Week of March 22-28
March 24-27 Virginia Slims Invitational of New York
. New York ,NY, USA (Indoors on Sportface)
Venue: 34th Street Armory.
Prize money=$15,000 US
PR: Carole Graebner d Esme Emanuel (SA) 7-5 7-6
PR: Betty Ann Hansen d Wendy Gilchrist (Aus) 6-4 6-0
PR: Ceci Martinez d Patty Ann Reese 7-5 6-2
PR: Tory Fretz d Kris Kemmer 6-3 6-4
1R: Billie Jean King  d Graebner 6-2 6-3
1R: Julie Heldman d Hansen 6-4 6-0
1R: Kerry Melville (Aus) d Kristy Pigeon 6-4 6-2
1R: Ann Jones  d Nancy Richey Gunter 6-7 7-6 (5-3) 6-4
1R: Francoise Durr (Frn) d Karen Krantzcke (Aus) 6-4 6-3
1R: Martinez d Fretz 3-6 6-1 6-3
1R: Peaches Bartkowicz d Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-1 6-1
1R: Rosie Casals  d Judy Dalton (Aus) 6-1 6-4
QF: King  d Heldman 6-2 6-1
QF: Jones  d Melville 6-0 5-7 6-1
QF: Durr  d Martinez 6-0 6-1
QF: Casals  d Bartkowicz 6-7 (2-5) 6-4 6-2
SF: King d Jones  6-2 7-6 (5-0)
SF: Casals d Durr  6-1 6-2
FI: Rosie Casals  d Billie Jean King  6-4 6-4
3rd place: Jones d Durr  6-2 6-4
The top prize of $5,000 makes this the richest "Women's Lob" event yet. Now that the USTA has backed down on banning the girls they are debating opening up the circuit to all commers such as Margaret Court and Patty Hogan.
The opening round match between newly married Nancy Richey Gunter and Ann Jones is a classic. The New York Times calls it "the strongest advertisement yet for the women's circuit. Jones proclaims it "would have brought the house down had it been at Wimbledon." For 2 hours 33 minutes the battle royal raged on. Gunter came within two points of victory in the second set tiebreak at 3-1. "But Mrs Jones won 4 consecutive points for the set. Two points were unbelievable winners, a lunging forehand passing shot down the line and a forehand crosscourt passing winner."
Bartkowicz pushed Casals, leading 7-6 4-3, with a point for 5-3. Peaches has groundstrokes "like a hammer", her two handed backhand still being a rarity. What she lacks is a volley, and the steam goes out of her enguine after she misses a sitter volley for 5-3.
Casals on Peaches: "She really runs you. You have to stay with her all the time and keep changing the pace to get out of a hitting groove."
King tops Graebner in the first round-this will be their last career meeting. Billie Jean's QF match is over so quickly she takes 10 minutes out to teach ball boys how to volley!
BJK got some resistance from Jones in the semis, but she runs away with the second set tiebreak bt hitting a slew of winners.
Before the final the King-Casals head to head read 6-0 for 1971 and 17 of their 21 meetings. King has won 36 of 38 matches up to this point.
With that kind of baggage Casals was given little chance, but a slightly off form King and Rosie's solid play produced an upset. Early in the match Billie Jean dumped four straight returns into the net, a sure sign she had lost some of form. Rosie kept charging the net. According to King. "We really didn't have many rallies."
Near the end the crowd of 1,300 wondered if Rosie could finish it off. After all, there is widespread belief that she pysches herself out in matches vs her good friend. Casals take is: "I don't think I get pysched out against Billie Jean. I think people just forget that she's a tough tennis player." This is Rosie's first win over King in 2 and half years. Their tournament head to head is now 17-5 in King's favor. Casals was in seventh heaven ,but threw in a comment suggesting King's involvement in promoting the event may have drained her of energy.
Billie Jean suggested later that poor lighting (several sources mention how hard it was to see) and light balls affected her performance. "I've lost in 3 tournaments this year, and in all 3 tournaments they've used lighter balls. I don't want to make any excuses though, because Rosie served very well. I just wasn't getting any balls back." There is also a suggestion that Billie jean just faces a jinx in New York. She hasn't won an event here since the 1967 US open, and the memory of her famous defeat to Nancy Richey back in 1968, where King had match points, lingers.
"I just can't explain it", she said of the jinx while signing autographs. "I guess I just played like an Old lady."
1,200 for the semis.
