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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 08:43 PM   #31
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In 1991 Steffi played Patricia Hy from Canada and Steffi was in so much pain on her shoulder that she couldn't slice her backhand anymore and played double handed in the third set. Steffi won the set 6:2 (if I remember well) but was forced to cancell the rest of the tournament (and Toronto and Washington). Apparently the problems started because she had tried new raquets.
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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #32
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Of course!! ... But, not only this. After every goal of the Seleção I went outside in front of the house, screaming "Goooooooooooooooooooooooooool do Braziiiiiiiiiiiiiiillll" and dancing a wild Samba for some minutes.

Naw, just kidding ... but, no kidding now, I remember very well that I threw something to the TV during that grim match vs. Italy when the Seleção had a good chance for a goal but missed. I can't remember what exactly it was that I threw, but I guess that it wasn't something heavy or hard because the TV had no damage thereafter.
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In 1991 Steffi played Patricia Hy from Canada and Steffi was in so much pain on her shoulder that she couldn't slice her backhand anymore and played double handed in the third set. Steffi won the set 6:2 (if I remember well) but was forced to cancell the rest of the tournament (and Toronto and Washington). Apparently the problems started because she had tried new raquets.
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Old Feb 7th, 2010, 10:55 AM   #35
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Steffi's fed cup career started in 1986 in czechoslowakia but she broke her toe when she got a sunshade(?) on her foot while running to fast
I don't think she played in 1988 due to her full schedule with the olympics and all.
She played in 1989 in Tokio (quarterfinal)
In 1990 she was injured (surgery)
In 1991 (Birmingham) she retired during the tournament with a shoulderinjury
In 1993 (Frankfurt) she lost to Nicole Provis and the whole Germany media called a betrayer because Peter Graf was carrying all the startmoney in bags so they claimed she lost on purpose because the money was in the house (Steffi blamed her loss on her shoulder)
In 1994 she refused to play see above (well she played Mahwah which wasn't that smart because she bashed Monica for doing that in 1991)
In 1995 she didn't play either
In 1996 she also played against Austria

That was the last time because the other years she was either injured and also mad at the German tennis association because they didn't treat her with the respect she deserved. Becker and Stich got a contract with money and Steffi didn't (well something like that)
The love was over for good.
Maybe she went to play Mahwah just to make sure the Federation knew she could play but didn't want to play for them. How could anyone possibly suspect she would ever lose on purpose? Then, knowing the german media, I don't know how real the stories about Peter Graf are. I remember I read something about that story of the german federation giving all for Boris and Stich. She said something, but I think she was offended by the fact they would have done and give everything to have them playing,but they didn't seem to care about her and the women in general.
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"Roger Federer and Steffi Graf were named as the top male and female sports role models respectively in a survey of 1,500 people run by Barclays - sponsors of the English Premier League."

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http://www.examiner.com/x-23531-Oakl...dels-poll-says
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Old Feb 8th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #37
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Maybe she went to play Mahwah just to make sure the Federation knew she could play but didn't want to play for them. How could anyone possibly suspect she would ever lose on purpose? Then, knowing the german media, I don't know how real the stories about Peter Graf are. I remember I read something about that story of the german federation giving all for Boris and Stich. She said something, but I think she was offended by the fact they would have done and give everything to have them playing,but they didn't seem to care about her and the women in general.
I thought it was very rude from the German media especially since Steffi had never lost a fed cup singles match before. Of course it was a strange loss, maybe the strangest loss of her career, because it really came out of nothing but still it was low imho


Now I wonder if it was really her strangest loss, maybe the only match that compares was masters 1992 but but at least Lori McNeil often made life tough for her (before and of course after) and Steffi clearly overplayed herself that fall (4 tournaments and an exhibition tournament)
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THANKS to Bia and Seleçao for their links.

And about the fed cup defeat and the German media being rude, well, nothing new, lol.
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Old Feb 8th, 2010, 08:17 PM   #39
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I thought it was very rude from the German media especially since Steffi had never lost a fed cup singles match before. Of course it was a strange loss, maybe the strangest loss of her career, because it really came out of nothing but still it was low imho


Now I wonder if it was really her strangest loss, maybe the only match that compares was masters 1992 but but at least Lori McNeil often made life tough for her (before and of course after) and Steffi clearly overplayed herself that fall (4 tournaments and an exhibition tournament)
Unfortunately I have never seen that match, I couldn't see german TV back then and Italian Tv didn't show it, of course. But I know there have been matches where Steffi's head wasn't totally in, sometimes she just got nervous apparently with no reason.
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"Roger Federer and Steffi Graf were named as the top male and female sports role models respectively in a survey of 1,500 people run by Barclays - sponsors of the English Premier League."

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http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/080220...odel-list.html

http://www.examiner.com/x-23531-Oakl...dels-poll-says
thanks for the good news Seleção82, We should celebrate.for me steffi and sampras (i'm not a fan of him)are better rolemodels than federer
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Old Feb 9th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #41
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Sampras? He strikes me as the shallowest and most self-absorbed type of person - great tennis player though (being shallow and self absorbed probably very useful in that regard...).
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Old Feb 9th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #42
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I think Steffi and Roger are a fair pick!
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Andre Agassi, Carlos Santana and Steffi Graff backstage in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel on Feb. 6, 2010.

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"Roger Federer and Steffi Graf were named as the top male and female sports role models respectively in a survey of 1,500 people run by Barclays - sponsors of the English Premier League."

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http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/080220...odel-list.html

http://www.examiner.com/x-23531-Oakl...dels-poll-says
I just saw that on a brazilian newspaper! Cool!
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I just saw that on a brazilian newspaper! Cool!
can you translate that article to english with a scan of original article?
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