Re: Jordan d. Mandlikova 1979 Australian Open
Ha! I am learning things about this match that I did not know. I have to giggle at the Sports Illustrated article after the 1980 US Open when Hana was portrayed as a "bright, sunny, happy" girl. Yet, here we see the detrimental temperament already starting to show in 1979.
I think the point about Jordan having played college tennis is a good one. If nothing else, that teaches you how to play with pressure. You have teammates that are depending upon you, and you also have to face sometimes hostile crowds at certain schools that have passionate tennis fan bases. I'll never forget Mikael Pernfors, who played at UGA, being asked at the 1986 French Open what it was like to play Leconte in Paris, on Center Court, in the SF of the French Open. His response was that it wasn't as tough as playing Clemson at Clemson!
I wish that Hana would have won, obviously. Given the general malaise surrounding the Australian title at the time, I wonder if she felt that the occasion brought on pressure that might not have existed when she was winning in Sydney? To make the trip down there, there must have been some feeling of worthiness to win the most prestigious Australian title.
It all came about for Hana soon enough. I would not want to take away anything from Barbara, who was a deserving champion I am sure.