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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:24 AM   #1
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1984

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen -- Wait, that's not the right 1984.

Despite not finishing up 1983, 1986, or1992, it's already half past May, so this needs to get started now.

MARTINA IS NO. 1
The Miami Herald
Thursday, January 5, 1984
JIM MARTZ, Herald Sports Writer

Just as major-college football has a mythical national champion, pro tennis has mythical men's and women's world champions each year, often with just as much controversy.

The major colleges don't determine a true champion because there's no playoff system. The winner (or winners) is determined by rankings.

Tennis also doesn't have a major tournament which unequivocably decides the champ. Rather, there are dozens of them, with the four Grand Slam events (Wimbledon, U.S., French and Australian Opens) considered the most important.

And just like football, tennis has several polls. The most widely recognized are conducted by World Tennis and Tennis magazines and the International Tennis Federation.

There's no doubt Martina Navratilova is No. 1 for 1983 in women's tennis. She won 16 of 17 tournaments and 86 of 87 matches. And Chris Evert Lloyd, who won six of 15 tournaments and had a 57-8 match record, clearly is second.

But the No. 1 men's player may not be determined until after next week's Volvo Masters in New York. John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander are in contention in the fiercest battle since Bjorn Borg and Guillermo Vilas shared the honor in 1977, with Connors close behind.

For the first time since 1976, four players won Grand Slam tournaments: Yannick Noah (French), McEnroe (Wimbledon), Connors (U.S.) and Wilander (Australian). Wilander won the most tournaments, nine, while McEnroe and Lendl won six each and Connors four.

"I think I'm out of it," Lendl said during the recent Ilie Nastase/Hamptons Invitational at North Miami Beach. "To be No. 1, you have to win at least one Grand Slam event. I think it has to go to McEnroe."

McEnroe, who is No. 1 on the computer ranking, may end up as the consensus champion. Tennis magazine already has made its ranking and it lists McEnroe first, followed by Connors, Lendl, Wilander and Noah. World Tennis and the ITF will wait until after the Volvo Masters.

* * *

Bettina Bunge of Coral Gables realizes her comeback on the women's tour won't be easy. Seeded third in the first tournament she had played since last June, she lost Monday, 6-1, 6-4, to unseeded Bonnie Gadusek in the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington.

Bunge, who had been recovering from an ear operation and tendinitis in a shoulder, said, "Six months is a long time without playing a match. I really didn't expect too much of myself. It's going to take awhile."

* * *

Passing shots: Friday through Sunday, Linda Evans will present the Bonaventure/San Miguel Pro-Celebrity Tournament at Bonaventure in Fort Lauderdale. Celebrities include Mary Ann Mobley, Dick Van Patten, Vince Van Patten, Barry Gibb and Bill Cosby. Pros include Bobby Riggs, Andrea Temesvari and Harold Solomon. The Celebrity-Amateur round robin begins Friday at 9 a.m., and the Pro-Celebrity matches begin Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Admission is free today and $10 and $15 Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society and the Women's League of Israel... Noted teaching pro Vic Braden will give a clinic
from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale. The clinic is open to purchasers of United States Tennis Association memberships and holders of current USTA cards. Membership fees are $16 for adults and $8 for juniors ... The Peter Burwash International Tennis Show, a program that combines music, choreograpy and comedy, will be held Friday a 7 p.m. at Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie.

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AMF Head Racquet Sports is sponsoring a "Weekend with Arthur Ashe" for seven invited top-ranked junior players at the Doral Country Club. The players include Greg Levine, a sophomore at Palmetto High who won the USTA Boys National 14 Championship last summer. Participating in the clinic will be sports pychologist Dr. James Loehr ... The USTA will hold a Tennis Workshop Friday through Sunday at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with Braden and teaching pro Nick Bollettieri among the seminar speakers. The Workshop is open to the public and is held in conjunction with the Tennis Industry's National Buying Show, which is closed to the public, Sunday through Tuesday at the MBCC ... The 14th annual Dade County Men's Tennis Championships will run Saturday through Monday at Continental Tennis Center ... The PGA National Tennis Club will present "Meet the Pros" Charity Invitational Tennis Matches, including a clinic with Stan Smith and Dennis Ralston, Jan. 14-15 in Palm Beach Gardens. Entry fee is $50 per person and benefits Cystic Fibrosis ... The USTA Women's Circuit winter tour will hold two $10,000 tournaments in the area. One is at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne Beach Hotel in Key Biscayne Jan. 22-27, and the other at Laver's International Tennis Resort in Delray Beach Jan. 15-20.
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Re: 1984

NAVRATILOVA NAMED TOP FEMALE ATHLETE
Lexington Herald-Leader
Friday, January 13, 1984
Bob Greene, Associated Press


NEW YORK -- Martina Navratilova, overwhelmingly named Wednesday as the 1983 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, said it was another title that she expected to win.

"My goal has been to be No. 1 and keep winning," the tennis star said after a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters voted her the year's top female athlete.

She easily outdistanced track star Mary Decker, the 1982 AP Female Athlete of the Year, by a vote of nearly 2-1. Navratilova collected 82 ballots, while Decker, a double gold medalist at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland, received 44.

