Novotna Doubles Her Pleasure at Wimbledon
Jana Novotna became the only two-time winner at this year’s Wimbledon tournament Monday by teaming with Jim Pugh of Palos Verdes to win the mixed doubles final.
On Sunday, Novotna and Czech compatriot Helena Sukova won the women’s doubles title over Soviets Larisa Savchenko and Natalia Zvereva.
Novotna and Pugh defeated the Australian team of Jenny Byrne and Mark Kratzmann, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, in one of six matches played Monday.
Pugh and fellow American Rick Leach had lost the men’s doubles final to Australian John Fitzgerald and Swede Anders Jarryd on Sunday.
The top-seeded mixed doubles team of Novotna and Pugh, who defeated Americans Lori McNeil and Robert Seguso in a Sunday semifinal, needed 100 minutes to edge Byrne and Kratzmann in the final.
The Australians saved two match points in the ninth game of the final set, but fell in the next game as Pugh served out the match.
The tournament had been scheduled to finish Sunday, but several matches were postponed until Monday because of rain and darkness over the weekend. It was the 11th time the 112-year-old tournament had lasted beyond the scheduled 13 days.
The semifinals and final were played Monday in the junior boys’ doubles. South Africans John-Laffnie De Jager and Wayne Ferreira defeated Australians Johan Anderson and Todd Woodbridge, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, in one semifinal, and Americans Jared Palmer and Jonathan Stark beat Czechoslovaks Martin Damm and David Rikl, 6-3, 6-4, in the other.
In the final, Palmer and Stark won two tiebreakers to edge De Jager and Ferreira, 7-6, 7-6.
In junior girls’ doubles, the Czechoslovakian team of Andrea Strnadova and Eva Sviglerova won one match and lost another Monday.
They completed a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 semifinal defeat of Japan’s Rika Hiraki and Taiwan’s Shi-Ting Wang in a match halted Sunday night after two sets, but lost, 6-4, 6-2, in the final to Americans Jennifer Capriati and Meredith McGrath.