She drew a delay warning and then was assessed a point penalty for additional delay.

Burgin got on with the match and even held serve. In the seventh game, however, Casale got the break she needed to win the match.

Garrison, a quarterfinal loser last year to Burgin, will shoot for the semifinals Friday againt Casale.

Currently No. 11 on the Women's Tennis Association computer rankings, Garrison teammed with second-seeded Kathy Rinaldi later in the evening for a 6-3, 6-3 first-round doubles victory over Jennifer Mundel and Molly Van Nostrand.

Second-round singles play concludes today with top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd meeting Ann Henricksson in the feature match.

Evert Lloyd, competing in her first event after a three-week layoff, teammed with Wendy Turnbull for a 6-1, 6-1 first-round doubles victory over Kay McDaniel and Wendy White.

Evert Lloyd's baseline power proved an ideal complement to Turnbull's volley game and far too much for McDaniel and White to handle.

"I'm a better singles player than I am a doubles player," Evert Lloyd said, "but I'm smart enough to get good partners. I enjoy it. It's good serve and volley practice."

The only other singles seed to see action Wednesday, No. 7-seed Kate Gompert, easily advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over France's Catherine Suire.

In other first-round doubles action, Lea Antonopolis and Henricksson ousted Heather Crowe and former Trinity All-American Kim Steinmetz 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
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The Dallas Morning News
Thursday, May 8, 1986
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NEW YORK -- Top-seeded Ivan Lendl won twice Wednesday despite pain in his knee to join West Germany's Boris Becker, Sweden's Joakim Nystrom and France's Yannick Noah in the third round of the $615,000 Shearson Lehman Brothers Tournament of Champions.

But several seeds lost on the clay courts of the West Side Tennis Club, including No. 5 Kevin Curren, No. 6 Brad Gilbert and No. 8 Andres Gomez of Ecuador.

In a first-round match that had been suspended by rain Tuesday night, Lendl finished off Italy's Francesco Cancellotti, 6-3, 6-4, then returned to defeat Britain's John Lloyd, 6-2, 6-2.

Becker, the reigning Wimbledon champion, stopped South African Eddie Edwards, 6-4, 6-4; Nystrom eliminated Glenn Layendecker, 6-1, 6-4, and Noah defeated Ronald Agenor of Haiti, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

"Last night it was tough with the rain,'' Lendl said. "Today, it was like paradise.''

Lendl, hoping to defend his title on the famed clay courts at Forest Hills, said he seriously considered defaulting during the rain-delayed battle because of the tendinitis.

"I was happy that they said forget it,'' the world's top-ranked player said. "The court was heavy, and my foot stuck to it. My knee hurt, and I had to try and convince myself it wasn't hurting.''

Lendl and eighth-seeded Andres Gomez of Ecuador were fined $350 each by the Men's International Professional Tennis Council.

Lendl, the defending champion was fined for "abuse of racket'' and given a Code of Conduct warning after he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration Tuesday night, breaking it. Gomez was fined for "unsportsmanlike conduct.''

Becker dominated his South African foe, finishing with nine aces and hitting winners off both sides. The Wimbledon champion jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first set and broke from a 1-1 tie in the second to win the last five games to close out the match.

Garrison defeats Torres

HOUSTON -- Third-seeded Zina Garrison and Michelle Torres traded service breaks in the first four games of the match before Garrison broke away to a 6-4, 6-3 victory in a second-round match of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Houston.

In earlier matches, seventh-seeded Kate Gompert scored an easy 6-1, 6-3 victory over Cathrine Suire, but Pam Casale upended No. 8-seeded Elise Burgin, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

After the first four games, Garrison and Torres held serve until the 10th game when Garrison broke Torres at the first set point.

Garrison and Torres traded service breaks to start the second set and Garrison got the advantage in the sixth game for her second straight victory before her hometown fans.

Burgin, a finalist here last year, and Casale traded service breaks through the first four games of the final set. Burgin, of Baltimore, Md., held in the fifth game after receiving a warning and point penalty in a dispute over a call. Casale held in the sixth game and broke Burgin in the seventh game to gain the edge in the match.

Gompert, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., was broken in the first game of the match, but then reeled off six consecutive games to win the first set.

Borg wins in Tokyo

TOKYO -- Bjorn Borg of Sweden, serving five aces, beat Matt Anger of the United States, 6-3, 6-1, in less than one hour in the first round of the Gunze World Tennis Tournament.

Borg and Anger, ranked 26th in the world, both serve until the fifth game of the first set, when Anger double-faulted once and netted some shots.

In the second set, Borg only lost the fourth game. He drilled two consecutive aces in the seventh game.

"I like this indoor (synthetic rubber) surface very much. It is pretty slow but I like it. I am pleased with today's play,'' Borg said.

Martina Navratilova, the world's No. 1 woman player, meets fellow American Susan Mascarin in a singles match Thursday.

Mecir defeats Ingeramo

MUNICH, West Germany -- Top-seeded Miloslav Mecir of Czechoslovakia rallied to defeat Argentina's Marcelo Ingeramo, 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, in the second round of the $117,000 Nabisco Grand Prix Bavarian Open.