Others receiving votes included World Cup ski champion Tamara McKinney of Lexington; distance runner Grete Waitz of Norway; volleyball star Rita Crockett; Cheryl Miller, a basketball star at the University of Southern California, and golfer JoAnne Carner.

"I'm glad that I got it," Navratilova said of the award, "but I thought I should have gotten it in 1979," when she also was ranked No. 1 in the world.

In 1983, Navratilova won 86 matches, losing just one, and captured 15 of the 16 tournaments she entered. Her victories included three of the four Grand Slam tournaments -- Wimbledon for the fourth time, the Australian Open for the second time and her first U.S. Open crown.

"My biggest thrill was winning the U.S. Open," she said, "because it had eluded me for so long. I put more sweat into winning the U.S. Open than any other tournament."

She has won her last 51 matches and is just six away from the modern women's record set by Chris Evert Lloyd in 1974.

Navratilova became the first woman to win more than $1 million in a single year - she's done it the past two years - and she has career earnings of $6,384,089, the most of any tennis player, male or female.

Tennis has dominated the Female Athlete award over the years, with Lloyd winning in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1980; Tracy Austin in 1979 and 1980; Billie Jean King in 1967 and 1973 and Evonne Goolagong of Australia in 1971.
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Re: 1984

NAVRATILOVA LIDER EN PUNTOS Y DINERO EN TENIS FEMENINO
El Nuevo Herald,
Monday, January 2, 1984

La tenista norteamericana, nacida checoslovaca, Martina Navratilova gano el circuito femenino de 1983, con casi 1,700 puntos de ventaja sobre Chris Evert, segunda clasificada.

1.- Martina Navratilova (E.U.), 3.900 puntos

2.- Chris Evert (E.U.), 2.214 puntos.

Otras ganadoras:

3.- Andrea Jaeger (E.U.)

4.- Jo Durie (Gran Bretana)

5.- Sylvia Hanika (Alemania Federal)

6.- Pam Shriver (E.U.)

7.- Hana Mandlikova (Checoslovaquia)

8.- Wendy Turnbull (Australia)

9.- Kathy Jordan (E.U.)

10.-Andrea Temesvari (Hungria)

La Navratilova, ganadora del circuito femenino, finalizo el ano 1983 a la cabeza tambien de las tenistas con mayores ganancias, con mas de un millon de dolares mas que la segunda, Chris Evert.

Clasificacion de las maximas ganadoras:

1.- Martina Navratilova , $1,456,030

2.- Chris Evert (E.U.), 430,436

3.- Pam Shriver

4.- Andrea Jaeger

5.- Kathy Jordan

6.- Jo Durie

7.- Wendy Turnbull

8.- Andrea Temesvari

9.- Sylvia Hanika

10.-Hana Mandlikova

*ARGENTINO ELIMINADO

MEXICO --(EFE)-- El tenista argentino Christian Minissi fue eliminado por el sovietico Andrei Olkhovsi, por 4-6, 6-1 y 6-3, en semifinales del torneo por la Copa Mundial Juvenil Casablanca.

La final se disputaba el domingo entre Alkhovsi y el espanol Fernando Garcia, que vencio el sabado al norteamericano Shelby Cannon, por 6-2, 3-6 y 10-8.

*ARIAS EN EL MASTERS

NUEVA YORK --(AP)-- El siguiente es parte del programa del torneo Masters de tenis, a jugarse entre el 10 y el 15 de enero en el Madison Square Garden:

Martes 10 de enero:

7 p.m. - Jimmy Arias vs. Johan Kriek seguido por Jose Higueras vs. Jose Luis Clerc.

Miercoles 11:

7 p.m. - Yannick Noah vs. Tomas Smid seguido por Andres Gomez vs. Eliot Teltscher.

Jueves 12:

1 p.m. - Mark Edmondson y Sherwood Stewart vs. Carlos Kirmayr y Cassio Motta seguido por Mats Wilyer vs. el ganador del partido Higueras-Clerc.

7 p.m. - John McEnroe vs. el ganador del partido Arias- Kriek seguido por Pavel Slozil y Tomas Smid vs. Tim y Tom Gullickson.

Viernes 13:

1 p.m. - Ivan Lendl vs. el ganador del partido Gomez- Teltscher; Jimmy Connors vs. el ganador del partido Noah- Smid; Peter Fleming y John McEnroe vs. el ganador del partido Edmondson-Stewart vs. Kirmayr-Motta y Anders Jarryd y Hans Simonsson vs. el ganador del partido Slozil-Smid y Tim y Tom Gullickson.
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Re: 1984

Yes, Pam Shriver, if you goof up, you can only blame yourselves. And you done gone goofed up.

WOMEN PROS 'CONTROL OUR DESTINY'
The Miami Herald
Wednesday, January 25, 1984
JIM MARTZ, Herald Sports Writer

There wasn't a racquet or a pair of sneakers in the room. But tennis was the main topic on the agenda of this board meeting.

