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Lexington Herald-Leader
Thursday, January 9, 1986
Staff, wire reports

Susan Sloane of Lexington, Ky., will play the world's top-ranked tennis player, Martina Navratilova, in the second round today of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington (D.C.) tennis tournament.

Sloane, 14, upset Peanut Louie of San Francisco 7-5, 6-2 yesterday. Louie, 25, is the world's 22nd-ranked player.

Sloane gained a wild-card entry into the tournament, and she made the most of it against Louie, winning nine straight games to turn a 2-5 deficit in the first set into a one-set lead and a 4-0 advantage in the second.

The top-seeded Navratilova beat Pam Casale 6-0, 6-2 yesterday in a late match and second-seeded Pam Shriver was set to meet Tina Mochizuki on Wednesday night..

Zina Garrison, meanwhile, withstood two match points and beat Terry Phelps 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. No. 2 Pam Shriver beat Tina Mochizuki 6-2, 6-0.

Garrison, ranked No. 8 in the world and seeded fifth in the Slims tourney, dropped the first set, then trailed 2-5 in the second before mounting her comeback. Garrison won the next three games, fighting off two match points, and eventually won the set on a tiebreaker, 9-7.

In the final set, Garrison broke serve three times, the last for the match.

Second-seeded Pam Shriver faced Tina Mochizuki last night.

Earlier, eighth-seeded Kathy Rinaldi also rallied to win, beating Australia's Diane Balestrat, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Rinaldi won the last nine games of the match.

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Thursday, January 9, 1986
Compiled from wire reports

UNKIND. Martina Navratilova needed 47 minutes to dismantle Pam Casale, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round of the Virginia Slims of Washington. Navratilova: "I wasn't trying to be kind at any time. I used to do that when I was winning 5-0. All of a sudden, they get excited and come back."

"You've just seen the greatest tennis player that ever lived," Casale told the crowd after the match.

Shriver needed just 54 minutes to qualify for the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Tina Mochizuki. With the exception of the seventh game of the opening set, Shriver allowed only seven points on her serve while blasting three aces.

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Lexington Herald-Leader
Friday, January 10, 1986
John Clay

As time and Susan Sloane's talent flowed gloriously ahead, the question became when, not if. One day, not far away, surely she would look across the net and find her opponent to be not another rising junior star, but the best her sport has to offer.


Martina Navratilova.

That day came yesterday, that match last night. In second-round singles at the Virginia Slims of Washington women's tennis tournament, Martina Navratilova, No. 1 in the world, met Lexington's own Susan Sloane, a month and four days past her 15th birthday.

"Did you expect it to happen this soon?" Susan's mother, Pat Sloane, was asked.

"No," she said. "Absolutely not."

But it did, right here on the campus of George Washington University. Navratilova won, as expected, 6-3, 6-1, in the first meeting between the two. But that was hardly the whole story. This was history. This was a dream come true.

"At first, I couldn't really believe it," Susan Sloane said. "It took me a while to realize who I was playing."

After all, Susan Sloane is still an amateur, a world-class junior with unlimited potential. Just three months back, she had made the main draw of the U.S. Open. But that lasted a round. And her opponent there was hardly the No. 1 player in the world.

"I've never done anything like this before," she said.

She had learned of the possibility of playing Navratilova when the tournament draw was announced last Friday. A wild-card entrant - reserved for one of the sport's top juniors - and the youngest of the 32-player field, Sloane was matched against San Francisco's Peanut Louie, ranked No. 22 in the world. The winner would face Navratilova, if, of course, Navratilova won her first-round game.

Then on Wednesday, Sloane made fantasy into reality. Unrelenting, running down every shot, she pulled the upset, winning 7-5, 6-2. "The biggest win I've ever had," she said.

Which sent everyone scurrying. Sloane's sister, Kelly, flew in from Cleveland with her fiance to join mother Pat in the waiting game.

Meanwhile, the Washington press corp dashed about in mad attempts to uncover the answer to "Who is this Susan Sloane?" On Sunday, the Washington Post itself had somehow omitted the "e."

"Has she played internationally?" asked a British journalist. "Yes. I thought I'd heard that name somewhere before."

"Are you sure she's just 15?" asked a TV reporter. "She doesn't look 15."

But then how often do 15-year-olds play the best in the world? Imagine a high school pitcher delivering to George Brett. Imagine a high school center guarding Larry Bird.

Then consider Navratilova's list of accomplishments: 13 grand slam titles; close to $10 million in prize money, the No. 1 ranking four consecutive years and on and on.

"I was a little nervous just for who I was playing," said Susan Sloane. "But I really got nervous during the introductions. Hers must of gone on for 10 minutes."

"People have to realize who she was playing," said Pat Sloane. "You look at Chris (Evert) and Martina at the top and then there's like umpteen million points down to Hana Mandlikova ranked third. We just wanted her to be loose and have a good time. We just wanted to see how long she could stay on the court."

Longer than most anyone had a right to expect. If Sloane was nervous, she did not show it. Where some were ready to measure her performance on points won, Sloane won the first game.

"That gave me confidence," she said. "After a while you kind of forget who you're playing."

Or at least until the ball comes shooting back faster than seen before. Navratilova held serve, then broke Sloane's serve to take a 2-1 lead.

But it was not the breeze Martina might have expected it to be. For, wonders of wonders, Sloane came right back to break serve herself, a thundering backhand down the line to earn a sizable roar from the crowd.

"I was surprised at how hard she hit the ball," said Navratilova. "I was glad she missed a few, because when she didn't she knew what to do with it."

Soon the string ran out. The misses became more numerous. Navratilova's winners increased. Six of the next seven games went Navratilova's way. In starting the second set, she captured 12 straight points.

"She just hit some unbelievable shots," said Sloane.

Sloane did show more flashes of brilliance, holding serve in the fourth game, taking Navratilova to deuce in the sixth. But in the end, a Navratilova ace (her sixth) closed it out.

But afterward, as Ted Tinling, the noted tennis designer and all-around gadabout for the women's game, interviewed both players, the crowd's warmest applause appeared to fall on the 15-year-old.

"She played well," said Navratilova. "She seems to have a good head on her shoulders. She needs to work on her overall game; needs to work on her footwork.

"When she anticipated right, she was great. But when she didn't, she had trouble.

"She's 15. When I was 16 against Chris I was just excited to be on the same court with her. There was nothing to lose. No pressure. Out there tonight took me back 12 years, uh, 13 years."

And Martina Navratilova also said this: "I hope by the time she hits her peak, I'll be out of the game."

"I just wanted to play well and see what it was like," said Susan Sloane. "I think I played probably the best I could have played."

What more is there?

Other than a second chance.

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Lexington Herald-Leader
Friday, January 10, 1986
John Clay

It was the end of summer when Susan Sloane decided that maybe she and match play had seen enough of each other. At least for the time being.

"It was Susan's decision," said her mother, Pat Sloane, yesterday. "She just said 'I'm not playing.' And we said okay, that's fine."

This was just after the U.S. Open in September. It was there that Lexington native Susan Sloane, all of 14 years old, brightly burst upon the big-league scene.

Winning three qualifier matches, Sloane advanced to the main women's draw. There, she was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by 19-year-old Beverly Bowes of Lubbock, Texas.

That did nothing to tarnish the accomplishment. Susan Sloane was, after all, 14. Just three months earlier, she was winning her third consecutive state high school tennis championship.

"But Susan was the only women's player to play all three weeks in the U.S. Open," said Pat Sloane. "She played the qualifier, the main draw and the juniors (advancing further in that classification than any other American). After that, she was mentally tired. She needed a break."

That came in the form of Nick Bolliterri's tennis academy in Florida. As of September, Sloane began attending school there so she would not have to return to Lexington as often.

In the morning she attends classes. In the afternoon she is on the court. Not playing. Practicing.

"That was three months of just working on things," said Pat Sloane. "She's just been making some minor changes in her game. She didn't play a tournament the whole time."

At least not until last month's Orange Bowl, the prestigious juniors tournament played on a clay surface in Miami. "Susan wasn't really ready to play - she wasn't match-tough - but she wanted to play," said Susan's mother. "She didn't play a bad match, the other girl just zoned."

That other girl was Argentina's Betina Fulcow, who knocked Sloane (now 15 years old as of Dec. 5) out of the first round of the 18-and-unders with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph.

