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The Michigan Daily-Soturdoy, June 20;,1981-Page 15
Tennis Teens
Aushin, Jaeger ace-o in inals

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) -
Andrea Jaeger defeated Martina
Navratilova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 yesterday to
reach the final of the $125,000 BMW
women's grass courts tennis champion-
ships. The 16-year-old schoolgirl from
Lincolnshire, Ill., played almost ex-
clusively from the baseline and her tac-
tics frustrated the 24-year-old two-time
Wimbledon champion.
Defending champion Tracy Austin
also gained the finals with a 6-0, 6-1 vic-
tory over 19-year-old Barbara Potter of
the United States.
NAVRATILOVA had been seeded to
play Austin in Saturday's final. But the
third-seeded Jaeger, her pony tails
swaying in the breeze, outlasted her in
a tense final set.
Jaeger's victory in one hour and 30
minutes ended Navratilova's three-
match winning streak in contests bet-
ween the two. This was the first time
they had met on grass. '
"That was very satisfying," Jaeger
said. "Any victory over Martina is a
good one, but especially on grass
because her serve and volley game is so
suited to this surface."
NAVRATILOVA'S game was dotted
with errors in the first set. Jaeger,
playing steadily, broke her in the fifth
and seventh games.
The exiled Czechoslovakian hit back

in the second set, when she volleyed
confidently and broke Jaeger to love in
the sixth game. Navratilova won three
of the last four games of the set without
dropping apoint.
But Jaeger returned service
magnificently to break her opponent in
the second game of the final set, then in
front as Navratilova tried vainly:to get
back into the match.

NAVRATILOVA saved two match
points in the eighth game, but Jaeger
then held her service for the match.
Navratilova said afterward she was
happy that a nagging stomach muscle
injury had not worsened.
"I had my chances but I'm not
making any excuses," she said. "An-
drea is very tough." Austin, her painful

Tanner faces Edmondson
BRISTOL, England (AP)-Roscoe Tanner and Mark Edmondson played their
big serve-and-volley games successfully yesterday to advance to the final of the
Lambert and Butler grass court tennis championships, the last big warmup before
Tanner, the American lefthander, downed Paul McNamee of Australia 6-4, 6-4.
Edmondson, one of Australia's hopes for Wimbledon, beat Johan Kriek of South
Africa 6-2, 6-4.
TANNER AND Edmondson meet in the final today.
On Thursday, McNamee lost the first set of his quarterfinal match with Tim
Mayotte, then demanded to see tournament referee Mike Gibson and Frank Smith,
the Grand Prix supervisor. The Australian complained there was insufficient
space between the side of the court and the fence.
Grand Prix rules call for at least 12 feet on each side of the court. Smith, who
agreed that the court did not meet the regulations, ordered the match to go on.
"I used my discretion because I did not want to restrict the tournament," Smith
McNamee was visibly angry when his request that the match be transferred to
another court was turned down.

back injury behind her, is again thir-
sting after tennis success.
PLAYING only her third tournament
this year following a back injury,
Austin completely overwhelmed Pot-
ter, a lanky 19-year-old from Wood-
bury, Conn.
Potter, who had lost all five of her
previous encounters from Austin,
crashed to defeat in just 45 minutes and
had no answer to the Californian's
"Barbara just made too many
errors," said Austin. She said she was
delighted by her form leading up to
Wimbledon, which starts Monday.
"Things have gone much better than
I expected," she said.
"I came here to get ready for Wim-
bledon and do my best, but I'm really
pleased. I feel good, I feel loose."
JAEGER AND Navratilova had not
played each other on grass before. An-
drea showed her maturity as a
strategist against the powerful serve-
and-volley game of her opponent.
"It was very satisfying," Jaeger
said. "Any win over Martina is a good
one, but especially on grass.
"You always have to play well to
defeat her, and this will certainly help
my confidence for Wimbledon."
The all-American teen-age final, with"
$22,000 going to the winner, is Saturday.

ANDREA JAEGER (above), the 16-year-old tennis phenom from Lincoln-
shire, Illinois, advanced to the finals of the $125,000 BMW women's grass
courts tennis championships yesterday, as she defeated veteran Martina
Navratilova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Jaeger will be facing fellow American Tracy Austin
(right) in the finale, as Austin won her semifinal match against yet another
Yank, Barbara Potter, 6-0, 6-1. With $22,000 at stake in the finale, these two
teenagers are certain to play with as much intensity and concentration as
thsey show bte,.

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