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    Billie Jean King's superb 2021 autobiography ALL IN

    This is a much more honest book, and written with a lot of time and distance from her darkest days. I still have my issues with Billie Jean, but I do believe she has made a lasting positive mark on many lives and the world in general. I also appreciate her ability and willingness to make...
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    Bill Scanlon Dies

    I really liked Bill and his game. Cancer sucks.
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    Chris Evert: Queen of Clay

    Excellent observation. Maleeva was always accomplished and well prepared by the time she got to Paris. However, she rarely took advantage of openings in her draw. Maleeva should have absolutely been able to beat Sabatini at the 85 French QF , but Gaby beat her by being more aggressive. At...
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    Chris Evert: Queen of Clay

    I You're exactly right. Chris, in early 1985, was on record saying that it was Maleeva that she was keeping her eye on. It was because of Maleeva's mental attitude. Not a surprise that Evert would value that trait. Maleeva's forehand was tough, as was her forehand drop shot. The best...
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    Sampras "Hopefully kick his little ass"

    The women have always been held to a higher standard by the press, your officials, etc. It's not so bad today, but it wasn't that long ago that women were criticized for expressing confidence in themselves, with very few exceptions. The rank and file were supposed to show deference and be...
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    Steffi Graf - most versatile/complete player of all time

    Interesting comment from Chris, and of course she was right. I've never seen that French Open match, but I have seen their 85 German final, and Steffi played a very mature match. I missed Steffi's 85 US Open SF loss to Martina (that school bus driver just wouldn't go any faster). So the...
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    Steffi Graf - most versatile/complete player of all time

    I remember Billie Jean talking about her feet. That was what she noticed was her footwork and speed. I read about Steffi long before I ever saw her. And when I finally saw her I thought Sabatini had the better prospects because of her ability to play from anywhere in the court. But Steffi...
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    Steffi Graf - most versatile/complete player of all time

    I Steffi's backhand was a relative weakness. But compared to her forehand, any shot would be a relative weakness. That doesn't mean that she had no backhand. It was the most tested shot in history.
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    Steffi Graf - most versatile/complete player of all time

    I would agree that Martina was a more complete player than Steffi. Like most serve and volleyers she had to win a lot of points from the baseline. It's just not the same for baseliners that rarely have to venture into net. Martina's forehand was feared especially if you gave her one out...
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    Steffi Graf - most versatile/complete player of all time

    Steffi was a complete player, and she has a great case for GOAT. But there are a number of players I would rank above her in terms of a complete game. And while her record at the slams is phenomenal, the game had changed in the 90's with the virtual disappearance of variety amongst the...
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    How did the Maleeva sisters play?

    Love it! Thank you.
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    Is this the most solid consistent record for a # two player in a season?

    Come to think of it, I think I remember seeing Andrea sitting with Chris during the mixed final. Andrea was friends with Wendy so that might be why.
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    Is this the most solid consistent record for a # two player in a season?

    It's bizarre. The only thing I can think of is that Martina was next door. If it had been Chris next door she may have gone to her. I also find it bizarre that Martina did not react. Tough spot to be placed.
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    Is this the most solid consistent record for a # two player in a season?

    True. Which is why I qualified my statement about a focused, and motivated Andrea. But you're right, most of the time she didn't want to be there. She just did not fit into that world. Thankfully, she did get something out of it and realized the good that could come from the platform tennis...
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