"It was a tough match and Susan isn't as good on clay," said Pat Sloane. "After the break, she just wasn't really up for her first match."

Therefore, the loss did nothing to convince the Sloanes that Susan's break wasn't just what the doctor ordered. "The break was the greatest thing in the world for her," Pat Sloane said.

Surely her showing in Washington has been proof of that. After the Orange Bowl, Sloane returned to Lexington Dec. 17. Two days after Christmas she was told she had earned a wild card into the 32-player draw for the Virginia Slims of Washington tournament. "For Susan to get in was just a plain honor," said Pat.

Not to mention actually winning a match. This particular tournament took no professional player who wasn't in the top 35 in the world. Such notables as Carling Bassett and Lisa Bonder were upset in the first round.

So, too, was Peanut Louie, ranked 22nd in the world. Sloane fell behind 5-2 in the first set, then won eight straight games, rolling on to a 7-5, 6-2 triumph.

"Susan's concentration right now is as good as it's ever been. After the match, I was asking her about points and shots and she said, 'Mother, I cannot recall a single point out there.' That's the way she used to be - she used to never see anybody in the crowd, or around the court or anything. She sees nothing but that ball. It's just total tunnel vision. And she was right back to that against Louie."

In this case, "right back" means one step forward.

"That was a really big win for Susan," said Pat Sloane. "It showed us that she's finally ready to play with these people."

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Lexington Herald-Leader
Friday, January 10, 1986
Associated Press

World Doubles:

Two-time champions Heinz Guenthardt of Switzerland and Balazs Taroczy of Hungary continued their quest for a record third World Doubles title, beating No. 2 seeds Paul Annacone of the U.S. and Christo Van Rensburg of South Africa in a 4 1/4-hour match in London.

Guenthardt and Taroczy, the Wimbledon champions, beat the Australian Open titlists 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 to assure themselves of a semifinal place in the $200,000 tourney.

The match, on the Supreme surface at the Royal Albert Hall, was riddled with errors and enlivened only by Taroczy's occasionally brilliant touch play.

The European pair, seeded No. 3, appeared headed for a four-set triumph, but their rivals fought back to produce a near repeat of their marathon Wimbledon clash, which Guenthardt and Taroczy won after a 24-22 final set score.

Earlier, 1984 champions Pavel Slozil and Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia scored a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Britain's John Lloyd and American Peter Fleming.

Also, Americans Mike DePalmer and Gary Donnelly beat Spaniards Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4), andKen Flach and Robert Seguso, the U.S. Open titlists, defeated French Open champions Mark Edmondson and Kim Warwick of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

Virginia Slims of Washington :

Seeded players Claudia Kohde-Kilsch of West Germany and Czechoslovakia's Helena Sukova advanced to the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington Championship.

Kohde-Kilsch, the tournament's third seed, defeated Australia's Wendy Turnbull 6-4, 6-4. Sukova, seeded sixth, ousted Yugoslavia's Sabrina Goles 6-0, 6-4.

Kohde-Kilsch, battling her own serve as much as her opponent in the early going, spotted Turnbull a 3-0 lead in the first set before righting herself.

The 22-year-old West German was guilty of 10 double faults in the match, seven in the initial set.

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Saturday, January 11, 1986
Compiled From Wire Reports

Fourth-seeded Manuela Maleeva defeated sixth-seeded Helena Sukova, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the Virginia Slims of Washington.

Maleeva, the first player to advance to the semifinal round, will next play the winner of Friday night's match between second-seeded Pam Shriver and seventh-seeded Bonnie Gadusek.

After exchanging service breaks in the first two games of the opening set, both players settled into the match, each holding serve until the eighth game.

Sukova, content to play from the baseline in the early stages of the match, changed strategy in the eighth game, moving aggressively to the net behind her first serve. It proved a tactical mistake, as Maleeva, 16, repeatedly caught her out of position at the net with deep passing shots.

After winning the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead, Maleeva held service at love to capture the set.

In the second set Maleeva built a 4-1 lead after breaking Sukova's service in the first and fifth games.

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Tennis - Shriver defeats Gadusek 7-6, 7-6; Maleeva, Bunge make semifinals
The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution
Saturday, January 11, 1986
From Wire Dispatches

WASHINGTON - Second-seeded Pam Shriver survived two tiebreakers and beat No. 7-seed Bonnie Gadusek 7-6, 7-6 Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington Tennis.

In a second-round match Friday night, Monaco's Bettina Bunge outlasted No. 8 Kathy Rinaldi 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a match lasting more than two hours.

"I was determined to keep fighting to the end," said Bunge, after posting her second victory in five months.

Vice president and Mrs. George Bush joined a sellout crowd of 4,900 in viewing the evening matches inside George Washington University's Smith Center.

Shriver, trailing five games to six, won the 12th game to force the first-set tiebreaker. Both players battled from behind in the tiebreaker with Shriver staving off two set points and Gadusek four before Shriver prevailed 11-9.

In the second set, both players held service through 12 games to the tiebreaker -- Gadusek winning the 12th game after fighting off two set points. Shriver captured the second-set tiebreaker, 7-3.

Shriver will next play No. 4 seed Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria on Sunday. Maleeva advanced to the semifinals Friday afternoon, ousting No. 6 Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-4.

At the other end of the draw is top-seeded Martina Navratilova, who defeated Maleeva for the title here last year.

The match between Maleeva and Sukova featured the world's seventh-(Maleeva) and eighth-rated players. It also marked Maleeva's fourth victory in the five matches between the two.

Maleeva was at her best in the final game, displaying a variety of shots in winning at love and taking points with a passing shot off a running forehand at the net, a lob over her 6-foot-1 opponent's head and a two-backhand delivered crosscourt.

Briefly . . .

John Lloyd and Peter Fleming advanced to the semifinals of the $200,000 World Doubles Championships in London, upsetting top-seeded Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, the defending champions, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 6-2. . . . In Auckland, New Zealand, unseeded Bill Scanlon beat Australian Brad Drewett 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Benson and Hedges Grand Prix tournament.

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Lexington Herald-Leader
Sunday, January 12, 1986
Associated Press

Slims of Washington:

Top-seeded Martina Navratilova used a hard-charging net game to rout Zina Garrison 6-1, 6-2 and advance to the semifinals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington, D.C.

Garrison, seeded fifth, failed to hold service until the seventh game of the second set in being dispatched by Navratilova in 58 minutes.

Navratilova joined second-seeded Pam Shriver of the United States and Bulgaria's Manuela Maleeva, the fourth seed, in the semifinals.

No. 3 seed Claudia Kohde-Kilsch played fellow West German Bettina Bunge in another semifinal match later yesterday. The winner will play Navratilova today.

World Doubles:

Two-time champions Heinz Gunthardt of Switzerland and Balazs Taroczy of Hungary blasted defending champions Ken Flach and Robert Seguso of the United States in four sets to reach the finals of the World Doubles Tennis Championships in London for the fourth time in five years.

Winners in 1982 and 1983 and reigning Wimbledon doubles champions, Gunthardt and Taroczy avenged last year's defeat by winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in 2 1/2 hours.

In today's finals they will meet the No. 2 seeds, Australian Open champions Paul Annacone of the United States and Christo Van Rensburg of South Africa.

The 22-year-old Annacone and Van Rensburg, 23, crushed John Lloyd of Britain and American Peter Fleming 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Benson and Hedges:

Top seeded Bud Schultz of the United States defeated fifth-seeded Australian Wally Masur 7-6, 6-7, 9-7 in Auckland, Australia to advance to the finals, where he will play unseeded Australian Mark Woodforde, who surprised crowd- favorite Bill Scanlon of the United States 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, in the other semifinal match.


Aaron Krickstein and Brad Gilbert both defeated their semifinal opponents 6-4, 6-3 to move into the men's singles final at the $50,000 Louisiana-Pacific Invitational in Portland, Ore. Krickstein needed only 57 minutes to beat Leo Lavalle of Mexico City, while Gilbert needed just a little more time to beat Jimmy Arias.

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Lexington Herald-Leader
Monday, January 13, 1986
Associated Press

Top seeds Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver each defeated highly-ranked foes yesterday to advance to the finals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington (D.C.) tennis tournament.

Navratilova used a powerful serve and an imposing net game to beat Claudia Kohde-Kilsch of West Germany, fifth-ranked player in the world, 7-5, 6-3, and Shriver struggled before overcoming the baseline tactics of No. 7 Manuela Maleeva 6-3, 6-4.

