Volvo Masters tennis tournament

A savage in Volvo Masters tennis tournament

By NORA McCABE Special to The Globe and Mail NEW YORK – Sweden’s Anders Jarryd executed a savage beating of countryman Henrik Sundstrom in the opening match of the $400,000 Volvo Masters tennis tournament last night.

Mercifully, Jarryd demolished his opponent – the hero of last month’s Davis Cup final against John McEnroe – 6-4, 6-1 in only 65 minutes. In other first-round action last night, Florida’s Johan Kriek, a feisty 26-year-old veteran, outslugged an overconfident and overeager Aaron Krickstein 7-5, 6-3.

Hampered by a sore back muscle, Sundstrom, the only player to beat both McEnroe and No. 3-ranked Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia in 1984, was an ailing shadow of the man who notched the upset of the year – albeit on clay rather than the faster carpet used at Madison Square Garden.

Not only did Sundstrom’s serve misfire, he never found the range for his passing shots or any consistency to his volleys.

By the end of the match, the 20-year-old Sundstrom, the odd ball of the four Swedes who qualified for the 12-man year-end event in that he belts his topspin backhand with one hand only, had been stripped of both his confidence and his weapons.

Volvo Masters
Volvo Masters

Given the surface, Jarryd, an outstanding doubles player (who teamed with countryman Stefan Edberg to defeat McEnroe and Peter Fleming in the Davis Cup doubles and in the U.S. Open semis), had the edge from the moment he stepped on court.

It was not a stylish victory but it got the job done. Jarryd, who first came to prominence in Montreal in August, 1983, when, as a qualifier he reached the finals of the Player’s International (defeating McEnroe along the way), put an amazing number of balls in play while either wrong- footed or rocking back on his heels. In the process, he showed an almost uncanny ability to hit half-volley winners.

Jarryd advances to the quarter-final round to meet McEnroe, the defending champion and top seed tomorrow night. McEnroe comes here this year as the undisputed No. 1 player, with a 78-3 record for 1984.

The last time the two played was in Stockholm. McEnroe won, but was fined $2,000 for assorted code-of-conduct abuses that resulted in a three- week suspension.

Krickstein, at 17 the youngest player ever to qualify for the Masters, was seen swaggering around before the match. He learned, however, that pride goeth before a fall as Kriek advanced to face fourth-seeded Australian Open winner Mats Wilander of Sweden tomorrow.

Krickstein, of Michigan and ranked No. 13, was substituting in the tournament for Ecuador’s No. 5-ranked Andres Gomez, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Tonight, the first round will be completed when Joakim Nystrom of Sweden plays American Vitas Gerulaitis and Eliot Teltscher of the United States battles Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia.

The top four seeds – McEnroe, Jimmy Connors of the United States, Lendl and Wilander – all received first-round byes. The winner of the final Sunday will pocket $100,000.

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