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1984 : Virginia Slims Of Washington

from Steve Ginsberg, IWT Vol. 8, N°1, January 20, 1984

"After Barbara Potter lost to Helena Sukova in the second rd of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington, she became philosophical when asked to describe her feelings : "I played well but lost", said Potter. "It's like the famous glass... Is it half empty or half full? It's all how you look at it"

The same can be said by those discussing the success of the first V Slims Tnmt in 84. It was hard to overlook the absence of Martina, Chris & Tracy, and the quick exits of the tournament top seeds. However, for those fans that filled the George Washington University Smith Center, the competition was more than adequate.

And for sixth-seeded Hana Mandlikova, her week in Washington translated to $31,500. More importantely, it resulted in the removal of an enormous burden from her shoulders.

Mandlikova entered this tournament as n°12 in the world after previously being ranked as high as n°4. She had not won a major tournament since August of 1981. In six days here, in which she won five matches without losing one set, Hana ended her title famine with a 6-1 6-1 victory over Zina Gaarrison, the fifth-seeded and 10th-ranked-player in the world; The new WTA Computer Rankings found her in the ninth spot and she jumped from N°7 to N°3 in the Virginia Slims Point Standings, in good position to challenge N°2 Evert-Lloyd.

32 of the best singles players gathered in Washington, Januaray 2-8, eager to get back into the swing of things after the XMas Holiday. Mandlikova perhaps had a bit more to prove than the others, as she noted early in the week. "I set a goal for myself over Chrstmas - to return to the top 5."

Just outside the room where Mandlikova spoke were two blackboards plastered with newspapers clips pertaining to the tournament. The october 4 issue of the Washington Post proclaimed : "Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger and Tracy Austin to appear in Slims here."

2 out of the 3 didn't make it. Martina withdrew 11 days before the tournament, and Tracy is still nursing a back injury that could ruin her career. Evert Lloyd hasn't played in Washington in over a half-decade and Pam Shriver, a local favorite, could only participate to the doubles due to a shoulder injury. She was eliminated in the 1st rd.

Wait, there's more. Second seed Sylvia Hanika had to withdraw due to a viral infection, and third-seed Bettina Bunge was eliminated by Bonnie Gadusek, 6-1 6-4 on the opening day of the tournament.

Canada's Carling Bassett, the newest teenage-phenom, also lost her initial match of the week. After her loss to Sandy Collins, Bassett admitted she hadn't concentrated too much on tennis during XMas and had in fact "gained 5 pounds from eating so much turkey."

Bassett had held a 4-1 lead in the third set before losing in the week's longest match (2:28) 5-7 7-5 7-5.

The biggest disappointment of all however, was the early exit of Jaege. The tournament's top seed and the third-ranked player in the world was just getting over a bout with the flu, laringitis and the removal of her tonsils, but that wasn't the problem in her 33-minute loss to Lisa Bonder.

After the 6-0 6-1 setback, Jaeger was near tears when she explained that menstrual discomfort had limited her ability to move to move on the court.

"That wasn't me out there," she said her voice cracking. "Before I went out there, I knew I had to end each point in two hits, or that was it."

While some fans grumbled about the lack of big names, the players were excited about the field. "If Martina is in the draw, then she's the one to beat." claimed fourth-seeded Wendy Turnbull. "If not, it's up for grabs."

In other words, it was anyone's tournament from the initial serve of the week.

The first upset, one of many of the week, was Gadusek over Bunge. "I didn't expect much." admitted Bunge, who had not participated in a match since Wimbledon due to an ear operation and tendinitis of the shoulder. "It takes a while to get the rythm back".

gadusek, nicknamed "Animal" for her desire and all-out style of play (and the original owners of the skins of her headbands are made from) lasted until the quarterfinals before falling to Mandlikova 6-2 6-4.

Afterward, Gadusek confirmed what everyone was beginning to notice; it was a different Hana playing out there.

