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Steffi on Justine: I love her game

CHAT ROOM: Steffi Graf, Former tennis pro


By Lisa Kilborn

Star-Telegram Staff Writer



Steffi Graf, whose forehand could have knocked the racket right out of the steadiest of hands, retired in 1999. She remains in the public eye, watching her husband, Andre Agassi, compete.

Graf, 34, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 11 in Newport, R.I., for the Hall's 50th anniversary. She will be inducted along with Sweden's Stefan Edberg and California's Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney.

Graf won 107 WTA singles titles, including 22 Grand Slam championships. Among her major feats was the 1988 Grand Slam, which she achieved the old-fashioned way: by winning all four majors in the same calendar year. She also earned the 1988 Olympic gold medal in Seoul, making it a Golden Slam.

Even the finest pros rarely win all four Slams in their entire careers, yet Graf took that a step further by winning each major at least four times.

What do you think separated you from your peers during your career that you were able to accomplish so much? Well, I think that my passion and desire for the sport, it has given me such a drive. I enjoyed working out, I enjoyed all of those parts, and I think that made me who I am. That made me the player that I was. I was more driven by the way I was playing, rather than with the result of the tournaments.

How has tennis changed in Germany since you were a little girl? Tennis grew incredibly because we were blessed to have a few great players at the time with Boris Becker, Michael Stich, and with Anke Huber and myself. There was so many players that had different characters and made it real interesting in our home country to turn on the TV or come out to the matches and start getting involved and get interested in what we were doing. It certainly was a big boom.

Is there a WTA player today whom you would really like to have gotten to play in your career? There are not many players that I haven't played. The only one I didn't actually play was [Justine] Henin-Hardenne, and I got to meet her a few weeks ago. I have to say I'm impressed with what she has achieved the last few years, and I love her game.

Did you have a tennis hero when you were young? I can't say that I've had heroes, but who I really admired for their talent and the way they played were Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe.

Did you feel that when you won the Grand Slam that you were so young at 19 that you were not even fully aware of what you were accomplishing then? Well, I mean, to an extent, I was aware, because I had to answer a lot of questions throughout the later part of the Grand Slam tournament. The questions started to arise around Wimbledon and winning Wimbledon, there was a lot of hype around it, if I can do it or not.

If you could go back and just look at perhaps one or two things that you would have changed in your career, what would they have been? I practiced extremely hard, and I think, looking back, I wish that I would have just taken it a little easier. I think, you know, what can I say? I have no regrets, and I wouldn't change a thing.

The chances of you and Andre playing mixed doubles, are we looking at slim and none? Yeah, extremely slim. Extremely, extremely slim.

How much are you getting out and playing these days? It feels great to be on the court. I love it. I still love it.

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Steffi on Serena:

Some other questions and answers from that interview:
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Q. What about the Williams'?

STEFFI GRAF: Well, I think they are incredible -- the talent that they have, the chances of winning more than they have even done so far. Now lately with Serena's injuries and obviously, I'm not well enough informed about what they do outside of tennis. But in terms of Serena's power and talent and physicality, I would like to see her achieve more than she has done so far.

Q. Given the extremely competitive state of women's tennis today, can you see any of the current players approaching your 22 Grand Slam singles titles?

STEFFI GRAF: There's certainly so much talent out there, you know, you can see it probably with Serena and Venus Williams. They have got incredible talent. They are physically so strong. You know, it's a matter of, also, the desire and there's a lot of options for young girls, if it's attractive enough to stay around tennis as long. But I think that the talent is out there. It's a question of desire, as well as physically how they are able to keep up.



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great comments by Steffi on the Williams sisters
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''How much are you getting out and playing these days? It feels great to be on the court. I love it. I still love it.''
Thats great to read

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Great so hear some great news from Steffi Graf

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Steffi met Justine some weeks ago I can't imagine how exited Justine was

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i love justines game too
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This is from other article

"I'm impressed with what (Henin-Hardenne) has achieved the last few years, and I love her game. She's the only one that I haven't played kind of, so maybe I'll pick her," Graf said when asked to pick her favorite player. First of all, she has a one-handed backhand and that's not around much anymore."

In addition to the one-handed backhand, both Graf and Henin-Hardenne are adidas and Wilson players who both earned respect for their work-ethic and intensity.

"She's somebody that really, she works physically hard, she's very committed to the sport," Graf said of Henin-Hardenne. "She tried different aspects to make herself better. She maybe doesn't have the physical stature; she's not as tall as other players, but she'll make it up with speed, with working out a little more, and you can see it. I find little similarity in that sense in how I approach the game, and I guess that that's where I look at her and say, well, it's great to have the desire, and then obviously, there's a passion in how she plays and the dedication."

In the home of the Magic Kingdom — Orlando, Florida — tennis royalty met as the former No. 1 came face-to-face with the woman who now wears the crown last month.

"We were both there for a big convention for Adidas, and we were kind of waiting for our parts, basically, in that event," Graf said. "So we were just sitting around and so I just came up and said hello. We got to talk a little bit and I was asking how she's enjoying the game, and I thanked her because she did mention before that she was looking up to me as a player when she grew up. She mentioned that she was in the same airplane in Australia but she didn't feel like she wanted to intrude. I'm like, please, you can always come up and talk to me. I hope that I'm always approachable.
So we had a nice conversation, and I was just telling her that, you know, I've been watching her and been really impressed in what she has achieved."

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Great to hear such a legend commenting and congratulating the current greats.

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Wow. I read somewhere that Justine did finally meet Steffi,and am
glad to read the full story here. Wonderful story. I'm thrilled to
read that Steffi appreciates Justine's game and career efforts.

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I'm really glad that Steffi and Justine finally met.You'de think after so many years on the tour Justine would've dared to come up to her and talk but I guess she just had to much respect for her to do that.But again I'm glad that they finally met,and I'm also glad to hear that yet another legend appreciates Justines game

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I'm really glad that Steffi and Justine finally met.You'de think after so many years on the tour Justine would've dared to come up to her and talk but I guess she just had to much respect for her to do that.But again I'm glad that they finally met,and I'm also glad to hear that yet another legend appreciates Justines game
I'm amazed because a couple of writers, mainly Eleanor Preston
called Justine the new "steffi", and at that time it looked kind of
like ass-kissing journalist. It's funny to finally read that they meet
each other and Steffi does appreciate Justine's game, desire,
and intensity toward tennis. Kind of sweet how Steffi
thanks Justine for mentioning her as a role model when she
was a child at interviews etc...

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