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BTURNER
05-18-2009, 03:50 PM
One of the few women with more than one win over Evert on clay. Course she was beating a physically immature 16-17 yr old Evert, who once she got stronger stopped being threatened. But richey won no less thn 6 US clay court championships before Evert and was one of the few names in the early 70's who could clay other than Court, or goolagong. Here's a taste vs Pam Teegarden.

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/nancy-richey-vs-pam-teeguarden-1975-cbs-pressure-point/1617175755

here's a clip vs Court at the US nationals
http://video.aol.com/video-detail/nancy-richey-vs-margaret-court-1969-us-open-forest-hills-ny/3899287898/?icid=VIDURVSPR01

NadalandFedererfan
05-18-2009, 04:05 PM
Well it is two fold. Evert did not get her first win Richey until Richey was already 31. As for no longer being threatened, Evert was trailing 7-6, 5-0, 40-15 to a 32 year old Richey at the U.S Clay Championships in 75 before rallying to win when Richey was cramped/injured. So obviously she was threatened by even an aging Richey, especialy on clay. The physically immature Evert in 72 you refer to won a slew of tournaments and was already handing out bagels and breadsticks to the likes of Billie Jean King on clay, but couldnt buy a set off Richey yet when they played.

BTURNER
05-18-2009, 04:32 PM
Richey had a great steady ground game and enough power on the forehand to impose herself on Evert. King had neither. She had an inconsistent weak forehand and not enough pace on her serve to cause Evert trouble on a clay court. She was stuck at the back with little chance to get to net on her terms. court at least had some solid umph on her forehand and serve. Richey was a far better clay player than King.

grafselesfan
05-18-2009, 05:02 PM
Richey would have done alot better today. She didnt pass or lob nearly as well as Evert and was uncomfortable with all the great net rushers of her era. She prefered playing other baseliners which is why she played well even against the great Evert. Her power baseline game would be tailor made for todays game. With a graphite racquet, the courts and playing conditions today, the style all the women play today, and the current weak womens field she would probably be a double digit slam winner today. All you need to today is serve hard, stay back, and pound forehands and backhands with brute force, and if by some miracle you add in a bit of mental toughness, defensive prowess, and consistency you really take off to a new level (eg- the Williams are the only ones who left who have any of those things). That would be right up Richey's alley. With the Williams out of shape and past their primes Richey in her prime with todays playing style would be the current dominant #1 and probably winning most of the slams outside Wimbledon.

CEvertFan
05-18-2009, 09:39 PM
Richey would have done alot better today. She didnt pass or lob nearly as well as Evert and was uncomfortable with all the great net rushers of her era. She prefered playing other baseliners which is why she played well even against the great Evert. Her power baseline game would be tailor made for todays game. With a graphite racquet, the courts and playing conditions today, the style all the women play today, and the current weak womens field she would probably be a double digit slam winner today. All you need to today is serve hard, stay back, and pound forehands and backhands with brute force, and if by some miracle you add in a bit of mental toughness, defensive prowess, and consistency you really take off to a new level (eg- the Williams are the only ones who left who have any of those things). That would be right up Richey's alley. With the Williams out of shape and past their primes Richey in her prime with todays playing style would be the current dominant #1 and probably winning most of the slams outside Wimbledon.

I would agree with that. Richey was Evert's first nemesis on the tour and one of a very few players who could outrally Chris from the baseline.