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Great story HanaFanGa! [email protected] Virginia Wade. She said sometihn gonce about learning how to cheat the scales at the airport to get cheaper luggage. I think the trick was putting your toe under the scale (?)

As Hana said of Virginia Wade, she is an "exceedingly resourceful woman." :lol: You've gotta love Virginia........a player whose career I always wanted to know more about.
 

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COACH BETTY STOVE

The old saying is true: "Coaches either get too much credit or too much blame." Betty Stove deserves a LOT of credit for the success that Hana Mandlikova achieved. In a career with as many peaks and valleys, this probably wasn't the easiest job to have. After all, Hana was once described by a critic as "uncoachable." But Betty took her expertise as a former Wimbledon r/u and a grand slam doubles champion many times over and taught Hana much about the game. For a young girl from behind the Iron Curtain who struggled with English and had hardly a clue with which to deal with agents, tour officials who didn't always have her best interest at heart, press members waiting to pounce on the slightest controversial thing that she said, and tour groupies looking to mooch off of a teenager about to make a sea of cash, Hana needed a coach, friend, mother-figure, and confidant. After a 10 year partnership, that's exactly how Hana described her relationship with Betty Stove.

After winning several titles in her debut years of 1978 and 1979, Hana's father Vilem decided that Hana needed a coach. Not only was it impossible for him or his wife to travel with Hana most of the time, but Hana needed someone who knew the tour well enough to guide Hana and to harness her immense talent. Vilem sat down with Hana and they went through a potential list of people to ask. Hearing stories of what might happen to a young girl alone on the tour with an older man, they opted to select a female coach. At this time, coaches were still rare and female coaches were even more rare. And even though they didn't have a lot of money in which to hire one right away, they knew that one day Hana would have plenty of money in which to employ a top quality coach.

In Hana's self titled autobiography, she lists the following women that she and her father discussed for the job, "Billie Jean King, Virginia Wade, Kerry Reid, Wendy Turnbull, JoAnne Russell, and Betty Stove. All of these ladies were tour veterans whose singles careers seemed to be on the decline. And they were all well respected by the tennis establishment and their fellow players.

Imagine this nervous 18 year old Czech girl going up to these legends and possibly setting herself up for rejection. The first person she went to see was Billie Jean. BJK said that she wanted to go on playing singles and doubles for a few more years. But she was very encouraging to Hana and offered her advice and support.

The next person that Hana went to see was Betty while at the 1980 French Open. Scared and intimidated by Betty's size and seriousness, Hana was a nervous wreck. However, Betty was interested and agreed to talk to Vilem. Being from the Netherlands, she had a good idea of Czechoslovakia and the nature of the system in which they had to work. She was active in WTA, ITF, and the Dutch tennis federation. This and her record as a professional made Hana and her father feel that this would be an excellent choice.

Oddly enough a couple of years earlier, Bob Howe, a former pro himself had called Betty over to a court during the 1978 Fed Cup. He had wanted her to see a rising star that he had played doubles with when she was 13. Betty was very impressed with Hana and believed she had potential.

Now that Hana was making good on her talent's promise, she took this offer seriously. It was not what she had planned but if Hana could meet her admittedly high asking price, she would consider it. Betty put the decision off until Wimbledon, but agreed to coach Hana. It was a partnership that was to achieve great things.

Whether it was helping Hana with her English, coaching her what to do on and off the court, telling her what to say during awards ceremonies and press conferences, helping her with agents and endorsement contracts, or being a mother figure to her during the hard times, Betty was all of that and more for the next 10 years.

Though there were times when people either questioned whether or not Hana was coachable or if Betty was letting Hana down, their relationship never wavered. They worked hard, perservered, and adjusted their relationship as Hana turned into a young woman.

Their friendship last even through Hana's retirment and her own coaching stint with Jana Novotna. Betty passed her books and knowledge of coaching right down to Hana who had a very successful run with Jana, playing a very similar role to Jana as Betty had been to her.

To move beyond just a professional relationship to a genuine friendship says a lot about both Hana and Betty. About Betty, Hana says in her book, "I know what Betty has done for and we will be friends forever, no matter what the future holds in store."
 

