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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:09 PM
Italian Open Championships

Held on clay, in Milan until 1934, in Rome in '35, from '50 to '60, from '62 to '79, and from '87 forward, in Turin in '61, in Perugia from '80 to '84, in Taranto in '85

1930 Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d. Lucia Valerio 3-6 8-6 6-0
1931 Lucia Valerio d. Dorothy Burke (US) 2-6 6-2 6-2
1932 Ida Adamoff (Frn) d. Lucia Valerio 6-4 7-5
1933 Elizabeth Ryan (US) d. Ida Adamoff (Frn) 6-1 6-1
1934 Helen Jacobs (US) d. Lucia Valerio 6-3 6-0
1935 Hilde Sperling (Ger) d. Lucia Valerio 6-4 6-1
1936-1949 not held

1950 Annalissa Bossi d. Joan Curry (GB) 6-4 6-4
1951 Doris Hart (US) d. Shirley Fry (US) 6-3 8-6
1952 Susan Partridge (GB) d. Patricia Harrison (GB) 6-3 7-5
1953 Doris Hart (US) d. Maureen Connolly (US) 4-6 9-7 6-3
1954 Maureen Connolly (US) d. Pat Ward (GB) 6-3 6-0
1955 Pat Ward (GB) d. Erika Vollmer (Ger) 6-4 6-3
1956 Althea Gibson (US) d. Suzi Kormoczy (Hun) 6-3 7-5
1957 Shirley Bloomer (GB) d. Dottie Knode 1-6 9-7 6-2
1958 Maria Bueno (Brz) d. Lorraine Coghlan (Aus) 3-6 6-3 6-3
1959 Christine Truman (GB) d. Sandra Reynolds (SA) 6-0 6-1

1960 Suzi Kormoczy (Hun) d. Ann Haydon (GB) 6-4 4-6 6-1
1961 Maria Bueno (Brz) d. Lesley Turner (Aus) 6-4 6-4
1962 Margaret Smith (Aus) d. Maria Bueno (Brz) 8-6 5-7 6-4
1963 Margaret Smith (Aus) d. Lesley Turner (Aus) 6-3 6-4
1964 Margaret Smith (Aus) d. Lesley Turner (Aus) 6-1 6-1
1965 Maria Bueno (Brz) d. Nancy Richey (US) 6-1 1-6 6-3
1966 Ann Haydon Jones (GB) d. Annette van Zyl (SA) 8-6 6-1
1967 Lesley Turner (Aus) d. Maria Bueno (Brz) 6-3 6-3
1968 Lesley Turner (Aus) d. Margaret Smith Court (Aus) 6-2 2-6 6-3
1969 Julie Heldman (US) d. Kerry Melville (Aus) 7-5 6-4

1970 Billie-Jean King (US) d. Julie Heldman (US) 6-1 6-3
1971 Virginia Wade (GB) d. Helga Masthoff (Ger) 6-4 6-4
1972 Linda Tuero (US) d. Olga Morozova (USSR) 6-4 6-3
1973 Evonne Goolagong (Aus) d. Chris Evert (US) 7-6 6-0
1974 Chris Evert (US) d. Martina Navratilova (Cz) 6-3 6-3
1975 Chris Evert (US) d. Martina Navratilova (Cz) 6-1 6-0
1976 Mima Jausovec (Yug) d. Lesley Hunt (Aus) 6-1 6-3
1977 Janet Newberry (US) d. Renata Tomanova (Cz) 6-3 7-6
1978 Regina Marsikova (Cz) d. Virginia Ruzici (Rum) 7-5 7-5
1979 Tracy Austin (US) d. Sylvia Hanika (Ger) 6-4 1-6 6-3

1980 Chris Evert-Lloyd (US) d. Virginia Ruzici (Rum) 5-7 6-2 6-2
1981 Chris Evert-Lloyd (US) d. Virginia Ruzici (Rum) 6-1 6-2
1982 Chris Evert-Lloyd (US) d. Hana Mandlikova (Cz) 6-0 6-3
1983 Andrea Temesvari (Hun) d. Bonnie Gadusek (US) 6-1 6-0
1984 Manuela Maleeva (Bul) d. Chris Evert-Lloyd (US) 6-3 6-3
1985 Raffaella Reggi d. Vicky Nelson (US) 6-4 6-4
1986 not held
1987 Steffi Graf (Ger) d. Gabriela Sabatini (Arg) 7-5 4-6 6-0
1988 Gabriela Sabatini (Arg) d. Helen Kelesi (Can) 6-1 6-7 6-1
1989 Gabriela Sabatini (Arg) d. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (Sp) 6-2 5-7 6-4
1990 Monica Seles (Yug) d. Martina Navratilova (US) 6-1 6-1

1991 Gabriela Sabatini (Arg) d. Monica Seles (Yug) 6-3 6-2
1992 Gabriela Sabatini (Arg) d. Monica Seles (Yug) 7-5 6-4
1993 Conchita Martinez (Sp) d. Gabriela Sabatini (Arg) 7-5 6-1
1994 Conchita Martinez (Sp) d. Martina Navratilova (US) 7-6 6-4
1995 Conchita Martinez (Sp) d. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (Sp) 6-3 6-1
1996 Conchita Martinez (Sp) d. Martina Hingis (Swt) 6-2 6-3
1997 Mary Pierce (Frn) d. Conchita Martinez (Sp) 6-4 6-0
1998 Martina Hingis (Swt) d. Venus Williams (US) 6-3 2-6 6-3
1999 Venus Williams (US) d. Mary Pierce (Frn) 6-4 6-2

