When it comes to Williams, who is seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at the January 14-27 Australian Open, Evert believes it is her remarkable journey from the hardscrabble courts in Compton where she learned the game to the top of the tennis world that will be remembered most.
As far as the final match is concerned, in-form Angelique Kerber of Germany could be Williams' opponent.
The Belarussian surged up the WTA rankings a year ago, winning her first two titles and ending it just outside the top 10 and arrived in Melbourne fresh from winning in Shenzhen. The first Grand Slam of 2019 sees world number one Novak Djokovic aiming for his third consecutive slam title, and seventh Australian Open. "It's something that I clearly want but I have to be able to get there and beat a lot of good players to get it", the American said. Bookmakers in Australia have installed Williams as a short-priced favourite for the title with her US Open conqueror Osaka - the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam - next in the betting.
Williams was handed a warning by U.S. Open chair umpire Carlos Ramos last September for a coaching violation before being deducted a point for smashing her racket and later a game for a heated argument during her loss to Naomi Osaka.
"Osaka shines" The 21-year-old Osaka backed up her US Open win by riding a wave of fanatical home support to reach the final of the Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo without dropping a set.
Wozniacki also has a question mark over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October, but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it. "I never feel pressure to perform. I think keeping them a bit of a secret helps me do the best I can".
But she fell foul of officials with the spandex compression garment outfit criticised by the French Tennis Federation president and subsequently banned at Roland Garros.
"In general, it's about her offensive game", Rittner told Deutsche Welle of the three-time Grand Slam champion who lost an agonising, breathless semi-final 9-7 in the final set to Halep in Melbourne previous year. By winning here previous year, Federer joined Laver and Ken Rosewall at the top of the list for most Grand Slam titles won after turning 30.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer loom over Melbourne Park for the year's opening grand slam as favourites for the Australian Open as questions remain as to whether one of Generation Next could finally end their stranglehold.