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*Hana wins the Italian Jr. Championships and is equally successful in Paris. She destroys Maria Rothschild on an almost empty Court Centrale. It would be only a mere 3 years before Hana would win the French Open in front of a packed Court Centrale. Hana lost a tough 3 set decision on Court 1 at the Junior Wimbledon Championships. But she doesn't express disappointment in her book. She says that Tracy was the better player at the time. Hana stays throughout Wimbledon marvelling at King, Wade, Evert, and Navratilova........all players that she would one day defeat.


JUNIOR RESULTS FOR HANA MANDLIKOVA



International Junior Championships of France France
GA 04 Jun 1978 to 10 Jun 1978 Entry : Clay (O)
64 B BYE
32 W Claudia MONTEIRO (BRA) 6-1 6-1
16 W Christiane JOLISSAINT (SUI) 6-3 6-4
QF W Claudia CASABIANCA (ARG) 1-6 6-4 6-2
SF W Eva PFAFF (GER) 6-4 6-0
FR W Maria ROTHSCHILD (USA) 6-0 6-1


The Junior Championships, Wimbledon Great Britain
GA 02 Jul 1978 to 07 Jul 1978 Entry : Grass (O)
64 B BYE
32 W M HALLER (NOR) 6-1 6-1
16 W Martine BUREAU (FRA) 6-0 6-0
QF W Eva PFAFF (GER) 9-7 6-2
SF W Mareen LOUIE (USA) 6-8 6-2 6-4
FR L Tracy AUSTIN (USA) 0-6 6-3 4-6


US Open Junior Championships USA
GA 03 Sep 1978 to 09 Sep 1978 Entry : (O)
32 B BYE
16 W Claudia MONTEIRO (BRA) 6-1 6-2
QF L Linda SIEGEL (USA) 6-1 3-6 1-6
 

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HANA AND PAM SHRIVER


Hana and Pam shared many of the same qualities both on and off court. They were both excellent attacking players that were very good at recognizing when they've hurt an opponent. And they both could be visibly emotional on court. Having the same rebellious temperament didn't always make for good relations between the two. But they ended up being friends and occasional doubles partners. It's a shame that they only met once in grand slam competition, the 1982 US Open SF.

Early on, Hana was, to some people, brusque, aloof, and sometimes unfriendly. But just when the tennis world seemed to be down on Hana in 1984, Pam Shriver offered a different point of view in Tennis Magazine.

Pam said that after she won a tournament in Australia, Hana sent her congratulatory telegram. Pam said that this was the one and only time (to that date) that any pro had ever done that for her and she genuinely appreciated the thoughfulness behind the gesture.

The next year, the two teamed up as doubles partners a few times throughout the year. In the beginning, it didn't go exactly the way Pam thought it would.

They first teamed up at West Palm Beach and faced Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss. Pam says in her book, Passing Shots , that Hana told her that she didn't take overheads. Pam thought, "Great. Number 3 in world and not used to taking overheads!" And what does Hana do? The first chance for an overhead smash, Pam moves to take it and then quickly has to duck to avoid being "decapitated!"

During a particular stretch of the match, Hana was having trouble getting first serves in. So Pam suggested to her to just spin one in up the middle. Hana nods and okay and then "promptly whacked a hard serve 5 feet wide." Hana later explained about the serve, "Oh, I changed my mind after I tossed the ball up. I can't help it." :lol: Later in her book, she refers to Hana as, "the talented, gifted, athletic, and wacky Hana."

Hana took exception to the last comment but was later able to joke with Pama about it when they teamed again later in the year in Filderstadt. This time their partnership produced a tournament title. In Hana's book, she describes a funny moment during that tournament. They were playing Andrea Temesvari and Pam's good friend Elise Burgin. The German umpire announced during the match, "Advantage Virgin!" To which all 4 players bursted out laughing. It took several minutes for all to recover their composure and continue the match. I like that story because its always nice to see 4 pros sharing a lighter moment on court during serious competition - especially someone that's been labelled as much as Hana.

After a particularly hard fought match between them in Chicago in 1986 where Hana won 7-5 in the third, they decided to forgo the customary handshake at the net afterwards and instead hugged one another while congratulating each other on such a great match.

