Iva played Amazing at the french Open 1997, making two great comebacks in the 4th round and semi final before that demolition of Martina. I guess destiny beckoned her that year
He's a run down of her last 4 matches in that wonderous tournament:
4th Round: A fast improving Lindsay Davenport (who ended 1997 at No.3, up from 9 the previous year) led Iva 7-5 4-0 40-0 and appeared on the brink of a whitewash in the second set before Iva began to hit effortless winners into the corners and turn the match on its ear in three sets, 5-7 6-4 6-2. she said after the tournament that she new something special was going to happen after she escaped from that match.
Quarters: Felt the pressure of not only being favourite in this match against her good friend Dragomir, to reach her first grandslam semifinal, but also seeing the draw open up for her with second seed Graf struggling. She choked badly in the second set and said "she thought she was going to die out there on the court". But after dropping the second set after leading 5-2, she hit relentlessly in the final set to close it out 6-2 6-7 6-2. then came that memorable collapse on court, where ruxandra joined her
Semis: Had only two hours sleep the night before this match while taking antibiotics for a head cold, and was drawn into a torrid baseline duel with a red hot Amanda Coetzer who had just cracked the top ten for the first time and had taken out Graf and Martinez to reach this round. Iva took the first set, but the speedy amanda grabbed the second and appeared on the verge of her first grandslam final leading 4-2 in the third with Iva tiring badly and Amanda's superior conditioning telling. Although Amanda held a point to go up 5-2, Iva toughed it out and eventually prevailed after 2 1/2 hours 6-3 4-6 7-5.
Final: Martina was a red hot favourite going into this match, but Iva treated her with disdain pounding groundstrokes and serves and wreaking havoc on Martina's second serve. Iva was in another realm as everything came into sync at the right time and she showed no ill effects of her tough route to the final. she grabbed her first major title (although hopefully more are to come
) in straight sets 6-4 6-2
In the end Iva beat three of the top 5 year end players for that year (Martina #1, Lindsay #3 and Amanda #4) enroute to this title and became the lowest seeded woman at #9 ever to win a major
(although she has since been supplanted by Jennifer Capriati). This is a tournament she and her fans will never forget