Evert receives criticism as take on Sabalenka backfires: "43 unforced errors, they need to be serious"

Tuesday, 12 September 2023 at 06:59
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Chris Evert faced criticism for her comments during the broadcast of the US Open women's final between Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff.
Sabalenka entered her second Grand Slam final of her career against Coco Gauff but unfortunately couldn't secure the title, falling 6-2, 3-6, 2-6. In just over two hours of play, the American had an upward trajectory to turn the match around, much to her opponent's frustration.
Sabalenka managed 25 winners but had 46 unforced errors, while Gauff had 13 winners and 19 unforced errors. Sabalenka's inaccuracies cost her the match and the title, although she will still become the new world No. 1 starting Monday following Iga Swiatek's early exit in the fourth round against Jelena Ostapenko.
Former tennis star Chris Evert was part of the final's broadcast team as a commentator and faced criticism from fans after she downplayed Sabalenka's errors during the match.
Some viewers took to Twitter to express their disapproval, with one user writing:
"Chris Evert saying Sabalenka played 'the best she could, maybe a couple of errors, she played a very high-quality match.'"
Following Evert's comments, many fans shared their critical opinions, questioning the former world No. 1's assessment during the broadcast.
“The cringe moment was when Coco made a phone call and she says “Oh who is she speaking to? She have a boyfriend maybe?” Like bruh get her off the tv now!”
“Maybe she was watching a different match. Saba played well at times but her game was littered with so many errors!”
“Chris needs new glasses. Or perhaps someone that can interpret the match data for her?”
“She also said “Aryna just has to do what she’s been doing, holding serve” and she was broken the previous game”

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