Top-seeded John McEnroe hit on only 45 percent of his first serves but got 15 aces past No. 2 seed Kevin Curren yesterday for a 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) victory and the $60,000 first prize in the $375,000 World Championship Tennis Shootout in Houston.
McEnroe, who extended his career record to 7-0 over Curren, was in control most of the match although Curren, appearing in his second final in as many weeks, fought the world's top-ranked player to a standoff in the third-set tie breaker.
Curren took a 3-2 lead in the tie breaker but McEnroe rallied to win five of the last six points. He wrapped it up at the first match point when Curren's service return sailed past the base line.
It was McEnroe's 56th career title.
Slims of Hershey: Combining strong ground strokes with an effective serve-and-volley game, Robin White beat Anne Minter, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, for the title in the $75,000 tournament in Hershey, Pa.
Women's Team Championship: Wendy Turnbull and Betsy Nagelsen rallied to defeat Hana Mandlikova and Rosalyn Fairbank 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), in the championship of the $500,000 doubles tournament in Carlsbad, Calif.