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4 best US Open women's finals in the Open Era

  • Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have all been part of some great US Open finals.
Arjun
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:24 IST

#3 Martina Navratilova vs Chris Evert (1984)

Martina Navratilova with the 1984 US Open Trophy
Martina Navratilova with the 1984 US Open Trophy

The two American legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, with 18 Grand Slam wins each, faced off against each other 80 times over two decades. Theirs was an intense rivalry matched with great camaraderie.

Although the first 6 years of their rivalry went in favor of Evert, Navratilova was the dominant force when the two leading ladies crossed their mid 20s. Navratilova had come into the 1984 US Open final beating Evert in all 12 of their previous meetings.

The 1984 US Open final represented the 61st meeting between the two rivals, and Navratilova was on a 54-match winning streak. Breaking the Navratilova serve in the 5th game, Evert held on to win the first set 6-4.

In the 10th game of the second set, she trailed by 4-5 on the Navratilova serve and had two break points, but Navratilova bailed herself out of the tricky situation and won the set.

The third set was no different from the first two, as Navratilova won by a single break of serve to win the US Open. Her winning streak would extend to 74 before losing to Helena Sukova in the Australian Open the following year.

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Published 15 Dec 2018, 13:58 IST
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