Wendy Turnbull is 32 and too old to cry. Carling Bassett is 17 and young enough to shed plenty of tears.
Today, they were entitled. Each of them looked major upsets right in the eye, and each of them walked away a shocked loser.
Bassett and Turnbull had match points and could not convert them.
Turnbull had two in the second set against fifth-seeded Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, then watched Kohde-Kilsch hit two winners and go on to win, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.
Bassett had one match point in the second set against No. 7 seed Helena Sukova and served for the match twice in the third. But she couldn't finish and left the court in tears after Sukova's 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 victory.
"I didn't play a bad match, I played a good one," Bassett said. "But I should have won. I had the chances."
"I was lucky to win the way I did," Sukova said. "When you win after the other player has a match point in one set and is 5-2 in the next, you are very lucky."
Kohde-Kilsch, who often is confused with Sukova because each is over 6 feet tall and because they play doubles together, felt the same way. "She had two match points and I hit two good returns," she said. "I was lucky to come up with those shots right then."
Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova won in straight sets, although Navratilova had some uncharacteristic trouble with Caterina Lindqvist before winning, 6-4, 7-5. Evert beat Robin White, 6-2, 6-4.
Hana Mandlikova had some difficulty with Kathy Jordan, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, in the kind of match that has often given Mandlikova trouble. Pam Shriver, the No. 4 seed, continued to win easily, 6-2, 6-4, over Alycia Moulton, and No. 6 Zina Garrison, who hasn't lost a set, routed Kate Gompert, 6-3, 6-2.
That put the top seven seeds into the quarterfinals, with only No. 11 Steffi Graff, who ousted No. 8 Manuela Maleeva, 6-2, 6-2, standing in the way of the top eight seeds making the final eight, something that last happened 20 years ago.
Turnbull had Kohde-Kilsch shaking her head in frustration, had her trying to do too much with her serve and had her in deep trouble. Down one set and 3-4, Kohde-Kilsch served a double fault on break point and looked very much like a beaten player.
"I wasn't concentrating when I double-faulted," Kohde-Kilsch said. "I could have thought, 'Uh-oh, it's 5-3 -- one more game.' But then I thought, 'Just go for it.' "
She did just that on the match points. On the first, Turnbull followed a good serve in, hit a good volley and watched helplessly as Kohde-Kilsch drove a backhand down the line for a winner. On the second match point, Turnbull came in again, and again Kohde-Kilsch won with a backhand.
Bassett had more chances than Turnbull. One month ago in Toronto, Sukova routed her in front of her home town fans. Today, Bassett changed her game, attacking more, often surprising Sukova by coming in.
Sukova probably should have lost. Certainly, Bassett felt that way. After winning the first set, she took the second into a tie breaker and had a match point at 6-5. Sukova, playing boldly, came in behind her serve and hit a fairly weak volley that sat up for Bassett.
Bassett took aim and hit a forehand with which Sukova could do no more than duck out of the way. But the ball was six inches deep.
Sukova, having survived the match point, won the tie breaker with a service winner and forehand winner. But she was quickly behind, 5-2, in the third set as Bassett continued to hit her two-handed backhand for winners, seemingly able to use the tremendous pace on Sukova's shots to her advantage.
But at 5-2, Bassett suddenly faded. Sukova, like Kohde-Kilsch, decided to go for everything and she succeeded.
Jimmy Connors, who has talked often about retiring to the TV booth, made his debut on CBS. The first person he interviewed was John McEnroe.
Connors and McEnroe have not been friends -- to put it politely -- over the years. McEnroe admitted he was somewhat taken aback when he walked across the court after his straight-set victory over Tomas Smid and found Connors waiting for him with a microphone.
"It was definitely a surprise," McEnroe said.
The old rivals exchanged neither greetings nor a handshake but, as they waited during a commercial, Connors broke the ice with a couple of wisecracks, and McEnroe smiled and joked with him.
During the interview, when Connors asked who McEnroe thought might be a threat in the other half of the men's draw, McEnroe said, "Well, that guy Connors, I guess," then added, "Who is that guy?" repeating a line from one of his own TV commercials.
At the end of the interview, Connors said, "Good luck, but not too much." Connors then returned to CBS' Pat O'Brien the jacket he had borrowed and walked off saying, "Hey, that was fun."
McEnroe didn't mind, either. "He did okay," he said of Connors. "He was a little nervous, but he did all right."