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Re: Chris Evert Thread
Originally Posted by Sumarokov-Elston
While it was pretty well-known that Evert's backhand was better than her forehand (all relative, of course), two particular stand-out matches for her forehand are the 1986 French Open final against Navratilova (win) and the 1989 Boca Raton final against Graf (loss).
The forehand is harder to suddenly change the pace, hit with more spin, but Evert could hit sidespin forehands down the line that just kept moving away from her opponent, and she could also produce a dropshot out of nowhere (incredible example is first match point she saved against Seles in the 1988 Houston final).
Also, it must be noted that, while Evert hadn't yet honed in on her forehand, the placement and shot selection was there. Margaret had an incredible cross-court stinger of a forehand- most time hit on the run and catching her opponent unaware of the angle she could hit with pace. It was her hardest-hit shot, and very seldom did she put in anywhere but within inches of the sideline and deep. The top players obviously expected it, but it won a ton of points for her. The best I've ever seen Chris play off both sides at the same time was that warm-up exhibition in Paris (vs. Navratilova) in 1987. Martina didn't play badly, but Chris was rifling both returns and groundstrokes off the forehand with heavy pace and accuracy, on a fast indoor court!
There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.