Among women, a beginning and end


WIMBLEDON, England -- One is a pro on the way out. The other is a pro on the way up.

Yesterday, Americans Zina Garrison-Jackson and Lisa Raymond saw different sides of Wimbledon.

Garrison-Jackson played her farewell match on Center Court, and took one last look around the majestic place after being beaten in the third round by No. 2 seed Aranxta Sanchez Vicario, 6-1, 6-2.

Raymond was on an outer court, watched by a handful of spectators and a bunch of birds that at one point decided to land on the court. Still, she overcame the distractions and heat to defeat Irina Spirlea, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

"I have a lot of good memories of Wimbledon," Garrison-Jackson said after walking away from Center Court. Once, she was a Wimbledon finalist. At 31, she'll be going home to Houston in the fall to retire. She had a good career, and a good run on the grass.

Raymond is still exploring her abilities on grass. Two years ago, at her first Wimbledon, she reached the round of 16, where she lost a three-set match to Jennifer Capriati.

Now, she's back in the fourth round, where she will meet Gabriela Sabatini, who rallied from 0-5 in the first set yesterday to defeat Nancy Feber, 7-5, 6-1.

"This is a different experience for me now," said Raymond, who has been receiving advice from Pam Shriver. "Two years ago, I didn't expect to get through the round of 16. This year, honestly, after I looked at the draw, I would have been very disappointed if I hadn't got to the round of 16."

Raymond, 22, is a late bloomer on the tour, having spent two years at the University of Florida before opting for a full-time professional career. She has a magnificent array of shots, especially her backhand.

But she hasn't learned to put all of her skills together. Still, she shows signs she may be ready to break into the top 10. At 4-all in the third set against Spirlea, she went to the net three straight times after serves to break open the match.

"It was time to go for it." she said. "I figured, why not pressure her and make her have to pass me."

Raymond will need to display the same attitude against Sabatini, who may no longer be a dominant player, but after Andre Agassi and Boris Becker, she is the most popular non-British player in the field.

When Sabatini lost the first five games against Feber, the crowd stirred. "I just wanted to make it a little more exciting," Sabatini said. "But I was glad the match was fast. It was really hot out there."

Sabatini said she can still contend for the Wimbledon title, a prize that eluded her by a point in 1991.

Reigning women's champion Conchita Martinez, the No. 3 seed, ousted Shaun Stafford, 6-1, 6-1. And her cotton-candy draw to the quarters got easier when qualifier Petra Kamstra defeated No. 14 seed Naoko Sawamatsu, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).

Nathalie Tauziat, who beat No. 5 Mary Pierce in the second round, was dumped in the third by Yayuk Basuki, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4. Basuki will meet hard-serving Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, the 15 seed, who defeated Radka Zrubakova.

Chanda Rubin's long run at Wimbledon also ended. One round after defeating Patricia Hy-Boulais in the longest women's singles match in Wimbledon history, Rubin lost to No. 9 Anke Huber, 6-2, 6-4.

Martina Navratilova finally made her 1995 debut by pairing with Jonathan Stark to win a mixed doubles match over Tami Whittlinger-Jones and Matt Lucena, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).

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