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JAEGER TOPS MANDLIKOVA IN AVON FINAL
The Miami Herald
Monday, January 31, 1983
JIM MARTZ

The shrill sound of a burglar alarm going off accidentally in the Mercedes parked across the street may have been what awakened Hana Mandlikova in the second set of Sunday's Avon Cup final with Andrea Jaeger.

Or maybe the second-seeded Mandlikova was fed up with making unforced errors and decided to play up to her considerable potential. Whatever, the 20-year-old Czechoslovakian rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie at 3-3, then had two break points on the top-seeded Jaeger.

But Mandlikova lost form again, hitting two backhands long, a lob long and a backhand into the net to allow Jaeger to hold serve. Jaeger then regained command to capture the championship, 6-1, 6-3, before a capacity crowd of 2,204 at Marriott's Marco Beach Resort.

It was the first championship for the 17-year-old Jaeger since she won an Avon tournament in Oakland, Calif., last February. Already the youngest player ever to earn $1 million on the tour, she pocketed $18,000.

Jaeger picked up another $3,000 later in the day when she teamed with Mary Lou Piatek to win the doubles final, 7-6, 6-4, over top-seeded Rosie Casals and Wendy Turnbull.

In the singles final, which lasted only one hour and nine minutes, Jaeger's steady groundstrokes kept Mandlikova pinned to the baseline for much of the match. When Mandlikova did venture to the net, Jaeger often passed her with shots deep to the corner or with lobs floating just inside the baseline.

"I figured I had to make her stay back and not serve and volley and hit a lot of service winners," said Jaeger. "For my first match on clay in a long time, I was really pleased with the way I was playing. The first time I ever played Hana on clay [1980], she wiped me off the court, 6-0, 6-3."

As balmy breezes blew in from the Gulf of Mexico a block away, Jaeger did the wiping Sunday afternoon. But Mandlikova contributed to her own downfall with numerous unforced errors, usually at crucial points.

"I think I was missing many, many balls," Mandlikova said in an understatement. "It looked like I had a chance at 3-3 in the second set, but I just played badly."

That seems to be the story of Mandlikova's life. Showing a repertoire of shots in the mold of Czech native Martina Navratilova, she rose to world's No. 5 ranking in 1981. But instead of reaching the top three as predicted last year, she dropped to No. 9.

She suffered several embarrassing early-round losses and also was hampered by a nagging back injury. Mandlikova, who owns a home at Boca West in Boca Raton, would look like a world- beater one day and Raggedy Ann the next.

"She's a streaky player," said Jaeger, who is now 5-5 lifetime against Mandlikova. "She plays well or poorly. In one game, she'll have three great shots and go up, 40-0, then lose the game.

"She has so much talent, but maybe it's not good to have so much. On a short ball, she can hit five different ways, but maybe she doesn't know which one to use."

Mandlikova doesn't dispute that. She figures it's just going to take longer for her to refine her talents than it would, say, a baseline player like Jaeger.

"I like the way I have my game," Mandlikova said. "It takes a little longer to develop, like Martina's game. I still have time. People like my style of play, and I do, too. I don't have to stay on the court three or four hours."

Both players are entered in the $150,000 Murjani Cup, also on clay, that begins today at Palm Beach Gardens.

"I hope I don't have to play Andrea until the semifinals or final," said Mandlikova. "She plays her best on clay. She has more time to prepare for every ball. If she's on grass or a faster surface, she doesn't have as much time for her big swing."

Jaeger, a senior at Adlai Stevenson High in the Chicago suburbs, is ranked third on the Women's Tennis Association computer behind Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd. Navratilova is not entered at Palm Beach Gardens, though she was in town Sunday for meetings of the WTA, of which she is president.

Evert is entered at Palm Beach Gardens and is top-seeded. Jaeger and Evert, who waged a fierce rivalry last year, could meet in this week's final. Jaeger upended her three times early last year, including a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the French Open semifinals.

But Evert struck back to win the last four meetings, including a 6-1, 6-0 verdict in the Australian semifinals. Jaeger says, however, that knocking off Evert is not necessarily one of her goals.

"I haven't really set any goals for this year," said Jaeger, who is looking for her first Grand Slam title (Wimbledon, U.S. Open, French Open and Australian Open). "I will play a lot of tourneys. But after next week, I'll go back and try to finish high school [where she's an A student]."
 

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MANDLIKOVA, JAEGER TOP 'KIDDIE' OPPONENTS
The Miami Herald
Sunday, January 30, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Welcome to the Kiddie Corps Open -- alias the $100,000 Avon Tennis Cup women's tournament -- in which 20-year-old Hana Mandlikova was the old lady of Saturday's semifinals.

If a driver's license were required for entry in this tournament, officials would have had trouble filling out the 56- player draw. Two unseeded teenagers advanced to the semifinals, leaving veterans and other members of the Kiddie Corps in their wake.

Saturday afternoon, top-seeded Andrea Jaeger, 17, defeated 16-year-old Hungarian Andrea Temesvari, 6-3, 6-2, before 2,117 spectators at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort. Saturday night before another 2,100, third-seeded Mandlikova edged 15-year-old Michelle Torres of Northbrook, Ill., 6-4, 6-4.

Jaeger, from Lincolnshire, Ill., and Mandlikova will meet in today's 1 p.m. final, with the winner earning $18,000 and gaining momentum heading into this week's Murjani Cup at Palm Beach Gardens.

Asked how it felt to be the oldest player in the semifinals, Mandlikova grimaced and said, "I don't think I'm old. I've got 10 more years left."

But she said she welcomes the addition of more teenage phenoms on the circuit. "It's very good for tennis," said Mandlikova, who won the French Open at age 19 in 1981. "It's a change for the future."

Temesvari, ranked 34th on the Women's Tennis Association computer, knocked off Laura Arraya, 17, and fourth-seeded Virginia Ruzici en route to Saturday's match with Jaeger. Torres, an amateur whose first tennis lesson was given to her by Jaeger's father six years ago, knocked off second-seeded Wendy Turnbull and 15-year-old Kathy Rinaldi, who was seeded eighth, to reach the semifinals.

Because Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert Lloyd and Tracy Austin aren't entered here, Jaeger inherited the role as the player to beat. She said the added pressure doesn't bother her, though.

"I'm sure a lot of people are expecting me to win," she said. "And I'm pretty comfortable with my clay-court game right now.

"I always go into a tournament expecting to win, but I'm not going to go all over the place talking about it. If you're going to talk, you might as well talk with your racquet."

That's what Jaeger did as she gave Temesvari a lesson in clay-court patience, moon balls and stamina.

The Mandlikova-Torres match featured 14 service breaks in 20 games. After Mandlikova squandered a match point at 5-3 and double-faulted to lose service, she broke Torres to win the match.

Mandlikova has a 5-4 career record over Jaeger. They have not met since Jaeger won, 6-1, 6-3, in the Citizen Cup last spring at Palm Beach Gardens.

"She plays every match the same," Mandlikova said. "Everything depends on me, not on her. It's very important how I serve. If I serve well, I'm going to beat her; if I don't, it will be very difficult."

In the doubles semifinals, Jaeger and Mary Lou Piatek beat Kathy Jordan and Paula Smith, 6-1, 1-6, 7-6, and Rosie Casals and Turnbull beat Yvonne Vrmaak and Kathy Horvach, 7-5, 6-2.
 

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Murjani Cup.


EVERT TO FACE FORMIDABLE CHALLENGE IN '83 DEBUT
The Miami Herald
Sunday, January 30, 1983
JIM MARTZ

In commercials plugging the $150,000 Murjani Cup women's tennis tournament beginning Monday in Palm Beach Gardens, Chris Evert Lloyd says that 17 of the top 20 players will be competing.

That statement is inaccurate, although Evert was only reading cue cards written by tournament officials. Five of the top 10 players in the Women's Tennis Association computer rankings are not entered.

"When we got the original list from the WTA, it had 17 of the top 20," said Janice Brown, assistant tournament director. "But there were several changes, and it was hard to change the ads to reflect them."

