Notes and quotes from the U.S. Open
NEW YORK (AP) _ Gigi Fernandez, one of the world’s top doubles players, and Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel have retired from singles competition.
Rinaldi-Stunkel first gained worldwide attention in 1981 when, at the age of 14, she became the then-youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon and later, the second youngest to win a Corel WTA Tour event. In May 1986, she was ranked seventh in the world, and in 1992 she became the 40th woman to pass the $1 million mark in official career prize money.
She married her high school sweetheart, Brad Stunkel, in December 1993, and their first child, Bradley Benton Jr., was born in 1995.
Fernandez, a wild-card entrant into this year’s U.S. Open singles competition, has been half of the gold-medal winning women’s doubles team in the last two Olympics. She announced her retirement from singles play after her 6-1, 6-2 loss to ninth-seeded Mary Pierce in the first round.
MATERNITY LEAVE: One day after being clobbered 6-0, 6-1 by top-seeded and top-ranked Martina Hingis, Tami Jones has taken maternity leave until after the birth of her baby, which is due in February.
Jones, ranked 103rd in the world, is married to Kelly Jones, a doubles specialist on the men’s ATP Tour.
CHASE ACE: The Chase Manhattan Bank’s Chase Tennis Camps for Girls program is $2,190 richer.
The bank is donating $10 for every ace served during women’s singles matches at this year’s U.S. Open. The money will fund the first free city-wide program established iin New York to help develop the skills of up-and-coming female players ages 12-16.
Through Tuesday’s matches, Brenda Schultz leads the way with 12 aces, one more than Irina Spirlea and two more than Rachel McQuillan.
Natasha Zvereva had nine aces, followed by Nathalie Tauziat, 8; Helena Sukova, 7; Silvia Farina, 6; and Lindsay Lee, Andrea Glass and Anne-Gaelle Sidot, 5 each.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Alexandra Stevenson of San Diego and Marissa Irvin of Santa Monica, Calif., the reigning USTA national girls’ doules champions, failed to get past the first round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
The pair lost to Australians Kerry-Anne Guse and Rachel McQuillan 6-1, 6-4.
Stevenson already has one of the fastest serves in women’s tennis, being clocked at a WTA Tour event in San Diego last month at 112 mph.
QUICK APPEARANCE: Zina Garrison Jackson made a quick appearance in this year’s U.S. Open. The Houston native, who teamed with Lori McNeil in the women’s doubles, played in her 18th U.S. Open on Wednesday.
The Texas pair lost a first-round match to the seventh-seeded team of Lindsay Davenport and Jana Novotna 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.