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LightWarrior
Sep 29th, 2010, 12:18 AM
No.↓ Date↓ Tournament, Location↓ Surface↓ Round↓ Winner↓ Score↓
1. 1973 Akron Indoors, Akron, Ohio, U.S. Carpet R16 Evert 7–6, 6–3
2. 1973 Masters Invitational, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S. Clay Semifinal Evert 7–5, 6–3
3. 1973 Virginia Slims of San Francisco, U.S. Carpet R32 Evert 6–7, 6–3, 6–1
4. 1974 Italian Open, Rome Clay Final Evert 6–3, 6–3
5. 1975 Virginia Slims of San Francisco, U.S. Hard (I) Semifinal Evert 6–4, 6–3
6. 1975 Virginia Slims of Washington, Washington, D.C. Hard (I) Quarterfinal Navratilova 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(4)
7. 1975 Virginia Slims of Akron, Akron, Ohio, U.S. Hard (I) Quarterfinal Evert 6–3, 6–1
8. 1975 Virginia Slims of Chicago, U.S. Carpet Semifinal Navratilova 6–4, 6–0
9. 1975 Virginia Slims of Philadelphia, U.S. Hard (I) Semifinal Evert 7–6, 6–4
10. 1975 Virginia Slims Championships, Los Angeles Carpet Final Evert 6–4, 6–2
11. 1975 Family Circle Cup, Amelia Island, Florida, U.S. Clay Final Evert 7–5, 6–4
12. 1975 Italian Open, Rome Clay Final Evert 6–1, 6–0
13. 1975 French Open, Paris Clay Final Evert 2–6, 6–2, 6–1
14. 1975 US Open, New York City Clay Semifinal Evert 6–4, 6–4
15. 1975 Little Mo Classic, Atlanta, U.S. Hard (I) Final Evert 2–6, 6–2, 6–0
16. 1976 L’Eggs World Series, Austin, Texas, U.S. Hard Semifinal Evert 6–0, 6–3
17. 1976 Virginia Slims of Houston, U.S. Carpet (I) Final Navratilova 6–3, 6–4
18. 1976 Wimbledon, London Grass Semifinal Evert 6–3, 6–0
19. 1977 Virginia Slims of Washington, Washington, D.C. Hard (I) Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–3
20. 1977 Virginia Slims of Seattle, U.S. Carpet Final Evert 6–2, 6–4
21. 1977 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles, U.S. Hard (I) Final Evert 6–2, 2–6, 6–1
22. 1977 Philadelphia, USA Hard (I) Final Evert 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
23. 1977 Tucson, USA Hard (I) Final Evert 6–3, 7–6
24. 1977 Palm Springs, USA Hard Final Evert 6–4, 6–1
25. 1978 Tokyo, Japan Hard (I) Final Evert 7–5, 6–2
26. 1978 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Final Navratilova 6–4, 4–6, 9–7
27. 1978 Wimbledon, London Grass Final Navratilova 2–6, 6–4, 7–5
28. 1978 Atlanta, USA Carpet Final Evert 7–6, 0–6, 6–3
29. 1978 Palm Springs, USA Hard Final Evert 6–3, 6–3
30. 1979 Avon Championships of California, Oakland, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 7–5, 7–5
31. 1979 Avon Championships of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA Hard (I) Final Evert 6–3, 6–4
32. 1979 Dallas, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 6–4, 6–4
33. 1979 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Final Evert 7–5, 5–7, 13–11
34. 1979 Wimbledon, London Grass Final Navratilova 6–4, 6–4
35. 1979 Virginia Slims of Phoenix, USA Hard Final Navratilova 6–1, 6–3
36. 1979 Brighton, United Kingdom Carpet Final Navratilova 6–3, 6–3
37. 1980 Virginia Slims of Chicago, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 6–4, 6–4
38. 1980 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass Semifinal Evert 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
39. 1980 Brighton, United Kingdom Carpet Final Evert 6–4, 5–7, 6–3
40. 1980 Lion's Cup, Tokyo, Japan Carpet Semifinal Navratilova 7–6, 6–2
41. 1981 Murjani WTA Championships, Amelia Island, USA Clay Final Evert 6–0, 6–0
42. 1981 US Open, New York City Hard Semifinal Navratilova 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
43. 1981 Lion's Cup, Tokyo, Japan Carpet Final Navratilova 6–3, 6–2
44. 1981 Sydney, Australia Grass Final Evert 6–4, 2–6, 6–1
45. 1981 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Final Navratilova 6–7, 6–4, 7–5
46. 1982 Wimbledon, London Grass Final Navratilova 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
47. 1982 Brighton, United Kingdom Carpet Final Navratilova 6–1, 6–4
48. 1982 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Final Evert 6–3, 2–6, 6–3
49. 1982 Toyota Championships, East Rutherford, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
50. 1983 Virginia Slims of Dallas, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 6–4, 6–0
51. 1983 Virginia Slims Championships, New York City Carpet Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–0
52. 1983 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles Hard Final Navratilova 6–1, 6–3
53. 1983 Canadian Open, Toronto Hard Final Navratilova 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
54. 1983 US Open, New York City Hard Final Navratilova 6–1, 6–3
55. 1983 Lion's Cup, Tokyo, Japan Hard Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–2
56. 1984 US Indoor Championships, Livingston, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 6–2, 7–6(4)
57. 1984 Virginia Slims Championships, New York City Carpet Final Navratilova 6–3, 7-5, 6–1
58. 1984 NutraSweet WTA Championships, Amelia Island, USA Clay Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–0
59. 1984 French Open, Paris Clay Final Navratilova 6–3, 6–1
60. 1984 Wimbledon, London Grass Final Navratilova 7–6(5), 6–2
61. 1984 US Open, New York City Hard Final Navratilova 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
62. 1985 Virginia Slims of Florida, USA Hard Final Evert 6–2, 6–4
63. 1985 Lipton International Players Championships, Key Biscayne, USA Hard Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–4
64. 1985 Virginia Slims of Dallas, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 6–3 6–4
65. 1985 French Open, Paris Clay Final Evert 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5
66. 1985 Wimbledon, London Grass Final Navratilova 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
67. 1985 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Final Navratilova 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
68. 1986 Virginia Slims of Dallas, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–1
69. 1986 French Open, Paris Clay Final Evert 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
70. 1986 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles Hard Final Navratilova 7–6(5), 6–3
71. 1987 Virginia Slims of Houston, USA Clay Final Evert 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(4)
72. 1987 French Open, Paris Clay Semifinal Navratilova 6–2, 6–2
73. 1987 Wimbledon, London Grass Semifinal Navratilova 6–2, 5–7, 6–4
74. 1987 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles Hard Semifinal Evert 6–2, 6–1
75. 1987 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Filderstadt, Germany Carpet Final Navratilova 7–5, 6–1
76. 1988 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Semifinal Evert 6–2, 7–5
77. 1988 Virginia Slims of Houston, USA Clay Final Evert 6–0, 6–4
78. 1988 Wimbledon, London Grass Semifinal Navratilova 6–1, 4–6, 7–5
79. 1988 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Filderstadt, Germany Carpet Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–3
80. 1988 Virginia Slims of Chicago, Chicago, USA Carpet Final Navratilova 6–2, 6–2

