At one point in her Wightman Cup match against Pam Shriver, Britain's Annabel Croft was in command. Unfortunately for Croft, 19, who is from the County of Kent, it was just after the first point. From then on, forget it.
Shriver won, 6-0, 6-0, in 43 minutes. Later, the United States clinched its seventh straight Wightman Cup when Betsy Nagelsen and Anne White beat Croft and Virginia Wade, 6-4, 6-1, for a 4-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which will end Saturday in William and Mary Hall.
The United States now leads the series, 47-10.
Shriver opened the match with a good first serve, but Croft hit a forehand back for a winner.
"Getting out of that first long game (five minutes, three deuces) was a big boost," Shriver said. "You're always nervous in team matches. You're probably more nervous in these than any other, except Grand Slam tournaments.
"It was one of those nights where you do everything right. I played extremely well. I knew I was going to win, but you never think you're going to win love and love. I thought about it when it got to four or five in the first set. Unless she plays four unbelievable points, she's not going to win a game."
Shriver said this is only the third time in her pro career that she has shut out an opponent.
"I beat Jenny Klitch in the Chicago Virginia Slims and Susan Rimes on grass in Newport," she said.
"I think I lost to Tracy (Austin) love and love in juniors, but you don't have to write that," she said, knowing full well that everyone would.
"Tonight was devastating for Annabel," the British team manager, Sue Mappin, said. "The first game could have gone either way. It went from being close to Pam being confident. Only two years ago, she (Croft) came here as the youngster on the team. This time she realized that she's No. 1 and the responsibility of that got to her."
"It certainly was disheartening," said Wade. "I think we have a good player in Annabel, but she's young and inexperienced. In the middle of her match, she said to me 'I'm so embarrassed. Don't I look bad?' I said, 'No, Pam is just playing extremely well.' "
White and Nagelsen have played together for 1 1/2 years, but their doubles match was expected to be one of the closer matches of the competition. In spots it was, but not when it counted.
"I'm quite certain they'll want to redeem themselves," Wade said, looking ahead a day. "But when you're taking on Chris Evert and Pam Shriver, you have your hands more than full."