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Old Feb 22nd, 2004, 06:21 PM   #14
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The importance that Chris attaches to her sf victory 46 61 61 over Austin in 1980 at the Open is also testimony to the intensity of their rivalry. I would LOVE to see that match and have never even seen any highlights of it. I bet it was electric. Chris must have played out of her skin. Has anybody seen it? I'd love to read a blow-by-blow account of that one.

Re that US Open final in 1981, RoanHJ, I hear you. I called Tracy every synonym for the word prostitute that I knew at the tender and innocent age of 15 that night and she momentarily ranked alongside Margaret Thatcher as most hated devilspawn in the universe. I too have grown up a bit since then and learned to appreciate her.

I recently got my hands on a copy of her sf vs Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980 and it's a great match to watch because of the huge contrast in styles. It does underline a certain 2-dimensional aspect to Tracy's game at that point. Evonne was too wily and creative for her on that day and tracy seemed at a loss as to how to handle the variety. She was often drawn forward and then lobbed or passed and had trouble handling Evonne's phenomenal array of spins.
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