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1973

King vs. Riggs. The return of Mighty Mama Margaret Court. Women's Lib (or as it was called in tennis Women's Lob). The rise of Chris Evert and her two handed backhand. Evonne Goolagong still capturing hearts.

It's 1973-a year to celebrate
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I found something interesting digging around for Court-King matches. Right after Court got trashed by Riggs Billie Jean challenged Riggs for , get this, $10,000.

Due to the social debate over women and the promotional talents of Riggs and King the match eventually got the winner $100,000, not to mention being played at night in prime time.
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King vs. Riggs. The return of Mighty Mama Margaret Court. Women's Lib (or as it was called in tennis Women's Lob). The rise of Chris Evert and her two handed backhand. Evonne Goolagong still capturing hearts.

It's 1973-a year to celebrate
This is arguably the best year EVER in women's tennis. The majors were all competitively contested by the widest variety of well-executed styles of play:

Margaret Court- the natural lefty who learned to play right handed and pioneered weight training and fitness- she had "arms a mile long" and as Cliff Drysdale once said to me when I was taking him to the airport after a legends exhibition "now there's a gal who would come in on the kitchen sink"!

Billie Jean King- not much can be said for BJK and 1973- a milestone year for what she continues to accomplish.

Chris Evert- budding teenage terror from Florida comes into her own with a unique baseline style and ruthlessly cool composure.

Evonne Goolagong- all-court player with all the shots who played in the finals of Australian Open and U.S. Open- losing to Madge both times in closely contested matches.

Virginia Wade- a perennial serve and volley British favorite, and the hardest server on the tour. Just a hair away from the top echelon, but had wins over all of them.

Rosie Casals- another all-court player at the top of her game.

In 1973 all of these tennis greats were healthy and at their peak performance- and the fans were treated to some of the best tennis ever played!

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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Not to mention the international début year for a certain Ms Martina Navratilova, just 16 years old, who reached the qf at RG in her first gs event, with a 63 63 win in the last 16 over 30 year-old Nancy Richey-Gunter, 5th seed and former champion (1968). She fell to Goolagong in a tight two-setter (76 64). During the season she also beat top tenners Niessen-Masthoff at St. Petersburg FA and Morozova at Charlotte NC.
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Not to mention the international début year for a certain Ms Martina Navratilova, just 16 years old, who reached the qf at RG in her first gs event, with a 63 63 win in the last 16 over 30 year-old Nancy Richey-Gunter, 5th seed and former champion (1968). She fell to Goolagong in a tight two-setter (76 64). During the season she also beat top tenners Niessen-Masthoff at St. Petersburg FA and Morozova at Charlotte NC.
I would dearly love to see a Navratilova/Goolagong match. Imagine the talent and shots flying around that court!!!

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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Me too alfa. The only one I saw was the sf at Wimbledon when Evonne (re)injured her foot. I was a firm Evonne fan at that point but I felt so sorry for Navratilova that she had won in those circumstances that I decided to root for her in the final. Since then, I grew into a devoted fan. I never lost my affection for Evonne though and was thrilled when she won her second Wimbledon in 1980.
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Me too alfa. The only one I saw was the sf at Wimbledon when Evonne (re)injured her foot. I was a firm Evonne fan at that point but I felt so sorry for Navratilova that she had won in those circumstances that I decided to root for her in the final. Since then, I grew into a devoted fan. I never lost my affection for Evonne though and was thrilled when she won her second Wimbledon in 1980.
I watched the 1980 final versus Chris, and I remember being very happy for her, but I can't remember much about the match. I'm actually in the process of purchasing a video of the semi against Tracy Austin as well as that final- it should be great. Another classic is the 1974 U.S. Open versus Billie Jean King- I'd pay good money to have a copy of the complete match. At this point all I have is what ESPNClassic showed- just the third set.