The participants talked about budgets, computer rankings and code-of-conduct revisions, not backhands or the latest court fashions. The meeting's top seeds were Chris Evert Lloyd and Leslie Allen. They are the president and vice president of the Women's Tennis Association, which recently held its first board meeting of the year and allowed the media into the normally closed-door session at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.

In men's tennis, a similar gathering would be known as a bored meeting. You won't find John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl sitting together to thrash out problems, which may explain why women's tennis is so unified while the men are going every direction money will take them.

"If the players want to run the game, these meetings are very important," said Evert, who is serving her second term as president of the 10-year-old organization. "That's where the men differ from us. They're not really involved in running the tour; others run it for them. If we did that, we would have to follow someone else's orders. We control our own destiny."

Added Pam Shriver, "If we goof up, we only can blame ourselves."

Of the 10 players on the WTA board, which meets six or seven times a year, only Rosie Casals and immediate past president Martina Navratilova were absent from the Palm Beach Gardens session. They were traveling but took the time to phone in their opinions on agenda topics.

"Imagine McEnroe sitting in a meeting like this and worrying about the 201st-ranked player," Shriver said. But the women do just that while reigning over their $11-million circuit.

The men have their own union, the Association of Tennis Professionals. But some of the top players, such as Vitas Gerulaitis aren't members, and McEnroe just recently joined. The ATP doesn't govern the men's circuit. The Men's International Professional Tennis Council does, and it's controlled by non-players.

"The men are much more self-centered," said John Carroll, a former tournament organizer who, along with Bristol-Myers executive Marvin Koslow, serves as business adviser to the WTA board. "You couldn't even get the men to walk into the room.

"Chris and the other players sacrifice a tremendous amount of time to contribute to the good of the group in an unselfish way and without pay for being on the board. They're concerned with one another and try to solve problems within the family."

One problem discussed in the meeting was keeping the family intact. Although most of the veteran players take an active role in the WTA, most of the teenage phenoms lack a sense of history and don't realize how far the women's game has evolved.

"The men don't have 15- and 16-year-old players doing so well on the tour like we do," Evert said. "We have to educate them and show them they have to have a responsibility."

The board also voted to bolster commitments of top players to as many tournaments as possible.

"More and more promoters are offering exhibition matches to the top players," WTA spokesman Peggy Gossett Lewis said. "But we don't want to go the route that the men did a few years ago. We need more Chris-and-Martina meetings, and we'll encourage Tracy Austin's comeback, which will start in Houston next week."

Billie Jean King was the driving force behind the formation of the WTA and was its first president. Betty Stove and Diane Desfor also have been president; Jerry Diamond has served as executive director since 1974.

Clearly the women are ahead of the men when it comes to administrating their circuit, limiting the amount of exhibitions and enforcing a code of conduct. What advice do they have for the men?

"None," Diamond said. "We need to worry about our own problems."

* * *

Passing shots -- John McEnroe will bring his Tennis Over America tour back to South Florida for a best-of-three-sets exhibition match Monday night against Guillermo Vilas at the West Palm Beach Auditorium. They met last August at the Knight Convention Center in Miami. Tickets are $20 and $25. The program will begin at 7:30 with a pro-set match featuring two ranked junior players ... The University of Miami men's team, bolstered by the addition of two standout freshmen from South Africa, will open its season at home Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against South Florida. Craig Campbell and Ira Schwartz are the top returning players for Coach John Hammill, who must replace his top four players from last season, including All-American Christo Steyn. Pieter Aldrich, one of only two juniors to beat U.S. champion Aaron Krickstein last year, and Andrew Burrow are the newcomers who enrolled in school this month. The Hurricanes' women's team will compete against Trinity, Southern Methodist and Brigham Young in an invitational at BYU Friday through Sunday ... A pro- am doubles tournament featuring drivers from the Miami Grand Prix race and area pros will be Feb. 20 at the Coconut Grove Hotel. Pros scheduled to play include Fred Stolle, Gardnar Mulloy, Steve Meister, Nick Saviano and Robert Seguso.
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Re: 1984

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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen -- Wait, that's not the right 1984.
As images of Orwell dance through my head....very funny Mrs A-and THANK YOU fore this thread.

Martina would end up dominating 1984 almost as much as 83. All and all it was much more exciting though, and this despite basically having teen terrors Tracy Austin and Andrea Jaeger out of action. Martina had to fight harder and still came oh so-close to winning the Grand Slam. Evert fought back, even if she didn't beat Martina all year, and there were signs Hana Mandlikova was coming back to form.

Much better than 1983 for my taste.
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Re: 1984

I loved 1984 too. I look at it as a transition year from the dark days of complete domination and poor slam finals in 83 to renewed challenges and a revival of Chris and Hana in 84. Martina had to work in the Wimbledon and US finals as well as the French semi. And Helena stopped Martina's slam bid in Australia.

