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‘You Weren’t That Far Off’ – Chris Evert Lauds Martina Navratilova’s Game Following Her Reaction to a Viral Video

Published 05/18/2022, 3:30 PM EDT

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A recent video on the Internet has been going viral where a girl won a Hurdling race despite falling early in the race. Many sporting persons in the world are reacting to this video, including the 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova.

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She praised the girl for her unbelievable tenacity and determination to win that race. As the Czechoslovak-American tennis player reacted to that video, another American legend, Chris Evert praised Martina herself, demonstrating their close bond.


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Chris Evert praises Martina Navratilova after she reacts to the sensational video 

Earlier, Martina tweeted after seeing the video as she said, “Holy moly- this girl rocks!!!!”

Of course, she was referring to that girl named Abigail Dennis who won that race despite falling hard on the ground. However, she didn’t give up and continued her run and picked up an incredible pace near the end of the race. Notably, this incident took place at the Bergen county championships, where many girls were participating in hurdling trials. Now, Olympic’s official Twitter handle also asked for this video to feature on their official Twitter account.


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Meanwhile, Chris Evert saw Martina’s tweet and praised her game style in her own way. “You weren’t that far off serving and volleying!!!” Evert said about Navratilova. 

In the past, Martina and Evert had many battles with one another in the Grand Slam tournaments. Also, they played doubles together for a while. Many believed they had the best rivalry in the history of tennis.

Martina vs Evert – One of the greatest rivalries in the history of tennis

Incidentally, Chris Evert made her debut at the age of 16, much earlier than Navratilova. While Martina had to go through some difficulties earlier in her career. After making her professional debut in 1975, Martina won her first Grand Slam in 1978 at Wimbledon, where she beat Evert. 


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Meanwhile, Evert had already become a superstar by winning both French Open and Wimbledon in 1974. In 1975, the Czech-American player reached the French Open final, where she lost to Evert. 

At the beginning of their rivalry, Evert was really dominant against Navratilova. Evert’s main game style was her powerful groundstrokes and Navratilova was more of a server and volley player. Their rivalry became more famous because of their contrasting style of play. 


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Debkinkar Maity


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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.
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Arunaditya Aima