Originally Posted by seabreeze
I'm not so sure about that! Remember Gaby actually BEAT Steffi with a serve that was,imo,worse than Elena's!!
I think those spin mushroom serves are difficult to return...otherwise more players past and present would take advantage.
I think Sabatini's serve was a lot better than Dementieva's. For one, Gaby was much smarter about placement, and more importantly, she made very good use of spin unlike Dementieva. And don't forget that Sabatini's first serve wasn't too bad; it was her second serve that was a sitting duck. Sabatini did not
beat Graf by slicing every serve to Graf's forehand -- that would have been suicidal
I think Graf would have murdered Dementieva's slice serves to her forehand. And I don't even want to think about what Seles would have done to them
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)
Last edited by samn; Sep 11th, 2004 at 06:07 AM.