1984 Wimbledon final - Navratilova & Evert
well, i *FINALLY* got a really good copy of the 84 wimbledon final to enjoy, and it was an eye-opener. we all would remember that chris ran off to a 2-break 3-0 start, but since the copy i had of the match was harder to follow than most, i rarely gave it a good look.
chris completed that first set with only TWO unforced errors and more impressively, she won 16 of her first 20 advances to the net!! while martina was held to a tame 23 of 40 net points! miraculously, martina's sheer will gave her that set 7-6.
in fact, evert also had a real opportunity--hung up by a let cord--to have gone up 4-0 in the first!! it truly is a game of inches, and what ifs...but that tiebreak may well never have been reached.
my memory was also that chris stopped being aggressive after the first set, but rather, she did continue barreling into net, and in fact held a 15-40 advantage in one game and 0-40 advantage in another in two of martina's first three service games of the 2nd set. martina served brilliantly to squeak free, chris did not relent.
i wanted to post about it because chris' very close 1985 wimby final with martina was MUCH less aggressive than this one--although the quality of the 85 final was unbeatable, chris by no means stormed the net on every short ball--and this match, even more than i realized, was a champagne-dazzling predecessor to their classic 84 Us Open final showdown.
Even at 2-5 down in the third, Chris comes rallying back from 0-40 3-championship-point deficit to bring on a long thrilling deuce finish, again gaining break points, and pushing martina to win only after a 5th match point.
Alfa, have you seen this one??? I would have to think it would be your favorite chris evert match. i dont remember her ever being more aggressive...and her net skill is often surprising. but its interesting, i even got some clips of BJK before the match saying chris should stick to her bread & butter at the back of the court! what a reversal of personalities to have BJK say 'stay at the baseline' is the right ploy and have chris be the one who decides to rush net.
but for history's sake, this match brought their h2h rivalry to 30-all, and it certainly was a trend-turner. Definitely a worthy match for the 100-year anniversary of womens play at the Big W.
Last edited by daze11; Jun 13th, 2006 at 01:58 AM.