Nevertheless, a formidable field awaits Evert in her first tournament of 1983 as she attempts to regain the No. 1 ranking she lost to Martina Navratilova in 1982.

Navratilova will not compete at Palm Beach Gardens. Neither are No. 4 Tracy Austin, No. 6 Pam Shriver, No. 8 Barbara Potter or No. 9 Bettina Bunge. But the 56-player field does include third-ranked Andrea Jaeger, fifth-ranked Wendy Turnbull, seventh-ranked Hana Mandlikova and 10th-ranked Sylvia Hanika, in addition to Evert.

Other notable entries include two-time Wimbledon champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley; Kathy Rinaldi of nearby Jensen Beach, Fla.; Virginia Ruzici, Ann Smith and Zina Garrison.

For several years, the women's tour traditionally has played indoors from January to April. But this year, it's making two outdoor stops on clay courts in Florida, the $100,000 Avon Cup this past week at Marco Island and the Murjani Cup.

"I think it's a nice change, and I think a lot of the players will enjoy it," said Evert.

Ruzici, winner of the 1982 U.S. Clay Court title, added, "I think it's good for us to have a choice and to get to play on clay for a change before April."

Evert has been skipping most or all of the winter circuit in recent years to recharge her batteries and travel to tournaments with her husband John, who plays on the men's circuit. But she's eager to reach peak form in time for the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments, her main goals this year.

In last year's French Open, Evert suffered her worst loss ever on clay, 6-0, 6-3, to Jaeger in the semifinals. She dropped the Wimbledon final to Navratilova in three sets.

The Murjani Cup will be the second of four women's tournaments in southern Florida this year. The second annual Citizen Cup, a four-player event offering $250,000 in prize money, will be played April 2-3, also at PGA National. And the $125,000 Lynda Carter/Maybelline Classic will return to Deer Creek in Deerfield Beach Nov. 7-13.

Evert already is entered in the Citizen Cup, and invitations are being extended to Navratilova, Jaeger and Austin.

"I'll play all the South Florida tournaments," said Evert, a native of Fort Lauderdale who now calls Amelia Island, Fla., home. "If they arrange it, I'll be there."

MURJANI CUP AT A GLANCE 98

What -- $150,000 Murjani Cup women's tournament.

Where -- PGA National Resort at Palm Beach Gardens (three miles west of I-95 on PGA Boulevard).

Field -- 56-player main draw headed by Chris Evert Lloyd, Andrea Jaeger, Wendy Turnbull, Virginia Ruzici, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Kathy Rinaldi.

Schedule -- Today: qualifying matches, 10 a.m.; Monday through Thursday: matches at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Friday: quarterfinals at noon and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday: semifinals at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: finals at 2 p.m.

Admission -- Today, $3 and $5; Monday through Wednesday, $6 and $8 per session; Thursday and Friday, $8 and $10 per session; Saturday, $10 and $12.50 per session; Sunday, $12.50 and $16. For ticket information, call 627-LOVE in Palm Beach Gardens.
 

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MURJANI CUP OPENS TODAY WITH CHANGES IN SCHEDULE
The Miami Herald
Monday, January 31, 1983
HERALD STAFF

The $150,000 Murjani Cup women's tennis tournament opens today at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens with some late schedule changes.

The match between Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Rosie Casals and Hana Mandlikova's match with a qualifier have been postponed until Tuesday afternoon because Casals and Mandlikova played Sunday in the Avon Cup at Marco Island, Fla. Tournament director John Korff said persons who present stubs from tonight's matches will be admitted free to Tuesday afternoon's matches.

Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd will play her first match Tuesday night at 7 against the winner of today's meeting between Kathy Horvath and Michelle Torres, who reached the semifinals at Marco Island. Second-seeded Andrea Jaeger, the winner Sunday over Mandlikova, also will play Tuesday night against today's winner between Barbara Hallquist and Mary Lou Piatek.

Today's schedule:

Stadium court: 10 a.m. -- Sabrina Simmonds vs. Camille Benjamin, followed by Leigh Thompson vs. Wendy White, Marcella Mesker vs. Leslie Allen, Kathy Horvath vs. Michelle Torres, followed by doubles.

Stadium court: 7 p.m. -- Dianne Fromholtz vs. Yvonne Vermaak, followed by Kathy Jordan vs. Corinne Vanier.

Court Eight: 9:30 a.m. -- Paula Smith vs. Jennie Klitsch, followed by Katerina Skronska vs. Anne White, Dana Gilbert vs. Betsy Nagelsen, Catherine Tanvier vs. Marcela Skuherska, Lucia Romanov vs. Shelly Solomon, followed by doubles.

Court 10: 10 a.m. -- Pat Medrado vs. Amy Holton, followed by Louise Allen vs. Susan Mascarin, Vicki Nelson vs. Ann Hobbs, Manuela Maleeva vs. Sue Leo.

Sunday's qualifying

Shelly Solomon d. Kim Sands, 6-3, 6-3; Amy Holton d. Felicia Raschiatore, 6-4, 6-1; Anne Hobbs downed Kim Steinmetz, 6-0, 6-1; Kim Shaeffer d. Michaela Pazderoza, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Susan Leo d. Laura Bernstein, 6-2, 6-4; Paula Smith d. Stacy Margolin, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4; Lea Antonopolis d. Christine O'Neil, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3; Terry Phelps d. Marcela Skuherska, 6-2, 6-2.
 

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What a circus! Imagine Susan Leo vs. vintage Martina Hingis!


WOMEN RAISE A RACKET IN FIRST-ROUND MURJANI MATCH
The Miami Herald
Tuesday, February 1, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Who says you need Wimbledon's Center Court and John McEnroe to have a little spice in a tennis match?

Way out on court 10 Monday, before a grand total of eight spectators at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, there was a match highlighted by racquet throwing, whimpering, arguments with fans, a ball being slammed toward a spectator and a warning from the umpire. And McEnroe wasn't within hundreds of miles.

The combatants were Manuela Maleeva and Susan Leo, who are ranked 60th and 90th, respectively, in the world and aren't exactly big names on the women's tennis circuit. But their first-round match in the $150,000 Murjani Cup illustrates that the men haven't cornered the market on controversy.

"God hates me, yes He does," groaned Leo as she looked to the sky. She was losing her cool and her 3-0 lead in the second set.

Maleeva uttered most of her complaints in her native Bulgarian. Maleeva, you may recall, is the 15-year-old who forfeited the championship match of the Orange Bowl World Junior tournament in December at Miami Beach to Carling Bassett.

Her mother waved her off the court in the second set of the Orange Bowl to protest what she claimed was "cheating" by American linesmen. She refused to allow her daughter to accept the runnerup trophy.

Monday, mom was at courtside again. But she bit her tongue when close calls went against Maleeva. It was Leo, a 20-year-old Australian, who reached the boiling point.

Her wrath was taken out on a tournament volunteer worker who was standing near the court and watching the match. The volunteer's sin was applauding a point won by Maleeva.

"Volunteers should shut up." Leo shrieked. "Can you sit down?" Leo then pleaded to the umpire, "Tell her to sit down, she's distracting me."

When the volunteer clapped after another point that Maleeva won, Leo hollered, "Kiss off." The umpire issued a warning to Leo.

A moment later, Leo slammed a ball toward the sideline that missed the volunteer but nearly hit Maleeva's mother, Julie, in the head.

"Point warning," said the umpire. But a linesman reminded him that points can be taken away in men's tennis but not women's tennis, because there's no such penalty system for the women's circuit.

Maleeva, who looked toward her mother every time she made an error or lost a close line call, eventually won the match, 6-3, 6-4. Afterward, both Maleevas said they had no second thoughts about the forfeit at the Orange Bowl, the first ever in the final round of that prestigious junior tournament.

"I'm just trying to forget the Orange Bowl," said Manuela.

Her mother said she would wave her daughter off the court again if she had to. "There's no pride, nothing worth that humiliation," Julie Maleeva said.

Asked if there had been any problems with line calls in the three pro tournaments Manuela has played in since the Orange Bowl, Julie said, "No, they are always making errors, but it's for both players."

