Shriver revives at Wimbledon Down 1-6, 1-3, she comes back, for victory in opening round

June 24, 1992|By Richard Finn | Richard Finn,Contributing Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- Roused by the aura of Wimbledon, Pam Shriver staged a triumphant revival yesterday.

"If this was a regular tournament, I would have probably said, 'Oh no, this is not your day,' " Shriver said after an improbable 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Elena Brioukhovets of the Ukraine in the first round.

"If it was not Wimbledon, I wouldn't have said to myself how to play her and put her out of her rhythm."

For the effort, Shriver, of Lutherville, Md., earns her first career matchup against Jennifer Capriati, the 16-year-old who is seeded sixth. The second-round match up is expected to be put on Centre Court tomorrow.

"It is always nice to play the top players, no matter what happens," said Shriver, 29.

Initially, it appeared that Shriver -- in her 14th Wimbledon -- was headed for her fastest exit in six years.

Moving slowly, she trailed 3-1 in the second set against Brioukhovets.

"Everything she did was right," said Shriver, who lost her first six service games.

But at that point in the match, Shriver reflected on the Wimbledon backdrop to collect her nerve.

Abruptly, every shot Shriver hit had a purpose and a sting to it. Though not gliding around Court 3, she moved quicker to each ball, cutting off passing shots to put away volleys or reach up and smash away the overheads that had sailed over her head before.

There was more force to her serve.

Starting with the fifth game of the second set, Shriver won 11 points in a row. In the last four games of the set, Shriver won 16 of 20 points.

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