SYDNEY, Australia -- Zina Garrison and Pam Shriver Saturday surged into the finals of the $150,000 Family Circle New South Wales Women's Open.
Garrison advanced to her first grass-court final by downing Wendy Turnbull of Australia 6-3, 6-4 in a 66-minute semifinal played in brilliant sunshine before 6,700 fans at White City.
On Sunday she will play Shriver in the finals. Shriver, the No. 2 seed, defeated Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-3 despite a heavily bandaged right thigh. Shriver was too strong for Maleeva, who struggled with her opponent's big first serve and volleys.
On Friday, Garrison upset No. 3 seed Helena Sukova 6-3, 6-1 in the semis. She attacked the net often and used a steady serve to win in less than 60 minutes. The victory was Garrison's first over the lanky Czechoslovakian.
'Before I went into this match, I kept saying to myself, 'I can't lose again; she has beaten me so many times,'' Garrison said.
Turnbull 34, recorded a straight-sets victory over Lori McNeil to advance to the semis. The tournament is the second of the Australian grass-court women's season.
Shriver of Lutherville, Md., who said she feels 'fantastic' about her game, defeated Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden 6-4, 6-2 to make the semifinals. Maleeva qualified for the semis with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over vastly improved Etsuko Inoue of Japan.
'Over a five-month period, this is the most consistent tennis I have played in my career,' Shriver said. 'I am very secure but, at the same time, I don't take anything for granted.'