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NEW YORK (AP) - Ivan
Lendl, rolling along at the top of
his game, easily crushed fellow
Czechoslovakian Miloslav Mecir
6-4, 6-2, 6-0 yesterday to capture
hi$ second consecutive U.S. Open
men's singles title.
"'It felt so great, I wanted to do it
again," Lendl said of his repeat
performance on the hard courts of
th$ National Tennis Center. "It
probably feels better this time."
'THE MATCH was a chess
game between two Czechoslovak
masters as much as it was a
btennis match, they probed and
teeed each other from the
baseline, changing spins and
pace, looking for any kind of
'At times it was a long-range
artllery battle, with both right-
handed firing from the baseline.
Thin one or the other would sneak
to the net for a volley. If it wasn't
a ynner, they would retreat to the
of the baseline, once again
reay to wage long-distance war.
And when it was over, Mecir
had learned what many before
hir had discovered: Lendl is the
bedt player in the world.
LENDL TRIED to assert his
dominance right at the
beginning, breaking Mecir to
begin the set. But the bearded
R Czech with the lazy eyes and lazy-
looking strokes, broke right back.
He then staved off a break point to
hold in the third game.
The preliminaries were out of
Lendl held at 30. Mecir held at
15. Lendl held at love, including
his first two aces of the match.
Then Lendl broke and went into
'HE BEGAN the eighth game
with his third ace, then added his
fourth of the day as he held at 15 to
move out to a 5-3 lead. Mecir
saved one set point in the 10th
game, but Lendl hauled off and
ended the opening set with his
"Once I had the set,'I started
moving and playing so much
better," Lendl said.
Now, Mecir changed tactics,
preferring to engage in longer
rallies from the baseline, seeing
which player would be more
patient. It made no difference.
MECIR MADE "a couple loose
second serves, he was pressing...
he went for a few crazy shots,"
Lendl said. "That's not his
tLendl broke Mecir in the third
game after two deuces, the final
point another backhand passing
shot down the line.
Ace No. 6 was Lendl's way of
beginning the fourth game, which
he won at love.
MECIR, by now being run all
over the court by Lendl, fought off
a break point before holding to
pull 2-3. It was the last game he
would win as Lendl ripped
through the next nine games to
finish off his victory in one hour,
Lendl finished with 10 aces -
the last one, appropriately, on
match point. He had no double
;Mecir had one ace and two
double-faults. And he finished
with 42 unforced errors, 20 more
r than Lendl.
:Where the first set took 50
minutes to complete, Lendl ran
thtough the final set in just 26
Ndvradlova wins tde&
NTEW YORK (AP) = Martina
Navratilova, the level of her
game as high as her emotions,
Icaptured her third U.S. Open
women's singles title in four
years yesterday, crushing
Czechoslovakia's Helena Sukova
It was Navratilova's second
straight Grand Slam Crown -
she won Wimbledon in July -
and the 15th Grand Slam singles
title of her career.
"I wasn't surprised she played
over West Germany's Steffi Graf.
The world's top-ranked player
has won seven Wimbledon
crowns, two French Opens and
three Australian Opens. In
addition to winning Wimbledon
this year, she was in the final of
the French Open in June, losing
the title match to Lloyd.
After the match, Navratilova
consoled Sukova, the seventh
"I know she didn't play that
well, "Navratilova said. "She
was obviously nervous playing in
the big final. I was just trying to
tell her it's OK. I'm sure she'll be
here again. I told her I hope she
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Sukova did not seem surprised
by the loss. "I think I really need
to improve a lot to play on the top
level of the game," she said.
"I was disappointed because I
thought I had a chance," Sukova
said, thinking back to her 3-1 lead
in the first set before Navratilova
won seven straight games.
"It just slipped and I never got
back. She played too well. She
didn't want me to get back,"
Navratilova later teamed up
with 'Pam Shriver to win the
women's doubles title over Hana
Mandlikova and Wendy
Turnbull, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
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