krosero

02-08-2008, 09:25 PM

Evert d. Goolagong 6-3, 6-0

I ordered this brief match mainly to check against the stats published in the New York Times. Again the stats were wrong, with even larger discrepancies than would be the case when the Times reported the men's final the next day -- but with less excuse, given that this was such a brief match.

This is the boxscore for Evert-Goolagong:

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The errors are similar to those for Connors-Borg the next day, and see Vilas-Connors in 1977: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=166716

By my count:

Evert served at 67%, making 30 of 45 first serves.

Goolagong served at 64%, making 27 of 42 first serves.

Evert’s service percentage by set:

59% (13 of 22)

74% (17 of 23)

Goolagong’s service percentage by set:

65% (17 of 26)

63% (10 of 16)

Evert won 28 of 45 points on her serve, Goolagong 16 of 42.

Evert won 54 points overall, Goolagong 33.

Evert won 6 of 7 break points, Goolagong 1 of 3.

Evert got her first serve into play on all 3 break points that she faced, Goolagong on 4 of 7.

The stat box figure for Evert was 85%. Goolagong’s was 78%.

I have them playing 87 points altogether. The figures in the stat box add up only to 71.

One of the announcers, Julie Anthony, said that Chris had won 100 straight matches on clay, losing only 6 sets, and that she was 8-2 lifetime on clay vs. Goolagong. She reported their lifetime H2H as 17-11, including a 4-2 record in 1976.

(They did not know it at the time, but in the spring Evonne had earned the #1 ranking for a few weeks).

There were no aces, service winners or doubles, except for 2 doubles by Evert.

Evert had 11 winners: 5 FH, 5 BH, and 1 FHV.

Goolagong had 9 winners: 2 FH, 1 BH, 3 FHV, and 3 BHV.

Evert made 4 return winners off Goolagong’s first serve: all were passing shots, and three were forehands.

She also passed Goolagong two more times, with a backhand and forehand; and she made a winning BH lob in the final game.

Goolagong had no return winners, passing shots, or lobs.

A hat tip to MooseMalloy here: your suggestion for how to count service percentages has made it very easy to get a maximum amount of information with a very simple system. I don't know what kind of mark you're using; I just put down a 1 for a successful first serve and a 2 for a second serve. I put a circle around each break point, and a slash at the end of each game; above each slash goes the number of points in the game. Everything else is just counting, and with Excel or a calculator I can quickly get the percentages, break points, total number of points won by each player, and first serves made on break points.

I ordered this brief match mainly to check against the stats published in the New York Times. Again the stats were wrong, with even larger discrepancies than would be the case when the Times reported the men's final the next day -- but with less excuse, given that this was such a brief match.

This is the boxscore for Evert-Goolagong:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/omkevin/2217593389/

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2263/2217593389_6913d875ee.jpg

The errors are similar to those for Connors-Borg the next day, and see Vilas-Connors in 1977: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=166716

By my count:

Evert served at 67%, making 30 of 45 first serves.

Goolagong served at 64%, making 27 of 42 first serves.

Evert’s service percentage by set:

59% (13 of 22)

74% (17 of 23)

Goolagong’s service percentage by set:

65% (17 of 26)

63% (10 of 16)

Evert won 28 of 45 points on her serve, Goolagong 16 of 42.

Evert won 54 points overall, Goolagong 33.

Evert won 6 of 7 break points, Goolagong 1 of 3.

Evert got her first serve into play on all 3 break points that she faced, Goolagong on 4 of 7.

The stat box figure for Evert was 85%. Goolagong’s was 78%.

I have them playing 87 points altogether. The figures in the stat box add up only to 71.

One of the announcers, Julie Anthony, said that Chris had won 100 straight matches on clay, losing only 6 sets, and that she was 8-2 lifetime on clay vs. Goolagong. She reported their lifetime H2H as 17-11, including a 4-2 record in 1976.

(They did not know it at the time, but in the spring Evonne had earned the #1 ranking for a few weeks).

There were no aces, service winners or doubles, except for 2 doubles by Evert.

Evert had 11 winners: 5 FH, 5 BH, and 1 FHV.

Goolagong had 9 winners: 2 FH, 1 BH, 3 FHV, and 3 BHV.

Evert made 4 return winners off Goolagong’s first serve: all were passing shots, and three were forehands.

She also passed Goolagong two more times, with a backhand and forehand; and she made a winning BH lob in the final game.

Goolagong had no return winners, passing shots, or lobs.

A hat tip to MooseMalloy here: your suggestion for how to count service percentages has made it very easy to get a maximum amount of information with a very simple system. I don't know what kind of mark you're using; I just put down a 1 for a successful first serve and a 2 for a second serve. I put a circle around each break point, and a slash at the end of each game; above each slash goes the number of points in the game. Everything else is just counting, and with Excel or a calculator I can quickly get the percentages, break points, total number of points won by each player, and first serves made on break points.