Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: United States of America
From the matches I have seen between the two, and from watching several other Goolagong gems (and you know how I feel about watching her move across a tennis court- when she was on- there is nothing more beautiful in tennis), it doesn't surprise me at all. Evonne Goolagong was known for her "walkabouts" yes, however, in particular, her match-ups with Chris seemed to me to be very well defined. She knew what she had to do to beat Chris, and Chris knew that her consistency would win out in their h2h over the long run, as Goolagong was never, at any point in her tennis career, consistent. I think the best analogy (and you may not like this, but please don't take it personally) is to imagine Evonne hitting against a mirrored wall or a ball machine. The ball machine or mirrored wall will usually win, and sometimes, depending on the Goolagong presence on the day, convincingly. There will have been days and moments and patches in their encounters, however, when the muse will flash brilliant white light, and the magick wand will paint strokes and sparks of seemingly impossible and spectacular brilliance, to which the mirror or the ball machine can only bow the head and reflect in spellbound admiration. I think Billie Jean King summed it up perfectly: "winning never consumed Evonne". That is why their match-up is so much more interesting to me than the Evert/Navratilova one. I always see Evonne as the primal earth goddess and Chris as the grounding touchstone, or rock of reality.
There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.