Mecir's countryman, third-seeded Tomas Smid, struggled in a first-round match against Martin Wostenholme of Canada before prevailing, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1.
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An easy time - Evert Lloyd, Turnbull romp to Slims victories
Houston Chronicle
Friday, May 9, 1986

Chris Evert Lloyd and Wendy Turnbull again exhibited the lack of depth in the 16th annual Virginia Slims of Houston field when they romped to fast wins in the second round of the tournament at Westside Tennis Club.

Turnbull, the fifth seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 7-6 (6-4) win over Camille Benjamin of Bakersfield, Calif., and Evert Lloyd, seeded No. 1, whipped Ann Henricksson of Mahtomedi, Minn., 6-2, 6-1.

Turnbull needed just 78 minutes to post her win and Evert Lloyd was on the court only 64 minutes.

In an afternoon match, second-seeded Kathy Rinaldi of Gainesville, Fla., gained the quarters with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kim Sands of Miami. In other second-round matches, Wendy White of Atlanta defeated Niurke Sodupe of Miami 7-5, 6-1, and Laura Gildemeister of Peru won over Debbie Spence of Cerritos, Calif., 7-6 (10-8), 6-2.

Evert Lloyd will play eighth-seeded Kate Gompert of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Rinaldi faces Turnbull; Gildemeister is paired against White and Pam Casale of Fairfield, N.J., goes against Houston's Zina Garrison in the quarterfinals.

However, the schedule does anything but favor Garrison. Indicating that the tournament is attempting to eliminate the best woman player ever produced by Houston, the tournament has scheduled her for the hottest part of the afternoon today, probably 3 p.m.

The reason given by Tour Director Lloyd Hatcher was that "Zina has played all of her matches at night."

So has Turnbull.

"We knew that people wanted to see Zina, so we put her on as late as possible during the day," was the reasoning given by Tournament Director Carrie Cromartie.

To make matters worse, Garrison will have to come back again tonight as she and Rinaldi have been scheduled for the final doubles match of the night.

Evert Lloyd, the Houston champion in 1974 and 1975, admitted that she was confident going into the match against the 40th-ranked Henricksson who is stronger on grass than clay.

"Anne (Smith) and Ann (Henricksson), their games are really suited to patience, to stay out there a long time," Evert Lloyd said.

"Kate (Gompert) hits with a lot of top spin and it is probably going to be a longer match, a closer match. The tougher the match, the better prepared you are for the later rounds."

Evert Lloyd felt she probably served a little better the first night (against Smith) because she had a couple of double faults on Thursday.

"She's got a very good serve and she put a lot of pressure on me," Evert Lloyd said.

"I won the first set 6-love and she made a lot of errors and I didn't make any," Turnbull said. "I made a few errors (to start the second set) and I got a little upset with myself. I let her get back in the match."

Turnbull admitted that she was not confident she could win the second set when she was down 4-0. "I wasn't confident that I could win it, but I thought I had a chance. If I could win six straight and she could win four then I had a chance. I wanted to hang in there because I didn't want it to go three sets."

She broke back in the sixth and 10th games to force the tiebreaker.

Turnbull won the first six points of the tiebreaker, but Benjamin avoided match points by winning the next four.

"She hit two really good drop shots (during the tiebreaker) and two other good shots," Turnbull said.

Benjamin, who is 5-foot-10, hit a lot of top spin balls with a lot of high bounces that the 5-4 1/2 Turnbull tried to just keep in play.

"There is nothing else you can do with it. If I had a two-handed backhand I would have probably done the same thing to her," said Turnbull. "I thought the best thing I could do was get it back to her backhand. It worked in the first set but in the second set she was waiting for that. I had to change a little bit and hit to her forehand."

Rinaldi broke Sands' serve three times in the first set but then lost her serve in the third game of the second set. From that point she lost only four points, breaking Sands in the fourth and sixth games of the 63-minute match.

"I felt kind of slow in the beginning," said Rinaldi. "Later on I felt better and started trying to hit out on the ball, instead of just keeping it in play."

Rinaldi was asked to compare her first-round match against Candy Reynolds with her second-round competition. "I felt I played about the same in both matches, but they are two totally different types of players. You can't get in a rhythm against Kim (Sands), she's very erratic. That's what makes her tough to play."

Sands hit a number of drop shots during the match, but Rinaldi felt that she hit too many of them. "I started to realize when she was going to hit one and got to most of them."

In the night's final match, Elise Burgin and Joanne Russell, the third seeds in doubles, defeated Candy Reynolds and Anne Smith 6-2, 6-4 to gain the quarterfinals.
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A long way, baby: 'T.T.' adds a touch of lace, grace to tennis togs
Houston Chronicle
Friday, May 9, 1986

Towering Ted Tinling, the titan of tennis togs and tiddlywinks, wore a diamond stud in his left earlobe, a French cockerel in his lapel, a Mr. Clean haircut and a tomato-red Hawaiian shirt beneath a crisp white linen jacket.