March 21-28 Beaulieu,
Beaulieu, France (Clay)
1R: Marianne Kindler (Swt) d Helen Amos (Aus) 7-5 6-4
1R: Edith Winkens (Ger) d Becky Vest (US) 6-3 6-4
1R: Judith Szorenyi (Hun) d Mrs Phillips-Moore (Aus) 6-1 6-2
1R: Veronica Burton (GB) d Wendy Appleby 7-5 7-5
1R: Penny Moor (GB) d Jacqueline Vives 6-8 6-1 6-2
1R: Heidi Reetmeyer (Ger) d Marilyn Greenwood (GB) 0-6 6-4 6-4
1R: Maria Nasuelli (Ity) d Walsh (GB) 6-1 6-4
1R: Nora Lauteslager (Neth) d Anne Marie Studer (Swt) 6-4 6-1
1R: Daniela Porzio (Ity) d Sally Holdsworth (GB) 6-0 6-2
1R: Jackie Fayter(GB) d Korpas 10-8 6-4
1R: G. Tremus d Hollingsworth 6-1 6-2
1R: Venturino d Lütteken 6-1 7-5
2R: Pam Teeguarden (US) d Judith Dibar (Rom) 6-3 11-9
2R: Erzsebet Polgar (Hun) d Kindler scores not given
2R:: Jill Cooper (GB) d Edith Winkens 6-4 6-4
2R: Marijke Schaar (Neth) d Jackie Fayter (GB) 6-2 3-6 7-5
2R: Trudi Walhof (Neth) d Shari Barman (US) 6-2 6-0
2R: Heide Orth (Ger) d Jacqueline Bimes 6-3 6-1
2R: Szorenyi d ????
2R: Di Maso d Burton 6-1 6-3
2R: Betty Stove (Neth) d Moor 8-6 6-0
2R: Pam Austin (US) d ????
2R: Nasuelli d Reetmeyer 6-3 6-4
2R: Christina Sandberg d ????
2R: Porzio d Corinne Molesworth (GB) 6-2 6-3
2R: Judith Salome (Neth)
2R: Ingrid Bentzer (Swd) d Jacqueline Venturino 6-3 6-3
2R: Helga Niessen Masthoff (Ger) d Hugard 6-3 6-1
3R: Teeguarden d Polgar 6-3 5-7 6-4
3R: Cooper d Schaar 8-6 8-6
3R: Walhof d Orth 6-4 6-2
3R: Di Maso d Szorenyi 7-5 6-2
3R: Stove d Austin 6-1 6-4
3R: Nasuelli d Sandberg 6-1 6-1
3R: Salome d Porzio 6-1 6-1
3R: Masthoff d Bentzer 6-4 4-6 8-6
QF Cooper d Teeguarden 6-2 6-4
QF Walhof d Di Maso 7-5 6-2
QF Stove d Nasuelli 6-1 6-1
QF Masthoff d Salome 6-1 6-3
SF Cooper d Walhof 6-0 6-1
SF Stove d Masthoff 4-6 6-4 8-6
FI Betty Stove (Neth) d Jill Cooper (GB) 3-6 6-3 6-2
QF Stove/Walhof d Austin/Lancaster 9-7 6-1
QF Fayter/Holdsworth d Salome/Schaar 6-4 8-6
QF Bentzer/Sandberg d Casado/Felix 6-2 6-4
QF Nasuelli/Porzio d Masthoff/Orth 5-7 6-4 6-2
SF Stove/Walhof d Fayter/Holdsworth 6-1 6-3
SF Bentzer/Sandberg d Nasuelli/Porzio 6-3 4-6 6-4
FI: Stove/Walhof d Bentzer/Sandberg 1-6 6-3 6-3
MX: Schaar/Pokorny d Orth/Pohmann 6-4 4-6 8-6
Betty Stove upsets Masthoff in the semis. Ingrid Bentzer wrote: "Christina Sandberg and I reached the finals of Beaulieu in doubles and received the fantastic sum of $18. Sadly, Monte Carlo did not stage its Player Caberet this year. This once great circuit [the Riviera circuit] was, alas, destitute of "name" players and atmosphere."
circa late March, Danish Indoors Champs.
FI: Gitte Grage Ejlerskov d. ??
DF: Gitte Grage Ejlerskov/Mari-Ann Bloch-Jørgensen d. ??
MX: Mari-Ann Bloch-Jørgensen/Knud Erik Kundby Nielsen d. ??
ends April 1 Alexandria International
, Alexandria, EGY (CL)
QF Alena Palmeova (Cz) d Mrs Gad 6-1 6-0
QF Yelena Granaturova (USSR) d Alice Tym (US) 7-5 6-4
QF Katalin Borka (Hun) d Andree Martin 6-1 6-3
SF Palmeova d R Horsa 6-4 6-4
SF Granaturova d Borka 6-2 9-7
FI Alena Palmeova d Yelena Granaturova 6-4 6-4
MX: Martin/Tadeusz Nowicki d Palmeova/Alex Metreveli 6-1 6-0