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Evonne Goolagong, winner of 7 Grand Slam Singles Titles

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I just found out a cool little fact about Evonne.
In 1976 she lost to only two women-Chris Evert
and Betty Stove. She didn't lose to Stove until late in the season (November?) when she was already pregnant. Had Evonne managed to win her Wimbledon final with Chris she would have been #1 that year.
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Yeah Rollo, Evonne really should have taken that match w/Evert at Wimbledon in 1976. I remember being all pissed off (at 9 years old!) when she lost 8-6 in the third. Evonne had been the top player on the Virginia Slims indoor circuit that winter/spring, beating Chris at least twice, including a three set thriller in the Championships in LA. I had just got addicted to tennis (and to Evonne) the year before, so i was no expert, but I felt the way she was playing that she had another Wimbledon all wrapped up. Oh well. I was really pissed after she got killed 2 months later in the US Open final 6-3, 6-0.

As for Evonne's record in 1976, it was truly amazing. Although I do believe that Evonne lost the Fed Cup final match 7-6, 6-4 to the venerable Billie Jean King. Perhaps that is not considered a tour match in the record books.

1976 was my favorite year of all time. It was disappointing seeing Evonne lose all but one of the big finals, but she made it to the finals of everything and was on TV practically every other weekend. When she was nearly popping her first child out she was still on TV, in spring 1977...from matches taped the year before and televised on ABC saturday afternoon's as a men's + women's WTT type event. Bjorn, Wade, Barker and Nastase participated as well, and there was mixed doubles so it was loads of fun and lasted for at least 2 months.
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Mark, its so funny to see how young you were and getting so pissed off! I can recall many of the same feelings. So you watched tennis as far back as 1976? My first match i ever saw was Austin vs Evert final 1979 and i was hooked. Plus had my first crush ever (on tracy!)

Mark do you have any evonne mathes on tape? Isnt she something...i have quite a few as well and i cherish them.
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mark, do you have any of Andrea Jaegers matches on tape? I only have one and its a really obscure match...but do have any thing she played against Chris or Tracy? What about Tracys semi final win over Martina at the 1979 US open? That i would LOVE to get my hands on.
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Hi Darren. No i don't have any old Austin, Evert or Jaeger matches on tape. I taped a portion of the 1974 Goolagong/King US Open final from ESPN Classics about 4 years ago, but after moving across the country I have no clue where it is. Every once in a while I look up videos of old matches and nearly buy them...of course I always get frightened of the price and never actually go ahead and do it. The only other match I have on tape (or had on tape) was a portion of the Navratilova/Graf 1991 US open semi. I kinda think I taped Knot's Landing (what the hell??) over it a few months later. Hahaha!!!!
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Part 4

We recovered control of our bodies quickly enough and for 95 minutes we ran, stretched, lunged and sprawled. We bent, hammered, smashed, stroked, nursed and blasted balls over the net, producing the kind of drawn out spectacular points that make tannis excruiciating for spectators and nearly impossible if the spectators are your people. Mr. Edwards was smoking a pipe at this time. Amazingly he did not bite off the stem or swallow it. Mrs Evert was chewing gum. Madly. Somehow she refrained from breaking her jaw. With Mrs. Evert was the Rev. Vincent Kelly, the principal of Chrissies school. 'I just prayed that Chrissie wouldn't be outclassed and overwhelmed. That's all' said Father Kelly. he was fair about it.

No danger of her being overwhelmed. I found out quickly how tough she is from the baseline, on fast grass or slow clay. First point of the aftrernoon: I drove a backhand down the line and came in to volley. What volley? Her crosscourt forehand went past me so fast that I made a funny unbelieving face.

Even so I broke her serve in the opening game to a murmur of approval from 14,000 voices. But she hit her groundstrokes so firmly that I was rushing my volleys or mishitting them. The first 3 times I tried to serve and volley she whizzed passing shots. I couldn't touch the ball. It made me respectful. I realized I could only come in on the very best approach shots.

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She was drilling the ball in a way that I have never seen before. Chrissie isn't stronger than Margaret Court, but she has has a different game. She seems to think that she'll get a nosebleed if she comes to the net, so she hangs back like a battleship shelling ports miles away. Boom, boom, boom... over and over again.. harder and harder. I wondered where the power come from. Chrissie was slight and slim (although she's filled out since). But she had balance and timing, a tireless rhythum and she could think. She was a metronome with a brain, changing speeds, catching me with a beautifully disguised dropshot. She would lure me up, and pass me. I tried to get her to come up, but she wanted no part of it. If she was out of position, she'd sky a good lob, buying time to regroup.