I'd say '85 Roland Garros. Chris had lost 13 matches in a row against Martina before Chris won in Florida in Spring '85 then lost 2 other matches. During this final Chris was leading 63 52 and then eventually won 63 67 75 in a dramatic match full of drama.

samsam4087
Sep 29th, 2010, 12:27 AM
1985 French Open Final

spiceboy
Sep 29th, 2010, 12:38 AM
41. 1981 Murjani WTA Championships, Amelia Island, USA Clay Final Evert 6–0, 6–0


:tape:

Story behind this match? Martina had beaten Chris in their previous meeting and went on to defeat her in their following match :confused:

LightWarrior
Sep 29th, 2010, 12:44 AM
:tape:

Story behind this match? Martina had beaten Chris in their previous meeting and went on to defeat her in their following match :confused:

Apparently Martina had a lot of sex with her lover the night before. It's in The Rivalry book.

Matt01
Sep 29th, 2010, 12:48 AM
I've heard that their RG final from 1985 was a good match but I rather choose their RG final match from 1984 :devil:


Apparently Martina had a lot of sex with her lover the night before. It's in The Rivalry book.


:tape: :help:

LightWarrior
Sep 29th, 2010, 12:55 AM
I've heard that their RG final from 1985 was a good match but I rather choose their RG final match from 1984 :devil:



Apparently it took a year for Chris to get used to her graphite racquet.

delicatecutter
Sep 29th, 2010, 01:12 AM
I really enjoyed their recent special on ESPN. Unfortunately, Evert is before my time tennis-wise. I like watching highlights of her matches though.

