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Old May 3rd, 2011, 07:36 PM   #1
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Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

I thought this might be an interesting topic based on a discussion I was having in the main section. Obviously as it turned out Novotna ended up having a better career on grass than Seles. However without the stabbing who would have turned out to be the better grass courter- Seles or Novotna. I would definitely say Seles. She had already reached a Wimbledon final at 18 while Novotna in her mid 20s was still floundering at that point and only began to flourish on grass once Seles was out, Sabatini and the already aging Navratilova went into decline, and Capriati burnt out and went on hiatus. Novotna won a Wimbledon, but without the stabbing Seles probably would have matched her with atleast 1 Wimbledon with an outside shot of winning 2, and probably eclipsed her overall record on the surface.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 04:04 AM   #2
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

Who can win,if the final between Novotna & Seles instead of Novotna versus Nathalie in 1998 Wimbledon final?
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

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Who can win,if the final between Novotna & Seles instead of Novotna versus Nathalie in 1998 Wimbledon final?
The Seles of 1998 then Novotna for sure. The Seles of 92 would probably win though since Jana as always played a subpar final.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

If Jana had played Monica in that final instead of Tauziat, I think that even though Jana maybe ought to have won it on grass that Monica would have found a way in the final, I don't think she would have allowed the chance to pass and I'm not sure if Jana would have had it in her to hold her off at the crux. I'm glad Jana did get her title in the end though.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

If Seles wasn't stabbed, she would've won Wimbledon 1993 and there wouldn't have any crying on Duchess shoulders. And we wouldn't be having this discussion. End of.

You don't reach a Wimbledon final at 18 and pick up 8 out of the last 12 slams and disappear off the face of the Earth. Anyone who denies this is delusional.
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If Jana had played Monica in that final instead of Tauziat, I think that even though Jana maybe ought to have won it on grass that Monica would have found a way in the final, I don't think she would have allowed the chance to pass and I'm not sure if Jana would have had it in her to hold her off at the crux. I'm glad Jana did get her title in the end though.
You could be right. Jana found Seles a fairly easy matchup for her by 98 though, she had won nearly all their meetings from 96-98 including some on clay, without even playing on her own favorite surfaces. Then again if she played as badly as she did against Tauziat then Seles would have a chance perhaps.

On another note in 98 Seles got the fittest she had since her return at the French then blew up like a blimp again gradually from there. Gavin Hopper her new coach and fitness guru left her in disgust after the U.S open.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

Novotna would still have been the better on grass BUT Monica would have made Jana play for every point and therefore in turn Novotna's nerves at that time would have got the better of her.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

Tough to say. Unstabbed Monica--would she have kept up her level and for how long? She could have been chronically injured, burned out, etc. by 96 or 97 and been inconsistent, crappy unmotivated, or continued to win multiple slams a year for a long time. Either way, Graf would have been still her biggest obstacle at Wimbledon. I think unstabbed version either way wins one or maybe two, 1994 being pretty wide open for her, if still healthy and focused, chances more in the late 90s with Steffi injured or below her best. I think Jana still eeks one out with again a few open years in the late 90s. So I say they are even! Interesting topic.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

[quote=Helen Lawson;19503905]Tough to say. Unstabbed Monica--would she have kept up her level and for how long? She could have been chronically injured, burned out, etc. by 96 or 97 and been inconsistent, crappy unmotivated, or continued to win multiple slams a year for a long time.

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Hey, hon! I got married and moved to Ft Lauderdale. No, I have not seen Chrissie about, but there is a local realtor named Chris Evert who looks nothing like the tennis legend based on the photo on her signs. Aside from this, just trying to survive and frequenting seedy bars in Wilton Manors.

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Speaking of Blanche, if you go to findadeath.com, there is a message board, you must look for it. In the message board, there is a Joan Crawford thread and one of the last posts has a later picture of her sitting on her plastic-covered couch and on the coffeetable before rests a freestanding crucifix, her Oscar, and a Pepsi bottle. Behind her on the wall, what else, a huge portrait. And it's not of Bette Davis.

How the he'll have you been, hon?
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

Novotna obviously. Classic S&V game > ball bashing from the baseline on 90's grass. We all seen what happened to prime Seles in her fluke Wimbledon final.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

Even if Jana, whose game I loved so much, was a natural grass court player and Seles wasn't, if someone remembers vividly the extent of her domination against any rival in her prime years, losing just rarely to the very top echelon, must probably have the feeling that Mónica would have taken a Wimbledon title some time, not against Steffi probably but 1994 would have been a nice shot. Had she had to face Jana in the 1993 SFs for instance (being 1 and 2 they would have probably been in opposite sides of the draw with Steffi), Mónica would have dominated Jana on grass even with Novotna'f form; Mónica was a TREMENDOUS competitor back then, and the fact that only Graf could manage to beat her on a Slam between 1991 and 1993 is a testament to her ferocious drive to win. You don't only need to be a great player to win Slams against these GOATS, it takes something more.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

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Even if Jana, whose game I loved so much, was a natural grass court player and Seles wasn't, if someone remembers vividly the extent of her domination against any rival in her prime years, losing just rarely to the very top echelon, must probably have the feeling that Mónica would have taken a Wimbledon title some time, not against Steffi probably but 1994 would have been a nice shot. Had she had to face Jana in the 1993 SFs for instance (being 1 and 2 they would have probably been in opposite sides of the draw with Steffi), Mónica would have dominated Jana on grass even with Novotna'f form; Mónica was a TREMENDOUS competitor back then, and the fact that only Graf could manage to beat her on a Slam between 1991 and 1993 is a testament to her ferocious drive to win. You don't only need to be a great player to win Slams against these GOATS, it takes something more.

As much as I admired Jana's game, which was perfectly suited for grass, at some point Monica would have gained the upper hand. The main difference for me being Monica's unbreakable will, where failure was not an option.

Make no mistake, when Jana was on her game, she could produce some amazing tennis. And at 1993 Wimbledon, Jana was on her game, beating Sabatini in the quarters, Martina in the semis, and nearly beat Steffi in the final. Even with results as good as those, the fact Monica wasn't around made all the difference.

As Gabybackhand has previously pointed out, the perfect testament to Monica's greatness was her '92 French Semi against Sabatini. In the 3rd set, Sabatini elevated her game to an unbelievable level, and it still wasn't good enough to beat Monica. With that in mind, my conclusion is Monica would have dominated Jana on grass, not so much with her game, but with her mind instead.
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Re: Without stabbing- who would have been better on grass Novotna or Seles?

That's exactly my point. Bear in mind that to reach her Wimbledon final, Mónica defeated no less than Navratilova, who might have been aging, but was still a force especially on faster courts and had an special aura at SW 19. Martina lost to Jana in 1993 but beat her in 1994, so her prowess on grass earlier in 1992 is not something to dismiss, and it's another indicator of what Seles was capable of on grass.
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