On a superficial note, I really like the way she looked that year with the headband
The headband look was my favorite for Chris as well Sam. Andrea Temesvari also had that look-good company!
Looking at her matches from 1983 what impresses me is how much depth her shots carried. Louloubelle mentioned the Kathy Jordan match, significant in so many ways.
For one-it was her first defeat before a semi EVER. Think on that for a minute.
The loss ended a chance at the ITF's new Grand Slam concept, where any woman winning all four majors in a row had won THE Grand slam. Evert had won the US and Aussie in late 82 and then the French. So that upset stomach and Jordan victory must have been a blow.
After that she had a close 3 setter vs Martina in Canada-then a blow out loss at the US Open. That defeat was the one that probably convinced her to change to graphite. She could still beat 99% of the rest of the tour, but not Navratilova.
I'll never forget watching the 1984 US Indoors, Evert and Navratilova's first match where both women had metal. The hard hitting left me breathless. I couldn't imagine a harder hitting match.. Man was I wrong!
The change to metal made Evert's game more powerful on ground strokes. The change was noticeable, at least to me. Chris was the same player but the metal amped up the power a ton.
The flip side was more errors.