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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
WTA Computer Rankings

001 Martina Navratilova at:
002 Chris Evert-Lloyd at:
003 Hana Mandlikova at:
004 Pam Shriver at:
005 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch at:
006 Steffi Graf at:
007 Manuela Maleeva at:
008 Zina Garrison at:
009 Helena Sukova at:
010 Bonnie Gadusek at:

011 Kathy Rinaldi at:
012 Gabriela Sabatini at:
013 Caterina Lindqvist at:
014 Wendy Turnbull at:
015 Carling Bassett at:
016 Andrea Temesvari at:
017 Barbara Potter at:
018 Stephanie Rehe at:
019 Kathy Jordan at:
020 Anne White at:

021 Sylvia Hanika at:
022 Peanut Louie at:
023 Bettina Bunge at:
024 Anabel Croft at:
025 Kate Gompert at:
026 Jo Durie at:
026 Elise Burgin at:
028 Katerina Maleeva at:
029 Terry Phelps (needs an entry)
030 Dianne Balestrat at:

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1985 was the year I started following tennis intensely, it happened after seeing Chrissie's amazing FO victory, after that I was hooked. I wound up reading Pam's book about this year on the tour seemingly hundreds of time. I saw my first pro match live that year when my folks took me to see the VS of Chicago, I saw the semi-final between Gadusek and Turnbull and the double semi-final between Jordan/Smylie and Savchenko/Cherneva. I was ten/eleven years old that year, so my big fave was Carling because she was so young and pretty, but also Chrissie and Manuela, who I also thought were pretty (I was a shallow kid, still am). Remember what a big deal Sabatini's turn at FCC was and then topped it off by making the semis at RG. Everyone thought she was it, Graf made the semis of the UO that year, but I think people were more keen on Gaby, at least until early '86, when Gaby plateaued and Steffi took off.

I also remember what a great year it was for Kohde and feel like she was a more legitimate number 4 than Shriver, though I get that Pam had more tournament victories. Kohde's making two slam semis, beating Martina in Toronto to make the final there and then winning LA seems more impressive than Pam's two GS quarters, and her win at those two random Australian indoor events during the clay season (where did they come from? and where did they go?) as well as her seemingly annual win at Birmingham; though her win at Filderstadt was impressive, especially knocking Graf out in the semis after her heartbreaker at the UO a couple months previous.

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1985 was the year I started following tennis intensely
For me too.

This was mostly due to the Boris Becker hype in Germany (my neighbor country), which resulted in german TV showing much more tennis (there were no dedicated sports TV channels in Europe back then). Steffi Graf had a similar effect on WTA coverage, to a lesser extent. Before that, tennis coverage in my country, with reception of french, german and belgian TV, basically consisted of the French Open (on french national TV), sometimes Davis Cup (depending on the team involved) and a few smaller tournaments on regional channels.

I kept my own (usually incomplete) tennis results notes with scores taken here and there from newspapers and TV videotext. Only at the end of the month, I could see full results and draws of all ATP/WTA tournaments in the french Tennis Magazine.

Such was the life of a tennis fan 35 years ago ...

(sorry for making this about myself ;))

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As a Chris Evert fan it sure was an exciting year. She finally defeated Navratilova in January at Key Biscayne after 13 consecutive losses, beat her again at Roland Garros after an amazing final and claimed the #1 spot in the WTA rankings.

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Discussion Starter #8 (Edited)
An article from the US Clay Courts. Unknown Kate Gompert beat Manuela Maleeva in the quarters:


Mike Conklin, Chicago TribuneCHICAGO TRIBUNE

A heat rash covered her skin, sweat poured down her forehead, and her left knee was packed in ice. But the ear-to-ear smile on Kate Gompert`s face Thursday was a dead giveaway.
On another hot, sultry afternoon at the U.S. Open Clay Court championships, an afternoon on which Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl stoically smothered opponents, the plucky Gompert breathed fresh air into the proceedings with one of the year`s biggest tennis upsets.

She scored a gutty 6-3, 1-6, 8-6 quarterfinal victory over Bulgarian star Manuela Maleeva, the defending champion and top seed.

This came one day after Gompert, ranked 111th on your world scorecard, had knocked off Maleeva`s highly regarded older sister, Katerina.