All but three of the seeded players in the Murjani Cup were off Monday, though many of the top players on the women's circuit were busy Sunday and Monday with board meetings of the Women's Tennis Association, which is headquartered at PGA National. Martina Navratilova, the WTA president who is not entered in this week's tournament, presided at the meetings but said she didn't have time for interviews with the press because of "business commitments."

Leslie Allen, the 12th seed, beat Marcella Mesker, 7-6, 7-5, but No. 14 Catherine Tanvier was jolted by Terry Phelps, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 11 Kathy Jordan defeated Corinne Vanier, 6-1, 6-2, in one late match, while Yvonnne Vermaak surprised Dianne Fromholtz, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd will play her first match of 1983 tonight at 7 against Kathleen Horvath, who won Monday, 6-3, 6-1, over 15-year-old Michelle Torres. Torres was a surprise semifinalist in last week's Avon Cup at Marco Island, Fla.

Two matches originally slated for Monday night were rescheduled. Ninth-seeded Evonne Goolagong Cawley will meet Rosie Casals this afternoon, and fourth-seeded Hana Mandlikova will play Wednesday night against the winner of today's match between Kim Shaeffer and Jenny Klitch.

Second-seeded Andrea Jaeger, winner of the Avon Cup, will play her first match Wednesday night against today's winner between Paula Smith and Barbara Hallquist. Third-seeded Wendy Turnbull plays this afternoon against Beth Herr. Persons who have ticket stubs from Monday night's matches will be admitted free this afternoon.

Monday's Results

SINGLES

Anne White d. Katherina Skronska, 6-3, 6-4; Betsy Nagelsen d. Dana Gilbert, 6-4, 6-3; Terry Phelps d. Catherine Tanvier, 6-1, 6-0; Shelly Solomon d. Lucia Romanov, 6-1, 6-0; Amy Holton d. Patricia Medrado, 6-2, 6-1; Susan Masca=rin d. Louise Allen, 6-1, 6-2; Vicki Nelson d. Anne Hobbs, 7-5, 6-4; Manuela Maleeva d. Susan Leo, 6-3, 6-4; Sabina Simmonds d. Camille Benjamin, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Wendy White d. Leigh Thompson, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; Kathleen Horvath d. Michelle Torres, 6-3, 6-1; Leslie Allen d. Marcella Mesker, 7-6, 7-5; Yvonne Vermaak d. Dianne Fromholtz, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; Kathy Jordan d. Corinne Vanier, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES

Vairvank-Stove d. Garrison-Mascarin, 6-1, 6-2; Nagelsen- Rinaldi d. Margolin-Shaefer, 6-4, 6-1; Antonopolis-Jordan d. Budarova-Skuherska, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

Today's Matches

Stadium court: 10 a.m. -- Andrea Temesvari vs. Pam Casale, followed by Anne White vs. Virginia Ruzici, followed by Wendy Turnbull vs. Beth Herr, followed by Evonne Goolagong Cawley vs. Rosie Casals, followed by Hana Mandlikova-Virginia Ruzici vs. Dianne Fromholtz-Andrea Temesvari.

Stadium court: 7 p.m. -- Chris Evert Lloyd vs. Kathleen Horvath, followed by Kathy Rinaldi vs. Vicki Nelson.

Court Eight: 10 a.m. -- Joanne Russell vs. Duk Hee Lee, followed by Petra Delhees vs. Sabina Simmonds, followed by Rosalyn Fairbank vs. Wendy White, followed by Andrea Jaeger-Mary Lou Piatek vs. Vicki Nelson-Julie Harrington, followed by Zina Garrison vs. Manuela Maleeva, followed by Andrea Leand-Sabina Simmonds vs. Camille Benjamin-Corinne Vanier.

Court 10: 10 a.m. -- Iva Budarova vs. Terry Phelps, followed by Paula Smith vs. Barbara Hallquist, followed by Lea Antonoplis vs. Andrea Leand, followed by Kim Shaeffer vs. Jenny Klitch, followed by Kathy Jordan-Paula Smith vs. Pam Casale-Kim Sands, followed by Lucia Romanov-Duk Hee Lee vs. Katerina Skronska-Debbie Jarrett.
 

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EVERT BEGINS PUSH FOR TOP WITH VICTORY
The Miami Herald
Wednesday, February 2, 1983
SANDY KEENAN

Chris Evert Lloyd has lost the luxuries that go with the world's No. 1 ranking, the perks that accompany the top perch of women's professional tennis.

No longer can she afford to take three-month respites at the beginning of a year. No longer can she attend tournaments as infrequently as heathens attend church.

"I'm afraid the vacation is over now," said Evert after disposing of Kathy Horvath, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round of the $150,000 Murjani Cup, which will run through Sunday at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

In her first match of the year, Evert dished up lethal dropshots, spliced a few lines with her characteristic groundstrokes and toyed with a whipping wind. The 28-year-old Fort Lauderdale native tagged her own performance at 25 per cent below her optimal skill.

"It's going to take awhile to get back," said the tournament's top seed. "I was happy to get the first match over with, to get through the night, but I think I can play better."

Andrea Jaeger is the second seed in the 56-player tournament played on Evert's favorite surface -- soft, slow clay. Before Tuesday, Evert's last match was on Dec. 12, when she fell to Martina Navratilova, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, in the Toyota Championships and surrendered all hope of being named the No. 1 women's player in the world.

"I don't want to play catch-up tennis all year," said Evert. "In the past, I've taken two to three months off and come into the season more eager."

No longer.

Horvath proved a tougher match psychologically than physically for Evert's 1983 debut in front of a sellout crowd of 3,204. The 17-year-old from Largo, Fla. -- ranked 45th in the world -- pushed Evert to two match points at the Italian Open in 1981.

"Ever since I almost beat her, she always plays me tough," said Horvath, jovial after the match despite the loss. "She doesn't take me lightly."

Horvath tried to mix up shots and throw off Evert's baseline barrage, but she couldn't put together an impressive portfolio. After winning the first game of the match, Horvath lost her luster while Evert picked up momentum. The crowd was quiet as the wind swirled crazily during the 90-minute match.

Evert played before her parents and her sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, as she beat Horvath for the fourth time in three years. Thursday, Evert will meet the winner of today's match between Yvonne Vermaak and Kathy Jordan.

"The second match will be easier," said Evert. "It's going to take awhile to get back to the way I was playing at the end of last year."

Tuesday's match against Horvath was Evert's 858th career victory, according the Women's Tennis Association figures. Her winning percentage is roughly 92 per cent.

Still, No. 2 must try harder.

Tuesday's results

SINGLES

First round -- Joanne Russell d. Duk Hee Lee, 6-2, 6-1; Andrea Temesvari d. Pam Casale, 6-1, 6-3; Petra Delhees d. Sabina Simmons, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5); Paula Smith d. Barbara Hallquist, 7-5, 6-2; Rosalyn Fairbank d. Wendy White, 6-1, 6-3; Lea Antonopolis d. Andrea Leand, 7-5, 6-2; Jenny Klitch d. Kim Shaeffer, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4; Zina Garrison d. Manuela Maleeva, 6-1, 7-5; Rosie Casals d. Christine O'Neil, 6-2, 7-5; Kathy Rinaldi d. Vicki Nelson, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Second round -- Iva Budarova d. Terry Phelps, 6-4, 6-1; Anne White d. Virginia Ruzici, 6-3, 6-7 (8-10) 7-5; Wendy Turnbull d. Beth Herr, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; Chris Evert Lloyd d. Kathy Horvath, 6-2, 6-3.

DOUBLES

First round -- Andrea Jaeger-Mary Lou Piatek d. Vicki Nelson-Julie Harrington, 6-0, 7-5; Kathy Jordan-Paula Smith d. Pam Casale-Kim Sands, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; Andrea Leand-Sabina Simmonds d. Camile Benjamin-Corinne Vanier, 6-1, 6-4.

