1. Christine Marie “Chris” Evert , known as Chris Evert-Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States.
2. Evert reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, more than any player, man or woman, in the history of professional tennis. Evert never lost in the first or second round of a Grand Slam singles tournament.
3. In Grand Slam singles play, Evert won a record seven championships at the French Open and a record six at the US Open .
4. On clay courts, her career winning percentage in singles matches of 94.55% remains a WTA record.
5. She was awarded the Philippe Chatrier award and inducted into the Hall of Fame.
6. In later life Evert was a coach and is now an analyst for ESPN.
7. Evert began taking tennis lessons when she was five years old from her father Jimmy Evert .
8. By 1969 she had become the No. 1 ranked under-14 girl in the United States.
9. Evert played her first senior tournament in that year also, reaching the semifinals in her home town of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, losing to Mary-Ann Eisel 7–5, 3–6, 6–1.
10. In 1970, Evert won the national sixteen-and-under championship and was invited to play in an eight-player clay court tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.
11. The 15-year-old Evert defeated Françoise Dürr 6–1, 6–0 in the first round before defeating Margaret Court 7–6, 7–6 in a semifinal.
12. Court was the World No. 1 player and had just won the Grand Slam in singles.
13. Evert made her Grand Slam tournament debut at the 1971 US Open, aged 16, receiving an invitation after winning the national sixteen-and-under championship.
14. After an easy straight-sets win over Edda Buding in the first round, she faced the American No. 4 Mary-Ann Eisel in the second round.
15. Evert saved six match points – with Eisel at one stage serving at 6–4, 6–5 in the second set – before going on to win 4–6, 7–6, 6–1.
16. She made two further comebacks from a set down, against Dürr and Lesley Hunt, both seasoned professionals, before losing to Billie Jean King in a semifinal in straight sets.
17. This winning streak included her first matches with and wins over King, Virginia Wade and Betty Stöve.
18. A year later she won both those events during her then-record 55-consecutive-match winning streak, which included eight other tournament wins.
19. She ended the year with a 100–7 match record, winning 16 tournaments including two Grand Slams, having been a finalist in her first Australian Open, and having for a fourth straight year reached the semifinals at the US Open.