Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
Hi gabybackhand. I think the match - not counting the last set - was pretty good. I didn't realize how well-fought it was until I re-watched it afterwards. Obviously, when I was watching it live, I was too tense and couldn't focus on anything apart from the fact that I wished Graf would win LOL. They had a lot of really long rallies, and both players moved each other around the court quite well. By the time the third set started, the momentum was clearly with Graf as I thought Hingis just started to fold.
Apart from the tough rallies, the drama that surrounded the match was also legendary. I don't think I've seen any other match with this kind of continued drama. I think one of my favorite moments was when Hingis was contesting a fault that was called on her serve and she kept prolonging the discussion with the umpire so much so that Steffi came up to the umpire and said something like "are we here to play tennis or just to talk?" There was a lot of frustration in her voice and it was the first time I heard Steffi speak with a bit of anger.
Thank you for your fine and insightful post... but I did see that match though
I even had it on VHS (except for the part of Hingis' argument with the umpire and crossing to the other side of the net!) and I thoroughly enjoyed it every time I saw it, especially how Graf showed some cocky youngster how the older (the best ever) generation could play!
I was talking about the 1987 final, and how good was it compared to that year SF between Graf and Sabatini. Thanx anyway
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