Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
As a historical aside, retired pros Wendy Turnbull and Wendy Overton are slated to play a doubles exhibition 8-game pro set against one Venus Williams, aged 13, and her younger sister Serena, aged 12. Turnbull and other "knowledgeable tennis people" expect the "tennis smarts" of the two Wendys to win through in the more cerebral game of doubles. Cough, cough. Tune in two days from now to find out the result!
For a change, Steffi is thus far not second on the fastest serves list. She is third with 103 mph behind Big Bad Brenda with 114 and Sukova with 105.
VIRGINIA SLIMS AT A GLANCE
The Palm Beach Post
Saturday, March 5, 1994
COMPILED BY VICKI MICHAELIS
WHERE: Delray Beach Tennis Center.
WHEN: Through Sunday.
TICKETS: $20 for today's semifinals and $25 for Sunday's final. Call (305) 491-7115 for ticket information.
DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 95 south to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Exit east to N.W. 1st Avenue. Make a left and the main entrance is on the left.
MATCH OF THE DAY
FIFTH-SEEDED Helena Sukova used two service breaks and a near-perfect game to upset No. 3 seed Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 6-4.
``IT'S not that bad what I said, but it's not that good what I said.'' - Steffi Graf , on what she yelled to the chair umpire in the last game of the first set of her 6-2, 6-1 win over Sabine Hack.
``I HAVE the shots. Almost everyone out here has the shots. So it's all mental.'' - Chanda Rubin.
``I HAD chances. But I missed those little shots here and there, those little volleys up at the net. Those shots make all the difference.'' - Gabriela Sabatini.
GRAF, in her 6-2, 6-1 win over Hack, won 12 consecutive points - the last two of the first set and the first 10 of the second set. . . . Graf hit 26 winners; Hack hit four. . . . Sukova broke Sabatini's serve in the fifth game of the first set on a forehand error by Sabatini and in the seventh game of the second set on another forehand error. Those were the only two of seven break-point opportunities that Sukova converted.
IN the middle of Graf's match, her 20th without dropping a set this year, someone in the crowd shouted ``Monica (Seles), please come back!'' . . . Sabatini's exit took away the anticipation of a semifinal showdown with Graf. The two have met twice in the finals of the Florida Slims (1988 and 1991), with Sabatini winning both times. . . . Arantxa Sanchez Vicario has been without her loyal traveling companions, mother Marisa and Yorkshire terrier Roland. The two were scheduled to arrive Friday.
Steffi Graf (1), Germany, def. Sabine Hack (7), Germany, 6-2, 6-1; Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (2), Spain, def. Stephanie Rottier (16), Netherlands, 6-3, 6-2; Chanda Rubin (14), Lafayette, La., def. Natalia Medvedeva (9), Ukraine, 6-4, 6-0; Helena Sukova, (5), Czech Republic, def. Gabriela Sabatini, (3), Argentina, 6-4, 6-4.
Jana Novotna, Czech Republic, and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (1), Spain, def. Jill Hetherington, Canada, and Shaun Stafford (7), Gainesville, 6-4, 6-2.
Amanda Coetzer, South Africa, and Ines Gorrochategui (4), Argentina, def. Elena Likhovtseva, Kazakhstan, and Radka Zrubakova, Slovakia, 6-3, 6-3.
Manon Bollegraf, Netherlands, and Helena Sukova, Czech Republic (2), def. Yayuk Basuki, Indonesia, and Nana Miyagi, Japan, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Lori McNeil, Houston, and Rennae Stubbs, Australia (3), def. Nicole Arendt, Gainesville, and Maja Muric, Croatia, 6-4, 6-2.
NO. 1 Steffi Graf vs. No. 5 Helena Sukova
NO. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario vs. No. 14 Chanda Rubin