70 Ruzici vs 80 Jaeger

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  1. kiki

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    Much like Mecir vs Kodes in the men´s contest, the 80´s have also this surprised prepared.For the non slam winner, Andrea Jaeger was IMO a better player, better equipped than the 1978 RG champion, Ginny Ruzici.Lovely serve and forehand game from the romanian, but Andrea was better on almost any other surface than clay.

    So, while Ginny wins 2-1 on clay, Jaeger wins 3-0 indoors and hard, and 2-1 on grass.

    The 80´s recover and tie the series at 3-3
     
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    Jaeger was better. Ruzici was a good player but never a real threat to the top women. She won a French in a year nobody played, and did well to reach another final one other year in a still depleted field with a good draw. Jaeger has career wins over everyone, including numerous over Evert and Navratilova. Ruzici was also only a contender on clay, while Jaeger was on every surface.

    No contest really.
     
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    Agreed I think Jaeger wins most of the clay match-ups and that tells you the rest of the story right there.
     
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    Both players were very inspiration guided.But Jaeger had some of the best tactical and analitical abilities and Ruzici was never a good tactician.

    Ruzici had, however, one of the best first serves of the women´s ranks in her heydays.
     
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    I've seen this matchup a few times and it wasn't pretty. Andrea was very comfy playing Virginia. Her steadiness waited out the eventual errors from Virginia cranking up that big forehand. Andrea also had a way of blunting Virginia's power by pushing her back with Sanchez-style moon balls.

    Virginia was crafty on grass using her sliding serve and spins and slices, but Andrea can hit through that. Plus I think that Andrea's hands and creativity with her shotmaking is too much for Virginia.

    Where Virginia has a shot is indoors. She pushed Andrea 7-6 in the 3rd one year in DC. She also had a great record in Brighton. So put one of the indoor matchups in Brighton, and I will give Virginia a decent shot at avoiding a shutout in the overall matchups.
     
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    Yes, one of the real sorrows of the 80´s was not seeing the very best Andrea had to offer us.We, tennis fans, were very unfortunate that the three challengers, Austin,Jaeger and Mandlikova were a permanent case of injuries and accidents.In that sense, it is quite worse than the stabbing, if we do not consider moral implications.

    Of course, it helped a lot Navratilova,Evert and Graf.
     
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    Wade would win on grass and indoors, and Jaeger on clay and hard courts IMO. Given the conditions and surface distribtution of the era both (not just one) of these women played in, prime Wade would have the edge. Had they played today, Jaeger would have the edge.

    Jaeger seemed to do well vs Wade wherever they played (I don't know their exact history or head to head) but of the matches I recall that is the impression I got, but Wade was already slowing down significantly well before 1980 when they began to play. So I wouldn't put too much stock either way into their matches, unless old Wade had still managed to dominate them which obviously wasn't the case.

    I don't know that Jaeger would just easily hit through Wade. She didn't have the kind of firepower Tracy Austin or even Chris Evert had. I still remember watching the Eastborne final one year, when Jaeger was coming off a win over Navratilova in the semis and was playing probably her best ever grass tournament, but then foolishly tried to just trade with Austin in the final (probably out of foolish pride), and got something like 3 games.

    I do think Jaeger would win every single clay or slow/bouncy hard court match, while Jaeger would get wins over peak Wade everywhere, even on grass or carpet, if they played a long series of matches. So based on that, and not being given a specific time period they are playing, I guess for that reason I go with Andrea.
     
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    Jaeger vs Wade?
    New thread?
    Andrea smoked Wade at 80 W
    Grass was Jaeger worst turf
     
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