i must admit...i never saw the 85 us open sf...i often get a sense of which losses are worth seeing and which ones are not, and i am almost always spot on in this instinct. if chrissie losses and she goes down dignified with fine shotmaking and is simply outplayed on any given day, i still enjoy it.
the 85 us open always was a red flag to me...'don't bother' was my instinct. then i traded for a copy of that match a few weeks ago and yet my instinct was so strong that i didnt bother watching. then, someone sent me (unasked for) a mint copy that had a great jennifer capriati feature from when she was 8 years old!! so i kept watching as the match came on...
now FINALLY ...i have seen that 85 us open semi...
the 86 wimbledon sf is one thing; they both play well and hana wins. i have no problem with that. great match. there's no shame in losing to hana when she's really on, no matter WHO you are. and it can be a pleasure to watch. but this
...dont take this the wrong way, i know how much hana's win meant to her, and by winning the title, women's tennis... and hana played very well and consistent and thoughtfully...but i have never seen chris play worse and still win.
and i cannot explain why she played so poorly. i have seen her confronted by so many scenerios in so many circumstances, but this one i couldnt begin to identify the causes of her swift deterioration. she really wasnt under that much pressure except for her own inability to execute what were, for her, basic shots...sprayed feet long or right into the center of the net...over and over: passing shots, returns of serve, short approaches, and even medium paced groundies from the back of the court.
the only match i ever watched chris play where i sat cringing, just waiting for the next aggregious error, was her dreadful 89 golarsa nightmare...and thats how it was with this one; i just thought, each time she struck the ball, 'cringe' she's gonna hit it out or into the net again.
i always thought chris must've felt better about the loss considering hana followed it up with a win over martina to solidify the #1/#2 overthrowing, but watching this, i do not think she would be consoled. she must've been furious at herself.
anyone have an insight into this one?? (HanafanGA, please dont hate me!
hana deserves a load of praise for her play
...and lord knows hana played well beneath her potential on many many big occasions against chris in previous meetings!) but chris blew wind in that match.
suffice it to say, this one will NOT make chris' match memories book! ...which you have all WOEFULLY neglected to participate in, BTW.