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Evert-Navratilova:Sports Greatest Rivalry

Lets talk about Martina and Chris's rivalry. IMO nothing compares to these two legends. 80 meetings! No other pair are linked the way these two are. Lets celebrate their great legacy

Thanks to Zummi's site-here is their complete head to head as accepted by most sources. I've added the surface(C=clay, G=grass, H=hard, I=indoor) and astericks (*) if it was an exhibition.

Year Place
1973 Akron, Ohio, US (I) Evert 7-6 6-3
1973 St. Petersburg, Florida, USA(C) Evert 7-5 6-3
1974 San Francisco, USA (I) Evert 6-7 6-4 6-1
1974 Italian Open (C) Evert 6-3 6-3
1975 San Francisco, USA (I) Evert 6-4 6-3
1975 Washington, D.C., USA (I) Navrátilová 3-6 6-4 7-6
1975 Akron, Ohio, USA (I) Evert 6-3 6-1
1975 Chicago, USA (I) Navrátilová 6-4 6-0
1975 Philadelphia, USA (I) Evert 7-6 6-4
1975 Los Angeles, USA (I) Evert 6-4 6-2
1975 Amelia Island, Floria, USA (C) Evert 7-5 6-4
1975 Italian Open(C) Evert 6-1 6-0
1975 French Open (C) Evert 2-6 6-2 6-1
1975 U.S. Open(C) Evert 6-4 6-4
1975 Atlanta, USA (I) Evert 2-6 6-2 6-0
1976 Austin, Texas, USA (H) *Evert 6-0 6-3
1976 Houston, USA(I) Navrátilová 6-3 6-4
1976 Wimbledon(G) Evert 6-3 4-6 6-4
1977 Washington, D.C., USA (I) Navrátilová 6-2 6-3
1977 Seattle, Washington, USA (I) Evert 6-2 6-4
1977 Los Angeles, USA(I) Evert 6-2 2-6 6-1
1977 Philadelphia, USA(I) Evert 6-4 4-6 6-3
1977 Tucson, Arizona, USA(H) *Evert 6-3 7-6
1977 Colgate Series Championships(H) Evert 6-4 6-1
1978 Eastbourne, UK(G) Navrátilová 6-4 4-6 9-7
1978 Wimbledon(G) Navrátilová 2-6 6-4 7-5
1978 Atlanta, USA(I) Evert 7-6 0-6 6-3
1978 Colgate Series Championships(H) Evert 6-3 6-3
1978 Tokyo, Japan(I) *Evert 7-5 6-2
1979 Oakland, California, USA(I) Navrátilová 7-5 7-5
1979 Los Angeles, USA (I) Evert 6-3 6-4
1979 Dallas, USA (I) Navrátilová 6-4 6-4
1979 Eastbourne, UK(G) Evert 7-5 5-7 13-11
1979 Wimbledon(G) Navrátilová 6-4 6-4
1979 Phoenix, Arizona, USA (H) Navrátilová 6-1 6-3
1979 Brighton, UK(I) Navrátilová 6-3 6-3
1980 Chicago, USA (I) Navrátilová 6-4 6-4
1980 Wimbledon(G) Evert 4-6 6-4 6-2
1980 Brighton, UK(I) Evert 6-4 5-7 6-3
1980 Tokyo, Japan(I) *Navrátilová 7-6 6-2
1981 Amelia Island, Florida, USA(C) Evert 6-0 6-0
1981 U.S. Open(H) Navrátilová 7-5 4-6 6-4
1981 Tokyo, Japan (I) *Navrátilová 6-3 6-2
1981 Sydney, Australia(G) Evert 6-4 2-6 6-1
1981 Australian Open(G) Navrátilová 6-7 6-4 7-5
1982 Wimbledon(G) Navrátilová 6-1 3-6 6-2
1982 Brighton, UK(I) Navrátilová 6-1 6-4
1982 Australian Open(G) Evert 6-3 2-6 6-3
1982 Toyota Championships(I) Navrátilová 4-6 6-1 6-2
1983 Dallas, USA(I) Navrátilová 6-4 6-0
1983 Virginia Slims Championships(I) Navrátilová 6-2 6-0
1983 Los Angeles, USA(I) Navrátilová 6-1 6-3
1983 Canadian Open(H) Navrátilová 6-4 4-6 6-1
1983 U.S. Open(H) Navrátilová 6-1 6-3
1983 Tokyo, Japan(I) *Navrátilová 6-2 6-2
1984 East Hanover, New Jersey, USA(I)Navrátilová 6-2 7-6
1984 Virginia Slims Championships(I)Navrátilová 6-3 7-5 6-1
1984 Amelia Island, Florida, USA(C) Navrátilová 6-2 6-0
1984 French Open(C) Navrátilová 6-3 6-1
1984 Wimbledon(G) Navrátilová 7-6 6-2
1984 U.S. Open(H) Navrátilová 4-6 6-4 6-4
1985 Key Biscayne, Florida, USA(H) Evert 6-2 6-4
1985 Delray Beach, Florida, USA (H) Navrátilová 6-2 6-4
1985 Dallas, USA(I) Navrátilová 6-3 6-4
1985 French Open(C) Evert 6-3 6-7 7-5
1985 Wimbledon(G) Navrátilová 4-6 6-3 6-2
1985 Australian Open(G) Navrátilová 6-2 4-6 6-2
1986 Dallas, USA(I) Navrátilová 6-2 6-1
1986 French Open(C) Evert 2-6 6-3 6-3
1986 Los Angeles, USA(H) Navrátilová 7-6 6-3
1987 Houston, USA (C) Evert 3-6 6-1 7-6
1987 French Open(C) Navrátilová 6-2 6-2
1987 Wimbledon(G) Navrátilová 6-2 5-7 6-4
1987 Los Angeles, USA (H) Evert 6-2 6-1
1987 Filderstadt, FRG(I) Navrátilová 7-5 6-1
1988 Australian Open(G) Evert 6-2 7-5
1988 Houston, USA(C) Evert 6-0 6-4
1988 Wimbledon(G) Navrátilová 6-1 4-6 7-5
1988 Filderstadt, FRG(I) Navrátilová 6-2 6-3
1988 Chicago, USA (I) Navrátilová 6-2 6-2