Navratilova and Shriver, close friends who teamed to win 109 straight doubles matches, will play for the championship tonight.

Navratilova, the defending champion and seven-time titlist at Washington, has not lost a set in the tournament. Although she was tested in the first set against Kohde-Kilsch, Navratilova nevertheless needed only 65 minutes to become a finalist for the ninth time in 11 tries in the Washington tournament.

Kohde-Kilsch served unusually well, making about 80 percent of her first serves and recording no double faults.

"There's not much strategy in playing a serve-and-volleyer," said Navratilova. "You get the first serve in and get the first volley in. I don't play her any differently than I play Shriver or (Helena) Sukova."

In beating Kohde-Kilsch for the 14th time in 16 attempts, Navratilova never trailed and lost her serve only once.

That service break temporarily thrust Kohde-Kilsch, the third seed, back into the match. Serving for the first set with a 5-3 lead, Navratilova held a 30-15 advantage before losing the last three points and the game. The two each held serve before Navratilova captured the set when Kohde-Kilsch, serving at 5-6, watched as two Navratilova shots zipped past her and struck the line. Frustrated, Kohde-Kilsch lost the pivotal game and opening set by hitting a forehand into the net at 15-40.

"She was just a little bit luckier than I was," said Kohde-Kilsch, the world's fifth-ranked player. "Those two passing shots hit right on the line. Then in the second set, I had a chance to break her but was unlucky and didn't."

Kohde-Kilsch was referring to the third game, a 14-point marathon in which she had four break points but failed to capitalize. Navratilova eventually won the game and the set shortly after breaking serve in the eighth game.

"I should have won the set long before she could get back into it," Navratilova said. "With a bit of luck, it could have been 6-1 or 6-2."

Both players agreed that Navratilova's serve was the difference. In the first set, with the exception of the ninth game, Kohde-Kilsch could only manage three points off Navratilova's booming service.

In the second set, Navratilova got the only break she needed in the eighth game.

"Martina served very well and it was really hard to break her," Kohde-Kilsch said. "That was the key. Sometimes she doesn't serve as hard or as well. I lost my serve only once in the second set, but that was all she needed.

"I tried to attack her very much, more to her backhand. If she has one small weakness, it's her backhand passing shot," Kohde-Kilsch added.

Kohde-Kilsch also said Navratilova's net game was a factor. "She put a lot of pressure on me whenever she attacked the net," Kohde-Kilsch said. "That, and her serve, were too much to overcome."

Like Navratilova, Shriver, of Lutherville, Md., used a formidable serve- and-volley game to win her semifinal match. Although Maleeva passed Shriver from the baseline on several occasions, the majority of Shriver's ventures to the net proved successful.

Shriver, ranked No. 4 in the world and the tournament's second seed, notched the only service break of the first set when she blasted a volley at the net to take control, 5-3.

Shriver won the set by holding serve, earning the final point with a smash at the net. It was to be the second of seven straight games won by Shriver.

Maleeva, of Bulgaria, finally broke the string by winning her serve at love. After Shriver held serve to stretch her lead to 5-1, Maleeva rattled off three straight games, including her only service break of the night.

Shriver then held serve to end Maleeva's comeback and close out the match.

"My serve has really held up this week," said Shriver. "I'm really happy with that part of my game."

Although Shriver has not lost a set throughout the tournament, she will be a decided underdog against Navratilova, who has not lost to Shriver since the U.S. Open in 1982.

World Doubles:

Heinz Gunthardt of Switzerland and Balazs Taroczy of Hungary won the $200,000 World Doubles Tennis Championship for a record third time yesterday, beating Australian Open champions Paul Annacone and Christo Van Rensburg in five sets in London.

Winners previously in 1982 and '83 and reigning Wimbledon doubles titlists, the European team won 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 in 3 1/2 hours on the Supreme surface at the Royal Albert Hall, earning the $72,000 first prize.

Gunthardt, 26, and Taroczy, 31, blunted the booming serve of Annacone, 22, of the United States, and slowed Van Rensburg, 23, of South Africa.

Annacone had 13 aces, but oddly, after 36 games without a service break, it was his serve that cracked.

In the fifth set, there wasn't a service break until Annacone faltered. Gunthardt produced a stunning service return, setting up an easy volley for his partner. Thus, the first break point of the match against Annacone was match point for his opponents.

Grand Prix:

Unseeded Mark Woodforde, a 20-year-old Australian, won his first Grand Prix tennis tournament yesterday when he defeated top-seeded American Bud Schultz 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the men's singles finals of the Benson and Hedges Open in Auckland, New Zealand. The winner collected $16,000.

European Championships:

The British team of Sarah Gomer and Annabel Croft posted decisive singles victories over the Swedish duo of Karolina Karllsson and Katarina Karllsson as Britain won the finals of a qualifying round of the women's European Tennis Championships in Loana, Italy.

However, both countries and Holland, which beat Italy for third place, advance into the final round of the women's championships which will be played in Baden, Switzerland, in November.

Six teams will contest the final round on a still to be decided date.

Gomer romped over Sweden's Karolina Karllsson in the first match 6-4, 6-1 and Croft then whipped Katarina Karllsson 6-3, 6-4.

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Lexington Herald-Leader
Tuesday, January 14, 1986
Associated Press

Top-seeded Martina Navratilova used a booming serve and an unerring net game to breeze past Pam Shriver 6-1, 6-4, yesterday in the finals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington tennis tournament.

Navratilova did not lose a set in the tournament and her victims included Lexington teen-ager Susan Sloane.

Last night, she blasted six aces and lost her service only once in defeating her close friend in 66 minutes.

Shriver won the opening point of the match when she rapped a ball that hit the net and skipped over Navratilova's racquet.

"After that point, I looked over and saw that she seemed satisfied with herself," Navratilova said. "I figured she meant business, so I told myself that I'll get down to business, too."

The world's top-ranked player proceeded to blast two aces, then broke Shriver's service at 15 to take a 2-0 lead. A forehand cross-court winner past a lunging Shriver provided the second service break and lifted the lead to 5-1, then Navratilova closed out the 22-minute set at deuce with a service winner.

"I've seen her start quickly, but that was ridiculous. She was serving well and cracking her backhand returns," Shriver said. "At least I played a very fine second set."

After collecting a check for $27,000 following her eighth singles title here, Navratilova teamed with Shriver in the doubles finals as the top-seeded team. The duo split the top prize of $10,800 with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over West Germany's Claudia Kohde-Kilsch and Czechoslovakia's Helena Sukova.

Shriver, ranked No. 4 and the second-seed here, said before the match that in order to win she would have to hold her service early. She failed to do so, and as a result settled for $13,600 after falling to Navratilova for the 13th straight time.

Shriver mounted a brief comeback in the second set. Shriver, slapped with a code violation after the first point of the second set for kicking the ball, opened the set by holding serve in a game that went 11 points, then broke Navratilova in the next game with an overhead smash for a 2-0 lead for her only service break of the match. But Navratilova again broke serve in the third game when Shriver inexplicably smashed a volley at the net well past the baseline.

It was one of Shriver's numerous unforced errors. While she did a credible job at beating Navratilova to the net, Shriver was not nearly as consistent there in the battle between two of the tour's better serve-and-volley players.

Navratilova broke Shriver's service for the fourth and final time in the pivotal seventh game of the second set. At 30-30 and the games at 3-3, Shriver pumped a backhand volley into the net and then could only watch as Navratilova blasted a backhand off Shriver's serve into the corner of the court.

After Shriver, who had been broken only three times in her previous four matches, battled off a match point on her serve, Navratilova closed out the match at love. The match-winning point came on forehand smash.

The last time Shriver beat Navratilova was at the U.S. Open in 1982.

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Starting the Florida circuit for 1986. To add to the confusion of two Virginia Slims Championships and no Australian Open, the Virginia Slims of Florida was held on Key Biscayne, while the Lipton was held in Boca West.

The Miami Herald
Wednesday, January 22, 1986

Just when it seemed Hana Mandlikova was muscling in on the Martina and Chris Show, injuries shoved her back in the wings.

In a dazzling display of tennis, Mandlikova defeated Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova on consecutive days to win her first U.S. Open championship last September. Since then, she has played in just four tournaments and hasn't won a title.

