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Has there ever been a better 36 year-old?

Just look at these clips. Here's one, but watch all seven. In them, you'll see probably the greatest two women of all time battling it out almost on equal terms. Martina is incredibly quick, and with such technical prowess on the volley. She's even hitting the ball in the 90s style - hard.

It's such a shame that Martina wasn't five years younger when Graf appeared on the scene, because I think then we'd have had a chance to discover who REALLY was better.

After this victory over the number two, Graf, she defeated then world number one, Seles, in Paris, a few weeks later. At 36 years of age, Martina had proven that she could still defeat the two greatest players of the generation after her.

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Navratilova is the best player I've ever seen, hands down. Fuck her accomplishments (though that helps), just how she played was SO good.

And that was her after her peak in there. Just wonderful. I love Laurie's clips by the way.
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Lovely warm handshake at the end .
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Martina's net skills are the best in women's tennis history. She could teach a couple of the current girls a few things.

It's just so much fun to see a match like this, involving two players with completely different styles. That's what today's tennis is missing nowadays, in my opinion.
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OMG the court is so fucking fast it's a pity that they don't use this surface anymore.

Amazing net-play and also quickness by Navra. Graf, however, had bad timing on many of her shots.
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It's fantastic stuff. You don't see that level of genius tennis play a lot anymore. Makes me depreciate more and more the ball bashers of today who have those one or two shotmaking skills that they use the whole time. (not naming names ). I also don't think there are courts as fast as this anymore.
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I can't understand what's so exciting in watching how one player tries to out-slice the other player. They are playing so slowly by the modern day standards
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I can't understand what's so exciting in watching how one player tries to out-slice the other player. They are playing so slowly by the modern day standards
So true! I say get these two talentless hacks off the court and put on a Sharapova vs. Vaidisova slugfest. Oh the excitement!!
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Thanks for posting this clip

Martina's net skills are simply outstanding - she's the best player in the forecourt I've ever seen.

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Martina's net skills are the best in women's tennis history. She could teach a couple of the current girls a few things.

It's just so much fun to see a match like this, involving two players with completely different styles. That's what today's tennis is missing nowadays, in my opinion.
Kuznetsova learned a few tricks up at net and how to win in doubles, which inspired her to win her first major during a year that saw her partner up with the great one in doubles.

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there" Unknown ???

Hoping to see great tennis from Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce, Amelie Mauresmo, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Venus's backhand rocks!!!!!!!!!

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Netplay is def. something worth missing, but I prefer our modern groundstroke game. Call it ballbashing if you want, for the players who can keep it in the court it is awesome.
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So true! I say get these two talentless hacks off the court and put on a Sharapova vs. Vaidisova slugfest. Oh the excitement!!
And don't forget the classic technique these two greats posses, especially on the forehand for Sharapova and the backhand of Nicole, amazing indeed.

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there" Unknown ???

Hoping to see great tennis from Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce, Amelie Mauresmo, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Venus's backhand rocks!!!!!!!!!

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So true! I say get these two talentless hacks off the court and put on a Sharapova vs. Vaidisova slugfest. Oh the excitement!!
Here, here ...

People have the nerve to slag off the current top players and the modern game. Just look at the pace and power our girls are playing nowadays.

Back to Martina. Right to the very end (playing doubles USO 2006) she was brilliant at the net. Possibly the best volleyer I have ever seen.
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Tennis is just a different game today. Even players outside Top-100 know what groundstrokes and passing shots are.
You have to be blind not to see how much faster and more intensive tennis has become.
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Tennis is just a different game today. Even players outside Top-100 know what groundstrokes and passing shots are.
You have to be blind not to see how much faster and more intensive tennis has become.
What are you watching? (or maybe smoking?) The ball was flying around and two of the all time best and fastest atheletes couldn't keep up a rally for more than 4/5 shots. Ofcourse this is largely due to the speed of the court, but you have to be and blind to think that play was slow.
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