"Being in Houston is like coming home," said "T.T.," as he is known wherever tennis is played. He spoke in the accents of his native Eastbourne, England, slightly melded with those of a Yankee Doodle Dandy now living in Philadelphia.

He's here as director of International Liaison for the Virginia Slims Championship Series under way at Westside Tennis Center.

Tinling has been with the women ever since they declared their independence at the Houston Racquet Club in 1970, turned pro and started competing for big bucks like the big boys.

He was commissioned then to create new outfits for the players to wear at each tournament on the pro tour.

Tinling stats: Age, 76. Height, 6 feet 4 inches ("I'm shrinking, lost an inch."). Walks with a slight limp following knee surgery. Convalesced recently at the French Federation matches in Monte Carlo. That's where he acquired the French cockerel pin and a few pounds.

He has been associated with the game of tennis for 63 years and is a recent inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

He started as an umpire at age 13 for a match featuring his heroine, French player Suzanne Lenglen, Wimbledon champ in 1925.

He played amateur tennis between 1935 and 1950, and he became a fashion couturier in 1931 but shuttered his boutique to become a colonel in the British Army during World War II.

Known primarily for his expertise and occasional whimsical approach to women's tennis costumes, Tinling will always be remembered for the then-scandalous lace-trimmed panties he designed to go underneath Gussie Moran's short tennis dress at Wimbledon in 1949.

Photographers developed a new shooting position - "lying flat on the tennis court," he chuckled in fond remembrance of Gussie's fancy pants. "Today that costume would be conservative."

(Don't scoff. Associated Press photographer Bob Ryder was named "Photographer of the Year" for his picture of Gussie Moran in her Tinling designer tennis panties.)

That was about the time, Tinling recalled, that attempts to break the cardinal all-white costume rule at Wimbledon had resulted in the banning of the renegades from play. It was T.T. who had added the offensive color trim.

Gussie wrote that she was coming to Wimbledon and "wanted me to make her something with color," he said. "I advised her that she would be banned and started thinking about something white that would enhance her feminine, swaying walk and beautiful legs."

Lace on the pants did it, making Gussie a "cause celebre" at Wimbledon that year and a conversation topic for many years to come.

A retrospective photography exhibit at London's Victoria and Albert Museum next month will spotlight Tinling's tennis costumes.

Photos go back as far as 1879 when May Langrische, first woman champion at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin, Ireland, swept across the court in an elaborate skirt that brushed the ground. And flowers at her throat yet.

As the Virginia Slims motto suggests, they've come a long way, baby.

To wit: A photo of Anne White, a competitor in the Houston Virginia Slims tourney, who shocked the Wimbledon crowd as late as 1985 with her startling white body stocking. She had the figure for it but officials asked her to change.

Tinling is crushed that Gussie Moran threw out the historic pants during a housekeeping binge.

"How would you like your underwear in a museum?" she asked him recently.

Since the Moran days he has been recognized for the halter dress that became one of Chris Evert's fashion trademarks. He also designed the lace wedding gown she wore as the bride of British tennis player John Lloyd.

Tinling created the sequined outfit that Billie Jean King wore when she mopped up on Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" at the Astrodome.

"Chris has a contract with an Italian designer except when she represents the United States in Wightman and Federation Cup play," he said. "She was wearing my halter dress when she won in Australia."

And that halter style also led to the wedding gown.

Since she could not wear a bra with the halter, Tinling lined the bodices of each with Christian Dior handkerchiefs for comfort.

I did this hurriedly in a hotel bedroom in Melbourne," he said. "Had half a hanky left over."

Chris was being sought out at the banquet that night by autograph-seekers.

"I sent over the half of a hanky for her to sign," he said. "She sent it back with a special message." She wrote: "Thank you for my lovely tennis dresses, but don't forget you owe me the most important one of all."

That message told Tinling that Chrissie was engaged to John Lloyd.

He made several trips to the Evert home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to oversee the making of the satin and lace gown appliqued with 2,000 seed pearls.

One admiring writer correlated the bride with her gown: "She is smooth as satin, romantic as lace and durable as pearls." Tinling, one of Evert's most arden fans, agrees wholeheartedly.

Insistent on femininity and individuality in his women tennis players, Tinling bemoans the beauty that he sees floating away with the top spin strokes most of them are using.

"They look painful, not graceful," he said.

The $150,000 Virginia Slims of Houston matches continue through Sunday at the Westside Tennis Center.
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Clay, Casale upset combo for Garrison
Houston Chronicle
Saturday, May 10, 1986

Pam Casale combined clay courts and Zina Garrison to make a tasty meal during the quarterfinals of the 16th annual Virginia Slims of Houston Tennis Tournament on Friday at the Westside Tennis Club.

