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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1997
PARIS -- Sometimes, Steffi Graf looked as puzzled as the crowd at Stade Roland Garros. Time after time, her usually stunning slice backhand dipped into the net and her steady forehand went long.Time after time, she stuck her tongue into her cheek and made it obvious that she could not believe what was happening to her any more than the French can believe what is happening in their classic tennis tournament."It was a terrible match," said Graf, the second seed and two-time defending women's champion, after losing her French Open quarterfinal to Amanda Coetzer, 6-1, 6-4. "I just don't seem to have any self-confidence.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 5, 1995
WIMBLEDON, England -- There was Gabriela Sabatini, crouched low, glaring across the net. She was hopping back and forth -- right foot, left foot -- a sentry on guard, waiting to volley.Yes, volley.Having lost the first set to defending Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez yesterday and down 5-1 in the second set, Sabatini scrapped her normal game -- passive junkballs with topspin -- and went straight to the net.And she began knocking off the volleys. Forehand volleys. Backhand volleys. Half-volleys.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | August 21, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Lutherville native Pam Shriver, who just returned from winning three gold medals at the Pan American Games in Cuba, breezed through her afternoon match with Elna Reinach, 6-2, 6-3, in the Virginia Slims of Washington tournament yesterday."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | September 18, 1992
From the beginning, Pam Shriver has wanted the First National Bank of Maryland Tennis Festival to benefit children in Baltimore."It was my hope to really try to touch this community as much as possible," she said, before introducing the Baltimore Community Foundation as the organization that will handle the dispersement of funds to local charities."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Staff Writer | August 28, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Six months after she turned pro, 17-year-old Lindsay Davenport of Palos Verdes, Calif., got a taste of the big leagues here last night.Davenport and her partner, Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, were out-dueled by Spain's Aranxta Sanchez Vicario and Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-3, before 4,026 fans on the third night of the Elizabeth Arden Women's Tennis Association Challenge at the William H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center.Lutherville's...
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 1, 1991
WIMBLEDON, England -- In years past, Pam Shriver might have cried, angry and frustrated after a third-round loss in a tournament she wanted desperately to win.But, yesterday, Shriver calmly could analyze a defeat at Wimbledon. Her comeback from shoulder surgery remains an ongoing project, subject to dips before a rise. So, a 6-3, 7-5 loss to No. 5 seed Mary Joe Fernandez was neither surprising nor crushing."You have to view it as progress," Shriver said. "That's the whole key to this year.
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By Knight-Ridder | March 22, 1991
MIAMI -- Mary Joe Fernandez knew she had to grab the initiative and not let Monica Seles take the first crack at the ball. She knew if she hit anything short, she would be "a goner."She was gone last night in one hour and 10 minutes. It was Seles who took early command and spoiled Fernandez's bid to reach her first Lipton final, 6-1, 6-3, at the International Tennis Center before 8,832."She puts you on the defensive right away," Fernandez said. "I had my chances and didn't convert."Yesterday afternoon, Steffi Graf had chances to end her three-match losing streak against Gabriela Sabatini.
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By New York Times News Service | March 23, 1995
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Not to be outdone by the U.S. Davis Cup Dream Team of top-ranked Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, Billie Jean King was hoping to drop a bombshell of her own today by announcing the Federation Cup team that will face the Netherlands next month.Encouraged by Monica Seles' apparent interest in playing in the Olympics in 1996, King, the team captain, said she intended to speak with Seles last night about her availability for this year's Fed Cup matches. King, speaking during the Lipton Championships, also planned to recruit Jennifer Capriati, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist.
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March 6, 1992
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Chanda Rubin, 16, said she wasn't nervous about facing Gabriela Sabatini. Maybe she should have been.Sabatini eliminated Rubin in 69 minutes yesterday with a 6-2, 6-2 third-round victory at the Virginia Slims of Florida."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Staff Writer | August 27, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Arantxa Sanchez Vicario express made a stop here last night without being derailed.The third-ranked player in the world used powerful ground strokes and some untimely unforced errors from Mary Joe Fernandez to win, 6-2, 6-4, on the second night of the Elizabeth Arden Women's Tennis Association Challenge at the William H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center.In the second match, No. 12 Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere of Switzerland rallied from a set down and beat No. 23 Lori McNeil of Houston, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.The four players were half of eight top-ranked players in the world who took part in the team competition.
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