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Re: 1972

Originally Posted by Brian Stewart View Post
August 28 to September 9

First Round
Billie Jean King [1] d. Patty Hogan 6-3 6-2
Esme Emanuel (SA) d. Linda Tuero 7-6 4-6 6-3
Sharon Walsh d. Lita Liem (Indon) 7-6 3-6 6-3
Sue Stap d. Mary-Ann Beattie 4-6 6-4 6-3

Virginia Wade (GB) [8] d. Maria-Isabel Fernandez (Col) 6-4 6-3
Julie Anthony d. Janet Newberry 2-6 6-2 6-3
Barbara Downs d. Sue Molesworth (GB) 6-2 6-4
Susan Minford (Ire) d. Pam Austin 6-1 6-1

Rosie Casals [4] d. Nathalie Fuchs (Frn) 6-1 6-2
Valerie Ziegenfuss d. Cynthia Doerner (Aus) 6-1 3-6 6-0
Fiorella Bonicelli (Urug) d. Vicky Berner (Can) 6-3 6-4
Wendy Gilchrist (Aus) d. Maria-Eugenia Guzman (Ecu) 6-0 6-3

Margaret Court (Aus) [5] d. Janice Metcalf 6-2 6-1
Barbara Hawcroft (AUS) d. Ana Maria Pinto Bravo(Chile) 6-3 6-4
W. Appleby d. P. Moore 6-3 6-3
Lesley Hunt (Aus) d. Jeanne Evert 6-2 6-1

Wendy Overton d. Maria-Teresa Nasuelli (Ity) 6-1 1-6 6-2
Betty Stove (Neth) d. Laurie Fleming 3-6 6-0 6-1
Olga Morozova (USSR) d. Kristien Kemmer 6-3 5-7 6-0
Kazuko Sawamatsu (Jap) d. Nancy Gunter [6] 6-4 4-6 6-3

Julie Heldman d. Kathy Blake 4-6 6-4 6-3
Laura Dupont d. Judy Alvarez 6-1 6-2
Marita Redondo d. T. O'Shaughnessy 6-1 6-3
Chris Evert [3] d. Laurie Tenney 6-1 6-1

Ceci Martinez def. Rosalba Vido (Ity) 6-0 6-4
Kerry Melville (Aus) [9] d. Marina Kroschina (USSR) 6-2 6-4
Kristy Pigeon d. S. Vinton 6-1 6-1
Francoise Durr (Frn) [7] d. Brenda Garcia 6-4 6-1

Pam Teeguarden d. Christina Sandberg (Swd) 6-2 6-4
Mona Schallau d. Helen Gourlay (Aus) 6-4 6-3
Karen Krantzcke (Aus) d. Lindsey Beaven (GB) 6-2 6-2
Evonne Goolagong (Aus) [2] d. Brenda Kirk(SA) 6-2 6-2
Second Round
King [1] d. Emanuel 6-1 6-3
Walsh d. Stap 7-5 3-6 6-4
Wade [8] d. Anthony 6-4 7-5
Downs d. Minford 6-4 7-6

Casals [4] d. Ziegenfuss 6-3 6-4
Bonicelli d. Gilchrist 6-2 7-6
Court [5] d. Hawcroft 6-0 6-0
Hunt d. Appleby 6-1 6-0

Stove d. Overton 6-2 6-2
Morozova d. K.Sawamatsu 6-4 6-4
J.Heldman d. L.Dupont 6-3 7-6
Evert [3] d. Redondo 6-3 6-3

Melville [9] d. C. Martinez 6-2 6-4
Durr [7] d. Pigeon 6-7 6-1 6-4
Teeguarden d. Schallau 6-4 6-4
Goolagong [2] d. Krantzcke 6-3 7-5
Third Round
King [1] d. Walsh 6-4 6-4
Wade [8] d. Downs 6-3 6-2
Casals [4] d. Bonicelli 6-0 6-4
Court [5] d. Hunt 6-2 6-1