Sonf@
Sep 29th, 2010, 01:19 AM
:tape:

Story behind this match? Martina had beaten Chris in their previous meeting and went on to defeat her in their following match :confused:

PXkUn1SL84E

Help yourself ;)

danieln1
Sep 29th, 2010, 01:28 AM
41. 1981 Murjani WTA Championships, Amelia Island, USA Clay Final Evert 6–0, 6–0

46. 1982 Wimbledon, London Grass Final Navratilova 6–1, 3–6, 6–2

Pops Maellard
Sep 29th, 2010, 01:30 AM
That must've been a really boring time in WTA. :lol: Those two meeting every week. :yawn:

Respect to both for their longevity though. :p

Kworb
Sep 29th, 2010, 02:12 AM
PXkUn1SL84E

Help yourself ;)

:worship:

darrinbaker00
Sep 29th, 2010, 02:50 AM
That must've been a really boring time in WTA. :lol: Those two meeting every week. :yawn:

Respect to both for their longevity though. :p

Please tell me that was just a weak attempt at humor on your part.

spiceboy
Sep 29th, 2010, 04:53 AM
PXkUn1SL84E

Help yourself ;)

:kiss:

PLP
Sep 29th, 2010, 05:16 AM
PXkUn1SL84E

Help yourself ;)

The sound off Chris' raquet is so beautiful. :hearts:

I would say the 1986 French Open, Paris Clay Final Evert 2–6, 6–3, 6–3.

Evert's last major.

brent-o
Sep 29th, 2010, 06:05 AM
Oooooh, good thread. I don't have much input as I wasn't around back then, but I'm interested to read everyone's analysis.

C. W. Fields
Sep 29th, 2010, 06:55 AM
Their best matches in terms of unpredictability were usually on HC. Martina dominated on grass (10-5) and carpet (22-14) while Chris dominated on clay (11-3), but HC suited them about equally well (8-7 Martina). The 84 US Open final was a very good match. This was Martina in her prime - she won 74 matches in a row that year - but with a vocal crowd behind her Chris still managed to go toe-to-toe with her for 3 even sets before Martina edged a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuLtQQ_wKt4

Loungy
Sep 29th, 2010, 07:03 AM
This was Martina in her prime - she won 74 matches in a row that year - but with a vocal crowd behind her Chris still managed to go toe-to-toe with her for 3 even sets before Martina edged a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuLtQQ_wKt4
:worship: Martina

I wasn't around back then either, and was first introduced to Navratilova and Evert as tennis commentators. It was love and dislike - respectively - at first read.

Pops Maellard
Sep 29th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Please tell me that was just a weak attempt at humor on your part.

As much as I respect their place in tennis history, can you honestly say you wouldn't have been bored by them facing each other all the time? :unsure:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 29th, 2010, 12:43 PM
every match Evert won :wavey:

darrinbaker00
Sep 29th, 2010, 02:38 PM
As much as I respect their place in tennis history, can you honestly say you wouldn't have been bored by them facing each other all the time? :unsure:

I can honestly say that I looked forward to watching them play each other, because they were the best. If not for their "boring" rivalry, what we now know as the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour would not exist.

darrinbaker00
Sep 29th, 2010, 02:44 PM
Their best matches in terms of unpredictability were usually on HC. Martina dominated on grass (10-5) and carpet (22-14) while Chris dominated on clay (11-3), but HC suited them about equally well (8-7 Martina). The 84 US Open final was a very good match. This was Martina in her prime - she won 74 matches in a row that year - but with a vocal crowd behind her Chris still managed to go toe-to-toe with her for 3 even sets before Martina edged a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuLtQQ_wKt4

That one is my favorite as well. How can anyone not like Super Saturday?

Shvedbarilescu
Sep 29th, 2010, 02:53 PM
I can honestly say that I looked forward to watching them play each other, because they were the best. If not for their "boring" rivalry, what we now know as the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour would not exist.

I agree. It was a great rivalry. The Federer v Nadal of it's day.

As for me, well I'm old, almost 50, so I certainly did have the pleasure to see quite a number of their matches in my youth, probably somewhere around 10 to 15. And I can certainly at least recall that these matches were always events to be looked forward to.

Which was the best? I'm not going to lie. They were a long long time ago and this ol' memory doesn't recollect memories from my teens and twenties nearly as well as I would like it too. I recall the US Open 1985 when my fave Hana beat them both, I also recall how Martina used to beat Chris at Wimbledon practically every year in the 80s, although I couldn't, 20+ years on, say now which of those matches I most enjoyed. Some people have great memories, I am not one of them. There are dozens of matches I saw from 5 to 10 years ago I am sure I would now struggle to remember a single detail from. As for matches from 20+ years ago I think there are probably around 10 I can still remember fairly well, on a good day at least.

Andy T
Sep 29th, 2010, 05:09 PM
A "favourite" match is inevitably one where your fave played at her invincible best, so I'd have to go for the French of 84 but to be honest you can't reduce this rivalry to any one match. To people genuinely interested in seeing these two phenomenal players strut their stuff, I'd recommend:

French: 84 & 85 finals
Wimbledon: 84 final and the 87 semi-final.
Australia - 81 and 82 finals.
US Open - 84 final and the 81 semi-final.

