Summary (courtesy of Rollo):
The World's Top Ten
A compilation of World Rankings from 4 sources may be found at:
Adding together the lists (#1=10 points, #2=9 etc) a composite top elite would be:
01. Margaret Smith (Australia)------- 40 points
02. Maria Bueno (Brazil)--------------36 points
03. Lesley Turner (Australia)---------29 points
04. Billie Jean Moffitt (United States)-29 points
05. Nancy Richey (United States)----22 points
06. Ann Jones (Great Britian)--------20 points
07. Annette Van Zyl (South Africa)--17 points
08. Christine Truman (Great Britain)--11 points
09. Carole Graebner (United States)--10 points
10. Francoise Durr (France)----------4 points
11. Norma Baylon (Argentina)--------2 points
Margaret Smith dominated the year, taking 3 out the four Grand Slams. The Aussie won her native championships over a field considerably strenthened by the Federation Cup, held earlier in January at Kooyong.
The wildly successful cup drew 10,000 to the finals, won by Australia over the United States. 11 nations participated despite the long distance and cost. The event demonstrated that the women could draw on their own and showcased the diversity of the top women. Five continents are among the nations in the world's top 10-with only Asia not being represented.
The payoff for hosting the Fed Cup for the Australian Championships was the strongest ever women's field ever, with 7 of the world top entering and a record draw of 52. For once the women were the feature attraction, as home fans came out in droves to see if Maria Bueno could unseat the home heroine.
Bueno won the first set of the final 7-5, the first set Smith had ever lost in an Australian final. Margaret won the next at 6-5 , and led 5-2 in the final set when the heat finally did Bueno in. Maria dropped to the ground, writhing about with cramps. Officials and Margaret watched, knowing that coming to Bueno's aid would result in an automatic default. Fans yelling in horror at the set finally prompted action, and the match ended in a retirement. Few women's finals in Austrailia before or since matched this one for drama.
Smith finds her momentum stopped cold on the tough Caribbean circuit. Losses to Durr (on clay in Trinidad) Turner (clay again at Barranquilla) and Richey (on cement at San Juan) sap her confidence. The San Juan is a real corker, as Richey survived two match points to take the title, winning 6-8 6-4 9-7. The very next week at the Masters in St Petersburg Nancy crushes Turner and Smith in back to back matches. A win at Dallas puts Nancy at 3-0 for the year vs Margaret. Smith lost only 8 matches all year, and 6 of them came on the Carib circuit in humid conditions.
Rome, the lead tune-up to the French, lacked both Smith and Turner. The decided favorites were Bueno, questionable after being out several weeks with an injured leg, and Richey, fresh from beating Smith 3 times in a row. Richey comes oh so close to winning the "5th major", barely losing a 3 set final to Maria Bueno. The tenacious Texan, famous for her trademark visor, had tied matters at 3-3 in the third when Maria went on one of her wonderdul sprees where no one can touch her. Afterwards Maria declared that Nancy would never win a major if she didn't come to net more.
The match of the week was the women's doubles final. Sometimes women's matches in Rome attract more pigeons than humans, but the Italian lobbing sensations Lazzarino and Pericoli attracted a huge crowd on an outside court vs Madonna Schacht and Annette Van Zyl. The mass of people was so noisy and unruly that it disrupted a men's semi nearby. Marty Mulligan was so mad at the screaming mob he threw his racquet to the ground and walked off court. His opponent refused to accept a default, and it was only after several minutes that he was persuaded to come back. Meanwhile Madonna Schacht ignores the crowds jeers as she insists on a linesman being removed after numerous bad calls go against the Aussies. After surviving 3 mps the Aussie-South African duo win after hitting what must have seemed their 1,000 overhead.
The French Championships had an Australian winner, just not the one favored to win. The favorites advanced to the semis, with Turner dodging a potentially dangerous Jones in the quarters when Ann defaulted. Jones was beset by injuries in 1964 and early 65 and still not at her best.
In the semis Turner beat Bueno 2-6 6-4 8-6. Once again Maria fell just short at Roland Garros even though she had won Rome. In the other semi Smith narrowly won over Richey 7-5 6-4, the American having 2 set points. This was Smith's first win over Richey this year after losing 3 consecutive matches to her.
