Week of January 27-February 2
January 27-February 2 Virginia Slims of Florida,
Key Biscayne, Florida, United States (Hard/Cement)
Venue: Sheraton Royal Biscayne Hotel
Prize Money= $250,000
Part of the Virginia Slims tour
QF: Evert-Lloyd  d. Rehe  6-1 6-0
QF: Maleeva  d. Sabatini  6-3 6-2
QF: Gadusek  d. Horvath 7-5 6-0
QF: Graf  d. Turnbull  6-1 6-7 (3-7) 6-2
SF: Evert-Lloyd  d. Maleeva  6-1 6-0
SF: Graf  d. Gadusek  6-0 6-2
FI: Chris Evert-Lloyd  d. Steffi Graf (Ger) 6-3 6-1
FI: Kathy Jordan/Liz Smylie (Aus)  d. Betsy Nagelson/Barbara Potter  7-6 (7-5) 2-6 6-2
Chalk up title number 143 for Evert. It was all Chris all week after a promising event never really sparkled as it had in 1985, when Evert beat Navratilova to break a 13 march losing streak. This time around she dispatched she dispatched a series of teenagers with consummate ease.
A stellar field started to disintegrate before the first day, as #3 Hana Mandlikova (shoulder) and then world #1 Martina Navratilova (flu) withdraw. Instead of a tournament boasting the top three players in the world and six of the top 10, it now had one of the top three and four of the top 10. To avoid a skewed draw it was remade. To add more misery, a cold spell delays night sessions-a repeat of 1985. Weather made the tournament seem like the Virginia Slims or, as other wags call it, the Brrr-ginia Slims of Florida.
#3 seed Maleeva ended teen Sabatini's event in the quarters. Maleeva looks like a sourpuss on the tennis court, at times traipsing around with an Ivan Lendl-like scowl. Another writer described her as "A brooding Bulgarian blacksmith" in comparison to Gaby, "a beautiful, enchanting gypsy with a tennis racket".
But the image is misleading. Manuela Maleeva beams an engaging smile when she's away from the court. So why don't you flash that smile on the court once in a while, Manuela?
"I never thought about it," she said, grinning. "I guess I'm really concentrating very much."
Concentration helped Maleeva outlast erratic Sabatini, a 15-year-old Argentine living on Key Biscayne. For every dazzling topspin winner Sabatini hit, she whacked two duds.
3,500 came out for the semis. Both were absolute routs. "She [Evert] barely missed the ball," groaned Maleeva. "When you play someone who hits the ball that hard and that well it becomes frustrating. You can't do anything. My biggest mistake was staying at the baseline." Of the other route: "Graf keeps you hesitating because you don`t know what she`s going to do," Gadusek said. "I was late reacting. She makes you feel slow and you look slow."
4,912, by far the largest crowd of the week, turned out for the finals.
After hitting the lines on a barrage of shots against Steffi Graf -- and receiving a couple of favorable line calls -- Chris Evert Lloyd tossed around one-liners.
Lloyd made reference to a controversial second set call. ''I want to thank the umpires,'' Lloyd said. ''They helped me out today.''
After the crowd cheered loudly in agreement, Lloyd amended her comments. ''Believe me, it equals out all week,'' she said. ''You get some good ones, and you get some bad ones.
Evert was handed an envelope supposedly containing the $40,000 winner's check for her 6-3, 6-1 victory in the final of the $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida tennis tournament Sunday at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne on Key Biscayne. But when she opened it, she found nothing.
"The check's in the mail," Evert said. "Or it better be."
Graf, ranked sixth in the world, broke Evert's service in the first game of the second set. But Evert broke right back, winning the last point on a forehand that Graf and everyone else thought was clearly out.
Graf argued with the linesman, Chet Orrill, and "said something I don't want to repeat" to the umpire. The call seemed to disrupt her game, and she won only four more points the rest of the way, losing 11 in a row at one stretch.
Evert: "If you feel you got a bad call, you've got to block it out and just go on. If Steffi didn't block it out today, that's her problem."
Evert Lloyd said her newfound strength has come from a six-week working vacation spent in the weight room.
"I'm trying to be more of an all-court player, trying to play more aggressively," she said. "I don't want my serve to just start out a point. I want it as a weapon. I think I did that a few times today. I think I surprised her a few times with my first serve, and even once or twice with my second serve.