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Chrissie Got The Back Of Martina's Hand
Barry McDermott
December 27, 1982
After being slapped around for a set, Martina Navratilova overwhelmed Chris Evert Lloyd to reaffirm she's No. 1
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December 27, 1982

Chrissie Got The Back Of Martina's Hand

After being slapped around for a set, Martina Navratilova overwhelmed Chris Evert Lloyd to reaffirm she's No. 1

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On Sunday it was Navratilova who appeared to be rusty for a time, but in the last two sets she was a different player. "I knew I had to break her serve once, and that would loosen me up," she said later. Navratilova got her first break of the match in the second game of the second set, and from then on she was in control. Time and again Navratilova broke up long baseline rallies with stinging approach shots that set her up for winning volleys and with deft drop shots that pulled Evert Lloyd off the baseline. In the final two sets, Evert Lloyd lost 23 of the 30 points that found her at the net. "Martina slowed down the pace," Evert Lloyd said afterward. "But I think I let up just a touch, and you can't do that against her."

In the last set, Navratilova broke Evert Lloyd's serve three times en route to a 4-1 lead. "I kept up the pressure and let her know she couldn't win from the backcourt," said Navratilova. The end of the match, the year and any remaining question as to who should be No. 1 came in the eighth game when Navratilova rushed net behind her second serve for the first time all evening, and Evert Lloyd's backhand return sailed wide.

"I guess I can relax now—for a couple of weeks," said Navratilova, looking ahead to the start of the new year.

"I'm not disappointed," said Evert Lloyd, adding that because of her strong showing in the second half of the year she may play more tournaments in 1983. "I'm very encouraged, and I'm looking forward to next season." Put that in the file, Nancy.

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