She withdrew from a tournament in Chicago last fall because of a back ailment. Last week, she defaulted against Helen Kelesi in the second round of the Virginia Slims of New England because of a sore shoulder. And in between, she had her wisdom teeth pulled while back home in Czechoslovakia.

This week, she's undergoing twice-a-day treatments for her shoulder at her U.S. home in Boca West. And she's eager to return to the women's tour and challenge Navratilova and Evert in the $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida Monday through Feb. 2 at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne on Key Biscayne.

"I'm very fragile and have to look after my body," Mandlikova said Tuesday. "But worrying about it doesn't help.

"I've had inflammation in my shoulder for a long time. After the Australian Open in December I went home and did nothing for 10 days when I had my wisdom teeth out. I tried to do too much in a hurry after that and haven't had time to take care of my shoulder. I couldn't serve or smash overheads at all last week, and my game is based on the serve."

Mandlikova, 23, has closed the gap Navratilova and Evert have held over her and has earned the No. 3 world ranking. "Playing-wise, there's not that much difference. They have more experience. I probably need time, but I don't know how much."

Even if her shoulder heals, Mandlikova will skip the $1.8 million Lipton International Players Championships that will be held virtually in her back yard at Boca West, Feb. 10-23.

"I sometimes get bored in a two-week tournament, it's too long" she said.


Guess who won the most women's tournaments last year other than Navratilova and Evert? Not Mandlikova, who captured three. It was Bonnie Gadusek with four.

Gadusek, a 22-year-old also in the Key Biscayne field, initially gained media interest for her comeback from a near-fatal neck injury as a youth. Then she received attention for her "Animal" nickname and for wearing animal-skin clothing on and off the court. Now the story of Gadusek is strictly tennis.

"Each tournament I won last year I played consistently and put my game together for a week," she said from her home in Largo, Fla. "Basically, I was doing the same routine in getting myself prepared. I guess I'm just getting better at it."

Now ranked 10th, her goal is to win her first Grand Slam tournament, or at least get past the quarterfinals for the first time. But she'll have to do it without the advice of legendary Coach Harry Hopman, who died recently.

"He started me at tennis at 9, and I owe everything I am in tennis to him," Gadusek said.


Hu Na and Miamians Kim Sands, Niurka Sodupe and Mercedes Paz are among 32 players in the Virginia Slims qualifying tournament Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free . . . About 80 percent of the 4,000 tickets for the final Feb. 2 have been sold. Call 579-0009 for information . . . Tournament officials for the Virginia Slims and the Lipton are looking for ball boys and ball girls. Call 579-0009 for the Virginia Slims and 483-5338 for the Lipton . . . Four nationally ranked college men's teams will compete in the fifth Ryder Classic Friday through Sunday at the Key Biscayne Hotel and Villas -- No. 2 Southern Methodist, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 Clemson and No. 11 Miami . . . Ivan Lendl, whose passion away from tennis is golf, will stage the Ivan Lendl Golf Classic to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Feb. 8 at Gleneagles in Delray Beach.

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The Miami Herald
Friday, January 24, 1986

Off the court, she walks with a bit of a swagger, like a tough guy.

On the court, the toughness shows. She smashes tennis balls with a fast, fluid motion, and after making an especially difficult shot, takes a mock victory half-lap, fist outlined against the clear blue sky of Key Biscayne.

It is 11:30 a.m. Sweat stains 15-year-old Argentine prodigy Gabriela Sabatini's light pink T-shirt. The world's No. 12- ranked female tennis player has been hard at work in the hot sun for two hours.

Standing in the shade, leaning against the wire mesh fence dividing the tennis courts at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne, Patricio Apey, Sabatini's coach and self-described mentor, keeps up a steady murmur of encouragement and advice.

"Hit it there, hit it there," the round-faced Apey, a slight paunch hanging over blue shorts, murmurs in Spanish. "Open yourself more, open more. Come back with the ball, come back." Aside from the constant bop-bop of racket hitting ball, the only sounds are the fierce grunts with which Sabatini punctuates her shots.

Sabatini is the hottest -- and the youngest -- of about a half-dozen aspiring tennis stars, most of them from Argentina, who live and train in a tennis academy run by Apey on Key Biscayne.

Just back from a holiday vacation with her family in her native Buenos Aires, Sabatini is training for the Virginia Slims of Florida tournament that begins Monday on Key Biscayne. The Virginia Slims, with its $40,000 first-prize purse, is the first of about 19 tournaments Apey expects her to play in this year.

The winner of the 1985 Japan Open, Sabatini has taken the tennis world by storm. Last week, along with Wimbledon winner Boris Becker, she was named rookie of the year by Tennis magazine.

"Gabriela is a very special case," Apey said of his long-legged protege, who began her career at 6, hitting a tennis ball against a wall of her family's country club as her father, an automobile executive, and older brother played on center court.

"She is a Martian. She is not normal. That dedication and spirit of sacrifice is unimaginable," Apey said. "She has been called a steel trap."

When she's not on the road, Sabatini lives with her best friend, Mercedes Paz, a 19-year-old Argentine from the provincial city of Tocuman, and three other young women players in an unassuming Key Biscayne house.

It's a little bit of Buenos Aires in South Florida.

A blue and white-striped Argentine flag sticks out of a tennis trophy in the house's sparsely furnished living room. Betina Fulco, 17, laments that it's impossible to pick up her favorite Mar de Plata FM station on the big radio sitting on the dresser. She has tried.

But home for Sabatini and the girls is neither Key Biscayne nor Argentina. It is really on the tennis court. Between tournaments and the constant practices, there is barely time to eat a pizza and little room for formal education, romance or anything else, Apey said.

The girls are up about 8:30 a.m. and at the courts by 9:30 or 10. They practice until 12:30, go off for a big lunch, and resume practice again about 2:30 p.m. They quit tennis at sundown, but then jog and do exercises for about another hour before heading home to a shower and dinner.

Apey tries to keep training informal and fun. "I do not believe in a military regimen," he says. "Whoever is here is here because she wants to be here and make a career. People here like what they do."

On Key Biscayne, evenings are quiet. The girls watch television, listen to American pop music, tape cassettes, read mystery novels or go out to an occasional movie and dinner. Their favorite food might well be pizza. "They are under contract to Domino Pizza," Apey joked as he sat down with them for dinner.

None of the girls attends school. "It is something I can do later on," said Sabatini, who has completed ninth grade and is taking correspondence courses in English. "Right now, I want to play tennis."

Even as they jet to one tournament after another, the girls lead sheltered, monastic lives wholly dedicated to the sport, said Apey, who usually travels with them.

"There's a lot of room service during the tournament. Tennis players tend to be introverted," he said. "The girls do not dare to go out by themselves."

While the money is good, life on the circuit, and especially separation from parents and kin, can be tough on the girls, many of whom come from tight-knit Latin families.

"I miss them, but I am getting used to it," said Sabatini. To keep up family ties, her parents visit her on Key Biscayne or meet up with her on the tour a number of times a year and Sabatini crams vacation visits to Buenos Aires into her busy tournament schedule.

"What they are doing is living life backward," said Apey of his young charges. "They become adults at 15 and 16. On the court, one is alone."

That loneliness sometimes can be tough to bear. This is the second time around at the camp for Gabriela Mosca, a pixieish, delicately-boned 16-year-old from a small provincial city in Argentina.

Last year, Apey saw Mosca play and persuaded her to join his team. She went to London for a tournament, started to miss her family and left.

Apey sweet-talked Mosca into giving it another shot. To assuage the homesickness, he arranged for her mother, Olga, to accompany her for a few months. "She couldn't adapt to wandering around the world," Olga Mosca said, watching her daughter volley with another girl.

This time around, Mosca is doing better and her mother, who has become a sort of den mother for all the girls, feels she will stay the course.

Mosca agreed. "If one gets along well, and sees one's family from time to time, then life is not that difficult."

The financial rewards for sticking to it are substantial. Since turning pro Jan. 1, 1985, Sabatini has played in 17 tournaments and won purses totaling $152,203.

She also raked in "a lot of money, in the six figures," for endorsing Fuji films, Ebel watches, Sergio Tacchini tennis clothes, Prince rackets and, in Argentina, Topper shoes, according to Dick Dell, her agent at the sports marketing firm of ProServ.

Already, Sabatini has received film offers, which, under Apey's guidance, she has turned down. "I am a tennis player, not an actress."

But in Buenos Aires, she is treated like a film goddess and mobbed by admirers when she ventures into the street.