The two teamed up again early in 1989 as Hana made her comeback and won in Indian Wells. But when Martina decided to take a break from her doubles partnership with Pam after Wimbledon, things got a little testy when Martina asked Hana to be her partner at the US Open. Pam waited until the last minute to decide to even play the doubles at that event. Luckily, Mary Jo Fernandez became available just before sign up closed.

As luck would have it, both teams made it through the draw to play each other in the finals. And as Pam said, the underdog team of Fernandez/Shriver came within just a few points of winning the tournament. It was a tense and somewhat unpleasant match because of the circumstances and there were a couple of awkward moments in the post match awards ceremony. But the friendship was mended and the two teamed once again in early 1990 before Hana retired.

In her book, Hana said that she hoped that Pam would win a grand slam title one day because she was a hard worker and got everything out of her game that she could. Unfortunately, Pam didn't. But she did have a great singles career and a brilliant doubles career that earned her a spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame right along side of Hana.
 
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HanaFanGA, thanks for the great Hana stories. I really enjoyed the summary of the Pam/Hana relationship. Pam's book is very funny, but I also found Hana's book hilarious, mainly becuase of it's frankness. I LOVED Hana's description of Pam in the book that went something like...Pam is a nice enough girl but she sure has a big mouth for someone with such modest results!....ouch!

Funny that Hana's relationship/rivalry with Tracy is raraely mentioned. After all, Tracy was her nemesis in the juniors, and it seemed to be that way in the pros as well...................
 

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I'm posting this 1985 USO pic here because I can't find a "Hana Mandlikova Pics" thread. Rollo- if you find it, could you move it there, please? Thanks


 

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Thanks Alfa! What a beautiful pic of Hana in action! :hug:
 

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HanaFanGA, thanks for the great Hana stories. I really enjoyed the summary of the Pam/Hana relationship. Pam's book is very funny, but I also found Hana's book hilarious, mainly becuase of it's frankness. I LOVED Hana's description of Pam in the book that went something like...Pam is a nice enough girl but she sure has a big mouth for someone with such modest results!....ouch!

Funny that Hana's relationship/rivalry with Tracy is raraely mentioned. After all, Tracy was her nemesis in the juniors, and it seemed to be that way in the pros as well...................

I wondered about that too. But I guessed since she hadn't played Tracy in so long, perhaps it got lost in the mix. But geez, Hana went 2-7 vs. Tracy. But all of their matches went to 3 sets except for one! I was disappointed that neither player expounded on that fact or their matches.

P.S. Its funny to note that Hana's 2 wins were also their only two grand slam meetings and in 1982 when they were both sidelined for part of the year with bad backs.
 

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HanaFanGA, did you see either the 82 FO or the 82USO clash or hear any match reports? Both looked like very interesting matches by the scoreline. Hana must have been fed-up losing to Tracy so manay times in a row before finally winning. Do you know their junior H2H?
 

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...Funny that Hana's relationship/rivalry with Tracy is raraely mentioned. After all, Tracy was her nemesis in the juniors, and it seemed to be that way in the pros as well.
That is funny. Funny, because when I had the chance to talk to Tracy (with Carling Bassett in the back seat) back in 1997 when I was driving them back to the airport after an exhibition, I asked her who was the most difficult opponent- the one she didn't like to play, and Tracy responded "Hana". When asked why, she simply stated "because you never knew what you were going to get".

It'd be interesting to see what their junior record is like as compared to their pro h2h.
 

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HanaFanGA, did you see either the 82 FO or the 82USO clash or hear any match reports? Both looked like very interesting matches by the scoreline. Hana must have been fed-up losing to Tracy so manay times in a row before finally winning. Do you know their junior H2H?

Hana did play in other junior events like the Orange Bowl tournament in Miami. So I know there's more to her junior record than what I've posted. I just don't know the when's, where's, and against whom's. Both Tracy and Hana mentioned their Jr. Wimbledon final - I suppose because that's the biggest deal for a junior. The only thing Hana said specifically about that match was that Tracy was the better player.

