LENDL WINS PAIR OF MATCHES
The Dallas Morning News
Thursday, May 8, 1986
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.