Originally Posted by DennisFitz
Ah, the WouldaCouldaShoulda game. Maybe, one day I'll play. Or visit WouldaCouldaShouldaLand
A LOT of things in this world SHOULD be different than they are.
A LOT of things in this world COULD be different than they are.
But that's not the way life works.
But kudos to Ms Evert, for finding a way to make clever forays into the net against the seeming unbeatable Graf in early 1989 (didn't their VS Florida match happen around the time of the SI cover with Graf and the headline "Unbeatable" or something like that?). And for knowing she could pick on the backhand mercilessly, but then whip her own forehand cross court to catch Steffi off guard?!
Chris had to play her best (and still hope Graf was a little off, which she was in that match) to have a chance. And while I still feel the physical advantage Graf had is what made the final difference, it's Evert's melting of her own polar ice cap, her Ice Maiden steely nerves that perhaps contributed to the final outcome? Holding one's nerves is something a player at any age can control.
Tennis can be a cruel sport. Sometimes it can be the difference of just a few points that determines a winner.
Still amazing to think that over a career that spanned just about 2 decades, Evert won 90% of her matches!
So true Dennis and her record in the Federation and Wightman Cup matches was amazing. I mean the Wightman is easy to forget now but she completely dominated Wade and Barker, who were no slouches on the tennis court. And Durie later who was a fine player, if a little below the standard of Sue and Virginia. She was a menace to me every time she played Wightman, almost certainly two rubbers down before we even started!!!!