funny, martina was my 2nd fav player in the late 70s, though i didnt know goolagong as well then so she is my 2nd favorite, having the broader knowledge now!
when navratilova beat chris in the 78 final, i was totally voting for chris, but i thought, 'if someone else should win, it should be martina - she deserves to get one!' though i was not happy that she repeated it in the 79 final.
i even liked martina thru 1981... nancy lieberman was just bad news for her, though she did bolster navratilova to historical heights. its just that nancy sold martina a view of chris that was entirely untrue. chris was NOT laughing all the way to the bank and the record books, taking advantage of navratilova's laissez-faire attitude. she was always just challenging herself, as her greatest competition, to rise to her challenges and being a winner. but it was never personal. but lieberman convinced martina that chris was psyching everyone out, and that she had to learn to hate chris and make her life about beating her. i hate that it got personal, and i thought martina changed in many ways that made her less appealing as a person... so thats when things changed for me.