WASHINGTON -- Lutherville native Pam Shriver, who just returned from winning three gold medals at the Pan American Games in Cuba, breezed through her afternoon match with Elna Reinach, 6-2, 6-3, in the Virginia Slims of Washington tournament yesterday.
"I'm very comfortable with where I am with my comeback," said Shriver, her right shoulder and elbow wrapped in ice. "Last January, I didn't know where I'd be at this point -- 100th or lower, or out of tennis. To have made the jump to 30th in the world, I'm pleased."
Shriver, who isn't seeded this week, said her wish list for future achievements includes: making it to a semifinal, beating a Top 10 player and continuing her regimen "without cheating or taking any shortcuts; I'm not good enough to take shortcuts."
Shriver also reflected on the current turmoil in the Soviet Union.
"I played the first tennis match there when change was really first going on," she recalled. "Then yesterday, to wake up and hear the news, it was like a slap in the face. Having played a lot of different places and knowing people from there who are on the tour, you feel a lot closer. You feel badly. For me, it's frustrating. I can't imagine how it would be if it was my country."
* No. 3 seed Mary Joe Fernandez defeated Mariaan De Swardt, 6-4, 6-1, to advance to the round of 16.
"If I hadn't been serving well, it could have gotten complicated," Fernandez said. "But I'm feeling well and I have a lot of confidence." Last week she withdrew from a tournament in Los Angeles because of heat exhaustion.
The fifth-ranked player in the world, Fernandez is playing here as a wild-card entry.
"I needed one tournament before the Open," she said. "I'd like to make a breakthrough there. I think I'm ready to step up."
Fernandez will play Gigi Fernandez (no relation), a 6-0, 7-5 victor over Czechoslovakia's Andrea Strandova, in the quarterfinals.
In other first-round matches, Anne Minter of Australia defeated Robin White, 6-4, 6-1, and Peru's Laura Gildemeister rallied to beat Gretchen Magers, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
* The finals of this tournament will be broadcast live by Home Team Sports Saturday at 1 p.m.