Famous female tennis players: Chris Evert

Famous female tennis players: Chris Evert

Chris Evert, a famous female tennis player, was born on December 21, 1954 in Florida. Due to her excellent tennis skills including two fisted backhand and poise on court helped Chris Evert became champion in 1974-1986. Chris Evert got her first limelight when she won over the top-ranked tennis player, Margaret Court. Chris Evert used to be calm and cool on the court which gave her the nicknames Ice Maiden and Ice Princess. During 1974-76, Chris Evert had a romance with famous male tennis player, Jimmy Connors which was enough to give her a celebrity status. In the era of late 70s, tennis fans enjoyed the rivalry of two best female tennis players, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

Chris Evert was considered as the female counterpart of tennis legend, Bjorn Borg as Evert holds the longest winning streak with 125 single consecutive titles on clay court. She was a versatile player who won all four grand slams and also set a record of winning the most US Open titles (6).

Chris Evert holds 157 singles titles, 8 double titles with 18 Grand Slam singles in her career titles. Other career highlights of famous female tennis player, Chris Evert are:

1)      Chris Evert won 7 French Open titles (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986)

2)      Chris Evert won 2 Australian Open titles (1982, 1984)

3)      Chris claimed 3 Wimbledon titles (1974, 1976 and 1981)

4)      Evert claimed 6 US Open tennis titles (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980  and 1982)

 Chris Evert enjoyed an intense rivalry against Martina Navratilova. Both these players ruled every court and faced each other either in the finals or semi-finals. The record number of French Open titles by Chris Evert is still an unbroken record.

The greatest female tennis players: Martina Navratilova

The greatest female tennis players: Martina Navratilova

Every tennis player has a place where they just seem to play well. It can be a court in your neighborhood park or at your local club. If, however, the place you play best is at one of the world’s most prestigious tennis venues and your best play just happens to take place during the biggest tennis tournament in that nation, then you must be Martina Navratilova and the place must be Wimbledon.

For decades Martina quite literally ruled the courts of Wimbledon. While playing there intimidated many players, it seemed to ignite her to play better, push harder and win more. If she spends any time looking back on her career, I would imagine she looks back on the courts of Wimbledon with a smile.

Her first victory at Wimbledon was accomplished with as partner. She and Chris Evert (who would later go on to become her nemesis) won a doubles tournament there in 1976. She picked up her first single’s win at the tournament in 1978. The rest, of course, is tennis history. Some of Martina’s career highlights, at Wimbledon and beyond, include:

• 19 Consecutive Grand Slam Women’s Single Tournament Semifinal Appearances (no one else has bested this record)
• Won Thee Grand Slam Singles Events in Three Decades (Wimbledon 1978-1990)
• Six Consecutive Wimbledon & US Open Titles (1983 – 1984)
• Six Consecutive Singles Titles (Wimbledon 1982- 1990)
• Nine Consecutive Singles Titles (Wimbledon 1978 – 1994)
• Twelve Singles Finals Total (Wimbledon 1978 – 1994)

The ability to not only rise to a challenge, but to face it down and overcome it sets great players apart from the merely good ones. Martina Navratilova’s track record at one of the world’s most honored and prestigious tennis events proved her to be one of the greatest players to ever play the sport.