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?