Avon of Boston 1981

second-seeded Hana Mandlikova defeated Beth Norton of Bridgeport, Conn., 6-3, 6-4
Mandlikova, a 19-year-old Czech with some stunning victories in the last two years, was in contol during the first set despite errors and difficulties with her first serve. Norton, 24, a persistent player, came back in the second set, bringing the score to 2-2 and 3- 3, as Mandlikova appeared to have difficulty concentrating. Norton held serve once more at 4- 5 before Mandlikova served out the match.

Second-seeded Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia repeatedly refused to accept the easy point Wednesday night instead forcing the issue in her handy defeat of 16-year-old Susan Mascarin of the United States 6-4 6-1 “I have to work on my patience and concentration” Mandilikova said “Thinking ahead is most important and I’ll have trouble if I’m not smart” Mandlikova’s teen-age opponent presented the toughest type of competition in the featured match of the day – the type Mandlikova will have to overcome if she’s to leave Boston with the title “Susan is a baseline type player a type I don’t like” she said “1 served very well but I missed a lot of easy forehands I concentrated very-well but 1 tried to do too much and when I try that sometimes I miss easy shots”

Hanika, sturdy and quick, a pleasant kid with short brown hair and soft blue eyes, picked Mandlikova apart with long, hard drives off either side, taking advantage of the Czech’s Imprecise volleying. When Mandlikova lost the first-set tie-breaker, 7-4, she was gone. She continued charging, and Hanika’s passing shots kept flowering as richly as Oktoberfestive grog.

Not so fortunate was Mandlikova, who fell 7-6, 6-1 to sixth-seeded Sylvia Hanika of West Germany. The two Europeans each held serve through the first 12 games of the opening set before Hanika won the tie- breaker, 7-4, with a cross-court forehand. , Hanika needed just 22 minutes to wrap up the second set, winning the final eight points of the match and closing out the fast-fading Czech star with a backhand passing shot.