February 23, 1991 |
Fifth-ranked Mary Joe Fernandez withdrew from next week's Virginia Slims of Palm Springs Friday because of flu. Fernandez would have been seeded third in the $350,000 tennis tournament, which begins Monday at Bono's Racket Club. No. 2-ranked Monica Seles and No. 3-ranked Martina Navratilova are the top two seeded players. Seles can become the No. 1-ranked player if she wins the tournament and defeats Navratilova.
February 23, 1990
Mary Joe Fernandez, who reached the final in the Australian Open, withdrew from next week's Virginia Slims of Indian Wells because of a shoulder injury.
November 15, 1989 |
It would have taken Martina Navratilova longer to list her health problems and injuries than it did for her to defeat Mary Joe Fernandez Tuesday. Navratilova, seeded second, lost only 11 points on her serve during a 6-2, 6-3 victory before 11,185 fans in the $1-million Virginia Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden.
June 8, 1989 |
Youth is the common denominator today in the women's semifinals at the French Open. Steffi Graf, 19, is the oldest of the four players who will try to reach Saturday's singles final. Graf, the world's No. 1 women's player, is trying to win her third straight championship here and her sixth consecutive Grand Slam title. Graf, who will be 20 next Wednesday, has lost only 13 games in the tournament, fewer than any player. Her opponent is 15-year-old Monica Seles of Yugoslavia.
June 5, 1989 |
There will be an empty seat at the Carrollton School graduation exercises Wednesday in Miami. That is where the schoolmates of Mary Joe Fernandez will gather to receive their diplomas, but she won't be there. Three years after she turned pro at 14, Fernandez reached the highest point of her part-time career on a blustery Sunday at Roland Garros when she defeated Gabriela Sabatini, 6-4, 6-4. It was a victory that propelled the 17-year-old Floridian into the French Open quarterfinals while continuing her uncanny dominance over the tournament's second-seeded player.