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post #2586 of (permalink) Old May 2nd, 2013, 06:26 PM
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Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2

Originally Posted by Grafiati View Post
I believe that Martina doesn't have the connection she would like with Steffi nor a true understanding of her...
I agree with this. I read somewhere on CNNSI - although I can't find the article anymore so maybe it was taken down? - that Steffi should have made more of an effort to reach out to Monica. She said that Steffi clearly wasn't that affected by Monica's stabbing because she visited Monica only once then started to rack up a lot more titles as if nothing happened. I find this such a judgmental comment that does not take into account how different people could react to the same situation. Could it be that Steffi felt incredibly bad and guilty (although clearly it was not her fault) that Monica was stabbed because of her then Gunther Parche was practically set free that she couldn't really develop a relationship with Monica? I find this a more natural reaction, especially for someone who is very shy and tries to steer clear of conflict and controversy. As Steffi showed in 95 and 96, when faced with personal challenges, she focuses on her tennis.
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