Originally Posted by McAuley
We know about Jana and Arantxa but she also had problems with Helena Sukova and Gigi Fernandez. Helena didn't want to split up their doubles partnership in 1991 because they had won 3 GS titles in 1990. Jana wanted to play with Gigi Fernandez and Helena never spoke to Jana again. During the course of 1991, Gigi and Jana started having problems in their partnership. Gigi is an ad-court player. But so was Jana. Gigi resented having to always be the one playing in the deuce court as it didn't feel natural to her. Jana then dumped Gigi because their good results started to wane and Jana wanted to partner Larisa Neiland, who was partnered with Natasha Zvereva at the time. Larisa broke up with Natasha, saying that they were getting stale together. The truth was, Jana had asked Larisa to play dubs with her and Larisa had said yes before splitting up with Natasha. So Jana and Larisa began 1992 playing doubles with each other. Dumped, sad and partnerless, Gigi and Natasha soon found each other and had the last laugh on their former doubles partners. When Jana realised that Larisa was not going to be too much use to her anymore, she dropped her and teamed with Arantxa instead. After that, Arantxa and Jana teamed with great success and eventually worked out how to stop the seemingly unstoppable Gigi and Natasha combination. Jana and Arantxa then had their own falling out.
Got all that? Phew! I'm not trying to be mean to Jana, but does anyone else think that she causes a lot of problems for herself and other players?
I'm sure Jana did her fair share in these breakups. But such is the life in womens doubles where feelings and egos can be hurt rather easily. But we've got some other rather volatile personalities involved here.
Helena Sukova seems quiet and nice. For all I know, she's really that way. But Helena's had a checkered past with doubles break ups as well. The bad thing about Helena is that she likes to go to the press with things and cause problems for other people. She did this with Hana back when their homeland was still communist controlled which caused Hana problems with the tennis federation (conveniently headed by Helena's father) and problems with Czech fans when they read Helena's side (only) in the paper. Eventually she did this with Jana as well prompting Hana to fly to Prague and show up at Helena's press conference. In other words, Helena was a tattle tale.
Gigi could be such a fun doubles partner. You never know what to expect with her as she could do anything. But she wasn't an easy person to be around over the long haul. Gigi could win any tournament with any player and that's a credit to her. But not everyone can sustain a partnership with her. Sunny, nice and fun loving could turn to seething anger that would make a volcano look tame in under 60 seconds. If Jana had teamed with Gigi later in her career, they may have had a shot. But in the early 90's, they were too much alike.
I don't know anything about Larissa. But Jana's plan to snatch Larissa from Natasha didn't work out so well. They were good, but Gigi finally found the one person who could stand her long enough and could compliment her well enough to fulfill her doubles destiny......Natasha. In the end, everyone got their just desserts as Gigi and Natasha filled up their trophy case.
Aranxta and Jana seemed like an adventurous team full of fun. And they were for a while. They finally knocked Gigi and Natasha off their pedastal but at a cost. Less than two years into the partnership, feelings were hurt. Jana was mired in a long losing streak to Aranxta. And it didn't help matters when Aranxta tried to play linesperson (which annoyed everyone). This time, it was Jana who said something to the press instead of saying something directly to Aranxta which caused even more hurt feelings.
Lindsey and Jana seemed to have fun their one year together. But it wasn't an overly successful partnership. So along came Martina Hingis who Jana still says she enjoyed playing with more than anyone. But young Martina could sense Jana putting one foot into retirement and dumped her faster than a trick through a medicine cabinet. Then she had the gall to tell the world that Jana was "too old."
So I'm sure Jana gave as good as she got. But womens doubles partnerships and relationships in the 90's were a mine field of estrogen, pride, and pure b*tchery to say the least. But wasn't it fun? :-)