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Video of Segura uncoiling the shot suggests that Kramer may be right. Segura would unleash his two-fisted forehand with almost manic intensity, drawing the racquet back past his hips and then extended fully through the ball and finishing with a clean follow through over his right shoulder.

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His forward momentum brought him into the court, making him a difficult opponent to face. Segura could drive balls from the baseline or use his athleticism to charge the net. While speed, mobility, and agility were the hallmarks of his game, it was not a forgone conclusion that Segura would develop into a tennis champion. He was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as one of seven children who wasn't blessed with the finer things in life.

The Segura family was poor and young Pancho suffered from rickets, a calcium deficiency in the bones of children that causes them to soften and weaken. In some cases, rickets causes skeletal deformities, and Segura danced about the court on thin, bowed legs. Despite the distance, news of the Latin American champion with the infectious smile, unorthodox two-handed forehand, and flimsy legs traveled quickly, catching the attention of the great U.

Mulloy offered Segura a scholarship and the 5-foot-6 hitting dynamo repaid the gesture by winning the NCAA Singles Championship three straight years In singles, his best finishers were four consecutive trips to the U. National semifinals , , , and the third round at Wimbledon and the French Championships, both in In mixed doubles play, he was a finalist at the U.

Nationals in with Pauline Betz , and in alongside Gussy Moran. He always won , , In my day there was no tiebreak. So if you lost your serve you were dead with Kramer. Favourite Meal: I eat everything in sight. Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Vanilla.

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And losing to Kramer in Wimbledon in Favourite Tournaments: Australia. And all the Grand Slams. Several tests of the game. Winning always gives you confidence and you have a happy ending. When you lose — I hated myself.

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I was a tough competitor. I hated to lose. At Forest Hills. And going around with Ava Gardner, it was fun.

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He could come in on the return of serve. You never see Nadal attack the serve and take the net away. Del Potro is going to be better than Andy Murray because he has a better serve.

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Every second serve, del Potro should cream it. What counts in tennis is who makes the first shot tougher. If you can do it when you serve or return, you got it made. Funniest Player Encountered: Carl Erne. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content Pancho Segura was as good as any other tennis player out there, back when he was at the top of his game in the s and s. Share this: Twitter Facebook Pinterest. Like this: Like Loading