Originally Posted by Sumarokov-Elston
I get a little bit tired of people trotting out Evert's 13-match losing streak to Martina over the 1983-84 period, when all was not well in Chris' personal life, she was playing in 1983 with wood against Martina's graphite, Navratilova had elevated herself to new heights with the help of breakthroughs in our knowledge of science and nutrition, and that damned Nancy Lieberman remodelling her game with one aim in mind - beating Chrissie.
But people forget that Martina had her own losing streaks to Chris:
Eight-match streak (1975-76) - in eight meetings, Martina won only two sets and was forced to scoff three bagel sets for good measure.
Six-match streak (1977-78) - all on fast courts, none on clay (Martina had worked that one out)
Five-match streak (1973-74) - first five matches they played, and only broken when Martina won a sudden-death tiebreaker with the score at 4-4 in the Virginia Slims of Washington.
So there you have an 8 and a 6 match-streak, which is surely no different (and maybe even better) than a single 13-match streak.
Also note that in the 1970s Martina was losing earlier (she only made three grand-slam singles finals that decade. all on grass), so she was not meeting Chris so much when the Ice Maiden was at the top of her game. For example, in 1976 they only met three times (admittedly, Martina was having her own issues and fair share of awful perms in this period).
Some other statistics on fast surfaces, including grass:
Chrissie leads Martina in their head-to-heads in Australia. Martina beat her at the AO in 1981 and 1985; Chris beat her at the AO in 1982 and 1988 and in Sydney on grass in 1981 (also - what about all the exhibitions they played? I know Chris beat her a couple of times in early 1988 before the AO).
Outside Wimbledon, their grass H2H is five all! Not so shoddy when you consider Martina is regarded as the unmatched queen of this surface for all time.
The head to head was greatly contested match in match out. Of course there were some easy matches and straight wins for each player. This is the greatest tennis rivary ever, men and women.
Chris certainly enjoyed periods of great dominance, but i no ways 8+6+4 streaks are better than 13 in a row. Chris herself has a 13 streak on her side, which is the streak of grand slam wins. That is an amazing and probably unbreakable stat..
But going back to their head to head you can´t exclude the biggest grass court event that there is to point out that Evert was 5-5 on grass. Lets take a look at their GS meetings.
Australian Open 2-2 (Martina 2-1 on grass, Chris 1-0 Hard)
Roland Garros 3-2 Evert
Wimbledon 7-2 Martina
Usopen 3-1 Martina (Martina 3-0 on hard, Chris 1-0 on clay)
VS CHAMPIONSHIPS 3-1 Martina (Evert win was in 1975)
Not to dimish Evert, she was a fierce competitior, great warrior, but Martina is the clear leader of their rivary. On Evert´s grand slam at her best surface she is only ahead 3-2, while Martina tops Wimbledon with a clear 7-2. Australian Open are 2-2 and the rest is Martina 3-1.
That makes 15-8 in grand slam events and 18-9 with their YEC meetings.
13 matches straght won and ultimately a 43- 37 all time lead in their rivary.