Tennis Roundup : Sweden Ousts Yugoslavia in Davis Cup Semifinal, 4-1
Jonas Svensson helped Sweden advance to the Davis Cup final for the seventh consecutive year by defeating Goran Prpic of Yugoslavia in five sets Sunday at Bastad, Sweden.
Svensson won a four-hour marathon on slow red clay, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, to give the Swedes an insurmountable 3-1 lead with one singles match left in the best-of-five competition.
Sweden’s Mats Wilander then defeated Goran Ivanisevic, 6-3, 6-3, to close out his team’s 4-1 victory in a match shortened to the best-of-three sets because the team result had been decided.
Svensson, who made the Swedish team as a reserve, had a chance to play singles only because Stefan Edberg sprained an ankle.
“I’m so thrilled. This beats most things that I’ve accomplished on the tennis court,” said Svensson, who upset Ivan Lendl in the French Open quarterfinals last year and also has beaten Boris Becker.
Sweden will play host West Germany in the final in December.
Top-seeded Zina Garrison won the Hall of Fame championships, defeating second-ranked Pam Shriver, 6-0, 6-1, in under an hour at Newport, R.I.
Garrison, ranked fifth in the world, frustrated the 10th-ranked Shriver with a combination of passing shots and volleys.
“I didn’t really care if she came into the net,” Garrison said. “I felt like I could pass her or hit a volley at any time.”
Unseeded Simon Youl earned his first professional singles championship, defeating Scott Davis, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the $200,000 OTB International tournament at Schenectady, N.Y.
Davis broke Youl’s serve twice in the third set, but lost his serve with a 4-3 lead and didn’t win another game.