Today's schedule

Stadium Court (10 a.m.) -- Barbara Potter-Sharon Walsh vs. Ann Henrickson-Barbara Hallquist; Yvonne Vermaak vs. Kathy Jordan; Joanne Russell vs. Susan Mascarin; Rosie Casals-Wendy Turnbull vs. Pam Whytcross-Chris O'Neil; Joanne Russell-Anne White vs. Kathy Horvath-Yvonne Vermaak.

Stadium Court (7 p.m.) -- Andrea Jaeger vs. Paula Smith; Hana Mandlikova vs. Jenny Klitch.

Court 8 (10 a.m.) -- Leslie Allen vs. Amy Holton; Betsy Nagelsen vs. Rosie Casals; Lisa Bonder vs. Andrea Leand; Leslie Allen-Lele Forood vs. Helena Sukova-Catherine Tanvier; Wendy White-Leigh Thompson vs. Lisa Bonder-Beth Herr.

Court 10 (10 a.m.) -- Felicia Raschiatore-Kim Steinmetz vs. Pat Medrado-Claudia Monteiro; Anne Hobbs-Susan Leo vs. Hana Strachonova-Laura Arraya; Shelly Solomon vs. Andrea Temesvari; Laura Dupont-Nancy Yeargin vs. Petra Delhees-Marcella Mesker. Barbara Jordan-Lea Antonoplis vs. Andrea Leand-Sabina Simmonds.
 

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ALLEN, RAIN DON'T STOP HOLTON
The Miami Herald
Thursday, February 3, 1983
SANDY KEENAN

The sky waited for amateur Amy Holton, 17, to score the upset of her career Wednesday morning before it rained havoc on the $150,000 Murjani Cup at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

The pint-sized Holton, ranked 138th in the world by the Women's Tennis Association, defeated No. 22 Leslie Allen, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, in a two-hour match before play was suspended for the rest of the day at 2 p.m. Allen was the tournament's 12th seed.

"Leslie is my biggest win," said Holton, who employs a consistent baseline game similiar to that of Chris Evert Lloyd, the tournament's top-seeded player. "The wind made it really hard for Leslie to volley. I threw up a few lobs at critical times."

Holton graduated from high school two weeks ago and immediately hit the road to try the professional tour as an amateur. So far, all is well.

"Amy Holton has already won enough matches here to constitute an entire tournament," said John Korff, the Murjani Cup promoter.

She fought her way through two rounds of qualifying, then beat Pat Medrado, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round and Allen, a lofty serve-and-volley player, in the second.

Along with Evert, the top-seeded players trying for the $27,500 first prize are Andrea Jaeger, Hana Mandlikova and Wendy Turnbull. The 56-player tournament will run through Sunday.

Second-seeded Jaeger and fourth-seeded Mandlikova could play three matches each today because of the rain.

"I don't mind too much having the schedule messed up," Jaeger said. If I have to play a lot more, that's OK. I'm anxious to start playing because I had a good week last week."

Holton admitted being nervous before the match but said she knew her style, steady from the baseline, is the kind that gives Allen the most trouble.

"I hope this win will move me up in the rankings," Holton said. "I don't have any understanding of how the computer works."

In the two other singles matches that were finished before the rain came, unseeded Yvonne Vermaak of South Africa beat 11th-seeded Kathy Jordan, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, and Betsy Nagelsen beat veteran Rosie Casals, 6-3, 6-4.

After her match, Holton returned to her hotel room to call older sister Kathy, a freshman at the University of Florida who also happens to be the Gators' No. 1 player.

All four Holton children play competitive tennis. Brother Ricky ranks third in Florida in the 16-and-under division, and sister Holly ranks 24th in Florida in the 12-and-under division. Amy is ranked first in the state in girls' 18-and- under and 12th nationally.

Kathy and Amy often play doubles together and faced each other last summer in the singles final of the Florida State Tournament.

"It was hard on both of us," said Amy, who won, 6-2, 7-5.

Amy credits Kathy with some of her success. "There were always times I didn't feel like practicing when Kathy would drag me out on the court. She's really disciplined," Amy said, rolling her eyes.

Holton said she plans to play amateur and professional tournaments until next fall, when she will enter college for "at least one year." She'll compete in professional events this winter and then play the national junior circuit this summer.

An underdog in the pro ranks, she's a favorite among the juniors.

When she's home in Sarasota, Holton practices at Nick Bollettieri's tennis camp. The 5-5, 110-pound, green-eyed blonde has won two national junior doubles titles and one national junior singles title.

Wednesday's results

SINGLES

Second round -- Yvonne Vermaak d. Kathy Jordan, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1; Betsy Nagelsen d. Rosie Casals, 6-3, 6-4; Amy Holton d. Leslie Allen, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1; all other matches postponed because of rain.

DOUBLES

Anne Hobbs-Sue Leo d. Laura Arraya-Hana Strachonova, 6-2, 6-3; Barbara Potter-Sharon Walsh d. Ann Henricksson-Barbara Hallquist, 7-5, 6-1; Pat Medrado-Claudia Monteiro d. Felicia Raschiatore-Kim Steinmetz, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Today's schedule

Stadium court, 8:30 a.m. -- Joanne Russell vs. Susan Mascarin, followed by Andrea Jaeger vs. Paula Smith; Kathy Rinaldi vs. Shelly Solomon or Andrea Temesvari, followed by Russell or Mascarin vs. Smith or Jaeger; Wendy Turnbull-Rosie Casals vs. Chris O'Neil-Pam Whytcross; Betsy Nagelsen-Kathy Rinaldi vs. Kathy Jordan-Pam Smith.

Stadium court, 7 p.m. -- Chris Evert Lloyd vs. Yvonne Vermaak. Hana Mandlikova-Virginia Ruzici vs. Betty Stove-Rosalyn Fairbank.

Court 8, 8:30 a.m. -- Lisa Bonder vs. Andrea Leand; Jenny Klitch vs. Hana Mandlikova; Wendy Turnbull vs. Bonder or Leand; Betsy Nagelsen vs. Klitch or Mandlikova; Zina Garrison vs. Amy Holton; Kathy Horvath-Yvonne Vermaak vs. Joanne Russell-Anne White; Andrea Jaeger-Mary Lou Piatek vs. Anne Hobbs-Sue Leo.

Court 10, 10 a.m. -- Shelly Solomon vs. Andrea Temesvari; Iva Budarova vs. Anne White; Rosalyn Fairbank vs. Sabina Simmonds; Wendy White-Leigh Thompson vs. Lisa Bonder-Beth Herr; Lea Antonoplis-Barbara Jordan vs. Andrea Leand-Sabina Simmonds.

Court 11, noon -- Leslie Allen-Lelee Forood vs. Helena Sukova-Catherine Tanvier; Petra Delhees-Marcella Mesker vs. Laura Dupont-Nancy Yeargin; Duk Hee Lee-Lucia Romanov vs. Pat Medrado-Claudia Monteiro; Barbara Potter-Sharon Walsh vs. Allen-Forood or Sukova-Tanvier.
 

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TEMESVARI MASTERS HOSTILE FANS, RINALDI
The Miami Herald
Friday, February 4, 1983
SANDY KEENAN

Andrea Temesvari, a 16-year-old tennis player from Hungary, weathered harassment from fans Thursday as she upset local favorite and No. 7 seed Kathy Rinaldi, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), in the third round of the $150,000 Murjani Cup at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

Temesvari deftly handled blustering winds and continuously nailed Rinaldi to the back walls of the court with high topspins, yet she almost lost the match to Rinaldi's ranters.

The commotion began in the second set with Temesvari holding a 4-1 lead. About 50 Rinaldi followers in a crowd of 250 clapped at Temesvari's double faults and applauded her mistakes -- blasphemy according to tennis etiquette.

"It was terrible. I was very upset," said Temesvari, ranked 27th in the world. "I told the umpire to tell them it's not nice what they're doing."

Rattled a bit, Temesvari lost her concentration while the score went to 4-4, then Rinaldi took the lead. She served to Temesvari at 6-5 but lost the game without winning a single point, forcing the tiebreaker.

