Dates: May 7-15
Venue: The Foro Italico, Rome
3R: Smith  d Floyd 6-2 6-4
3R: Kormoczy d. Lehane  4-6 6-2 6-4
3R: Hard  d Lazzarino 3-6 6-1 6-3
3R: Haydon  d Buding 6-4 6-1
3R: Truman  d Ramorino 6-1 6-1
3R: Pericoli d Schuurman  6-0 6-3
3R: Sukova d Turner  4-6 6-2 6-4
3R: Bueno  d Schacht 6-3 6-2
QF: Smith  d. Kormoczy 4-6 6-1 6-1
QF: Hard  d. Haydon  6-4 6-3
QF: Truman  d. Pericoli 6-2 6-0
QF: Bueno  d. Sukova 6-2 6-2
SF: Smith  d. Hard  7-5 6-3
SF: Bueno  d. Truman  6-2 4-6 7-5.
FI: Margaret Smith  d. Maria Bueno  8-6 5-7 6-4
SF: Bueno/Hard d. Bricka/Smith 3-6 7-5 6-4.
SF: Pericoli/Lazzarino d. Lehane/Turner 7-5 6-4
FI: Maria Bueno/Darlene Hard d. Lea Pericoli/Silvana Lazzarino 6-4 6-4
FI: Lesley Turner/Fred Stolle d Madonna Schacht/Owen Davidson 6-4 6-1
Lea Pericoli at the Foro in 1962 gesticulating. The combination of a partisan crowd and Lea's sky high series of endless lobs defeated many women here over the years.
Put Lea and Silvana together and passions ran rampant
Eventual winners Bueno and Hard
In 1962 the Italian is considered "the fifth major" by most experts. Smith remains undefeated for 1962-her last defeat was in September at the US Nationals! Pericoli beat Schuurman with an endless series of lobs and higher lobs. ....the South African went berserk under the barrage of bloopers."
Darlene troubles Smith in the semis-holding 5 set points in the first, one bad call going against her. Rain delayed play after that, and Darlene was never happy with the slow and soggy court that favored her rival. In the other semi Truman was two points from a win at 5-2 30-0 when she botched an easy overhead. La Bueno then ran off 45 games in a row. Both semis were played in a drizzle.
A high wind affects play in the finals. Maria pushed the Aussie to the limit before succumbing to leg cramps in the third. Controversy occurs when Smith finds out Maria will have a "coach" on the sidelines, which is against all rules. Smith declares she should be allowed to have a "second" too or won't play. Both women are seconded by the respective captains of the Davis Cup teams from their countries. It's an amazing sight as the men towel off the girls and offer encouragement between games.
Maria led 4-3 in the third when the wheels came off. In the end Maria is a lame duck from leg cramps, even serving underhanded at one point. The last 3 games take a mere five minutes-with Smith taking the last two games at love.
Italians don't normally show up for women's matches, but the Bueno-Smith final and the lobbing Italian duo of Lazzarino/Pericoli bring out a full stadium on the last two days. The crowd cheers after Bueno and Hard put away their thousandth smash to win the doubles on the last day.
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