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SPORTS
Page 16 Sunday, July 8, 1984 The Michigan Daily
MCENROE, CONNORS VIE FOR MEN'S HONORS
Navratilova wins Wimbledon title

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -
Rising to the challenge, Martina
Navratilova roared back from a 3-0 fir-
st-set deficit to defeat Chris Evert
Lloyd 7-6, 6-2 yesterday for her third
consecutive Wimbledon women's
singles title and her fifth overall.
She later teamed with Pam Shriver
for a fourth straight women's doubles
crown, defeating Kathy Jordan and
Anne Smith 6-3,6-4.
IN THE MEN'S doubles final,
Americans John McEnroe and Peter
Fleming successfully defended their
title, defeating Australians Paul Mc-
Namee and Pat Cash 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-
3.

McEnroe will go after his third Wim-
bledon singles championship and his
second straight when he takes on fellow
American Jimmy Connors in the men's
final today. Connors also is a two-time
Wimbledon champion.
Navratilova's victories came on the
100th anniversary of the first women's
contest played on these hallowed grass
courts and marked her fifth con-
secutive Grand Slam tournament
triuimphs in singles and doubles.
"YOU SEE ALL those past cham-
pions and they've done it three or four
times, maybe, and here I've done it five
times," she said. "It's hard to believe
really."
The left-hander had nothing but
praise for her opponent, who has won
the singles title here three times.
"I told her at the post-match
ceremony that she still has one more
Wimbledon championship in her," she
said of Lloyd, seeded second here and
ranked No. 2 in the world behind
Navratilova.
INDEED, LLOYD played one of the
best games of her 14-year career and
ripped through the opening three
games, breaking Navratilova in the fir-
st and third games in the blistering heat
on Centre Court.
"I finally reached the form I have
been looking for all year. It's finally
here and now I can say I want it again,"
Lloyd said. "After playing this final, it
makes me want to play more this year.
"But I did not play a good game at all
. at 3-0. I got a little tentative, and with
Martina you do not get many chances.
Then when I did get a chance, she ser-
ved great."

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Connors
.. . not smelling victory?

Associated Press
Martina Navratilova lifts her arms in victory after defeating Chris Evert-Lloyd
for her third consecutive Wimbledon women's singles title.

Two 'M' divers make Olympics
Michigan diver Bruce Kim- INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) - Michigan graduates and
longtime sweethearts Ron Merriott and Chris Sevfert have
the 10-meter platform trials'turned their impossible dream into reality, making a date
today. See page 15. to compete together in next month's Olympic diving com-
petition in Los Angeles.
Merriott, 24, did it, fighting off a late challenge to finish
second behind Greg Louganis with 689.40 points in
Friday's Olympic three-meter springboard qualifiers.
SEUFERT, 27, made team USA on Thursday by placing
second to Kelly McCormick in the women's 3-meters.
She and Merriott train together in Ann Arbor for
Michigan coach Dick Kimball.
"It'd be nice to go together, because we care about each
other," said Suefert, who said their romance has lasted,
"off and on," for five or six years.
MERRIOT HAD to fight off California-Irvine student
Jim Gray in the late going to ensure the Los Angeles ren-
dezvous.
Gray, a relative unknown, pulled within 4.32 points of
Merriott with a ninth-round 3 somersault that drew one
9.5 and three 9.0 scores.
But Merriott answered in the next-to-last round with a
reverse 3% that took similar awards and earned four 9.0s
on his last attempt.
He finished with 689.40 points, more than 25 ahead of
Gray, who faded to fourth behind Michigan junior Kent
Ferguson. Only the top two in each event advance to the
Associated Press Olympics.
Ron Merriott celebrates Friday night after finishing second to Greg Louganis in the three-meter Louganis' first-place score of 720.18 included 36 out of a
springboard at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Indianapolis. By finishing second Merriott qualified possible 77 scores of 9.0 or better. He scored nine perfect
for the U.S. Olympic team. His coach, Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball is in the foreground. 10.0 scores.

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