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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Navratilova Falls, Edberg Triumphs

MANHATTAN BEACH, California -- Ann Grossman survived two match points and 46 degree Celsius heat to beat No. 2 Martina Navratilova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the third round of the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles.


Top-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain routed Elena Likhovtseva of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-0 in 49 minutes on Thursday to advance to Friday's quarterfinals.


Grossman's friends encouraged her with shouts of "no fear" after she lost the first set and faced two match points in the second set on the hardcourts at Manhattan Country Club.


"Sometimes when I play top players I get scared, but I knew if I kept the ball deep I had a chance," said Grossman, a six-year pro whose highest world ranking was No. 29 last summer. "She is a legend and I told her after the match that she gave me a gift today by making my dream come true."


Navratilova led 5-4 and had double match point on Grossman's serve when controversy developed. Navratilova's backhand service return was called long and umpire Donna Ring did not overrule, giving Grossman the advantage.


Then Navratilova's forehand volley sailed long and Grossman tied the set 5-5.


"I never had a worse no-overrule in my life," said Navratilova, who argued briefly with Ring. "I didn't even have enough energy to get mad."


Navratilova said she only had about three hours sleep after playing a doubles match that ended at 11 p.m. Wednesday.


"I think it finally caught up with me. I just couldn't go," she said. "It's always hard to lose, especially the way I did."


Navratilova, 37, was making her final singles appearance in Manhattan Beach, where she won eight titles, including the last two years.


Grossman advanced to a quarterfinal Friday against No. 5 Zina Garrison-Jackson, a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 winner over No. 9 Nathalie Tauziat of France. Likhovtseva beat Gigi Fernandez and No. 16 Pam Shriver in the first two rounds, but had no luck against Martinez. She failed to capitalize on two break points against Martinez in the third game of the first set, and never mounted a challenge.


"I can't remember the last time I won love and love," Martinez said. "It was more me not making any mistakes."


Other winners Thursday were: No. 4 Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic over 13th-seed Patty Fendick 6-3, 6-4; No. 10 Amy Frazier over No. 6 Anke Huber of Germany 6-0, 7-5; No. 7 Julie Halard of France over Angelica Gavaldon 6-4, 6-3; No. 8 Sabine Appelmans of Belgium over Sandrine Testud of France 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 and Patricia Hy of Canada over No. 15 Kimberly Po, 7-5, 6-0.


At the Men's ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio, second seed Stefan Edberg hit a major milestone on Thursday, but top seed Sergi Bruguera of Spain and eighth seed Boris Becker, big winners last week, were upset.


Edberg volleyed his way past unseeded American MaliVai Washington for a 6-3, 6-4 win that marked his 700th match victory in a 12-year career.


The Swede found himself in exalted company. Only three other players in the Open era have recorded at least 700 victories -- Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe.


"It's a long way to 800," joked the fourth-ranked Edberg. "I've won a lot of matches. It's a good achievement."


French Open champion Bruguera, who won a tournament in Prague on Sunday, succumbed to fatigue and the resurgent game of American David Wheaton to fall 6-2, 6-3.


Becker, who won a title in Los Angeles four days ago, met with a similar fate.


The three-time Wimbledon champion was ousted, 7-6, 6-4, by Israel's Amos Mansdorf, who had upset 10th seed Petr Korda in the previous round.


Red-hot Australian Jason Stoltenberg, who hit a career-high of 22nd in the world by reaching two finals and a semifinal in recent weeks, picked off his second consecutive seeded player.


Stoltenberg, who upset fifth seed Andrei Medvedev in the second round, crushed 12th seed Wayne Ferreira of South Africa. 6-0. 6-1.


(AP, Reuters)