Originally Posted by Rollo
In the good old amateur days the Davis Cup and the Wightman Cup were sure tickets to travel abroad. Without the Wightman Cup most of the British women would never have made it to the United States at all. What a pity it didn't become the Federation Cup back in the 1920s.
Imagine if the Wightman Cup were played today and both countries sent in their best players (all of them healthy and injury-free). I'd pay to watch Team USA (Davenport, WilliamsX2, Capriati) take on Team GB (Keothavong, Baltacha, and umm... perhaps Jo Durie and Ginny Wade).
Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)
"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)