The unseeded Casale, of Fairfield, N.J., overcame the heat and a bee sting as the Houstonian was eliminated in the quarterfinals for the fifth time in the last six years of the local event, this time by a score of 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

In the other quarterfinal matches top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd of Boca Raton, Fla., beat Kate Gompert of Rancho Mirage, Calif., 6-4, 6-1; Kathy Rinaldi of Gainesville, Fla., beat Wendy Turnbull of Deer Creek, Fla., 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, and Laura Gildemeister of Peru whipped Wendy White of Atlanta 6-2, 6-4 in a battle of unseeded players.

In the semifinals Rinaldi goes against Casale in the 5 p.m. opener today and Evert Lloyd will face Gildemeister. The doubles semifinals will follow.

The 800 people who braved the heat to watch Garrison and Casale saw one of the better matches of the tournament despite the fact that Garrison was far off of her usual game. However, she was not off the usual game that she has played against Casale on clay.

This was the third time they have met on clay and Garrison has yet to win. This was, in fact, closer than the two previous meetings - at the 1983 French Open when the count was 6-0, 6-0 and at the 1984 U.S. Clay Courts when the margin was 6-4, 6-2.

Casale, once ranked No. 14 in the world but now at No. 55 on the Women's Tennis Association computer rankings, felt that the key to the match was that she won all the important points.

"Every time she got ahead 4-2, I came back. She was ahead 3-1, 40-15 and I came back," she said. "It was a matter of me playing the big points a little tougher than she did.

"When you are playing well, you don't think about the past, you think about now, about how you are hitting the ball and about your concentration. You forget about what she is ranked and all that stuff. Rankings don't mean anything if you are a good player.

"I went out there determined to win today. When I missed I wasn't missing by very much, I was still going for it. I wasn't being conservative or trying to push the ball back. I felt like I was playing a little better than she was today."

Garrison didn't dispute the point.

"I played well at some points and at some points I didn't," the Houstonian said. "I guess it is a lack of concentration and a lack of confidence. It was not like I didn't have opportunities to win.

"It has happened to me before but it hasn't happened to me this long before," she said of the slump which has extended back to January.

Garrison, ranked No. 8 in the world at the end of 1985, has dropped to No. 11 on the current rankings and had been seeded No. 3 in this tournament.

"Keep working," Garrison forecast as the method to break out of the slump. "Keep doing the things I'm supposed to do. It's not the way I'm hitting the ball. I think I'm hitting the ball well.

"Basically I stopped being aggressive. In the tiebreaker I missed two backhand volleys that were really crucial."

Garrison said she was not tired of playing the curcuit but is "tired of losing."

They exchanged service breaks to start the one hour and 40 minute match with Garrison winning 11 straight points as she moved to a 2-1 lead. She broke Casale again in the sixth game to go up 4-2.

The seventh game was crucial. Casale kept battling back and had five break points as the count went to deuce on six occasions. Casale finally broke through when Garrison missed with a forehand. She held to level at 4 and then moved ahead when Garrison double faulted on break point in the 11th game. Garrison forced the tiebreaker by breaking back.

With the help of the crucial backhand volleys that Garrison missed, Casale won the tiebreaker on her second set point.

As the second set started, fate stepped in again and a bee sting eventually favored Casale even though it was her shoulder that was attacked.

She was broken just after the sting but, while she was receiving treatment Garrison sat on the sideline.

Garrison said later that she should have gone on the court and hit a few balls to keep warm because she was to serve when the match resumed. She double faulted on her first point, was broken but managed to break back to take a 3-1 lead.

That was the last game she won, missing a break-point chance in the fifth game and losing her serve in the sixth and eighth games. Casale wrapped it up when Garrison missed a forehand volley at match point.

Garrison's coach, John Wilkerson, declined to comment on the unusual schedule that had the hometown favorite playing at the hottest point of the day.

"It's not good for the fans but Zina will play any time," Wilkerson said.

However, it was the second time in a week that Wilkerson's players had received rough treatment from the Virginia Slims scheduling staff here.

Houstonian Lori McNeil and Catherine Suire of France were not entered in the doubles draw because they were not here. They were in the semifinals of the U.S. Clay Courts at Indianapolis, Ind.

So Houstonians missed a chance to see this fast-developing doubles combo in action although both were entered in singles.

Evert Lloyd's match was her first against Gompert.

"The first set was a little more difficult because she has so much topspin on the ball, she loops it a lot and I hadn't played anyone like that recently," Evert Lloyd said. "In the second set I was a little more used to it and I tried some drop shots.

"The first set was very close, it was 5-4 for me, 15-40 for her so you never know what is going to happen. But the second set I would say I cruised."

Turnbull cruised in the first set but Rinaldi, the second seed, rallied late in the second set to force a tiebreak. The third set was all Rinaldi.

"She played so well in the first set and she was dictating the rhythm," Rinaldi said. "She was charging and playing really well. There wasn't much I could do.

"When I won that game at 5-4 (second set) I told myself I could win. She didn't play as well in the third as she had in the first two sets."

Today's doubles semifinals match Evert Lloyd and Wendy Turnbull against Garrison and Rinaldi in one match, and Elise Burgin and Joanne Russell against Mary Lou Piatek and Anne White in the other.

