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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 22, 1985 |
Kathy Rinaldi won eight games in a row against a frustrated Kathy Jordan Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the $500,000 Virginia Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden. Rinaldi, who had lost her previous three matches to Jordan, including one last week in Dallas, was in control from the start as she routed Jordan, 6-1, 6-3. In another quarterfinal match, Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia registered a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden.
January 11, 1985 |
Czechoslovakia's Hana Mandlikova and Helena Sukova each scored a straight-set victory Thursday night to lead a parade of seeded players into the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Washington tennis tournament. Mandlikova, the tournament's No. 2-seeded player, ousted Australia's Elizabeth Smylie 7-5, 6-1, while Sukova, the No. 5-seeded player, downed Bonnie Gadusek 7-5, 6-4. Earlier Thursday, Australia's Wendy Turnbull, the No.