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Tennis Roundup : McEnroe Wins 3rd Straight Event

October 13, 1986| From Times Wire Services

Top-seeded John McEnroe, playing what he called his best match in the $279,000 Scottsdale Open, beat third-seeded Kevin Curren, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, Sunday to win the championship.

It was the 27-year-old left-hander's third tournament victory in a row. He won the Volvo-Los Angeles tournament and the Transamerica Open in San Francisco last month.

"I'm very happy with what's happened," McEnroe said. "I didn't expect to win all these tournaments. I feel I'm getting back on track now. I'm moving very well and I feel healthy. I played well here and although it may not be the best I've ever played, it was good enough to win."

After taking the first set in 39 minutes, McEnroe committed 13 unforced errors in the second set.

But in the third, he broke Curren three times--the last to win the match as Curren double-faulted on the final point.

"It wasn't one of his good serving days," McEnroe said. "He was giving me second chances on the volley and it was just a matter of time before I came up with the good shots."

Top-seeded Steffi Graf of West Germany survived a shaky start and went on to defeat Czechoslovakia's Helena Sukova, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the final of the $150,000 women's European Indoor Championship at Zurich, Switzerland.

In the decisive final set, the 17-year-old West German twice overcame the second-seeded Sukova's advantage and won the last four games in a row.

At Toulouse, France, seventh-seeded Guy Forget of France won the $175,000 Nabisco Grand Prix tournament, defeating Jan Gunnarsson of Sweden, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the final.

For Forget, a specialist in doubles, it was his first victory in a Grand Prix singles event.

At Taipei, Taiwan, Patricia Hy of Hong Kong, a business major at UCLA, defeated Adriana Villagran of Argentina, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, to win the women's Taipei International Championship.

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