Turner won a 6-3 6-4 straight set final over Smith, leaving Paris with her 2nd grand slam in singles and a 3-3 record vs Smith in their 1965 head to head at this point.
Only 2,000 watched a match featuring 13 service breaks. Smith made 57 errors, 29 in the first set. Turner won by keeping her errors to minimum-hitting 21 winners. Margaret had momentum at 2-0
in set 2, but lesley grabbed back momemtum by taking an 18 point game that drew heavy applause from the crowd. The match ended with 2 backhand errors by Smith.
Individual records for 1965
Won 20 of 28 events
Won 113 matches-lost 8 (.933 %)
Won 24 doubles events.
Won 3 of 4 slams, losing only in the finals at the French.
Won Perth, Australian, Good Neighbor, Caracas, Mexico City, Atlanta, Manchester, Kent, Wimbledon, Midland, Hoylake, Baden-Baden, German Chmps, Moscow, Poertschach, US Nationals, Glen Iris, Queensland, New South Wales, and Victorian Chmps.
Went on 11 event win streak that included 51 consecutive match wins. The streak was ended at the Australian Hard Courts by Turner.
Head to head: (29-8 vs top 10)
4-0 vs Baylon, 4-0 vs Bueno, 7-1 vs Durr, 2-0 vs Graebner, DNP Jones, 3-0 vs Moffitt, 4-3 vs Richey, 2-0 vs Truman, 5-4 vs Turner, 2-0 vs Van Zyl
Won 4 of 12 events *(counting her divided title at Montana as a title, which was cancelled due to rain)
Won 42 matches-lost 8 (.840 %). Retired in 2 matches.
Won Wimbledon doubles with Billie Jean Moffitt
RU-Australia, SF-French RU-Wimbledon SF-US Nationals
Won Rome, Florence, Irish, and divided title at Montana.
She was out for the entire spring after losing in the Aussie final. She returned in triumph at Rome-the highlight of her year. Though beset with injuries she was the only woman besides Smith to make the smeis or better at all 4 slams, and no one other than Smith had a winning record against her.
Head to head: (12-7 vs top 10)
DNP Baylon, 1-1 vs Durr, 1-0 vs Graebner, 1-0 vs Jones, 2-1 vs Moffitt, 1-0 vs Richey, 0-4 vs Smith, 1-0 vs Truman, 1-1 vs Turner, 4-0 vs Van Zyl
Most results are from Ugarte's wonderful thread at:
1965 Results Tournaments
Also thanks to Andrew Tas for his results in the Margaret Court thread, which added several key match results.
Danish Indoors Champs.
FI: Pia Balling d. ??
DF: Pia Balling/Gitte Grage d. ??
MX: Vera Nielsen Johansen/Jan Leschly d. ??
Danish Outdoors Champs
FI: Mari-Ann Bloch-Jørgensen d. ??
DF: Milly Vagn-Nielsen/Bente Vagn-Nielsen d. ??
MX: Pia Balling/Jens Christian Andersen d. ??
West of Scotland Championships
FI: Anne McAlpine d. ??
August?, Alberta Championships
, Calgary, Canada
FI: M. Allison d. ??
DF: M. Allison/B. Spiers d. ??
MX: C. Vickerson/K. Lawson d. ??
New Brunswick Open Championships
, ??, Canada
FI: Bonnie MacNichol d. ??
DF: Linda O'Neil/Cynthia Streeter d. ??
MX: David Piers/Linda O'Neil d. ??
Colorado State Championships
, Denver, US
FI: Anne Rose d. ??
Eastern Transvaal Championships
, South Africa
FI: Glenda Swan d. ??
note that on February 6-12 we have another result for this tournament.
Southern Transvaal Championships
, Johannesburg, South Africa
FI: Bernice Carr Vukovich d. ??
Circa mid-July?, Soviet Championships
, Venue uncertain, USSR
FI: Tiiu Soome (Est) d. Galina Baksheeva (Ukr) 6-4 7-5
DF: Galina Baksheeva (Ukr)/Anna Dmitrieva d. Vera Filippova/Evgenia Larina Bantle 6-2 6-2
MX: Tomas K. Lejus (Est)/Galina Baksheeva (Ukr) d. Sergei Likhachev (Aze)/Irina Ermolova-Ryazanova 3-6 6-2 6-3