Ranking after the 1985 Australian Open
I remember Navratilova sealing the #1 ranking for 1985 by beating Mandlikova in the semis and Evert in the final at the Australian that year. Would Evert have stayed #1 on the computer if she had retained her title? What would the official rankings have been had Mandlikova repeated her US Open wins over the Big Two at Kooyong? A "World Tennis" recap implied that Hana would have been #1 but I'm not quite sure if they meant #1 on the computer or #1 "in the public eye".
Does anyone remember what was at stake leading up to the final event of the year?
Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)
"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)