and i think it's perhaps these reason i just posted why billie jean always gave chrissie more trouble than margaret did.
What are the exact head to head numbers?
King and Evert never met in their prime, but I find it telling that Billie Jean always
beat Evert on grass up to 1977, by which time King was clearly over the hill. And Evert never l
ost to King on clay. Their strengths were polar opposites. The best King-Evert matches would be on hard court surfaces. They had some real clashes on hard courts.
Court clearly could beat Evert on clay. Margaret had what King didn't, which was the ground strokes off both sides. From that standpoint one could argue it was Court that had more variety to give Evert trouble.
Conversely Evert clearly could beat Court on grass,something she couldn't accomplish vs King until years later. Even when Margaret beat Evert in the 1973 US Open semis on grass she stayed back to remarkable extent.
Thus in many ways the Court-Evert matches were more unpredicatable, wheareas King-Evert played more to form.
although neither fares to well head to head with chrissie and we're talking a teenage wood racket wielding strict baseliner chrissie of 1970 to 1975 not the super chrissie of the mid to late 80's, mature womanhood, stronger, faster, harder hitting, more athletic
, more variety, with her great mind also still intact!
Sorry, but I still disagree with you on this. Your "super" Chrissie of the mid to late 80s wasn't winning nearly as many slams as teenage wood Chrissie. Any added oomph she had on her groundies and serve never made up for the loss in touch and consistency.
As for variety, she had that in aces and spades well before the mid 80s. Watch some of her matches from 1975 and 1976 and you'll be amazed at how often she comes to the net. I'd be willing to bet she came to the net more often vs Goolagong in the 76 Slims final than just about any other match I can recall.
Get a copy of the 1973 US Open semi Evert had with Court. Margaret won the match, but Evert hits the sweetest reaction volley she ever hit early in the match
Overall I think you're probably right about her game being seasoned-I'm just arguing she never really transformed her game becasue it worked for her.