NIT has own personality; Navratilova in the 'zone'; baseball openers set
The Christian Science Monitor
Thursday, March 31, 1983
27-0 and counting
In tennis, when everything is clicking players are said to be in the ''zone.'' Martina Navratilova resides there now. No one has come close to beating her this year, not even the estimable Chris Evert Lloyd. The two met last Sunday in New York, and it was no contest, with Navratilova winning 6-2, 6-0 in the richest final on the women's winter tour. The world's top-ranked player indicated it ''was pretty close to as good as I can play.'' Evert Lloyd, who suffered her worst defeat in 13 years, probably hopes so.
If Navratilova has lifted her game, it can't be by too much. In 93 matches a year ago she lost only three times - once each to Evert Lloyd, Pam Shriver, and Sylvia Hanika, all of whom Martina defeated in New York. In doubles she's been just as devastating, accumulating a perfect record with Shriver. In the past, she has been on the ''Doubles Team of the Year'' four times with three different partners.
The real measure of greatness, of course, generally comes in the major tournaments, particularly Wimbledon and the US Open. She has to go some to catch the likes of Evert Lloyd and Billie Jean King at these events. Billie Jean has a total of 10 victories at the two tournaments and Chris nine. Martina has won Wimbledon three times but, like Bjorn Borg, is still looking for her first US Open title.