Elsewhere, the Eastbourne 78 & 79 finals are both excellent and indoors, the 82 Toyota Champs and 85 VS Champs (the first two sets) contain some superb play. I haven't seen a pre-78 match to measure up to those quoted above but that's probably because so little is out there to see.

Gdsimmons
Sep 29th, 2010, 05:11 PM
80 times!! WOW!! That is CRAZY!! They must have known every single aspect of each others game

Yonexforever
Sep 29th, 2010, 05:31 PM
I agree. It was a great rivalry. The Federer v Nadal of it's day.

As for me, well I'm old, almost 50, so I certainly did have the pleasure to see quite a number of their matches in my youth, probably somewhere around 10 to 15. And I can certainly at least recall that these matches were always events to be looked forward to.

Which was the best? I'm not going to lie. They were a long long time ago and this ol' memory doesn't recollect memories from my teens and twenties nearly as well as I would like it too. I recall the US Open 1985 when my fave Hana beat them both, I also recall how Martina used to beat Chris at Wimbledon practically every year in the 80s, although I couldn't, 20+ years on, say now which of those matches I most enjoyed. Some people have great memories, I am not one of them. There are dozens of matches I saw from 5 to 10 years ago I am sure I would now struggle to remember a single detail from. As for matches from 20+ years ago I think there are probably around 10 I can still remember fairly well, on a good day at least.

You and I are relatively close in age, so i tend to agree with you.
NO it wasnt boring when they met, usually it was a final.
The cpntrast in style was always interesting, unlike now when everyone tends to play the same way.

I cant say I have a favorite match, i was a HUGE Martina fan during this time, couldnt stand Chrissie and that pitty pat tennis she played.
The only comment i can add is that the results for Martina can directly be tracked along the following lines...
mid 70s .. young, powerful, wildly talented Martina eeks out a win here or there.
Early 80s.. a fat and out of shape Martina gets trashed often by Chris, until late 1981 and early 82 when Nancy Lieberman entered the picture and made Martina really pull back from the personal relationship with Chris which Nancy thought was preventing Martina from really fighting and competing with Chris.
Then enter Mike Estep and greatness loomed. Chris didnt stand a chance during the few years she lost so many times in a row to Martina.

THe back story of their locker room relationship etc has been very enlightening though.

Inger67
Sep 29th, 2010, 05:32 PM
I'm glad I live to watch tennis in this era. Those matches seem so boring to me :eek: I guess we're just used to power now of days :shrug:

edificio
Sep 29th, 2010, 07:34 PM
It got kind of boring!!! Sorry. Even if they were the greatest. Same with Ivan at the USO. That's no joke.

Also, I prefer how the game has evolved. I like a bit more of an aggressive game, which is not to say that some of those early players were all about fluff and nonsense and pattycake.

AcesHigh
Sep 29th, 2010, 08:14 PM
Unfortunately, we've had no rivalries in tennis for the last 20 years that even come close to this one. For me, Agassi and Sampras was a thrilling matchup but still..not close to the same.

Justin
Sep 29th, 2010, 08:26 PM
I'm going with the 1985 French Open, too. Evert won 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–5 in a terrific match. I sure as hell wouldn't pick the '88 Wimbledon SF where Chrissy got hosed by an atrocious line call while match point down. Chris was serving at 5-6, 0-40. She saved 2 match points, then got screwed.

highflyer
Sep 29th, 2010, 09:56 PM
1987 Wimbledon, London Grass Semifinal Navratilova 6–2, 5–7, 6–4
The points were all "winners", less unforced errors.

Lucemferre
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:12 PM
I can honestly say that I looked forward to watching them play each other, because they were the best. If not for their "boring" rivalry, what we now know as the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour would not exist.

You're old.

serenafann
Sep 29th, 2010, 10:28 PM
I will say the back to back French Open wins 85 and 86,I was a big Evert fan at the time and was soo happy that she started beating Martina again.

darrinbaker00
Sep 30th, 2010, 01:00 AM
You're old.
Thank you. ;)

Vartan
Sep 30th, 2010, 01:01 AM
You're old.

Thank you. ;)

:lol:

Pat Bateman
Sep 30th, 2010, 07:40 AM
Apparently Martina had a lot of sex with her lover the night before. It's in The Rivalry book.

Yes indeed. Martina admits in the book that she and Nancy Lieberman were hittin it til 6am.:hehehe:

Caralenko
Sep 30th, 2010, 07:44 AM
http://www.tennisforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=59

calou
Sep 30th, 2010, 08:46 AM
THe 84 us open because Martina had the crowd against her :(
the 81 us open semi final because she had the crowd with her :)
the 84 and 85 French open
the 78 Eastbourne final
I did'nt know the story about the sex ,funny :D