Second-seeded Chris Evert was upset by Raffalella Reggi in third-round tennis play Sunday, dashing America's best hope for gold in the Olympic singles tournament.
The unseeded Italian, ranked 24th in the world, overcame a weak first set to put down Evert 2-6, 6-4, 6-1."Mentally, I was definitely way below par. I just couldn't dig deep enough to get out the extra reserve," said Evert, who had never lost to Reggi. "But I have to give her a lot of credit, she played as well as she can play."
Reggi aped Evert's copyright style, moving the blonde American around the court with low, driving ground strokes and a strong return of service, contributing to a total 13 service breaks in the match.
Evert, a 6-2, 6-2 winner Saturday over Ana Marie Cecchini of Italy, had been the highest ranked American in either men's or women's play at the first official Olympic tennis tournament since 1924.