Re: Evert v Seles - 1989 Houston final
I used to own this match, and it isn't pretty. Monica definitely lacked some of the heat on her groundies that she would have the following year. She was still only around 5'4" at this time and weighed probably 105 lbs or so...very different physically from the Monica of '90-93 as she grew to be about 6'0 I think and her weight increased (and stabilized, before the stabbing) commensurately. She moon-balled quite a bit, but at this point I would say her game was not what it would become, that is a relentless, all-out ground stroke assault, marked by an extraordinary ability to hit with pace and accuracy. The accuracy was there (and the point construction, she was always good at opening up the court), but the pace wasn't what it would become during her peak.
Chrissie was ridiculously inconsistent in this match and just seemed generally out of sorts, and really should've won this match. Still, it's an amazing early win for a young Seles, but neither player was anywhere near the player they were or would become.
Chris and Monica are far and away my two favorite players of all time, but watching this match is a rather grim experience. I actually prefer to watch the U.S. Open match from later in the year because at least Chris was playing near peak form.