July 31, 1991 |
Monica Seles, the real thing, showed up on time and played her match at the La Costa Resort and Spa on Tuesday night. Those in the crowd of 4,050 had to pay attention, though, or they would have missed her. Seles, the No. 1-ranked women's player in the world, quickly disposed of Pam Shriver, 6-2, 6-2, in her first sanctioned match since winning the French Open on June 8. There has been plenty of attention focused on Seles in the past month, but not much of it has been on her tennis.
June 27, 1991 |
If Pam Shriver could play tennis as well as she can talk about it, nobody would ever beat her. The likable serve-and-volley veteran from the Baltimore suburb of Lutherville, Md., who will turn 29 on July 4 and whose best tennis is probably behind her, is known in the news biz as "a great interview." Wednesday, when the persistent rain washed out all but a few matches at Wimbledon, Shriver's ability to talk became more valuable to the story-starved media than her ability to play.
June 25, 1991 |
The one-time hit show of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver is back playing the big time, but according to Shriver, some of the critics might not be as impressed this time around. The Navratilova-Shriver doubles team was probably the best ever in women's tennis, winning at Wimbledon from 1981-84 and again in 1986. They won five in a row at the French, '84-'88; won the U.S. Open in '83 and '84, then again in '86 and '87 and were unbeatable in the Australian Open, winning from '82-'89.
January 29, 1991 |
Unseeded Pam Shriver upset sixth-seeded Natalia Zvereva of the Soviet Union 6-2, 6-0 today in the opening round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Shriver, still troubled by a shoulder injury that required surgery last June and sidelined her for the rest of the year, used a serve-and-volley attack in the surprisingly easy victory on the artificial fast surface. "I need one or two months to completely recover from the injury. I still felt a little sore," Shriver said.
January 7, 1991 |
It wasn't just a routine first-round victory for Pam Shriver. Seven months to the day that the 28-year-old underwent shoulder surgery, she was back in the winner's circle after beating 14th-seeded Isable Cueto of Germany, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, today in the New South Wales Open. "I usually don't get too excited about first-round wins, but this was probably the most important of my career, a little more special," Shriver said.
May 30, 1990 |
Pam Shriver will undergo arthroscopic surgery on her right shoulder June 7, forcing her to miss Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Shriver, the 27-year-old from Baltimore who has been a Wimbledon semifinalist three times and was a U.S. Open finalist in 1978, said she injured her shoulder in preparing for the Australian Open and two months of rehabilitation have failed to cure it. She said she has been advised by her physician that the damage could become irreparable if it is not corrected.
March 9, 1990 |
Second-seeded Monica Seles, sixth-seeded Hana Mandlikova and seventh-seeded Pam Shriver were upset Thursday in the third round of the Virginia Slims of Florida. Shriver got so angry during her 7-5, 6-1 loss to Dinky van Rensburg that she kicked a chair and broke her right toe. The injury will put her out of action for three to six weeks. Jennifer Capriati, the 13-year-old sensation who is playing her first professional tournament, beat eighth-seeded Nathalie Tauziat of France, 6-4, 6-2.