Anders Jarryd is on a roll that he thinks can carry him to the biggest victory of his career, the championship of the $500,000 WCT Finals Sunday.
The unseeded Swede, who entered the tournament as a late replacement for injured Ivan Lendl, upset Mats Wilander, his top-seeded countryman, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, Friday night at Dallas.
Thurday night, Jarryd, 24, defeated fourth-seeded Joakim Nystrom, another Swede, in the quarterfinals.
Sunday, Jarryd will meet the winner of today’s match between second-seeded Boris Becker of West Germany and third-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden for the $150,000 first prize.
Becker won his quarterfinal match Friday, defeating Paul Annacone, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1. Annacone was the last American in the tournament, leaving the United States without a player in the semifinals for the first time in the tournament’s 16-year history.
John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors did not compete this year.
Jarryd, playing his best tennis since he defeated Lendl in the final at Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 14, 1984, said he preferred to play Edberg.
“When I’m playing well, I think I have a very good chance playing against the Swedes. They play offensive tennis. They come in more. That’s my game.
“It’s different with Boris. I’d rather play Stefan because my record against Boris is not so good.”
Becker has won all four meetings with Jarryd.
Of his match with Annacone, Becker said: “It took a couple of games to get going, and I played a very good match, I think.”
Chris Evert Lloyd and Hana Mandlikova won quarterfinal matches in the Family Circle Magazine Cup tournament at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Lloyd defeated Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 6-4, while Mandlikova overcame Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.
In other matches, Steffi Graf of West Germany beat Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-5, 7-5, and Stephanie Rehe ousted Sabrina Goles, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Lloyd will meet Rehe, 16, and Mandlikova will face Graf, 16, in today’s semifinals.