I WISH I could get my hands on either or both of their US Open and French Open meetings. I have a brief highlight of the US Open match on a USTA highlight film of that tournament. Otherwise, I've never seen them play each other. My impression from reports is that both matches were extremely close and the French match was an extremely long and arduous clay court battle.
 

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That is funny. Funny, because when I had the chance to talk to Tracy (with Carling Bassett in the back seat) back in 1997 when I was driving them back to the airport after an exhibition, I asked her who was the most difficult opponent- the one she didn't like to play, and Tracy responded "Hana". When asked why, she simply stated "because you never knew what you were going to get".

It'd be interesting to see what their junior record is like as compared to their pro h2h.

Liz Smylie commented after beating Hana at Wimbledon '85 something to the effect that Hana's good and then she's bad and then she beats on you like a drum and then she's bad again. I would think that probably drove a lot of players crazy because it almost feels like you don't have any control.

I think it was early 1981 that Tracy got on top of Hana and smothered her at the Colgate Championships in D.C. But otherwise she just wasn't able to do that and apparently had to go along for the roller coaster ride. To Tracy's credit though, since she didn't like it, that just makes her record against Hana all the more impressive.
 

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Austin leads 7-2
Rnk/Seed Year Event Surface Rnd Winner Score Rnk/Seed
--/-- 1979 STUTTGART CARPET (I) R32 T. AUSTIN 6-4 5-7 6-4 --/--
--/-- 1980 SEATTLE CARPET (I) R32 T. AUSTIN 6-7 6-2 6-4 --/--
--/-- 1980 VS OF LOS ANGELES HARD (I) R32 T. AUSTIN 3-6 6-1 6-3 --/--
--/-- 1980 FED CUP CLAY (O) R128 T. AUSTIN 6-3 4-6 6-2 --/--
--/-- 1980 EASTBOURNE GRASS (O) Q T. AUSTIN 1-6 6-3 6-2 --/--
--/-- 1981 WASHINGTON (RR) CARPET (I) R128 T. AUSTIN 6-3 6-0 --/--
--/-- 1981 LION CUP CARPET (I) R1 T. AUSTIN 7-6 7-6 --/--
--/5 1982 FRENCH OPEN CLAY (O) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 7-6 6-7 6-2 --/3
--/5 1982 US OPEN HARD (O) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 6-4 4-6 6-4


I'm sorry! I was wrong in that Tracy beat Hana twice in straight sets. Though the second time was 7-6, 7-6. Also, it looks like Hana did win a couple of second sets after losing the first.

The Austin/Mandlikova rivalry didn't last long enough to develop any solid trends. But in Hana's losses to Martina and Chris, she often either won the first set and then lost in 3 or she lost a close first set and then lost 6-1 or 6-2 in the second set.
 

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I think Tracy would have been very smug by the end of the 81 season that she was the only top player that Hana had not beaten. From the results listed by HanaFanGA, Tracy beat Hana 5 of her 7 times in 79-1980- meaning that post 1980, they were even at 2-2.

The scoreline of that FO clash looks like a classic, espcially those first two sets. knowing how tough Tracy is in tight situations, looks like Hana hit a hot streak in the 3rd to which Tracy had no answer........................
 

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Austin leads 7-2
Rnk/Seed Year Event Surface Rnd Winner Score Rnk/Seed
--/-- 1979 STUTTGART CARPET (I) R32 T. AUSTIN 6-4 5-7 6-4 --/--
--/-- 1980 SEATTLE CARPET (I) R32 T. AUSTIN 6-7 6-2 6-4 --/--
--/-- 1980 VS OF LOS ANGELES HARD (I) R32 T. AUSTIN 3-6 6-1 6-3 --/--
--/-- 1980 FED CUP CLAY (O) R128 T. AUSTIN 6-3 4-6 6-2 --/--
--/-- 1980 EASTBOURNE GRASS (O) Q T. AUSTIN 1-6 6-3 6-2 --/--
--/-- 1981 WASHINGTON (RR) CARPET (I) R128 T. AUSTIN 6-3 6-0 --/--
--/-- 1981 LION CUP CARPET (I) R1 T. AUSTIN 7-6 7-6 --/--
--/5 1982 FRENCH OPEN CLAY (O) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 7-6 6-7 6-2 --/3
--/5 1982 US OPEN HARD (O) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 6-4 4-6 6-4


I'm sorry! I was wrong in that Tracy beat Hana twice in straight sets. Though the second time was 7-6, 7-6. Also, it looks like Hana did win a couple of second sets after losing the first.

