Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
I found these bits from a 1987 interview with Graf hilarious!
Q: When you consider the way you play, which player would you say you like
A: You'll be surprised - Elise Burgin of America, because of the unorthodox style of her game.
Q: Which surface do you like playing on best?
A: That doesn't make much difference any more. With one slight reservation: Despite my Grand Slam win in Paris, I'm not terribly fond of clay courts at the moment.
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)