There're more important things to life than winning a RG, but you shouldn't have to expect a 20 year old champion to be saying that. It wasn't someone making excuses- they'd got to the finals twice and they were advancing a fourth time, and they made that comment about needing oxygen but not RG. Look at how worse Graf was when you compare that maturity at age 20 to Graf desperately cheating and huffing and puffing like a freaking kid at age 29. It's absurd. She didn't deserve to win ever again if you ask me. A flawed personality for all the flawed personalities out there.Well if you approached me with this topic about 5 or so years ago, I would have called you a sore loser. In a general sense, I mean, not truly you. Despite our disagreements from time to time, I do share your perspective that Steffi was outplayed by Martina on this day. I'm of the mind that she deserved to lose this match and win Wimbledon. Maybe the Martina doubles resurgence was a form of karma? She never won a singles open title again after this loss.
Hingis lost her slams from '99 and on because she choked or got tired. I blame injuries for the second. No excuse for the first. Even that wimpy '98 Hingis would've cloroxed Capriati if she had four match points. The Hingis of the 2010s would've done the same thing- she wasn't winning doubles slams at 30, playing like she did in '01-'02. But that pushing game was working on Capriati because of the heat, and a little heat stroke was mistaken for Capriati not knowing how to play. For the second, though, you also gotta think about why Hingis flopped after losing the third set in both these matches. She said it was motivational, but it's much harder to grind out a win, like she had to do, when your feet are destroyed. That was why she took some of her breaks, too.