Shriver legs it out, gains doubles semis

June 30, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- The Nuprin stayed in the bottle for the first game yesterday, and Pam Shriver took it as a sign that the stress fracture in her leg is not getting worse.

Certainly, it didn't seem to affect the outcome of the quarterfinal doubles match that Shriver and partner Liz Smylie won, 6-3, 6-4, over No. 3 seeds Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Helena Sukova.

"I think Arantxa wasn't feeling very well physically, but then neither am I," said Shriver, of Lutherville, Md. "Helena also was probably down, because of the way she lost to Martina [Navratilova], but Liz and I played very solid tennis."

The result means No. 6 seeded Shriver and Smylie will face No. 2 Larisa Neiland and Jana Novotna, who beat Jo-Anne Faull and Julie Richardson yesterday, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3.

In the other semifinal, No. 1 Gigi Fernandez and Natalia Zvereva will face Mary Joe Fernandez and Zina Garrison-Jackson.

This will be the first meeting between the Shriver-Smylie and Neiland-Novotna teams since the Australian Open quarterfinals last January. In that match, Shriver and Smylie won easily, 6-3, 6-2, and went on to the final, where they blew a 4-0 lead against No. 1 Fernandez and Zvereva.

"Liz and I gave ourselves a really good verbal smack around right there on the court after that final match," Shriver said. "We had acted kind of shy after getting that lead instead of going for it. We aren't going to play tentatively anymore."

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