The Austin/Mandlikova rivalry didn't last long enough to develop any solid trends. But in Hana's losses to Martina and Chris, she often either won the first set and then lost in 3 or she lost a close first set and then lost 6-1 or 6-2 in the second set.
Yeah, but look at the rest of their matches- all three setters. It's obvious Tracy didn't have Hana's number (who did besides Hana?) and struggled against her. I would actually like to see this match-up on video, just to see how Tracy keeps her composure. The funny thing about that car ride back to the airport with Tracy and Carling was when I asked Carling the same question. Her response was "Chris Evert", to which Tracy turned around from the front seat and said "Why?" in an incredulous little laughter kind of voice!:lol:
 

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On another note, Hana's biography made it clear that she did not get along with Helena Sukova at all. I think they tried playing doubles once, and Sukova accused Hana of not trying. She did not have much trouble with Sukova, and I think only lost to her late in her career after becoming an Australian.........
 

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On another note, Hana's biography made it clear that she did not get along with Helena Sukova at all. I think they tried playing doubles once, and Sukova accused Hana of not trying. She did not have much trouble with Sukova, and I think only lost to her late in her career after becoming an Australian.........

Mandlikova leads 12-2
Rnk/Seed Year Event Surface Rnd Winner Score Rnk/Seed
--/5 1981 AUSTRALIAN OPEN GRASS (O) R16 H. MANDLIKOVA 6-2 6-1 --/--
--/5 1982 SYDNEY GRASS (O) R32 H. MANDLIKOVA 6-4 6-3 --/--
--/3 1983 BRISBANE GRASS (O) R16 H. MANDLIKOVA 7-6 6-1 --/12
--/6 1984 VS OF WASHINGTON CARPET (I) S H. MANDLIKOVA 6-1 7-6(5) --/8
--/2 1984 VS OF NEW ENGLAND CARPET (I) F H. MANDLIKOVA 7-5 6-0 --/6
--/3 1984 WIMBLEDON GRASS (O) R16 H. MANDLIKOVA 6-4 6-1 --/14
--/6 1985 VS OF CALIFORNIA CARPET (I) S H. MANDLIKOVA 6-4 6-0 --/3
--/3 1985 US OPEN HARD (O) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 7-6(4) 7-5 --/7
--/1 1985 EUROPEAN INDOORS CARPET (I) S H. MANDLIKOVA 6-2 7-6(4) --/4
--/2 1986 US INDOORS CARPET (I) S H. SUKOVA 6-2 2-6 6-3 --/4
4/1 1987 BRISBANE GRASS (O) S H. MANDLIKOVA 4-6 6-1 6-4 6/3
--/4 1987 MIAMI HARD (O) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 6-4 6-3 --/6
4/1 1987 VS OF WASHINGTON CARPET (I) S H. MANDLIKOVA 6-3 6-2 6/3
15/6 1989 EUROPEAN INDOORS CARPET (I) Q H. SUKOVA 7-5 6-1 8/5

Hana really had her way with Helena. There are some close matches mixed in there, but by and large Hana usually routined Helena. I've always found it fascinating that Hana had such a great record against Sukova and Shriver. Yet she had a more modest record (6-4) vs. Khode - a player that both Sukova and Shriver usually defeated easily. That just goes to show you that matchups between different players can produce different results......different strengths vs. different weaknesses.

You're so right BCP. I don't think I've ever heard anything about the Hana/Helena relationship from Helena's point over view except when she was quoted in Tennis magazine as having said that Hana's not nice to others when her tennis isn't going well. So to be fair to Helena, I just wanted to report that. But Hana had a lot to say about Helena in her book.

First of all, Hana seemed to have very fond memories of Vera Sukova who helped train her. There was a lot of respect there. But the bone of contention between the two seems to be Cyril Suk, the head of the Czech Tennis Federation. Hana says that had she been Helena, she would've begged her father to resign his post because there were always assumptions by other Czech players that Helena received special benefits and favorable publicity. Now whether or not Helena should've had to worry about that, I don't know. But Helena didn't seem to be enormously popular amongst her fellow countrymen. At any rate, according to several sources including Hana's book, Hana didn't have a good ralationship with Cyril.

