Tennis Roundup : West Germans Defeat U.S. in Federation Cup

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West Germany recorded one of the top comebacks in Federation Cup history Sunday, defeating the United States, 2-1, with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory in the deciding doubles match to win its first-ever championship in the event.

In the singles matches at Vancouver, Canada, Pam Shriver of the United States topped Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, 6-0, 7-6, and Steffi Graf of West Germany beat Chris Evert, 6-2, 6-1, to square the finals at 1-1.

It was only the second time Evert had lost at singles in the Federation Cup. She dropped a match last year to Sandra Cecchini of Italy.

In doubles, the U.S. team of Evert and Shriver easily won the first set and took a 4-0 lead in the second before the West German team of Graf and Kohde-Kilsch started a comeback before a capacity crowd of more than 7,600 on Stadium Court at the Hollyburn Country Club.

Graf and Kohde-Kilsch won the next five games on their way to the victory.

First-place prize money was $80,000. The United States was seeking its 13th championship in the 25-year history of the event but was without its No. 1 player, Martina Navratilova, who was sidelined by an injury.

The Americans picked on Kohde-Kilsch and employed the lob with great success to win the first set. They continued that into the second set and, in the fourth game, the Germans were leading, 40-0, before the United States rallied to win for a 4-0 lead.

In the third set, nobody broke serve until the eighth game when the West Germans won on Evert's service for a 5-3 lead. The U.S. pair broke back to pull within 5-4 before the West Germans broke Shriver to end the match.

Joakim Nystrom, coming back from a series of 1986 injuries, won the $202,500 Swedish Open at Bastad, Sweden.

The fifth-seeded Nystrom defeated second-seeded Stefan Edberg, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, for his first Nabisco Grand Prix victory of the year and the first since winning another clay court tournament at Madrid, 15 months ago.

Number 13 proved to be Nystrom's lucky number in this tournament.

This was his 13th Grand Prix victory and it came after he finally beat top-seeded Mats Wilander in the semifinals for the first time in 13 matches. And his first Swedish Open title moved him to 13th on the Assn. of Tennis Professionals' computer.

Nystrom won $35,000 and boosted his earnings to more than $200,000 for the year.

At Hilversum, the Netherlands, top-seeded Miloslav Mecir of Czechoslovakia defeated Guillermo Perez-Roldan of Argentina, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, to win the $150,000 Dutch Open.

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