March 1974. Dallas Quarters: Evert d. Hunt 6-0 6-7 6-3.
With the crowd cheering against her (and a drunk yelling insulting remarks)
Chris looks like her goose is cooked after losing a tiebreak. She goes to the backstop for a little cry, collects herself, and goes on to win.
I was wrong about them meeting 3 times in 1974-it's 4. Evert beat Hunt 7-5 6-1 at Eastbourne.
Their Wimby match went 2 hours 40 minutes before being called for darkness. Some dramatic highlights: leading at 7-6 Chris "desperately lunged at a backhand streaming bu her and scraped it just over the net as Miss Hunt crashhed into the net-cord judges chair in trying to reach the ball. Set point for Miss Evert now. Shaken, Miss Hunt netted a shot.
The match had caught fire. Sometimes men's tennis at Wimbledon pales by comparison with women's. In long, surging rallies the two women were using every inch of the court."
Hunt grabbed set two with a smasg, an ace, then an error by Evert. Chris went ahead 5-3 in the decider but Hunt kept coming in and hitting winning overheads. At 9-9 the referee Mike Gibson cam eon court and called it due to darkness. The women leave to a standing ovation.
The next day the Ice Dolly bundled Hunt out in 7 minutes
Lesley still in the Hunt for Evert's scalp at Forest Hills
Evert has a novel experience-a US Open crowd is actually rooting against her.
In the quarters she's serving to Hunt at 4-5 40-30 when a spectator yells "double fault!" on her second serve. Thinking a linesman had made the call, Chris slaps her return into the net. After she finds out the linesman signalled "good" Chris complained to the chair, while the "crowd got on her, calling her a "bad sport" and other things "[guess the NYT thought the "other things" unprintable!
For the second time in 1974 Chris shed a few tears on court (does Lesley Hunt somehow have this power over opponents?) by the backstop. Later she said "That really upset me, and I had to walk around a bit to compose myself.
I'm not used to crowds being against me-maybe Jimmy is-but I'm not. I guess Forest Hills really spoiled me 3 years ago. Now i can understand what my opponents felt then. I'm going throught he same thing."
BTW-Evert lost to appeal [after the tournament referee came out on court and ruled against her] Hunt was ahead 4-1 in the tiebreak, and Chris was
, in her own words nervous. "I'm always nervous playing Lesley, because she nearly always beats me."
Lesley "Even though I needed only point to win the set, I felt like I was going to throw up."
Hunt obligingly hands Chris 3 straight errors and Chris wins the sudden death point with a two handed backhand volley.
Cool hand Chris swatted down the Hunt lass once again.