Mike LOL I don't think I have the expertise to provide insight on all the questions you ask and so maybe some other Steffi fans can jump in to share their input. But I'll try to share my own thoughts:
re: Sabatini saying Steffi was losing confidence, I personally don't think it was meant to diss Steffi. I think it was just a fair assessmnet of Graf's game. Tennis fans were surely thinking and discussing Steffi's slump in the early 90s. I find it to be a similar comment given by someone who wins a match against an opponent who played poorly - sometimes you hear winning players say their opponents didn't play well and they were able to capitalize. I don't it's meant to disrespect the opponent.
re: Jana being consoled by Steffi after Wimbledon 93, I am not certain but I vaguely recall reading or hearing Steffi say something about feeling bad for Jana because she could understand what Jana must've been going through to lose like that. I wouldn't be surprised if Steffi tried to offer Jana some consolation, but probably not a lot either because I am sure Jana wouldn't have wanted to get the consolation from the person who defeated her, and I'm sure Steffi knew that.
re: Jana in Steffi's tour, I am not sure. I know that Steffi played some matches against Kimiko Date in Japan (I was lucky enough to watch one of their exhibition matches - it was played after the singles and doubles finals in the Toray Pan Pacific Open!). Steffi also played Jelena Dokic in New Zealand. Maybe someone else can offer more info on other exhibitions Steffi played.
re: the relationship between Steffi and Jana, I have no idea either. But I don't think there is any bad blood between the two of them and I would guess that if they ran into each other, there would be good words shared between them.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and answering some of my questions. It was nice to hear your perspective on Steffi, and I appreciate your insight. That's pretty cool you got to see Steffi play Kimiko Date in an exhibition, as Kimiko was always one of my faves(after Steffi of course). By the way, did Steffi beat Kimiko?. How did both of them play?.
XTN, I was hoping to get your thoughts on a couple of Steffi's matches: the 1991 Wimbledon Final against Gabriela Sabatini, and the 1993 Wimbledon Final against Jana Novotna. I was a little young at the time those 2 matches were played, so my memory may be faulty. I would be grateful if you could provide some details, and answer some questions I have concerning those 2 matches.
In the '91 Wimbledon Final against Sabatini, what turned the match in Steffi's favor?. Is it true Sabatini served twice for the championship, but she was trying to spin in 60 mph serves, which Steffi pounced on?. If I remember right, Sabatini actually held a match point?. Is that true?. In your opinion, did Sabatini choke in that match, or did Steffi simply outplay Sabatini at the end?.
In the '93 Wimbledon Final against Jana, how badly did Jana choke?. In your opinion, was Steffi forcing Jana into unforced errors?. I believe Jana was something like 3 points from potential victory?. Is this true?. Also, didn't Jana actually serve for the title?.
Maybe Sabatini and Jana choked against Steffi, but Steffi had something to do with it. In other words, Steffi never seems to get enough credit for winning those 2 matches(IMO). How do you see it?.
Lastly, in your opinion, was Jana's choke worse than Sabatini's?. Or do you believe Sabatini choked worse than Jana?. And how do you draw your conclusion?.
Once again, I appreciate your time, and look forward to whatever insight you can provide on those questions?. Thank you, and have a great day!.