Top-seeded John McEnroe traded aces with Peter Fleming in the first set and then allowed his doubles partner only eight points in the second set of a 6-4, 6-0 victory yesterday in the semifinals of the $375,000 World Championship Tennis Shootout at Houston.
McEnroe's opponent in today's final will be second seed Kevin Curren, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Shahar Perkiss. The winner will collect $60,000.
McEnroe, later to team with Fleming in a doubles semifinal, served seven aces to five for Fleming, who wilted under McEnroe's wide variety of shots.
"I think I controlled the match all the way," McEnroe said. "I think he was having trouble picking up my serve. He seemed to be having trouble with his back."
The match was over in 57 minutes.
Women's Team Championship: Hana Mandlikova and Rosalyn Fairbank weathered seven rain delays to beat Zina Garrison and Kathy Rinaldi, 6-1, 6-4, in a semifinal of the $500,000 doubles event at La Costa Country Club, Carlsbad, Calif.
No. 4 seeded Mandlikova-Fairbank eliminated the duo that ousted the top-seeded team of Martina Navratilova and Candy Reynolds from the eight-team tournament on Friday, 6-2, 6-1.
The second semifinal, Kathy Jordan-Alycia Moulton, No. 3, versus No. 2 Wendy Turnbull-Betsy Nagelsen, was postponed to this morning. The title match is scheduled for this afternoon.
Slims of Hershey: Robin White made her first final as a pro by defeating top-seeded Peanut Louie, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-5, in a nearly 2 1/2-hour match in the $75,000 tournament at the Hershey (Pa.) Racquet Club. Today, she will face Anne Minter, who dispatched Camille Benjamin, 6-4, 6-1.