Hana says that she invited Helena to her place in Florida back in 1982 when Helena was first making an impact on the tour. They trained together and did play doubles regularly together off and on for the next two years. But then Hana started playing more with Khode Kilsch until their break up lead to the formidable Khode/Sukova team. Hana continued to play 2 or 3 tournaments a year with Sukova, probably for Fed Cup reasons. But that team was never as successful as it should've been........probably because of the tension between the two.

As BCP alluded to, they finally broke up for good in the spring of 1986 when Helena beat Hana for the first time ever. Perhaps Hana found it difficult to practice with her following the loss in singles. But she says she practiced at a friend's private court instead. The two then played their next doubles match and lost. Helena then told a Czech reporter that Hana didn't bother to practice for the match and was the reason that they lost.

The next time this Czech reporter interviewed Hana at the Fed Cup, the reporter warned her to watch out for Helena and that she was essentially tattling on Hana whenever she could.

Hana paid homage to Martina publicly at the Fed Cup in Prague, mentioning her name when "Martina Navratilova" was not to be said. Perhaps this is part of the price that Hana paid for that, but Hana essentially caught the blame for the Czechs Fed Cup loss when they were simply beaten by a better team. She started receiving negative press in Czech papers saying that Hana had become too "westernized" and didn't spend enough time at home. By the end of 1986, some Czech official came up with a new way to rank the country's best players. Instead of going on singles results, they would also add in doubles results. Under this crazy new system, Sukova was announced as the new Czech number one player. This, despite the fact that Helena had never been ranked higher than Hana and had only beaten Hana once against NINE losses.

Hana, then, applied for Australian citizenship via her new Aussie husband and announced that it was her intention to play for Australia in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Hana and Helena played doubles just once more at the 87 Fed Cup in Vancouver. But only when the doubles was the deciding match against Germany.

At the close of her book, Hana said that she and Helena had agreed that it would be better for both of them if they tried harder to get along. That may have worked for a while. But after Hana retired, the very succesful Novotna/Sukova doubles team broke up after almost winning the grand slam. Sukova called a press conference in Prague to talk about the breakup and when Hana heard about it, she booked a flight and attended the conference. What happened there, I don't know. But Sukova's coach essentially blamed Hana for the breakup while Hana accused Helena of being jealous of Jana.

After the Czechs' Velvet Revolution, Cyril Suk was no longer in his position. Whether it was by choice or not, I don't know. But Hana was named Fed Cup coach for the Czechs and Helena skipped Fed Cup for a while. But I do think that Helena eventually came back on the team while Hana was coach.

At the 2000 Wimbledon celebration, Hana and Helena posed standing next to one another and oddly enough had the same hairstyle and color!!! So perhaps eventually they ended their long standing feud.
 

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Thanks HanaFan. I had no idea Hana and Helena had such a rich history or that Hana was so dominate in their 'rivalry'. I never really enjoyed Helena or her game. In recent photo's she seems to be resembling Petr Korda, yet somehow more masculine. :eek:
 

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MANDLIKOVA VS. CLAUDIA KHODE KILSCH

Mandlikova leads 6-4*
Rnk/Seed Year Event Surface Rnd Winner Score Rnk/Seed
--/1 1981 DETROIT CARPET (I) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 6-3 3-6 6-2 --/--
--/3 1982 EASTBOURNE GRASS (O) R32 H. MANDLIKOVA 6-1 6-3 --/--
--/3 1983 VS OF CALIFORNIA CARPET (I) R32 C. KOHDE-KILSCH 1-6 6-3 6-3 --/--
--/3 1985 FRENCH OPEN CLAY (O) Q C. KOHDE-KILSCH 6-4 6-4 --/7
--/2 1985 SYDNEY GRASS (O) S H. MANDLIKOVA 6-0 7-5 --/4
--/5 1986 VS CHAMPIONSHIPS CARPET (I) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 4-6 6-3 7-5 --/4
--/2 1986 VS OF CHICAGO CARPET (I) Q H. MANDLIKOVA 6-4 7-5 --/5
4/2 1987 AUSTRALIAN OPEN GRASS (O) S H. MANDLIKOVA 6-1 0-6 6-3 8/5
4/4 1987 US OPEN HARD (O) R16 C. KOHDE-KILSCH 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1

*The WTA site ommited Hana's 1985 SF round loss to Khode in Los Angeles, 7-5, 7-6.


