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Random question about Martina and RG '99

I know Martina fans don't want to talk about Roland Garros 1999, but I have a question. Why did she serve underhand twice in that final? Did she ever say in an interview why she did it? And has anyone done that before or since? I have been wondering and thought someone might know. I wasn't much into watching tennis in '99 so I just recently watched a tape of that final. When she did that I couldn't believe it. Was it to try and throw Steffi off, or just basically giving up at that point? Just wondering the reasoning behind it if there was any...thanks.
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Great question. I have wondered about this too, but have never read any quotes from Martina about it. Hope someone knows. It was amazing to watch. I think it freaked Steffi out the first time.
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She said that she did it to throw her off.And it did,the first time,the second time,Steffi knocked a winner away on it.Steffi said it was good strategy though...
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Yeah, Steffi said that AFTER she won the match.

Michael Chang did it at Roland Garros when he won.

I agree, it was a great strategy the FIRST time, but SECOND time, it was stupid, Steffi was ready.


It was I think, the most desperret(sp?) shot EVER hit by Martina, she wanted it so badly, you could see, and that was just amazing to watch, French Open final, against one, if not the best player in the world!

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Apparently she despearately wanted to win the title,and wanted to save the match points.She knew that Steffi was too good then ,and would beat her on other shots.So she decided to surprise Steffi ,with an underarm. Remember that an underarm is legally allowed.
But I agree ,going for it for the 2nd time was dumb.Perhaps she expected Steffi to think that an underarm serve wouldnt come the 2nd time ,as she had just served one,and probably expected Steffi to expect some other kind of serve ,and wanted to surprise Steffi with an under arm again.
It didnt work anyways
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provocation!, that's the reason why she flipped out at an unimportant point from her view since she was leading, it's the reason why she served underhands, it's the reason why she went to the toilet, it's the reason why she said today this player is history, it's the reason why she blamed her own behavior on steffi afterwards, and why she did she need provocation? for the simple reason that she has very very much respect for steffi, she thought her own game wasn't good enough so she needed games and it worked in tokio so why not try it again!
and this time she had to pay the price very hard

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She did it because she had pretty much run out of ideas.

It was a good idea though - even Steffi smiled after she did it the first time on match point.

Of course, when she did it the second time Steffi was ready ...
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i have a question to ask, isn't it prohibited to serve underarm in a professional match??

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Nope its not prohibited. The only rule is that you have to hit the ball before it bounces. (And of course you can't step into the court before you hit the ball)
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Julien is right miranda. Even Michael Chang did that in winning the Roland Garros trophy.

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I'm always right *cough* .
Chang did that against Lendl in the quarter-finals and Lendl made an UE on the return lol.
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obviously Julien is from France.*LOL*

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