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Virginia Slims of..1986 : Part 6 - Martina v Chris #70 in LA, Graf wins Mahwah

I just saw Hanafan's 1984 VS of Washington thread and I saw my old World of Tennis books from 1986 and 1987 and thought it would be interesting to post the reports of the events of one year in one thread. The 1986 year was the year where they had two Virginia Slims Championships and Martina Navratilova won both. The book does not have reports on the events before the first VS Champs but here are the final results from those events

Virginia Slims of Washington
6-13 January

M. Navratilova d. P Shriver 6-1, 6-4
Navratilova/Shriver d. Kohde-Kilsch/Sukova 6-3, 6-4

New England Classic
14-20 January

M. Navratilova d. C. Kohde-Kilsch 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Navratilova/Shriver d. Kohde-Kilsch /Sukova 6-3, 6-1

Virginia Slims of Kansas, Wichita
20-26 January

W.White d. B.Nagelsen 6-1, 6-7, 6-2
K.Jordan/C.Reynolds d. J.Russell/A.Smith 6-3, 6-7, 6-3

Virginia Slims of Florida
27 January-2 February

C. Evert-Lloyd d. S. Graf 6-3, 6-1
K.Jordan/E.Smylie d. B.Nagelsen/B.Potter 7-6, 2-6, 6-2

Lipton International Players Championships
10-23 February

C. Evert-Lloyd d. S. Graf 6-4, 6-2
Shriver/Sukova d. Evert-Lloyd/Turnbull 6-2, 6-3

Virginia Slims of California
24 February-2 March

C. Evert-Lloyd d. K.Jordan 6-2, 6-4 (Jordan d. Navratilova 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 in SF)
Mandlikova/Turnbull d. Gadusek/Sukova 7-6, 6-1

Virginia Slims of Oklahoma
24 February-2 March

M. Mesker d. L McNeil 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Mesker/Paradis d. McNeil/Suire 6-3, 7-6

US Indoor Championships
3-9 March

M. Navratilova d. H. Sukova 3-6, 6-0, 7-6
Jordan/Smylie d. Mandlikova/Sukova 6-3, 7-5

Virginia Slims of Pennsylvania
3-9 March

J. Thompson d. C. Suire 6-1, 6-4
C. Reynolds/A Smith d. S. Collins/K.Sands 7-6, 6-1

Virginia Slims of Dallas
10-16 March

M Navratilova d. C Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 6-1
C Kohde-Kilsch/H Sukova d. Mandlikova/Turnbull 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Virginia Slims Championships 1985-1986
17-23 March

M. Navratilova d. H. Mandlikova 6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
Mandlikova/Turnbull d. Kohde-Kilsch/Sukova 6-4, 6-7, 6-3

So that was the end of the 1985-1986 season. For the 1986 season there are reports for the bigger events so I will post them in this thread and will do a couple now

Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
Marco Island, Florida
31 March-6 April

In 1986 the Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions was moved from its Orlando site to the beautiful beach resort of Marco Island on Florida's west coast, and attracted some of the biggest names in women's tennis - Chris Evert Lloyd, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Manuela Maleeva and gabriela Sabatini among them - but other less well-known figures such as Italy's Laura Golarsa, Australian Janine Thompson, Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia and America Wendy White.

Sweden was well represented, although their women were less successful than their men have been, for of Maria Lindstrom, Helena Dahlstrom and Carina Karlsson, the only one to reach the second round was Lindstrom. She won 6-3, 7-5 against Britian's Anne Hobbs before being soundly beaten 6-0, 6-0 by Evert Lloyd. Dahlstrom won only two games against Patricia Medrado from Brazil and Karlsson defaulted after losing the opening set 6-4 against Sandra Cecchini of Italy.

One player to take a significant step on the road to success was 18 year old Thompson , aleft hander with tremendous topspin off both forehand and backhand, who qualified for the tournament by winning the Virginia Slims of Pennsylvania in March. After a routine victory of Sabine Hack, she then defeated Manuela Maleeva 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, going on to reach the semi finals with a three set win over Medrado, then taking a set from Kohde-Kilsch before surrendering 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. "I used to think of myself as a grass-court serve and volleyer because that's how we Australians play" she said at the end of her spectacular week. But her results against three players who excel on clay paint a wider picture and point towards a bright future.

