1985 Federation Cup, Nagoya 

Third straight triumph for Mandlikova and Czechoslovakia in 1985 Federation Cup

Nagoya, Oct. 14, 1985

Headquarters of the 1985 Federation Cup, the Green Tennis Club of Nagoya saw the third victory in three years of Czechoslovakia, carried at arm’s length by a radiant Mandlikova.

Mandlikova 1985 Fédération cup nagoya

Sovereign Mandlikova in 1985 Federation Cup

Of the thirty-eight nations involved in the 1985 Federation Cup (a record), what could have prevented Czechoslovakia from achieving a third consecutive success? Theoretically, the United States and Germany were in the best position. Theoretically only because, deprived of their best representatives, these countries could not worry the Czechoslovakia team led by a Hana Mandlikova just crowned with her victory at the U.S. Open.

In these conditions, Czechoslovakia actually won the event for the third time in three years by winning the final versus the United States on the magnificent center court of the Green Tennis Club of Nagoya, which lives up to its name since it is located in a bowl of hardworm, at the gates of the largest suburb of Nagoya called Toyota City where golf practices brutally give way to rice fields.

Hana Mandlikova: The Driving Force Behind Czechoslovakia’s Tennis Triumph in 1985 Federation Cup

Czechoslovakia won but its course was not as triumphant as one might hope. Let us even say that if Hana Mandlikova had not shown a mastery and self-confidence worthy of a US Open champion, the victory of her country would have been very compromised as her partner, Helena Sukova, was far from her peak-form.

Beaten in the second round by the little Swiss Liliane Drescher and in the semi-final by the Bulgarian Katerina Maleeva, she had all the difficulties in the world to win against the very modest Hungarian Csilla Bartos in the quarterfinals and the bowler Elise Burgin in the final in the last set.

The second singles between Kathy Jordan and Hana Mandlikova resulted in a hung first set won 7/5 by Czechoslovakia who flew to victory in the second set (3/0) when rain interrupted the game until the next day. But on Monday morning, Hana, still as sovereign, concludes with a masterful 6/1.

Sibling Rivalry on the Court: Hana Mandlikova Leads Czechoslovakia Against Katerina and Manuela Maleeva’s Bulgaria

In the end, it was Bulgaria that gave Czechoslovakia the most trouble in the semi-finals. Remarkable for her composure and combativeness, Katerina Maleeva made a remarkable run during the week by winning her four singles matches successively in Elisenko (USSR), Goles (Yugoslavia), Durie (Great Britain) and Sukova (Czechoslovakia), Katerina was much more motivated than her sister Manuela who seems tired, saturated with tennis.

Inside the 1985 Federation Cup: Hana Mandlikova on the Unique Atmosphere and Opportunities for Tennis Players

Let’s come to what really makes the Federation Cup so attractive. As Hana Mandlikova explains in the interview she gave us, there is an absolutely unique atmosphere in this event that allows the best to breathe and breathe by getting out for a week of the jungle of the tournament circuit and the less good to live a week with the “greats”, which gives them the opportunity to learn something but also to prove their worth by hanging on like crazy against opponents deemed stronger.

The event met a huge success with 36,000 spectators along the week at Toyota City.

1st round Czechoslovakia vs Greece in 1985 Federation Cup

U.S. Open champion Hana Mandlikova routed Angeliki Kanellopoulou, 6-2. 6-0, yesterday to help defending champion Czechoslovakia defeat Greece, 2-1, in the opening round of the Federation Cup.

2d round Czechoslovakia vs Switzerland in 1985 Federation Cup

The top seeded Czech team, favored to win the event for the second consecutive year, was given a scare yesterday from an unlikely quarter.

Unseeded Switzerland -took a 1-0 lead when Lilian Drescher, its No 2 player and ranked 64 in the world, upset the world’s ninth ranked player, Helena Sukova, in straight sets, 7-6(4), 6-3.

Hana Mandlikova, the reigning US Open champion and the third ranked player in the world, quickly redeemed the Czech’s position when she beat Christiane Jolissaint in two sets. But the Swiss girl did not go down without a fight as the first set reached the tie break before Mandlikova took charge, winning the match 7-6(1) 6-1.