Morozova d. Stove 6-3 7-5
Evert [3] d. J.Heldman 6-1 6-2
Melville [9] d. Durr [7] 1-6 6-0 6-2
Teeguarden d. Goolagong [2] 7-5 6-1
King [1] d. Wade [8] 6-2 7-5
Court [5] d. Casals [4] 6-4 4-6 6-4
Evert [3] d. Morozova 3-6 6-3 7-6
Melville [9] d. Teeguarden 6-0 6-2

King [1] d. Court [5] 6-4 6-4
Melville [9] d. Evert [3] 6-4 6-2

King [1] d. Melville [9] 6-3 7-5
Liem=maiden name of Sugiarto
Kemmer=maiden name of Shaw.

The first big upset came early, as Nancy Gunter lost to fellow baseliner Kazuko Sawamatsu, who ran Nancy to death from corner to corner then dropshotted her. Evonne Goolagong's debut at the US Open was a short run. Goolagong led Pam Teeguarden 5-4 40-15 when she was beaten by 2 powerful forehands. The Aussie got only 1 more game as she went down "slow of foot, languid in manner, and lost in some drreamworld of her own."

Casals had Court on the ropes in their quarter. Margaret's husband Barry had to take their crying baby out of the stadium-and it looked as if Court was going to be crying as Casals led 4-2 15-40 on the Aussie's serve in the third. Ah, but the champ in Court then pulled out the stops, even if she did slip twice on the slippery grass,once with her racquet flying out of her hands. Meanwhile Rosie "wilted on the brink of victory", double faulting to end the match.

Morozova threw it all at Evert-mixing up "nothing balls" with forays to the net. "No two returns were alike". Evert turned the tide and seemed to have it won, leasing 5-2 in the 3rd, when the Russian stormed back with flashing forehands to surge to 6-5. Chrissie barely survived by sweeping the tiebreak. "It had been a sparkling, thrilling. memorable contest. It was voted the women's match of tournament.

Wade "fought like to tigress" vs. King, but could only manage to fend off 5 match points before going down.

'The two semis were contrasts in style and personality. King-Court was full of robust, forceful, all-court attack, while the Kerry Melville-Chrissie envcounter was all-femininity, reminiscent of the 1930's in it's baseline exchanges."

King was more consistent in her attack-Court made too many forehand errors to keep up. Kerry's "forceful forehand" had Evert on the move, throwing in the occasional drop shot to take Chris out of her groove. Evert got to almost every one, only to have Kerry rocket a passing shot by her. Melville's win shocked the stadium, who were xpecting a Billie Jean-Chris final.

Chrissie-mania was more subdued than in 1971, but the women (and the Open) were still big attractions in large part because of her. When there were complaints about the women getting "too much exposure" Chris and her sister
Jeanne were scheduled for an outside court "there was nearly a riot". All of singles matches were in the stadium.

The final was closer than any of King's other matches, but her serve wa stoo much for Kerry, who almost capitalized on the strong wind that sprang up in the second set. Melville had leads of 4-3 and 5-4 but couldn't break.

The potted grass at Forest Hills is finally prompting open calls to move to a clay surface. Some are even advocating taking the Open from FH because th efacility is getting old and too cramped to handle the crowds.

King won a Pinto Station wagon, which was driven into the stadium during the trophy ceremony. After winning the 3 biigest slams one writer declared King "must certainly be included among the handful of tennis immortals." With the rule on non-white discarded BJ won with a "see-through" dress and bright blue sneakers. In her press conference afterwards King threatens a boycott of next year's open if the prize money isn't distributed more equally. She got $10,000 for her victroy compared to Ilie Nastase's $25,000.
There is something very seriously wrong with this draw. I found published reports from several newspapers on September 1, 1972, claiming that Nancy Richey Gunter beat Marilyn Aschner in the first round 6-0, 6-1. Jeanne Evert beat Raquel Giscafre in the first round, i.e., did not lose in that round. Margaret Court beat Pat Walkden Pretorius in the first round 6-0, 6-1, not Janice Metcalf. Etcetra.
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