Temesvari took the lead but then gave up two match points at 6-4. Then Rinaldi had her turn, gaining three chances to win the set on one point. Finally, at 10-9, Temesvari put away a volley at the net to secure the match.

"It's a very good victory for me," said Temesvari, ranked 146th on the Women's Tennis Association computer a year ago. "I saw her play in Marco Island last week and said to myself, 'Don't be scared; just because she's 15th in the world doesn't mean she's that good."

Rinaldi, who is from nearby Martin Downs, complimented Temesvari on her play -- then added that the hometown fans had an effect on her, too.

"Playing in front of family and friends adds pressure to playing," she said. "I get nervous and want to play better." Instead, she said, she was "in a big rush and making too many unforced errors" before her second-set comeback.

In today's quarterfinals, Temesvari will meet top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd, who defeated Yvonne Vermaak, 3-6, 6-0, 6-0. Temesvari lost to Evert, 6-0, 6-3, in the final of the 1982 Swiss Open, but she wasn't afraid to play her again.

"Everybody wants to beat the best," she said. "I'm not saying I can -- I just hope I play well. I like to play against the best."

"I think Temesvari can hurt me more than Rinaldi could have," said Evert. "She's big and strong and can play aggressively or patiently. She's a tough little player."

No. 2 seed Andrea Jaeger, who defeated JoAnne Russell, 6-4, 6-2, after routing Paula Smith, 6-1, 6-1, in a rain-delayed second-round match,, may not be jealous of Temesvari's tennis, but she's envious of her looks. Temesvari, a blue-eyed blonde, is a flashy-looking 5-9 and 125 pounds.

"She's a year younger than I am, and I swear she looks 21," said Jaeger, 17. "She should be doing centerfolds, not playing tennis. If I had her looks, I would go for it."

Temesvari travels with her father and coach Otto, speaks three languages (English, French and Hungarian) and plays basketball when she's not playing tennis.

She turned pro at the age of 14 and has been the No. 1 player in Hungary since. As she climbed on the computer lists from 146th to her present ranking of 27th, she earned $46,385.

But "I try not to think of the computer because I don't understand it," said Temesvari, who is finishing high school through correspondence courses. "One week, I didn't even play and moved up in the rankings. I just hope the computer is nice to me."

Even if the fans aren't.

Thursday's results

SINGLES

Second round -- Betsy Nagelsen d. Rosie Casals, 6-3, 6-4; Hana Mandlikova d. Jenny Klitch, 6-2, 6-3; JoAnne Russell d. Susan Mascarin, 6-3, 6-3; Andrea Jaeger d. Paula Smith, 6-1, 6-1; Andrea Temesvari d. Shelly Solomon, 6-0, 6-1; Andrea Leand d. Lisa Bonder, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Third round -- Iva Budarova d. Anne White. 7-6 (8-6) 6-3; Wendy Turnbull d. Leand, 6-1, 6-1; Temesvari d. Kathy Rinaldi 6-3, 7-6.

DOUBLES

First round -- Rosie Casals/Wendy Turnbull d. Chris O'Neil/Pam Whytcross, 6-3, 6-2; Petra Delhees/Marcella Mesker d. Laura Dupont/Nancy Yeargin, 6-3, 6-1; Helena Sukova/Catherine Tanvier d. Leslie Allen/Lelee Forood, 7-5, 6-3; Beth Herr/Lisa Bonder d. Wendy White/Leigh Thompson, 6-7 (4-7) 6-2, 6-2; JoAnne Russell/Anne White d. Kathy Horvath/Yvonne Vermaak, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

Second round -- Kathy Jordan/Paula Smith d. Betsy Nagelsen/ Kathy Rinaldi, 6-3, 6-1; Lea Antonoplis/Barbara Jordan d. Andrea Leand/Sabina Simmonds, 7-6 (7-3) 6-2; Duk Hee Lee/Lucia Romanov d. Pat Medrado/Claudia Monteiro, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2;

Hana Mandlikova/Virginia Ruzici d. Betty Stove/ Ros Fairbank, 6-1, 6-2.

Today's matches

Stadium Court, beginning at noon -- Iva Budarova vs. Wendy Turnbull; Zina Garrison vs. Andrea Jaeger; Hana Mandlikova vs. Ros Fairbank; Anne Hobbs/Susan Leo vs. Barbara Potter/Sharon Walsh.

Stadium Court, beginning at 7 p.m. -- Andrea Temesvari vs. Chris Evert Lloyd; Rosie Casals/Wendy Turnbull or Petra Delhees/Marcella Mesker vs. Hana Mandlikova/Virginia Ruzici.

Court 8, beginning at noon -- Duk Hee Lee/Lucia Romanov vs. Kathy Jordan/Paula Smith; Lisa Bonder/Beth Herr vs. JoAnne Russell/Anne White; Rosie Casals/ Wendy Turnbull vs. Petra Delhees/Marcella Mesker; Lisa Bonder/Beth Herr or JoAnne Russell/Anne White vs. Lea Antonoplis/Barbara Jordan.
 

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EVERT ROUTS TEMESVARI, GAINS SEMIS
The Miami Herald
Saturday, February 5, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Chris Evert Lloyd and South Florida clay courts go together like Nureyev and a stage, or Dorothy Hamill and ice.

Evert is an artist on the surface, and Friday night she painted another opponent into a corner. This time it was Andrea Temesvari, who was only five years old the last time Evert lost a tennis match on clay in South Florida.

Temesvari, a 16-year-old Hungarian with considerable poise and promise, battled Evert to 3-3 in the first set before succumbing, 6-3, 6-0, as 1,852 chilled fans watched the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Murjani Cup at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.

It was Evert's 59th consecutive victory on clay in her native area. The last time she lost was to Denise Carter in 1971 at Lighthouse Point. In 14 tournaments since then, her only setback came indoors at the Hollywood Sportatorium in 1979 when she bowed to Greer Stevens.

But Evert, who will play Wendy Turnbull at 2 p.m. today, wasn't thinking about streaks Friday night. She was simply trying to warm up to the 1983 season in her bid to regain the No. 1 ranking from Martina Navratilova.

"I felt I played a good match," said Evert, who whipped Temesvari, 6-0, 6-3, in the final of last year's Swiss Open in their only other meeting. "She had a break point to take a 4-3 lead, but when I won that game, I got a lot of confidence.

"This was the best I played in this tournament. I was very consistent. She's very difficult to play because of her heavy topspin shots. It took a few games to get used to her, then I tried to hit a lot of short balls to her."

In the other semifinal, to be played tonight at 7, second- seeded Andrea Jaeger will meet fourth-seeded Hana Mandlikova. Friday afternoon's quarterfinals were all mismatches as Turnbull, seeded third, whipped Iva Budarova, 6-0, 6-1; Jaeger got revenge for a recent loss in Houston to Zina Garrison, 6-1, 6-1; and Mandlikova dumped Ros Fairbank, 6-0, 6-1.

Temesvari was no match for Evert in the second set, losing the first 10 points and winning only four points in the first five games.

"I feel I was playing very good until three-all," said Temesvari, ranked 27th in the world and an upset winner over seventh-seeded Kathy Rinaldi in the third round. "Maybe I got a little tired and lost my concentration. And she got better.

"I think she was nervous at first and got very comfortable in the second set."

Somebody pointed out to Temesvari that her one-hour and eight-minute match was the longest of the day by more than 20 minutes.

"Oh, my gosh, that wasn't very hard to do," she said, laughing. "I tried to do more. But Chrissie is changing her game more -- she's hitting some slices and some topspin."

But why wouldn't someone so tall as Temesvari (she is 5-9) come to the net more often? She avoided it as if it were a barbed-wire fence.

"I didn't come to the net because it was so dark," she explained. "I didn't see the balls. I need contacts. I missed three or four volleys so easy, so I tried to stay back."

Staying back on clay against Evert would be like the Dolphins trying to stop Washington running back John Riggins with an eight-man defense. When Turnbull takes on Evert today, it's certain she won't lay back.

"Wendy has more weapons than the first three players I playad this week," said Evert, who beat Kathy Horvath and Yvonne Vermaak in the first two rounds. "She prefers faster courts. You won't see a lot of long rallies and high balls. Maybe there will be more winners and fewer errors."

