Sanchez advances in Virginia Slims
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, displaying the form that took her to the French Open title in 1989, crushed mistake-prone Natalia Zvereva, 6-2, 7-5, and Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere shook off a sluggish start to defeat Judith Wiesner, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, last night in the opening matches of the Virginia Slims Championships in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Using her quickness and hustle, Sanchez was quick to take advantage of Zvereva's errors, especially a wayward backhand, while returning ground strokes to the far corners of the court.
Maleeva-Fragniere, who described her first-set problems as a nightmare, traded the first two games in the secoind set with Wiesner, then ripped off the last 11 games of the match.
* Boris Becker is still undergoing treatment for the torn muscle in his left thigh that forced him to default in the Paris Open final one week ago, but hopes to play in his opening match tomorrow in the ATP World Championships in Munich, Germany. The tournament begins today.
His coach, Nikki Pilic, said Becker was aware that missing the ATP finals would cost him the chance of ending the year as No. 1, but "he will not play at any price," Pilic said. "It is virtually impossible to heal a torn muscle in 10 days. But he must decide alone what he wants to do."
Becker trails Stefan Edberg of Sweden by 225 points in the computer rankings of the Association of Tennis Professionals. If Becker wins the $2 million event and Edberg falters in the semifinals, Becker will end the year as No. 1 in the world.
Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley has been scheduled for surgery today after a magnetic resonance imaging study revealed a cartilage tear on his injured right knee, and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. The team had initially said he would be out no more than three weeks because they thought the injury wasn't as serious.
Tarpley's injury occurred in the first period of Friday night's 111-99 victory over Orlando at Reunion Arena. His right kneecap slipped out of place when he landed after making a shot. In five games, Tarpley averaged 20.4 points and 11 rebounds.
Greg Norman suffers pain during every tournament because of an incurable wrist injury, but he has no intention of giving up the game, his agent, Hughes Norton, said. The world's top-ranked player tore ligaments and cartilage in his left wrist several years ago playing Australian Rules Football and aggravated it during the 1988 U.S. Open at Brookline, Mass., when he hit a rock with his club. He had to take a two-month break to recuperate.
In the end, Gord Kluzak's knee "just couldn't take it." Kluzak, the defenseman for the Boston Bruins and the top pick in the 1982 National Hockey League, announced his retirement after eight seasons because 11 operations on his left knee prevented him from pursuing the game he loves.
Kluzak missed the entire 1984-85 and 1986-87 seasons and played only 11 games during 1988-89 and 1989-90. He played in two games this season in a comeback try, and has missed the last three.
Bits and pieces
Tickets for the Thanksgiving football games at Memorial Stadium pitting Loyola and Calvert Hall at 10 a.m. and City and Poly at 2 p.m. are on sale at the four competing schools. . . The University of Maryland Baltimore County women's basketball team will play an exhibition game against the University of Tartu (Estonia, U.S.S.R.) tonight at 7:30.