Re: So close, yet so far: 1982 & 1985
1985 seems a much closer year as you guys said before.
Navratilova won eleven titles to Evert's eight and had five losses to Evert's eight. Had Evert won the final in Kooyong, the record of losses would have been closer (Evert with seven losses to Navratilova's six). Their personal head-to-head for 1985 was 4-2 in Navratilova's favour, which, of course, would have been an even 3-3 if the Australian final had gone the other way.
Hard: Lipton International Championships (Delray Beach), Lynda Carter/Maybelline Classic (Fort Lauderdale)
Clay: Tournament of Champions (Orlando), Virginia Slims of Houston
Grass: Pilkington Glass Championships (Eastbourne), Wimbledon, National Panasonic Women's Classic (Brisbane), Family Circle NSW Open (Sydney), Australian Open
Indoor: Virginia Slims of Dallas, Virginia Slims Championships
Hard: Virginia Slims of Florida (Key Biscayne), Canadian Open, Virginia Slims of New Orleans
Clay: Family Circle Cup (Hilton Head Island), German Open (Berlin), French Open
Grass: Virginia Slims of Newport
Indoor: Pretty Polly Classic (Brighton)
Virginia Slims of Florida, Key Biscayne (F): Evert d. Navratilova 6-2, 6-4
Canadian Open, Toronto (QF): Claudia Kohde Kilsch d. Navratilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
US Open (F): Mandlikova d. Navratilova 7-6, 1-6, 7-6
French Open (F): Evert d. Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5
US Pro Indoors, Princeton (SF): Mandlikova d. Navratilova 7-6, 6-0
Lipton International Championships, Delray Beach (F): Navratilova d. Evert 6-2, 6-4
US Open (SF): Mandlikova d. Evert 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Sunkist WITA Championships, Amelia Island (F): Garrison d. Evert 6-4, 6-3
Wimbledon F: Navratilova d. Evert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Australian Open F: Navratilova d. Evert 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Virginia Slims of California, Oakland (F): Mandlikova d. Evert 6-2, 6-4
Virginia Slims of Dallas (F): Navratilova d. Evert 6-3, 6-4
Virginia Slims Championships (1R): Jordan d. Evert 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
Clearly Navratilova was much less dominant in 1985 than she had been in 1984 and it seems to me that the biggest fall she took was on hard courts, winning only two titles all year, and losing once each to Evert, Kohde Kilsch, and Mandlikova. As such the Kohde Kilsch match was Navratilova's only "bad" loss whereas Evert had two of those (the Jordan loss at the Slims and the Garrison loss in Amelia Island). Both of them, however, won at least one title on all four surfaces. Navratilova was the clear leader on grass (not losing a single match) and indoors, and Evert edged out her rival on clay. Hard courts were a bit of tossup, with each winning one big title (MN getting the Lipton and CE winning the Canadian) but losing at the US Open to the same player (Mandlikova).
Ultimately I think Navratilova still had the better year, especially since she also won the Slims title in MSG. I also wonder whether Evert would have made it to #1 at all that year had the diminishing returns ranking system not been in place.
Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)
"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)