In the top half of the draw Evert Lloyd came through against Lindstrom, Kathy Rinaldi and Bonnie Gadusek for the loss of only six games. On her favourite clay surface, the world number 2 looked formidable indeed. The final, in which Kohde-Kilsch lost for the 11th straight time against Evert Lloyd, 6-2, 6-4, left the West German hoping that Chris would put off any retirement plans until she had another chance to beat her.

The doubles, although strictly speaking an exhibition event, nevertheless provided and interesting opportunity to witness some unusual partnerships. Players ranked in doubles from 9-16 were able to choose a partner from the top eight. One such pairing produced Martina Navratilova and Andrea Temesvari, who not only won the tournament but went on to claim the French Open title a few weeks later. Temesvari claimed that playing with Navratilova gave her more confidence on court and she felt she was able to poach more often that usual. she used the same tactics in the after match press conferences too, leaving Martina looking surprised and amused.

Some partnerships weren't as successful as might have been expected. Elizabeth Smylie chose to play with Evert Lloyd, but they failed to win a match in the round-robin, losing first to Hana Mandlikova and Rosalyn Fairbank and then to Pam Shriver and Barbara Potter. By the rules of the competition, any team losing both their matches also failed to win any prize-money. In contrast the winning team won a car each and shared $137,000.

Singles QFs: C. Evert Lloyd d. K Rinaldi 6-1, 6-3; B Gadusek d. A Temesvari 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; J Thompson d. P Medrado 1-6, 7-5, 6-4; C Kohde-Kilsch d. G Sabatini 6-3, 6-3

Singles SFs: C Evert Lloyd d Gadusek 6-1, 6-1; C Kohde Kilsch d. Thompson 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Final C Evert Lloyd d. C Kohde-Kilsch 6-2, 6-4



Family Circle Magazine Cup
Hilton Head, SC
7-13 April

History may well prove that the beginning of the end of women's tennis domination by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd began on the HarTru courts at the Family Circle Magazine Cup tournament in 1986. For it was there that the 16 year old West German Steffi Graf, won her first professional tournament, defeating Evert Lloyd in the title match as she began a four tournament victory string, which lifted her to No.3 in the world. Graf had never before won a set from Evert Lloyd, the veteran baseliner who is destined to be remembered as one of the best in women's tennis history.

What made Graf's victory even more surprising was that it was Evert Lloyd, a paragon of consistency, who repeatedly made the unforced errors. Worried about Graf's forehand - a weapon Evert Lloyd called 'one of the best if not the best in women's tennis' - the 31-year-old played to her opponent's backhand. All Graf had to do was keep the ball in play. Even though she lost her serve four times and dropped the the opening set 4-6 after leading 3-2, it appeared that Evert Lloyd would roll to victory as she jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set. But Graf, relying on her powerful forehand, well-placed passing shots and growing confidence, rattled off five straight games. Evert Lloyd tied it 5-5 before Graf held her service at love, the broke the American's serve to wrap up the match 6-4, 7-5.

Evert Lloyd had moved into the final of a tournament she has won eight times before by beating 16 year old Stepahnie Rehe of the United States 6-2, 6-1 in a semi final that, with eight deuce games, was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests. However, she had uncharacteristically forced the action by disdaining her normal baseline game and frequently moving to the net for winning volleys.

Graf had advanced to the title match by ousting the number two seed Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia, in the semi-finals 6-2, 6-4. The West German had led 3-0 in the first set before Mandlikova held service in the fourth game and broke Graf's serve in the fifth, but the German's passing shots kept Mandlikova off balance and Graf went on to win the set with a love game. Graf built a 5-2 lead in the second set but Mandlikova pulled back to 5-4 and fought off five match points over the final two games before losing service and the match in the tenth game in which she double-faulted twice. Mandlikova had also had trouble in the quarter-finals, where she outlasted 15-year-old Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.

