Her biggest win
(hope I'm allowed to start a thread!)
For some of America's top teen age phenoms, going back to the 70s, 80s, and 90s, what were these stars biggest career match wins. By that I mean their most significant win, their signature match, the one that you think put them on the map or really made them great. If you can't limit yourself to one, name the top 3.
For these players, I say:
def. Margaret Court 76,76 in Charlotte NC 1970. This catapulted Chris into world wide fame (such as it was at the time) by beating world #1, recent Grand Slammer Court. I also think it helped establish her as a steely competitor who would not be daunted by playing and beating older, more accomplished players.
def. Tracy Austin 46,61,61 in 1980 US Open SF. At the time, one of her most satisfying wins. And it was sweet revenge for losing the final the year before. Plus, the match demonstrated that Evert was clearly the better player.
def. Martina Navratilova 63,67,75 in French final 1985. This was of course late in her career, but epitome of her guile and determination to beat her foremost rival, the same player who drubbed her the year before.
she had none (kidding!)
def. Martina Navratilova 16,76,76 in 1981 US Open final. A match she had no business winning, but proved what happens when you never give up, believe in yourself, and keep going for your shots.
def. Martina Navratilova 76, 76 in 1978 US Open SF. No one saw this coming. It was on par with Evert's win over Court (same score, too) in that a relative unknown teenager shocks the reigning Wimbledon champ in the SF of a tournament.
def. Martina Navratilova 16,76,62 in US Open QF. This ended Martina's chance at a Grand Slam, and was a crushing defeat for Martina.
def. Steffi Graf 63,76 in VS Championships SF. Another win against a world #1. Pam had to play perfect tennis to beat Graf at that time.
def. Steffi Graf 36,63,64 in 1992 Olympics Final. The biggest win of the first half of her career.
def. Martina Hingis 64,63 in 2001 Australian Open Final. First major title win, ambushing world #1.