Chris Evert, 1989 US Open

September 5, 1989: Chris Evert last Grand Slam match

From On this day in tennis history by Randy Walker

The storied US open career of Chris Evert comes to an end as the six-time champion is defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6 6-2 in Evert’s final US Open match in the women’s quarterfinals.

Says Evert, “I’m not disappointed that it’s my last match at the Open, I’m disappointed isolating the match and thinking how I played it, and, well, that’s one of the reasons I’m retiring.”

Evert, a six-time US Open champion, makes her debut at the US Open in 1971 as a 16-year old amateur, reaching the semifinals en route to winning a record 101 of 113 tournament matches.

Says Garrison, “When I went over and sat down, I thought about what had just happened, that this is the last time we’ll see Chris here. She’s been so much to the game. She’s such a lady. To be the villain to have to take her out of this tournament, it’s good for me but it wasn’t good for me. It might not be the way I want people to remember me, but at least I will be remembered.” [1]

Writes Robin Finn in the New York Times, “Evert calmly packed up her racquets on the Stadium Court the last time, gave a smile and a rotating wave of farewell to her fans and put a steadying arm around the shoulders of Garrison, who couldn’t suppress a few confused tears.”

Note:
[1]: She did not know it at the time, but she would be remembered for much more than her victory over Evert, in particular her Wimbledon final in 1990.

Read more:
Chris Evert, the way she was
Chris Evert, an American original
The final chapter by Chris Evert

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