Originally Posted by chris whiteside
I know we have a slight difference of opinion on Jan, tennisvideos, but I think we both agree that, for whatever reason, she did not achieve as much as was originally expected of her.
I just wonder if she was affected p(h)sc(h)ologically (I can never remember where to put the h) by the advance of Margaret Smith. At the end of the 50s I think it was generally accepted that she was the most promising prospect in Australian tennis. But as Margaret steamed past her it almost seemed as if each succeeding victory in the Aussie National final became easier.
Domestic rivalries are often more bitter than international ones and it must have been hard to accept being second fiddle to Margaret and then indeed Lesley Turner after being regaled as the great white hope of Auatralian tennis.
I am sure that Jan was affected deeply by the fact that Margaret basically steamrolled her after the 1959 season. Jan was still highly competitive with Lesley though - I think their head to head was pretty balanced if I recall earlier posts but I would have to dig them out. But Lesley went on and proved herself right up there with 2 French titles, Wimbledon Semis, GS Doubles titles etc.
I guess the main issue I have had is that except for the greats who made a mark on the Slams almost immediately eg. Court, Bueno, Goolagong etc ... many of the other leading players tended to take 4-5 years on the international circuit before they made an impact at the slams eg. Durr, Melville, Casals etc. So Jan may still have had more opportunities to make a bit of a mark but for the injuries.
Anyway, time for me to let it go Craig and move on!
Rollo just mentioned John Bromwich! Now there was a player that I love watching clips of! He was like an artist with his touch - a bit like the artistic Santoro in many ways. And yes, those angles. How I love the unorthodox! Lehane, Bromwich, Durr, Baker-Fleitz, Segura, Santoro, Seles etc.
Was so excited to finally see a 15 minute film clip of Baker-Fleitz when she played Louise Brough at Wimbledon in 55(?) - what a revelation with her two stunning (and lethal) forehands! Astonishing!