We have talked about a lot of great female players of tennis and we missed 1 who is also in the running for the greatest female tennis player of all time and that is Chris Evert. She along with Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova are the Top 4 tennis players when it comes to women. Chris Evert has changed the way that Americans are looked in tennis as she was in almost all the Grand Slam finals that she played. A total of 34 Grand Slam finals she played in her career and she won 18 of them to win 18 singles Grand Slam titles.
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Chris Evert turned pro in 1972 and she played till 1989 after having one of the most successful careers in tennis. She has an incredible career record in Singles where she has won 1309 matches and lost only 146 giving her a win % of 89.7. She has won a whopping 157 career singles titles and her total prize money is $8,895,135. She was also ranked number 1 in the world for 7 years. Let’s look at her Top 5 Best Performances.
1974 French Open Final vs Olga Morozova
This was the first Grand Slam in her career so it had to be on this list because the first time any player wins a Grand Slam it becomes their best performance to date. Chris Evert dominated this match from start to finish and she won in 2 sets 6-1 and 6-2 and secured her first of 18 Grand Slam titles. This was one of the most dominant first Grand Slam wins and that is why she was such an exceptional talent from her younger days. This match lasted barely an hour.
1976 Wimbledon Final vs Evonne Goolagong Cawley
This was the second Wimbledon title for Chris Evert and this match was against an Australian legend in Evonne Goolagong Cawley and this was a 3 set thriller between the 2 best at that time. Chris Evert won the 1st set 6-3 but then Evonne came back in the second set to win it 6-4 and it all came down to this last set where Chris Evert showed more perseverance and won it in a thriller by 8-6 thus being one of the very best career Performances. This match went for almost 2 hours and the crowd was enthralled the whole time.
1975 US Open Final vs Evonne Goolagong
These 2 great rivals were back at it but this tine it was in 1975 at the US Open which would be the first US Open win for Chris Evert in her home nation where she had the full backing of her he crowd and she put on a show. It was yet another 3 setter and this time Chris Evert lost the 1st set 5-7 but the way in which she came back to win the next 2 sets shows us what kind of player she was. She won the second set 6-4 and by the third set Chris Evert dominated the match and won the decider easily by 6-2 thus winning her first US Open title.
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1982 Australian Open Final vs Martina Navratilova
This was a match between the 2 best at that time and it was the only Grand Slam that Chris Evert had not won in her career and she would include this in her resume in 1982 in a hard fought match against her greatest rival who had beaten her a few times in other Grand Slam Finals. Chris Evert won the 1st set of this final 6-3 but then Martina Navratilova came back in the match and won the second set 6-2 and it was all to play for in the last set which Chris Evert won 6-3 thus winning her first Australian Open title and completing the career Slam by winning all 4 Grand Slam titles once.
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1985 French Open Final vs Martina Navratilova
I have saved the best for last as this match was one of the toughest matches that Chris Evert had faced and the way in which she won showed her character on the tennis court. This was a humdinger of a match where no inch was given as Chris Evert won the 1st set 6-3 but then it was all too close as Martina Navratilova won the second set after a tie break by 7-6 and it was everything to play for in the 3rd and deciding set and here e Chris Evert had a little more left in the tank as she won this set by 7-5 in a match that spanned over 2 hours between 2 of the best to do it.