Shriver, sensing finality, has her mother with her This year's appearance looms as her last here

June 26, 1996|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

WIMBLEDON, England -- At one point during her first-round match on Court 15 yesterday, Pam Shriver looked around the court, caught sight of her mom, Margot, and felt tears springing up.

"I have a feeling that this probably is my last Wimbledon," said Shriver, who beat Annabel Ellwood, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the second round today on Centre Court, facing No. 5 seed Anke Huber.

Shriver has steadfastly refused to retire, choosing instead to slowly fade from the limelight. This year, for the first time and, she says, the last, she asked the All England Club to give her a wild card entry.

"I felt comfortable doing it once," she said. "But I won't do it again. If I can't get my ranking up to 115, which is about what it takes to get invited in the main draw, then I won't be back.

"And realistically, what are the chances at 34 that I'll be willing to devote so much extra time to doing the work necessary to do that?"

Because of that, Shriver decided just four days ago to invite her mother to come to Wimbledon with her.

"I just wanted to have someone here to share it with me, and Mom loves tennis," Shriver said.

Shriver said she wants to go out and serve well today and leave everything on the court. But no matter what happens, her mom will get to see her play more tennis here. Shriver also is entered in doubles with Rosalyn Nideffer and in mixed doubles with Pat Galbraith.

Graf romps

Steffi Graf started slowly, but finished fast yesterday, beating Ludmila Richterova, 6-4, 6-1, and said she wasn't bothered at all by her sore knee.

Graf has said she has a slight inflammation of the patella tendon. But she has taken some heat from HBO commentators for mentioning it. Yesterday, Martina Navratilova again gave little credence to her original complaint.

"Steffi could run in the quarter-mile at the Olympics," Navratilova said. "She's a great athlete and runs really well. The knee injury is just an excuse ahead of time, just in case she needs it."

Graf said the knee stopped hurting Monday.


No. 9 seed Thomas Enqvist advanced yesterday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alex O'Brien and No. 10 seed Michael Stich was leading Sjeng Schalken, 6-3, 3-6, 4-1, when their match was suspended because of darkness. . . . The men's seeds may be struggling, but the women aren't. No. 4 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario needed just 57 minutes to beat Adriana Serra-Zanetti, 6-3, 6-4; No. 11 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy advanced, 6-0, 6-3, over JoAnnette Kruger, and No. 16 Martina Hingis needed only 51 minutes to oust Jana Nejedly, 6-2, 6-2.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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