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.
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.
There's more to life than just being happy.