Besides Helena, Claudia made big strides and Manuela fought Chris from Rome to Paris to Brighton and back. Many of the better names of the mid to later 80's made their presence known that year. The womens tour was becoming better than it was generally given credit for because of the sheer greatness of Martina and Chris.
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Re: 1984

Smid masters France's Noah
The San Diego Union
Thursday, January 12, 1984
From Union News Services

Tomas Smid, playing a steady but unspectacular game, ruined the debut of Yannick Noah in his new hometown of New York City with a 6-4, 6-4 upset last night to advance with Andres Gomez to the quarterfinals of the $400,000 Masters Championship.

Smid, fresh from winning the WCT Doubles in London last week, was broken only once as he managed to defeat Noah for just the second time in 10 career meetings. Gomez defeated Eliot Teltscher 7-6, 6-2.

The field for the quarterfinals of this season-ending championship thus was completed, with top seed Mats Wilander meeting Jose Higueras this afternoon and No. 3 John McEnroe facing Johan Kriek at night. Tomorrow, it will be defending champion Ivan Lendl against Gomez and fourth-seed Jimmy Connors playing Smid.

o o o

No. 1 seed Beth Herr defeated Candy Reynolds 6-3, 6-3, but No. 8 seed Kim Sands was eliminated by Kathrin Keil 6-4, 7-5 in a $50,000 women's tennis tournament in Hershey, Pa.

In other second-round play, Camille Benjamin of Bakersfield, the No. 3 seed, defeated Marie Calleja of France 6-3, 6-3 and Australia's Anne Minter defeated Paula Smith of La Jolla 7-6, 6-1.

o o o

Third-seeded Pam Shriver had a little more trouble than expected, but her power and experience helped her to a 6-3, 6-2 victory against 16-year-old Bulgarian Manuela Maleeva last night in the Virginia Slims of California tournament in Oakland.

Defending champion Bettina Bunge, seeded fifth this year, easily defeated Elise Burgin 6-2, 6-1 in a first-round match earlier.

In other afternoon competition, Eva Pfaff of West Germany beat Anne Smith of Dallas 6-2, 7-6 in a second-round match, and Pam Casale of Fairfield, N.J., beat Wendy White of Atlanta 6-0, 6-4 in a first-round match.

Casale next faces top seed Martina Navratilova, who will be seeking her 52nd straight match victory.
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McEnroe is 'smashing'
The San Diego Union
Friday, January 13, 1984
From Union News Services

Third-seeded John McEnroe smashed his racket, along with opponent Johan Kriek, last night to advance to the semifinals of the $400,000 Volvo Masters tennis championships.

The reigning Wimbledon champion captured the tension-packed battle 6-4, 6-2 to advance to a meeting tomorrow against top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden.

Wilander earlier in the day eliminated Jose Higueras of Spain 7-6, 6-2 from this elite 12-man field at Madison Square Garden. The winner will pocket $100,000, and the runner-up $60,000.

The McEnroe-Kriekconfrontation was a battle between two of the game's most intense and most outspoken competitors. And neither was in top form.

The explosion occurred in the final game of the opening set when McEnroe smashed his graphite racket on the surface, where it broke, the head careening into the curtain at the rear of the court and narrowly missing two lineswomen.

Elsewhere

Top-seeded Martina Navratilova put a 51-match singles winning streak on the line in her scheduled evening match against Pam Casale.

Navritalova cashed in repeatedly on Casale's weak first serve and slammed home winners off it. In earlier matches, Czechs Helena Sukova and Hana Mandlikova moved into the quarterfinals, as did Andrea Jaeger and West Germany's Bettina Bunge.
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Re: 1984

Connors, Lendl gain semifinals
The San Diego Union
Saturday, January 14, 1984
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Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia and fourth-seeded Jimmy Connors yesterday advanced to the semifinals of the $400,000 Volvo Masters tennis championships at New York, with Lendl moving up when Ecuador's Andres was forced to retire with a pulled muscle in his left shoulder.

Lendl, who has reached the final in each of three previous trips to the Masters, will face Connors in today's second semifinal. The first match will pit top-seeded Mats Wilander against John McEnroe.

Lendl was ahead 6-2, 1-0 when Gomez was forced to retire. Connors struggled earlier in the day before downing Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Gomez held service to open the match. Then Lendl rode his powerful serve to a love game.

It apparently was in the third game, an extended struggle that saw Gomez stave off five break points before losing serve, when he suffered the injury that later forced him off the court.

o o o

Martina Navratilova won her 53rd straight singles match by quickly disposing of aggressive, crowd-pleasing Zina Garrison 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of California at Oakland.

The top-seeded Navratilova, playing in her first tennis tournament of 1984, has not lost since last June. She is closing in on the women's tennis record of 56 consecutive matches won, set in 1974 by Chris Evert.

Navratilova's opponent in tonight's semifinals will be Helena Sukova, the 18-year-old Czech who beat West Germany's Eva Pfaff 6-3, 6-4.

Hana Mandlikova, shooting for a second straight tournament title, reached the semifinals by beating second-seeded Andrea Jaeger 7-6, 6-4. She will play No. 3 seed Pam Shriver, who ousted the tourney's defending champion, Bettina Bunge, 6-3, 6-2.

o o o

Top-seeded Beth Herr and third-seeded Camille Benjamin advanced to the semifinals of the $50,000 Virginia Slims Ginny of Central Pennsylvania.

