Originally Posted by alfajeffster
I'm beginning to wonder if you really do play tennis, or just have a bedroom plastered with Steffi pictures that you wake up to every morning. Navratilova a carbon-copy of Edberg? For starters, their serves were nothing at all alike, almost as different as their forehands and backhands, and they volleyed totally differently as well. The only similarity in their games could possibly be the backhand chip approach, but I'd compare Marti's chip with Billie Jean King's before I'd say it was a carbon copy of Edberg's. The big difference in their game is that backhand wing- Stefan could and did hit the topspin and flat drive backhands equally as well- Navratilova did not, and when pressed sometimes missed backhand passing shots.
Steffi Graf's serve, forehand, and backhand were all hit very flat, and methodically. There was very little stroke variation or variety in her game- it was one of the most one-dimensional and singular games in the history of tennis. Yes, her footwork is possibly the best ever- a joy to watch even to this day on video, but as for her game being the most fluent, graceful, and feminine ever- are you kidding? Reality check. Breathe deep, hold for two, exhale for two, repeat.
I started playing tennis about the same time as Steffi. I played yesterday, I'll play tomorrow morning.
No, my bedroom is not plastered with Steffi pictures, never was.
Navratilova did nothing in tennis a male player could not do better.
Why watch Navratilova when I could watch Edberg?
She played very one-dimensional. Serve & volley, always coming in.
Graf constructed points. It was like chess ....
And I like her fluent movements on the court. She didn't run, she just glided over the court in Michael-Jackson style. A dancer, poetry in motion, as another poster said. Navratilova worked tennis, Graf seemed effortless in comparison.