Popular Tennis Player Hana Mandlikova

by on November 19, 2012
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Hana Mandlikova

Of Czech origin, Hana Mandlikova is an adept tennis player who dominated the tennis arena with her articulate skills and beautiful display of strokes throughout the 1980s. Having represented two countries, first her native country Czechoslovakia and later on Australia, Hana Mandlikova is certainly a renowned name in the galore of tennis and is remembered and hauled by many for the beauty with which she would display her skills at the game of tennis.

She is proudly acclaimed as the victor of four Grand Slams, namely two Australian Opens and one Us Open and French Open each. Such an accomplishment is one of the many other reasons why she is remembered as an exceptionally talented tennis player even two decades after her retirement.

While she emerged successful and was hailed victor at four Grand Slams, she nonetheless managed to reach the finals four more times, at all of which she was declared runner-up. Other than that, Hana Mandlikova also has to her name the honour of being crowned victorious at the US Open doubles in 1989, a feat she accomplished in partnership with her accomplice Martina Navratilova.

Injuries affected much of the latter part of the career of Hana Mandlikova, forcing her to retire at a surprisingly early age of 28. Had her career not fallen prey to this menace, the world of tennis would surely have gotten to see much more from this legend and would have had a lot more accolades to associate her name with for sure.

Greatest tennis rivalries: Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert

Greatest tennis rivalries: Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert

The 15 years rivalry between the greatest female tennis players Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert is considered to be the longest in women’s tennis. Their rivalry became legendary because they met so often in the finals. Navratilova had an ultimate volley and serve whereas Evert had a powerful baseline game plan. Evert and Navratilova played each other 80 times from 1973 to 1988.
 Evert holds the record at the US Open for the record for most wins in the singles competition 101 and she managed to win at least one Grand Slam title each year for 13 consecutive years of her career. 

Navratilova led head-to-head 43-37, including 36-25 finals. Both met each other in 14 Grand Slam finals. Navratilova won the finals 10 out of 14 times. Evert and Navratilova both won the Grand Slams 18 times each. Martina Navratilova holds the open era record for most singles’ titles, 167 and doubles titles 177. She has a record of the longest winning streak in the open era (74 consecutive matches) and three of the six longest winning streaks in the women’s open era. Evert’s career percentage record in singles’ matches of 1,309–146 (90%), is the best of any professional player in tennis history. Some general information about Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova is:

Evert

Navratilova

Date of Birth:

December 21, 1954

October 18, 1956

Country:

United States

United States

Height:

5′ 6″

5 ft 8 inch

Career Singles Titles:

107

167

Career Doubles Titles:

32

177

Career Prize Money:

$8 million

$21 million

Career record (singles):

1309-146

1442-219

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career statistic of famous female tennis player, Chris Evert:

 

Career statistics of famous female tennis player, Martina Navratilova:

Now this is what we call a rivalry. These two players have set such huge benchmarks that no one has been able to reach that mark or even close to it!

Famous female tennis player: Martina Navratilova

Famous female tennis player: Martina Navratilova

Famous tennis player, Martina Navratilova no doubt is one the finest and a successful women tennis player as far as the 20th century is concerned. Martina Navratilova was born on 18th October 1956 in Czechoslovakia. Navratilova endeavor the hearts of tennis fans with her impeccable tennis achievements which include 31 Grand Slam women’s double titles, 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed double titles. Martina’s 31 doubles Grand Slam wins are a record in tennis along with 9 Wimbledon women’s single title wins.

