Re: barker vs evert and austin question....
Well the 1978 Wightman Cup, my mum said she'd take me up to London (I was 12 at the time) to the Royal Albert Hall for the last day. GB and US were tied at 2-2. We got the train and tube and walked to the Albert Hall, I remember the first match being Wade v Evert and it was a really easy win for Evert, (disappointing from my point of view) at the time I'd only been to Wimbledon, Eastbourne and Brighton, but the atmosphere there was so loud - my mum was complaining about having a headache midway through the first match.
Then it was the Barker v Austin match which Sue had to win to keep Britain in the tie. Sue's forehand was working magnificently that day in the first set, She slumped in the second and lost it, you could feel atmosphere in the hall that everyone felt she was going to lose the match after that, but she came out all guns blazing in the third set and won it 6-1
After a 30 minute break there was the final doubles of Evert and Shriver against Wade and Barker, which was an exciting match, which was won by Wade and Barker.
The other one being the Brighton QF at the Brighton Centre in 1981 (I lived in London at the time - although I now live about 10 minutes from the Brighton Centre now - I so miss that tournament) which was a late evening match. In the morning after getting off the train and walking along the seafront I passed Virginia Wade and Mima Jausovec and got thier autographs. At that time Sue had slumped and I don't think that anyone had expected her to win against Austin. The first set was very close affair which was won on a tie-break, Sue lost the second set fairly easily and I (along with everyone else) thought that the third would be just as easy for Austin. There was an early point in the third set which must have been a 30+ stroke rally which Austin should have won about 3 times but lost, that one point seemed to inspire Sue somehow and she went on to win the match. I then had a rush to Brighton station to make sure that I didn't miss the last train back to London.
Singles (Rank : 26) (High : 1 - 11 weeks)
Titles (12) - 2012 - New Haven, SF - WIMBLEDON, 2013 - Beijing, GB Fed Cup, 2014 - Brisbane, Dubai, Stuttgart, Rome, YEC Singapore, 2015 - Stanford, GB Fed Cup, ITF - Antayla, 2016 - Bogota, Olympics, 2017 - Nurnberg, QF - FRENCH OPEN
Doubles - (Rank : 39) (High : 1 - 32 weeks)
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