I just adored Helen Kelesi. She was intense in every match she played. Always seemed in a bad mood and questioned calls feverishly, even when the point wasn't so important. I recall a match she played at Wimbledon in 1991 against the ageing Jo Durie. The match wasn't a classic by any means, but it was quite animated. Helen started by moaning to the umpire about the fact that the court was damp, and then proceeded to lose her temper within the first couple of games of the match.........the ball boyu kept giving her a damp ball with mud on it, and there were a couple of dodgy line calls that went against her. As the match went on, the tears flowed at changeovers, the grunt became hysterical, the cries of "no way" and "unreal" occurred between points.....and the match ended with Helen losing 6-3 6-2, a 'slow' walk to the net with head down, racket tossed in front of the chair, head down, towel covering head...tears..........
Generally she was well known for smashing her racket, cursing at linepeople, arguing with the umpire, shouting at the opponent, swearing at the opponent...........all as part of her competitiveness
BUT she was also very charismatic and lively.....and charming when she was winning. She was the ultimate "love her or hate her" type of player.
Sadly she got injured in 1992-1994 and then developed many brain tumours. Apparently she is well and still involved in tennis. Just wish she was playing in the internet era. Anyone have any of her matches on video tape???