"Hana must have been practicing over the XMas vacation." said Gadusek. "She's 30 to 40 percent better than last year. I think she wants to win again."

On the other hand, Garrison just wants to win - period. Although she picked up $15,000 as the runner-up, the Houston-native is still looking for her first tournament triumph as a professional.

One of the biggest surprise of the tournament was the play of Pam Casale. She showed the competition that she is ready to climb back into the top 20 again.

She opened the week by cruising past Pascale Paradis, the world's top ranked junior from France, then eliminated Turnbull 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-3, and seventh-seeded Kathy Horvath 6-2 6-1. When asked to describe what happened, Horvath asked reporters, "What's the worst printable word I can use?"

The semifinals pitted Garrison against Casale and Mandlikova against Sukova. The two Czechs met on a Saturday afternoon, then played as a team that night in the doubles semis.

Sukova was a loser on both counts. The eigth-seeded fell to Mandlikova 6-1 7-6 (7-5), then suffered a loss to eventual doubles champions, Potter and Sharon Walsh. In the other singles semifinal, Garrison ousted Casale 6-0 5-7 6-2, winning the final six games of the match.

The 1984 Virginia Slims of Washington tournament may not have had all of the biggest names in women's tennis, but it is almost a certainity that the tennis world will be hearing a lot more of Casale, garrison, Gadusek, and of course Mandlikova throughout the rest of the year.

And if Mandlikova makes good on her vow to return to the top 5, then the fans in Washington will know where it all started."
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RESULTS VIRGINIA SLIMS OF WASHINGTON DC
VIRGINIA SLIMS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
SERIES CATEGORY : 3
JAN. 2-9 1984
SURFACE : SPORTEZE
$150,000

F : MANDLIKOVA d. GARRISON 6-1 6-1

SF : GARRISON d. CASALE 6-0 5-7 6-2
MANDLIKOVA d. SUKOVA 6-1 7-6

QF : GARRISON d. BONDER 6-1 6-3
CASALE d. HORVATH 6-2 6-1
MANDLIKOVA d. GADUSEK 6-2 6-4
SUKOVA d. POTTER 4-6 6-1 6-3

RD 2 :
BONDER d. JAEGER 6-0 6-1
GARRISON d. SHAEFFER 6-4 7-6 (7-4)
CASALE d. TURNBULL 6-4 6-7 6-4
HORVATH d. RUSSELL 6-4 7-5
MANDLIKOVA d. PHELPS 7-6 6-1
GADUSEK d. VEERMAK 6-4 5-7 6-0
SUKOVA d. COLLINS 6-2 6-3
POTTER d. PFAFF 6-2 6-1

RD 1 :

ANDREA JAEGER d. SHARON WALSH 6-2 6-3
LISA BONDER d. CLAUDIA KOHDE 6-7 6-1 6-2
KIM SHAEFER d. CHRISTIANE JOLISSAINT 6-4 6-3
ZINA GARRISON d. KIM SANDS 6-3 6-4
WENDY TURNBULL d. ANN HOBBS 6-7 6-2 6-3
PAM CASALE d. PASCALE PARADIS 6-2 6-2
JOANNE RUSSELL d. CATRIN JEXELL 6-3 7-5
KATHLEEN HORVATH d. MANUELA MALEEVA 4-6 6-3 6-1
HANA MANDLIKOVA d. CAMILLE BENJAMIN 6-4 6-2
TERRY PHELPS d. RAFFI REGGI 6-3 6-3
YVONNE VERMAAK d. ANDREA LEAND 6-4 3-6 6-1
BONNIE GADUSEK d. BETTINA BUNGE 6-1 6-4
HELENA SUKOVA d. ANNE WHITE 6-4 7-5
SANDY COLLINS d. CARLING BASSETT 6-7 7-5 7-5
BARBARA POTTER d. PEANUT LOUIE 6-2 6-3
EVA PFAFF d. LESLIE ALLEN 6-1 6-1


