Navratilova has won just two of seven tournaments this year, but they were Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. So Martina is still champeen. Graf has a better record for 1987. Nobody but Navratilova has beaten her. But so what? You don't win the crown on a split decision. You've got to knock the champion out.
Probably even more important to Navratilova: She won the crowd. The place was emptying out, of course, when the women's finals started. The stands were only half filled, and only 21 people were in the USTA president's box, which seats 100 or so. In London, Paris or Melbourne, where women's finals are treated with honor, the stadium would have been packed. But never mind. From Don Johnson on down, the crowd was all for Navratilova. Evert has her bad days now, and Graf has her best days ahead. But it's Martina who rules today.