Originally Posted by BTURNER
How in hell does anyone get their strokes grooved playing Hana? You have no idea what shot she will hit or what to cover, and 'percentage tennis' is an absolute mockery in a Mandlikova match. There is no pattern and the options are unlimited. She personifies chaos theory. No one gets sleep or relaxes when they see Mandlikova as their next match.
Hana's blessing and her curse. She operated well in chaos which might explain why she played so consistently well at Flushing Meadow through most of her career.
All the players said what you just said - they couldn't get a rhythm against her. Bettina Bunge once said that if Hana knew what she was going to do, perhaps she could figure it out. Hana's imagination and gambit approaches freaked most out including Martina who would literally get MAD if Hana drop shotted off her second serve or rushed forward and half volleyed her first serve. This is why Chris was the perfect answer to Hana. She knew to mentally stay on her side of the net and play steady. If Hana hit winners, good for her. But the errors will come which Chris gobbled up.