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Old 09-23-2012, 11:17 PM   #16
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Personally, I am happy Sukova is nominated for the Hall of Fame. I always liked her. She just played in one of the toughest, most top heavy eras in the history of the women's game.

She had great doubles success over a decade of time. She and Novotna nearly (and should have) won the Grand Slam in 1990. She also won with Kohde Kilsch over Navratilova and Shriver, and then 10 years later with Hingis.

She was mainstay on the Czech Fed Cup team. And she comes from a big tennis family. I think that was a great contributing factor to her nomination. She wasn't just a doubles specialist. She did reach #4 in singles, and was a top tenner for nearly a decade.

As for her singles career, she reached major finals almost 10 years apart. In 1984, when she stunned Martina, ending her 74 match winning streak on grass in the Australian Open semis. And then beating Martina again and world #2 Arantxa en route to her second US Open final in 1993.

To get to her 4 major finals, she beat either Martina Navratilova or Chris Evert. And she lost her 4 major finals to Evert, Navratilova, and Graf (2x). She reached more major finals than any other women in the Open era, without winning one. A shame. But still, a stellar career nonetheless.
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