Sukova says, so long, partner, to Sanchez

June 29, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- The women will take center stage today, but they'll do it without No. 3 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who was an upset victim at the hands of her doubles partner, No. 15 Helena Sukova.

Sukova used her skill on grass -- and was aided by Sanchez Vicario's stomach problems -- to join seven other women in the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

"I've had some close matches with Arantxa before," said Sukova, who next will face Conchita Martinez on Court 1. "I knew this would be the surface that favored me. So I was looking forward to this match."

Sanchez Vicario felt ill before and during the match. Just 34 minutes into it, she was forced to leave the court momentarily.

"I left because I was not going to throw up on the court," Sanchez Vicario said. "But that is not the reason I lost. Helena played better than me, and she deserved to win."

Top seed Steffi Graf, who needed just 59 minutes to oust Meredith McGrath, 6-1, 6-4, faces Jennifer Capriati in what is expected to be the match of the day.

Capriati had all she wanted yesterday from two-time NCAA champion Lisa Raymond, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6.

No. 2 seed Martina Navratilova took 62 minutes to defeat Nathalie Tauziat, 6-1, 6-3, and advance to a quarterfinal match against Natalia Zvereva, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Zina Garrison-Jackson.

The other quarterfinal pits Gabriela Sabatini vs. Jana Novotna.

Hello, Dolly?

Neither of the women in Andre Agassi's life -- Barbra Streisand or Wendi Stewart -- showed up yesterday for his match against Richard Krajicek.

Where is Streisand? Is she coming or not?

"You'll have to wait and see," Agassi said. "I'm not telling."

What he did say loud and clear is that he is in fine form for this championship.

Against Krajicek, who had beaten him in their previous meeting, Agassi produced every big shot he needed for a 7-5, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (10-8) victory.

"I had a shot, but I didn't fire it," said Krajicek, who blew two set-point opportunities in the third-set tiebreaker. "I think the score says how close we are, but Andre came up with the goods in every important moment."

Nothing 2 it

No. 2 seed Stefan Edberg easily survived an appearance on Court 2, the Graveyard Court, against little-known Richard Matuszewski, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-2.

"At first, I was a little tense and rushing a bit," Edberg said. "But the next two sets at least I was doing a lot better."

The sun sets

The Brits can go back to burying the English players in the local papers. The last survivor, Andrew Foster, succumbed to Pete Sampras, the world's No. 1 player and the top seed, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).

UI The score didn't come close to reflecting the disparity in their life

styles: Foster said he is staying at a $54-a-night flat, and Sampras is lodged in a hotel room costing $525. Foster has "a tenner" in the bank, and Sampras at least $3 million. Foster got to the match on his bike; Sampras was driven by a chauffeur.

Pete's problems

Sampras did hit two sour notes in his match against Foster. First, he hit a serve during warm-ups that sent a twinge through the shoulder that had been worrying him before this tournament started.

"It was in the same place where I injured it a week and a half ago," he said. "It didn't really make me all that happy. I took a pretty strong anti-inflammatory, and it knocked out the pain."

The second foul note came at the end of yesterday's match.

The crowd surrounding Court 14 was very loud and persistent in its support of Foster, the 333rd-ranked player, and the tension evidently got to the No. 1 seed.

Photographers at courtside said he swore at the crowd.

Sampras denied making an obscene comment.

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