Originally Posted by Sumarokov-Elston
Was the Evert-Sanchez match not also played on the very same day that Martina went out to Zvereva? A horrible day for tennis. None of them ever went back to Paris....
Chris looks haggard, ill and just not wanting to be there. She hits her shots rather like in practice, not in a competitive, concentrated environment at all. ASV surely must be the most one-dimensional player in the history of the sport! Game tactic: push the ball. What shot to play: topspin or slice, as long as it involves pushing the ball. At one point, you have Chris Evert resorting to serve and volley on red clay!! That is how desperately dull it is - the last time she did that was against the moonballing Andrea Jaegar in the US Clay Court Championships in 1980, but even Jaegar had some other aspects to her game, unlike ASV (whom I always found more excruciating and embarrassing to watch than even Manuela Maleeva or Karen Susmann).
Yes ASV used to suck the life out of matches and opponents. I will never forget the 98 French Final when she managed to wear down the far more talented (more far less fit) Monica Seles in what should have been a fairytale finish to her career (not long after her father passed away). Unlike Evert, who had one of the greatest brains in tennis history, ASV was indeed a pusher that wore down opponents rather than beat them with clever tennis.