Navrátilová leads 43-37

Surface breakdown:
Cement: Navrátilová 9-7
Clay: Evert 11-3
Grass: Navrátilová 10-5
Indoors: Navrátilová 21-14

Year-by-Year breakdown:
1973: Evert 2-0
1974: Evert 2-0
1975: Evert 9-2
1976: Evert 2-1
1977: Evert 5-1
1978: Evert 3-2
1979: Navrátilová 5-2
1980: Tied 2-2
1981: Navrátilová 3-2
1982: Navrátilová 3-1
1983: Navrátilová 6-0
1984: Navrátilová 6-0
1985: Navrátilová 4-2
1986: Navrátilová 2-1
1987: Navrátilová 3-2
1988: Navrátilová 3-2

Grand Slam breakdown
Australian Open: Tied 2-2
French Open: Evert 3-2
Wimbledon: Navrátilová 7-2
U.S. Open: Navrátilová 3-1

In two events they were scheduled to meet but one defaulted. Martina defaulted to Chris before the Orlando final of 1975, and Chris defaulted to Martina during round robin play of the 1981 Colgate Series finals. Neither of these are credited as wins or loses.

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Their 1975 French final.

French title to Miss Evert

By Fred Tupper. New York Times June 15, 1975

It took all her vaunted composure under pressure for Chris
Evert to come back from a first set hammering and retain her French tennis title with a 2-6 6-2 6-1 victory today over Martina Navartilova, the 18 year old wonder from Czechoslovakia.

