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40 Important Women's Moments: 1975, Chrissie owns the clay
By Nicholas J. Walz
Monday, August 26, 2013
Celebrating both the 40th anniversary of equal prize money for men's and women's players at the US Open and the formation of the Women's Tennis Association, founded in 1973, USOpen.org is proud to present "40 Important Women's Moments in US Open History."
This look at some of the greatest achievements and accomplishments by women players from the last 40 years will run all the way to the 2013 US Open women's singles final, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8. To review our entire countdown of the 40 Important Women's Moments in US Open History, click here
20-year-old Chris Evert defeats Evonne Goolagong, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, to win her first of an Open era-best six US Open women’s singles championships.
Top-seeded Evert had stalled in the semifinals the previous four years, including a tough three-set loss to Goolagong in 1974. But those four semis defeats would lead to four consecutive US Open championships – to this day, no women’s player has won three US Open titles in a row, let alone four.
“I’ll be riding high on this one for a while,” said Evert after the win. “At every opportunity, I glanced over to my family. The United States is my home and it means [a lot] to me to win here.”
From 1973 to 1979, Evert went 125 matches between defeats on clay, which was the surface used at Forest Hills for the 1975 tournament and through 1977. (The US Open switched to hard courts upon moving to Flushing Meadows in 1978.)
Goolagong, the reigning Australian Open champion, had been the last player to defeat Evert on clay, in August 1973, and appeared poised to do so once more in this final, taking the first set. The length of rallies crept into the range of 25, 30 and sometimes 35 shots as Evert regained composure.
“I was hoping if I just stayed in there she’d have a walk about,” said Evert, referring to Goolagong losing concentration. At a crucial point in the second set, as the pro-Evert American crowd cheered with fervor for a comeback, the Aussie made four straight errors to drop her serve and Evert knotted the match at a set apiece and cruised from there.
“I just wasn’t patient enough – it was not my sort of game,” said Goolagong, who would return to the US Open final for a fourth and final time in her career in 1976, only to lose to Evert once more, 6-3, 6-0.
How would US Open history have unfolded differently had the event remained on clay?