Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova, 1972-89

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Scout­ing re­port: Af­ter the Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion in­tro­duced its rank­ing sys­tem in 1975, Evert or Navratilova held the No. 1 spot for 592 con­sec­u­tive weeks. The peak: 1984. Evert held the year-end No. 1 rank­ing in seven of eight years be­tween 1974 and 1981. Navratilova took over in 1982. In the 1984 U.S. Open, Navratilova, us­ing a new­found power game, ral­lied to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The score: Each won 18 Grand Slam tour­na­ment ti­tles. In 80 head-to-head matches (61 in tour­na­ment fi­nals), Navratilova holds a 43-37 edge. They said it: “To beat Martina, I had to take chances, I had to play out of the box,” Evert told The New York Times. Scout­ing re­port: Be­tween 1960 and 1966, Palmer and Nick­laus com­bined to win six of seven Masters. But their back-and-forth ex­tended all over the PGA Tour. The peak: 1962. Just 22 years old, Nick­laus earned his first pro­fes­sional vic­tory— but only af­ter an era-chang­ing, 18-hole play­off against Palmer, 32, in the U.S. Open at Oak­mont, Pa. The score: Palmer fin­ished with 62 PGA Tour wins and seven ma­jors. Nick­laus won 73 times, with a record 18 ma­jors. They said it: “Not win­ning this one prob­a­bly was the big­gest dis­ap­point­ment of my life,” Palmer said of los­ing the 1962 U.S. Open. Scout­ing re­port: Se­abis­cuit’s take­down of the mighty War Ad­mi­ral was per­haps the first trash-talk­ing, call-out event in Amer­i­can sports. The peak: 1938. War Ad­mi­ral won the Triple Crown in 1937. Se­abis­cuit was a small throw­away re­vived by an out­sider owner, Charles Howard, and trainer, Tom Smith. They goaded War Ad­mi­ral’s han­dlers into a match race. The score: Se­abis­cuit 1, War Ad­mi­ral 0. They met just once, at Pim­lico. Se­abis­cuit won by 4 lengths and set a track record. They said it: “A lit­tle horse with the heart of a lion and the fly­ing feet of a gazelle yes­ter­day proved his place as the gamest thor­ough­bred that ever raced over an Amer­i­can track,” Grant­land Rice wrote.

Chris Evert, left, con­grat­u­latesMartina Navratilova af­ter a Navratilova vic­tory in 1983. As­so­ci­ated Press file

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