''I saw Manuela watching our match yesterday for a while before she had to play,'' said Gompert. ''I wasn`t playing personalities. I was just trying to play the ball. Besides, my father (and coach) was at her match.''

The stunning outcome, witnessed by a disbelieving crowd lining the No. 2 Elizabeth Arden Court, left Manuela completely shaken.

After spending nearly a half-hour trying to regain her composure, the 18- year-old Maleeva still had tears streaming down her cheeks as she answered questions between quiet sobs.

''I had so many advantages,'' she said. ''I just didn`t play well, and I let her play her game. I should have gone to the net more and attacked.

''I won the second set, and in the third, I really thought I`d win. I was down 5-3 and then came back. I knew how to play her. I watched some of her match yesterday. I just didn`t do it.''

The triumph over the world`s 5th-ranked player should do wonders for Gompert`s career. The 22-year-old Stanford senior is only a few weeks into her second try as a pro player. In her first attempt, in 1983, she spent more money than she earned, making it possible for her to regain amateur status following a knee operation.

''Right now, I just want to play every tournament in sight,'' she said.

Born in Ames, Ia., Gompert has followed her tennis-teaching father, Frank, to stops in Indianapolis, Peoria, Ill., Menlo Park, Calif., Roswell, N.M., and Rancho Mirage, Calif. She returned to Stanford in 1984 in time to be a member of the school`s second NCAA title team in three years.

After a crushing loss in the second set, Gompert had Maleeva at match point three times in the final set, only to have the most important opponent of her career wriggle off the hook.

''Guts--I guess that`s kind of my strong point,'' said Gompert. ''In the first set, I found out I could beat a top 10 player, and then maybe I started getting a little antsy. But when you lose three match points, it makes you think a bit.

''I told myself, `You just have to stay patient.` I started using my brain. One of my strengths is as a counterpuncher, and early in the match, I tried to go for too many winners. That was stupid.

''My strategy was to stay back and make her work. In the end, I just said settle down and make her win.''

Gompert finished the upset in exactly that manner. Maleeva`s final stroke was a forehand that buried the ball in the net.

It was the third tournament upset for Gompert, who had eliminated 10th-seeded Terry Phelps in the opening round. She goes into Friday`s semifinals against fourth-seeded Andrea Temesvari, who advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Rafaella Reggi.

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The Washington Post

Bodysuit Bites the Dust

By John Feinstein
June 29, 1985

When Anne White walked onto Court No. 2 this afternoon, dressed in a white tennis skirt, there was a groan from the audience, packed in tight, awaiting her arrival.

Gone, by order of Wimbledon tournament referee Alan Mills, was the white bodysuit that White wore Thursday evening for two sets before darkness forced suspension of her first-round match with Pam Shriver.

By the time play stopped, White was the talk of the grounds. Photographers were fighting for space, reporters were ignoring deadlines and scrambling to see White and, even well after 8 p.m., every seat in the stands was still filled.

By this morning, she was on the front page of six London newspapers.

Shriver, who won the match today, 6-3, 6-7 (7-9) 6-3, was less than delighted with Thursday's scene. She had walked onto the court after the warmup, with her back to White. As White stripped off her warmup suit to reveal the body-hugging Lycra spandex suit, the crowd began hooting and whistling.

"I heard all this hooting and hollering and I looked up and I saw this thing," Shriver said. "After the match she said that she didn't mean to upset my game, but I wish she would have mentioned it to me before we went out there.

"I mean, you've sat around for three days watching it rain, you finally get out there at 7:20 at night and the first thing you see is this person wearing the most bizarre, stupid-looking thing I've ever seen on a tennis court.

"I guess her attitude was, 'I'm playing Pam, she's been playing great, I might as well just do something bizarre, get some press and attention.' It worked, she lost, it's over."

White, 23, is blonde, 5-foot-11, and striking. She has done some modeling, and if her tennis in the last year has been indifferent, it was not her tennis that caused the stir.

"I first came up with the idea about two months ago," White said. "I talked to the people at Pony (the company that supplies her tennis clothes) and they liked the idea and designed it for me.

