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post #1816 of 6247 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 2011, 09:38 PM
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I agree about how Graf had to adjust to other big-hitters and learned how to be more flexible about her game. I have to disagree, though, about Martina being her "only rival": she was the player to dethrone, of course, and gave Steffi, tough matches (US Open 89 for instance) but since she beat Graf at the US Open 87, they played only four matches but still she had to wait four years until she beat her again at Flushing Meadows in 1991. In truth, in her prime and until Seles became a dominant player since 1990, Steffi only lost once to Shriver (she was not at her best physically, but she finally lost), once to ASV and 3 times to Sabatini, who was almost the only player to give Graf a tough match or take at least a set from her during the German's first period of dominance between 1988 and 1990.
Not to be disagreeable or denigrate your post, but I submit the possibility of something more to their doubles partnership than met the eye might have had something to do with the few losses. She still dominated everyone from the baseline, and even though she ended up 9-9 with Martina, it's not a far stretch to say the head to head would've been much different had they played more often, and yes, I still maintain this was by design. Ah, but that's all conjecture and cannot possibly be proven, so let's do the right thing and not guess any more- what happened happened. Point is, back then there was nobody who made Steffi change her game. Why change a winning formula?

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I think alike, I guess you can say that Graf played with some "detachment" in her shots in her finals years, and I had that same sensation about other greats in the last part of their careers, when they seem to master their "art" with such ease that they could do some things "with eyes closed" and you just enjoy their calmness when doing smth so difficult, making it look so easy.
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Thanks, it's great to have these conversations again with you all. Glad you guys understand what I mean, it's just like a singer who has been singing a song for 20 years, I loved watching the Graf strokes in the final years of her career, even in 1997 when she had so many difficulties with her knees and all, her strokes, her serve were so much more beautiful than in the 80s and mid 90s.
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I think Graf's slice backhand became more of a weapon around 1994-95 after she'd worked with Heinz Gunthardt for a couple of years. She was able to keep it low and out of the hitting zone of her opponents thereby forcing them to often hit awkward, defensive shots. In some ways her loss in basic foot speed due to various injuries resulted in her defensive game getting better because she had to work the point to set up her forehand. In the latter half of her career, she became sort of like the baseline version of an attacking player. Instead of constructing a point with groundstrokes and approach shots to set up a winning volley at the net, she used roughly the same strategy to open up the court for her forehand. I remember discussing this with someone a few years ago and we agreed that Graf, in some ways, could play confidently because she knew that around 90% (if not more) of her opponents' shots were going to go to her backhand. At that level of the sport, it's a true luxury to be able to remove the element of surprise from one's opponent's game that regularly.

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Have you read about this one :

http://www.bild.de/sport/mehr-sport/...0762.bild.html

To sum up, she accuses Steffi of having deliberately lost a match, the double olympics SF, for them (so her = Kohde-Kilsch) not to win a gold medal, because Steffi's dad didn't wanted her (Kohde-Kilsch) to have gold...
First, I think it's ridiculous.
But god, the womand doesn't even look at her own performance. Says something like that 23years after. And says it on an interview, not face to face.
Poor woman.
I remember reading a long itw from her, published in 1985, or 86, you just can feel how she already felt pissed by the celebrity of boris becker, who became a star and not her and her new national rival...
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Do you think anyone would have cared about her bankruptcy statement if Steffi's name wasn't there ???
Pathetic and easy way of getting attention.
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Have you read about this one :

http://www.bild.de/sport/mehr-sport/...0762.bild.html

To sum up, she accuses Steffi of having deliberately lost a match, the double olympics SF, for them (so her = Kohde-Kilsch) not to win a gold medal, because Steffi's dad didn't wanted her (Kohde-Kilsch) to have gold...
First, I think it's ridiculous.
But god, the womand doesn't even look at her own performance. Says something like that 23years after. And says it on an interview, not face to face.
Poor woman.
I remember reading a long itw from her, published in 1985, or 86, you just can feel how she already felt pissed by the celebrity of boris becker, who became a star and not her and her new national rival...
Why did Steffi (Peter) decide to lose in the semis and not in the final?
Also she (Kohde-Kilsch) is taking away from the opponents they lost too.(Novotna and Sukova)
Both already had to suffer from Steffi in singles a lot, so to claim that even in doubles it was all about Steffi's (Peter's) mood
is pretty low.

I think she lost her mind a little bit.

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I agree with you, that it's a lack of respect to the players who beat them too.

