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Goolagong or King 1971 #1

I'm looking over their matches for that year and when I look at various record books, some have Goolagong ranked #1 and some have King ranked #1. I can't make a sound judgement on who was #1 until I finish looking at their matches for that year!
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Evonne Goolagong
of course!

BTW, I love this thread!
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I'd have to agree with Mark- Evonne Goolagong was in the final of the Australian Open, and won the French and Wimbledon. Billie Jean King has always felt this was the year she played the best tennis of her career, however, she really didn't start to dominate the tour until after Wimbledon, where she lost in the semis to Evonne.

I think the same thing with Kim Clijsters- while the tournament titles for the year are impressive, they shouldn't outweigh the majors- and Evonne is 2 to 1 compared to Billie Jean on the year.

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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And in the major BJK won, there was no Court and no Goolagong! Court and Goolagong played the other three majors while King only played Wimbledon. Goolagong came damned close to beating Court in the Oz final too. The score: 26 76 75 to Court - apparently, Goolagong was cramping badly towards the end.
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And in the major BJK won, there was no Court and no Goolagong! Court and Goolagong played the other three majors while King only played Wimbledon. Goolagong came damned close to beating Court in the Oz final too. The score: 26 76 75 to Court - apparently, Goolagong was cramping badly towards the end.
I just purchased a copy of the 1980 Wimbledon semis and finals, and the tapes arrived last night- and I am in GOOLAGONG TENNIS HEAVEN. That semi against Tracy Austin is a match I've never seen, and it is vintage Goolagong- I lost count of the high backhand overhead smashes she hit- one after another after another, as if it was the easiest shot in the book. Ah, they broke the mould with Evonne!

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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That was a great match. Classic Evonne, going walkabout for a 6-0 (!) second set loss, and then pulling her game back together in the final set. I loved it. Tracy was numero uno at the time and Chris would take over the top spot in a month or two, so Evonne beat the best for that title.
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That was a great match. Classic Evonne, going walkabout for a 6-0 (!) second set loss, and then pulling her game back together in the final set. I loved it. Tracy was numero uno at the time and Chris would take over the top spot in a month or two, so Evonne beat the best for that title.
Evonne actually beat Hana Mandlikova in an earlier round, and I'm seriously thinking about purchasing a copy of that match too. Can you imagine the shots flying all over the court with those two?

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I think that semi match was the best match I saw that year (admittedly I 've never seen Austin-Evert semi at the US Open). As you guys say, she hit some sublime shots and proved, with wins over HM, TA and CE, her quality.
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I think that semi match was the best match I saw that year (admittedly I 've never seen Austin-Evert semi at the US Open). As you guys say, she hit some sublime shots and proved, with wins over HM, TA and CE, her quality.
Oh, the Evert-Austin matches were so boring for me- no contrast in style, just patience, patience, patience, patience, 20 stroke ralleys from the baseline...

Sorry, but there's no comparison for me. I thought what made the Goolaggong-Austin match so great was that even though Tracy bageled her in the second set, nearly all of those games went to deuce, and the quality of play was relatively high from both players through all three sets. Austin really turned on the gas- I forgot how much harder she could hit the ball than Evert, and her passing shots were terrific. It's a shame she didn't stretch and take care of her young body, because without injury, she would have gone on to take 1 or 2 more majors, I feel.

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Alfa, the Evonne-Hana match up (though tantalizing as it sounds) was kind of a dud. I watched it recently and they were both off their games. Still it is the only meeting between these two and just that fact makes it worth buying.
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Alfa, the Evonne-Hana match up (though tantalizing as it sounds) was kind of a dud. I watched it recently and they were both off their games. Still it is the only meeting between these two and just that fact makes it worth buying.
Thanks- I'll take your word for it. There are so many other matches that I know are great- I'll go for the obscure after my collection builds a little more.

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Wow, I didn't realise that was the only time they met in regular competition! Evonne did beat her 62 62 in a third place play off at the Citizen Cup exhibition at Palm Beach Florida in Spring 1982.
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I would love to see that match. Is that the exo that Mike Lupica (creep-o-la) wrote about in World Tennis mag, sometime in summer 1982, concerning Goolagong's 'successful' comeback. I think evonne took world number 1 chrissie to three sets on clay right after returning to the tour that year.
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Yep, that's the one, Mark. The score was 57 61 64.
At the end of that year she beat Austin 64 46 62 in Adelaide in another special team event (Commonwealth vs Rest of World)
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On the subject of years when the top rank was contested, I've also seen King ranked 1 in 1974 rather than Evert. Looking at the results of the big tourneys I even think there's a case for Evonne.

74 Oz Open -Goolagong d Evert. King dnp
74 RG - Evert d Morozova - King and Goolagong banned
74 Wimb Evert d Morozova. Goolagong lost qf to Melville, King lost qf to Morozova
74 US King def Goolagong. Goolagong def Evert sf
74 VS Champs: Goolagong def Evert. Goolagong def King sf
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