Shriver's doubles loss may be break she needs

July 02, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- Pam Shriver can now do what she should have been doing all along -- take care of the stress fracture in her leg.

But to convince her, it took a 6-2, 6-2 beating at the hands of Larisa Neiland and Jana Novotna yesterday to eliminate the women's doubles team of Shriver and Liz Smylie.

"It's disappointing that we weren't ever in the match," Shriver said.

"But we haven't played a team like that in six months. They were so much better than any other team we've played. They hit the ball so much harder, and they served huge, and Jana is seeing the ball beautifully."

Novotna, in fact, didn't lose a step after her surprising singles victoryover Martina Navratilova yesterday. After a series of interviews, she was back an hour and 25 minutes later for the doubles match and continued to hit consistent winners on every line Centre Court had to offer.

Neiland and Novotna will play for the title against Gigi Fernandez and Natalia Zvereva, who beat Mary Joe Fernandez and Zina Garrison-Jackson, 3-6, 6-1, 10-8, yesterday.

Shriver said she will return to Baltimore and work on rehabilitating her leg by biking, swimming and working on weights and cross-country ski machines.

"I'm going to have to miss a special event at Newport [R.I.] and the Federation Cup, which I love to play," she said.

"I might also have to miss a tour event or two, but I hope not. I hope it's ready to play in one month -- or two."

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