In quarterfinal matches, Herr, of Dayton, Ohio, defeated Kathryn Kile of Albuquerque, N.M., 6-1, 7-5, and Benjamin, of Bakersfield, Calif., rallied to beat sixth-seeded Laura Arraya of Peru 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Also advancing to tonight's semis were Amanda Brown of England, who overcame a slow start to nip Anne Minter of Australia 0-6, 7-6, 7-6; and Catharina Lindqvist of Sweden, who beat Mary Lou Piatek of Destin, Fla., 6-2, 6-3.

o o o

John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Peter Fleming will represent the United States in its opening 1984 Davis Cup match against Romania, the U.S. Tennis Association announced.

A fourth player will be named later by Davis Cup Captain Arthur Ashe.

The match will be held Feb. 24-26 in Bucharest, Romania.
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Re: 1984

MANDLIKOVA ENDS MARTINA'S STREAK AT 54 MATCHES
The Miami Herald
Monday, January 16, 1984
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The streak is over.

Hana Mandlikova won a masterful duel of serve-and-volley tennis against Martina Navratilova, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4, Sunday to end the winning streak of the world's No. 1 women's player at 54 matches -- two shy of Chris Evert Lloyd's record.

Mandlikova, ranked No. 7, had lost nine matches in a row against Navratilova, a former Czech compatriot. But she has been on a surge, winning the opening event on the winter tour last week, when Navratilova did not play.

This time, she survived three set points in the first-set tiebreaker, overcame a fierce attack by Navratilova in the second set, and broke Navratilova on her final service in the third set of the two-hour match in the Virginia Slims of California.

"I came down fighting," said Navratilova. "She won the match; I didn't lose it."

In one of the finest matches women's tennis has seen in years, both players showed aggressiveness, control, power and finesse. It was reminiscent of the serve-and-volley matches between Billie Jean King and Margaret Court in the 1960s.

Unfortunately for Navratilova, the outcome was affected somewhat by the call of the chair umpire in the ninth game of the third set. The umpire called a forehand by Navratilova long, putting her behind, 15-30, on her serve, even though the linesman did not signal it out. Navratilova argued for the first time all day, but to no avail.

Navratilova appeared to lose concentration, but she recovered to take a 40-30 lead. At deuce, Mandlikova won the next two points and gained the crucial break with a superb forehand return crosscourt and a passing shot that Navratilova mis-volleyed.

Mandlikova then served out the match, capping the victory with a sizzling forehand volley. It was her second tournament triumph of the year and added $30,000 to the same amount she won in Washington, D.C., a week ago.

Asked how it felt to see her record bid end just two shy of Evert's 1974 streak, Navratilova replied: "Rotten. That's a dumb question."

Mandlikova hadn't beaten Navratilova since 1980, when she won two of their three matches, including a fourth-rounder, in the U.S. Open.

Mandlikova had said earlier that the only thing she had learned from Navratilova since was "how to shake hands." Obviously, she learned more.

"I always thought she's human," said Mandlikova. "I always thought there's no one in the whole world I can't beat. I always wanted to beat her, and I was always very close."

Mandlikova said she would go after her third straight tournament this week in Houston. Navratilova said she would take two weeks off.

"She beat me playing the same way I play, and that's by being very aggressive," said Navratilova. "It was just one or two shots that made the difference."

Navratilova's victories included Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and last month's Australian Open, three of the jewels in the Grand Slam. She hadn't lost since she was upset by 16-year-old Kathy Horvath on the clay at the French Open.

TOP WOMEN'S STREAKS

Player Wins Year(s)

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Chris Evert 56 1974

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M. Navratilova 54 1983-84

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Chris Evert 41 1975-76

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M. Navratilova 41 1982

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M. Navratilova 37 1983

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Chris Evert 36 1976

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Margaret Court 35 1973

Note -- From 1927 to 1932, Helen Wills Moody did not lose a set in singles play. Because exact records were not kept, the number of consecutive matches she won is unclear. From 1919 to 1926, Suzanne Langlen was beaten only once in singles. She retired while trailing to Molla Mallory in the second set of the 1921 U.S. Championships final.
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NAVRATILOVA LOSES AFTER 54 VICTORIES
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Monday, January 16, 1984
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Hana Mandlikova ended Martina Navratilova's winning streak at 54 matches yesterday, defeating the world's top woman player, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, to win the Virginia Slims of California tournament.

Mandlikova stopped Navratilova only two victories shy of Chris Evert Lloyd's record 56-match streak, set in 1974.

Navratilova had won 16 of her last 17 tournaments, amassing $1.3 million in singles prize money last year. She had not lost since the French Open, when she was upset by 16-year-old Kathy Horvath, and her victories included Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and last month's Australian Open.

"I gave it my best shot," Navratilova said. "She just blew me away."

Asked how she felt about falling just shy of Lloyd's streak, Navratilova replied: "Rotten. That's a dumb question."

"After a while, people start to believe she's not beatable," Mandlikova said. "I just tried to put pressure on her. I knew I could beat her. She had something to lose, not me."

