August 10, 1998 |
Peace, love and understanding arrived in time for the women's final at La Costa on Sunday. It's easy to explain: the kids have left the arena. Anna Kournikova, 17, never got here. Venus Williams, 18, hobbled off the court in obvious pain and then said she was fine, getting the point across in her mysterious, moody way. Finally, Martina Hingis, 17, said she gave up in the third set against Mary Pierce, and that her own mother, Melanie Molitor, said she played like a junior.
May 12, 1991 |
When she walks out onto the red clay court of Roland Garros in a couple of weeks, she may look the same, but be sure it's not the same old Gabriela Sabatini any more. "The big things have changed inside me," Sabatini said. "I feel more mature." The Buenos Aires native turns 21 Thursday. Sabatini, once widely regarded as the best example of underachievement in women's tennis, is now held in such high esteem that she is among the favorites to win the French Open.
April 24, 1997 |
Frank Brennan has seen just about everything in his 18 seasons as women's tennis coach at Stanford. But he's never had a player quite like Ania Bleszynski and at times that troubles him. She came to Stanford from Thousand Oaks three years ago as the No. 1 player in the United States in 18-and-under singles, and today she will return to play in the Pacific 10 Conference Championships in the Ojai Valley Tournament.
June 27, 1992 |
How do you start a war between the sexes? If you're Dutch player Richard Krajicek, you merely call women players "fat, lazy pigs" who don't deserve equal prize money with the men. Yeah, that ought to do it. In fact, it did. Krajicek, leveled in Wimbledon's third round by Frenchman Arnaud Boetsch, then leveled his female peers in interviews with Dutch and Italian television. Fat? Lazy? Pigs? That is what you said, right Richard?
August 14, 1999 |
The amazing dominance of Steffi Graf was something to behold for her fans, and, well, something for her rivals to fear. It was something memorable and unprecedented. On the day Graf announced her retirement from tennis, her friends and rivals on the WTA tour spoke of her brilliance and triumphs over injury and adversity. At her very best, she once won matches in thirtysomething minutes.
June 30, 1999 |
Brandis Braverman and Alexandra Stevenson have been friends and competitors since they were 8. They've had sleepovers as kids and they've been roommates as highly ranked juniors and lowly ranked professionals. "I'm probably closer to her than anyone in tennis," said Braverman, 19, of Newport Beach.