Originally Posted by daze11
that is a FACT!!
wow, look at the whole gang back together!! glad i stopped by...i feel like we all just went out for drinks!...
hanafanGA, i'm watching some footage of the complete-early-round-89-uso of evert's matches, and there's a clip of hana winning 7-6 in the 3rd in the first round!! who knew eva pfaff had it in her? hana must've been on the rag.
also guys, i got a 10-min clip of evert on the dave letterman show in 86...he tells her he'd like her to "come back after the show for some hot, moist therapy"...it was clear he thought she was 'available' for dilly-dallying with random men
chris was less convinced that dave letterman was her type, however. he says, 'we're just going to talk, right?' and she says, 'i hope so.'
I think I remember them showing the last point or two in that match with Pfaf. Hana hit a sparkling forehand pass down the line on match point to win but walked back to the chair as if she'd lost the match. I think post-Wimbledon '89, it was setting in on Hana that she'd never be top 5 or a threat to win Wimby again.
But Pfaf could be a tough customer for some of the top players. I think she actually owned a previous win over Hana in 1983. Maybe Carling was right, "Who hasn't beaten Hana?"
Also, I think Pfaf was a formidable doubles player in her day. I think she even partnered Steffi early on for a tourney or two.
And yes, it IS great to see all my old tennis pals again!
P.s. I wish that doc on 86 Prague had shown what Hana did for Martina. I never saw it publicized in any newspaper accounts here or in commentary on our tv stations in the much ballyhooed "Martina's return home." But if Judy Nelson's book was good for nothing else, it was the source that recounted how Hana did (2) extraordinary things on behalf of Martina and also paid homage to Chris.
As captian of the host nation, Hana had to address the crowd at the opening ceremonies where each nation marched into the Revnice Stadium. Hana told the Czech crowd that she was proud for a great champion like Chris Evert to see her homeland and for the Czech people to be able to see her as well.
She then called Martina out by name which made Martina wince. She feared that Hana had just gotten herself into deep trouble because the official stance by the Czechs was to let Martina play but not to publicize her in any way as they had always treated her since the defection. This included putting the US out on a small outer court in the early rounds.
Then, before their much anticipated match, Hana insisted on the umpire introducing Martina by name. When he refused, she threw her racket down and refused to play until he did. Eventually Martina was introduced and the crowd showed its approval.
Of course Hana lost. Chris Evert and others went on to say that the Czech crowd cheered for Martina over Hana. However World Tennis magazine reported it differently. Their article says that the crowd cheered for whichever player hit a good shot. At 5-5 the Czechs then invoked the national cheer on behalf of Hana. But Hana double faulted the set away and the crowd cheered Martina throughout her 6-1 second set win.
Despite this, when leaving the court, Hana put her arm around Martina and they walked off the court together. World Tennis included a picture of that moment.
All of this makes me believe that while Hana's wedding during that tournament was strange to say the least. It wasn't an attempt to take attention away from Martina. It was simply convenient because she was in Prague that week which in those days was a rare trip home.
I just wish that this all had recieved a little more publicity here in the States because it showed a different side to Hana than most Americans got to see of her.