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Saw some of the recent ones posted from chrisevert.net. Thanks for posting!
I liked the Evert-Austin 1979 La Costa match.
Despite the quality of the video - hey it was from 31 years ago! - it was fascinating to watch the rallies. I was so much more impressed with the quality of that match than today's version of women's tennis.
That was a most interesting match, because it was right after Austin's first ever win over Chris, in the 1979 Avon Championships in MSG. You could tell Chris was so out for revenge
And yet it was played in Austin's backyard, on hard courts. No matter, Chris was on top of her game in that match. It was the last tournament Evert competed as a never-been-married gal.
The clips from this match further cemented my belief Chris was the superior player, especially outdoors. (As a side note, it made me curious to see those drubbings Austin gave Evert indoors. I've never seen any of them, save the 1979 Avon match which I saw in person. I can't really fathom how Tracy could beat Chris so soundly.)
Tracy could always hit the ball on a dime. Perhaps better than anyone. Still, I felt her movement was always suspect. She was pretty quick on her feet, and had very good anticipation. But she was never as fluid as Evert (or Hingis or even Sanchez Vicario. Tracy reminds more of Seles in her movement). I think that's why when Chris played Tracy, and employed all her variety, and court savviness, she would prevail over Austin.
The 1979 La Costa match was played when Tracy was 16, in good health, and obviously very much on the rise. Yet I found she was still a bit stiff. The only other matches I've seen her play against Chris, 1980 US Open and 1982 Toyota match, Tracy's stiffness is also evident. But I always attributed that to back problems. Especially the 1982 match.
By comparison, in the Evert-Austin matches I have seen, Tracy makes Chris seem like the swiftest and fastest mover on court. I think Evert's court movement and speed were always underestimated. Chris would not beat some of her rivals in a sprint race. But Chris moved with the best of them on court. Impeccable timing, racquet preparation, and an uncanny sense of anticipation all enhanced Chris' movement.