Share this article

‘It Actually Overwhelmed Me’ – When Martina Navratilova Couldn’t Stop Her Tears After Chris Evert’s Loss

Published 10/06/2022, 10:50 AM EDT

Follow Us

via Imago

Back in the year 1988, the dynamic duo, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, had their last face-off, setting the rivalry bar to a different level. This was the 80th match that they played and amongst those matches, they have played 59 final tournament matches. Isn’t that amazing?

America’s Favorite Video Today

However, that year, none of them had won a Grand Slam title, the last came in the year 1973. The year was definitely for the young Steffi Graf to rise on the tennis court. 


Article continues below this ad

Martina Navratilova had tears in her eyes

The duo had definitely raised the rivalry bar when they played their last match, but it was also an emotional moment for both the tennis legends and the tennis world. The 18-time Grand Slam champion won the title but was not happy for her arch-rival.

via Getty

After the match, the American tennis ace was in tears after defeating her rival in a two-hour match. She said, “It was for Chris losing,” Further, she added, “I really wished that she could win this tournament one more time. It actually overwhelmed me. I did not expect to feel that much.”


Get instantly notified of the hottest Tennis stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

‘This Is Why I Will Not Buy a Tesla’ – Martina Navratilova Once Slammed Elon Musk for His Harsh Comment on Bernie Sanders


Article continues below this ad

Even though being the biggest rivals of the era, their emotions flooded over and they could not resist it. This was their third match in Chicago that day, and the 65-year-old won the finals and their previous semifinals that took place in 1975.

1989, Chris Evert played her last Grand Slam tournament 

The next year, the 18-time Grand Slam champion played the last tournament at the Flushing Meadows. That US Open tournament was thrilling and emotional at the same time. The former world number one defeated the rising young talent, Monica Seles, in the round of 16 and showcased one of her best performances.


Article continues below this ad

WATCH THIS STORY – Will Smith Shows How King Richard Cast Trained Like Serena and Venus Williams

She won the match with a good margin but then lost in the qualifiers against Zina Garrison. Even though her hopes were high of playing in the semi-finals and having a face-off with the legend again. She relentlessly lost her chance, making her journey cut short. Notably, as visioned, she played her last career match in the following Fed Cup. 

Providing feedback will help us make your experience better.

The Fan's Perspective

Enjoyed Your Read? Let us know how likely you are to recommend EssentiallySports to your friends!

Least Likely

Most Likely



Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


One take at a time

Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.
Show More>