Ivan Lendl showed why he's the top-ranked men's tennis player in the world and why 1989 may be another big year for him.
Lendl, the No. 1 seed in the $415,000 Eagle Classic of Scottsdale, Ariz., needed just 57 minutes to beat second-seeded and fourth-ranked Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-3 in Sunday's finals for his second tournament title this year.The 29-year-old Czechoslovakian took the Australian Open in January. He won 28 tournaments in 1985-87 yet only three in 1988 while plagued with a sore rightshoulder that required surgery in September.
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At Indian Wells, Calif., it was all in the ankle for fourth-seeded Manuela Maleeva, who rebounded from being down 4-1 in the first set to beat Jenny Byrne 6-4, 6-1 to win the $250,000 Virginia Slims tennis tournament.
Maleeva, who suffered a sprained left ankle Friday in the quarterfinals against Catarina Lindqvist, swept six straight games to take the first set and the final six games of the second set to defeat Byrne in 70 minutes Sunday.
"It (the injury) made me better mentally," said Maleeva, 22, of Bulgaria, who won $50,000. "I had to get stronger. I realized when I was down 4-1 in the first I really wanted to win."