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Hopman Cup 1991 (III)

Yugoslavian Monica Seles and Goran Prpic beat American pair Zina Garrison and David Wheaton to win the cup.

 

Date: 27 December – 4 January 1991

Venue: Burswood Entertainment Centre

Teams

United States Switzerland Australia Czechoslovakia
David Wheaton Jakob Hlasek Pat Cash Petr Korda
Zina Garrison Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere Elizabeth Smylie Regina Rajchrtova
Spain Soviet Union Yugoslavia France
Emilio Sanchez Adrei Chesnokov Goran Prpic Guy Forget
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Natalia Zvereva Monica Seles Catherine Tanvier

Results

Final

Yugoslavia 3 d USA 0

Monica Seles d Zina Garrison 6-1 6-1
Goran Prpic d David Wheaton 4-6 6-3 7-5
Prpic/Seles d Wheaton/Garrison 8-3

Semifinals

Yugoslavia 2 d France 1

Monica Seles d Catherine Tanvier 6-2 6-3
Guy Forget d Goran Prpic 6-4 6-3
Prpic/Seles d Forget/Tanvier 5-7 6-4 6-4

USA 2 d Switzerland 1

Zina Garrison d Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6-2 7-5
Jakob Hlasek d David Wheaton 6-3 6-2
Wheaton/Garrison d Hlasek/Maleeva-Fragniere 7-5 6-2

Quarterfinals

France d 2 Spain 1

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario d Catherine Tanvier 6-4 6-3
Guy Forget d Emilio Sanchez 6-4 6-2
Forget/Tanvier d Sanchez/Sanchez Vicario 6-4 6-2

Switzerland 3 d Australia 0

Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere d Elizabeth Smylie 6-0 6-0
Jakob Hlasek d Pat Cash 6-2 6-4
Hlasek/Maleeva-Fragniere d Cash/Smylie 8-6

Yugoslavia 2 d Soviet Union 1

Monica Seles d Natalia Zvereva 6-2 6-1
Andrei Chesnokov d Goran Prpic 7-6 3-6 6-2
Prpic/Seles d Chesnokov/Zvereva 7-5 6-4

USA 2 d Czechoslovakia 1

Zina Garrison d Regina Rajchrtova 6-4 6-4
David Wheaton d Petr Korda 6-4 6-2
Korda/Rajchrtova d Wheaton/Garrison 8-1

First Round

USA – Bye
Spain – Bye
Switzerland – Bye
Soviet Union – Bye

Australia 2 d Great Britain 1

Sarah Loosemore d Elizabeth Smylie 6-4 6-3
Pat Cash d Jeremy Bates 6-1 6-1
Cash/Smylie d Bates/Loosemore 6-4 6-2

Czechoslovakia 2 d Germany 1

Isabel Cueto d Regina Rajchrtova 2-6 6-2 6-4
Petr Korda d Carl-Uwe Steeb 6-3 2-6 6-2
Korda/Rajchrtova d Steeb/Cueto 6-1 6-3

France 2 d Netherlands 1

Catherine Tanvier d Manon Bollegraf 6-3 6-4
Guy Forget d Michiel Schapers 6-4 6-4
Schapers/Bollegraf d Forget/Tanvier 8-5

Yugoslavia 3 d Italy 0

Monica Seles d Raffaella Reggi 6-2 6-7 6-4
Goran Prpic d Paolo Cane 6-4 6-3
Prpic/Seles d Cane/Reggi 8-3

Hopman Cup III summary

Despite winning HCII in dramatic style, the Spanish brother-sister combination of Emilio and Arantxa Sanchez couldn’t snare the No. 1 seeding for their title defence once again the Americans earned that ranking with rising star David Wheaton pairing with Wimbledon finalist Zina Garrison.

The field for HCIII again had wide spread of stars — including an emerging name in women’s tennis, one Monica Seles, who had rocketed up to No. 2 despite her tender 17 years and her still child-like body topped with a smile that never went away.

The Yugoslavian teenager now based in America was a sensation around the world, but her country lacked big-name male players and it was left to Goran Prpic, ranked 56 and carrying a heavy knee brace that covered much of his right leg, from high on the thigh to low on the calf. The cumbersome cover certainly influenced him to run in straight lines.

But little did we know about his courage and fighting qualities.

Once again Australia opened the centre-court proceedings and this time the locals had a home-grown heroine to herald their country’s chances in Liz Smylie, a member of the well-known Sayers family in Perth. But she was to be upstaged by a precocious 19-year-old British girl, Sarah Loosemore, who upset the home crowd with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Pat Cash then blitzed Jeremy Bates one and one in a changed format and the Aussies wrapped things up 6-4, 6-2 in the deciding mixed.

Czechoslovakia, ranked seventh with Petr Korda back, this time with his girlfriend Regina Rajchrtova, disposed of Germany’s Carl Uwe-Steeb and Isabel Cueto, who won her opening singles as the first two rubbers were split in three-setters before a comfortable mixed doubles went to the Czechs.

France had yet another pairing for their third Hopman Cup, this time the classical Guy Forget and the colourful Catherine Tanvier, both veterans of the circuit and they were too experienced for Holland’s newcomers Michiel Schapers and Manon Bollegraf, winning the singles, but dropping the mixed in the dead rubber pro-set.

The entertaining French had a lot of fans cheering them on, especially with the claim by Tanvier that she would shave her head bald if they made the final to match the appearance of Forget, who did exactly that after he and his Swiss partner Jakob Hlasek had won the world ATP doubles crown.

The Yugoslavs then beat Italy’s Raffaelle Reggi and Paolo Cane in straight singles rubbers even though Seles dropped the second set in a memorable match.

France overcome the first-up loss by Tanvier to Arantxa Sanchez, but Forget returned the favour against Emilio and then the French pulled off a surprise doubles win. Switzerland’s pairing of Hlasek and Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere ended the Aussie challenge, dropping just six games in total in the singles.

We saw some sign of the Seles future with a great 6-2, 6-1 win over Russia’s Natalia Zvereva and though Prpic lost in three tight sets to Andrei Chesnokov, the Yugoslavs won the mixed in a tight two-setter.

The top seeds were last to appear and did it easily, with Garrison beating Rajchtrova and Wheaton downing Korda in straight sets.

The stage was set for two intriguing semi-finals, with seeds 1 and 3 on one side and 6 and 8 on the other.

Yugoslavia made light of their No. 6 seeding to reach the final first, downing France 2-1, with the singles split and the mixed going to 6-4 in the third, highlighted by riveting exchanges between Seles and Forget.

The Americans got their win easier, beating Switzerland 2-1, splitting the singles with Garrison the winner, but Wheaton atoned for his loss by being simply brilliant in a 7-5, 6-4 mixed result.

The final produced some magical tennis from the girl-of-tomorrow. The teenage Seles blitzed the Wimbledon runner-up 6-1, 6-1 and then Prpic needed to show his fighting qualities if he was to down Wheaton after losing the first set.

It was a titanic conclusion, Prpic fought his heart out to stay in the contest against the big-hitting American, who seemed as though he had the ability to equal the match, but simply couldn’t put his tenacious rival away.

The match ended in dramatic fashion as Wheaton went to save match point with a forehand drive down the line that was initially called good, but quickly over-ruled as out by chair umpire Geoff Hall. The sporting Wheaton accepted the call and ran to the net to congratulate Prpic; the replay confirmed that Hall was correct and the unheralded sixth seeded Yugoslavia were the Cup winners.

The mixed didn’t matter and tennis fans had surely seen the arrival of a new teenage star in the delightful Seles.