September 5, 1986 |
Helena Sukova ended Chris Evert Lloyd's dream of a seventh U.S. Open championship today with a decisive 6-2, 6-4 victory in the women's singles semifinals. Lloyd, the second seed who reached the Open semifinals for a record 16th straight year, had trouble with her serve throughout the match. She was broken three times in the first set and twice in the second. It was the first win over Lloyd for Sukova, the seventh seed from Czechoslovakia.
January 14, 1986 |
Martina Navratilova overwhelmed Pam Shriver, her doubles partner, 6-1, 6-4, Monday to win the championship of a $150,000 Virginia Slims tournament at Washington for the eighth time. Navratilova, the world's No. 1 player, collected a check for $27,000 to add to her record career earnings of more than $9.2 million. Navratilova won the battle of the two serve-and-volleyers by charging the net on virtually every point, putting the second-seeded Shriver on the defensive in the 66-minute match.
September 8, 1986 |
Life has been good to Martina Navratilova. She says she feels fortunate. In fact, she said: "If I'd known this is what it's like to have it all, I would have settled for less." It's hard to imagine Navratilova settling for less--less in tennis, less in life. It was the search for more that led her to defect from Czechoslovakia at the U.S. Open 11 years ago. That's why, Navratilova says, it means more to her to win at the U.S. championships as an American.
November 24, 1986 |
The sports world loves to put people into neat categories. Giving them labels has always been a popular, on-going national pastime. And, professional tennis stands as one of the guilty parties. Why else would we see headlines like this: Pigtailed Teen-aged Baseliner Wins Tournament. Boom-Boom Becker Defeats Bobo. Joakim Nystrom: The Silent But Deadly Swede. But the tennis world has had difficulty categorizing Helena Sukova. Every time a label is placed on her, it falls off.
November 19, 1987 |
Top-seeded Steffi Graf routed Zina Garrison, 6-0, 6-3, Wednesday night in the opening round of the Virginia Slims Championships, sweeping the first eight games before losing her serve in the third game of the second set. But the 18-year-old West German regained control, broke Garrison's serve to take a 4-2 lead and closed out the 47-minute match at New York's Madison Square Garden with an ace. "I haven't played a tournament for three weeks, so I was eager to play the match," Graf said.
August 17, 1986 |
Helena Sukova was voted the most improved player on the women's tennis tour last year, which is about as good a measurement as anyone needs to illustrate the level of Martina Navratilova's game. If you can imagine that Sukova, No. 7 in the world and a superb serve and volleyer, played as well as she is capable and still couldn't put a dent in Navratilova, then you have a small taste of how the rest of the tennis world feels.
January 27, 1989 |
Steffi Graf's last loss to Helena Sukova occurred in Brisbane. It was only Graf's second tournament on grass. Graf lost in straight sets. And she was 14 years old. Since that day in 1983, Graf has beaten Sukova eight times and has lost only two sets to her. Graf plays Sukova again in the final of the Australian Open as an overwhelming favorite to win her fifth consecutive Grand Slam event.
June 4, 1986 |
Top-seeded Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova, along with a surprising Johan Kriek, advanced to the semifinals at the French Open Tuesday, but the dreams of a Grand Slam championship for 14-year-old Mary Joe Fernandez came to an abrupt end. Helena Sukova, the women's sixth-seeded player, beat the Miami teen-ager, 6-2, 6-4, in a match that took just 1 hour 6 minutes. Lendl, from Czechoslovakia, lost his first set of the match before rebounding to beat No.
September 6, 2012 |
Martina Hingis of Switzerland, who won five Grand Slam singles titles, has been nominated for induction in the International Tennis Hall of Fame along with two-time Wimbledon singles champion Michael Stich of Germany and doubles star Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic. The three are nominees for the 2013 class in the recent players category. Induction requires 75% support from a selection panel. "Martina Hingis, Michael Stich, and Helena Sukova worked hard to achieve the ultimate prizes in tennis -- top world rankings, Grand Slam titles, Fed Cup and Davis Cup success, and Olympic medals.
January 6, 1990
Martina Navratilova, Hana Mandlikova, Helena Sukova and Jana Novotna are the first entries in the $350,000 Virginia Slims of Indian Wells to be held Feb. 26-March 4 at Hyatt Grand Champions.