Seeded players : 1 Andrea Jaeger, 2 Sylvia Hanika (withdrew), 3 Bettina Bunge, 4 Wendy Turnbull, 5 Zina Garrison, 6 Hana Mandlikova, 7 Kathleen Horvath, 8 Helena Sukova
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Great read! Thanks a lot. I actually had the priviledge to see Hana's next victory in person in Oakland over Martina and it remains the best match I have ever seen in person. I wish Hana's wonderful early success in 1984 would have continued throughout the rest of the season, esp the slams.
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Thanks for the great article! It's hard to believe that Hana had that long title drought. But she more than made up for it in the spring of 84 winning 5 tournaments.

In her book, this tournament win was very important to her on two counts. 1) it ended the drought and 2) it was her first victory by herself. Hana's father had decided that Hana needed to become less dependent on Betty Stove and sent Hana to Washington by herself. The week was terribly lonely for her, but the next week in Oakland became easier and so on and so on.

Its hard to believe that her ranking had dropped so low that she was only the 6th seed in 1984. In 1987, she would be the top seed and would easily sweep through the field. Who would have known that is was to ber her last singles title ever? And in 1988, as she was having a terrible start to the year, she did manage a 3 set win in Washington over a young Russian that we'd hear a lot more from........Natasha Zvereva. I would've loved to have seen that match!
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1984 was a corker of a year for Hana-wasn't it? Her fans were giving up hope after her "lost in the wilderness" phase of 82-83.
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Love Kathy Horvarths quote

As for Pam Casale, saw her play Evert @ Wimbledon on TV where she won a set, a fine scrapper who if I remember rightly tended to invent different ways of hacking the ball back.

Still not a bad draw despite the withdrawals - imagine with Tracey, Pam and Martina in it.

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Thanks for posting this I too remeber this amazing run that Hana had. Any reports from Oakland would be much appreciated.
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Oakland is following soon!
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I'd say that the Slims of Washington was a kind of rebirth for Hana. The start of her second career, a 4 years period who will bring her 2 Slams (Us Open 85 & Oz 87), 1 Wimbledon final (86) + 4 Slams SF + 1 VSlims Championships Final (March 86) + 9 Slims Series Won + 2 federation Cup . I think that she had a "declic" at this tournament, and she became a new player!
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I agree. A leaner meaner Hana returnd at the beginning of 84 and over the next couple of years showed that she was perfectly capable of challenging Evert and Navratilova despite the enormous progress both had made since 81, just not on a week-in week-out basis.

Thanks for this article and I'm looking forward to reading the others.

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I'll put the Slims of California (Oakland) on line tomorrow. Id like to know something, please American posters, help me : At this time, was the Slims Series broadcasted on national channels, or only local channels? In Europe, we didn't see anything, as 80% of the tour was in American cities...
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I'll put the Slims of California (Oakland) on line tomorrow. Id like to know something, please American posters, help me : At this time, was the Slims Series broadcasted on national channels, or only local channels? In Europe, we didn't see anything, as 80% of the tour was in American cities...

I remember seeing some VA Slims tournies on cable in the late 80's. But I don't remember much about the early and mid 80's. I hope that 84 classic between Hana and Martina in Oakland was televised so that it might be possible to find it one day. But I know I've never seen the match.

Otherwise of the American tournies, I only remember seeing regularly the Open, US Clay Courts, US Indoors, US Hardcourts, Hilton Head, Amelia Island, and the Lipton.
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I recall seeing Hana vs. Andrea Jaeger at Marco Island in 1983. They also televised the Candadian and Filderstadt that year. I was living with my grandparents at the time and they had fantastic cable!
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Thanx Tripp. I'd love to watch all that 84'Winning streak of Hana -Washington, Oakland, Houston, Boston & Dallas! But I'm happy I've found extended press reports!
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I was wondering if any of the posters here, have attented to matches of this event? I know that it used to be a quite popular tournament, with an average week-attendance of about 35,000/40,000 ppeople each year.
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