Navratilova distinguished herself in the match with some acrobatic volleys and half-volleys, and she made Evert struggle to hold service several times, but Evert was clearly superior, whether hitting precision passing shots, lobbing perfectly or, yes, volleying at the net.
"Oh, God!" Navratilova yelled at herself, in English. "Late, late!" and "You're so dumb!"
How courteous to the fans and the press that she should berate herself in English.
The match was over in one hour, six minutes. Evert had won her third Virginia Slims championship in the four years of its existence. Her $40,000 was the highest first prize in the history of women's tennis. She had all that money, all those steady shots and Jimmy Connors, too, and it was only early April of her 21st year.