The tournament had a surprise every day, beginning on the first when Canada's Carling Bassett, the only seeded player to see action, only just survived against Nathalie Herreman of France, who led 3-1 in the third set before Bassett rallied to win 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. Bassett did not survive the second round 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to fellow-Canadian Helen Kelesi, yet another 16 year old. It was the first time that Kelesi, two years younger than Bassett, had ever played her higher-ranked countrywoman. it was to be Bassett's last tournament before the death of her father John, who had played Davis Cup for Canada in 1959, and she would not return to the tour until the French Open.

The doubles final had a tinge of deja vu as Evert Lloyd teamed with Anne White to defeat Graf and France's Catherine Tanvier 6-3, 6-3

Singles QFs : C Evert Lloyd d. H Sukova 6-3, 6-4; S. Rehe d. S Goles 6-7, 7-6, 6-3; S Graf d. M Maleeva 6-2, 7-5; H Mandlikova d. G Sabatini 7-6, 0-6, 6-4

Singles SFs : C Evert Lloyd d. S Rehe 6-1, 6-1; S Graf d. H Mandlikova 6-2, 6-4

Final S Graf d. C Evert Lloyd 6-4, 7-5

Doubles Final C Evert Lloyd/A White d. Graf/Tanvier 6-3, 6-3


I will post another couple over the next couple of days

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For it was there that the 16 year old West German Steffi Graf, won her first professional tournament, defeating Evert Lloyd in the title matchas she began a four tournament victory string, which lifted her to No.3 in the world. Graf had never before won a set from Evert Lloyd, the veteran baseliner who is destined to be remembered as one of the best in women's tennis history.
Ah, yes, the match that Graf saw a tape of in 1989 causing her to wonder how she'd ever been that patient and to remark that she could never play that match the same way again.

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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Thanks for all the hard work Maggie May. Great memories .


I remember seeing that Lipton final v Evert. It was the first time I got a good look at Graf (we didn't get much tennis coverage in Australia in the 80s! so I missed out on the Shriver/Graf USO QF in 85). That first set was so close. Chris's experience on the key points was the difference. The second set was also a lot closer than the scores suggest. I remember Betsy Nagelson (or was it Mary Carillo?) saying that it was the hardest hitting baseline match she had ever seen.

Also, Chris in the post match interview said to Steffi that lots of people were afraid of that forehand, and that no one since Tracy Austin had hit that hard, and that it was only a matter of time before Steffi would win her first tournament....................
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Thanks Maggie May! 1986 was one of my favorite years for womens tennis. Not only were there great matches amongst the top players, but Graf truly emerged that year and created a buzz that wouldn't end for 13 glorious years.

That year, Gabriela took another step towards the top of the game by taking a set off of Chris at the French and making it to the Wimbledon semis. Back then, that was seen as a great accomplishment for her since she was so young and had very little grass experience.

I also loved watching Helena Sukova who pushed Martina around at the French before losing and doing the same at Wimbledon to Chris. She also got her first win over Hana and then defeated Chris in the US Open semis. Those were some great matches.

And I also remember Mary Joe Fernandez's splash at the French. She was 14 I think and upset Khode in the 4th round before losing to Sukova. And then there was Lori McNeil who put it all together at Wimbledon reaching the quarters and taking a set from Hana before losing. Another favorite Catarina Lindqvist was a quarterfinalist loser to Gaby at Wimbledon and have Chris a tight 3 set battle at the US Open.

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What a good idea, this thread, maggie May! Can't wait the follow up! Maybe if we joi, we'll succeed in writing down the whole story of the WTA Tour in the 80'S! It would be great to keep that for the record!
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Whatever happened to Janine Thompson?

