Sixth-seeded Johan Kriek capped a day of upsets by shocking top-seeded John McEnroe, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1, Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Transamerica Open tennis tournament at San Francisco.
It was only the third win for Kriek over the world’s No. 2-ranked player in 15 matches going back to 1978.
Kriek’s victory put him into today’s semifinals against Robert Green, who earlier upset fourth-seeded Eliot Teltscher, 7-6, 6-4.
Sweden’s Stefan Edberg, who swept past Brad Gilbert, 6-2, 6-2, will meet Paul Annacone in the other semifinal. Annacone upset fifth-seeded Tim Mayotte, 6-3, 6-4.
McEnroe, perhaps feeling the effects of a week of stomach disorders, looked tired in the final set of the two-hour match.
The first set went with service until the tiebreaker, which Kriek won, 7-3, by taking the final five points.
McEnroe lost the first game of the second set but fought back to even the match.
Kriek then reversed the momentum of the match, taking a 4-0 lead in the final set. After McEnroe made it 4-1, Kriek held his serve despite a brief delay when the lights dimmed, then broke McEnroe on the third match point.
Top-seeded Chris Evert Lloyd breezed past Kim Shaefer, 6-2, 6-1, to secure a spot in the semifinals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims tournament at New Orleans.
In another night match, second-seeded Pam Shriver ousted fifth-seeded Wendy Turnbull, 6-2, 6-0.
Earlier, Anne White pulled off her second major upset of the tournament by eliminating seventh-seeded Peanut Louie, 6-4, 6-0, while Lisa Bonder beat Candy Reynolds, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Two days ago, White, who is ranked 91st in the world, ousted third-seeded Zina Garrison, 6-3, 6-0, in the second round.
Top-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden defeated Sergio Casal of Spain, 6-1, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of a $275,000 Grand Prix clay-court tournament at Barcelona, Spain.