Andrea Jaeger may be the new wave, but Tracy Austin is still the queen of punk tennis.
Austin's 6-2, 6-2, victory over Jaeger in the final of the Colgate Series Championships was like the lyric from a song by Blondie: "One way or another, I'm gonna get ya."
Austin, who lost in the final here last year to Martina Navratilova, wanted this tournament one way or another. And one way or another it was. At the beginning of the second set of her semifinal match Saturday, Austin reinjured a pulled hamstring in her right leg. It was not until 5:30 yesterday afternoon, after she had been examined for 1 1/2 hours by the tournament physician, Dr. Stephen Haas, that she decided she would be able to play.
"I almost felt like (the movie) 'North Dallas Forty,'" she said."I went to the doctor this morning and he said,'If it's going to hurt you, you're going to have to play through it because you won't permanently hurt yourself or damage it any more than it is, 'I figured it's better to try. It's such a huge championship. You can only try.
"I didn't know if it was gonna hurt. You wish . . . I was pleased with the way it handled itself."
Asked for a clinical description of the injury, Austin laughed a rich -- $75,000 -- laugh and said, "It's in the upper back hamstring. Where the hamstring attaches to . . . at the top. You want me to show you?"
Jaeger, who was anthing but pleased with the way she handled herself, did not seem to notice Austin's injury. As she accepted her $40,000 check, she said, "I want to thank my family and my sister. I don't know if they're watching, but I hope not."
Austin hurt the leg originally on Oct. 27 and it forced her to default to Jaeger, 15, in a tournament in Tampa three weeks later. Now, on the advice of physicians, she will take two weeks off, skipping this week's tournament in Kansas City. Otherwise, she said, "The doctor says it will keep aggravating me."
Austin was more than aggravated after reinjuring the leg on Saturday. She was "depressed."
"She cried," said her mother, Jeanne. "She said, 'I can hardly walk it hurts so much. What am I going to do?"
She took ultrasound treatments, ice treatments, and heat treatments. She cut down on her practice schedule and worked with Dr. Haas doing stretching exercises yesterday afternoon. Afterward, her mother said, "She said, "What'll I do? It hurts when I walk.' I said, 'look at that fellow, (Philadelphia running back Wilbert) Montgomery. His foot hurt and he went in and gained 200 yards."
For Austin, the Colgate Championships were her Super Bowl, her chance to show that she was No. 1 in 1980. Although the computer ranks Chris Evert Lloyd as No. 1 on the strength of her U.S. Open win (with a victory over Austin) and gaining the Wimbledon final, Austin said, "I think I deserve it as much as anybody.
"I think whoever has to make the decision has a tough decision. I won two major championships (Colgate and Avon). Chris won one. We played twice, she won once and I won once. She took off three or four months competely. It's much harder when you play the whole year."
The battle for No. 1 begins again this week without Austin. She is going home to catch up on some school work and to catch up on being 18. Asked what the future held for her, she squinted, squirmed and then said, "The biggest hot fudge sundae there is in town."
As to the flavor, she said, "I don't know, but a lot of it."