Shriver, Leand to meet in Wimbledon 1st round, but don't tell it to Pam

June 19, 1991|By Bill Glauber

Pam Shriver and Andrea Leand grew up one mile from one another in Baltimore County but have met only once in a tennis tournament.

Next week, they will meet again.

By the luck of the draw, Shriver and Leand will play in the first round at Wimbledon, the premier grass-court tennis event that begins Monday.

"Well, we've certainly practiced a lot over the years," Leand said from London after the draw was announced yesterday. "The only time we played a match was in 1982, Atlanta. She beat me in straight sets. I'm looking forward to this. I've got nothing to lose, so I'll go out there swinging."

Chances are, Shriver doesn't even know who her first-round opponent is. Contacted yesterday after defeating Helena Sukova, 7-5, 6-4, in a tuneup tournament at Eastbourne, England, Shriver vowed to hang up the telephone if her opponent's name was revealed.

"It's hard to think about a match for a week," Shriver said. "I wouldn't mind knowing who I'm playing on Friday."

Leand said that if she manages to bump into Shriver in London, she might accidentally mention the pairing.

"I guess I'll have to tell Pam who she will play immediately," Leand said. "I will walk up to her and tell her. Last year, I borrowed some shirts from her and she cheered me on in every one of my matches. Pam was my biggest supporter. Every time she came to a match, I won."

In another first-round match, Stacey Martin of Largo will meet Anne Minter of Australia.

There were a few twists in the men's draw. Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, the top two seeds, drew challenging opponents for theirfirst-round matches, while John McEnroe and Andre Agassi were assigned relatively easy openers.

Edberg, the top seed and defending champion, will face hard-serving Marc Rosset of Switzerland, ranked No. 34 in the world. Becker, three-time Wimbledon champion, will play former German Davis Cup teammate Carl Uwe Steeb.

All that stands between No. 16 seeded McEnroe and a probable fourth-round meeting with Edberg are matches against Jaime Oncins of Brazil in the first round, a qualifier in the second, and a likely pairing against Horst Skoff of Austria in the third round.

Agassi, seeded fifth and playing at Wimbledon for the first time since 1987, will introduce his new all-white line of clothing against Canadian Grant Connell in the first round. If he reaches the quarterfinals, Agassi could face either 11th-seeded Emilio Sanchez, a clay-court specialist who has never made it past the first round at Wimbledon, or Patrick McEnroe.

Jimmy Connors, the 1985 champion who received a wild card this year, will play Veli Paloheimo of Finland in the first round. In the third round, Connors could meet eighth-seeded Pete Sampras, the defending U.S. Open champion.

Sampras drew Argentine clay-court specialist Martin Jaite in the first round. French Open champion Jim Courier, the fourth seed, opens against Rodolphe Gilbert of France.

Monica Seles, the top women's seed who has won the Australian and French opens this year, has a first-round match against Sabina Appelmans of Belgium. No. 2 Steffi Graf plays Monique Javer of Britain.

Third-seeded Gabriela Sabatini will face Barbara Rittner of Germany. Nine-time champion Martina Navratilova, seeded fourth, drew Elna Reinach of South Africa.

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