Mandlikova 1985 Fédération cup nagoya

The Czechs secured victory in the doubles when Mandlikova and Sukova beat Jolissaint and Drescher 6-1, 6-2.

Temesvari 1985 Fédération cup nagoya

Quarterfinal Czechoslovakia vs Hungary in 1985 Federation Cup

Czechoslovakia, the top seed, beat Hungary 3-0 and will play Bulgaria, a 2-1 winner over Great-Britain.

Czech teen-ager Helena Sukova, ranked ninth in the world, lost the first set to Hungary’s Csilla Bartos 6-7 after a 5-7 tiebreaker. But Sukova, 19, the daughter of former Wimbledon finalist Vera Sukova and a former ball girl for Navratilova, fought back strongly and took the last two sets, 6-2,6-2.

“She (Bartos) served superbly in the first set,” Sukova said. “I lost the tiebreaker after taking a 5-3 lead, but , I believed I would win eventually, so I tried my best »

Czech star Hana Mandlikova, ranked third in the world, crushed Hungary’s Andrea Temesvari 6-3, 6-3 for her 13th straight victory in the singles of the Federation Cup.

Mandlikova, who became the first foreign citizen since 1973 to win the women’s singles title at the U.S. Open in September, told reporters:

“Sometimes I have nice shots. I served good, but my serve returns went not so good.”

The Czech pairs of Regina Marsikova and Andrea Holikova defeated the Hungarian team of Bartos and Temesvari 6-4, 6-3, on the hard courts of the Nagoya Green Tennis Club.

Semifinal Czechoslovakia vs Bulgaria in 1985 Federation Cup

Top-seeded Czechoslovakia captured the decisive doubles to defeat Bulgaria 2 – 1 and advance to the final. Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria divided the two singles matches for a 1-1 tie. Bulgarian Katerina Maleeva downed Helena Sukova 6 – 3, 7 – 6 (8 – 6) in the first singles match, before Hana Mandlikova  downed Manuela Maleeva 3-6, 6-2, 6 – 1.

Maleeva 1985 Fédération cup nagoya

In the decisive doubles match, Mandlikova teamed with Sukova to beat the Maleevas 6-3, 7- 6 (7 – 4).

Final Czechoslovakia vs USA

Top-seeded Czechoslovakia won the Federation Cup  for the third consecutive year, defeating No. 2 United States 2-1.

Hana Mandlikova, leading Kathy Jordan 7-5, 3-0 when rain halted their singles match Sunday, needed just 10 minutes and four games to nail down a 6-1 victory in the second set, clinching the triumph for her team.

Mandlikovain 1985 Fédération cup nagoya

“I was playing well in the second set (Sunday), so I was disappointed when the game came to a halt,” Mandlikova said. “This morning, I felt good during the warm-up.”

The Czechoslovak team received $70,000 while the U.S. took home $35,000.

Mandlikova, ranked third in the world, broke Jordan‘s serve and then held her own for a 5-0 lead before Jordan, ranked 15th, won her serve at love. The Czech star then wrapped up the match with an excellent passing shot and a smash.

The Czechoslovaks had gone ahead 1-0 Sunday when Helena Sukova beat Elise Burgin 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4. The Czechs ended up with a 2-1 victory after losing the doubles Monday as Jordan and Burgin beat Regina Marsikova and Andrea Holikova 6-2, 6-3.

Jordan in 1985 Fédération cup

Article compiled from : Alain Deflassieux/Tennis de France, UPI, AP



  • Nagoya, Jap. – Oct. 6-14, 1985
  • $300,000 – Nagoya Green TC –Hardcourt

Singles  : 

  • R1 : + Angeliki Kanellopoulou 6-2 6-0
  • R2 : + Christiane Jolissaint 7-6(1) 6-1
  • QF : + Andrea Temesvari 6-3 6-4
  • SF : + Manuela Maleeva 3-6 6-2 6-1
  • F : + Kathy Jordan 7-5 6-1


Doubles : w/ Helena Sukova

  • R2 : + Liliane Dresher/ Christiane Jolissaint 6-1 6-2
  • SF : + Katerina Maleeva/ Manuela Maleeva 6-3 7-6(4)