WIMBLEDON '95: SERVICE RECORD OF; THE WOMEN'S SEEDS
Sunday 25 June 1995
Five titles since 1988. But in difficult conditions made a shock first-round exit last year at the hands of Lori McNeil
In spite of chronic back problem and frequent bouts of illness, has won all five of the tournaments she has entered, including the French Open
Athleticism, discipline, a fierce forehand, and a sliced backhand that provides her with one of the most effective approach shots in grass court tennis
Impatience, and occasional nervousness. The forehand is a go-for- broke shot with which she can often miss
Darling of German tennis who now spends most of her time out of the country - in Boca Raton, Florida, or New York. Boyfriend is Michael Bartels, a German racing driver
"I still love the game so much that I hope to be able to compete for a little while"
2 ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO
Debut 1987. Never got beyond the quarter-finals
Twice a runner-up in Grand Slams: to Mary Pierce in Australia, and Steffi Graf in Paris. Won two tournaments
Tremendous fighting spirit and rarely troubled by self-doubt. Is tough, aggressive with a great ability to retrive from the beyond the baseline
Clay is what matters to Sanchez, and thus it is the French Open, not Wimbledon, that is the focus of her season. Volleying not her strong point - but then usually it doesn't have to be
At the heart of the thriving tennis scene in Barcelona, city of her birth. Member of an illustrious family of tennis players
"It's a weekday. People are in their offices." (Explaining the lack of adoring fans on her return from winning the French Open last year)
3 CONCHITA MARTINEZ
Surprise winner last year, after reaching the semis in 1993 and second round in 1992, her other two appearances
Unbeaten in four tournaments on clay (Hilton Head, Amelia Island, Hamburg and Rome) until Graf knocked her out in semi-finals of French Open
Strong all-court game with a booming backhand, which was mainly what did for Martina Navratilova in last year's final
Her mind can play tricks with her. Lacks the ability to take a grip against the toughest opponents
Another Barcelona girl, though she was born in Monzon, 150 miles to the west. Great friends with Gigi Fernandez
Julie T Wallace
"I know everyone wanted Martina to win, but I'm not sorry she didn't"
4 JANE NOVOTNA
Famously runner-up to Graf in 1993 when she led 4-1 in the third set. Beaten in last year's quarter-finals
Won in Linz; beaten by Chanda Rubin in third round at French Open after being 5-0 up in the final set and 40-0 on her opponent's serve
Has always looked good at Wimbledon, and her success in reaching 1993 final was no fluke. Clean striker of the ball who moves well and has plenty of class
Tenative and prone to lose hr rhythm. After her latest collapse in the French Open, her status as the No 1 choker of the women's is unchallenged
Born in Brno, lives in Belgium. Coached by Hana Mandlikova. Likes a royal shoulder to cry on
"It can happen to anybody" (on losing from a winning position)
5 MARY PIERCE
None, having made late withdrawals from both the past two tournaments
Won first Grand Slam title in Australia. Lost in quarter-finals of French Open
Player of moods who has the strength of shot to blast opponents off the court. Tall, imposing, and a flamboyant hitter with a forehand that, on its day, is even better than Steffi Graf's
Inexperienced on grass. The spotlight will be on her after her two previous non-
appearances, and she probably will not enjoy it
Vivid. Survived upbringing at hands of violent father to represent country of her mother's birth, although she was born in Canada and grew up in the United States
"They are very nice guys and I like to have them with me." (On her bodyguards)
6 KIMIKO DATE
Third round last year was her best effort in five attempts
One title, runner-up to Steffi Graf at Lipton tournament in Florida, semi-finalist in French Open
Durability, footwork, concentration. Has an interesting, forehand rarely seen these days - hit flat rather than with top-spin, which is the Japanese style. Steady serve
Yet to feel comfortable as a top player. Goes into Wimbledon tired after her Paris performance, she says, and unsettled by newspaper allegations about her love life
Born Kyoto, lives in Tokyo. Naturally left-handed, but had to change according to Japanese custom
Setsuko Hara (the Garbo of Japanese cinema)
"There is no special meaning in my smile"
7 LINDSAY DAVENPORT
Quarter-finalist last year at only her second attempt
Quarter-finalist in Australian Open. Beat Date to win in Strasbourg before losing to her in fourth round of French Open
Gives it all she's got - which is quite a lot from a 6ft 2in, 12st frame. Meaty forehand and effective serve make her a tough proposition on grass
Easily outmanoeuvred, partly because of her physique, partly because she has yet to learn the finer points of tennis tactics
Born and lives in California. Approved of by women's tour for remaining in school after she had turned professional
"I couldn't miss my high school prom"
8 GABRIELA SABATINI
Has played every time since first appearance in 1985. Runner-up in 1991, fourth round last year
Won in Sydney at start of year. Beaten by Graf in quarter-finals of French Open
Backhand was great; it is still good. Now one of the most experienced players on the Tour, who will be out to prove that she can reproduce the glorious form of 1991
