Chris Evert is arguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The American won 18 Grandslam singles titles in her career, and is widely regarded as one of the best clay-courters of all time. Evert had lifted the French Open title on seven occasions in the 70-80s.
Evert’s fiercest rivals back in her playing days was Martina Navratilova, whom she faced 80 times in her career. The pair met 60 times in the finals, and share some incredible moments on court. On the 40th anniversary of Evert’s double bagel victory over her rival, she reveals the biggest regret of her successful career.
The duo clashed in the finals of the US Open 1984, where Navratilova defeated Chris Evert in three sets. The latter won the first set 6-4, but went on to lose the next two sets by a score-line of 4-6 and 4-6.
Evert recalls her epic final against Navratilova at US Open
Chris Evert recalled her epic final against Martina Navratilova at the US Open 1984. Evert stated that she was left disappointed after her loss in the finals, and considers it as the biggest regret of her life. “I think the one I was crushed the most was the US Open. when I lost 6-4 in the third. Did I win the first set? I think at one point it was like 3-3 in the third set. And again, this was during the (Navratilova) streak. This is during the streak where she was beating me and I really wanted to win that match,” said Evert.
Chris Evert stated that during the closing stages of the game, she adopted a passive style of play, which costed her the victory. “I really was into reversing, kind of changing the momentum of our matches. I was so intense. I was playing well. And I think I was disappointed because at 3-3, I got passive. I had my chances, it’s almost like, when I was wiped off the court, love and three or two and one, it’s like, ‘too good’, she just was too good,” Evert continued.
“But when I had control and I let myself down and didn’t go for my shots like I should have, I think that US Open, that was crushing. You can tell when I shook hands with her, I was not happy. I’d like to have that (back). I’d like to be at 3-all again and then with my different attitude now, go play it,” she added.