Haha indeed it was the cherry on the cake, a german player doing it 😁
And it was a German player who had two surprise slam final wins against Serena in the last 5 years, denying Serena the #25 slam record by this - Angelique Kerber.Haha indeed it was the cherry on the cake, a german player doing it 😁
I have only seen a few points here and there and while Navratilova played well enough that she would have beaten most other opponents on that day, Sukova did play very relaxed tennis and without any pressure. Frank Deford, in his SI recap of the Australian Open, wrote this:Has anyone ever seen the Martina/Helena ‘84 semi? I have a feeling it was a lot like Serena/Roberta but mostly at the net. Noirves noirves noirves.
Sukova was a good enough player to beat Navratilova more than once, so that loss doesn't seem to be as big an upset in hindsight, especially given Navratilova's well-documented mental block about playing other Czechs. Vinci, on the other hand, only beat Williams that once. In fact it was the only encounter against Williams in which Vinci even managed to win a set. To me that match is more indicative of nerves on Williams' part.Although Navratilova had lost but once in the past 18 months—on Jan. 15 to Hana Mandlikova—there was a growing feeling on the tour that she was ripe for the taking, that the sheer weight of numbers pressed on her. "For months now, Martina's been playing not to lose, rather than to win," said Don Candy, Pam Shriver's coach. Navratilova's volleys had become more jabs than punches, her attacking slice backhand short and choppy. Also, since she'd started working on a new high-kick serve late last year, her wide and wonderful lefty delivery into the ad court often seemed to have been missing in action.
Other players likely also have similar examples, but ASV prevented Graf from matching at least four records by beating her in two very close Slam finals. Had Graf won the 1989 FO (after serving for the match at 5-3 in the third set) and everything else stayed the same, she'd have matched Evert's haul of seven French titles, joined Connolly, Court, and Navratilova in the club of women who won at least six Grand Slam titles in a row, and *matched Laver's feat of completing the Grand Slam twice.The biggest shock of all to me in terms of blown slams (Martina, NoVax JokeCovid, Serena, Hingis + Roger’s various 3/4ths etc) was Steffi not double slamming in 1989. I was floored she lost to Raunchie in that final. I didn’t watch the match but I’ll never forget seeing the headline on a newspaper that day. I just stared through the glass, mouth agape, searching for coins to buy what was the next days paper. Steffi never seemed nervous to me the way all the others could be at times - especially Martina and Serena.