Friday's results

QUARTERFINALS

Singles -- Wendy Turnbull d. Iva Budarova, 6-0, 6-1; Andrea Jaeger d. Zina Garrison, 6-1, 6-1; Hana Mandlikova d. Ros Fairbank, 6-0, 6-1; Chris Evert Lloyd d. Andrea Temesvari, 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles -- Kathy Jordan-Paula Smith d. Duk Hee Lee-Lucia Romanov, 6-3, 7-5; JoAnne Russell-Anne White d. Lisa Bonder-Beth Herr, 6-4, 6-1; Rosie Casals-Wendy Turnbull d. Petra Delhees- Marcella Mesker, 6-4, 6-3; Barbara Potter-Sharon Walsh d. Anne Hobbs-Susan Leo, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6; Mandlikova-Virginia Ruzici d. Casals-Turnbull, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Today's matches

2 p.m. -- Turnbull vs. Evert; followed by Potter-Walsh vs. Antonoplis-Jordan or White-Russell.

7 p.m. -- Jaeger vs. Mandlikova; followed by Mandlikova- Ruzici vs. K. Jordan-P. Smith.
 

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EVERT RIPS TURNBULL
The Miami Herald
Sunday, February 6, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Wendy Turnbull knew she was doomed before she ever walked onto the tennis court Saturday.

She was exhausted physically because she had played three matches Friday -- two doubles and one singles, including a three-set doubles match ending late at night. And she felt beaten mentally, because she would be facing Chris Evert Lloyd on clay, the surface Evert loses on about as often as John McEnroe says "have a nice day" to an umpire.

Turnbull didn't have a nice day. Evert blasted the Australian they call "The Rabbit' right into a hole, 6-1, 6-1, before an estimated 2,500 fans in the semifinals of the $150,000 Murjani Cup at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.

That advanced top-seeded Evert to today's 2 p.m. final against second-seeded Andrea Jaeger, who defeated No. 4 Hana Mandlikova, 6-2, 6-4. The final, which is sold out, will be telecast nationally by the USA cable network via tape delay at 7 p.m.

This will be the fifth consecutive South Florida tournament in which Evert and Jaeger have met in the final. Last year, Evert won three in a row at Deer Creek and one at Palm Beach Gardens in the Citizen Cup and dropped only one set to Jaeger in the process.

"I've played a lot lately, and this is her first tournament [of the year], so we'll have to see what happens," said Jaeger, who defeated Evert twice on clay last year. "We've played a lot of three-set matches. I can stay out there all day, but to do so, I'll have to play well."

Turnbull wished she could have changed everything in her game.

"I left my forehand back at my condominium and my backhand on the bridge coming over the water," said Turnbull, a 30-year- old who was seeded third. "No, actually Chris is just so tough on clay.

"I was just so mentally and physically exhausted. And to beat Chris, you have to be playing well and be mentally and physically prepared."

Evert extended her 12-year-old winning streak on clay in South Florida to 60 matches. And since turning pro in 1973, she hasn't lost anywhere in the state on clay, compiling a 69-match streak.

If those facts weren't intimidating enough to Turnbull, her lifetime record against Evert was. She was 1-16 going into the match, including 0-4 on clay. She hasn't even won a set on the surface. Her lone triumph over Evert came indoors in Atlanta in 1979.

Evert pinned Turnbull to the baseline with hard and deep groundstrokes. And when The Rabbit managed to hop to the net, Evert usually passed her.

"Wendy can put together a few good points on clay but not keep it up," said Evert. "She has a good chip shot on grass, but on clay, that's not a weapon.

"Against me or any other good clay player, she gets psyched out. She knows we're going to stay out longer and hit deep and take away her best shot. And she's not patient. She likes to get it over with."

Although the points lasted longer than Turnbull likes, the match didn't -- Evert won in 51 minutes. She has yet to be tested in this tournament, although she expects to be today.

Last spring, Jaeger defeated Evert on clay at Hilton Head, S.C., in three sets and in the French Open semifinals in straight sets. But Evert won the next four meetings, including their most recent in the Australian Open semifinals by 6-1, 6-0.

Jaeger's victory over Mandlikova was nearly a replay of their encounter in last Sunday's Avon Cup final at Marco Island, Fla. Jaeger won that one, 6-1, 6-3, but it was somewhat harder Saturday night, because Mandlikova made fewer errors and displayed flashes of the brilliance she had shown in reaching the No. 4 ranking in the world in 1981.

"I need a couple more matches against the top players," said Mandlikova, who was sidelined four months last year because of nagging injuries. "I've beaten them before, so I know I can again."

In a moment of frustration, Jaeger displayed a new finger gesture, but she says it's not meant to be obscene. She raises the little finger on her right hand and points it at someone or something.

"A lot of times, I get aggravated at myself, and instead of yelling at the top of my lungs, I do that," she said. "It doesn't mean anything. It relieves tension when I'm mad at myself or someone in the stands. I'm not trying to start anything."

In the doubles semifinals, Barbara Potter and Sharon Walsh sidelined Lea Antonoplis and Barbara Jordan, 7-5, 7-5. They'll play after today's singles final against Kathy Jordan and Paula Smith, who defeated Mandlikova and Virginia Ruzici, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4.
 

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EVERT MASTERS JAEGER
The Miami Herald
Monday, February 7, 1983
JIM MARTZ

Chapter 15 of Chris Evert Lloyd and the Dwarfs reached its conclusion Sunday, and there was another happy ending for the heroine.

Evert continued her mastery of the world on Florida clay courts as she won her 15th tournament without a loss on the surface since turning pro in 1973. The victim this time was Andrea Jaeger, 6-3, 6-3, before a sellout crowd of 3,726 in the final of the $150,000 Murjani Cup women's tennis tournament at the windswept PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.

"She's awfully good on this stuff," said Jaeger. "When she's playing well and I'm not, I might as well not come out."

Jaeger knows the feeling all too well. She lost the final of the last four tournaments in South Florida to Evert. A cynic might say this is getting monotonous and boring, but others might reply, "How can perfection be boring?"

And Evert on clay in Florida is a perfect 70-0 since becoming a pro. Her last loss on the surface in her native state came in 1972 to Nancy Richey at St. Petersburg. The last person to beat her on clay in South Florida was Denise Carter in 1971.

Can anyone ever beat her again on clay in the state before she retires?

"Yes, but don't ask me who," said Jaeger, who managed to defeat Evert on the surface last year in the French Open and at Hilton Head, S.C. "I've had some close ones, and she almost lost in the Citizen Cup here last year to Evonne Goolagong. But if she's playing well, it's tough for her to lose."

The 70-0 mark wasn't the only staggering statistic Evert improved to Sunday. Consider these:

* Her career record on clay is 253-7.

* The tournament championship was her 121st on all surfaces.

* The $28,000 check for first place boosted her career winnings to $4,393,810.

But money and records weren't on Evert's mind Sunday. She wanted to get off to a strong start in her first tournament of 1983, and she felt that she succeeded.

"I'm happy because I don't feel I lost that much from last year," Evert said. "I wanted to continue the good end of the season I had.

"But the conditions were tough. The wind was unpredictable and swirling. You had to hang in there every point. It inhibits you playing your game.

"I think I handled it better than Andrea and cut down on the errors. In the wind, you have to aim for the middle and not go for the lines."

Jaeger went for the lines a lot. She also saw a few of her lobs almost sail into the lake beyond the north stands.

In the first set, Evert broke Jaeger's serve for a 4-2 lead. Jaeger broke back but then lost her own serve with four forehand errors. Evert broke twice for a 5-1 advantage in the second set before Jaeger broke back. But the 17-year-old who is ranked No. 3 in the world couldn't gain momentum and dropped
serve in the next game to lose the match.

Evert now will aim at regaining the No. 1 ranking from Martina Navratilova and winning the French Open and Wimbledon titles to complete the so-called Grand Slam of tennis. The International Tennis Federation has declared that the Grand Slam (French, Wimbledon, U.S. and Australian tournaments) doesn't have to be won within a calendar year. They can simply be won four in a row, and Evert captured the last two, the U.S. and Australian at the end of 1982.

