Shriver-Navratilova team falls

July 05, 1992|By Don Markus

WIMBLEDON, England -- Pam Shriver turned 30 yesterday but wasn't celebrating because she and Martina Navratilova lost in the Wimbledon doubles semifinals.

"Right now, I feel horrible," said Shriver, of Lutherville, after the five-time Wimbledon women's doubles champion lost to top seeds Jana Novotna and Larisa Savchenko-Neiland, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3.

It wasn't just the loss that irked Shriver. Or that she and Navratilova had lost three break-point chances in the first game of the final set. Or even the way they were broken at 2-3 to lose control of the match.

What bothered Shriver was Novotna's complaints to the chair umpire about noises she thought Shriver was making during points. Shriver thought there it was gamesmanship by Novotna.

Coming on the heels of Navratilova's complaints about Monica Seles -- and Shriver backing up her friend -- it might have been a bit of payback. "I hope not," Shriver said. "This is getting a little out of hand."

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