Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Under Carlos Moya
Although the Australian Open was the 4th Grand Slam, I disagree that the women's Oz was weaker than the men's in the 60s. The fact is that half the top 10 during much of the 60s were Aussies - Court and Turner were constant top tenners, Lehane and Ebbern were top tenners in the early 60s and then Melville and Krantzcke came along. Judy Tegart also reached top 10 status in the second half of the decade. Helen Gourlay, Lesley Hunt, Evonne Goolagong, Dianne Fromholtz and Wendy Turnbull carried on the tradition into the 1970s. The Australian women were the best in the world at this point. Court won 21 slams 1970-72, Goolagong won 2 and Turner won 2 to make 28. In addition, Melville, Tegart, Lehane and Gourlay reached finals.
By contrast the US totalled 15. Darlene Hard (three) and Karen Susman (one) were the only two American women to win a slam 1960-65 and BJK (nine) and Nancy Richey (two) likewise 1966-72. Only Graebner (once) and Casals (twice) reached finals.
The Americans usually sent down a top player or two during the 60s - Darlene Hard (62), Nancy Richey (66 & 67) BJK ( 65, 68 & 69), Carole Graebner (65,66), Rosie Casals (67,68 & 69) - as did the Europeans and South Americans - Ann Jones (65, 69), Christine Truman (60, 63 65), Frankie Durr (65,67,69), and South Americans Yola Ramirez (62), Maria Bueno (60 & 65). So in most years even if the depth wasn't there, the number of top players was greater than in most other tournaments apart from the big three.
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