The match that made her famous. LOL at the girls crying when thet thought she would lose
Chris Evert Upsets Miss Eisel. fights off 6 match Points
September 4, 1971
Chris Evert said she couldn't believe it, and neither could a stunned crowd of 10, 233 yesterday.
Trailing by 0-40 at 5-6 in the second set against one of America's better grass court players, Mary Ann Eisel, the 16 year old Miss Evert cameback for an incredible 4-6 7-6 6-1 victory.
The dram aof that match overshadowed other second round activity on the 4th day of the $160,000 US open championships.
Miss Evert has not lost a singles match in over 12 tournaments. But when Miss Eisle broke service in the second set and reached triple match point, the streak and the fairy tale that had surrounded Chris sie's performance here seemed at an end.
"I figured I might as well lose hitting out", the Floridian said, still as dazed by the dramatic turnaround as many of the spectators.
Coming back form 0-40 deficit in any game is difficult enough.
It is even more difficult at triple match point, and almost impossible when one is returning serve on grass.
But Miss evert, as she has proved before, responds to pesssure with deeper concentration. What she lacks at the moment-the big serve, vollet and overhead-she compensates for in tactics.
The shot she hit at 0-40, a backhand return of serve down the line-indicated her willingness to gamble for the big point, the trademark of great champions.
When Miss Eisel reached 40-0 at 6-5, little girls in pigtails around portal #7 began crying, their dreams for this year shattered
Miss Evert delivered by by anwering Miss Eisel's best flat serve with a backhand placement down the line. Then she slapped another service return winner, this time off the forehand. The two placemants and the raucous apllause form the stands affected Miss Eisel's concentration, and she doubled faulted for the 6th time. Now it was deuce, and the silence in the stadium was unbelievable.
A backhand error gave her match point #4. But Miss Evert drove
another service return at her shoetops. Deuce again.
When Evert netted a return on the 4th deuace of the game, Miss Eisel had her 5th match point. She tried this time to win the match form the baseline, and the strategy backfired as she drove a backhand out.
On the 6th match point Miss Eisel had an open court, but lifted a forehand volley wide into the alley in an anxious attempt to end the agony.
Miss evert broke service with a forehand crosscourt passing shot that shattered the silence.
The sound of the racquet was all that could be heard during the tiebreaker. After evert won the tiebreak at 5-1, the match was for all practical purposes over.