The other girls say they feel no envy toward Sabatini, who is clearly the star of the group. "It's an honor to play with her," said her friend, Paz. "She does the group good and gives us motivation to get better."

What distinguishes Sabatini from his other players, aside from the quickness of her hands, is her mind for the game, her coolness in the heat of competition, Apey said.

"I tell her to work as if she had her head in a refrigerator."

Sabatini is in her element on a tennis court. Off court, where she must deal with constant requests for interviews, sponsors, dozens of fan letters, movie offers -- that's where the pressure starts and where Gabi, as she is called, turns taciturn.

"We have done two commercials, which with the shooting, take eight or nine hours," said Apey. "Then I have to waste a lot of time to keep her smiling."

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Saturday, January 25, 1986
Staff and wire reports

Hana Mandlikova withdrew Friday from next week's Virginia Slims of Florida tournament because of tendinitis in her right shoulder.

Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova, the other dominant players on the women's tour, are playing in the event, which begins Monday at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne in Key Biscayne.

Mandlikova notified Virginia Slims officials Friday morning of her decision. She defaulted in a match against Helen Kelesi in the second round of the Virginia Slims of New England earlier this month because of a sore shoulder and hasn't played since. "We're really sorry to lose Hana, but we're still very excited about our strong field," said Carrie Fleming-Cromartie, the Slims of Florida tournament director.

Mandlikova won the 19 85 U.S. Open, beating Evert and Navratilova. Mandlikova, 23, of Czechoslovakia, has won more than $2.2 million in her career. She is third on the career list, behind Navratilova and Evert. Tickets are available for the tournament; call 565-7115...

John McEnroe, under a self-imposed, 90-day rest from competitive tennis, will honor a commitment to play Sweden's Mats Wilander in an exhibition at Cleveland's Public Hall tonight. McEnroe is to hold a news conference today before facing Wilander...

Ivan Lendl, the world's No. 1-ranked player, made a surprise entry in the 25th annual U.S. Pro Indoor match and was seeded first in a draw of 48 players. The match begins Monday morning at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and continues through Feb. 2. Lendl was a last-minute entry and was able to join the field when he was released from playing in a tournament later this week in Washington. Lendl heads a seeding of 16 players, all of whom drew a bye in the first round. Lendl will play his first match in the secon d round against the winner of a first-round match between Robert Seguso of Sunrise and Sergio Casal of Spain.

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The Miami Herald
Sunday, January 26, 1986

Flip the calendar back to Jan. 27, 1985. At the Sheraton Royal Biscayne on Key Biscayne, it's Chris Evert Lloyd vs. Martina Navratilova for the 62nd time.

Evert has lost 13 in a row in a rivalry that began in 1973, but playing "the best quality tennis I ever have," she defeats a somewhat off-form Navratilova, 6-2, 6-4, in the final to square their series at 31 victories apiece.

Now flip ahead. Navratilova avenges at Delray Beach and Dallas. Evert wins a three-set classic at the French Open to earn the No. 1 computer ranking. Navratilova wins in three sets at Wimbledon and the Australian Open to narrowly claim the year's final top ranking.

Now they're on another collision course at Key Biscayne. They head the 56-player field in the $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida beginning Monday at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne.

Navratilova, who will play her first match Wednesday, is seeded first; Evert, seeded second, will debut Tuesday.

U.S. Open champion Hana Mandlikova, bothered by tendinitis in her right shoulder, withdrew from the tournament Friday. The form chart could be upset by the likes of Steffi Graf (seeded third), or the Nos. 4-12 seeds: Manuela Maleeva, Bonnie Gadusek, Kathy Rinaldi, Gabriela Sabatini, Catarina Lindqvist, Wendy Turnbull, Carling Bassett, Andrea Temesvari or Kathy Jordan. But if it isn't, South Florida will be treated to a renewal of what many tennis historians believe is the game's greatest rivalry.

And this could be their last encounter in South Florida. Navratilova is skipping the Lipton International Players Championships at Boca West next month, and Evert usually bypasses the Lynda Carter/Maybelline Classic in September at Bonaventure.

Neither has set a timetable for retirement (Evert is 31, Navratilova 29), but they're likely to step down within two years. Meanwhile, fans should savor the rivalry that even the players say they would hate to see end.

"I wouldn't be happy if they retired," said Mandlikova, at No. 3 the likely heir to No. 1. "I wouldn't appreciate being No. 1 when they weren't playing. It would mean 100 times more to me if they were around.

"They mean so much to the game. And their rivalry has been so good. It's been cat and mouse. One does something and the other wants to do better."

Gadusek concurred.

"They're great players and people like to watch them," Gadusek said. "They represent women's tennis. Without them, it's hard to say who would be No. 1.

"But if they retire, I might win a few more matches."

Evert virtually owned the rivalry in the early years, piling up a 23-6 advantage through 1978. Navratilova has captured 29 of 38 since for a 35-32 margin.

"They've raised the level of each other's game," said veteran tennis promoter George Liddy. "Except when they play each other. Chris has not played her best against Martina.

"It's like the Celtics and Lakers. Sometimes they don't shoot as well against each other because of pressure. Chris' best usually is seen in other matches, though she played her game at Key Biscayne. It's a matter of who's most mentally tough. There was a feeling at first that Martina would crack under pressure, but not now."

Except for a brief period in 1981, when Tracy Austin wedged into No. 2, Navratilova and Evert have been fixtures in the top two rankings since 1978.

By contrast, men's players ranked No. 1 or 2 during that span have been Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander.

"The charm of the Chris-and-Martina rivalry is that just when you think one is down, she comes back," Liddy said. "That's what makes it the greatest rivalry."

The rivalry has been on hold since Australia, Evert's last tournament. Navratilova won the first two stops on the Virginia Slims circuit this year at Washington and Worcester, Mass.

Although Navratilova pulled out of an exhibition against Sabatini Wednesday night in Los Angeles because of the flu, she's expected to be ready for Key Biscayne. Evert has been training hard the past two weeks with her husband, John, and Coach Dennis Ralston in Dallas and Palm Springs, Calif.


Miamians Penny Barg and Niurka Sodupe advanced to today's quarterfinals of the qualifying tournament with victories Saturday.

Barg defeated Jenny Klitch, 6-2, 6-3. Sodupe beat Jane Young, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

Miamian Mercedes Paz lost to Barbara Gerken, 6-1, 0-6, 6-3.

Saturday's results

Etsuko Inoue d. Niege Dias, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5; Angeliki Kanellopoulou d. Isabelle Demongeot, 6-3, 6-1; Niurka Sodupe d. Jane Young, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Barbara Gerken d. Mercedes Paz, 6-1, 0-6, 6-3; Svetlana Parkomenko d. Eva Krapl; Halle Cioffe d. Petra Keppeler, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3; Nathalie Tauziat d. Maria Lindstrom, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Tina Mochizuki d. Chris Kinney, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; Penny Barg d. Jenny Klitch, 6-2, 6-3; Yvonne Vermaak d. Jennifer Mundel; Marie Christine Calleja d. Cecelia Fernandez, 6-2, 6-0; Isabel Cueto d. Gabriela Dinu, 6-2, 6-3; Catherine Suire d. Akiko Kijimuta, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3; Janine Thompson d. Emilse Longo.Today's schedule

Center court -- 10 a.m.: Cueto vs. Kanellopoulou; Parkomenko vs. Krapl; Suire vs. Inoue; Sodupe vs. Gerken.

Court 1 -- 10 a.m.: Tauziat vs. Mochizuki; Vermaak vs. Mundel; Cioffe vs. Calleja; Barg vs. Kim Sands-Regina Marsikova winner.


WHAT -- $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida women's tennis tournament.

WHEN -- Final round of qualifying today, 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

WHERE -- Sheraton Royal Biscayne, 555 Ocean Drive, Key Biscayne.

TICKETS -- Free admission for qualifying. Monday through Thursday, $8 general admission; Friday, $15 reserved seating; Saturday and Sunday, $20 reserved seating; series tickets, $55 general admission. Call 579-0009 in Dade, 565-7115 in Broward. Tickets also available at BASS outlets.

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Sunday, January 26, 1986
Jim Sarni

No one expected it.

Martina Navratilova had beaten Chris Evert Lloyd 13 times in a row. Sure, she would beat her again in last year's Virginia Slims of Florida final. Just another day at the beach for the world`s No. 1 player.