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Thanks Maggie May! 1986 was one of my favorite years for womens tennis.
Yep. Hana making it to the Wimbledon final, Chrissie's last hurrah in Paris, Gorgeous Gaby making her first appearance in the Wimbledon semis, Steffi pushing Martina to the brink of defeat in one of the best women's matches of all time (US Open semis), Martina having another dominant year on the tour winning two of the three singles Slams and all three doubles Slams -- terrific stuff <sigh>

(I'll always treasure 1986 because that was the first time I saw Steffi play -- in the Open semis against Martina. )

Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)

"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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Whatever happened to Janine Thompson?
According to ITF site Janine only reached one more QF after that event in Marco Island and retired at 22 which is a shame after the positive article about her future. She did get to the last 16 at the French Open in 1989 and the last 16 of the Australian Open in 1987 but that's about it. She won some doubles titles though.
It was interesting to see how Temesvari/Navratilova got together as when you see Navratilova's doubles Slams that one sticks out as "How did they get together!", but it turns out Andrea picked her out for this exhibition and it went from there.
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Great thread Maggie May

Those of us who saw the Navratilova-Graf match at the US Open will never forget how powerful Steffi's forehand was. Today' it might look slow-but in 1986 those forehands were rockets.
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According to ITF site Janine only reached one more QF after that event in Marco Island and retired at 22 which is a shame after the positive article about her future. She did get to the last 16 at the French Open in 1989 and the last 16 of the Australian Open in 1987 but that's about it. She won some doubles titles though.
It was interesting to see how Temesvari/Navratilova got together as when you see Navratilova's doubles Slams that one sticks out as "How did they get together!", but it turns out Andrea picked her out for this exhibition and it went from there.

Maggie, that Temesvari/Navratilova partnership is a funny one. I think they had played earlier that year together. Pam always skipped the French singles after 1983 and played doubles only. Well Pammie was really gearing up for a Wimbledon run and decided that she wouldn't play Paris at all which apparently upset Martina. Pam then changed her mind and said she would play but Martina had already committed to Andrea.
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Great thread Maggie May

Those of us who saw the Navratilova-Graf match at the US Open will never forget how powerful Steffi's forehand was. Today' it might look slow-but in 1986 those forehands were rockets.
Rollo, Great point!

Steffi's forehand is indeed one of the better shots in the late's 80's before the arrival of power tennis in the early 90's.
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I still don't understand why Indianapolis is ignored as the "youngest" final ever. (in comparing with san diego and a match between austin and jaeger. it beats out the first with a month)
It was an official tournament since it's listed in Steffi's titles list
It's not a big deal of course, but it's strange anyway!

I always hoped what happened with steffi in 86 would happen with Anna too but sadly she could never break the titlesless aura (and apparently steffi especially after wim 85 really suffered from this too), but I know this is off topic!

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Sunkist WITA Championships
Amelia Island
14-20 April

Controversy plagued the WITA Championships from beginning to end. The absence of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd from their Association's own Championships came under fire from local organisers and sponsors, and the late withdrawal of Hana Mandlikova with an arm injury suffered at Hilton Head, added fuel to the flames. Then Steffi graf and her father Peter were involved in an argument with tour referee Lee Jackson over illegal coaching during the final. The WITA were obliged to pay a fine to compensate for failing to meet their contracted player commitment, but the field was nevertheless a strong one, headed by Graf, fresh from her first tournament triumph - over Evert Lloyd in Hilton Head - and she was challenged by Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Helena Sukova, Manuela Maleeva, Zina Garrison and Gabriela Sabatini in one of the strongest draws of the year.

The coaching issue has long been discussed, with its supporters citing the Davis Cup, Federation Cup and Wightman Cup competitions in which it is permitted. Those against believe a player who cannot afford a coach is put at a disadvantage. Graf suffered a penalty point during a crucial moment of her final against Kohde-Kilsch, a match she went on to win 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) in two and a half hours, and afterwards her father made his feelings on the issue very clear to anyone who would listen. What made the situation even more absurd was that Kohde-Kilsch was also being coached by her stpe-father, Jurgen Kilsch, during the match - the two men having a 'gentlemen's agreement' that it would go on.

There was plenty of interest in the less controversial matches. In the first round the once formidable Sylvia Hanika fell to pieces against Debbie Spence, losing 7-6 (7-0), 6-0 in one of the game's worst collapses. And in one of the greatest recoveries Wendy White somehow found it within her to come back from 1-6, 0-5, 0-40 to defeat Helen Kelesi 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 . In the third round Angeliki Kanellopoulou defeated Zina Garrison, the fifth seed being forced to retire when trailing 0-6, 1-3. Kanellopoulou felt she was worth that scoreline but was jolted back to reality with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat to Kohde-Kilsch, who then lost only two games to Sabatini in advancing to the final.

