Hana Mandlikova
HANA MANDLIKOVA

Czechoslovakia/Australia
Born 19/2/1962
Australian Open 1980,1987
French Open 1981
US Open 1985

Hana Mandlikova was a flambouyant athletic player who was a favourite with crowds around the world, particularly in Australia. She grew up in Czechoslovakia. Her father was an Olympic runner. She was only 18 when she reached the final of the 1980 US Open, where she lost a tough match to Chris Evert. Mandlikova won the 1980 Australian Open beating Wendy Turnbull in the final. At the 1981 French Open Mandlikova beat clay court legend Chris Evert in the semis before an easy win over Sylvia Hanika in the final. At Wimbledon Mandlikova beat grass court legend Martina Navratilova in the semis but lost to Evert in the final. Mandlikova lost in the 1982 US Open final to Evert. At the 1985 US Open Mandlikova outlasted Evert in the semis before an epic final win over Navratilova on a third set tie break. At Wimbledon 1986 Mandlikova beat Evert in the semis before losing to Navratilova in the final. At the 1987 Australian Mandlikova hit top form beating Navratilova in the final in two tight sets. Mandlikova suffered from the fact her peak years coincided with both Navratilova and Evert, which meant she often had to beat both in order to win a Grand Slam. Therefore her four Grand Slam titles were hard earned. In the twilight of her career Mandlikova became an Australian citizen. She later coached Jana Novotna.

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