Piatek-White defeated Lea Antonoplis and Ann Henricksson 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 and Garrison and Rinaldi downed Sandy Collins and Terry Holladay 6-3, 6-1.
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Rinaldi sidelines Casale for spot in Slims finals
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Sunday, May 11, 1986

Second-seeded Kathy Rinaldi won a spot in the finals of the rain-delayed Virginia Slims of Houston Saturday night when she disposed of unseeded Pam Casale 6-4, 6-4 at the Westside Tennis Club.

The Gainesville, Fla., resident will be opposed by either Chris Evert Lloyd of Boca Raton, Fla., or Laura Gildemeister of Peru. They were involved in a late match.

The singles finals will start at 2 p.m. today with the doubles finals to follow. Because the Saturday schedule was more than two hours late in starting,one of the doubles semifinals was delayed until 11 a.m. today. That involves Elise Burgin-JoAnne Russell against Mary Lou Piatek-Ann White.

Rinaldi required one hour and 28 minutes to dispose of Casale but that is not unusual for matches involving Casale.

"She's a tough clay-court player," Rinaldi said. "She runs everything down and throws a lot of balls back, giving you a lot of chances to lose. She has been playing real well. I was down 4-2 in the second set and I decided I had to start dictating the progress of the match a little more. I had been dictating the pace in the first set but in the second set she started to.

"Pam's had a lot of good wins this week and her confidence is high."

The rain Saturday required a lot of work by the ground crew before play could start Saturday night but both players agreed the conditions were as good as could be expected.

"Naturally it is going to be a lot slower than it was before," Rinaldi said. "Overall it was really good."

"We both had some bad bounces," Casale said. "But you have to expect that when it rains during an outside tournament.

"I was pretty happy with the way I played. I was ahead 4-2 in the second set and if I could have won that, it might have been different. But Kathy is playing well. She had to earn every point."

One of the things Rinaldi did especially well was to lob to the baseline with Casale at the net and Casale admitted that it was a totally unexpected maneuver.

"I didn't expect it," she said. "I was looking for down-the-line shots and they (the lobs) were great shots."

Casale, who has dropped from No. 14 to No. 55 on the computer rankings, is pinning her hopes for a resurgence on the success she has had in this tournament.

She has had wins over Elise Burgin and Zina Garrison, both ranked ahead of her.

"I had a tough draw and I thought I played well here," Casale said. "I can't complain and I think I'm on my way back now. If I can keep on playing like I have this week, hopefully I can get back in the top 20."

There were four service breaks midway through the first set and at the end they were even at 3-all. Casale held to go up 4-3 but that was the last game she won in the set. In fact, she won only three points in the last three games, losing her serve in the ninth game on the third break point.

The second set was almost a duplicate with the players even at 4 with both having recorded a pair of breaks. Again the end was quick, Rinaldi breaking Casale at love in the ninth game and Casale's forehand net error closed out the match in the 10th game.

NOTES - Attendance at the first five night sessions totaled 14,458 and the Saturday night session was a virtual sellout in the 4,000-capacity stadium. Less than 200 tickets are left for the finals today . . .Chris Evert Lloyd on playing against her friends: "It's tough for me to play my friends, that's why I don't have any friends. The toughest matches I ever played were against my sister. We played three times on the tour and I almost died. I don't like playing Wendy (Turnbull), she's my closest friend on the tour. I just can't look at her. That's tough". . . .Wendy White, who pulled the first upset of a seeded player when she whipped sixth-seeded Anne White and was in contention until the quarters, was a Houston resident during the 1982 Team Tennis season when she played for the Houston Astronots. That team competed at the Woodlands during the summer season . . .Kelly Wilkerson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkerson, has a new sister named Terry. Wilkerson coaches Zina Garrison and Lori McNeil. . . .
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Chris impatient, but still a winner
Houston Chronicle
Monday, May 12, 1986

Chris Evert Lloyd says she is more impatient now than during her formative tennis years. However, her performance Sunday in the finals of the Virginia Slims of Houston belied her evaluation.

It is true that 19-year-old Kathy Rinaldi appeared more patient in the second set of their match in 88-degree weather on the clay courts at the Westside Tennis Club. But the third set was a textbook example of the Ice Maiden of yesteryear.

For the record the final score was 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. And Rinaldi, although suffering her seventh consecutive loss to Evert Lloyd, finally won the first set of her career off her fellow Floridian.

It was Rinaldi's first exhibition of patience. Evert Lloyd had won the first set Sunday with relative ease and took the first game of the second set. She later called the second game of that set a "sloppy game."

It appeared she was rushing her shots in an effort to close out the match as soon as possible. That's understandable, since she played four hours of tennis Saturday night, finishing at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

But Rinaldi had other thoughts and started mixing moon balls with her top-spin attack.

She broke Evert Lloyd's serve three consecutive times, losing her serve only in the sixth game. After the set count had been tied, Lloyd seemed to dig deeply into her 25 years of experience to regain her composure.

She allowed Rinaldi only three points in the first three games of the final set and led 3-0. At one time she led in points 17-3. That pace had to cool off and it did in the fifth game.

