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Tennis Roundup : Evert Feels Her Age (32) in Loss to Pam Shriver

November 09, 1987| From Times Wire Services

Pam Shriver, who broke an 18-match losing streak to Chris Evert earlier this year, defeated Evert, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, Sunday to win a $250,000 Virginia Slims tournament at Worcester, Mass.

Shriver, 25, said her age might have been a factor in the match. Evert, 32, played a tough match Saturday night against Gabriela Sabatini and later attended a tribute in her honor.

"And I played probably my best match of the year," said Shriver, who earlier this year beat Evert in the semifinals of the Canadian Open.

"I certainly felt my age out there when Pam had me running around," Evert said. "When I woke up this morning, I knew I was tired. Last night's match was grueling and I never had an easy match in this tournament. It was different when I was 18 years old because there weren't that many great players in those days."

With the $50,000 first-place prize, Shriver, ranked No. 5 in the world, pushed her winnings for the year to $525,710. Evert picked up $25,000.

Top-seeded Stefan Edberg outlasted fellow Swede Jonas Svensson, 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, to win the $525,000 Stockholm Open-Scandinavian Championships for the second straight year.

The matches drew a sellout crowd of nearly 5,000 at the Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm.

Edberg, ranked No. 2 in the world, won $72,000 to move to the top of the yearly money standings with $925,992. He leads Ivan Lendl by $7,300.

Edberg, who needed 2 hours 52 minutes to become the tournament's fourth multiple winner, has won a record seven tournaments this season, one more than Czechoslovakia's Miloslav Mecir.

Other multiple winners of the event were Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith and John McEnroe.

Edberg will compete next in the Masters at New York and the Davis Cup final against India before bidding in January for a third straight Australian Open title.

"I hope to do well in the Grand Slam events and have an even better year than this," he said. "And Wimbledon is the title I want most of all."

Tim Mayotte rallied to beat fellow American Brad Gilbert, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, in the $815,000 Paris Open.

The fifth-seeded Mayotte was the top player left in the tournament, which lost its top four seeded players early. Mayotte was ranked 15th in the world, while Gilbert was 14th.

With the victory, worth $140,000, Mayotte earned 400 Grand Prix points to move into eighth place in the Grand Prix point standings. Gilbert, who received $70,000 as runner-up, gained 280 points to move to ninth place.

Though Mayotte is in eighth place, Gilbert might have the best chance to gain the final spot because of the points available in tournaments the next three weeks.

Gilbert is scheduled to play in Frankfurt, Johannesburg and Itaparica, Brazil.

Mayotte said he will play in Frankfurt but will not play in Johannesburg because of personal and political reasons. He said he does not expect to go to Itaparica.

"I would choose not to play in South Africa," Mayotte said. "I'm just going to let the cards fall where they may."

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