"Obviously, I'm in favor of the new rule since I have a chance," said Evert. "It's a lot tougher to win it now. In the olden days, if you won Wimbledon, you got a bye the next year until the final."

But Evert disagrees with a new ruling by the Women's Tennis Association that the winner of the season-long points standings will be declared the undisputable No. 1 player in the world.

"I'm in the minority in disagreeing," said Evert. "But I feel you can win the Grand Slam and still be ranked fourth in the world if you play only 10 tournaments. They tried to set it up so the Grand Slam events get a lot more points. If they really load the majors, it could work out. This is just a ploy to get the top players into more tournaments."

Evert's next tournament will be the first week in March in Los Angeles. She also will play in the four-player Citizen Cup at PGA National April 1-3. Navratilova, who didn't win a game against Evert the last time they met on Florida clay, has been invited but hasn't made a commitment yet.

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Barbara Potter and Sharon Walsh won the doubles final over Kathy Jordan and Paula Smith, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
 

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EVERT LLOYD BEGINS SEASON WITH A WIN
Philadelphia Daily News
Monday, February 7, 1983
United Press International

Chris Evert Lloyd won her debut tournament of 1983 yesterday, defeating Andrea Jaeger, 6-3, 6-3, in the finals of a $150,000 tournament.

The event was known as the Murjani Cup Women's Tennis Tournament.

Evert Lloyd, the No. 1 seed in the event, won $27,500. Jaeger, the world's third-ranked women's player - one behind Evert Lloyd - and ranked No. 2 in the tournament, took $14,000.

"I'm happy the way I played because I don't think I lost much from the way I was playing at the end of last year," Evert Lloyd said.

The match was played in a strong wind that negated one of Jaeger's favorite weapons. She attempted six drop shots in the first set, but the wind carried all but two of them out of bounds.

"Chris adapted to the wind better than I did," Jaeger said.

Evert Lloyd might have made quicker work of the match if she had been able to convert one of four break points she held in the 16-point fourth game. Jaeger held on. Evert Lloyd then broke service in the sixth game and was one point from 5-2, leading 40-15 in the seventh.

Jaeger took advantage of two errors by Evert Lloyd and broke service with two more errors from Evert Lloyd. But the champion broke back in the eighth and held in the ninth when two wind-destroyed drop-shot efforts by Jaeger ended each game.

Evert Lloyd then won five straight games to reach 5-1 in the second set. Jaeger delayed the inevitable by winning two games, but then her service was broken in the final game.

Evert Lloyd, who has now beaten Jaeger in the final of five straight Florida tournaments, said she plans to rest until March.

"I'm determined this year," she said. "I wasn't as committed early last year as I am this time. I was more committed to tennis the last six months."

Evert Lloyd stopped queries about possible retirement if she wins the French and Wimbledon titles this year which, added to the U.S. Open and Australian championships she won in 1982, would give her four-in-a-row and a Grand Slam over two years.

"Ask me after I win the French Open," she said.

The doubles title went to Barbara Potter and Sharon Walsh when they defeated Kathy Jordan and Paula Smith, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
 

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But Evert disagrees with a new ruling by the Women's Tennis Association that the winner of the season-long points standings will be declared the undisputable No. 1 player in the world.

"I'm in the minority in disagreeing," said Evert. "But I feel you can win the Grand Slam and still be ranked fourth in the world if you play only 10 tournaments. They tried to set it up so the Grand Slam events get a lot more points. If they really load the majors, it could work out. This is just a ploy to get the top players into more tournaments."
Evert should have thanked her lucky stars that she never had to play under the additive and Best N ranking systems. All those two-month breaks during the indoor circuit would have sent her ranking spiraling down.
 

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"just because she's 15th in the world doesn't mean she's that good" ... "She should be doing centerfolds, not playing tennis."
Some of the quotes in this thread are (unintentionally) hysterical. I also enjoyed the report on the Maleeva match, when her opponent almost hit Julia Maleeva in the face. :eek:
 

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Some of the quotes in this thread are (unintentionally) hysterical. I also enjoyed the report on the Maleeva match, when her opponent almost hit Julia Maleeva in the face
I agree Sumarokov-Elston!

My chuckle for today (and I suppose this WAS meant to be funny) is:

Chapter 15 of Chris Evert Lloyd and the Dwarfs reached its conclusion Sunday, and there was another happy ending for the heroine
As for Andrea Temesvari-the lipstick lolita of topsin tennis-gave her both her centerfold and centre court:hearts:
 

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Posted by Samn Evert should have thanked her lucky stars that she never had to play under the additive and Best N ranking systems. All those two-month breaks during the indoor circuit would have sent her ranking spiraling down.
I've always agreed up to a certain point with Evert about the majors. The #1 ranking has become a joke after 1997 for many years and is no way to promote the sport IMO.

But getting back to Evert and her two month breaks: Because of her drawing power Chrissie's decision to cut back on indoor events dramatically changed women's tennis.

The first year she cut back was in 1978-and that very year Virginia Slims was dropped as tour sponsor. Avon took up sponsership in 1979, and for 1 golden year had Evert, Navratilova and Austin in the mix, with big names like King, Goolagong and Wade in supporting roles.

Then Chris went AWOL again. The Avon tour was ok in 1980, but in 1981 both Evert AND Austin were absent, and by 1982 Chris was permanently ceding the indoor season to Martina. Poor Martina could hardly carry the tour alone, so when Avon pulled the plug after the 1982 season.

That brings us to 1983. Virginia Slims signed on to lead a united world tour-a first for the women. They COULD have chosen to keep it indoors. Of course an indoor tour would have meant no Chris, so I think it is no coincidence that from 1983 the women played in outdoor Floridian conditions liked.

Viewed in this way we can say Evert killed the indoor tour and helped to shape the tour calendar in a way we can still recognize today. From 1983 the tour was a mix of indoors and outdoors. This allowed Bill Bucholtz to put together the first nonslam megaevent-the "Lipton". The huge success of this event-largely supported by the women-fed into the start of having mens' and women's events reunited. The other thing it did was make hard/cement courts even more prominent.

I see both positives and negatives to all this, but one thing is clear to me-Evert's influence on the way the 1983 looked was huge, just as it was the deciding facotr in keeping the women from breaking away from the US Open in 1980.
 

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Once upon a time, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum had one of Tracy's gingham dresses on display next to Serena's cat suit. I could not figure out which one was more kinky.


AT AGE 20, AUSTIN PREPARES HERSELF FOR 2nd COMEBACK
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunday, January 30, 1983
Knight-Ridder News Service

Tracy Austin sat at a luncheon table at the San Francisco Tennis Club, looking as skittish and coy as she was when she turned professional five years ago.

She ate the lemon chicken but declined the French bread. She is in training for her second comeback.

She may look as demure as ever, but she is not the same young woman, physically or mentally.

The braces disappeared long ago, along with the gingham tennis dresses. The public shyness gradually has been replaced by a modest assertiveness.

Her blond hair, which once bounced about her head in pigtails at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, now is styled simply but full, falling over her shoulders as if from an early Lauren Bacall publicity photo.

No longer an unstylish teen-ager, Austin is 20 years old. Her clothes are chaste but fashionable; Marie Osmond, not Cher.

But the biggest change is in Austin's state of mind, which has been made tougher, more hardened to the unpredictable knocks of life by two potentially debilitating back injuries that shut her out of 10 months of the tennis tour the last two years.

ON THE ROAD TO THE TOP

Despite the setbacks, she has returned, once again in quest of the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis, an honor that has escaped her since she turned professional at the age of 15.

Few who know her doubt that she will make it. What she has going for her is something you can't measure on a meter or calculate with a computer. She is neither as big nor as strong as Martina Navratilova, the best player in women's tennis today.

Yet she possesses a near-flawless baseline game and an unswerving mental makeup that carried her through the early years and now seems to be guiding her through the crises.

