“The rest of the pack have caught up with her”- When Chris Evert predicted Steffi Graf would not dominate women’s tennis

Chris Evert predicted again in 1990 that Steffi Graf would not dominate women’s tennis as different gamers caught up with her.

The German is one of the all-time greats of the recreation and had a glittering profession, profitable 22 Grand Slam singles titles, an Open Era document that stood for just about twenty years.

Graf used to be just about unplayable from 1987-1989 as she gained 233 out of 240 fits, profitable 8 out of 12 Grand Slams. This incorporated her ancient Golden Slam in 1988 when she gained all 4 Majors and the Olympic gold medal in Seoul.

Graf had a excellent 1990 season as smartly, profitable 72 out of 77 fits with 10 titles to her title. However, that used to be the yr when her father used to be occupied with a scandal again in Germany. She did arrange to win the Australian however misplaced the different 3 Majors.

Speaking about Steffi Graf later that yr, Chris Evert advised Bob Costas that the German had an overly tricky time with her private and bodily issues. The American additionally stated that Graf may well be the No. 1 ranked participant in women’s tennis for “the next few years” however that she would be not able to dominate the excursion as different gamers advanced and caught up to her.

“Steffi has had a real tough time this year with personal problems, her father has accused of a few things in Germany, and physical problems, she’s had a sinus operation on her nose. She’s just had a really tough year but it was bound to happen because she’s had three brilliant years. I have a lot of respect for her, I think she’s come out of this with a lof of dignity, and I think she can still continue to be No. 1 for the next few years but she will no longer dominate women’s tennis, the rest of the pack have caught up with her,” Chris Evert stated.

When requested a few imaginable resurgence for Steffi Graf, Evert stated that she used to be succesful of doing so however added that she had to deliver extra selection into her recreation and win extra issues at the internet.

“She’s got it. Her forehand doesn’t have as much sting as it used to and the girls are reading it a lot better. I think that Steffi will have to go to phase two and start to incorporate more volley in her game, approach the net and start winning from the net as well because she still basically has one style of play and it’s not good enough anymore,” Chris Evert added.


Steffi Graf ended her profession with 22 Grand Slam singles titles

Steffi Graf in action at Wimbledon in 1995

Steffi Graf ended up profitable any other 13 Grand Slam singles titles since Chris Evert’s prediction, thus completing her profession with 22 Majors. The German had 3 years (1993, 1995, 1996) all over which she gained 3 out of 4 Grand Slams.

The German ended her profession in 1999 after suffering with motivation and a knee harm and controlled to win her 6th French Open and twenty second Grand Slam identify earlier than achieving her closing Major ultimate at Wimbledon a couple of weeks later. She misplaced to Lindsay Davenport in directly units.

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