Another SI short mention of Sylvia at the 1983 winter Championships. Frustratingly they didn't cover her big win in New York in 1982.
The self-styled and undisputedly so Dickschädel
(Pig-head, let's just say) certainly did not have many friends or admirers on the tour or behind the scenes, so it's almost not surprising.
MISSES NAVRATILOVA AND HANIKA IN FINAL
By NEIL AMDUR
March 28, 1982
New York Times
Wendy Turnbull's roller-coaster ride in the $300,000 Avon tennis championships ended yesterday when Sylvia Hanika beat her in a third-set tiebreaker for a berth against Martina Navratilova in today's final.
The top-seeded Miss Navratilova won her 27th consecutive match of the year, 6-4, 6-3, from Anne Smith in the opening semifinal at Madison Square Garden. But the match that finally pumped enthusiasm and drama into the double-elimination event was Miss Hanika's 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 victory over Miss Turnbull. Miss Hanika won the tiebreaker, 7 points to 2.
Over the first three days, Miss Turnbull had been erratic, playing thoughtfully against Kathy Jordan on opening night, losing in 44 minutes the next night to Miss Navratilova and then pulling out a three-set victory against Mima Jausovec for a spot in the semifinals.
Yesterday's two-hour thriller had 10 deuce games, interesting rallies and close line calls. Dulled from a late-night three-set doubles match after her Friday night singles, Miss Turnbull committed 18 unforced errors in the first set.
''It was pretty tough to get going,'' she later said. ''We didn't finish until 1 o'clock this morning. Then it was really tough to sort of come down after playing two matches and then try to sleep, get up and come out and practice, and you're on the court 12 hours later.''
To find her rhythm against Miss Hanika's heavy assortment of topspin shots, Miss Turnbull wisely slowed the speed of her shots in the second set, stayed in the back court more often and let Miss Hanika dictate the pace.
The strategy worked. When Miss Turnbull pushed a backhand dink over the net to win the second set and square the match, she crossed herself and smiled.
She changed the pace and angle of her first serves to hold from 2-3, 15-40, and many in the crowd of 13,779 cheered. But Miss Hanika's stinging topspin shots prevailed in the tiebreaker.
She opened with a backhand cross-court shot that Miss Turnbull volleyed into the net on the forehand. A dipping forehand return of serve down the middle was too low for Miss Turnbull's first volley, and Miss Turnbull left herself at 0-3 with a double fault.
Miss Hanika made it 4-0 with a running forehand pass down the line. Then a topped backhand return down the middle on the sixth point nullified Miss Turnbull's attempt at a first volley.
Miss Hanika has beaten Miss Navratilova only once in eight matches, on clay in the French quarterfinals. The 22-year-old West German had lost her six previous matches to Miss Turnbull.
The final, with a $100,000 first prize, will follow the third-place match, which starts at noon. Miss Navratilova and Pam Schriver scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Miss Smith and Kathy Jordan in the doubles final yesterday, with the winners sharing $25,000.
William J. Corbett, the Avon director of public relations, said that even if Miss Navratilova lost the final, the company would add $500 to her $52,000 runner-up check to allow her to pass Chris Evert Lloyd ($3,691,352) in career earnings.
The generosity may be Avon's farewell thank-you to Miss Navratilova, who has won 52 of 56 sets and sustained interest on the tour this year in the absence of Mrs. Lloyd, Tracy Austin and Hana Mandlikova. Avon is rumored to be bowing out as a corporate sponsor next month.
Miss Navratilova beat Miss Smith, her former doubles partner, for the 16th time in 17 matches. Miss Smith's only victory over her came in the third round of the 1980 Canadian Open, when Miss Navratilova, leading by 5-4 in the first set, had to retire with back spasms.
Miss Smith never led in the 56-minute semifinal. She lost her serve in the opening game, again at 15 when she pulled to 3-all, and a third time at love with the score 4-all.
In nine service games, she managed to win the first point only three times, which continually left her in catch-up situations. Miss Navratilova's problem in the first set, aside from some admitted lapses in concentration, might have been in trying to do too much, an occupational hazard when one is familiar with a rival's game. An example was her attempt to volley behind Miss Smith to keep her off balance, when her natural backhand volley is a cross-court shot.
Unable to finish some points quickly, Miss Navratilova left herself vulnerable to passing shots and lobs, which Miss Smith utilized to break the defending champion at love in the sixth game and again at 15 two games later.
''Maybe we were trying to outthink each other too much and forgot about hitting the ball,'' Miss Navratilova said of the consecutive breaks between the sixth and ninth games.
Serving for the first set at 5-4, Miss Navratilova faced the prospect of still another break, as she trailed, 0-30 and then by 30-40. But a heavily spun first serve to the backhand pulled Miss Smith far off the court and set up an easy forehand winner. Miss Navratilova then held from deuce for the set with a backhand volley placement and a smash.