Wow! That's how tennis was meant to be played. Evert's passing shots are by far the most deadly the game has ever known. I am amazed by the precision. Especially the two-hander. Great play by Wade. Court looked overwhelmed by Chrissie. Watching Evonne is like watching a master artist paint.
No great in our sport was ever so dependent on returns, passes and lobs for her success as Evert. When she first arrived, 3 of four majors was played on fast grass, and throughout her years, indoor carpet was the most popular surface for tournaments in Europe and the States. Serve and volley, chip and charge were the dominant tactics and had been for two generations. The last number one to play baseline was Connolly in the early 1950s.
As a newbie she passed and beat a prime Court, King, Wade, Goolagong, Melville, and Casals. Mid career she passed and beat Turnbull, Navratilova, Mandlikova, Sukova, Shriver, Kohde Kilch Sukova, Jordan and Garrison.
My point is she had to do this against great and very fine net rushers round after round after round in tournament after tournament. She did not win a lot of points with her big serve. She did not charge forth on either serves or returns and only occasionally took the net away in rallies. She owes a huge percentage of her points through her 19 year career, to tactics and shots employed against someone coming to or standing at the net.
Yet it is Evert with the astonishing consistency records of her era. She has that 90% win/loss record on the pro tour and 88% win loss at majors.
Despite all those varied, agile accomplished, versatile and powerful net rushers attacking her serve, from 1971 through 1989, this clay court specialist reached the semifinals or better in 26 of 27 attempts in a major played on grass and 15 finals