Originally Posted by CEvertFan
You also have to take into account that Evert finally switched from wood to graphite around that time and had a few bad losses as a result since it took a little while for her to really start to feel comfortable with the new racquet.
Also playing absolute peak Navratilova, playing with graphite, with Evert still using her beloved wood racquet before she switched was a factor in a few losses too.
It's not the losses on clay in '84, and '87 but the scores that kill me. In none of those three matches, did Evert get 3 games in any set. Evert did not have much trouble 'adjusting' on her way to Martina. More telling: She did not do any better in the second sets than the first. She's got the feel of that racket by then. Evertfan, I absolutely think this was mental in '84. Evert was looking for rock bottom vs Martina, before she could climb back up.. To get down there, her supremacy on clay had to be crushed like everything else was. Each match she played thereafter built back some of the confidence, she had thrown away or Martina took away.