Re: Peak Navratilova vs peak Graf
Steffi in 1991 probably had her worst year ever. She was in the midst of losing 7 of 8 matches to Sabatini. She had lost a slam semifinal 6-0, 6-2 to Sanchez Vicario of all people that year. The only major final she would make all year (including Miami and the WTA Championships) was Wimbledon. Mentally she was completely out of sorts, as well as her game, for whatever reasons, and it had nothing to do with Navratilova either who she barely played. It would be like judging Navratilova in 1980 and early 1981 as her peak, when she lost 3 times in a row to 15 year old Andrea Jaeger, had numerous losses to Turnbull, Shriver, Hanika, many of them easily, was owned by a 17 year old Madilikova for awhile, and so on.
As for mocking Steffi for losing a match to a 34 year old (not 35 year old) Navratilova, Navratilova as reigning Wimbledon Champion and World #1 has 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-3 defeats to 35 and 36 year old Billie Jean on her favorite surfaces of grass and carpet. Look up Martina's match results bio for yourself if you dont believe me. Atleast Graf's loss to 34 year old Navratilova was her first in 4 whole years, while Navratilova didnt even get her first win over King until she was 34, after losing her first 3 matches in a row to 33 year old King. Had King retired in late 1980 at age 37 she would have a 5-5 head to head lifetime vs 20-24 year old Navratilova (they first began playing when King was 33). Then you also have #2 seed Navratilova at Wimbledon losing to a 33 year old semi retired Court who was barely playing tennis by then at Wimbledon, #2 seed Navratilova at Wimbledon losing to a 32 year old Betty Stove (lol) and then another loss to 35 year old Betty Stove on grass years later. Trust me you dont want to go there.
Last edited by forehand27; Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:40 PM.