Hi fellow Martina fans!
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Hey right back, Phil!
BTW-I'm not sure if Zummi is interested in adding Martina's results before 1973-but if he is can you let him know about the Sofia result? He also has the incorrect score for 1 match in the 1983 Family Circle Cup. Martina won 7-6 4-6 6-4 -I think Zummi has a 6-2 score for the last set.
Thanks, Rollo. I already had the Sofia result - it's in the "Juniors" section. Martina also won the under-18 title at this event over Hana Hublerova.
Btw, I had the East German doubles final opponents as Bettina Borkert
and Veronica Koch.
And yes, I got the 1983 Hilton Head Island quarterfinal score wrong. That was a typo. Not sure when I'll get around to updating it - it's been over 12 years since I last updated that section.
Martina did play against Maleeva-Mama.
I don't know what kind of match, but I remember that Martina stated at the summer of 1994 when she was still active and played in Bulgaria against Manuela an exhibition, that: "I played about 30 years ago against Manuela's mom, now I play against Manuela who is already retired, so I have to retire sometime."
You are correct, Tom. Martina played (and beat) Yulia Berberian in Sofia in 1970. Yulia was 26 years old at the time, Martina was 14 (possibly 13).
Reminiscing in 1992 at the U.S. Open, Martina said, "I didn't beat her badly. She managed to have three daughters after that."
In reality, Yulia was already a mother of two at the time.
Yulia remembered their match like this: "She was 14 and I was 26. And at that age, 14, she was the most awesome player you could imagine, doing everything with the ball. She was a tall girl. Very skinny. And at that time, she had a boyish build."
Strangely some anniversaries concerning her defection have gone unnoticed. Last year at the US Open it was 35 years ago that Martina defected.
July 1981 Martina got her American passport after having been a person without a country for six years that is 30 years ago. Strange that the first two Wimbledon titles of Martina were won as a stateless person.
It's funny - I had forgotten about this anniversary. Receiving the Ellis Island award this year must have been all the more poignant for her.