Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: United States of America
I have several times quoted from an old Cindy Schmerler article she did in WorldTennis just before it crashed at the beginning of the 90s. In it, she asked a very nice cross-section of women tennis greats who they most hated to play, and why. The answer I have quoted more than once in previous threads was that of Martina Navratilova: "Billie Jean King knew exactly what to do to pick my game apart, and she did it!"
Interestingly, Billie Jean King's response was: "Margaret Court and Chris Evert, just because they were who they were."
That answer leads me to believe she's not saying the she couldn't beat them, or that they knew how to pick her game apart, etc., but that they were the only players who could, simply through their presence on the other side of the net, actually have an effect on Billie Jean's play. It takes a lot to get this kind of response out of the pround champion that Ms. King is, and I think it's a pretty fair assessment.
There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.