But Evert would not let Navratilova kick sand in her face this time. She rose like a tidal wave and blasted her rival 6-2, 6-4.

The capacity crowd was stunned and delighted for the hometown heroine.

Now can Evert do it again?

Evert and Navratilova return to the scene of the crime this week as the Virginia Slims of Florida holds its sequel at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne.

Tickets are almost gone for the Sunday final even though 1,000 extra seats have been added to raise the stadium capacity to 5,500.

Tickets are precious because there is no television.

Evert and Navratilova are the stars but they will be complemented by a strong supporting cast in the 56-woman hardcourt tournament.

However, among the missing will be No. 3-ranked Hana Mandlikova, who defeated both Evert and Navratilova to win the U.S. Open on the same surface in September. Mandlikova pulled out of the event Friday because of tendinitis in her right shoulder.

In addition to Navratilova and Evert, 11 more Top 20 players, including young stars Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini, have entered the $250,000 tournament.

After the Lynda Carter/Maybelline famine at Bonaventure last September, the Virginia Slims of Florida is a feast. The Maybelline tournament attracted only three of The top 20 -- Navratilova, Graf and Bonnie Gadusek. The Slims has 13 of the Top 20.

"We don't have to defend this tournament," said Carrie Fleming Cromartie, director of both events.

"Everyone knows it's a great tournament."

The Slims field, at the top, is even better than the one for the upcoming Lipton International Players Championships, Feb. 10-23 at Boca West, which has been rejected by both Navratilova and Mandlikova.

Navratilova won the Maybelline Classic in her last South Florida visit and has not lost since. She has won six consecutive tournaments and 31 matches, including the Slims of Washington and the Slims of New England, the first two tournaments of 1986.

"Right now, Martina is playing unbelievably well," said Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, who lost to Navratilova in both Washington and Worcester, Mass. She is not entered in the Virginia Slims of Florida.

Evert is making her 1986 debut this week. She has been off since losing the Australian Open final to Navratilova in December.

Navratilova's victory clinched the No. 1 ranking for 1985 and ended Evert's determined bid to regain supremacy in women`s tennis.

But the Virginia Slims official points race -- to determine the ITF's No. 1 ranking for the 1985-86 season -- continues through the championships in March. Navratilova, with her two tournament victories this year, leads by 400 points.

The Virginia Slims of Florida is the first 1986 event both Evert and Navratilova have entered and could be the only one the two will both play.

Evert and Navratilova met six times in 1985 with Navratilova winning four times. After losing here, Navratilova won at the LIPC and Dallas. Evert won at the French Open, then Navratilova won at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Navratilova leads the rivalry 35-32.

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The Miami Herald
Tuesday, January 28, 1986

A four-letter word spelled c-o-l-d jolted the opening of the $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida women's tennis tournament Monday.

As in, Martina Navratilova suffered from a cold that forced her to withdraw from the 56-player tournament at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne on Key Biscayne.

As in, cold weather plagued the tournament just as a year ago when it was jokingly renamed the Brrrginia Slims of Florida. Last year, matches were postponed on two nights -- a first on the circuit -- because temperatures dipped into the 30s. They headed in that direction Monday night, but matches were played as a few hundred spectators showed up dressed as if they were watching Olympic downhill skiing.

Navratilova, the top seed who was eager to avenge her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Chris Evert Lloyd in this tournament a year ago, informed the Women's Tennis Association that she wouldn't be able to play because of flu that has kept her bedridden at her home in Fort Worth, Texas, for several days.

She withdrew from an exhibition against Gabriela Sabatini in Los Angeles last Wednesday but had hoped to be able to play this week.

"I talked to her on the phone, and she didn't sound very good," said tournament director Carrie Fleming Cromartie.

Cromartie had received bad news Friday when third-seeded Hana Mandlikova withdrew because of tendinitis in her right shoulder. Instead of a tournament boasting the top three players in the world and six of the top 10, it now has one of the top three and four of the top 10.

Evert, ranked second, thus becomes the top seed. She will play Australian Petra Hubra tonight in her first match since she lost the Australian Open final to Navratilova in early December.

"I'm really upset, because I love this tournament and was looking forward to a potential rematch with Chris," Navratilova said in a statement issued by the WTA.

She said she was queasy at the Virginia Slims of Washington two weeks ago but improved, then started feeling worse at the Virginia Slims of New England. But she won both tournaments.

"I waited so long to pull out (of the Key Biscayne event) because I thought I would still be able to play," Navratilova said. "I really wanted to play in order to acquire more Virginia Slims series points."

Navratilova could lose a shot at $250,000 in bonus money if she doesn't enter another Virginia Slims tournament in place of this one. A player must play in five of the 10 events to qualify for the bonus money, but she has played only three and has scheduled only one more -- in Dallas.

But that's pocket change for Navratilova, who is approaching the $10 million mark in career prize money. She says she's re-evaluating her schedule and is uncertain if she'll become a late entry in the $1.8 million Lipton International Players Championships Feb. 10-23 at Boca West. If she does enter, it might mean playing six consecutive weeks.

Meanwhile, Navratilova is getting home cooking for a change as she recuperates. WTA spokeswoman Peggy Gossett Lewis said Martina's mother Jana is visiting from Czechoslovakia and has been with her since New England. "It's one of the few times her mother has taken care of her as an adult," Lewis said. "She's cooking and making her stay in bed."

In Monday night's matches on the windswept cement courts a block from the Atlantic, 14-year-old Mary Joe Fernandez of Miami, ranked 101st, upset 34th-ranked Pam Casale, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

"It was hard to play because it was cold, and the wind was not going any particular direction," Fernandez said. "I hung in there; she never gives up."

Earlier, Michelle Torres of Northfield, Ill., surprised 13th-seeded Bettina Bunge of Coral Gables and Monte Carlo, 6-4, 6-4.

Niurka Sodupe, a 16-year-old Miamian ranked 164th, survived two match points and won the completion of her qualifying match against Barbara Gerken, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. But she later lost to 29- year-old Diane Fromholtz Balestrat of Australia, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5.

"I thought I played well all day," said Sodupe, who is taking correspondence high school courses and hopes to turn pro this spring if she continues playing well. "The more I play, the more my adrenaline goes up."

Gerken became the "lucky loser," advancing to the main draw as Navratilova's replacement. But she promptly lost to Huber, 6-3, 6-4.

Monday's results

Qualifying -- Niurka Sodupe d. Barbara Gerken, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; Janine Thompson d. Yvonne Vermaak, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

First round -- Anna Ivan d. Sabrina Goles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Petra Huber d. Gerken, 6-3, 6-4; Annabel Croft d. Terry Phelps, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2; Tina Scheuer-Larsen d. Belinda Cordwell, 6-2, 6-1; Larissa Savchenko d. Lilian Drescher, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Michelle Torres d. Bettina Bunge, 6-4, 6-4; Susan Mascarin d. Etsuko Inoue, 6-2, 6-3; Alycia Moulton d. Iva Budarova, 6-4, 6-3; Diane Fromholtz Balestrat d. Sodupe, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5; Christiane Jolissaint d. Laura Arraya Gildemeister, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8); Angeliki Kanellopoulou d. Regina Marsikova, 6-3, 7-5; Andrea Temesvari d. Eva Pfaff, 6-3, 6-1; Stephanie Rehe d. Nathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 7-5; Debbie Spence d. Elizabeth Smylie, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 7-5; Mary Joe Fernandez d. Pam Casale, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Carling Bassett d. Peanut Louie, 6-1, 6-4.

Today's matches

Stadium Court, 9 a.m. -- Catherine Tanvier vs. Ros Fairbank; Jo Durie vs. Katerina Maleeva; Mascarin vs. Balestrat; Anne Hobbs vs. Kathy Jordan; Potter-Nagelsen vs. Scheuer-Larsen- Karlsson; Collins-Louie vs. Mascarin-Phelps. 6 p.m. -- Steffi Graf vs. Alycia Moulton; Chris Evert Lloyd vs. Petra Huber; Moulton-Suire vs. Hetherington-Rinaldi.

Court 1, 9 a.m. -- Jane Forman vs. Kathy Horvath; Tine Scheuer-Larsen vs. winner Iva Pfaff-Andrea Temesvari; Croft- Horvath vs. winner Forman-Kinney vs. Klitch-Lindstrom; Paz- Sands vs. Maleeva-Maleeva.

