She battled a mid-tournament fever and flu, shaky nerves and five three-set matches - four in which she dropped the opening set - the most in any Grand Slam title run of her career."I don't know how I won that," she said. She's still chasing history - Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 majors is one championship away.
She's still the unquestioned alpha dog of women's tennis.
Neither one of them ever explained what caused it to disintegrate so quickly. He says that she did so without allowing him to be part of the decision-making, though he states that he "was perfectly happy to let nature take its course and accept responsibility for what was to come." He bitterly writes to Evert in the book, "Well, thanks for letting me know.
Evert's career winning percentage in singles matches of 89.96% (1309–146) is the highest in the history of Open Era tennis, for men or women.
Evert added that she didn't feel Williams' preparation had been "as professional and intense" on clay as in previous seasons.
Williams' coach, the Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou, also expressed concern about Williams' preparedness."She needed to feel the stress of the competition and get her efficiency in matches back," he wrote in an email from Rome, singling out her 6-2, 6-0 drubbing of former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.
Evert reached the semifinals or better, in singles, of 52 of the 56 Grand Slams she played, including the semifinals or better of 34 consecutive Grand Slams entered from the 1971 US Open through the 1983 French Open.
Evert never lost in the first or second round of a Grand Slam singles tournament and only lost in the third round two times.Mill, now a professional deep-sea fisherman, was married to Boca Raton tennis legend Evert for 18 years when, in 2006, they were felled by Evert’s well-publicized affair with Jupiter Island golfer Greg Norman.