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Chris Evert Lloyd reclaimed her crown as the clay...

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MORLEY MYERS, UPI Sports Writer

PARIS -- Chris Evert Lloyd reclaimed her crown as the clay court queen of tennis Saturday, overwhelming Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia 6-1, 6-2 to win the French Open for a record-tying fifth time.

She now shares the mark of French Open victories with Australian Margaret Court, whose last success in Paris was a triumph over Evert in the 1973 final. But the American's 15th Grand Slam title still leaves her three short of Court's total.

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In Sunday's $90,000 men's final, title-holder Mats Wilander of Sweden meets Yannick Noah, who is looking to provide France with its first champion since Marcel Bernard in 1946.

In the men's doubles final Saturday, Anders Jarryd and Hans Simonsson defeated Mark Edmondson and Sherwood Stewart 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. In the mixed doubles final, Eliot Teltscher and Kathy Jordan beat Charles Strode and Leslie Allen 6-2, 6-3.

Evert, French champion in 1974, 1975, 1979 and 1980, boosted her winnings by another $70,000. But she learned she will have to win both Wimbledon and U.S. Open to capture the $1 million jackpot of four consecutive major tournament victories.

The world's second-ranked woman player came to Paris holding the U.S. and Australian Open titles. She thought she completed the third leg with her French triumph but the International Tennis Federation, which is putting up the cash, announced its bonus was introduced after Evert's victory in the U.S. Open and therefore that tournament would not count.

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This leaves Evert only halfway through in her $1 million bid. However, she received the news with the same calm resolve which marks her play.

'I am just going to try and win Wimbledon,' Evert said.

Saturday's match, which lasted only 66 minutes, was her fastest and easiest final in a major tournament.

'I felt I played very well. I think Mima had such a great tournament and mentally she had a bit of a let down. But even if she had been really strong today, I think I would still would have won.'

The 28-year-old Floridian said the turning point in Paris was her quarterfinal victory over 1981 champion Hana Mandlikova, who had beaten her in the semis two years ago. Evert then went on to eliminate Andrea Jaeger to avenge her 1982 semifinal defeat.

'After those wins, I was really psyched up for today's final,' she said. 'I wasn't going to let Mima win if I could help it. We basicallly have the same game. But she cannot overpower me and I felt really confident.

'I did think about what she felt though. Sometimes after a few good matches that you have won, you have a mental letdown and that is what happened to her. I could see she was frustrated with the way the match was going, but I didn't want to let up. I wanted to win this tournament.'

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Jausovec, who won $40,000 as runner-up, captured the French title in 1977 but has slipped drastically in the world rankings since. The 26-year-old Yugoslavian said Evert was at her peak in scoring a 14th straight victory over her.

'I think Chris really played at her best,' she said. 'I haven't seen her play better during the whole tournament.

'Unfortunately I did not play at my best. I was rushing and trying to make the points too quickly. I wasn't patient enough. But even if I had lost 20 times against her, I would have tried my best.

'Maybe that was her best game against me. She concentrated very well. She hardly missed any shots, maybe two or three during the whole match.'

Consistency was the keynote behind Evert's success on the slow red clay center court of the tree-lined Roland Garros Stadium.

Enjoying the sunshine, Evert was a model of ruthless efficiency as she raced through the opening set in only 20 minutes for the loss of just 13 points. Six of those points came in the fourth game, which Jausovec won on her third break point.

Evert's pinpoint placements and sliced drop shot were too great an obstacle for her opponent. Whenever Jausovec tried the drop in return she merely left the court open for Evert's double-fisted backhand and cross-court forehand.

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The Yugoslavian improved in the second set, holding service for the only time in the match to tieit 1-1 and then threatened to break in the next game. But Evert escaped and moved to a 5-1 advantage, serving for match.

Uncharacteristically, Evert lost her service to love. But she made no mistake in clinching the victory on Jausovec's serve in the next game.

Evert's performance contrasted with that of the American men, who have not had a champion in Paris since Tony Trabert in 1955. Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, the world's two top players, were seeded to meet in the finals but were eliminated.

Explaining the success of the American women in Paris, Evert said: 'I was brought up in Florida which is red clay country. Martina Navratilova (born in Czechoslovakia) was also brought up on red clay.

'Men like McEnroe and Connors were brought up on cement. We have always played on this kind of surface and that is why we are so successful.'

Wilander has to conquer the patriotic French fans as well as Noah if he is to keep the title in Sweden's hands for the sixth consecutive year, following Bjorn Borg's four-in-a-row run which preceded Wilander's 1982 triumph.

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The 18-year-old champion lost his last meeting against Noah, three weeks ago in West Germany, but he regards Sunday as another day.

'It is not a disadvantage that I lost to him in Hamburg,' Wilander said. 'This is the final and anything can happen. Here also it is the best-of-five sets, which is more advantageous for me. It is difficult to keep up an attacking game on clay for five sets.

'If he serves well, it will be very difficult. I shall have to return well and try to make him nervous on the first serve. I also cannot stop Yannick attacking. I shall play my shots very deep and I shall try not to let him come in so much. Every time I pass a shot he will try to come to the net. It will be very tough.'

The Swede, 2-2 with Noah entering the final, concedes the crowd will be behind the challenger.

'They will cross their fingers for Yannick -- it is only natural,' he said.

Noah, the 23-year-old son of an African father and a French mother, was discovered playing with a home-made racket as a 10-yard-old by former Wimbledon champion Arthur Ashe during an African goodwill tour.

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He is now on a hot streak, having won 16 consecutive matches.

'I am impatient to start,' he said. 'I am ready to put all my cards on the table and I couldn't be fitter.'

The 6-foot-4 flamboyant Frenchman sports a distinctive Rastafarian hairstyle. He also has a personality that could not contrast more with that of his stoic Swedish opponent.

'I have to be nervous and angry in order to play my best,' he said. 'I try to be aggressive. I need to play one point after another. I play as tough as I can.'

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