Re: Christine Clara Truman Janes Nominee Master Player Category ITHOF 2011
In 1962 Christine was way below her best losing to Donna Floyd in 4r French and to Lesley Turner in 3r Wimbledon - Lesley was breaking into the very top ranked players but you would have expected Christine to win on grass. She had a few niggling injuries but(and I'm not 100% certain) I think this was the year she suffered a broken engagement so perhaps that may have played a part in her poor form. She certainly fell outside the top 10.
1963 was a strange year. Looking at the rankings there is no sign of Christine and you would think her level of play didn't improve.
In my opinion however, having a relatively untroubled year injury wise she was on her way back towards the top of the game. At RG she reached the semis before falling to Lesley Turner the eventual Champion after an 11-9 first set. Although she lost 4r at Wimbledon this was to Darlene Hard 8-6 in the final set. At Forest Hills she lost in the quarters to Margaret Smith (Court)in three sets. She had a good record against all but the top 5 players and had few bad losses.
Perhaps we cannot understand the mindset of the time from our own era but when the Blasters' Panel ranked 1963 Christine was #9 with 5 of the 7 panelists placing her top 10, even as high as #7, 1 at #11 and 1 at #12.
As Nelslus, an American said, regarding her non-top 10 status, "Who did Christine piss off that year? Gotta wonder what "politics" might have been involved".
But the correspondents of the day saw it differently - of a dozen lists only one gave her a top ten placement and that at #10. Strange. Personally I had her at #9.
Could she complete her rehabilitation in 1964?
Margaret Thatcher - Michele Bachmann two strong women of our time.