In the steaming cauldron at Roland Garros stadium, Miss Evert won the first game and then was overwhelmed by fiery smashes and cutoff volleys that blazed by her. Forever charging the net, Miss Navratilova in one inspired streak took 14 points and was at 5-1.

There seemed little that Miss Evert could do. Her touch was off and she was not taking the ball on the rise. Straining, she staved off 3 set points in the seventh game, but a forehand gave Martina the set.

The stadium was bulging with more than 12,500 people pressed around the court, entranced by the Czechoslovak's daring. "I did not think anyone could serve or volley that well on clay", Miss Evert said later. "Martina had never taken a set form me on clay before. I thought I could get the second set and then have a chance, but if she kept on playing like she did at the start, then she would be the champion".

Miss evert, admittedly tight at first, sent her returns short and was punished for it. but then she got length and accuracy. She had the first game of the 2nd set and the 2nd game was crucial.

6 advantage points she had and 2 against her. The one that mattered most came with martina serving at ad-in. Chris rifled the ball acroos court, but the Czechoslovak was stranded, thinking her serve had been out. after a dispute, deuce was called , but Miss Navratilova was never quite as good again.

3 games were gone now and she saved the 4th with a lunging volley when the ball seemed by her. Now the American was merciless, her shots on target. She went to 5-2 on hr trademark drop shot and had the 2nd set as her tiring opponent double-faulted.

The 3rd set was a formality. Wearing the canary dress in which she won a year ago, the 20 year-old from Fort Lauderdale had it in 19 minutes, granting a measly 10 points.
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Only 5 matches between them were ever before a semifinal.
They met 2 times in the first round, twice in the quarters, and once in round robin play.

From the 1981 US open semi to the 1987 Los Angeles semi all their matches were in finals.

3 of the 80 matches were won saving match points.

1975 Washington, (I) Navrátilová 3-6 6-4 7-6(5-4) -Martina wins on sudden death point.

1978 Eastbourne, UK(G) Navrátilová 6-4 4-6 9-7 (2mps?)

1979 Eastbourne, UK(G) Evert 7-5 5-7 13-11(2mps?)

At 48 games, the Eastbourne match was the longest.

By time the longest match was ??????????????????(anyone know?)

Martina had the longest win streak at 13 consecutive matches.

Evert won the most crushing win, a 6-0 6-0 defeat of Martina at Amelia Island in 1981.
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Chris Evert:

Martina Navratilova:
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The title of this thread Rollo is very apt. Sports Greatest Rivalry it was.

I remember both of those Eastbourne finals. Compared to todays players they seemed to be playing in slow motion.

The 1984 U.S. Open Final ia another that I recall. They showed it live on the BBC back then (good days indeed) I remember after Chris won the first set she pumped her fist in a rare show of emotion. Martina needed to win to beat some records I think. To lead their H2H (You Rollo and Zummi could enlighten me on this)

I'm not sure but I don't think Chris ever beat Martina at Flushing Meadows.

Their last match at Wimbledon ended on a controversial net cord point. The ball was IMO out (as much as I wanted it to be in) It was a great match to end their Wimbledon rivalry.

I could go on about their matches all night, but my memory is crap and I don't want to mislead.
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Hi Double Fault!

Yes, it was a good rivalry. I think Serena & Venus have a good chance to emulate it.

Btw, you're right, Martina's win at the 1984 U.S. Open brought their head-to-head at 31-30 in her favor for the first time. She also won her 55th straight match which at the time tied Evert's record.
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You know, I think if Monica Seles had never been stabbed, the Graf/Seles rivalry could have been just as good if not better.
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What made Chris and Martina unique were the number of times they ran into each other. 80 times. Even if you don't count the exhibitions, more than 70 head to heads. They met every year from 1973 to 1988. Graf-Seles would never have approached that, even without the stabbing. I'll be surprised if Serena and Venus hit 30 matches considering they usually avoid entering the same events.

