Originally Posted by Andy T
3) How long did the diminishing returns system ued in the early-mid 80s last?
Originally Posted by hanafan
3)till start of '84.
Are you sure about this, hanafan. In her book, "Passing Shots", Pam Shriver talks about WTA meetings where they discussed doing away with the diminishing returns system sometime in mid-1985. I also posted a "World Tennis" article that mentioned the diminishing returns system as having been in place in 1985. It's all very confusing, isn't it?
Andy T, I once asked Bud Collins some of the same questions about the ranking system, and he directed me to the WTA rankings guru. Unfortunately, she didn't respond to any of my e-mails -- she probably doesn't have the time or the inclination (or both) to answer tedious e-mails from people who care about the minutiae of the WTA and its history.
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)