Grabb, Reneberg take doubles crown

September 12, 1992|By Bill Glauber

NEW YORK -- Never say never in doubles.

Down a set, down 2-5 in the second set, Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg were about to pack it in during the men's doubles final at the U.S. Open.

But a strange thing happened on their way to a second consecutive Grand Slam final loss. Grabb and Reneberg rallied and won, defeating Kelly Jones and Rick Leach, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 6-3.

"It was bizarre," Grabb said. "I was playing about as bad as possible. And then we just came back."

The victory was particularly satisfying since Grabb and Reneberg were runners-up at Wimbledon, losing the fifth-set final to Michael Stich and John McEnroe, 19-17. But at the Open, Grabb and Reneberg got their revenge, beating Stich and McEnroe in the semifinals.

"I don't know if it's fate," Grabb said. "History is made by luck and strange turns of fortune, and tennis is the same."

Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova were stopped in their bid for a fifth Open doubles title, losing in yesterday's women's semifinals to Jana Novotna and Larisa Savchenko-Neiland, 6-4, 7-5.

Novotna and Savchenko-Neiland will play Gigi Fernandez and Natalia Zvereva in tomorrow's final.

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