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I am assuming it was part of the same event, but last year the exo was a mixed doubles event, Mandlikova /Lendl vs. Novotna /Mecir.

The last article that I read about Jana's life today was about 12 years ago. It said that she was living in Virginia enjoying being a simple homeowner. She loved doing mundane things like ironing, vacuuming, and grocery shopping. I wonder how long that lasted?

But it did illustrate how travelling the tour for so many years makes some players crave normalcy.

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I am assuming it was part of the same event, but last year the exo was a mixed doubles event, Mandlikova /Lendl vs. Novotna /Mecir.

The last article that I read about Jana's life today was about 12 years ago. It said that she was living in Virginia enjoying being a simple homeowner. She loved doing mundane things like ironing, vacuuming, and grocery shopping. I wonder how long that lasted?

But it did illustrate how travelling the tour for so many years makes some players crave normalcy.
Well didn't she manage the Luxembourg tournament for quite a while? Also, she was coaching Marion Bartoli for a short period of time, wasn't she? Don't know what she has been up to.

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Happy birthday Jana!
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I just came across a Czech-language upload of the end of Jana's 1996 Olympic match against Arantxa plus the end of the doubles SF tiebreak. I thought of Jana's career and thought of how she was relatively close to being a multiple Wimbledon singles titleist. Her biggest obstacle, as always, was Steffi Graf, although some would say it was her nerves. 1993? Finalist to Steffi. 1994? One set away from beating Martina. 1995? close SF against Steffi. 1996? Blown away, but a fairly clear favorite to win if she'd beaten Steffi in the QF. 1997? One set away from the title. Even in 1999, I saw her play well in round one (live), and she only went out to her nemesis of sorts, the eventual winner Lindsay Davenport.

It would be great to see more of her tennis online, but I rarely find new footage. If anyone has matches to upload or knows where to find some outside of YouTube, please share :-).
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Jana played brilliantly in Australia in 1991 beating Steffi, then Arantxa and losing to Monica in three in the final. Picked on Steffi's backhand enormously in that QF but constant net rushing and was able to successfully sustain that tactic against Monica for a good part of the final.


The 1988 Brisbane tournament was when Australian's got to see her in full flight, by reaching the final and losing to Shriver in two tiebreaks IIRC. The slice was always there, but at that stage her forehand could be a devastating shot. As her career progressed the forehand became more disciplined but less destructive which I thought hurt her across her career in that she never had that huge weapon off the ground.
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Jana played brilliantly in Australia in 1991 beating Steffi, then Arantxa and losing to Monica in three in the final. Picked on Steffi's backhand enormously in that QF but constant net rushing and was able to successfully sustain that tactic against Monica for a good part of the final.


The 1988 Brisbane tournament was when Australian's got to see her in full flight, by reaching the final and losing to Shriver in two tiebreaks IIRC. The slice was always there, but at that stage her forehand could be a devastating shot. As her career progressed the forehand became more disciplined but less destructive which I thought hurt her across her career in that she never had that huge weapon off the ground.

Great point about Jana's forehand. I felt the same way about her serve as well. She was really cracking both serves in 1993. But I never saw her serve so big again after that.

It seemed as if the plan from 1994 forward was to sacrifice some of the flash and aggression for consistency. In fact, after 1993, it's hard to even refer to Jana as a serve and volley player. She rarely serve and volleyed even on grass after that. Far different from how she approached Wimbledon 1993.

The results speak for themselves, though. Eventually, she started having fewer and fewer bad losses which helped her get her ranking up. Winning more and losing less helped her with her confidence. It also seemed to help her to relax more on the court.

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Great point about Jana's forehand. I felt the same way about her serve as well. She was really cracking both serves in 1993. But I never saw her serve so big again after that.

She had that unusual grip on the forehand too, where the forefinger sits straight up the racquet grip, inside of wrapped around the grip with other fingers. Bit of a throwback to early-mid 1900's, but effective nonetheless for Jana.
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She had that unusual grip on the forehand too, where the forefinger sits straight up the racquet grip, inside of wrapped around the grip with other fingers. Bit of a throwback to early-mid 1900's, but effective nonetheless for Jana.
I wondered what produced that funny looking shot!

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She had that unusual grip on the forehand too, where the forefinger sits straight up the racquet grip, inside of wrapped around the grip with other fingers. Bit of a throwback to early-mid 1900's, but effective nonetheless for Jana.

Jana is credited for being one of the great volleyers, and rightfully so. But this is despite the fact that she could not hit a forehand volley down the line. I think it had to do with the straightness of her arm on the volley. She could only go cross court or up the middle on it.

I was always surprised that more players didn't pick up on that and take advantage it positionally. Likewise with her lack of a topspin backhand. She was limited to a slice, a chip, a dink, and a lob on that side. Yet, few players forced her to deal with that.

I do remember seeing her rip a successful topspin pass against Martina in the 93 Wimbledon semis. Her play from the QF on at that tournament was truly brilliant. Well, until 4-1 in the last set of the final, that is.

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[QUOTE But this is despite the fact that she could not hit a forehand volley down the line. I think it had to do with the straightness of her arm on the volley. She could only go cross court or up the middle on it. ][/QUOTE]

Interesting. Now I will be looking for that the next time I see one of her matches. Very observant HanaFan!
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[QUOTE But this is despite the fact that she could not hit a forehand volley down the line. I think it had to do with the straightness of her arm on the volley. She could only go cross court or up the middle on it. ]
Interesting. Now I will be looking for that the next time I see one of her matches. Very observant HanaFan![/QUOTE]

Do! I always found it so odd because I couldn't think of another player with that deficiency. Otherwise, her volleys and net coverage were so good.

What she could do was sort of like how Zina Garrison used to volley. If she was towards the middle of the net, she could hit the short angle to the righty's backhand. Not a true down the line, but it could get the job done.

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