In other news, Steffi has apprently withdrew from newt year exhibition in Halle(http://www.zeit.de/news/2011-12/17/t...n-auf-17121003)...I had ticket for this event
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I agree with you, that it's a lack of respect to the players who beat them too.

In other news, Steffi has apprently withdrew from newt year exhibition in Halle(http://www.zeit.de/news/2011-12/17/t...n-auf-17121003)...I had ticket for this event
Sorry to hear that, should have warned you. There was a report few weeks back about Steffi informing Halle tournment that it is not certain that she would play for sure, not sure if it is before or after you bought the ticket.
May be there is a refund!!!!!
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Sorry to hear that, should have warned you. There was a report few weeks back about Steffi informing Halle tournment that it is not certain that she would play for sure, not sure if it is before or after you bought the ticket.
May be there is a refund!!!!!
I bought it before.
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I agree with you, that it's a lack of respect to the players who beat them too.

In other news, Steffi has apprently withdrew from newt year exhibition in Halle(http://www.zeit.de/news/2011-12/17/t...n-auf-17121003)...I had ticket for this event
Oh.....too bad I did not know that Steffi had withdrawn. What is the reason for it, someone knows?
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Oh.....too bad I did not know that Steffi had withdrawn. What is the reason for it, someone knows?
Injury.

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Injury.

Seleçao don't worry, send me the ticket I 'll pay you (don't worry again lol)
I will find a way to sell it, or get a refund, or live with it
Thanks my friend! ... But no, YOU don't worry!! It's far easier for me here in Germany to sell it. I don't think that I will go there myself *LOL* So don't worry!! I'm just glad that I didn't already send it to you.
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Thanks my friend! ... But no, YOU don't worry!! It's far easier for me here in Germany to sell it. I don't think that I will go there myself *LOL* So don't worry!! I'm just glad that I didn't already send it to you.
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Have you read about this one :

http://www.bild.de/sport/mehr-sport/...0762.bild.html

To sum up, she accuses Steffi of having deliberately lost a match, the double olympics SF, for them (so her = Kohde-Kilsch) not to win a gold medal, because Steffi's dad didn't wanted her (Kohde-Kilsch) to have gold...
First, I think it's ridiculous.
But god, the womand doesn't even look at her own performance. Says something like that 23years after. And says it on an interview, not face to face.
Poor woman.
I remember reading a long itw from her, published in 1985, or 86, you just can feel how she already felt pissed by the celebrity of boris becker, who became a star and not her and her new national rival...
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Why did Steffi (Peter) decide to lose in the semis and not in the final?
Also she (Kohde-Kilsch) is taking away from the opponents they lost too.(Novotna and Sukova)
Both already had to suffer from Steffi in singles a lot, so to claim that even in doubles it was all about Steffi's (Peter's) mood
is pretty low.

I think she lost her mind a little bit.
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Do you think anyone would have cared about her bankruptcy statement if Steffi's name wasn't there ???
Pathetic and easy way of getting attention.
I don't comment on this,because i agree with irma and Stef-fan.

But i remember that Steffi is the only tennis player to win at-least one gold(1988 singles),one silver(1992 singles) and one bronze(1988 doubles) in Olympics.

Off-course you know it.

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I agree with you, that it's a lack of respect to the players who beat them too.

In other news, Steffi has apprently withdrew from newt year exhibition in Halle(http://www.zeit.de/news/2011-12/17/t...n-auf-17121003)...I had ticket for this event
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Oh.....too bad I did not know that Steffi had withdrawn. What is the reason for it, someone knows?
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Injury.

Seleçao don't worry, send me the ticket I 'll pay you (don't worry again lol)
I will find a way to sell it, or get a refund, or live with it
As not a fanatic,but i think Steffi never say(promise) anywhere that she will play definitely in Halle,next year.

and djul14,you have a great sense of humor (I know your reply is real,because you found a way to sell it).But i really lol when i read this and about your reply for a fan's article about her meeting with Steffi in Las Vegas airport.

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[QUOTE=djul14;20603458]Injury.

Hi djul, not definitely sure if it is injury related. Steffi is playing in Taiwan in May and will be at Roland Garros along with Agassi for the Longiness event this year (at least as far as I know). Halle event is right after FO, one of the reasons given by the tournment director for Steffi not playing at Halle previously. Steffi played at Halle this year and Courier was with Agassi at the Longiness event. Heard it will be Steffi and Andre again for 2012 event. Wondering if this might have been a scheduling issue rather than injury. Not sure why the Halle event was announced without confirming everything. If she is playing in Taiwan, no reason she could not play at Halle. Just guessing.
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