Court 3, 9 a.m. -- Janine Thompson vs. Raffaella Reggi; Betsy Nagelsen vs. Marie-Christine Calleja; Candy Reynolds vs. Anne Minter; Bonnie Gadusek vs. Christiane Jolissaint; Minter- Mundel vs. Barg-Thompson.

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Tuesday, January 28, 1986
Jim Sarni

Martina Navratilova has the flu and the Virginia Slims of Florida has the blues.

An ailing Navratilova pulled out of the $250,000 tennis tournament Monday, spoiling an anticipated Navratilova-Chris Evert Lloyd showdown in Sunday's final.

The big rematch turned into the big sneeze as the star-studded Slims field slimmed down some more.

Navratilova is the tournament's second major casualty. U.S. Open champion Hana Mandlikova checked out Friday with a bad shoulder.

With the first and third seeds gone, Evert becomes the No. 1 seed and Steffi Graf vaults to No. 2 in the 56-player field that started play Monday.

Navratilova said she started feeling sick at the Virginia Slims of New England, two weeks ago in Worcester, Mass. She had to cancel a trip to New York and an exhibition in Los Angeles last week but felt she would recover in time to play this week.

Sunday night Navratilova called tournament director Carrie Fleming Cromartie and said she didn't think she was going to make it.

Fleming asked Navratilova to make her final decision in the morning. Navratilova woke up with a backache, a neckache, a headache and a bad cough.

The tournament has a heartache. Sunday's final was 90 percent sold out.

"I'm really upset about having to pull out," Navratilova said from her home in Dallas. "I love this tournament and I was looking forward to a potential rematch with Chris. I waited until the last minute to pull out because I thought I was going to be able to play."

Evert upset Navratilova in last year's final, ending a string of 13 consecutive defeats to her rival.

Evert may now have to wait for the Virginia Slims of Dallas March 11-17 for her next shot at Navratilova, whom she last played at the Australian Open.

But Navratilova could enter the Virginia Slims of California Feb. 24-March 2. It is unlikely Navratilova would play the Lipton International Players Championships Feb. 10-23 at Boca West.

By dropping the Virginia Slims of Florida, Navratilova is one short of the quota of five Slims-named events needed to be eligible for the season-ending bonus-pool money distribution.

Navratilova, the current leader, would earn $250,000 for finishing first. But she must play the Virginia Slims of California (Oakland) to have five Slims tournaments. The LIPC doesn't count.

"I don't really know as yet what I'll do," Navratilova said. "I'm in the process of re-evaluating my schedule."

Last August Navratilova pulled out of the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles with a neck injury. That event was to have been her second Slims event of the 1985-86 season.

Navratilova did not play another Slims event until the Slims of Washington and Slims of New England this month. Florida and Dallas were scheduled to be Nos. 4 and 5.

Navratilova can't remember the last time she was too sick to play. In recent years, with her training and diet regimes, she has been the picture of health.

But for the last six days, she has stayed in bed, fighting the only opponent tough enough to knock her down since she lost to Mandlikova at the U.S. Open five months ago.

Navratilova's cancellation opened up a spot in the draw for Barbara Gerken, who got in as the lucky loser but then lost again in the main draw to Petra Huber.

Navratilova's absence also opens the way for Evert to get back into the Virginia Slims points race.

Navratilova leads by 450 points but Evert, with victories here (250 points) and at the LIPC (250 points), would move ahead with three events to go before the Virginia Slims Championships March 17-23 in New York.

The points leader after the championships is the automatic and ITF-designated official world champion for the 1985-86 season.

Evert is scheduled to play her first match tonight against Huber. The Evert-Huber match follows the opening night match between Graf and Alycia Moulton.

In the re-made draw, Gabriela Sabatini falls in Evert's half as a possible semifinal opponent. Originally, Sabatini and Graf, the game's two coming stars, were seeded to meet in the quarterfinals.

But that match is out in the cold now along with Evert-Navratilova.


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Lexington Herald-Leader
Tuesday, January 28, 1986
Associated Press

Michelle Torres, drawing inspiration from her beloved Chicago Bears, beat 13th-seeded Bettina Bunge 6-4, 6-4 yesterday to score the first upset of the $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida tennis tournament in Key Biscayne.

But Bunge wasn't the first highly regarded player to drop out of the event at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne. Third-ranked Hana Mandlikova pulled out of the tourney last week because of tendinitis in her shoulder, and top-ranked Martina Navratilova canceled Sunday night because she's fighting influenza.

Chris Evert Lloyd, the new top seed here, is healthy and scheduled to play her first match tonight against Petra Huber of Austria, who beat Barbara Gerken 6-3, 6-4 in a first-round match yesterday.

Tenth-seeded Andrea Temesvari of Hungary tripped Eva Pfaff of West Germany 6-3, 6-1 in a late afternoon match.

Torres, from the Chicago suburb of Northfield, Ill., spent Sunday watching the Bears whip New England 46-10 in the Super Bowl. She said her father called her after the game to tell her to play like the Bears this week. "He told me be intimidating," she said.

Instead, Torres played a consistent game and let her more aggressive opponent make the mistakes. Torres scored a service break in the first game of the match. After losing her serve in the fourth game, she came back with another break in the fifth game and held on to win the set.

The climax of the match was the eighth of the second set. Bunge, leading 4-3, hit winners on a passing shot and a touch volley to win the first two points of the game. But Torres calmly rallied from the baseline to win that game, and then broke Bunge in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead. She held serve again in the 10th game for the victory.

In the night feature match, ninth-seeded Carling Bassett beat Peanut Louie, 6-1, 6-4. Bassett fell behind, 4-1, in the second set before regaining her composure to win the final five games.

Matt Anger fought back from 0-3 in the final set to defeat fellow Californian Larry Stefanki 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2) in one of several close opening matches at the 25th U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis Championships in Philadelphia.

Anger, who won the 1981 Wimbledon Junior Championship and the South African Grand Prix tournament last year, lost a match point at 6-5 but came back to win the tiebreaker when Stefanki hit into the net on the final point.

All 16 seeded players drew byes in the opening round of the tournament, which will pay the singles winner $67,500.

Ivan Lendl, the world's top-ranked pro, and Jimmy Connors, seeded second, are expected to play their first matches on Wednesday. John McEnroe will not defend the title he had won for four consecutive years.

In other first-round matches, Marty Davis struggled back for a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6, (7-3), 6-2 victory over Mike Leach.

Tim Wilkison edged Tom Warneke 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4). Warneke lost two set points at 5-4 in the second set and finally lost the deciding tiebreaker as Wilkison made a lunging backhand volley.

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Atlanta's White finally fufills her tennis timetable
The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitutio
Tuesday, January 28, 1986
Karen Rosen

Wendy White isn't bound to a timetable. If she's running a little late, that's OK.

White intended to drop into the main draw of this week's Virginia Slims of Florida but dropped out at the last minute.

"They understood," said White.

When the Florida tournament started, White was in another Virginia Slims - and in another state altogether: she was a singles winner for the first time in her pro career, champion of the $75,000 Virginia Slims of Kansas. White, 25, had waited seven years for a title, but she scrapped that timetable, too - long ago.

"It feels fantastic," said White, now at home in Atlanta. "I was really glad to win one."

Even if it means missing another? "Excellent tradeoff," said White, who earned $12,000 Saturday in Kansas instead of playing a pair of grueling qualifying matches in Florida.

With a world ranking of No. 97, White couldn't automatically enter the main draw of every tournament. Yet she doesn't have to check her tea leaves to know that her ranking will rise before the Lipton tournament Feb. 10.

"At least 20 places," said White, "but so many times you look at the ranking after a good win and it didn't go up nearly as much as you thought it would."

Neither did White. As tennis players go, White figures she's middle-aged, so it was about time to relieve a seven-year itch and win a tournament.

White was Atlanta's most promising junior, reaching No. 22 in the world in March 1981, while still at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and playing on the tour part-time. After White got her degree in business communication and turned to tennis full-time in 1982, her results were spread more thinly, though she's won $272,986.

"Wendy had great wins in the days when she first turned pro," said Ruth Lay, White's coach from age 16 to 20. "She had a win over Billie Jean King, Virginia Ruzici. For a long time, she's been consistent. Once you break in high on the computer and are consistent enough to keep your ranking up high, then you're automatically in tournaments.

"You win a round here, a round there, you stay up. The last two years, she had a lot of first-round losses, and that caused her ranking to drop."

