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Australian Open Notebook

January 25, 1991

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Jana Novotna will be looking to maintain a remarkable record when she plays Monica Seles in Saturday’s final of the Australian Open.

Novotna has won a title in each of the three previous years she has played in the year’s first Grand Slam event.

She and Jim Pugh were the mixed doubles champions in both 1988 and 1989 in Australia, while she and Helena Sukova won the women’s doubles last year.

Novotna has two shots at a crown this year. Besides the singles final, she and Gigi Fernandez are in Sunday’s women’s doubles final against the American combination of Patty Fendick and Mary Joe Fernandez.

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Stefan Edberg was not impressed with Ivan Lendl’s delaying tactics during their Australian Open semifinal on Friday.

Lendl took long breaks between points, repeatedly asking for a towel to rub himself down.

″I think it was taking a very long time,″ Edberg said after his five-set loss. ″I don’t think it is good for tennis. You are allowed 25 seconds and you should stick to that. That’s the rules, anyway.″

Edberg said he complained to the umpire about Lendl’s slowness.

″It’s the umpire’s fault if there is too much time between points,″ he said.

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Australians Nicole Pratt and Kristin Godridge will meet in Saturday’s junior girls singles final at the Australian Open.

Both have already played tournaments on the Kraft General Foods tour and are regarded as among Australia’s most promising youngsters.

The boys’s singles semifinals pit Italian Massimo Calvelli against Australian Stephen Gleeson and top-seeded Swede Thomas Enqvist against another Aussie, Jamie Holmes.

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Ivan Lendl will be bidding for his third straight Australian Open men’s singles title when he plays Boris Becker in Sunday’s final.

That feat has not been achieved since Australian Roy Emerson won five straight titles between 1963 and 1967.

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American Scott Davis will be aiming to win two titles Saturday at the Australian Open.

Davis first teams with David Pate against compatriots Patrick McEnroe and David Wheaton in the men’s doubles final.

Then he and Robin White go up against British pair Jeremy Bates and Jo Durie in the mixed doubles final.

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The men’s singles final at the Australian Open will mark only the second time in the last eight years that a Swede has not contested the championship game.

The only other Swedeless final since since 1982 was the 1989 final between Czechoslovak pair Ivan Lendl and Miloslav Mecir.

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