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BATTLE OF 15-YEAR-OLDS: TORRES UPSETS RINALDI
The Miami Herald
Saturday, January 29, 1983
From Herald Wire Services
In a match of 15-year-olds, unseeded Michelle Torres upset eighth-seeded Kathy Rinaldi, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, Friday to reach today's semifinals of the $100,000 Avon Cup tennis tournament in Marco Island, Fla.
Torres, who knocked off second-seeded Wendy Turnbull in the first round, reached the semifinals of a tournament for the first time in her professional career.
"This is the toughest she [Torres] has ever played," said Rinaldi, who had experience against Torres in junior tennis tournaments.
In other matches Friday, top-seeded Andrea Jaeger coasted by Dianne Fromholtz, 6-4, 6-2, Hana Mandlikova topped Zina Garrison, 6-3, 6-4, and Andrea Temesvari edged Virgina Ruzici, 6-3, 6-2. Jaeger will play Torres and Mandlikova will meet Temesvari in today's semifinals.
Chris Evert Lloyd, Andrea Jaeger, Wendy Tunrbull, Hana Mandlikova, Virginia Ruzici, Zina Garrison, Kathy Rinaldi and Rosalyn Fairbank were named the top eight seeds, in order, for the Murjani Cup women's tournament, which will begin Monday at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
Seeds nine through 14 will be Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Andrea Leand, Kathy Jordan, Leslie Allen, JoAnne Russell and Catherine Tanvier. Goolagong will play Rosie Casals Monday afternoon, and Mandlikova will play Monday evening against an opponent to be determined. All of the other seeds will begin play Tuesday. Qualifiers will play today and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Jimmy Connors, on the strength of his victories in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, was ranked No. 1 in the world for 1982 by World Tennis Magazine despite a season-ending loss to Ivan Lendl. Lendl was ranked second, with John McEnroe third ... Jose-Luis Clerc and Mats Wilander won advanced to the final of a $255,000 men's tournament in Guaruja, Brazil. Clerc defeated Bernard Boileau, 6-1, 6-2, and Wilander beat Tomas Smid, 6-1, 6-4. Clerc will meet Wilander today, with $36,000 going to the winner and $18,000 to the runnerup.