Graf's only 3 loses in 1997 (excluding her WO to Hingis at PPO) were all to Amanda Coetzer including a 6-0 6-1 drubbing at her favourite tournament Berlin which was the only match in her entire career which she couldn't manage to win 2 games in a match.
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Graf's only 3 loses in 1997 (excluding her WO to Hingis at PPO) were all to Amanda Coetzer including a 6-0 6-1 drubbing at her favourite tournament Berlin which was the only match in her entire career which she couldn't manage to win 3 games in a match (she never lost a match 6-1 6-1) .
I still don't get how Coetzer's game troubled Graf.
Coetzer could read Graf's patterns well and got many balls back. When Graf would have one of those error-prone days (which would happen more often near the end of her career), Coetzer would get to everything and not give up any errors herself.
Even when she was sucking, she looked like a Ferrari on the court. You can see that 1999 GS champion and finalist Graf was a shadow of the athlete she was.
Your fave could neva.
Anyway, Coetzer herself was a terrific athlete with great footwork - she read Steffi's game very well, and was able to keep it fairly consistently to the backhand side because of her footwork. It's one of the reasons why, contrary to popular opinion, Graf's baseline game is a better matchup in today's game than it was back in the 90s. She had to a face a plethora of great athletes who were able to implement the necessary agility and footwork to deal with the backhand slice and force her to hit more and more.
Last edited by Apoleb; Feb 18th, 2012 at 03:53 PM.