JAEGER WINS EASILY
Philadelphia Daily News
Thursday, February 17, 1983
United Press International
When 17-year-old Andrea Jaeger won a tough point and heard a cluster of extra-loud applause, she flashed a big smile at the stands.
Her fans were friends from Stevenson High School, who came to Chicago 's International Amphitheater last night to watch their classmate overpower Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, 6-1, 6-2, in a second-round match of the $150,000 Virginia Slims Championship of Chicago .
"It did not matter that there were not a lot of people to watch me," the world's third-ranked women's tennis player said. "These friends of mine didn't even ask me for tickets, but they wanted to see me play. And to me, that was the biggest thrill of the evening."
That kind of support "makes playing tennis worthwhile, since I have to give up normal activities such as dances and parties, and even have to miss school once in a while," Jaeger said.
One of those tennis absences came yesterday. "My teachers have been very understanding," Jaeger said. "And, since I am a senior, they are making sure I can take exams at other times so I can graduate."
Jaeger graduated to the quarterfinal round in exactly one hour, in a match she called, "so easy I really couldn't believe it.
"Helena is almost 6-2, and has a great reach. When her serve is on, she is really tough," Jaeger said.
But Sukova "was not only off her game, but appeared to take a lot of chances that backfired," added Jaeger, the tournament's second seed.
Another winner was fifth-seeded Wendy Turnbull of Australia, who was ahead of Candy Reynolds, 6-2, 3-2, when the Knoxville, Tenn., woman pulled a thigh muscle and retired.
Earlier, seventh-seeded Bettina Bunge disposed of Rosalyn Fairbank, 6-2, 6-0.
In today's quarterfinals, fourth seed Pam Shriver will face Claudia Kohde of West Germany, and No. 6 Sylvia Hanika will take on fellow West German Eva Pfaff.
Top-seeded Martina Navratilova will meet Iva Budarova of Czechoslovakia, while No. 3 Tracy Austin will face Anne Smith.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two upsets last night give unseeded players a mental edge going into today's third round of the $315,000 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championship.
Fritz Buehning downed No. 2 Mats Wilander at The Racquet Club, 7-5, 7-5, and Mike DePalmer upset No. 7 Steve Denton, 6-4, 6-3.
Top seed Jimmy Connors meets Raul Ramirez in third-round action today, and No. 3 Gene Mayer will play Henri LeConte.
Buehning, who had taken the lead, let Wilander grab a 5-4 advantage, but rescued the match by keeping cool.
"After that, I just said to myself, 'You let him off the hook,' " Buehning said. "Those are the things that usually throw me off, but today I didn't let them.
"I can beat a lot of guys one set. Now I'm working on beating them two sets. I'm trying to go out there and not let anything bother me. If I start yelling and screaming, it takes more out of me than hitting a tennis ball."
Wilander, a clay-court specialist, said he was uncomfortable on the Supreme Court surface.
"I don't feel confident on this surface," he said. "I can play maybe two good games at a time on it, and then I'll have a bad game. I still have a lot to learn on this surface."
Ramirez beat Jan Gunnarson of Sweden, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round. Mayer defeated Eddie Dibbs, 6-3, 6-2; No. 5 Peter McNamara took Mel Purcell, 6-4, 6-4, and Yannick Noah, No. 4, defeated Mark Dickson, 7-6, 6-3.
Brian Gottfried beat Guy Forget of France, 7-5, 6-0; Buster Mottram of England defeated Terry Moor of Memphis, 6-4, 6-2; No. 8 Eliot Teltscher downed Tony Giammalva, 6-3, 7-6, and 11th-seed Brian Teacher beat Anders Jarryd of Sweden, 6-3, 6-4.