For you Jem
A little on Mima from the book "Inside Tennis", by Peter Bodo. I REALLY give this book a "thumbs up". It covers the 1978 season, with in depth looks at Evert, Navratilova, King, Goolagong, Austin, Shriver, Wade, Ruzici, Borg, Connors, etc.
The author knows the game and it's full of stunning pics, some in color.
On Mima. Bodo calls her "one of the most affable women on tour". She and best friend Virginia Ruzici had to play each other in the 1978 French final. This was th ematch Richard Williams says inspired him to pick a tennis career for his daughter afte rhaering the winner got $35,000. "Ruzici is pounding her extraordinary forehand all over the court, swarming over the ball with her aggressive, spidery style. " At 5'3'' poor Mima is run into the ground. A close(but clearly out) line call comes in the second set. "Jausovec looks at Ruzici, but if her friend has any feelings about the ball, she keps them to herself. Jausovec just shrugs and walks to the baseline to recieve serve. The match is all but over. The contested point and Ruzici's failure to respond have left Jausovec hurt and bewildered. She loses 6-2 6-2."
It gets messy playing a friend.
There's a funny description of a Durr match at Eastbourne. 35 year old Durr tries all her tricks, but her opponent is also a vet. Francoise Durr's on court monologues are something else.
After a dropshot doesn't bounce on the grass. "I can see why tennis is dying here".
"Oh fuck it anyway! I don't know why I'm here. Chrees Evert will win this tournament for sure!"
After another bad bounce."Oh, give a good bounce, fucking English!".
On match point. "I never like grass".
But when she loses, Durr leaves the court smiling. Crowds loved her despite all her antics