Looking back over my previous post in the Mandlikova/Sanchez thread, it comes across more harsh towards Martina and Chris than I actually intended it to be. But I didn't want to further hijack the thread by trying to tidy up things. So I thought I'd start a thread about 80's cat fights. In the decade of shows like "Dallas" and power struggles between women like Krystal and Alexis, it was appropriate that there were some fisticuffs in the world's most visible womens sport too. And there were plenty. Here's a few of my favorites: Chris vs. Tracy -- When Tracy came along, Chris must have felt like the Bionic Woman did when the Fem Bots were introduced. Tracy seemed to be a leaner, meaner, although more mechanical version of herself. For the first time in her life, Chris ran into someone who could play her own game almost as well as she herself could. The 1980 US Open semi against Tracy might be the most important win of Chris' career. For Tracy, she obviously grew up idolizing Chris. But she chose to move away from the feelings of hero-worship and not acknowledge this. After all, she now had to compete with Chris, not cheer for her from her living room floor. But this hits one of Chris' sensitive buttons. Martina vs. Hana -- Hana was to Martina what Tracy was to Chris. They played a similar style, and if anyone could match Martina's athleticism and shotmaking, it was Hana. So Martina felt threatened by her. Add to the tempest the politics involved and things were not good between the two for a couple of years. At 1981 Wimbledon, the committee recognizes Hana's recent success of 3 grand slam finals in a row and 2 grand slams won in a row, mostly recently the French which included a rare Evert defeat on clay. Even though she is only 5th on the computer (which made no sense), they made Hana the #2 seed over Martina. Martina complains bitterly, but is destined to meet Hana in the semis. She fails to back her talk up as Hana wins 6-1 in the 3rd. But after losing to Martina in the 1984 French semis, Hana mocks her during the press conference implying that playing Martina was like playing a man. The two met the next day in the doubles final and Hana was seen doing muscle-man poses at Martina. Funny in a 12 year old kind of way, but incredibly mean-spirited and rude by Hana. Martina vs. Chris -- Martina usurps Chris as the number 1 player in 1982. Although its very close and comes down to the year end championships, ultimately won by Martina. In 1983, Martina wins 3 of 4 slams, completes a career slam, loses only 1 match, and steamrolls #2 Chris. Martina says that she's now one of the all time greats. To which Chris says, "She's only had 2 good years." Chris continues to say this well into 1984 even after being beaten soundly by Martina on Florida clay and at the French Open. Chris finally makes her own stand at the 1984 US Open, and then ultimately rekindles the rivalry in 1985. But for a long time she was in denial to what everyone else could plainly see - Martina was indeed one of the greats of all time. Martina then insults Chris after losing to her 6-0, 6-4 in Houston in 1988. She chalked Chris' win up to more of her own mistakes than Chris' good play. Chris tells a crying Martina during the winners speech that she didn't think she played that badly as the crowd roars. Then there was matchpoint during their 1988 Wimbledon semi.......... Chris vs. Hana -- Chris is the polished, diplomatic quintessential promoter's dream. She's lovely to look at. Sponsors love her. Tv cameras love her. And she's perhaps the greatest public ambassador that the sport ever had. Hana is from a communist nation that places more value on frankness than diplomacy. And it shows in how she handles questions from the media. She has problems with English, is somewhat intimidated by the openess of American society, and learned very quickly to distrust those that wanted something from her. A very telling comment from the 1986 Fed Cup in Prague is from Hana about Chris. She says that she hopes Chris will now better understand her having been to Hana's home country. Chris says things to the press like "I knew I would beat her if I played her at Wimbledon" after beating Hana for the title in 1981. Hana loses a 3 setter to Chris in Paris in 1983 and says, "If I'm healthy and play the way I know I can, I beat her 2 and 2." During the 1984 Wimbledon tournament, the media is anticipating a showdown between Martina and Hana, whom Hana thinks she can beat. Chris takes exception to Hana and anyone else who thinks she's slipping and beats her 6-1, 6-2 in the semis. Then she says of Hana, "Maybe she got pysched up for the wrong match." Not to be outdone, Chris goes from tactful to tacky when after losing to Hana at the 1985 US Open, Chris says that her "heart wasn't in it" and that "Martina will beat her." Hana gets the last laugh when she defeats Martina the next day. So what are you favorites? Chris vs. Pam? Pam vs. Wendy? Martina vs. Jo? Steffi vs. Sylvia? There were a bunch of them.