No mixed results in doubles for Shriver

June 26, 1994|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- The players tea room at the All England Club was crowded yesterday afternoon, but Pam Shriver was determined to take a little break between matches.

With ice on her shoulder and an ice pack on the table for her foot, she sat back and enjoyed a cheese sandwich and a bottle of water.

"Liz and I only dropped one serve, and, after 4-4, it was pretty routine," Shriver said of the 6-4, 6-2, second-round victory over Asa Carlsson and Nanne Dahlman. "We have a good draw and would have had to play pretty terribly to lose."

Shriver's singles play is history here, but her doubles and her mixed doubles game are still going strong.

Shriver of Lutherville, Md., and her mixed doubles partner, Byron Black, the No. 1 doubles player in the world, also had an easy time of it, beating David Pate and Catherine Barclay, 6-2, 6-2.

L The Black-Shriver team does have one small quirk. When Black

plays with doubles partner Jonathan Stark, he usually plays the right side, and when Shriver plays with Smylie, she usually plays the left.

Which sounds perfect, except in mixed doubles the man usually plays the left side, because the biggest points are played to the ad court.

"When we played in Paris, we kept our usual sides, and we were able to break enough to win, but we didn't hold our own serves," Shriver said. "Here, I'm leaving it up to him. He's the highest seed."

When the twosome took the court yesterday evening, Shriver was where she usually is, and so was Black.

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