Tennis Roundup : McEnroe Beaten; So Is Lloyd
John McEnroe is the best player in the world, but Sunday even he wasn’t a match for Ivan Lendl.
The Czechoslovakian easily beat McEnroe, 6-4, 6-2, for the $110,000 first prize in the Suntory Cup tournament at Tokyo.
“I didn’t play great, but I didn’t play terrible,” McEnroe said. “He just overwhelmed me.”
Lendl, who defeated McEnroe, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, in the Suntory Cup last year, said he was “hitting the ball so well that he (McEnroe) was wrong-footed most of the time.” He added that he won mostly because of his serve returns.
Lendl took only 76 minutes to defeat McEnroe, who earned $70,000, in front of a crowd of almost 13,000 at Yoyogi Stadium.
McEnroe kept Lendl moving through the early part of the match, but dropped his serve in the ninth game. Lendl then held serve to win the first set.
McEnroe lost his serve again at the start of the second set and Lendl raced to a 3-0 lead.
Lendl put a crosscourt shot out of McEnroe’s reach on match point.
Fourth-seeded Zina Garrison upset Chris Evert Lloyd, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Women’s Tennis Assn. championship at Amelia Island, Fla.
The top-seeded Lloyd jumped to leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the first set, but Garrison won the last five games of the set.
“I didn’t think Chris played as well as I’ve seen her play, but I’m glad I beat her,” the 21-year-old Garrison said.
With the second set tied, 2-2, Garrison pulled off the victory by winning four of the next five games.
“She just came up with some great shots,” Lloyd said. “She ran me around.”
Henrik Sundstrom defeated Chile’s Hans Gildemeister, 6-1, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, Sunday at Santiago, Chile, to move defending champion Sweden into the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The victory, Sundstrom’s second in the best-of-five series, gave Sweden an unbeatable 3-1 lead and was followed by Stefan Edberg’s 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Pedro Rebolledo in an abbreviated match.
Sweden will play India in the next round Aug. 2-4 in India.
Sundstrom was one game from defeat before he rallied to beat Chile’s top player in a 3-hour, 35-minute match. In doing so, he withstood intense pressure from a boisterous capacity crowd of 8,000 at the National Stadium.
Sundstrom, whose upset of John McEnroe led Sweden to victory over the United States in the 1984 Davis Cup final, lost his service seven times and broke Gildemeister nine times.
Gildemeister, who upset Edberg on Friday and played on Chile’s losing doubles team Saturday, said afterward: “I have never been so tired in my life.”
“I tried all I could in the last set, but I can’t feel so bad, because we lost to the best team in the world,” Gildemeister said.
Unseeded Australian Paul McNamee upset second-seeded Anders Jarryd of Sweden, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, to win the 51st annual River Oaks International at Houston.
The 30-year-old McNamee said he had been thinking of retiring because of three consecutive bad years in which he was plagued by included painful back problems.
“Now I feel like I’m a good player again,” he said.
Jarryd, 23, committed 72 errors, compared to 48 for McNamee. Jarryd’s double fault in the seventh game of the second set was the first service break of the match.
Jarryd had four backhand errors and two forehand errors in the tiebreaker. He gave McNamee the winning point with a backhand error into the net.