In the first set, Navratilova broke Mandlikova to tie at 5-5 and both held serve for 6-6. In the tie-breaker, Navratilova hit a backhand volley into the net to give Mandlikova a 7-6 lead and made the same error again to give her the set.

Mandlikova lost her serve twice in the second set to even the match. In the deciding set, Mandlikova demonstrated an effective lob and broke Navratilova to take a 5-4 advantage.

In that ninth game, the umpire called a forehand by Navratilova long, putting her behind 15-30, even though the linesman did not signal it out. Navratilova argued and seemed to lose concentration, but she recovered to go ahead 40-30. At deuce, however, Mandlikova won the next two points with a crosscourt forehand and a passing shot that Navratilova hit poorly.

"I have never used the lob against her before," Mandlikova said. "All I wanted to do was stay close in the third set and wait for my break."

Having gotten the break, Mandlikova served out the set to win her second straight tournament.

Navratilova had not played since winning the Australian Open four weeks ago but said she was in good shape and made no excuses. "She beat me playing the same way I play, and that's by being very aggressive," Navratilova said. "It was just one or two shots that made the difference."
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NAVRATILOVA WIN STREAK ENDS AT 54
Philadelphia Daily News
Monday, January 16, 1984
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Martina Navratilova looked bewildered as she entered her locker room after her loss yesterday in the final of a $150,000 women's tennis tournament.

But who could blame her? After all, it was the first time in a long while she had been in a loser's locker room.

Hana Mandlikova, the tourney's eighth-seeded player, fashioned her court speed and a seldom-used lob shot into a stunning 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4, upset of Navratilova - the world's top-ranked woman - to take the crown yesterday at the Virginia Slims tournament.

The defeat marked the latest setback in Navratilova's quest to claim the consecutive-match winning streak of 56 set by Chris Evert Lloyd.

Last year, Navratilova rolled to an incredible 86-1 record in singles play but a loss to Kathy Horvath in the French Open ended her hopes of surpassing Evert Lloyd's mark in 1983.

Heading into yesterday's final, Navratilova had won 54 straight matches.

"I gave it my best shot," Navratilova said. "At least I went down fighting. Now we count at one the next time."

The finals showdown between the two players had been publicized as a heated battle between Czechoslovakia's current top-ranked women's player and Navratilova, that nation's best player until she defected to the United States five years ago.

Both women had said in the past that they did not like each other. However, aside from a few icy glares, the players did not exchange any gestures until they shook hands quickly after the match.

In the first set, Navratilova broke Mandlikova to tie at 5-5 and both held serve for 6-6. In the tiebreaker, Navratilova hit a backhand volley into the net to give Mandlikova a 7-6 lead and made the same error again to give Mandlikova the set.

In the second set, Mandlikova decided to change her strategy and it proved to be a costly error as she lost her serve twice and the match was knotted at a set apiece.

"I decided to stay back and let her come to the net," Mandlikova said.

In the ninth game of the deciding set, umpire Lee Jackson called a Navratilova forehand volley long but Navratilova disagreed. Having become unsettled, Navratilova fell prey to an effective Mandlikova lob and lost her serve to fall behind 5-4.

Mandlikova said she went to the lob right after Navratilova argued about the call because she wanted to surprise her.

"I have never used the lob against her before," Mandlikova said. "All I wanted to do was stay close in the third set and then wait for my break."
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NOLAN WILL JOIN REDS' HALL
Lexington Herald-Leader
Tuesday, January 17, 1984
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An umpire's call, ruling one of her forehand shots long, went against Navratilova at a crucial point late in the championship match of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of California in Oakland. Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia capitalized by breaking serve and won 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 Sunday, ending Navratilova's winning streak at 54 matches.

The San Francisco 49ers were hurt by two penalties in the closing minutes of their conference championship game at Washington two weekends ago and lost, one step from the Super Bowl, 24-21 to the Redskins.

Navratilova was upset by the "out" call against her, which came with the score 4-4 in the third set, and argued for several minutes before resuming play.

But she said later, "That didn't lose the match for me. I shouldn't have been in that position to begin with. I had my chances and didn't come through. Hana won this match. I didn't lose it."

The 54-match winning streak by Navratilova, the Czech native who became a United States citizen in 1981, was two short of the women's tennis record held by Chris Evert Lloyd (set in 1974).

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MARTINA ISN'T DUE TO SLUMP, RIVAL INSISTS
The Miami Herald
Thursday, January 19, 1984
PHIL TAYLOR, HERALD STAFF

Hey, Martina, you can relax. Your spot at the top of the women's tennis rankings is safe for at least another year.

So says Hana Mandlikova, who ought to know as much about these things as anyone. Mandlikova, you'll recall, is the 21- year-old Czech who beat Navratilova, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, in Oakland last weekend, leaving Martina two victories short of Chris Evert Lloyd's record 56-match winning streak.

Mandlikova , who has been accused of daydreaming at times on the court, has no immediate dreams of being No. 1. "I don't think anyone will take over from Martina for a while yet," Mandlikova said. "There are players who have done well against her, like Pam Shriver, but I don't think it will happen before another year or so."