Martina Navratilova won her first Grand Slam in the year 1978 at Wimbledon when she was 22 years old. With this win, Martina got the World No. 1 rank for the first time in her tennis career. With this, Martina became unstoppable and she reached her career peak by dominating all tennis Grand Slams. Here are some of the records set by Martina Navratilova in tennis world:

  • Among the only three famous female tennis players, Martina Navratilova is the one who accomplished career Grand Slams in women’s single title, women’s double title and mixed doubles as well.
  • Martina holds the record of most singles titles (167) and double titles (177) in the open era.
  • Navratilova holds the record of longest winning streak in tennis (74 consecutive matches)
  • Martine Navratilova reached 11 consecutive singles finals of Grand Slam, only second to Steffi Graf’s thirteen consecutive singles.
  • Martina Navratilova equals the record of Billie Jean King of 20 Wimbledon titles (in singles, doubles and mixed doubles)
  • Next to Margaret Court’s 62 Grand Slam titles, Martina Navratilova has the second highest (58) Grand Slam titles.
  • During the open era, Martina won the most singles match (1,442)

French Open winners and runner-ups (female)-From 1989-1980

 

French Open winners and runner-ups (female)-From 1989-1980

The era of 1989-1980 in women French Open tennis tournaments was a sensational title run for two of the most female tennis players, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert-Lloyd, winning the most number of French Open title. Along with them, it was Steffi Graf who won multiple French Open titles and joined the Navratilova-Chris-Graff rival trio. The overall titles for these three female players along with their French Open titles are as follows:

  • Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam titles  out of which 9 titles are of Wimbledon, 2 are the French Open titles, 3 are Australian Open and 4 are US Open championship titles.
  • Chris Evert has also won 18 Grand Slam titles out of which Chris claimed 7 French Open titles, 3 Wimbledon titles, 2 Australian Open titles and 6 US Open championship titles.
  • Steffi Graf, only second to Margaret’s 24 titles, claimed 22 Grand Slams in which Graf claimed 6 French Open titles, 4 Australian Open titles, 7 Wimbledon titles and 5 US Open championship titles.

These three legendary players have either been runner-up or winner on the French Court, making it impossible for any other player to dominate the clay surface.  These legendary female tennis players ruled not only the clay court but all Grand Slams during this era. The list of female winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:

Winners of French Open Tennis Championship from 1989-1980 are:

  • Sanchez Vicario (1989)
  • Steffi Graf
  • Steffi Graf
  • Christ Evert-Lloyd
  • Chris-Evert-Lloyd
  • Martine Navratilova
  • Chris Evert-Lloyd
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Hana Mandlikova
  • Chris Evert-Lloyd
Runner-ups of French Open Tennis Championship from 1989-1980 are:
  • Steffi Graf
  • Natasha Zvereva
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Chris Evert-Lloyd
  • Mima Jausovec
  • Andrea Jaeger
  • Sylvia Hanika
  • Sylvia Hanika

Graff vs. Navratilova Rivalry at Wimbledon

Graff vs. Navratilova Rivalry at Wimbledon

When they came to Wimbledon in 1988, famous female tennis player Martina Navratilova arrived on the grass courts riding a wave of six consecutive women’s titles. Then, of course, she had also beaten the best tennis playerSteffi Graff the year before. While Graff carried a number one ranking, it still seemed, to many fans, to be a foregone conclusion that Martina would win again.

Martina did win the first set, 7-5 and her fans were ecstatic while Steffi’s faithful following were beginning to wonder if the young German player were under some sort of Wimbledon curse. After all, Steffi had just beaten the greatest ever tennis player Chris Evert at the Australian Open and then gone on to win the French Open, as well. Still, here was Martina Navratilova, winning the first two games of the second set and many of Graff’s fans began to expect a repeat of her previous year’s loss. Then, the tides took an abrupt turn. Steffi seemed to wake up and began to put her legendary forehand and that backhand slice to work. She won six games in a row and took the set 6-2.

Then, the two faced off for a final set. Graff shot out with a 5-1 lead over Martina who took a 40-love lead but with a pair of double-faults, the score came up deuce. Steffi then took the game, the set and the match. She had dethroned Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon and, unknowingly, yet another of tennis’ infamous rivalries had begun.

Famous German female tennis player Graff would repeat her win over Martina in the 1989 final and go on to win seven Wimbledon singles titles of her own. She never managed to equal Martina’s unmatched success at the prestigious British tournament, and the rivalry faded as the two drifted slowly towards retirement. Still, while it lasted, it made for some great tennis and matches between the two were always packed to capacity by fans that wanted to see what two of the greatest women players in history facing off was really like.