Miss Garrison Gains Final
January 8, 1984
New York Times
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7— Zina Garrison fought from a 2-0 deficit in the third set to defeat Pam Casale today and join Hana Mandlikova in the final of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington tennis tournament.
After Miss Mandlikova eliminated a fellow Czechoslovak, Helena Sukova, 6-1, 7-6, Miss Garrison, seeded fifth, advanced to only the second final of her professional career with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Miss Casale.
Miss Mandlikova, ranked 12th in the world, will be seeking her first victory in a major tournament in more than two years. Miss Garrison is ranked 10th in the world. The winner of the match Sunday night will receive $30,000.
Miss Casale reversed the flow of the match in the second set. After Miss Garrison broke serve to go up, 2-1, Miss Casale broke serve in the fourth and sixth games and in the decisive 12th game to pull even.
Miss Casale opened the set by holding serve and then breaking Miss Garrison's serve. But from that point it was all Miss Garrison, who made up for a 6-0, 6-0 defeat in the French Open in the only previous meeting between the two right-handers.
Miss Mandlikova, who gained the championship without dropping a set, needed to hold service to tie the second set at 6-all and force the tiebreaker.
In the tiebreaker, won by Miss Mandlikova, 7-5, both players held serve until the final point when Miss Sukova committed an unforced error, hitting her shot in the net.
Swedish Pair Advance
LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) - Anders Jarryd and Hans Simonsson of Sweden moved into the final of the $200,000 world doubles tournament today by beating Mark Edmondson of Australia and Sherwood Stewart of the United States, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, in a a tense 2-hour, 51-minute rematch of last year's French Open final.
Peter Fleming and Fritz Buehning of the United States were defeated by Pavel Slozil and Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, in the other semifinal of the eight- team event. The sixth-seeded Czechoslovakians took 2 hours, 35 minutes for a memorable victory over the second-seeded Americans, who both stand a towering 6-foot-5.
This will be the first all-European final in the 12-year history of the World Doubles Tennis Championships.
Connors and Lendl Win
ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 7 (AP) - Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors were sharp as they took 3-0 records into the semifinals of the eight-man, $250,000 Lite Challenge of Champions today in quest of the $100,000 top prize. Lendl trounced Jimmy Arias, 6-2, 6-1, in 39 minutes Friday night, and Connors followed with a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Yannick Noah.
Connors was scheduled to face Wojtek Fibak, and Lendl was to meet Andres Gomez, who turned back Gene Mayer, 6-3, 6-1. Fibak did not play Friday night, but his 1-2 record was good enough for a semifinal berth because of Lendl's triumph over Arias.