Yeah, I guess u r right - Gaby was 2 points away from the title (was she serving at 6-5, 30-all when Stef ran down her volleys and finally hit a backhand winner??), but I do think any loss againts anyone after leading 6-1, 5-1 (which was Gaby's case vs MJ) could be the most devastating. Anyway...
As for MJF being a part of the "old-timers" tour - I guess some of us have different perception of her because she was pretty bad in terms of her comments for Stef when she was doing some commentating later on, although throughout their career, they seemed to be good friends (they always kissed each other's cheeks after every match). Seems like sour grapes for never winning any of her 17 matches against Stef!
Yes, I've heard people state before, how Mary Joe has made some disparaging comments regarding Steffi during the broadcasts. I can tell you, whenever I watched a match that Mary Joe was broadcasting, I never remembered her saying anything negative towards Steffi. Perhaps she did, and I just missed it. Can you recall anything specific Mary Joe said concerning Steffi?.
But it's the old saying, you can't please everyone all of the time. Even if Mary Joe did make some negative comments about Steffi, I'm not sure that should prevent Mary Joe from participating in an "old-timers tour". How do you feel about MJ's participation?.
And if I recall right, didn't Sabatini make some negative comments regarding Steffi in the early '90's?. I'm not absolutely sure, but I think it happened in the middle of Sabatini's win streak over Steffi?. After one of Steffi's losses, a reporter asked Sabatini what was wrong with Steffi's game. If memory serves me right, I believe Sabatini replied Steffi was losing her confidence to be the world number 1 ranked player?. Do you remember Sabatini making this comment?. Again, I'm not positive about the details, but I'm sure someone like djul14 or Irma could confirm exactly what Sabatini said?.
To conclude, even though Mary Joe and Sabatini may have been guilty of making less than flattering comments about Steffi, I just don't believe it's enough to ban them from participating with Steffi in an old-timers tour. But I'm guessing you and djul14 see it different?.