Originally Posted by BaselinersChrisE
Hi Iain, thanks for the reply
Always interesting comments
Further Musings on Evert v Court, King & Martina
I don't agree Court was the better player in singles overall. Doubles yes. Chrissie won more French Opens, won more US Opens and lead in the personal head to head. Tracy, Evonne, BJK and Martina especially gave Chrissie more trouble. I think she found Court a much easier opponent to play than say King or Goolagong. Also I feel Chrissie held off a clutch of more challenging rivals Graf, Austin, Mandlikova, Wade, King, Goolagong and Martina. In a head to head I would still pick Chris to beat Court at the peak of their powers.
Interesting musings. However, one has to remember that Court was suffering at that Wimbledon with a virus (and a bad back I think) and really didn't have the energy to fight such a tough battle in that Semi against Evert. This was validated by the fact that Court beat Evert on clay in the French Open Final and also on grass at the USO and finally on hardcourt in the WITC Final. So Court definately had the wood on Evert in that season, and had she have been healthy I also believe she could well have won that Wimbledon Semi.
The other thing to note, is that prior to Court retiring to have her 2nd child, she was 4-4 in her clashes with Evert. She only faltered in her battles with Evert after coming back in 1975. No surprises there - after 2 births Court was just a shadow of her former self. At the end of 1973 Evert was interviewed in the WITC Finals and she said she always had really tough matches with Court. Whoever won usually won in a tight encounter. But she said she either won easily, or lost easily to King. And I think that was more surface related. So to suggest that others gave Evert a tougher time is not accurate.
Court was one of the few women (along with Richey) who could really push Evert in a baseline battle and it was a shame Court had to retire in 71 and 74 because I think their rivalry could have been a magic one during that time period if you look at the great clashes they had against each other in 1973:
1970 Charlotte, NC SF EVERT 7-6, 7-6
1972 Bonne Belle Cup EVERT 6-3, 6-3
1972 Indianapolis, IN SF EVERT 6-3, 7-6
1972 Newport, RI SF COURT 6-3, 6-0
1973 French Open F COURT 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
1973 Wimbledon SF EVERT 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
1973 U.S. Open SF COURT 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
1973 Hilton Head, SC Final COURT 6-4, 6-7, 6-2