White dropped her expectations, too.

"I was looking toward more quarterfinals, more semifinals, possibly to win a tournament in say, '82 or '83," said White. "I did all right, in the 30s, and maintained that. I got to a couple of semifinals, a couple of quarterfinals, but I wasn't breaking through. The competition was getting tougher and tougher.

"I kind of gave up that timetable. I was just going to wait and see and not press myself."

White had been worn down by the pressures of the tour. The circuit has fewer tournaments than the men's tour and too many are dominated by Chris Evert Lloyd or someone whose name ends in "ova": Martina Navratilova, Hana Mandlikova, Helena Sukova.

"I feel one desire I always had was to be in the Top 10," said White. "I kind of lost sight of that, to be honest, in the last year or so."

Last year was particularly hard for White, in terms of R&R: results and rankings. If she didn't have to play in the qualifying, she would draw a seed in the first round. With fewer matches, her confidence fell.

"I had a barrier I wasn't breaking through," said White.

She wound up No. 95 and decided to go for more R&R: rest and relaxation. White took six weeks off at the end of the year, forgoing the Australian tour, and entered 1986 refreshed.

She worked with her coach, Walker Smith, learning to pace herself while letting the tendinitis in her shoulder heal.

"It takes a lot of intensity to persist and persevere through each match," said White. "There are certain times during a match when something can get you down, a line call, or if I feel like I'm playing bad. I'm concentrating more on giving my all every point."

White plays an aggressive serve and volley game. Even if she has to play from the baseline, she said, "I'll somehow find my way in to the net. I'm a high energy player; I like to move around a lot."

White will cut down on the traveling this year, though. She's been averaging 20-22 tournaments a year but will probably play just 18 this year.

"I'd rather pick and choose the tournaments more," said White, "and take good breaks. Then I can recharge and better recognize when I'm starting to get burned out. I didn't do that in '84, which affected me in '85."

For '86, White's immediate goal is to break back into the Top 30. The rest will come.

"I want to really strive to win each match, rather than just get through a round," said White. "People who have encouraged me say I have the talent and abiltity to be in the Top 10. There are so many tough players. I'm learning not to look at the rankings or what others can do. I have to concentrate on what I can do."

That could mean playing more $75,000 tournaments like the one in Kansas. "Then you don't have to deal with Chris or Martina," said White. "It's a nice chance to break through."

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The Miami Herald
Wednesday, January 29, 1986

When Chris Evert Lloyd received word Tuesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale that her tennis match that night had been postponed because of cold weather, she lamented, "Poor George. Same thing happened last year."

Poor George is George Liddy, promoter of the $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida at the Sheraton Royal Biscayne on Key Biscayne. He postponed the night session just as he had to twice last year because weather made the tournament seem like the Virginia Slims of the North Pole.

Evert's first-round match against Petra Huber of Austria will follow tonight's 6 p.m. match between Gabriela Sabatini and Annabel Croft. It will be Evert's first tournament since the Australian Open in early December, when she lost the final to Martina Navratilova.

"I was looking forward to a rematch with Martina," said Evert. "And although we played each other at the Pringles Light Classic (a pro-celebrity in Palm Beach Gardens three weeks ago), it wasn't the same as the Virginia Slims of Florida would have been. Maartina motivates me to continue to play."

Liddy said the explosion Tuesday of the space shuttle Challenger did not affect the decision to postpone the night matches. "That would have been insincere," he said.

But the postponement continued a string of bad luck for the tournament. Third-ranked Hana Mandlikova withdrew last week because of shoulder tendinitis, and top-ranked Navratilova pulled out Monday because of the flu.

"Poor George," though, isn't seeking hearts and flowers. All the box seats have been sold, and Sunday's final is nearly sold out. Though there's disappointment there won't be an Evert- Navratilova final, Liddy senses South Florida fans are enamored with upcoming stars such as Sabatini, seeded sixth; Steffi Graf, the second seed who plays her first match this afternoon against Alycia Moulton; and Miami's Mary Joe Fernandez and Niurka Sodupe.

"Artistically the tournament loses something when this (bad luck) happens, but commercially it doesn't seem to," said Liddy as he watched Kathy Jordan win her first match in a comeback from a knee injury, 7-5, 7-5, over England's Anne Hobbs.

"I think women's tennis has been so active in South Florida the last 10 years that there's a built-in sophistication. New York has it, too. There's as much interest in an early round as there is in the final.

"It seems they want to see the younger kids. An Evert-Sabatini semifinal could have some tension going into it like Chris at age 16 taking on the best in the world. There was
pressure on Margaret Court and Billie Jean King then, and maybe it could happen again."

Though temperatures were in the 50s for the morning and afternoon matches Tuesday, gusting winds that hampered play Monday had diminished. In matches involving seeded players, No. 4 Bonnie Gadusek dumped Christiane Jolissaint of Switzerland, 6-2, 6-2; No. 10 Andrea Temesvari of Hungary downed Tine Scheuer-Larsen of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3; No. 14 Jo Durie of England beat Bulgaria's Katerina Maleeva, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

And No. 11 Jordan took what she called "one good step" in her comeback. She had lost in the opening round the past two weeks in Wooster, Mass., and Wichita, Kan.

"It's frustrating for me because some people can come back so quickly, but it seems to take me a long time," said Jordan, who suffered a knee sprain at a New South Wales tournament last year.

Susan Mascarin of Boca Raton outlasted Diane Fromholtz Balestrat of Australia, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). Other winners were Kathleen Horvath of Largo, Fla., Anna Maria Cecchini of Italy, Janine Thompson of Australia, Marie Christine Calleja of France, Anne Minter of Australia and Catherine Tanvier of France.

Tuesday's results

First-round singles -- Kathleen Horvath d. Jane Forman, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3; Anna Maria Cecchini d. Carina Karlsson, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Janine Thompson d. Raffaella Reggi, 6-4, 7-5; Marie Christine Calleja d. Betsy Nagelsen, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; Anne Minter d. Candy Reynolds, 4-6, 7-5, 2-0, ret.; Catherine Tanvier d. Rosalyn Fairbank, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Jo Durie d. Katerina Maleeva, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); Kathy Jordan d. Anne Hobbs, 7-5, 7-5.

Second-round singles -- Andrea Temesvari d. Tine Scheuer- Larsen, 6-3, 6-3; Bonnie Gadusek d. Christiane Jolissaint, 6-2, 6-2; Susan Mascarin d. Diane Fromholtz Balestrat, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).

First-round doubles -- Annabel Croft-Kathleen Horvath d. Jenny Klitch-Maria Lindstrom, 7-5, 6-4; Penny Barg-Janine Thompson d. Anne Minter-Jennifer Mundel, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2; Mercedes Paz-Kim Sands d. Manuela Maleeva-Katerina Maleeva, 7-5, 6-2; Barbara Potter-Betsy Nagelsen d. Tine Scheuer-Larsen- Carina Karlsson, 6-1, 6-2; Susan Mascarin-Terry Phelps d. Sandy Collins-Peanut Louie, 6-3, 6-4.

Today's matches

Stadium court: 9 a.m. -- Stephanie Rehe vs. Debbie Spence; Carling Bassett vs. Larissa Savchenko; Catarina Lindqvist vs. Kathleen Horvath; Steffi Graf vs. Alycia Moulton; Caterina Lindqvist-Joanne Russell vs. Bellinda Cordwell-Louise Field; Jill Hetherington-Kathy Rinaldi vs. Alycia Moulton-Catherine Suire.

Stadium court: 6 p.m. -- Gabriela Sabatini vs. Annabel Croft; Chris Evert Lloyd vs. Petra Huber; Bettina Bunge-Eva Pfaff vs. Laura Gildemeister-Adriana Villagran.

Court 1: 9 a.m. -- Michelle Torres vs. Mary Joe Fernandez; Catherine Tanvier vs. Kathy Jordan; Kathy Rinaldi vs. Marie Christine Calleja; Wendy Turnbull vs. Anna Ivan; Jo Durie-Anne Hobbs vs. Jamie Golder-Angeliki Kanellopoulou; Steffi Graf- Catherine Tanvier vs. Pam Casale-Barbara Gerken.

Court 3: 9 a.m. -- Anna Maria Cecchini vs. Angeliki Kanellopoulou; Jo Durie vs. Anne Minter; Manuela Maleeva vs. Janine Thompson.
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