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!Andy T said: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.
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?Mark36 said: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.
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... :yawn:Andy T said: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.
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.Mark36 said: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.
She did but the score was 6-3 7-6.Mark36 said:Thanks for re-posting your Evonne stats again, Craig. Truly amazing stats.
Another addition - I am almost positive that Evonne made the semi's of the french in 1973, losing to Court in 3.