February 25, 1992 |
Tenth-seeded Pam Shriver, coming back from an operation to her right shoulder, beat Peanut Harper, 6-4, 6-1, Monday in the first round of the Matrix Essentials Evert Cup at Indian Wells. Shriver utilized lobs and passing shots that led to numerous unforced errors by Harper. "This is the seventh week in nine that I've been playing with this shoulder and it's not too bad," Shriver said. "I was a slow starter today. I knew my head had to be in there. She was slow, too." In other matches, No.
August 27, 1993 |
Janet Lee of Rancho Palos Verdes will compete in her first main draw Grand Slam tennis event next week when she meets Tami Whitlinger in a first-round match of the U.S. Open. Lee is one of five players with South Bay ties to play singles in the nation's most prestigious tournament, whose draw was announced Thursday. Main draw play begins Monday in New York City. Lee, 16, who will be a senior at Peninsula High in the fall, received a wild-card berth to the Open after winning the U.S. Tennis Assn.
August 6, 1997 |
If only Anna Kournikova's opponents were as easy to swat away as Jay Leno. Life on the court was considerably more difficult than her appearance last week on "The Tonight Show," in which Kournikova dispatched Leno with ease, leaving him exposed as a tennis neophyte. Tuesday night, Kournikova was the one left stranded, helpless under the barrage of Anke Huber's powerful ground strokes in a first-round match.
July 27, 1991 |
Germany overcame the absence of Steffi Graf to defeat Italy in the quarterfinals in the Federation Cup Friday at Nottingham, England, setting up a semifinal match today against Spain. The top-seeded Spanish team won its quarterfinal match against Indonesia with singles victories by Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who struggled to a three-set victory over Yayuk Basuki. The United States and Czechoslovakia, quarterfinal winners Thursday, meet in the other semifinal.
July 2, 1997 |
First rain, then darkness interfered with tennis here Tuesday, a day that promised much but delivered little. The day began with the sun but it left quickly, replaced by rain. And more rain. Officials at the All England Club had hoped to complete the men's fourth round, but early optimism gave way to interminable delays that stretched the schedule beyond the limits of available light. Pete Sampras had been scheduled to play, but the backed-up schedule got him on Court 1 after 7:45 p.m.
November 17, 1996 |
The Florida Marlins have begun their pursuit of free-agent slugger Albert Belle. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Saturday that the Marlins offered Belle a four-year contract worth $38 million. The reported offer would pay Belle $9.5 million each year and make him baseball's highest-paid player. The Cleveland Indians made Belle a five-year offer worth $40 million Monday in an effort to retain him. Belle hit .311 with 48 homers and 148 RBI for the Indians last season.
July 31, 1997 |
While Monica Seles struggled through her second-round match at the $450,000 Toshiba Classic on Wednesday, three other seeded players weren't as lucky. Seles, seeded No. 2, had a tougher than expected match as she held off Japan's Ai Sugiyama, 6-4, 6-4. But No. 4 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain, No. 5 Anke Huber of Germany and No. 8 Irina Spirlea of Romania, all were upset in the second round.
March 2, 1995 |
Having worked years to become the world's No. 1 player, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario has discovered how little life changes after having attained it. Although Sanchez Vicario became No. 1 for the first time a few weeks ago, she was amid a break from the tour. Thus, the $430,000 State Farm Evert Cup is the first tournament in which the Spaniard can enjoy the experience. Such as it is. As she had routinely done when she was No.
January 12, 1993 |
Andre Agassi, who planned to make his Australian Open debut next week, has been forced to withdraw because of illness, officials said today. Geoff Pollard, president of Tennis Australia, said he was informed that Agassi has a virus and bacterial infection that developed into bronchitis. "Obviously we are disappointed," Pollard said. "Although Andre's ranking has slipped to nine, he is still an exciting player and we were looking forward to seeing him here."
August 4, 1997 |
Tennis' version of the Freeway Series begins today, when most of the players participating in the Toshiba Tennis Classic at Carlsbad pack up and hit the northbound lanes for Manhattan Beach and the Acura Classic. The traveling circus that is the professional tennis tour has moved, in successive weeks, from Palo Alto to Carlsbad to this week's venue at the Manhattan Country Club. Its most colorful performers have come along.