They played 20 points in that game and Rinaldi missed five break-point chances as the score went to deuce on seven occasions. That long service game seemed to drain the 31-year-old Evert Lloyd more than it did her opponent, and Rinaldi leveled the score with a break in the seventh game.

"I think I tired a little in the third set," Evert Lloyd said. But the Ice Maiden, as she was tagged by the British media during her early career, again reached back for more strength. Even though she mis-hit two balls and the count went to deuce twice, she held serve in the ninth game to go up 5-4.

Rinaldi double-faulted to open what proved to be the final game and Evert Lloyd hit a high top spin that forced Rinaldi into the back fence. Rinaldi steadied herself with a smash, but two forehand errors wrote finish to the match.

Evert Lloyd came here - rather than playing the German Open which starts today - to get in condition for the French Open, which begins May 26 in Paris on clay. She felt she accomplished the conditioning work which she set out to do.

"The one thing that I've learned this week is that I seem to get leads and then let my opponent get back in the match," Evert Lloyd said. "I really feel lucky to have won this match.

"It was tough to come back in the heat of the day. It's easier to recover when you are 18 (actually Rinaldi is 19) than when you are 31, that's just human nature.

"This was my first day match of the tournament and I wasn't accustomed to it as much as someone who had been playing during the day. Kathy gets a lot of balls back and she plays real tough. She kept me moving from side to side, hitting a lot of balls. And she is certainly very fit."

You can be sure of one thing. The next time Rinaldi faces Evert Lloyd she will be alert for the backhand approach shot and charge to the net that forced her into the error that ended the match.

"She hit that same shot against me when I had a set point against her in Florida (in the Lipton International)," Rinaldi said. "I think we both played a smart match. I feel like with Chrissie you have to do something different."

Although she took her first set off Evert Lloyd, Rinaldi admitted losing still hurts.

But she is determined to continue to work on her game and make progress.

"It may be three months, six months, a year or two years away," Rinaldi said. "I'm just going to keep working."

The victory was the third Houston championship for Evert Lloyd in four Virginia Slims events here. She won in 1974 and 1975 and lost in the finals of the 1976 event. It was at this same site she won the 1974 tournament.

The win was worth $30,000 to Evert Lloyd while Rinaldi picked up a check for $13,600, plus splitting $2,750 as a doubles semifinalist.

Evert Lloyd and Wendy Turnbull later won the doubles championship by defeating Elise Burgin and Joanne Russell 6-2, 6-4. The doubles champions divided $10,800 and the runnersup split $5,500.

NOTES - The Sunday attendance of 4,137 and Saturday night audience of 4,088 brought the total for the week to 22,683. That is probably the best attendance since the 1980 event at The Summit when Billie Jean King stopped Martina Navratilova's string of four successive Houston championship wins . . .A couple of the biggest cheers of the day went to linesmen after they had missed obvious calls and came back to make a correct call . . .The red face of the Saturday night session was worn by chairumpire Toni Lawrence. When she tossed the coin prior to a late-night match between Evert Lloyd-Turnbull and Zina Garrison-Rinaldi, the coin hit Evert Lloyd on the head . . . While waiting for the grounds keepers to prepare the court Saturday night, Joanne Russell and Elise Burgin answered questions from spectators. Russell was asked the difference between her game and that of Navratilova's. "Well, Martina is left-handed and I'm right-handed."
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Monday, May 12, 1986
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NEW YORK -- Yannick Noah has an unhappy habit of drawing attention to himself.

He won the French Open in 1983, and soon after was driven from his homeland because he couldn`t handle all the fuss made over him.

Now a resident of New York, where he says he can walk the streets in anonymity, Noah refocused the spotlight back on himself Sunday when he won the $615,000 Shearson Lehman Tournament of Champions in his new hometown.

Just as he has dominated all week, Noah never was seriously threatened as he squashed the game comeback bid of Guillermo Vilas for a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory.

"I`m playing well, I`m happy, all I have to worry about is my game," Noah said, referring to his new-found peace of mind. "It`s a big difference when all I have to worry about is my game, so it feels great just to be this way.

"I know my game is pretty solid, and I`m waiting for the big ones to put the level of my game a little higher. I believe in my chances."

Despite the fact he will be a little better recognized, Noah said, "All wins are big, but this one is very special to me because it`s the first one in my new hometown."

After winning a first set that lasted 65 minutes, Noah raced through the second set in 28 minutes, and then dedicated the Mother`s Day victory to his wife, Cecilia.

Noah, in registering his first tournament success of the year, went through the week without dropping a set and it appeared he never was tested to his limit.

Just as he was a day earlier in eliminating defending champion Ivan Lendl, Noah was virtually unbeatable on his serve, and he used a daring net game to good advantage. Vilas was unable to break once, and it wasn`t until the final game of the match that he could even reach break point.

The 25-year-old Frenchman was credited with nine aces, including three in the second game of the second set.

"He was serving huge, he was serving very good," admitted Vilas.