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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I saw that 3rd set too. Amazing! There were some unbelieveable exchanges and they sure as hell did some running around the court. I couldn't watch that semi vs Austin - I was too nervous. Evonne had several good wins over Tracy whereas the only time she beat Chrissie after Boston 78 was that Wimbledon final. I wonder why.
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I saw that 3rd set too. Amazing! There were some unbelieveable exchanges and they sure as hell did some running around the court. I couldn't watch that semi vs Austin - I was too nervous. Evonne had several good wins over Tracy whereas the only time she beat Chrissie after Boston 78 was that Wimbledon final. I wonder why.
After 1978 Evonne gave birth to a child, and they struggled with various injuries- never did regain her old form in my opinion, and Chris game during this time was the same as always- consistent. Tracy Austin had trouble with both Evonne and Hana Mandlikova because, in her own words "when you played them, you never knew what to expect". Chris obviously had much more experience playing Evonne than Tracy did at the time, and it shows in the results.

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Thanks for the thread guys... yes, 1973 was indeed one of the greatest ever in the history of womens tennis. And Margaret Court won 3 of the 4 Slams, losing only to Evert at Wimbledon in a 3 set Semi. The 73 USO Final against Evonne was a ripper, and her win against Evert in the French must have been one of the greatest matches ever! That is the probably the main match that I don't have and would love to get. Apparantly the French Film Archives have about 15 minutes of it but want to charge the earth for it! Merde!
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Any more 1973 stories? This was the year covering in the GREAT book"A Long Way Baby".
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Virginia Wade- a perennial serve and volley British favorite, and the hardest server on the tour. Just a hair away from the top echelon, but had wins over all of them.

According to World Tennis she was 0-5 with Margaret Court.

Margaret Thatcher - Michele Bachmann two strong women of our time.
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According to World Tennis she was 0-5 with Margaret Court.
I believe she has at least 2 wins over Margaret in their career head-to-head. I'll leave it for the more bibliotechnically inclined on this site to dig through the notebook scrawl and produce the detail.

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I believe she has at least 2 wins over Margaret in their career head-to-head. I'll leave it for the more bibliotechnically inclined on this site to dig through the notebook scrawl and produce the detail.
I thought you were just referring to 1973 otherwise Virginia had several wins over Margaret.

Margaret Thatcher - Michele Bachmann two strong women of our time.
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Warning -- This is my recap of the 1973 Wimbledon final, which I posted previously in the "You've Come a Long Way Baby - 70s tennis thread. Seems more appropriate in a thread dedicated to 1973!

King vs. Evert, Wimbledon Final, 1973

I re-watched this match today; it's the second time I've seen it. I missed it the first time around in 1973, only got to read about it. They showed it on NBC a few years back, and it was a thrill just to see it. Today, I watched it with a critical eye, and boy, it was a stinker of a match.

At the conclusion, one of the commentators mentioned it would not go down as one of the better finals, and that was understatement for sure.

In the first set, Evert played rotten. She won 8 points in about 18 minutes of excruciatingly boring stuff. And three of those points came in a deuce game. I don't think I've every seen Chris play worse than she did in that set.

BJK played solid but nothing special. Indeed, she also went up 2-0 and 3-1 in the second set before Evert mounted a brief comeback to go on top 4-3. It was at this point that BJK played some pretty smart, calculated tennis to hold her serve and stop the rot. Both players held for 5-5, and Chris had at least two opportunities to take a 6-5 lead, but she missed them. BJK then raced to a 40-0 lead (I think) and won on her second match point.

I've had a great opportunity to re-watch a lot of the 1970s matches, and this was the first one that truly disappoints me because of such poor quality. Even Evert's 6-1, 6-1 win over Tracy Austin in 1977 was more entertaining. Chris went into that match with a 4-2 lead over King, but she had never beaten her in a Grand Slam at that point and would not until 1977 when King unretired and Chris trounced her in the quarterfinals

Anyone else have memories of the 73 final to share?
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