SABATINI ROSE TO BE SERVED AT BOCA SLIMS
Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, March 1, 1992
Author: AMY NIEDZIELKA
With next Sunday's final already sold out, this year's $550,000 Virginia Slims of Florida tennis event is smelling like a rose, and naming one, too.
The tournament at the Polo Club Boca Raton begins Monday and will honor defending champion Gabriela Sabatini by unveiling the "Gabriela Sabatini Rose," a new hybrid rose.
Steffi Graf, Sabatini and Miami's Mary Joe Fernandez are the top three seeds.
"The event has become an extremely popular social outing in the Boca Raton area," said Sharon O'Connor, tournament director. "The tournament seems to attract just as many spectators who come to socialize and 'people watch' as it does tennis aficionados who come to watch the sport."
A total of 59,793 -- an outdoor women's event record -- attended last year's tournament, which takes place in the 6,200-seat Polo Club stadium. The tournament is in its ninth year.
Defending champion and three-time winner Sabatini is thought to be the first athlete to have a rose named in their honor. The orange-red Gabriela Sabatini Roses will adorn the premises.
Andrea Mueller of Germany upset No. 2 seed Catherine Suire of France, 6-2, 6-2, in the Slims qualifying round Saturday at Boca Raton.
Nathalie Herreman of France, the No. 4 seed, was defeated, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, by Nicole Arendt of New Jersey. Top seed Donna Faber of South Carolina advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Agnes Zugasti of France.
Center Court: 10 a.m. -- Faber vs. Christina Salui; Shaun Stafford (Gainesville) or Tammy Whittington (Gainesville) vs. Luanne Spadea (Boca Raton).
Court 23: 10 a.m. -- Sophie Amiach (France) vs. Renata Baranski (S.C.); Clare Wood (England) vs. Stephanie Rottier (Holland); Cammy MacGregor (Ca.) vs. Kristie Boogert; Jessica Emmons (Az.) vs. Amiach or Baranski.
Court 24: 10 a.m. -- Lisa Pugliese vs. Arendt; Meike Babel (Germany) vs. Amanda Grunfeld (England); Natalia Baudone (Italy) vs. Mueller.