Originally Posted by justineheninfan
It is intersting to wonder if Jana had won this match if she would have been a 3 or 4 slam winner. She probably would not have choked away the 93 Wimbledon final to Graf at the end if she had already won a slam, and maybe won the 97 Wimbledon final with Hingis too.
The ironic thing is this was probably her best ever chance at a hard court slam. She was sort of a contender at the 94, 97, and 98 U.S Opens but I dont think she was ever going to win any of them. Getting by Graf in 94, Hingis in 97, or Davenport in 98 would have been too tough for her.
Without a doubt, this was Jana's best opportunity to capture a hard court slam. But who really expected Jana to reach the Aussie Open final that year?. Nobody gave Jana any sort of chance to get that far.
The fact is, Jana was overlooked by almost all the pundits heading into '91 Oz. Most considered Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, and Sabatini to be the real contenders to capture the title.
Jana's run was amazing at '91 Oz, and was her coming out party. As well as Jana played in reaching the final, she was somewhat fortunate too. In the quarters, Jana played perhaps the greatest match of her life in taking Steffi out of the draw. Jana's semifinal opponent should have been Sabatini. However, Sabatini was taken apart by Arantxa in their quarterfinal.
I'm not sure Jana could have beaten Sabatini if they had met in the semis. But Arantxa proved a much easier opponent for Jana. In the final, Monica was hitting on all cylinders, so Jana didn't have much of a chance(IMHO).
In conclusion, Jana really didn't choke in the final ; Monica was simply too good. Would Jana have been a 3 or 4 Slam winner if she had beaten Monica in the final?. It's hard to say, but she certainly would have enhanced her chances. Of course, we'll never know for sure, but it's interesting to think about. One thing I do know for certain: Jana had the talent and ability to be a 3 or 4 Slam winner, but it never happened.