Weeks after winning her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 1974, Evert won at Wimbledon too.
Evert was the queen of tennis when she first met Tracy Austin at Wimbledon in 1977. Austin soon caught up.
Evert wasn't a natural volleyer, but over the years she developed her net game to considerable effect.
As poised on court as she was off it, Evert's shot preparation was second to none.
In 1981 Evert won the third of her three Wimbledon singles titles at the expense of Hana Mandlikova.
Masterstroke: Evert's double-handed backhand set the scene for today's fierce hitting off both sides.
Her ladylike athleticism made Evert one of the world's most famous women - instantly recognizable as 'Chrissie'.
In 1983 Evert defeated Mima Jausovec for her fifth French Open crown.
Over time, Evert revealed more of her true personality on court - and the fans loved it.
Evert's defeat of Navratilova in the final of the 1985 French Open rejuvenated the 30-year-old's career.
Evert's serve was never a major weapon, but it gained zing over the years and was never less than dependable.
In 1986 Evert again beat Navratilova for her last Grand Slam title - a record seventh French Open crown.
Chris America: Evert's 29-match Fed Cup win streak lasted from Eastbourne in 1977 to Prague in 1986 (pictured).
After 10 finals, Evert's Wimbledon swansong was a dignified semifinal exit to Steffi Graf in 1989.
Evert played her final Tour match at the 1989 US Open, where she was beaten by Zina Garrison in the quarterfinals.
After retiring from the Tour Evert became a tennis commentator for TV, respected for her insight and wit.
Evert has raised millions for charity, with support from former US President George Bush among others.
In 2004 Evert took her family to the world premiere of 'Wimbledon', in which she made a cameo as herself.
Evert was on hand to celebrate when the home of the US Open was named for Billie Jean King in 2006.
Evert still inspires. In 2006 she presented trophies to Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova at Indian Wells.