The doubles final produced a match every bit as absorbing as the singles, with Kohde-Kilsch and Sukova defeating Sabatini and Tanvier 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7) to round off a week that should have given the tournament's detractors food for thought. For even without Martina and Chris, there was excitement and magnificent tennis from 'the new breed' for everyone to enjoy.

Singles QFs S Graf d. L Gildemeister 6-3, 6-2; K Rinaldi d. H Sukova 6-1, 7-5; G Sabatini d. M Maleeva 7-6, 6-4; C Kohde-Kilsch d. A Kanellopoulou 6-0, 6-0

Singles SFs S Graf d. K Rinaldi 6-1, 5-7, 6-3; C Kohde Kilsch d. G Sabatini 6-1, 6-1

Final S Graf d. C Kohde-Kilsch 6-4, 5-7, 7-6

Doubles FinalKohde-Kilsch/Sukova d. Sabatini/Tanvier 6-2, 5-7, 7-6



US Open Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis
28 APRIL - 4 MAY

The women's final at the US Open Clay Court Championships should have been called the girls final. Steffi Graf from West Germany and Argentina's Gabriela Sabatini played the tennis that belied their average age of 15 1/2, and showed why they are regarded as the future stars of women's tennis.

Graf, the top seed, came into the event in Indianapolis on a two tournament romp having taken titles at the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head over Chris Evert Lloyd and the WITA Championships at Amelia Island over fellow countrywoman Claudia Kohde-Kilsch. A week later she claimed a third title, extending her winning streak to 15 consecutive matches after coming back from match-point down to beat Sabatini 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in a thrilling final that lasted two hours and two minutes.

Fifteen year old Sabatini, who was third seed, grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory, having easily taken the first set and having broken serve early in the second, before racing to a commanding 5-2 lead, to reach match-point on Graf's serve. Sabatini was hitting her long, heavily exaggerated topspin groundstrokes with great authority, but there were already glimpses of tiredness. This was all the encouragement 16 year old Graf needed as she kept pounding her bazooka-like forehand, which had earlier been erratic, and forced her way back into contention with glorious passing shots. As Graf ran Sabatini all over the court, the Argentinian became visibly exhausted, bending over several times to catch her breath. 'I tired to keep her on the run, when I got to 5-3, I thought I really had a chance. She was getting tired and I started to play more aggressively' said Steffi afterwards.

In the deciding set it was the West german teenager's turn to take the advantage, breaking serve on Sabatini's tired returns and racing up to 4-1. However, South America's most flamboyant woman player since Maria Bueno found a second wind to peg back the deficit, only to have Steffi rifle forehand winners past her to set up match point for herself. Gabriela then netted the final point. Graf's third win in their three meetings solidified her position as the world's third ranked player behind Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd, and her first appearance at the US Clay Court Championships earned the German girl a prize of $38,000. Sabatini won $17,000.

Bulgaria's Manuela Maleeva, a winner in 1984 and now seeded two, reached the semi-finals where Sabatini stopped her 6-4, 6-4. Maleeva complained of painful muscle spasms in her neck which almost caused her to default and prevented her from hitting backhands comfortably, which she felt might have been the difference between winning and losing.

Mercedes Paz, also from Argentina, was a surprise semi-finalist although she prived no match for Graf, falling 6-3, 6-2. Paz had earlier beaten the eighth seed Sandra Cecchini, and Leigh Thompson as well as Melissa Gurney, who in turn had upset fouth-seeded Kathy Jordan. Paz, delighted with her performance, had come to Indianapolis expecting to need to qualify, but received direct entry.

For Graf and Sabatini there was a further pay cheque for $7,000 each to come after they teamed up for the first time to clinch the doubles title over Gigi Fernandez and Robin White 6-2, 6-0.

