Re: 1966 - Ann Jones assault on Everest summit foiled by bad weather at final camp
Ann had a compact serve, probably average for the day although the second serve wasn't much better than a dolly-dropper, a topspin forehand which was probably a better shot than most gave her credit for, but as with most left-handers a weak backhand. Her instinct was to play from the baseline and she was prepared to run herself into the ground.
Her great strength was her tactical ability - she knew exactly how to best beat a player, it was just a question of whether her game was strong enough.
In 1960 she decided to experiment with a serve and volley game and had great success with this in the Caribbean winning four events beating Maria Bueno and furthermore Darlene Hard several times in winning four events.
However bad luck dogged her in the Slams. At RG just before she was to play Vera Puzejeva in L16 she developed a raging toothache - too late for treatment she had to play in pain and her concentration was shot. She did well to take the match to 8-6 fs and while Vera was a fine claycourt player and certainly capable of beating the top players at the time, in normal circumstances Ann would probably have won.
At Wimbledon to go 5-2 up in the final set against Sandra Reynolds she hit a smash which missed the sideline by the merest fraction and lost the next four games and the match. The strange thing was that the correspondents all seemed to agree that had she played her normal game instead of S&V she would have won the match - how weird is that for Wimbledon?
At Forest Hills in the quarters she played Donna Floyd whom she had beaten for the loss of just 2 games earlier in the year. Again freak circumstances, there was an almost gale force wind which made normal play impossible. It was a complete lottery and Donna won 9-7 in fs.
At the end of the year Ann had one of the best tournament victories of her career when she beat both Maria Bueno and Darlene Hard in winning the Pacific Southwest regarded as the most prestigious event outside of the major Nationals.
Her record against the leading players was 3-3 Bueno, 6-2 Hard and 2-1 Reynolds. Lance Tingay ranked her #6 but Ned Potter of World Tennis put her at #3.
Perhaps it was the lack of success at the Slams which decided Ann to revert to her normal game from 1961 and who knows if she hadn't the two French titles she won might not have been forthcoming.
Early Season was disappointing she lost numerous matches,although to be fair many of these were finals, and had an early exit at the Italian to the upcoming Lesley Turner. Then she seemed to click at RG when she beat the new sensation Margaret Smith in the quarters (why such a great allcourt player thought her best chance of beating Ann by playing solely from the back of a the court is a real mystery), the claycourt Queen Suzy Kormoczy in the semis and then surprise finalist Yola Ramirez to annexe the title.
At Wimbledon under pressure from this victory and the British media she lost in 4r to Renee Schuurman although that cannot be described as a bad result just disappointing.
Then at Forest Hills she inflicted one of the few defeats of the year on the new Wimbledon champ Angela Mortimer in the semis before losing to Darlene Hard in the final.
This time because of her Slam performances she was ranked #3 by both Potter and Tingay despite losing h2hs against many players and without having played as well overall as 1960!
1962 was an average year with a couple of Slam semis at RG and Wimbledon before Ann married Pip Jones in August. One match of note was the German final when she led Sandra Reynolds (whom she had beaten at Wimbledon) 5-2 final set before succumbing 7-5. This was another match in which she was near the line but couldn't quite get over it and helped to form the reputation which she built up in this respect.
1963 was a frustrating year.
Margaret Thatcher - Michele Bachmann two strong women of our time.