As I said earlier, Hana's close series with Claudia is a bit of a mystery for me. Claudia's nerves often times kept her from spinging more upsets over higher ranked opponents. But she didn't seem to have such a problem against Hana. Perhaps it has to do with their successful doubles partnership. Hana and Claudia won the 1984 tournaments in Orlando and Hilton Head. They then reached the final of the French Open against Martina and Pam where they won the first set before losing in the 3rd. They also lost a couple of other close matches to Martina and Pam including one at Wimbledon. But they were never able to seal the deal.

The first painful loss for Hana at the hands of Claudia came at the 1985 French Open. In her 6 previous French Open entries, Hana had either won the tournament or lost to Evert or Navratilova. But another Hana/Martina clash in the semis was derailed by Claudia in the QF, 6-4, 6-4.

Hana thought she might win the French that year because she had done so well there and she trained very hard in the spring of that year with a famous Dutch trainer, Joop Ooms. Her training with him included on a daily basis, aerobics, sprints in sand dunes, and runs through the forest. These runs built up gradually from 10K to 15K and finally to 20K. During the 20K run, Hana stopped and started crying from sheer exhaustion. Knowing that she needed pushing, Joop threatened to leave her in the middle of no where and forced her to push herself. She completed the run and felt stronger for having gone through the experience. She felt that she was ready for the French.

Unfortunately for Hana, she was still feeling the effects of such hard training during the French. Flat and fatigued, she caught Claudia on a bad day and was upset.

Hana rarely lost to the same player twice in a row as she admitted that she made it a point to avenge her losses. But Hana caught Claudia during the summer of 1985 which Claudia says was her best run as a pro. Claudia defeated Martina in Toronto that summer and pounded Shriver in L.A. Afterwards, Pam said she felt as if she were staring down the barrell of a "German cannon" when she faced Claudia. But in LA, Hana lead Claudia 5-1 in the first and 5-2 in the second and managed to lose the match 7-5, 7-6. Of course, the match was of little consequence as Hana would go on to win the US Open.

But perhaps the most painful loss of all was the 1987 US Open 4R meeting. Hana was not happy that she was relegated to Court 16 for what she knew would be a tough match with Claudia who always performed well at the Open. Hana had won the Australian (defeating Claudia in the SF) but had spent the summer battling a heel injury that kept her in bed for a month and a unexpected pregnancy. She wanted to make a big impact at the US Open.......and she did. Just not in the way she wanted.

Hana wrote an article with Cindy Schmerler in World Tennis about the match. She beat Claudia in the first set 7-6 and led in the second 4-2 (eerily similar to the controversial Shriver match at the Vriginia Slims Champs the previous Nov.). She got a bad baseline call and admittedly said a four letter word and didn't object when she was given a warning. But at 1-1 in the 3rd set, she says she spoke to herself in Czech.

A linesman (during the game) left his chair and whispered something to the umpire. Hana thought nothing of it, but then the umpire announced a point penalty against Hana for an obsenity. Hana went to argued her side to the chair umpire. The umpire sided with the linesman and the penalty stood. Hana flew into a rage and smacked the courtside scoreboard sending it rocking back and forth.

TennisWeek reports that as this was happening, Claudia stood by looking "bewildered." Hana kept asking the umpire why he just didn't default her if he was so eager to take the match away from her. For the delay, the umpire assessed a game penalty. By this time, Supervisor Georgina Clark, had made her way to the court and calmed the situation. But Hana was never the same and lost 6-1 in the third. On her way back to the chair, Hana rocked the scoreboard once again and began her run from the press anxious to write about the latest Hana meltdown.

Hana won the series with Claudia. But she took some tough losses from the "German cannon."
 
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