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Virginia Slims Championships
March 23 to 27 at Madison Square Garden, New York.

First Round
Martina Navratilova [1] d. Hana Mandlikova (Cz) 4-6 6-1 6-0
Pam Shriver [5] d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (Aus) 6-1 6-3
Sylvia Hanika (Ger)[8] d. Kathy Rinaldi 6-0 6-2
Tracy Austin [4] d. Virginia Ruzici (Rom) 5-7 6-1 7-6 (6)*

Billie Jean King d. Andrea Jaeger [3] 5-7 6-2 6-2
Barbara Potter d. Wendy Turnbull (Aus)[6] 6-3 6-3
Bettina Bunge (Ger)[7] d. Bonnie Gadusek 6-3 6-2
Chris Evert [2] d. Zina Garrison 6-3 6-0

Navratilova [1] d. Shriver [5] 6-1 6-2
Hanika [8] d. Austin [4] 6-4 7-5
King d. Potter 6-3 6-1
Evert [2] d. Bunge [7] 6-1 7-5

Navratilova [1] d. Hanika [8] 6-1 6-1
Evert [2] d. King 6-1 6-1

Navratilova [1] d. Evert [2] 6-2 6-0

Third Place:Hanika [8] d. King 6-1 7-6

Doubles -Scores courtesy of Zummi.

First Round

Navratilova/Shriver [1] bye
King/Reynolds d. Casals/Turnbull 7-6(9) 6-2
Kohde-Kilsch/Pfaff d. Potter/Walsh 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4
K.Jordan/A.Smith [2] bye

Navratilova/Shriver [1] d. King/Reynolds 6-2 6-4
Kohde-Kilsch/Pfaff d. K.Jordan/A.Smith [2] 4-6 6-3 6-2

Navratilova/Shriver [1] d. Kohde-Kilsch/Pfaff 7-5 6-2

A format chance came into effect as Virginia Slims takes over a unified tour from Toyota's sponsership. The 16 woman field is by invitation and is single elimination. Tour events from the start of 1983 will count towards the 84 finals, with the top 16 gaining entry.

Navratilova reasserts her dominance of the women's tour by crushing all opposition. 13,244 see Martina inflict the most lopsided defeat ever upon Chris Evert in the finals. After 2-2 Evert did not win another game. Evert remarked that Navratilova "played flawless tennis after the 5th game. " Of 7 deuce games Martina took 6, a testament to her mental tenacity.

It was fitting that in winning Martina easily disposed of the only 3 women to beat her at all in 1982. Shriver, Hanika, and Evert all went down, gaining a mere 6 games in 6 sets.

Billie Jean King stunned #3 seed Jaeger in round one. Andrea claimed she couldn't move because of an Achilles tendon. King remarked. 'I think she really bagged it, just didn't want to be out there.' Tracy saved a match point in the the event's only dramatic match, a 2 hr. 45 minute marathon over Ruzici that ended in an 8-6 tiebreak. She advanced no further however, as Hanika upset her in the quarters. Everyone was unpredictable in this event-everyone except the top two.

It was a theme that repeated itself in 1983-a year when Jaeger and Austin continued to fade and the gap between
the tour and the top two women widened even as Martina distanced herself from Chris.

A last match of match was Potter's upending Turnbull. Babsy fired down 17 aces in dropping only 10 points the entire match in her 9 service games.

Last edited by Brian Stewart; Feb 21st, 2003 at 06:51 AM.
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