Mandlikova also thinks Navratilova's matches might be a little tougher in the near future.

"I think there were some players who would say to themselves, 'God, I'm playing Martina. It's finished,' " Mandlikova said. "Seeing her lose might give them a little more confidence, let them know that Martina can be beaten."

Of course, you may not want to put too much stock in Mandlikova's predictions. After all, she didn't even know about Navratilova's streak until the day after the Oakland match.

"I was reading about it in the papers the next morning," she said, "and I thought to myself, 'Wow, I did that?'"
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WOMEN IN $PORT$ THERE'S BIG MONEY OUT THERE FOR GOLF AND TENNIS STARS, BUT PICKINGS ARE SLIM ELSEWHERE
The Miami Herald
Friday, January 27, 1984
CHRISTINE BRENNAN, Herald Sports Writer

Nancy Lopez, millionaire, remembers when she used to make $500 a day for appearances. That was six years ago. Now she gets $10,000.

JoAnne Carner, millionaire, couldn't leave a golf tournament in the early '70s until she went to the press tent, added up the revenues and expenses, and wrote the players' checks.

Martina Navratilova, millionaire, won $1,456,030 in 1983 alone, more than any other tennis player last year, including Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Her earnings are almost identical to the total prize money on the women's tour just 10 years before.

Chris Evert Lloyd, millionaire, was one of no more than 30-40 women who could make a living playing tennis back in 1974. Today, there are five times that many.

Lopez. Carner. Navratilova. Evert. These are the women who have made it big in professional sports. There aren't a whole lot more. They play tennis and golf, the country-club sports, the individual pro sports in which personality and looks mean almost as much as the score.

Lopez, Carner, Navratilova and Evert don't earn their paychecks playing basketball, or soccer, or volleyball.

Neither do any other women.

The best women's professional athletes are in Florida this week, playing in the LPGA Mazda Classic of Deer Creek and the WTA's Avon Cup at Marco Island.

They are more than the best.

The only women's professional athletes are in Florida this week.

In order to say the same thing about the men, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, the NBA finals, a PGA tour stop, a PBA tour stop and a men's tennis tournament would have to be going on in the same city the same week.

So much for equality.

It has been 12 years since Title IX, the government regulation requiring high schools and colleges to remove
financial, staff and educational discrepancies between men's and women's sports. It hasn't been a failure. More girls and women are playing sports than ever before. There are college scholarships for divers, gymnasts, softball pitchers. The United States' Olympic women's basketball and volleyball teams could very well win gold medals this summer in Los Angeles. There is a women's pro bowling league. Former amateur stars such as Ann Meyers and Donna De Varona are welcomed into the TV booth.

But there is a bottom line. Professionally, women's tennis and golf sell. Nothing else does, at least not yet.

Why?

"It's individual," Evert said. "People are interested in looking at the person. We've had Billie Jean, Evonne Goolagong, Margaret Court, Martina, myself. We're all unique, all different. It's just easier for a pro sport to be associated with personalities. If you watch the final of the U.S. Open, you watch McEnroe. You get to know him, you see him talk, watch him act.

"The publicity matters so much," she continued. "We've had players on the cover of People and some of us have been on the cover of Time. It's personal, it's not just ability. If you break world records and don't have something else going for you, it won't matter. You need the appeal."

Need to relate

You also need to relate. Tennis and golf have never been sports of the masses, but there is more interest in both than ever before. In fact, their professional success may be directly related to the weekend activities of corporate executives.

"They are upper-class sports," said Rosie Casals, one of the pioneers of women's pro tennis. "That's the image the corporate executives like, and that's why they pay for advertising. These are the sports they play."

These are the sports consumers and fans play, too.

Two years ago at Deer Creek, Nancy Lopez was hitting balls off the practice tee. "I shanked one, then another, then another," she said. "I was shanking every one. Then I heard someone in the gallery say, 'Oh, I can do that."'

Her husband, Houston Astros' third baseman Ray Knight, was standing by her side this week outside the press tent at Deer Creek.

"A lot of people have hit a golf shot and can relate to what goes on out here," he said. "You miss a ground ball, nobody understands."

Lopez: "Very few people have stood up at the plate trying to hit a pitch going 95 miles per hour."

Baseball's allure is different. The sport has 115 years of tradition. The Women's Basketball League had four years of chaos, bouncing checks and musical franchises before it folded in 1981. There is an effort to form a new league, called the Women's NBA, this summer. TV executives doubt it will get off the ground; so does Meyers, the WBL's No. 1 draft choice out of UCLA and star of the 1976 Olympic team that won a silver medal.

The reason sounds simple enough. No money. No leadership. "A women's basketball league needs a George Steinbrenner or a Jerry Buss or a Ted Turner," Meyers said. "We need someone with bucks who is willing to lose lots of money the first couple years."

The prospective league also hopes the women's Olympic team wins the gold medal, expecting a shot in the arm similar to the one amateur hockey received when the U.S. hockey team won the gold medal in Lake Placid in 1980.

