NEW YORK, SEPT. 9 -- Pam Shriver has said for years that she could beat the top-ranked women in the world, but until today, she said, she never really believed it.

"I served well and I did everything severe enough to win the match," Shriver said of her 6-4, 6-3 loss to top-seeded Steffi Graf. "And I didn't {win}. So it's a new sort of a hurt. I don't think I ever really thought I could do it before."

Shriver's been playing some of the best tennis of her career lately, and she said she wished she was playing Thursday. "This is the hard thing about these tournaments. Right when you've had the opportunity and it's fresh in your mind, you just want to be able to go back out there."

Martina Navratilova saw Chris Evert after Evert's three-set quarterfinal loss and just before she played Gabriela Sabatini. "It didn't help a whole lot," Navratilova said.

"I was happy for Lori; she has been working so hard. I feel bad for Chris because of the incredible streak she had . . . It was obviously just a matter of whether they get to us first or we retire . . . ."

There are three men left who haven't dropped a set. Ivan Lendl is one. Mats Wilander is two. Who's three?

Unseeded Ramesh Krishnan of India, who won, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, over Andrei Chesnokov of the Soviet Union today. Krishnan, who beat 10th-seeded Joakim Nystrom in the second round, next faces second-seeded Stefan Edberg. Last year, Edberg rallied from two sets down to beat Krishnan in the third round.