Singles QFs S Graf d. T Phelps 6-4, 6-3; M Paz d. M Gurney 7-5, 6-3; M Maleeva d. R Marsikova 7-5, 6-2; G Sabatini d. R White 6-1, 7-5

Singles SFs S Graf d. Paz 6-3, 6-2; Sabatini d. Maleeva 6-4, 6-4

Final S Graf d. G Sabatini 2-6, 7-6, 6-4

Doubles Final S Graf/G Sabatini d. G Fernandez/R White 6-2, 6-0



Virginia Slims of Houston
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6-11 MAY
In the 1970s they called her the Queen of Clay. Chris Evert Lloyd's run of 125 consecutive winning matches on that surface from August 1973 to May 1979 is a streak unlikely to be equalled. It has been much the same in the 1980s. ou could count her losses on the slow, dirt surface on the fingers of one hand. At the Westside Club in Houston in May, the formidable Floridian notched up another clay-court success by winning the Virginia Slims Tournament there, the fifth stop on the truncated 1986 tour which sensibly ended in november, instead of spilling over into March 1987.

However, the 31 year old clay court queen left Houston with her crown a little dented after first Laura Gildemeister in the semi finals, and then Kathy Rinaldi in the final had each taken a set from her. Miss Gildemeister had earned her place in the last four by beating the number six seed Wendy White, but her success in the first set tiebreak against Mrs Lloyd, which she won 8-6, seemed to stir the former world no.1 to action. Twelve games later - all claimed by the relentlessly accurate Mrs Lloyd - and the match was over.

Miss Rinaldi had confirmed her status as the no.2 seed by resisting the quarter final challenge of the oldest player in the draw, 33 year old Wendy Turnbull of Australia 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. Then in the semi finals 19 year old Kathy had scored a forthright win against the unseeded Pam Casale, who had achieved one of her best career wins the previous day by downing the home favourite Zina Garrison 7-6, 6-3

On a sweltering 88 degree afternoon of sapping humidity, the long rallies of the opening set of the final, won by Mrs Lloyd 6-4, seemed to drain some of the energy from the older player's legs. The rallies in the second set were, if anything, even longer and when Miss Rinaldi won it 6-2, it seemed that her patient baseline game - which was uncannily like a carbon copy of her famous opponent's - might prevail, especially as Mrs Lloyd had not completed her four-hour rain-delayed programme of the previous day until almost 1.30am.

However, in the final set Mrs Lloyd showed why she had been at the top of the world game for the past decade, when she raced to a 3-0 lead and survived five break points to go ahead 4-1. Although Miss Rinaldi rallied to 4-4, Mrs Lloyd again tightened her concentration to hold serve and break again for the match, as two forehand errors from the younger girl signalled her relative inexperience.

The Mrs Lloyd teamed up with Miss Turnbull to win the doubles title from the no.3 seeds, Elise Burgin and JoAnne Russell. Their 6-2, 6-4 win brought them the first prize of $10,800 between them, which took Mrs Lloyd's earnings for the week to $35,400 - a fitting reward for the Queen of Clay.

Singles QFs C Evert Lloyd d. K Gompert 6-4, 6-1; L Gildemeister d. W White 6-2, 6-4; P Casale d. Z Garrison 7-6, 6-3; K Rinaldi d. W Turnbull 3-6, 7-6, 6-3

Singles SFs Evert Lloyd d. Gildemeister 6-7, 6-0, 6-0; Rinaldi d. Casale 6-4, 6-4

Final Evert Lloyd d. Rinaldi 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles Final Evert Lloyd/Turnbull d. Burgin/Russell 6-2, 6-4
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A week later she claimed a third title, extending her winning streak to 15 consecutive matches after coming back from match-point down to beat Sabatini 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in a thrilling final that lasted two hours and two minutes.

Given the current climate of this forum I won't say anything about Gaby's opponent in this match and just end with a .
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Poor Kart

that said though about Amelia Island I thought Graf and Kohde Kilsch hated each other and according to my book already during this match so how could they made an agreement

This is about the daddy's of course, not about the players

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of the truth
To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We're all carried along
By the river of dreams
In the middle of the night
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