It was marvellous stuff and before I knew it she'd moved from 1-2 to 5-2. I was serving then and she got the first two points. But I made a couple of winning volleys and on a run of 8 points I'd held my serve and broken hers at love and she served for the set. Now I was 4-5 and feeling confident with my backhand and swooping volleys functioning well. I was reacting to danger the way I so often do, and I was ready to take over.

Chrissie wasn't ready./ She banged away at my backhand and it went to pieces. Instead of tying it up, I lost serve and the first set 6-4.

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I kept losing. A bit of walkabout here? I don't know, but I was just about out of it at 3-0 for Chrissie. The crowd was as lethargic as I was. At 40-15 with me serving the 4th game of the set, Chrissie got a point on one of the rare bad bounces on that court. I grinned at my bad luck. that revived the audience. Light laughter. I revived too, and won six straight games for the set.

It was obvious I couldn't beat her from the baseline. I couldn't out-boom a battleship. I have to move her around, put her off balance, a little more on the defensive so I could creep up and do some volleying. At 0-3 it was now... or forget it. I started to think about Mr. Edwards' advice. Never do I want to hear about strategy before a match. I simply play. This time, because I was going against the unknown with Chris, I asked him, What should I do?'

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'You've got to take advantage of her double handed backhand' he said. He'd coached Jan Lehane O'Neill, a fine Australian who uses both hands for her backhand, and he knew the weaknesses. 'Slice your backhand short crosscourt to her backhand. She has to take extra steps top handle anything on the backhand., but if she has to go after a low, short, ball, she'll work that much harder. She can't hit it as well on the run, and she doesn't bend too well. Pull her out of position that way'.

I thought about it and tried it, and it worked. It's not that easy to do. But when I could hit the low spinning ball I wanted crosscourt, with a good angle, it opened up the court for me. When she was hurried like that, she merely put the ball back over the net. She didn't drive it. And I was there to cut off her shot with a volley.

We;d played for an hour and were a set all. I was brimming with confidence, serving hard and well. I felt I knew how to beat her, but it was far from over. I won my serve, a seventh straight game, and the streak ended as she won hers. Those were a couple of routine games, soprt of a lull before the storm resumed.

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Thanks LouLouBelle!!

I read this book in 1980 when I was in 7th grade. I read it again about 10 years later and loved every minute of it...although I always felt it was 70 percent Bud and 30 percent Evonne.

Now, don't get me wrong, 30 percent Evonne in a major hardback book is better than nothing!!!!
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mmmm 30% might still be too generous!! Try 90-10!!!!!

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Yeah i think you are right. I think Evonne became very chic and sophisticated after seeing the world several times over and marrying Roger Cawley, but not when that book was written in 1974. Even in the seventh grade I knew it wasn't written in her 'voice'.
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perhaps i'm mistaking evonne with another player but wasn't she the one who lost in the finals of one of the slams (wibmledon?) 3 maybe 4 years in a row? i heard so much about her growing up. i was told that she was a very tenacious and attacking player.
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Yes..... from 1973 to 76 Evonne lost in the US Open final 4 times, to Court, King and Evert twice. As detailed throughout the book I'm posting from; she was never at home in the US.

Evonne was a graceful player, excellent movement, splendid backhand, touch and volleys. I wouldn't call her 'tenacious' tho! she would often play without keeping track of the score, and players like Viriginia Wade used to find it infuritaing to play against her because it looked like she wasn't trying. She was carefree and laidback and her lapses during matchs were known as 'walkabouts'.

Her lack of intensity was often exploited in big matchs by the likes of King and Evert who were very intense and determined to win.

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After that every game was hectic. Beak points were eveywhere, to be ecaped and made. She broke me, and I broke her back to 2-2. A mighty forehand return broke me once more, and Chrissie was again ahead at 3-2.

I wouldn't let her hold serve, getting to 3-3 on a leaping forehand volley. My serve. Ugh, I double faulted to break point, only to wipe it away with a serve that buzzed through her. It was 3-4, and I held a break point that vanished on the strength of one of those ripping double handers. 'Game to Miss Evert. Games are 4 all, final set', chanted the umpire.

She was weakening, I thought, even though she held serve. She'd butchered a couple of vital overheads and was shaky if she had no alternative but try to volley, when I dragged her close to net.
OK. Got to hold serve. I was pumping the first serve in and at 30-love I decided to try another serve volley. She'd passed me every other time, informing me that I'd have to work my way foreward, not come steaming in on the serve. This time it worked. Her return wasn't as sure or as solid. I knocked it off with a volley and quickly had the game to 5-4.

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