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Wimbledon 1980

Don't know if it's been posted yet, if so we will merge it.

Teen Andrea was pretty good!

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My very favorite tournament ever! Evonne beats Chris. Bjorn beats Mac! <3
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Ah what sweetness this is...the sound of the ball off of wood racquets, acrobatic volleying (as opposed to every volley being a swing volley), and the joy of seeing a young and carefree Andrea Jaeger.

I almost choked on hearing "Miss Wade was playing Wimbledon before Jaeger was born..." but of course it was true. I recall wanting Wade to win SO bad-but she was long over the hill at this stage. Her #7 seeding here was her last top 8 seeding in a slam.

As for Rapunzel-AKA Andrea Jaeger. I love how Andrea let all her emotions run wild-the hands on her hips, twirling the racquet in her hands like a gunfighter. She was a feisty little thing, and beyond her years in tactics and the ability to volley. This was all in contrast to the the more tightly held together Chris Evert and Tracy Austin.

How well spoken Jags was at 15. Much better than Jennifer Capriati for example.
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Those white Slazenger balls though. Ugh. It was cool buying them to imagine playing at Wimbledon, but it made it almost impossible to see really well on TV.

I don't miss the white balls.


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The King-Navratilova quarterfinals picks up at about the 13:30 mark.

This was the most dramatic match of the Championships, with the possible exception of Goolagong vs Austin.

Notice how King keeps wiping off her glasses on her skirt. In her autobiography Billie Jean writes how the moisture made it hard for her to see. King felt this was her last true shot at winning a major.

Martina finally took Billie Jean out on her 10th match point! King looks pissed big time walking off court.


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The Evert-Navratilova semi highlights were all new to me.

That Evert volley on the point from 17:52 to 18:08

Having never this match the controversial set point was a revelation. Martina got robbed. Cool as a cucumber Chris played through Martina and the crowd yelling out mid point. As the commentator says, "in retrospect that was the turning point."


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My very favorite tournament ever! Evonne beats Chris. Bjorn beats Mac! <3
I second that emotion Mark!

So hated Mac and adored Borg. Evonne and Chris were such contrasts, but both every inch a lady in their different ways. I want a poster of 25:16. Sigh.

I'd forgotten the ladies final used to be on a Friday back in 1980.

Regrettably the ladies final was a bit one sided. The wet conditions favored Evonne, who always could expose Evert's backhand on grass with a chipped ball crosscourt, too low for Chris to put away. IMO that sliding slice was what helped the Gong beat Tracy in the semis as well.

Another cool moment-Tracy Austin winning the mixed with her brother John-the only brother-sister pairing.

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Interesting how much colour was allowed back then. They're stricter now.


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Didn't notice that but you are so right Bremen.

Man were those shorts short too.


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Ah what sweetness this is...the sound of the ball off of wood racquets, acrobatic volleying (as opposed to every volley being a swing volley), and the joy of seeing a young and carefree Andrea Jaeger.

I almost choked on hearing "Miss Wade was playing Wimbledon before Jaeger was born..." but of course it was true. I recall wanting Wade to win SO bad-but she was long over the hill at this stage. Her #7 seeding here was her last top 8 seeding in a slam.

As for Rapunzel-AKA Andrea Jaeger. I love how Andrea let all her emotions run wild-the hands on her hips, twirling the racquet in her hands like a gunfighter. She was a feisty little thing, and beyond her years in tactics and the ability to volley. This was all in contrast to the the more tightly held together Chris Evert and Tracy Austin.

How well spoken Jags was at 15. Much better than Jennifer Capriati for example.
I was surprised by the quality of Andrea's passing shots each time Virginia took the net, her high backhand down the line was wild and hard to control.

Loved the footage of the rallies of the semis as well, really realistic. The contrast of styles, between the natural athlete Evonne was, whose power looked effortless, against pretty but frail looking Tracy grunting on most of her shots (Tracy who was a fan of Evonne actually).

On the men side, nice to rediscover Brian Gottfried. Those challengers had real talent, just lacked a bit of consistency to be a real threat. Took a set to Borg in the semi. What's remarkable with Borg was his consistency, each round. Well, he looked like a machine.
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The King-Navratilova quarterfinals picks up at about the 13:30 mark.

This was the most dramatic match of the Championships, with the possible exception of Goolagong vs Austin.

Notice how King keeps wiping off her glasses on her skirt. In her autobiography Billie Jean writes how the moisture made it hard for her to see. King felt this was her last true shot at winning a major.

Martina finally took Billie Jean out on her 10th match point! King looks pissed big time walking off court.

Billie Jean's character is funny. Walking off as fast as she wanted to forget this defeat, and Martina trying hard to stay in her footsteps!
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The Evert-Navratilova semi highlights were all new to me.

That Evert volley on the point from 17:52 to 18:08

Having never this match the controversial set point was a revelation. Martina got robbed. Cool as a cucumber Chris played through Martina and the crowd yelling out mid point. As the commentator says, "in retrospect that was the turning point."
I'm not sure that ball was out as for me. Maybe I'll check again. But Martina sure thought so.
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Thanks for the memories Hugues
My pleasure! Our pleasure!

What I had forgot about this 1980 Wimbledon is how much it had been interrupted by the rain. Commentator even says it was the most rainy in years. Fortunately the matches between the rain made forget it!
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The smug and overconfident Chris being destroyed by lovely Evonne in straight sets.... Great stuff. Can never get enough of Evert losing most of her Wimbledon finals. &#x1f604;
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