Last night was an evening for no shows. Chris Evert Lloyd didn't show up -- she was in bed with the flu -- and neither did Hana Mandlikova's game.
Wendy Turnbull defeated the top-seeded Mandlikova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to tonight's semifinals of the $250,000 Colgate Series Championships against Tracy Austin in Capital Centre.
"Maybe she felt a lot of pressure being No. 1 in the Colgate Series," Turnbull said. "There was a lot of pressure on her and maybe she was feeling it. But it was really a good win for me and I thought I played well."
Martina Navratilova will play Andrea Jaeger in tonight's other semifinal. Navratilova, the defending champion, advanced to the semis Thursday when Evert first had to default. Jaeger was to play Evert last night, but gained the round of four when Evert's temperature climbed to 103 degrees.
Jaeger, 15, who is closer to Evert than any other player, sneaked in to see her friend after she had withdrawn. "She looked really bad," Jaeger said. "I would rather have played and lost than gotten into the semis this way.
"I went over to drop off some comic books. I didn't think she'd leave because if you go in a plane usually you feel worse. I went downstairs and everyone was standing in the hall, so I ran back in the elevator, and then went back when they left. I took her about 15 comic books and two electronic games (soccer and football). I don't know if she'll like them or not. They're kind of gory. Haunted House, and stuff. But, I had a Cosmopolitan, too."
Maybe she should take some comics over to Mandlikova, who also could use cheering up. Capital Centre proved a haunted house for the 18-year-old Czech this week.
Last night she had considerable trouble making easy volleys, especially off the forehand, and committed numerous unforced errors. But she denied that the pressure of being the top seed her first time here had bothered her.
"I can't play good tennis all the time," she said. "I played good tennis for six months. My time is still coming up. I am only 18. I don't feel any pressure. If I lose, I lose. If I win, I win."
She and Turnbull both started the match raggedly -- "We were both a little tentative," Turnbull said.
Neither was able to hold serve through the first six games. Mandlikova had three of her five double-faults in one of those games. "The first set, my serve was so bad, but I won," she said. "The second set, my serve is better but I lose the set."
In the second set, Turnbull, who had been making her share of loose volleys, began to cut down on her errors. She broke Mandlikova's serve in the third game and saved two break points in the fourth to go ahead, 3-1. Turnbull broke serve again, to take the set, at 5-3, on three loose points by Mandlikova and a forehand cross-court winner on a return of serve.
Turnbull has won 18 of 20 three-set matches in 1980 and '81, including last night's match, and she defeated Mandlikova the last time they played, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 in Sydney in December. Mandlikova was 15 for 26 in three-set matches in 1980.
And they were true to form. Turnbull, seeded fourth, broke Mandlikova's serve at 2-1 in the third set. A soft, angled backhand drop shot from the baseline put her up, 15-40.
On break point, Turnbull lobbed the ball over Mandlikova's head. It landed on the baseline. Mandlikova, who does not have Turnbull's nickname, Rabbit, but does have her quickness, reached the ball and returned it. But she netted Turnbull's return with an easy backhand. That was enough for the set and the match.
Turnbull, who became the tour's newest millionaire this fall, has been a far more consistent player than in years past.
"I go through a stage where I really want to play tennis, a lot of tennis," she said. "Last year, when I came to this tournament, I was suffering from jet lag. I didn't get enough practice and I was criticized for it. This year, I was determined to prepare for it."
Turnbull, 28, has had a sore shoulder -- "It's windy in Australia, my old bones can't take it" -- but it didn't show as she and Rosie Casals won the doubles title, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, from Paula Smith and Candy Reynolds. Turnbull and Casals, who came from 2-5 down in the final set tie breaker, will split the $30,000 first prize. The losers share $16,000.
Pam Shriver, who has a blistered toe, withdrew from her match for seventh place against Virginia Ruzici.