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.
GALLERY: U.S. OPEN WINNERS
- Brendan Maloy