Meanwhile, Navratilova cruised past 19-year-old Lisa Bonder in the first round so convincingly that Bonder started to walk off the court trailing 6-1, 5-1, 40-15. "The points were over so quickly, I just lost track," she said. Navratilova set her straight with a service winner on the subsequent point. Her doubles partner, Pam Shriver, fell next in a match that featured more clowning than drama.
Navratilova would share no laughter with the stern Mandlikova, who has beaten her five times in 18 matches and is now ranked third in the world. Although the pair have smoothed over some hurt feelings that arose at Wimbledon last summer, when Mandlikova was overly brash in assessing her chances against Navratilova, their rivalry once again seemed to carry into the press room after the match. Mandlikova told reporters that Navratilova "was luckier today—not a better player—just luckier."
Luckier? That sounds like a shortsighted view.