It should be no surprise to anyone, reguardless of how much the Seles fans have tried to down play it, Martina did push her to the limit last week and I was pretty confident, on that performance, she would beat Arantxa.
I really can´t imagine that Martina won against Arantxa in a serious match. Yes of course, Arantxa had a bad year, but no TOP-20-player would loose against Navratilova. I really like the way Martina is playing (even in 2001), but I think it´s impossible that a 45-years-old lady, who didn´t play a singles match for 7 years (?), win against Arantxa.<br />Women´s tennis just become too professional!
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I figured Martina would win. Anyway, I bet this match was all fun and Arantxa shouldn't be ashamed at all. In fact, I guess I could think that Arantxa let Martina win considering that they're great friends in all. And everyone knows that Martina HATES to lose, but anyway maybe a comeback from Martina?? If both Martina and Steffi consider coming back that would just be a dream. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Firstly, there is no way Martina will play singles next year - someone yelled out from the crowd last night for her to do so, and she shook her head and said "just doubles".
Have to say, Martina could have won this match MUCH easier than she actually did. She was leading 5-1 in 1st set, Arantxa couldn't do a thing, she only got back into that set because Martina eased off a bit, suddenly realising it was an exhibition.<br />Arantxa played a lot better in the 2nd set, but Martina played some wonderful tennis at times, although she is of course not as quick around the court as she used to be.
Whilst it was good natured, at no time did I think ASV was taking it lightly and not wanting to spoli Martina's party.
I don't find this result suprising at all. Martina is a fantastic tennis player. In her prime she could have beaten any of the current players, even in the twilight of her career she was capable of beating Steffi Graf & Monica Seles. She may not have played a singles match for sometime before these exhibitions, but she has been playing doubles. She's very very fit for a 45 year old and Aranxta has had a bad year.
I don't think that women's tennis has become "more professional" as someone else put it. Navratilova was in fact one of the first real athletes of the game. She couldn't beat the top players now, but she could give them close matches.
Personally, I hope she doesn't come back and play singles. She wouldn't be as good as she was and it would be depressing/embarrassing to have to watch her. But I love watching her play doubles. And, I have to admit that were any of these exhibition matches in England I'd definitely be trying to get tickets.
I know it must be hard for Arantxa fans to accept that she could genuinely lose to Martina, bu thank you to esdee (who actually saw the match) for giving us an idea of how the match really went...
Well done Martina, you are awesome, and great post sk.
Martina in her prime would compete with and often beat the top players of today.. At her best her serve would still be a weapon, especially with her coming in behind it.. Martina wouldnt dominate as the girls return better today, but she would still beat the top players regularly..