Originally Posted by KV
Coming back to women's tennis about S. Graf. Her great shots serve, forehand and footwork. Doubt her return (backhand) was very good. Her backhand wasn't either. She didn't come that often to the net. So you hardly could call her a serve & volleyer. Some fans pretending she's the most complete player ever. Yes, S. Graf was one of the most successful players, but to say that she's had a great backhand/return/volley then I gotta fancy C. Evert as more complete.
hear, hear! (clinks glass) so true, so true.
But dont expect alfa to join you in that particular opinion. He has a painful bias. (
to alfa) but do not let him dissuade you from the subtle but simple truth you presented on christine evert.
Anyway, I was actually just getting into this conversationn to comment on what a quiet, civil, and nice paced conversation it was...just a couple of sentences, with succinct content, for each post...like a nice easy rally from the back of the court. Definitely a women's tennis pace, not men's...and not of this era, either. It was too innocent for that.
But then that Evert comment came out of nowhere...well, who knew? Chris didnt have the big serve, but she never really needed one, so necessity never brought it out in her game. Chris' lob & drop (on both sides), backhand, inside-out down-the-line FOREHAND, consistency of DEPTH of shot, and general backcourt variety was vaster than SG. I will add one qualifier in that, however, which is that chris' generation allowed for more variety...Evert herself showed much more diversity of shot within her rallies up until she was about 27/28 years old, 1981/82 season.