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Chris Evert
Chris Evert

Born: December 21, 1954, Florida, USA

Wimbledon titles: 1974, 1976, 1981

Runner-up: 1973, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985

Grand Slam titles: 18

Career prize money: $8,896,195

Mild-mannered Evert was always the darling of the Centre Court, but the Americanís game was always more suited to the slow high-bouncing clay courts of Roland Garros, where she won the French Open seven times.

But her game had enough class to excel on all surfaces; she won at least one Grand Slam singles title from every year from 1974 to 1986. She was number one in the world from 1975 to 1982 and never lower than fourth until her retirement in 1989.

Her double-handed backhand is one of the legendary shots of tennis, and when she and her then fiance Jimmy Connors both won Wimbledon with the shot in 1974 it set a fashion that became a trend around the world.

Her greatest rivalry came with Martina Navratilova, a woman who was different to Evert in almost every way, but the pair were and remain great friends. Thereís no doubt that Evert would have won many more Grand Slams had it not been for Navratilova. They played 80 times.

Evert won 11 of the first 12, but Navratilova eventually overtook her and finished with a record of 43-37. They met in the Wimbledon final five times, Navratilova winning all of them.

She finally got her revenge in the French Open final in 1985. Navratilova had won all of their previous 13 matches, but this time Evert came through 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.

She said: "It was then I conquered the mental and psychological problems which Iíd been having while playing her and also because it was such a see-saw match."

Summing up her career, she said: "I always played to win. Losing hurt me. I was always determined to be the best."

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