WILLIAMSBURG, OCT. 31 -- Great Britain's Jo Durie ended the United States' 23-match Wightman Cup winning streak tonight with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Zina Garrison at the College of William and Mary.
Durie's victory helped the British avoid a third consecutive shutout in the annual seven-match challenge series between the two countries.
U.S. team captain Pam Shriver began today's final round of play by routing Great Britain's Anne Hobbs, 6-4, 6-3, giving the American women a 5-0 lead.
After Durie's singles win, she teamed with Hobbs to beat Garrison and Lori McNeil, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, in the final match of the competition, giving the U.S. a 5-2 victory.
"It meant a lot for us to win," Durie, the British team captain, said after the doubles match.
The U.S. locked up its ninth straight Wightman Cup title Friday night by winning both matches to push its advantage to 4-0, and Shriver said the Americans' advantage going into today's play was a factor in the two British wins.
"We had celebrated already with the win," she said. "We were going in two different directions. They were going up and we were coming down."