HOUSTON -- Chris Evert Lloyd felt the heat in the final of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Houston , and teen-ager Kathy Rinaldi was one of the reasons.

Playing in muggy conditions, Rinaldi put up her best battle against the world`s second-ranked player, but Evert rallied for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory. Evert had not lost a set in six previous matches against her 19-year-old opponent.

"It was pretty hot out there for both of us," Evert said. "I haven`t played too many day matches, so I wasn`t used to the heat. She played real tough and kept me moving. She was really into the match. She seemed a little fresher."

Rinaldi took advantage of Evert's erratic serve in the second set with breaks in the third, fifth and seventh games.

Rinaldi overcame a double fault that forced her to break point in the eighth game but she hit a winner and Evert hit two errors to give Rinaldi the set.

In the decisive third set, Rinaldi faltered at the start, winning only three points in the first three games and falling behind 3-0. Evert took a 4-1 lead after the lengthy fifth game that went to seven deuces and she had to escape from five break points. Rinaldi broke back in the seventh game at love and held to tie the match at 4-4.

But Evert pulled out the next two games, winning the ninth game when a lob by Rinaldi was long.

In the 10th game, Rinaldi double-faulted for the sixth time in the match and hit a shot deep to fall behind. She followed with a smash, then hit a pair of shots wide to give the match to Evert.

"I can't stand to lose to 18-year-olds. I guess that's what keeps me going," said Evert.


OSAKA, Japan -- tefan Edberg beat fellow Swede Bjorn Borg 6-3, 6-4 to win the men's singles title, while Martina Navratilova defeated Bonnie Gadusek 6-4, 6-0 in an all-American women's final in the Gunze World tournament.

Edberg, winner of last year's Australian Open and ranked sixth in the world, needed about an hour to down Borg, who retired from active tournament play in 1983.

Edberg took leads of 5-1 in the first set and 4-1 in the second on service breaks and held on for the victory despite suffering one service break himself late in each set. He blasted in 65 percent of his first serves in the first set and 70 percent in the second.

Navratilova, the world's No. 1 woman player, also took about an hour to beat Gadusek, the defending champion, who didn't win a game after dropping her serve at 4-4 in the first set.

Navratilova and American Tim Mayotte needed a first-set tiebreaker before beating Edberg and Pam Shriver of the United States 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 for the mixed doubles championship.


Egypt, Bulgaria and Greece completed sweeps of their Davis Cup tennis series with singles victories, while Turkey and Portugal also advanced.
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The 1986 VS of California tournament, also known as "Martina, Get Your Gun."

Can Martina End Top Seed Oakland Jinx?
Friday, February 21, 1986

The top-seeded player has failed to win the championship in the last five Virginia Slims of
California tennis tournaments, and Martina Navratilova, who had that sinking feeling in 1981 and 1984, is on the hot seat again.

Navratilova joins Chris Evert Lloyd and two-time defending champion Hana Mandlikova in the chase for the $30,000 first prize in the tournament, which runs Monday through Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

Besides the top three ranked women in the world, the $150,000 event includes three other members of the Top 10 - No. 8 Bonnie Gadusek, No. 9 Zina Garrison and No. 10 Helena Sukova.

Navratilova, who won the tournament three straight times beginning in 1978, had her 54-match win streak snapped when she was upset in the 1984 finals by Mandlikova.

Evert, a two-time winner, hasn't won in Oakland since 1976 although she has reached the finals four times since then. Last year she lost the championship match to Mandlikova.

Mandlikova beat Navratilova in the 1984 finals and repeated that victory in the finals of the U.S. Open.

Here's the ill fate of the last five top seeds: Navratilova lost in the first round in 1981 to Claudia Kohde-Kilsch; Evert lost in the finals in 1982 to Andrea Jaeger; Tracy Austin lost in the quarterfinals in 1983 to Andrea Temesvari; Navratilova lost in the finals in 1984 to Mandlikova in what was called the greatest match in the tournament's 16-year history; and Evert lost the finals in 1985 to Mandlikova.

Daytime sessions Monday through Friday start at 10 a.m. and evening sessions Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday's finals are at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $7-12 Monday through Thursday and $10-15 Friday through Sunday.
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San Jose Mercury News
Sunday, February 23, 1986

The addition of Martina Navratilova creates "the best field we've ever had," according to the director of a $150,000 women's tennis tournament that will be played at the Coliseum Arena from Monday to Sunday.

Navratilova joins Chris Evert Lloyd and two-time defending champion Hana Mandlikova, giving the tournament the top three women players in the world.

"It's rare to see Chris and Martina in the same tournament, except in a Grand Slam event," said tournament director Jan Diamond. "They just never play together, unless it's a big event or there's something special, like the bonus money."

Bonus money is what brought Navratilova to the Oakland tournament. She had said she would skip it, but illness forced her to miss other tournaments needed to qualify for the bonus money ($250,000 is offered to the women's points-standings leader and $150,000 to the runner-up). Skipping the Oakland tourney would have meant Navratilova forfeiting at least the second-place money.