Besides, where are the contrasts? Serena and Venus are mirror images of each other. Ditto for Monica and Steffi. Baseline power players. Yes there are differences in these women, but not nearly as much as Chris-Martina!

Quality-wise other rivalries may match it, but the combination of contrasts in style and personality combined with longevity will never be matched!
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Great Thread Rollo. I can't believe I've missed it. Hey DF, hey Zummi .

My fave matches which I saw were:

* the '82 AO final which Chris prevailed. The single biggest shot I remeber was when in the 3rd set, Martina had chris on the run, she approached thye net with a backhand down the line. Somehow Chris scampered to the ball, and hit the most incredible crosscourt foehand pass.....and that was the match

* Chris's win over Martina in the 85 FO. I think this one would be on everyone's list

* Wimbeldon semi- I think was was 87 which Martina eeked out. They palyed an almost identical semi the year after as well, but I liked the earlier one just a little better.

I'll pull out some articles when I get the chance and post some snippets.

Thanks for posting the 75 FO article......oh those pinafores, and wooden racquets..........
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I think, in terms of intensity, the Monica/Graf matchups could come very close to matching Martina/Chris. But factor in the contrast in styles, then Martina/Chris is definitely better.

Personally though, I enjoy watching Martina's matches with Monica & Graf, better than Evert. Maybe it's because those matches are that much more quick-paced with perhaps more athleticism and power? And I like watching how Martina adapted to the power game and how she was able to play respectably against Monica & Graf well into her mid to late thirties. I also found Martina/Hana matches to be very exciting, especially for the shotmaking and variety.

My favorite Martina/Chris match would be the 1983 U.S. Open Though I enjoyed the rallies at their 1981 U.S. Open semifinal match a lot. Martina hadn't committed to a strong pure S&V game at that point and stayed back a lot more than she later would and it made for a pretty entertaining match.
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Btw, hi bcp!
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Zummi, I thought you liked when 84 FO final better than the 83 USO final. How about 84 Amelia Island final?..............

Maybe if there was an internet in the 80s, we would have been as bad as the Hingis/Williams camp.

BTW Zummi, I agree, I think that Monica/Graf match ups were extraordinary. My fave match up was Martina v Hana, when both were playing their best on the day.

Also, I think that Martina Hingis and Venus Williams gave us some wonderful matches. That is, until Venus became too good, and Martina lost her confidence........
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Hi everyone.

Thanks Zummi for the info on the 84 US Open Final. I knew that a few records were at stake, but couldn't remember which. Thanks.

I agree with the consensus that there hasn't been a rivalry like this before or after. For me it was their contrasting styles. Not that other rivalries did not excite me. But as Rollo pointed out just look at the number of times they played. Astonishing to think that they met so many times over such a long span.

I also think that Martina spurred Chris to become fitter and stronger. Chris was always very fit, but Martina made her go that much further imo.

Also, Martina adapted her game to match Steffi and Monica. She held her herself up very well considering she was over 30, whilst Steffi and Monica were firing on all cilinders. To a lesser extent Chris also did quite well. I was watching the Chris/Steffi Wimbledon SF from 1989. Although Chris lost handily, some of the rallies were very long side-to-side stuff. Chris won quite a few of these rallies. Her results didn't always show it, but she was never overwhelmed by the power player.

Martina nd Chris were unique!
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1984 U.S. Open(H) Navratilova4-6 6-4 6-4

that is my favorite match between chris and martina. it was so suspenseful and so many great, creative points. there will never in my opinion be a more well-matched pair in the history of tennis.
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Did anyone see the Navratilova-vs-Seles match at the Chase in 1989? What I remember reading was Martina led 6-3, 5-1 but went on to win the match 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. It sounded like a great match. 15 year old Monica versus 33 year old Martina. Does anyone remember this match?
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