Two operations and more than a year later, Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova showed they had not lost their touch in doubles, teaming up to stop Californians Angelica Gavaldon and Marianne Werdel, 6-1, 6-2, yesterday in the Virginia Slims of Chicago tournament.
One of the most successful doubles teams ever in women's tennis, the two had been apart for more than a year for various reasons, including Shriver's recent shoulder surgery and Navratilova's knee operation.
Today, their reunion will cross over to the singles competition, where top seed Navratilova will face Shriver in a second-round match.
In other Slims matches yesterday, fifth-seeded Zina Garrison took advantage of many unforced errors to score a 6-3, 6-3 first-round victory over Linda Harvey-Wild.
The sixth seed, Czechoslovakia's Helena Sukova, found Katrina Adams somewhat more difficult, but ousted her 6-4, 6-2.
Earlier, Amy Frazier outfought the Soviet Union's Leila Meskhi in a two-hour, eight-minute battle of baseliners, squeezing out a 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victory.
In a one-hour, 53-minute test, Canada's Helen Kelesi battled from the baseline with Czechoslovakia's Andrea Strnadova, hanging on for a 6-4, 7-5 victory.