Either Navratilova or Evert is assured of winning the top bonus, which probably will be decided at a $250,000 tournament March 10-16 in Dallas.

"There's an extra spark in the air," Diamond said. "Chris is kind of aware of Martina, and Martina is kind of aware of Chris. And the other players are aware that they aren't going to have an easy time getting to the final."

But the Oakland tournament is where top-seeded players have faltered.

''The Oakland tournament has been kind of a jinxed tournament for top players for the past five years," Diamond said.

Navratilova is the tournament's top seed, and Evert is No. 2.

Mandlikova, seeded third this year, disposed of top seeds in the last two finals, surprising Evert last year and Navratilova in 1984. Bettina Bunge won in '83 after Andrea Temesvari upset top seed Tracy Austin in the second round. Andrea Jaeger won in '82, upsetting the top-seeded Evert, and in '81, after Claudia Kohde-Kilsch beat the No. 1-seeded Navratilova.

''Everyone always assumes Chris or Martina is going to win, but you can never assume that at Oakland, because the top-seeded players seldom win there," Diamond said.

The other seeded players in the tournament are: No. 4 Bonnie Gadusek (ranked eighth in the world), No. 5 Zina Garrison (ninth), No. 6 Helena Sukova (10th), No. 7 Wendy Turnbull (14th) and No. 8 Barb Potter (17th).

Players of local interest are Robin White of San Jose (ranked 34th in the world), Peanut Louie of San Francisco (47th), Anna Ivan of Palo Alto (61st) and former Stanford players Kathy Jordan (19th), Kate Gompert (24th), Elise Burgin (29th) and Alycia Moulton (37th).

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY: 10 a.m.: Camille Benjamin vs. Mary Lou Piatek; Grace Kim vs. Rosalyn Fairbank; Gompert vs. Robin White; Moulton vs. Burgin; and Ivan vs. Ann Henricksson.

7 p.m.: Anne White vs. Garrison; Temesvari vs. Annabel Croft.



WHERE: Oakland Coliseum Arena

WHEN: Monday through Sunday

PRIZE MONEY: $150,000

DRAW: 28 singles, 16 doubles

1985 WINNER: Hana Mandlikova

1985 RUNNER-UP: Chris Evert Lloyd

STARTING TIMES: Afternoon session (Monday through Friday), 10 a.m. Evening session
(Monday through Saturday), 7 p.m. Sunday session (finals), 2 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $7, $9, $12 (Monday through Thursday); $10, $12.50, $15 (Friday through Sunday)
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Re: 1986

Monday, February 24, 1986
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Six of the top 10 players in the world, including No. 1 Martina Navratilova, No. 2 Chris Evert Lloyd and No. 3 Hana Mandlikova, will compete in the Slims of Oakland women's tennis tournament this week.

The $150,000 event, which begins today at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, has one of its strongest fields in the 16 years the Slims tour has stopped in Oakland. Seven of the top 15 players in the Slims world championship series point standings have entered.

The top 16 players in the final point standings will qualify for the $500,000 Slims Championships in mid-March at Madison Square Garden. Part of reason the Bay area tournament is loaded with top talent is that after Oakland, only the U.S. Indoors and the Slims of Pennsylvania and Dallas events remain.

Navratilova was a surprise entrant in the tournament, which runs through March 2. Lloyd
was already committed to the Oakland stop. Ordinarily, the two split up appearances.

Navratilova entered Oakland when she was forced to miss the Slims of Florida two weeks ago because of the flu. Since she didn't earn any points in Florida and did not play this week, Navratilova's No. 1 position in the Slims points standings could have been in jeopardy had she skipped Oakland.

Other players entered, with world rankings in parentheses, are Bonnie Gadusek (No. 8), Zina Garrison (No. 9), Helena Sukova (No. 10) and Wendy Turnbull (No. 14).

Mandlikova is the defending champion, but Navratilova is favored to take the title. Navratilova is the top seed, a position that has been jinxed the last five years. Not since 1980 has the No. 1 seed captured the Oakland title.

In 1981, Navratilova , seeking her fourth consecutive Oakland title, entered as the No. 1
seed. But in the first round, she lost to Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, a relative unknown then but
currently rated No. 4 in the world.

In 1982, Andrea Jaeger was the giant killer. She defeated top-seeded Lloyd in the final.

The following year, Tracy Austin, the No. 1 seed, lost in the quarterfinals to Andrea Temesvari.

The jinx continued in 1984 when Navratilova was once again the No. 1 seed. She had won the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open and was the clear favorite. But Navratilova met Mandlikova in the final, a match many call the greatest in the
tournament's history. Mandlikova walked away with the victory.

Last year, Lloyd was back as the No. 1 seed and reached the final again, this time against
Mandlikova. The Czechoslovakian won in straight sets to keep the jinx alive.

Starting times and ticket prices vary. Daytime sessions Monday through Friday begin at 10 a.m. Evening sessions Monday through Saturday begin at 7 p.m. The final Sunday begins at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $7, $9 and $12 Monday through Thursday and $10, $12.50 and $15 Friday through Sunday.
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