Still, Mandlikova is showing signs of growing maturity. Evert Lloyd said the old Hana most likely "would have cracked" when Chris, with the crowd loudly behind her, came back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the second set at 5-5; the new Hana simply raised her game a notch.
Good thing Mandlikova can lift her level when she wants to, because Graf, ranked No. 3 at the moment, is considered a first-rate choice to be No. 1 herself someday. Graf is a disciplined player, possessed of great resolve, but she needs experience. She is as calm as Mandlikova is mercurial. "My dream, for sure, is to get to No. 1," says Graf, who already this year has made it to the finals of two events, losing both times to Evert Lloyd. Since 1985, Graf is 0-6 against Chris and 0-3 against Martina. Graf also lacks confidence. Asked how she might beat Navratilova in the semifinals, Graf said: "If I play out of my mind. But she never lets you get into the rhythm." Then she went out and lost, 6-2, 6-2.
Talk like that doesn't appeal to Mandlikova, who predictably has even grander designs: "I know I would appreciate it more being No. 1 if I make it while they are still here," she says. They know who they are.