Chris Evert Lloyd
CHRIS EVERT LLOYD

U. S. A.
Born 20/12/1954
Australian Open 1982,1984
French Open 1974,1975,1979,1980,1983,1985,1986
Wimbledon 1974,1976,1981
US Open 1975,1976,1977,1978,1980,1982

Chris Evert was a great baseliner who amassed a total of 18 Grand Slam titles. She could have won more if she hadn't played in the same era as Martina Navratilova. Evert was one of the first to play with a double handed backhand. Evert arrived on the scene in the early 1970s. She lost a tight match to Margaret Court in the final of the 1973 French Open. She beat Court in the semis of Wimbledon but lost to Billie Jean King in the final. Evert lost in the 1974 Australian final to Evonne Goolagong. Evert won her first Grand Slam title at the 1974 French Open. At Wimbledon she won the women's singles while her fiance Jimmy Connors won the men's singles. Evert and Connors split up soon after and Evert later married Connors' buddy John Lloyd. At the 1975 French Evert beat teenager Martina Navratilova in the final. She beat Navratilova again in the semis of the US and then won a tough final with Goolagong-Cawley. At Wimbledon 1976 Evert beat Navratilova and Goolagong-Cawley in two tough matches to win her second title. She beat Goolagong-Cawley in the US final to dash the Australian's hopes of a US title yet again. Evert took a hat trick of US titles (all of them on clay) in 1977. At Wimbledon 1978 Evert lost a tight final to Navratilova and then won the US (over Pam Shriver). At the French in 1979 Evert won the title without being tested, but at Wimbledon lost the final to Martina. At the US she beat Goolagong-Cawley and King before losing in the final to Tracy Austin. At the French in 1980 Evert-Lloyd won the title. At Wimbledon she beat Navratilova in the semis but lost in the final to Goolagong-Cawley. At the US she won the title over Austin and Hana Mandlikova. At Wimbledon 1981 Evert-Lloyd took the title over Mandlikova. At the US she lost in the semis to Martina. At the Australian Evert-Lloyd lost in the final to Naratilova. At Wimbledon 1982 she beat veteran King in a tight semi final, but lost the final to Navratilova. She won the US over Mandlikova. At the Australian Evert-Lloyd beat Navratilova in the final. At the 1983 French Open Evert-Lloyd won the title, but lost in the US final to Navratilova. At the 1984 French Open Evert-Lloyd was runner up to Martina. At Wimbledon she beat Mandlikova before losing the final to Navratilova. Navratilova denied her again in the US final. At the Australian Evert-Lloyd won the title over Helena Sukova. At the 1985 French Open she beat Navratilova in a classic final, one of the highlights of the Evert-Navratilova era of dominance. Navratilova gained revenge in the Wimbledon final. Evert-Lloyd lost in the US semis to Mandlikova. At the Australian Evert-Lloyd lost in the final to Martina. At the French in 1986 Evert-Lloyd beat Navratilova in the final to win her last Grand Slam title. At the 1988 Australian Open Evert beat Navratilova before losing to Steffi Graf in the final. It was her last Grand Slam final. Although still capable of reaching semis, Evert realised that Navratilova and Graf were now clearly above her and she retired at the end of 1989.


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