One of the GOAT in doubles for sure
Definately, and whoever she paired up with in the 70s was a force to be reckoned with:
King/Stove, Durr/Stove, Navratilova/Stove etc.
And she featured so heavily in the Mixed in the late 70s. She was definately a late bloomer.
I had the good fortune of meeting her a few times in the players lounge at Wimbledon when I was a guest of Frankie Durr and she truly is a lovely woman. Very friendly. We also traded memorabillia for a few years as well.
It was such a shame she froze in the 75 and 76 Wimbledon doubles finals. Frankie Durr never won the womens doubles at Wimbledon (was runner-up 6 times) and 75 was their year IMO. They had dominated the WTT season and done so well in the slims and had just taken out the two of the other top teams in the world in the quarters and semis ... it seemed like destiny. But poor old Betty collapsed at a few critical times and credit to Kiyomura/Sawamatsu who played steady throughout and stayed strong at the end. Pity the BBC didn't keep the Quarters and Semis on film as I would have had more joy re-watching those than the final LOL.
Durr/Stove d. Court/Wade 6-4 6-3
Durr/Stove d. Casals/King 2-6 8-6 6-2
Kiyomura/Sawamatsu d. Durr/Stove 7-5 1-6 7-5