A testing serve is a pre-requisite in the modern game. Sabatini's tends to the wishy-washy, and her mental outlook is sometimes as much of a handicap
Born and lives in Buenos Aires. Bought a full working ranch in Argentina in 1992 and appointed her father, a former General Motors executive, to run it
"I like to spend time with my pet dog Clayton"
9 ANKE HUBER
Never got further than fourth round in five attempts since 1990
Twice a semi-finalist, in Delray Beach and Hamburg. Beaten by Graf in fourth round of French Open
Improved consistency, greater aggression. Hits a mean two-fisted backhand. Has benefited from growing up while her country's attention was all on Steffi Graf
Lack of self-belief. Head tends to drop when the points are not going her way. Still too young to stand much chance of inflicting any serious damage
Born Bruchsal, near Heidelberg. Still lives in Germany. Another dog-lover: hers is a Tibetan terrier named Buru
"I try to play my own game, but sometimes it's difficult"
10 NATALIA ZVEREVA
Played every year since 1987. Three times a quarter-finalist
Runner-up to Mary Joe Fernandez in Indian Wells, but made a surprise first-round exit from the French Open
Fluent strokemaker with plenty of flair, who even the best players need to be wary of. Prepared to gamble
Inconsistency and lack of concentration. There is a limit to how much work she is prepared to put into her tennis
Born and lives in Minsk. One of the more independent-minded women on the Tour, with a cheerful, take-it-or-leave-it attitude that appeals to her fellow-pros
A young Wendy Craig
"I need to enjoy myself. If I'm not, my tennis suffers"
11 IVA MAJOLI
Lost in the first round last year, her only appearance
Confirmed her status as rising star of world game. Knocked Mary Pierce out of French Open before losing in quarter- finals
Sound technique allied to much greater tactical awareness than might be expected of one so young
Virtually no experience on grass. Can hardly be expected to be a dominant figure at Wimbledon - yet. Even Martina Navratilova took five years before she won it
Born in Zagreb. Joined Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida but missed family and friends and came home
A young Flora Robson
"It's pretty boring in Florida. There are so many old people"
12 AMY FRAZIER
Six appearances. Fourth round in 1991 and 1992. Knocked out in first round last year
Beat Kimiko Date to win Japanese Open. Semi-finalist in Oklahoma City. Lost in third round of French Open
Big-hitting right-hander who beat Monica Seles in 1990 and has wins over most of the other top players
Erratic. Numerous early-round exits and moderate form on grass suggests Wimbledon is probably not for her
Born St Louis, Missouri, lives in Michigan. High achiever academically who began playing tennis when she was three
Farrah Fawcett Majors
"My favourite colour is blue"
13 MARY JOE FERNANDEZ
Eight appearances. Best was 1991 when she reached the semi-final
Won in Indian Wells, but lost in first round of French Open
Tall (5ft 10in) and stately presence about the court, whose flowing game has brought her success before and can do so again
Often fails to punch her weight. Not the quickest mover and, with the exception of 1991 a mostly indifferent performer on grass
Born Dominican Republic, lives in Miami. It's Joe with an "e" because her name is an anglicised version of Maria-Jose
"We should try to stop kids dropping out of school early"
14 NAOKO SAWAMATSU
Played every year since 1990. Fourth round in 1992 and 1994
Quarter-finalist in Australian Open, semi-finalist in Indian Wells, third round in French Open
Tidy, efficient, gutsy competitor whose quiet progress has been overshadowed by the rise of compatriot Kimiko Date
In spite of reasonable amount of experience, has never shown the power and speed to be a serious contender on grass
Born and lives in Nishinomiya, near Kobe. Read Japanese literature at Kobe University. Plays the piano
Syliva Chang (Eat Drink, Man Woman)
"I want to do well at Wimbledon because my aunt won the doubles there in 1975"
15 BRENDA SCHULTZ-MCCARTHY
Never got further than fourth round in seven attempts
Won in Oklahoma City, semi-finalist at Delray Beach, second round at French Open
With a serve that regularly clocks in at 120mph-plus - the fastest on the circuit - Schultz is made for grass. Decent run is somewhat overdue
At 6ft 2in, mobility can be a problem. Can be a little slow off the mark, and over- reliant on her serve
Born in Haarlem. Homes in Holland and Florida. Has learnt tae kwan do, not that anyone is likely to want to take her on
"It doesn't matter if you win or lose until you lose"
16 HELENA SUKOVA
More than any other seed. Five quarter-
finals from 13 appearances.
Has played very little. Semi-finalist in Rome. Lost in first round of French Open
Experience. Still a graceful mover and strokemaker who will feel relaxed and at home on the All England courts. Height gives her a big advantage overhead
Seems to have reached a point beyond which it will be difficult for her to progress. Tends to be over-run by younger, hungrier players
Born Prague, lives in Monte Carlo. Mother Vera was finalist in 1962. Father was president of Czech Tennis Federation
"It's the history and tradition of Wimbledon that makes me come back"
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