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Chris Evert's heyday on clay

May, 12, 2014
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Chris EvertTony Duffy/Getty ImagesChris Evert's 125-match winning streak ended in 1979 with a loss to then-16-year-old Tracy Austin.


On this day in 1979, Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay was broken with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4) loss to Tracy Austin in the semifinals of the Italian Open. Her remarkable run began in August of 1973 and included two French Open titles during that span. She did not play in Paris' Grand Slam in 1976, 1977 and 1978 due to commitments with World Team Tennis. Weeks after losing to Austin in Rome, Evert went on to win another title at Roland Garros. She would win four more singles titles in Paris -- making it seven in all -- before retiring in 1989. From 1973-81, Evert went 197-1 on clay. Evert's 125-match streak on clay remains the longest of any player, of either gender, in the Open Era.

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