"My injuries are past history," she said. "I really would prefer not to talk about them. If I do my exercises and stretching, I should never have to worry about them again."

Austin's life with pain began on Jan. 12, 1981, a day after she won the Colgate Series championships, a season-ending tournament involving the eight best players on the tour.

Her injury was diagnosed as a pinched sciatic nerve, which caused her lower back to spasm under stress.

She looks back at it now as if it were a message from some divine source. ''My life up until then was just too perfect," Austin said.

EYE-OPENER

"I had won the national girls 18 title at the age of 14. I won the U. S. Open at 16. I was ranked No. 2 in the world when I was 18. Everything was going my way.

"Maybe it (the back injury) was meant to happen as a way of opening my eyes. I know this: It made me realize how much I loved tennis."

A succession of expensive and well-known doctors produced no long-lasting cure to her back problems.

Finally, a friend urged her to see Dr. Leroy Perry, a Pasadena, Calif., chiropractor who has worked with numerous athletes.

"When Tracy came to me, she was pretty well down, frustrated and unsure about chiropractic, like a lot of people," Perry said.

"But even when she was down, she was much more positive than the average athlete."

When Austin was felled by back problems in 1981, she might have written it off as an aberration. In fact, she came back eight months later to win the U. S. Open.

But when her back went out again in January 1982, she realized she had a chronic problem.

'ONE-SIDED ATHLETE'

"I saw four doctors, and none of them could solve it," Austin said. "But Dr. Perry was brilliant. Five days after I finished therapy with him, I was hitting tennis balls again. Not too well, but I was hitting.

"I didn't care if I hit those balls into the next county. I was just happy to be on the court again."

Perry diagnosed Austin as a typical "one-sided athlete" whose body was unbalanced by years of putting too much emphasis on the right side.

She got back on the circuit in May but lost in the quarterfinals of the French Open to Hana Mandlikova. She was to go no further either at Wimbledon in June or at the U. S. Open in September. But in late September, she reached the semifinals of the U. S. Indoor.

Austin had won a $125,000 tournament in July in San Diego with a straight set win over teen-ager Kathy Rinaldi. It wasn't historic, but it was her only tournament win of 1982.

She was far from top form.

Now it's time to start afresh. "She's in a great state of mind," said Peggy Gossett, public relations director for the Women's Tennis Association. "I think she decided at the end of 1982 to put it all behind her and learn from it."

She has begun the first of three weeks of intensive training with her two pros, Marty Riessen, the former men's star who travels with her, and Robert Lansdorp, the Los Angeles pro.

If she never plays another match, Austin will have left her mark on women's tennis. Two years after turning pro, in 1979, she made her big breakthrough by defeating Navratilova at the Avon championships in Washington,
D.C..

A few months later, in winning the Italian Open, her first major title, she broke Chris Evert Lloyd's 125-match winning streak on clay.

That year she became the youngest player ever to win the U. S. Open and was voted the Associated Press female athlete of the year for 1979, an honor she won again in 1981.

In August 1980, she became the youngest athlete to earn $1 million in her career.

If the next three weeks of fine-tuning her body go as well as she predicts, Austin will emerge to play the Virginia Slims of Chicago the week of Feb. 14.
 

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NAVRATILOVA ANXIOUS TO START PLAY
Philadelphia Daily News
Wednesday, February 9, 1983
United Press International

For almost an entire month, Martina Navratilova enjoyed the luxury of not having to do the one thing she does better than any woman in the world.

She kept herself in shape by playing basketball with former Olympian Nancy Lieberman and by running, and didn't miss at all the drudgery of serious practice.

Navratilova was enjoying her liberty so much, in fact, she was a little wary about how she would feel when the time came to return to serious business.

Not to worry, though. Unlike Bjorn Borg, who at the same age of 26 decided he no longer was interested in continuing his tennis career, Navratilova is more than eager and, if anything, overanxious to renew her quest for further glory.

"It's so easy not to have to be playing," Navratilova said yesterday during a visit to New York to promote a $350,000 championship to be played in Madison Square Garden next month. "It wasn't bad traveling around without rackets. I knew I wanted to play, but I wasn't so sure I wanted to go back to work.

"But I've been practicing for three days now and it felt great. I enjoyed the time away, but I also got the itch and I'm eager to play again."

The hardest chore for Navratilova simply will be to live up to her own standards. In what was the most incredible year ever enjoyed by a woman tennis player, Navratilova won 90 of 93 matches last year for official earnings of just under $1.5 million.

She suffered only one real major disappointment, losing to doubles partner Pam Shriver in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, the one big title that continues to elude her.

"It's going to be hard to match that kind of record, and I might not be able to do it," Navratilova said, nevertheless leaving a very strong impression that she believes she can do it. "If I can stay mentally sharp, physically I can do it."

Navratilova has won her first two tournaments of the year, at Houston and Washington, and returns to action next week at Chicago. The Chicago stop on the indoor circuit will be a significant one for Navratilova as it marks the introduction of the Martina Youth Foundation.

The promoters of the Chicago event will donate a couple of hundred tickets to needy youngsters for the semifinals, and Navratilova will give the kids a clinic on tennis.

TORONTO - Tennis star Bjorn Borg, still ailing from a stubborn infection in his hands, yesterday was forced to withdraw from the $250,000 Tennis Challenge, making him the second casualty in the special eight-man event.

The news of Borg's absence followed Monday's withdrawal of defending champion Ivan Lendl, who was replaced by American Gene Mayer after bowing out with an inflamed tricep in his right arm.

Borg originally was slated to face Vitas Gerulaitis in opening play in the five-day tournament, but will now be replaced by ninth-ranked Yannick Noah of France.
 

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A GIRL FROM THE GABLES GROWS UP WITH WINNING WAYS
The Miami Herald
Monday, February 14, 1983
BRIAN BLANCHARD

Give Caroline Kennedy credit for a nice smile and charisma from the cradle.

Nor is there any denying the blue-chip appeal of someone who has no need for a last name, like Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

But for the man whose fancy this Valentine's Day runs to star quality that is won, not inherited, there may be more appeal in the thin, impish-looking blonde who wears a watch she won with sweat and poise on the tennis court.

Bettina Bunge is a quiet 19-year-old who sometimes stays with her parents in their modest home on Valencia Avenue in Coral Gables -- between dates on courts around the world.

Bunge ended up on United Press International's list of the 10 most eligible women in the world, with Kennedy and Stephanie, because she pretty and rich and well-traveled and single.

Not to mention the former national champion of Peru and the ninth best woman tennis player in the world, according to the experts. She won $245,598 in official prize money in 1982, which doesn't include the extras like the new copper-colored Volvo she drives. It was given to her for what they call "promotional considerations."

Bunge (generally pronounced "Bung-ee" by Americans) is thin -- about 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds. She holds the racket in her right hand.

She was born in Adliswick, Switzerland, grew up in Lima, Peru, and speaks German, English, Spanish and a little French. She does not have any of her mother Margaret's distinct German accent.

She is friendly but retiring.

"She is just a person who doesn't want to lay it on very thick," says her father, Gables businessman Siegfried Bunge.

"She's not very outgoing, I guess, but friendly," said a Gables neighbor. "A real sweetheart."

So is she free Saturday night?

Bunge was too busy even to comment, practicing in Mexico last week, then flying with her only sibling, 21-year-old Henry, to Chicago Friday. This week she competes there in the Virginia Slims Tournament.

But Siegfried Bunge, an amiable broker who deals in fish meal, says she's "friendly with a few." Boys, that is.

Bunge's current address is Monte Carlo; her citizenship is German. She lived in Coral Gables from the age of 13 until a few years ago, when world-class tennis competition made her parents' house only a stopover on travels that are often made on her own.

She has a degree from the private Deerborne High in the Gables, but she "basically skipped" her final year there, her father said.

These days, she drops by every few months and calls a lot.

"She spends more and more time in Europe," says her father. "She likes the European lifestyle."

But if a hazy Valentine's dream places you at a Paris cafe with Bettina, imagine yourselves in the corner booth.

Reports her father: "She likes her privacy."
 

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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.
 
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