Okay, let's get this straight about Hana, and you know when ol Pammy says STRAIGHT she's talking about heterosexual dude lovin gals like herself...actually...I don't know what that had to do with anything. But I digress...
Hana was as talented as all get out. Yes, I admit even more talented than me. I know it's hard to believe now, but back in the day, Hana was the reigning LADY GAZELLE of the tour, and Pammy's Gammy's had little chance when up against Hana's. But and that's a BIG BUTT (Wendy Turnbull, I'm looking in your direction) is the fact that Hana was...how can I put this gently...hmmm...the gal was POPITOOTY LOONY TUNES!!!! She didn't even know when she was going to hit a winner. She showed no consistency whatsoever, and that , my friends, is the sign of a true champion. The Willis have already surpassed Hana in greatness, if for no other reason than week in and week out, they rarely lose and when they do lose it's to quality players. Not Jennifer Mundel or Iva Budarova for the love of Pete Sampras! Hana won 1 GS title in 1980, 1 in 1981, 1 in 1985 and 1 in 1987. That's not exactly stellar consistency in the big events my friends. Further, her GS finals were 2 in '80, 2 in 81, 1 in 82, 1 in '85, 1 in '86, and 1 in '87. Compare that with Evert and Navratilova at the time-
Evert GS Wins in '80's-2 in '80, 1 in '81, 2 in '82, 1 in '83, 1 in '84, 1 in '85, 1 in '86-At least one each year for the first seven years of the '80's.
Evert GS Finals in '80's-3 in '80, 2 in '81, 3 in '82, 2 in '83, 4 in '84, 3 in '85, 1 in '86, 1 in '88. That's 19 GS finals just in the period when Hana was at her peak.
Navratilova GS Wins in '80's-1 in '81, 2 in '82, 3 in '83, 3 in '84, 2 in '85, 2 in '86, 2 in '87
Navratilova GS Finals in '80's-2 in '81, 3 in '82, 3 in '83, 3 in '84, 4 in '85, 3 in '86, 4 in '87, 1 in '88
That's 22 finals in the period that Mandlikova at her peak. When comparing the statistics of all three players during that time period there really is no question as to why Mandlikova was overshadowed by Evert and Navratilova. They won more big events and did better when it mattered most.
That's what she said!!!