Loudmouth Gadusek says, "I will beat Chris Evert"...prior to being promptly bageled.
Don't know if anyone was aware of, or remembers, that before the 1984 thrashing Chris handed Hana Mandlikova at Wimbledon after some interpreted comments about beating Chris, and the subsequent thrashing by Chris of Pamela Howard Shriver in 1985 at Newport after similarly interpreted comments about being able to beat Chris, that there was a CLEAR FORERUNNER to these events!
In 1983, in Deerpark Florida, none other than Bonnie "The Animal" Gadusek showed up in the finals wearing matching fake-leopard-skin belt & hat-visor. She boldly told the press she would beat Chris Evert, and that she had no doubt about it. This was going much further than Hana or Pam. And unlike Pam or Hana, Bonnie wasnt top 5 when she said it...or top ten, for that matter.
When reminded that Chris does not lose in Florida on clay, with her ravenous hometown support, Gadusek said, "Yes, I will beat her in front of all those who love her most, on her home court"!!!!
I had no idea she was such an animal. And a furry little rascal she was, like a squirrel being shot at by a canon.
"Bonnie wants what Chris has," Mary Carillo said, "and what can I say, she obviously thinks she is going to win today."
After Chris closed out the first set 6-0 in about 25 minutes, Ms. Gadusek looked much more sheepish than leopard. Carillo sensed by the 3rd game, "I am taking this to mean that Chris means to categorically dismantle Gadusek in front of this crowd."
At 3-3 in the 2nd, she seemed to be getting her footing (of course, she would never be able to show her face at a pro event again if she didn't!), but Carillo was no less impressed than in the first set, saying, "Chris has missed a couple of shots in this set, but she is still hitting the ball firmly all over the court, hitting every single line, I think to give Bonnie an idea of just how this sport can be played."
But Gadusek did fight valliantly at 3-5 in the second to save a series of match points, and credit should be given there. Her 4-6 second set showing was admirable considering the circumstances.
Afterwards, Evert said, "Her attitude is good: no one should go out there believing they are going to lose. But if you're ranked number 20 in the world, you might want to give the top players a little more respect. Sometimes you have to let your racquet do your talking."
Last edited by daze11; Aug 15th, 2010 at 11:00 PM.