#tbt: 16-year old Chris Evert takes the U.S. Open by storm
With the public attention currently turning towards female prodigies Mo'ne Davis, 13, and CiCi Bellis, 15, Extra Mustard decided to take a look at back at 16-year old Chris Evert's run in the 1971 U.S. Open.
Evert was still an amateur despite riding a 12 tournament winning streak into the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, so she had to take a two week absence from high-school to compete in the season's final major. The decision proved to be well worthwhile as the unseeded Evert advanced all the way to the semi-finals before falling to eventual champion and No. 1 seed Billie Jean King.
Evert's youth and exciting style of play gave the women's game a jolt of popularity, and announced the arrival of what would become a hall-of-fame career with an astounding 18 Grand Slam singles titles.
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- Brendan Maloy