Can three make it?

But some wonder if there ever will be a third successful women's pro sport. Tony Andrea, president of People & Properties, Inc., a marketing firm that handles the LPGA, has been asked twice to televise women's pro basketball. He said no both times.

"With the plethora of men's pro and college basketball, I don't think people will turn out to see women's basketball," Andrea said. "Now, if they want to make it like the Harlem Globetrotters, a spectacle with a tour and comedy and some entertainment, it might work.

"Basketball is a strength and action game, and that's why people watch men's basketball," continued Andrea, who also markets swimming, boxing and auto racing. "Don't get me wrong. Some of the women are the best in the world, but they don't have that."

Women basketball players don't play the same kind of game fans have grown accustomed to watching. They play below the hoop. There is finesse and speed and great shooting, but there is no Dr. J.

"One problem with other women's sports is that they get compared to men's," said Chip Campbell, a former LPGA publicist who now handles communications and broadcasting for the PGA. "The women who played in the old women's pro basketball league play great basketball and would make most of the rest of us look like paraplegics, but they're compared to the NBA. They just don't grow big enough or jump high enough."

But that doesn't mean a women's team sport can't be successful. In Iowa, the week-long girls' high school basketball tournament consistently outdraws the boys. As many as 80,000 fans show up for the games, which are broadcast on local TV.

Here's the kicker: the girls still play six-person basketball (three from each team on each side of the court). They are playing a different game. It has become traditional. And no one can make any comparisons.

The comeback trail

Some believe it's just a matter of time before women's pro basketball makes a successful comeback. Girls raised in the Title IX era are just getting out of high school. The nation has become more health-conscious. "It's OK for a woman to be an athlete now," Meyers said. And nothing, not even the old AFL or the new USFL, makes it overnight. "I'm not going to miss a Super Bowl to watch a women's basketball game," said Meyers, a big sports fan whose brother Dave played for UCLA and in the NBA.

"This was a man's world, and it still is," she continued. "Women were not accepted into the sports world. They were raised to cook and care for a family. Obviously, things have changed, but it happens slowly."

It happened slowly for the LPGA and WTA, too. In 1975, on the verge of bankruptcy, the LPGA hired Ray Volpe as its new commissioner. Volpe, a native of the Bronx and a hockey marketing man, seemed an illogical choice. He had never been to a country club.

But he knew how to sell, and increased the LPGA's total purse from $1 million in 1975 to $6 million by 1982, when he left the tour. John Laupheimer took over and the purse now stands at $8 million for 1984. The PGA, with many more TV appearances and bigger sponsors, will offer $19 million this year.

But, while Volpe enticed network television to cover several tournaments and coaxed corporate sponsors to shell out the dough, the tour still needed a star. The personality part of the game was missing -- until the summer of 1978.

Lopez, a 21-year-old rookie with a Pepsodent smile and a Palmer personality, turned beer-drinking sports fans on to the LPGA for the first time when she won five tournaments in a row, a tour record.

"We rooted like hell for Nancy," said Campbell, who was with the LPGA at the time. "Volpe wouldn't admit it, but he was rooting too. The tour was being sued by Jane Blalock and it was in debt, and here comes Nancy. She's an excellent athlete, and she's a lady. She was a Godsend."

Two or three TV camera crews arrived every day during the last two tournaments in Lopez's streak. Writers from around the country converged on the tour. Camera towers were set up on the final two holes just for local coverage. "We had never been that media oriented before," said Ed Gowan, LPGA tournament director.

Lopez fit her new role well. She relished the interviews and endorsements, but, if she hadn't, the LPGA would have put on the muscle. Just as in women's tennis, there had been stories about the private lives of the golfers, including stories about homosexuality. The fact that Lopez continued to win, and then, after a divorce, married a baseball hero, is not lost on the LPGA.

"It's almost too good to believe," said Ted Haracz, director of communications for the tour. "It's not like Nancy married the third-string catcher, and it's the same from Ray's standpoint. He didn't marry a golfer who makes 20-grand."

Laupheimer says the LPGA's television audiences are 60 per cent men, 40 per cent women -- about the same as the PGA's. The tour realizes a little sex appeal never hurt ratings, especially with that 60 per cent.

But then there are athletes like Ann Meyers. She decided not to go to the shaky WBL at first because she wanted to get her degree. After a tryout with the NBA's Indiana Pacers, she made almost $50,000 during her first year with the New Jersey Gems of the WBL, but lost the remaining $85,000 of her three-year contract when the team hit hard times.

Now 28, Meyers travels to basketball clinics, Olympics-related promotions and occasional broadcasting assignments. She makes about $20,000 a year, although her salary will increase this year because of the Olympics promotions.

This week, she was in Detroit signing autographs at a Buick auto show. A mother, with her son and daughter in tow, came up to her. "Why don't you get her autograph?" she said to her kids. Meyers signed for the girl, then looked at the boy, who seemed reluctant.

"Go ahead, get her autograph," his mother said.

"She hasn't played basketball," he replied. "Girls can't play basketball."

Meyers smiled and signed anyway. There still is a long way to go.
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