August 4, 1996 |
The Fernandez women of the U.S. tennis team, not family but playing like it, won their second consecutive Olympic gold medal in doubles Saturday. Gigi and Mary Joe, similar both in name and doubles skills, beat Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. The match ended, fittingly, with doubles veteran Gigi Fernandez serving, bending low for a tough half-volley and then putting away the match point with a forehand volley.
July 21, 1996 |
Chanda Rubin, suffering from a stress fracture in a wrist that has kept her off the WTA tour for more than a month, will not be able to realize her dream of playing in the Olympics. Rubin, seeded seventh, withdrew Saturday because of the injury and will be replaced by Mary Joe Fernandez, a bronze medalist in singles at the Barcelona Games. Fernandez, who won a gold medal with Gigi Fernandez in 1992, also will play doubles, again with Gigi Fernandez.
July 3, 1995 |
Friends who meet at work don't often have this problem. Best friends Lindsay Davenport and Mary Joe Fernandez will go to their office today and each will make a concerted effort to eliminate the other one from the most important tennis tournament in the world. Davenport, Wimbledon's seventh-seeded woman, and Fernandez, No. 13, came off their separate courts at almost the same time on Saturday and found each other in the locker room.
March 7, 1995 |
It's best to expect the unexpected when playing Natasha Zvereva. The intelligent opponent would do well to determine what the high percentage shot is in any given situation and then assume that Zvereva will do the opposite. Such was Zvereva's tactical choice in Monday's final of the $430,000 State Farm Evert Cup. The trouble with a high-risk game is, when imagination and talent fail, not even the odds are on your side.
March 5, 1993 |
Lindsay Davenport, a high school junior who turned pro last week at Indian Wells, upset third-seeded Gabriela Sabatini, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, in the third round at the Virginia Slims of Florida at Delray Beach. Top-seeded Steffi Graf, No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and No. 4 Mary Joe Fernandez also advanced to the quarterfinals in straight sets.