Originally Posted by MisterQ
Thanks for making that parallel. A few weeks ago I was trying to come up with an instance in men's tennis history where the clear No. 1 could not seem to beat the No. 2 for an extended period of time. I couldn't think of one, but you're right, there has been a similar situation on the women's side.
Except that Evert wasn't the clear #1 in 1979-80 when Austin was beating up on her. Navratilova was ranked #1 and Austin #2. I doubt that many people thought of Evert as the #1 player after she lost to Navratilova in the '79 Wimbledon final and then to Austin in the '79 US final.
Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)
"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)