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Doubles Player Burgin
Advances At Wimbledon

HARLAN ABBEY

Special to The Jewish News

W

hile Jewish male
tennis stars Aaron
Krickstein, Brad
Gilbert and Jay Berger have
been making headlines all
year and kept their rankings
at or near the top 10 in the
world, don't be surprised if
another Jewish player does
well at Wimbledon.
Less well-known, but a very
real threat in women's
doubles, is Elise Burgin
of Baltimore, Md., who is
teamed again with Rosalyn
Fairbank of San Diego, Calif.
The pair were ranked No. 2 in
the world, via computer
calculations, in 1986.
As of this past weekend at
Wimbledon, Burgin and Fair-
bank had defeated Sofie
Albinus and Noelle Van Lot-
tum, 7-5, 6-4, in a first-round
match and then dropped Beth
Herr and Thrry Phelps, 6-3,
6-4, in a second-rounder.

Elise Burgin:
Won with Navratilova.

A pro after four years as an
All America at Stanford, and
one of the few women to finish
college competition with an
academic degree, the 5-41/2,
left-handed Burgin has been
a professional since 1984 and
has won nine doubles cham-
pionships, six with Fairbank.
During 1986, the two reach-
ed the semifinals or better in
eight tournaments, including
Wimbledon and the U.S.
Open, and won at Tampa,
Fla., and Birmingham,
England.
That year Elise also was
captain of the Wightman Cup
team, which shut out Bri-
tain's women.
As a professional, she had
won $623,860 going into the
1990 season. She has been a
doubles finalist 15 times,
three with Fairbank, and has
been a semifinalist 15 times,
10 with Fairbank.
In singles, Burgin has won
one championship, in

Charleston, S.C., in 1986, and
has twice been a finalist. One
of her best tournaments was
in Houston in 1985, when she
reached the finals in singles,
defeating Manuela Maleeva
and Zina Garrison, and win-
ning the doubles title with
teammate Martina
Navratilova.
As of mid-June this year,
she was ranked 80th in
singles and 23rd in doubles.
In addition to Fairbank and
Navratilova, Burgin also has
played doubles with Betsy
Nagelson (who isn't Jewish);
Penny Barg (who is); Lori
McNeil, Liz Smyle, Wendy
Turnbull, Robin White, Bet-
tina Bunge and Pam Shriver
— whom she used to trounce
when they were 8-years-old.
They've been friends and
rivals ever since. Shriver, who
finally defeated Burgin at age
14, also comes from
Baltimore, and calls Burgin
"my third sister."
Burgin's parents are Ber-
nard, a physician, and the
late Paulina, who taught con-
firmation classes at
Baltimore Hebrew College
and eighth and ninth graders
at Congregation Har Sinai,
where the Burgins are
members. Paulina was killed
in an auto accident two years
ago.
Burgin is an extremely
good volleyer and is one of the
most highly-respected players
in the women's ranks, having
been elected by her fellow pro-
fessionals to the board of the
Women's International Ten-
nis Association.
She also is one of the busier
players on the tour, par-
ticipating in an average of 19
tournaments per year. The
average woman plays 13 or
14. "She's a smart girl, very
personable, and well-liked,"
said a woman's tennis
spokesperson. ❑

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L'Chayim lodges of B'nai
B'rith will hold their 42nd an-
nual golf tournament July 11
at the Kingsville Golf and
Curling Club.
"Father, Son and Grandson
Open" will include 18 holes of
golf, dinner and prizes. There
is a charge for members and
guests.
Reservations are required.
Call Abraham Burnstein,
557-8581; Ted Frazis,
986-7318; or Mary Posner,
356-8269.

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