Re: Chris Evert vs. Chris Evert-Lloyd
i have to personally respectfully disagree with you sumarokov-elston. chrissie with wood in my opinion COULD NOT BEAT martina wielding graphite on clay.
back in the day chrissie with wood and martina with wood, chrissie could outsteady martina and win that way.however, you forget to take into account during this period say 1975 to 1982, this was a martina who was nowhere near the physical, emotional and psychological shape she would soon become.
by the time martina became what she became her groundstrokes were better her conditioning was better and her tactics were better.all by light years, so she could parry and play with chrissie from the baseline and be just as steady as chrissie and when the time came could also attack chrissie.
remember chrissie got soundly thrashed 2 times in early 1984 until she had that breakthrough in the first set at wimby and then later the 3 setter at the u.s. open, this was a matter of gaining confidence not only in herself, but using a graphite racket.
back in the day when chrissie was on her incredible 1973-1979 win streak on clay, using wood like everyone else, she could out place, out think everyone, but then the shift of everyone to graphite, and everyone hitting harder and becoming more athletic and conditioned everyone became in the wake of martina, chrissie couldn't just get the ball back, and outlast everyone else, like she could when she and everyone else used wood. the times had changed and chrissie had to change with it.
chrissie staying with wood against a graphite wielding martina? um, yes, still consistent, but her shots wouldn't have the sting they needed, nor the ability to mix up the spin like they could with graphite, and with the super conditioned and better footwork and expert technical strategy of a 1983 beyond martina, martina would have just waited her out, or bashed her way past wood wielding chrissie, the
effect wouldn't have been as noticeable or devasting to chrissie if this had occured on a grass court or indoor court, but nevertheless it would have happened, similar to martina defeating chrissie easily 1 and 3 at the 1983 u.s. open with martina using graphite, chrissie using wood and on a fair surface like hard court.