"The other girls thought it was great and thought I had a lot of guts to wear it. They thought it was funny. My friends just said, 'Go for it Whitey.' "

White insisted that her main purpose in wearing the outfit was for warmth. "I train in muscle tights at home -- doing aerobics, running and practicing. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and what I think is proper and helps me may not be the same for someone else . . . . This keeps my muscles warm and is very functional . . . The whole purpose of the outfit is to keep your legs warm."

And yet, White planned to wear the outfit here, in conservative media-thronged Wimbledon, and went out of her way to keep her plan a secret. Asked about all the attention, she smiled and said, "It was nice."

"I knew everyone was going to go nuts. I mean, if I had played on Court 17 at 10 o'clock at night, maybe no one would have noticed. But playing on Court 2 against Pam, I knew people were going to notice . . . ."

Mills informed White as she came off the court Thursday night that she couldn't wear the outfit again. "He said to me, 'You've certainly made your point.'

"I'm a little aggravated I couldn't wear it today," White continued. "But it's their tournament and I don't want to do anything to upset them or hurt their feelings. I mean, I don't want people spilling their strawberries and cream because of me."

Ted Tinling, the famous dress designer who caused one of the great scandals here in 1949 when he designed Gussie Moran's famous lace panties, walked out to see White and pronounced the outfit "Wonderful, the next logical step, entirely appropriate."

Today, the Wimbledon committee expressed its unhappiness with Tinling for his remarks, which were overheard by a writer from one of the tabloids here, printed and embellished on the front page of the newspaper.

This afternoon, R.E.H. (Buzzer) Hadingham, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, released an official statement: "I think we all thought Anne's body stocking really fascinating, but Alan Mills carried out his duties quite correctly.

"The rules state that clothes must be predominantly white and constitute 'normal tennis attire.' Anne's outfit was certainly all white but could hardly be called normal tennis attire . . . I know that Anne understands the ruling but we appreciate why she wore it.

"Ted Tinling believes it is the style of the future and although I cannot predict what the committee will decide in the future, I believe that the addition of a skirt will bring it within regulations."

It also would take all the fun out of the outfit.

"I guess it's a good way to get publicity," said Martina Navratilova, Shriver's doubles partner. "If you can't get it done with your racket, get it done another way. I guess it worked."

Although White and Shriver are friends -- "Anne's one of my weirder friends," Shriver said -- she would have preferred the umpire to have ordered White to change her clothes when she came on court.

"She says she wore it to stay warm, but did you see anyone else doing it? Actually, it wasn't that cold last night. Towards the end, she was toweling off on every point because she was hot. I was thinking if I couldn't beat her I might be able to sweat her out of the match. I thought after a while I might just be playing against the white outfit, she would be gone. I also figured if it got dark I'd still be able to see her no matter what."

White's suit will not be seen again on the grounds at Wimbledon. But it will be seen again: Saturday morning, she will be posing for a photo layout in the outfit.

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I thought it was hilarious but never really found it sexy because I thought whites body looked much better in regular attire. I cannot believe it was THIRTY FOUR years ago! Yikes.

I loved 1985 for several reasons, but first and foremost Hana Mandlikova FINALLY using her full talents to beat both Chris and Martina on back to back days to win a much deserved USO title. That first set was the best tennis I’ve ever seen played. When she started returning and volleying, I thought ‘this is it’, she’s finally going to fulfill her promise of the past five long years. Of course She could only keep that up for 4 or 5 games and then it became a see-saw battle for the ages. But to this day I still think it’s the best slam final I’ve ever seen. My 18 year old self could never understand why she couldn’t use that as a platform to kick the two golden girls off the pedestal and take her rightful place at the very top of the game for the rest of the decade. I was shocked that in just a few months she actually got bumped down a peg by a 16 year old golden haired girl. Hana was such glorious frustration, much more so than her predecessor Evonne. At least you could count on Evonne making the semis at the very minimum, and usually the finals, but Hana’s performances after that ‘85 USO were like an unpredictable roller coaster. When she lost the title defense to WENDY TURNBULL (!!) I almost crapped my panties, but then she turns around and snaps Martina’s amazing streak to take the Aussie in glorious fashion. I thought that would continue but it was a last hurrah.

Otherwise 1985 was like a ray of sunshine for another reason.... Chris FINALLY beat Martina, and twice! Equilibrium had arrived after two boring years of sheer predictable brilliance. Finally a bit of drama!
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