I really like Jausovec too... She had a good carrer and reached a career high of 6, but her ranking went up and down like a yoyo. She actually beat Martina at Wimbledon as well back in 1974, when Martina was still unseeded but already beginning to show signs as a top player.
Jausovec burst through the pack in 1976 when she reached the semi's of the US Open beating 4th seed Virginia Wade on route and ended the year in the top 10, she then played the indoor Virginia Slims circuit in the spring of 1977 where she qualified for the finals as one of the top 8. She then won the French Open as the top seed that year (she was ranked 9th at the time) - only one other top 20 player played as everyone else was at Team Tennis.
She didn’t do much else in 1977, and remained just outside the top 10 again in 1978 when she was runner-up to Ruzici at the French and reached the quarters at Wimbledon. She then slumped in 1979 and early 1980 falling out of the top 20 and putting on some weight, but turned it around by reaching the US Open quarters unseeded in 1980 (this time on hard-courts).
She then built on that reaching the semi’s of the Australian Open later in 1980 to end the year back in the top 20. She beat 2nd seed and Wimbledon Champion Evonne Goolagong in the 2nd round of the Australian that year 6-2,4-6,6-4 for one of her biggest victories – it was Evonne’s last match before the birth of her second child. The following week she lost 6-2,3-6,7-6 to Martina Navratilova on GRASS at Sydney – almost another huge victory.
That started the second stage of her career as she hit her best form in 1981 and 82 being well inside the top 10 for both years. Having been known as a clay-court expert up until then, she started having her best results across other surfaces. She qualified for the top 8 finals of the Avon Circuit in both 1981 and 1982 – she even finished 2nd in the points standing in the 1982 series, making her the 2nd seed for the Championships at Madison Square Garden – she reached her career high of 6 then.
She defeated 5th seed Andrea Jaeger at Wimbledon to reach the quarters in 1981 having also reached the quarters at the French, and reached the finals in Boston and Brighton to end the year comfortably in the top 10. She also qualified for the top 8 season ending championships that year as well as the Avon Circuit finals.
As I said, she started 82 with a bang finishing 2nd in the Avon Circuit – winning Los Angeles and being runner-up in Detroit and Dallas.
She then continued her great record against Martina by stretching her to 3 sets in the semi’s of the Hilton Head and Orlando a few weeks later - once again going down in a final set tie-break to her in Orlando after having had match-points (Martina was Number One at this point).
But having reached the top 6 in the spring of 82, when she was so close to hitting the top 5, everything seemed to fall apart and she didn’t do much else that year – even losing 6-0,6-0 to Martina later on in the year in Filderstadt. She ended the year just outside the top 10 based on her Avon and spring results.
1983 continued in the same way as she barely won a match early in the season winning only 5 of 12 matches and not even reaching a quarter-final. She had dropped out of the top 30 by the French Open and most people had thought that her career was over… But in an upset plagued top half of the draw at the French Open she re-discovered some form at the scene of her greatest triumph. She defeated 6th seed Silvia Hanika in the 2nd round and pushed through to the quarters unseeded. There she met Kathy Horvath who had just posted one of the biggest upsets of all time by beating top seed Martina in the previous round (Martina’s only loss of the year). Kathy naturally suffered a let-down and got killed by Mima 6-1,6-1. That took her through to a surprise semi-final against fellow unseeded Jo Durie (the attacking grass court lover from the UK). Jo had been in great form having beaten 4th seed Austin and 5th seed Shriver, and built up a lead against Mima before choking – Mima’s Grand Slam experience got her through to her 3rd Grand Slam final 3-6,7-5,6-2. There she had to play the might Every on clay and lost 6-1,6-2.
That was her career swan-song… Instead of returning to her top 10 form, it seemed to just be a miracle tournament for her as she continued to slide – not reaching another quarter-final until the summer of 1985 (over 2 years later) at a small event in Bregenz, Austria. She officially retired after the Athens event in 1988 after a long 15 year career.
She also led Yugoslavia to the semi’s of the Fed Cup in 1984.
It was a very under-rated career as most people ignore her French run’s in 1977 and 1978 because of the weak entries. She was the top seed each year – but she still had to win 6 matches each year to reach the final!!!
I think the highlight of her career was probably the French final of 1983, but also finishing 2nd on the Avon Circuit in 1982 – Indoors… a great achievement for a so-called clay courter… :-)