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Jem
Aug 7th, 2003, 05:36 AM
When did Margaret Court record her final single's victory on the women's tour, and who did she beat in the final? Hint but not much of one. She beat Kerry Melville Reid 7-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and Betty Stove 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals. Court also won the doubles at this tournament, teaming with Stove to beat South Africans Linky Boshoff and Ilana Kloss 6-2, 6-4. I'll answer it tomorrow, or later today. (Also posted in Blast from the Past)

Brian Stewart
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:02 AM
1976 Melbourne. (Dec. 12th)

Declan
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:03 AM
Also, her final tournament ever was just two months later at the Virginia Slims of Detroit in February 1977. Apparently she found out she was pregnant during this tournament so a second round win over Greer Stevens was followed by a Quarter-Final default to Francoise Durr.

Jem
Aug 7th, 2003, 12:56 PM
Right, you are, Brian! Now who did she beat in the final?

Declan
Aug 7th, 2003, 01:22 PM
Sue Barker.

Jem
Aug 7th, 2003, 01:29 PM
Right again. Margaret beat Sue 6-2, 6-2. She was the mother of two children at the time. I always wondered why she opted not to play the Australian Open a few weeks later, the one where Kerry Reid beat Dianne Fromholtz for the title.

Rollo
Aug 7th, 2003, 03:00 PM
I wonder why too Jem. Maybe it came down to money, as the Slims circuit was going on at the same time.

alfajeffster
Aug 7th, 2003, 04:40 PM
More Court Trivia:

Anybody remember who she lost to in her last singles appearance at the Australian Open?

Rollo
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:02 PM
Hmmmm...

Gimme an "M"
gimme an "A"

alfajeffster
Aug 7th, 2003, 06:06 PM
Hmmmm...

Gimme an "M"
gimme an "A"

No, Mary Pierce wasn't around then :lol:

Jem
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:13 PM
Rollo is headed there -- ever so slowly. It must be his age!

I'll offer up Martina Navratilova in the 1975 quarterfinals when Court was seeded No. 1. I'm fairly certain it was straight sets.

alfajeffster
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:19 PM
Rollo is headed there -- ever so slowly. It must be his age!

I'll offer up Martina Navratilova in the 1975 quarterfinals when Court was seeded No. 1. I'm fairly certain it was straight sets.

It was Martina, and Margaret Court had nothing but praise for the talented young Czech afterwards. I wish they had played more matches, but you know how that goes- I wish Graf and the Williams sisters played more, but when a torch is being passed, the players tend not to spend much time at the ceremony ;)

Rollo
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:34 PM
LOl@Jem:)

Those "senior moments" are getting l-o-n-g-e-r.

alfajeffster
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:38 PM
You know, I was down in Australia earlier this year at the Open, and had the chance to speak with a bunch of Aussies about Margaret. Apparently, she is still making somewhat unpopular remarks about the lesbian influence in women's tennis, and the gays in society in general. I didn't have the balls to bring it up when I was fortunate enough to meet Madge briefly, but boy-oh-boy did I want to!

Rollo
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:46 PM
She directed some not so subtle comments at Maria Bueno and Darlene Hard. She didn't name names, but she said something like "two top women when I was coming up were lesbian" or something to that effect.

I don't agree with her bias, but lets face it-70% of the world feels her way.

Rollo
Aug 7th, 2003, 08:51 PM
My old memory was jogged by your post Alfa. Mags loved the Slims tour of the early 1970s except for one thing:she felt it was "unnatural" for the sexes to be separated so much of the year. She said that in 1973.
It didn't affect her since she was married, but separate tours certainly cut down on the straight sex opportunites for the women.

The heydey of lesbianism on tour was the mid to late 70s, when the men and women were apart the most.

alfajeffster
Aug 7th, 2003, 09:28 PM
She directed some not so subtle comments at Maria Bueno and Darlene Hard. She didn't name names, but she said something like "two top women when I was coming up were lesbian" or something to that effect.

I don't agree with her bias, but lets face it-70% of the world feels her way.

Maria Bueno, a lesbian? Are you sure?

alfajeffster
Aug 7th, 2003, 09:30 PM
Do you remember when Margaret Court held a press conference during Wimbledon back in the 80s wherein she denounced the lesbian influence on the women's tour, and specifically the bad example Martina Navratilova's flagrant and open relationship with her lover had on young girls growing up in the game? It caused quite a stir!!!