DALLAS -- Chris Evert Lloyd won her first tournament in nine months by capturing the Virginia Slims of Dallas Sunday in a match she said featured some of her best tennis.
Evert Lloyd won 14 of the first 16 points to trounce Pam Shriver 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the $250,000 event. The tournament triumph was her first since the 1986 French Open and her 18th straight over Shriver dating back to 1978.
'I've never lost to Pam and I'm going into the match thinking if I play well, I'll win,' Evert Lloyd said. '... I wanted to get a tournament win under my belt, especially since all I've heard recently is that I haven't won since the French.'
The victory was Evert Lloyd's first in the Dallas tournament in 13 years. Notably absent from this year's field was Martina Navratilova, who skipped the tournament for a skiing trip but faces Evert Lloyd in a benefit match tonight in Fort Worth.
After a sloppy 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 first-round triumph over Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria, Evert Lloyd allowed opponents to hold serve only four times in 21 games. Sunday, she broke Shriver six of eight times.
'I feel fortunate that I was in the tournament after the first round,' Evert Lloyd said. 'After I got through that match, I played some of the best tennis of my career.'
Shriver tried charging the net in the opening game, but three times Evert Lloyd stung her with passing shots. Shriver did not rally again until the sixth game of the second set, when she tracked down an Evert Lloyd backhand and flicked a backhand, cross-court winner that brought a roar from the crowd and applause from her opponent.
Shriver won the game and broke Evert Lloyd in the next to trail 4-3, but Evert Lloyd captured the final two games for the match.
'Pam, she is funny out there,' Evert Lloyd said. 'She was so relieved she could hit that shot that she hit a couple of other good shots, and I made a couple of errors and that brought her back.'
Shriver said she was surprised by Evert Lloyd's quick surge.
'She usually doesn't start off that well,' Shriver said. 'After I lost the first four points, she put pressure on me to make shots I'm not capable of. I felt under the gun. I didn't serve well. I didn't volley well. I lost my concentration. I started talking to myself. I'm usually not that frustrated.'
Shriver said late in the match 'it was like I was standing out there without a stitch of clothes on. I felt so exposed. I looked down and said to myself, 'Yeah, I've got my skirt on. I've got my top on.''
The tournament was Evert Lloyd's third since returning in Feburary from a five-month absence caused by a leg injury. She lost in the third round of the Virginia Slims of Florida and in the final of the Lipton International Players Championship to Steffi Graf.
In the doubles final Sunday, unseeded Mary Lou Piatek of Munster, Ind., and Anne White of Los Angeles defeated third-seeded Elise Burgin of Baltimore, Md., and Robin White of San Jose, Calif., 7-5, 6-3.