Raymond's woes continue Hope for American women's game falls in straight sets

September 03, 1993|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- When she reached the fourth round and nearly beat Jennifer Capriati at Wimbledon earlier this year, Lisa Raymond became the latest hope in the revival of American women's tennis. But for the time being, at least, Raymond is more hype than hope.

Raymond's post-Wimbledon malaise continued yesterday at the U.S. Open, when she barely put up a fight in a 6-4, 6-1, second-round loss to Natalia Zvereva of Belarus at the National Tennis Center.

It was the fifth straight tournament in which Raymond has been eliminated in either the first or second rounds, and has made some wonder whether her decision to turn pro after winning two straight NCAA championships at Florida was a sound one.

"I wouldn't say that my confidence is totally burst," said Raymond, a 20-year old from outside Philadelphia. "But you know I am certainly not as confident out here as I was stepping on the court against a college player. In that world, I was the best every time I stepped out on the court."

Doubles on the mind

Speaking of Zvereva, the women's singles tournament is really secondary to her main goal here: winning the doubles title with Gigi Fernandez and completing their Grand Slam. The team has won the last six doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments, dating to last year's French Open.

McEnroe advances

Patrick McEnroe might not be the most famous member of his family working at the Open -- brother John is doing commentary for USA Network -- but the younger brother of the former four-time champion is still alive in the tournament his older sibling won four times.

McEnroe advanced to the third round here for the first time of his career. After coming from two sets down to win his opening-round match against Marcos Andruska of Russia, McEnroe had an easier time with Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands yesterday.

Not much easier, even though he beat Haarhuis in four sets. It took eight match points for the 27-year-old McEnroe to finish off Haarhuis, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. Now he will face 12th-seed Thomas Muster of Austria in the third round.

Asked if he will consult with his famous brother, Patrick McEnroe said, "He helps me quite a bit. He knows all the players. Whatever he says, I'll listen."

Muster certainly has had an interesting few days. After winning a tournament Sunday in Umag, Croatia, Muster went home to Vienna that night, then flew here via Paris on Monday. He practiced twice that day, beat Alex Coretja of Spain in straight sets Tuesday and then advanced yesterday with a 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Aaron Krickstein.

Shriver gains in doubles

Pam Shriver, who lost in singles Tuesday to Amy Frazier, won her first doubles match with regular partner Elizabeth Smylie of Australia. The fifth-seeded pair defeated the French team of Pascale Paradis-Mangon and Sandrine Testud, 6-1, 6-1.

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