Evert or Austin were very balanced. For all the talk of Evert's great backhand, her forehand was almost as deadly and it was a better approach. The real difference was when she was tight or flat.
Her serve, volley, movement, and forehand were suspect in exactly that order. The backhand does not make the list. When nothing has gone right all day, she was down 2-5 and double match point, that backhand pass/ return is still on autopilot. Otherwise there was a hint more accuracy/power in the backhand, but more variety on the forehand. In most matches it really made no difference where or when you targeted your shots. The 'short' forehand weakness was long gone by the early eighties.
Last edited by BTURNER : 11-18-2012 at 03:08 PM.