Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: United States of America
It is one of the all-time great matches, and (like I knew it would) it leaves me wanting more than any other match-up to see more between these two competitors. I actually re-watched the first set again last night, and had to amend my initial post, as I had two separate spectacular points mixed together in that recount. Court actually won that particular point. It's watching tennis like that, where both players are evenly matched, and have all the shots (with the exception of Madge's topspin backhand, which I don't think she had in her arsenal) and are using them and the whole court with deadly accuracy.
Billie Jean's forehand volley, especially in the first set, is probably the best I've seen. She not only runs to the ball well no matter what the height, but she is so good at the short, quick punch without all that racquet movement that most people (myself included) experience on the forehand volley. It's a compact volley that is about as textbook as they come.
Regarding Evert's comment, all I can think is that maybe she only saw that second set, and the decline of King in the last few games?
There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.