Shriver wakes up to win in a 'dream come true'

June 23, 1994|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- Pam Shriver walked into a packed interview room after her match yesterday wearing an Orioles baseball cap.

She was ecstatic. She had withstood the rain, wind and cold Tuesday to forge a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-6 tie before the match was suspended because of darkness at 8:35 p.m.

And then she had returned to Court 4, and, in a 15-minute clinical exhibition, ousted Amy Frazier, 8-6, in the overtime period that had to be won by two games.

So when Shriver walked in to be interviewed, she was slightly taken aback when she found herself bombarded with questions about Tuesday's upset loss of Steffi Graf at the hands of Lori McNeil and what it means to women's tennis.

When a question finally did surface concerning her own match, reporters laughed.

"Hey," she chided them. "I did play and win a match myself today. I want to talk about my match."

Shriver's returns of Frazier's serve were troublesome enough that Frazier faced break point seven points into her serve. Shriver cashed it in.

And then she served a terrific game of her own, with four perfect serves that Frazier failed to return.

Shriver held at love and just like that, it was over.

"It was a tough night when you've gone to sleep at 6-6 in the third," she said. "It's an awkward situation. But I was pleased to break and then I just wanted to get all serves to her forehand and make her swing away.

"I made four serves, and she missed four returns. That's called a dream come true."

And in fact, it was.

"I dreamt about this match," she said. "And I won, I think. Now I've won twice. Am I through to the round of 32 now?"

Not quite. In today's second-round match, Shriver meets Rachel McQuillan, a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 winner over Patty Fendick.

McQuillan is the 22-year-old Australian who suggested two weeks ago at Birmingham that Shriver was old and should retire.

"Considering my attitude last week at Eastbourne [where she lost in the first round], my attitude was decent in this whole match," Shriver said.

"I was pleased. I was trying to control myself, and I did.

"But I need to start winning two or three matches in a row to help my confidence."

Agassi goes five

Andre Agassi put his fans through some turmoil yesterday, when he needed to overcome a break in the fifth set against Nicolas Pereira for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victory.

"To get through matches like this, this could be the match of the tournament for me," he said. "When you're down a break, on grass, you definitely start to wonder if you're on your way out of town."

Agassi took control in the final set after a serve Pereira thought was an ace was called out.

Baby talk

Martina Navratilova stunned her interviewers when they asked about what she wants to do in retirement. She said she is thinking about having a baby.

Navratilova is accompanied here this fortnight by her latest girlfriend, Polish fashion publicist Danda Jaroljmek.

But Navratilova said she is "looking forward."

"Chris [Evert] got pregnant right away [after retiring]," said Navratilova, 36.

"So that's one answer to boredom, but I want to relax for a while first."

McNeil rolls on

McNeil, fresh off her upset of Graf, needed all three sets yesterday to beat Yone Kamio, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.

"I think tension burns a lot of energy," McNeil said. "And I think I had a little of that carry over from my match with Steffi.

"But it wasn't hard to get myself up for this match. I just started all over again and eventually adjusted to the different style of play. Steffi hits hard, while Kamio kind of takes the pace off the ball."

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