The Michigan Daily-Saturday, September 12, 1981-Page 11
77:; MARTINA NAVRATILOVA lunges to
return a forehand shot to Chris Evert-
b Lloyd in her upset victory in the semi-
finals of the U.S. Open yesterday.
Navratilova won in three sets, 6-4, 5-7,
Evr -Lloyd loses thriller,
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NEW YORK (UPI) - Martina
-Navratilova, bidding to win the
U S.Open in her first year as an
Akt6rican citizen, upset defending
chamrfpion Chris Evert-Lloyd in three
grueling sets yesterday to gain the
finals against Tracy Austin.
SNdratilova, who defected from
Ch &hoslavakia six years ago at this
si e championship and received her
tizenship papers a month ago, turned
.k a gallant bid by Evert, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4,
afit '' Austin, the third seed, had
dl'posed of Barbara Potter, 6-1, 6-3.
I' WAS SO nervous today ... butter-
fies in the stomach," said Navratilova,
seeded fourth. "I was as excited as if I
Wvie the finals."
Evert, a five-time Open champion,
made the first break of the final set tn
the third game, and with her experien-
ce and consistency it seemed she would
be able to run out the match. But
tavratilova broke back at love in the
glith game and then won the match
itfhanother break in the 10th.
'ost unusual for Evert, she double
faulted at deuce in that last game, then
sent a forehand lob long to end the 2
hoar and 12 minute match.
dtI FEEL disappointed sbecause I.
plaiedi well all tournament," said
Evert, who had won 2$ of 41 previous
60atches with navratilova. "I don't-
Ifink I played well today. maybe it's
1yIartina's turn. On crucial points I
played a little sloppy.
."I never felt like I played my game.
It was like I was holding it back."
John McEnroe, the defending .men's
champion, will meet Vitas Gerulaitis
and Bjorn Borg opposes Jimmy Con-
nors in the men's semifinals today, with
Navratilovji facing Austin between
McENROE AND Peter Fleming won
the men's doubles championship for the
second time in three years when the
second seeded team of Heinz Gunthardt
and Peter McNamara defaulted. Gun-
thardt was suffering intestinal flu and
Navratilova, who went. through her
first five matches without a single
break against her, had her service
broken in the very first game by Evert,
and a total of six times during the day.
But she had even more luck breaking
Evert, and in one stretch of the second
set there were five consecutive breaks.
"If she broke me at 5-5 in the first set
I could have been in trouble,"
Navratilova said. "But I was winning
more points on my serve than she was
NAVRATILOVA TOOK the opening
set with a break in the 12th game, but
Evert drew even in the second when she
broke her rival three consecutive
CHRIS EVERT-LLOYD (right) and
Tracy Austin (below) concentrate on
their return shots in their respective
semi-final matches. Evert-Lloyd lost to
Martina Navratilova while Austin
ousted Baebara Potter.
The third set was interrupted twice
because of a disturbance high in the
stands. Three men continually unner-
ved Navratilova by yelling " "C'mon
Chris" when Martina would serve, and
police finally ejected them. One of the
three was arrested for disturbing the
"This isn't a comfortable place,"
Navratilova said. "If I had two weeks
off I wouldn't exactly come here and
Austin, a methodical and mechanical
player, 'simply wore down Potter when
her bigger opponent, challenged her
from the baseline, and on the few oc-
casions Potter moved to the net, Austin
generally passed her.
"I was actually surprised she stayed
back as much as she did," said Austin.
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