"I'm like, wow Chris knows who I am": Navratilova looks back with fondness at first meeting with Evert

Martina Navratilova remembered her first encounter with her friend Chris Evert. The former tennis players

Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert had one of the most significant rivalries in the history of the professional circuit and have faced each other the most with 80 matches against each other. Their first match was in 1973 when Evert was already established, and Navratilova was showing her early skills on the tour.

As part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the creation of the WTA, the Evert-Navratilova rivalry was honored, and Navratilova reflected on the first time Evert greeted her.

"When I first met Chris and when she said hello to me, I was so excited," Navratilova said in a interview for Tennis Channel.

"In 1973 at Fort Lauderdale, I was walking by and she said, 'Hi,' and I'm like, wow, Chris knows who I am," she added.

Both former world No. 1 players won 18 Grand Slam titles, with a head-to-head record of 14-8 in favor of Navratilova. When it comes to Grand Slam finals, Navratilova also has a positive record with 10 wins and 4 losses.

"With all due respect, most of the opponents that I plaed, I had a winning record against. With Martina, it was a different story," Evert sai

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