WIMBLEDON -- Chrissie Evert didn't win 18 Grand Slam singles titles (plus three in doubles) by not keeping her eye on the ball. Perseverance and guts were her calling cards.
Four years ago, when she began a new career as an analyst for ESPN tennis, let's just say her prognostications weren't always fulfilled. This year, however, she is in championship form.
Evert was one of only two analysts to correctly predict that Serena Williams would win the French Open title. And even though it required five three-set matches (four of them with a dropped first set), an ailing Williams fought through the draw and rewarded Evert with 16 points, the golden ticket in our Experts' Picks competition.
At the halfway mark, she's sitting in second place -- tied with Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale and Patrick McEnroe.
"Well, Cliffy was lucky -- he didn't even go to the French," Evert, a seven-time French Open champion, wrote in a backhanded email. "And Darren and Patrick are good guessers."
1. Greg Garber (46), 2. Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Patrick McEnroe (32), 6. Matt Wilansky (30), 7. Jim Caple (20), 8. Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver (16), 11. Peter Bodo (5), 12. Carl Bialik, Kamakshi Tandon (0).