2000 Monica Seles (US) d. Amélie Mauresmo (Frn) 6-2 7-6
2001 Jelena Dokic (Aus) d. Amélie Mauresmo (Frn) 7-6 6-1
2002 Serena Williams (US) d. Justine Hénin (Bel) 7-6 6-4
2003 Kim Clijsters (Bel) d. Amélie Mauresmo (Frn) 3-6 7-6 6-0
2004 Amélie Mauresmo (Frn) d. Jennifer Capriati (US) 3-6 6-3 7-6
2005 Amélie Mauresmo (Frn) d. Patty Schnyder (Swt) 2-6 6-3 6-4
2006 Martina Hingis (Swt) d. Dinara Safina (Rus) 6-2 7-5
2007 Jelena Jankovic (Ser) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) 7-5 6-1
2008 Jelena Jankovic (Ser) d. Alize Cornet (Frn) 6-2 6-2
2009 Dinara Safina (Rus) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) 6-3 6-2

2010 Maria José Martinez-Sanchez (Sp) d. Jelena Jankovic (Ser) 7-6 7-5
2011 Maria Sharapova (Rus) d. Sam Stosur(Aus) 6-2 6-4

Most Titles

05 Chris Evert------------Won 1974-1975 and 1980-82. Chris made the finals a record 7 times.
04 Conchita Martinez-----Won 1993-1996. A record 4 consecutive titles and 5 consecutive finals.
04 Gabriela Sabatini------Won 1988-89 and 1991-92. d #1 player 3 times-Navratilova(87),Seles (91-92)
03 Maria Bueno-----------Won 1958, 1961, and 1965
03 Margaret Smith Court--Won 1962-1964.

* Monica Seles won the title in 1990 and 2000-a record 10 year gap between singles titles.

*This event was one of the few major titles that ever eluded Martina Navratilova. Navratilova was a 4 time finalist-a record number of finals without winning the title. Martina played near the start (1974 and 1975 finals) and the end (1990 and 1994 finals-her last year on tour in singles) of her career, but skipped the Italian from 1976 to 1986, her peak years.

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The Italian Open is the youngest of the great national championships, having begun in 1930. In that inaugural year, Bill Tilden carried off the men’s title and Lilli de Alvarez the women’s crown. That first tournament and the four which followed it were held in Milan but in 1935 the event was moved to the Foro Italico in Rome. The stadium, which had been built in 1925 close to the Colosseo in the neo-classical style in vogue at that time as it evoked the greatness of Ancient Rome, is surrounded by giant marble statues and pine trees and one of the most beautiful tennis arenas in the world.

The citizens of Rome had to wait until 1950 for the next edition of the “Internazionali d’Italia” as the championship was suspended from 1936-49 because of the Abyssinian and Second World Wars. In 1961, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the modern Italian state, the tournament was held in Turin, the capital of Piedmont, whose King had become King of Italy in 1861. Throughout the 50s and 60s, the women’s event enjoyed its heyday, regularly attracting almost all the top players who were playing the European clay court circuit. During this period, it was seen as the most important event outside the Grand Slams. The first open edition was held in 1969, the Italian federation having resisted calls to declare the tournament open the previous year.

As the 1970s progressed, however, the event suffered heavily from the establishment of the Virginia Slims circuit and World Team Tennis. Nevertheless, it continued to attract the all the players who were not committed to WTT and remained the principal warm-up event for Roland Garros. In 1979, following the collapse of WTT, the WTA, in association with Colgate, made a major effort to restore the championships to their former glory. The women held their own separate event at the Foro Italico and the draw included six former champions. However, the 32-player draw meant that after completion of the first round, there were only 15 matches left to play and the crowds stayed away in droves. Because of this setback, the event was moved to Perugia the following year, where it stayed until 1984. The 1985 Taranto tournament, with prize money of only $50,000, was accorded the title of the Italian Open in 1985, but bore little resemblance to the championships of old. In 1986, a $75,000 event, the Ellesse Grand Prix, was staged at Perugia but the Italian federation refused to acknowledge it as the Italian Open. At that time, plans were already laid to bring the women’s championships back to the Foro Italico in Rome in 1987 in conjunction with IMG. Since 1987, the tournament re-established itself as the second most important event in the European clay-court season together with the German Championships. After the demise of Berlin it remains as the second most prestigous clay court event in existence.

In 2012 the women combined with the men in Rome for the first time since 1978.

Major thanks go out to Andy T (who provided the initial winners list and many summaries) and Jimbo, who extended the winners lists. Thanks to Ugarte for many scores from the 1930s.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:11 PM
1930

Dates: April 28-May 4
Site: Milan

QF: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d Guilia Perelli
QF: Baroness Maud Levi d Vigano
QF: Lucia Valerio d Arlette Neufeld (Frn)
QF: Anna Luzzatti d Rosetta Gagliari

SF: Alvarez d Levi 6-2 6-1
SF: Valerio d Luzzatti default

FI: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d. Lucia Valerio 3-6 8-6 6-0

DF: Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Lucia Valerio d. Leila-Claude Anet (Frn)/Arlette Neufeld (Frn) 7-5 7-5

MX: Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Umberto de Morpurgo d. Lucia Valerio/Pat Hughes (GB) 4-6 6-4 6-2

This was the inaugural edition of the Italian Championships. At one point in the final Lucia Valerio had led by 6-3 4-1.

Lili de Alvarez
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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:11 PM
1931

Dates: May 5-12*
Site: Milan, Italy

QF: Lucia Valerio d Mme De Bruyn Kops
QF: Rosie Berthet (Frn) d Rosetta Gagliardi
QF: Grioni d Maria Covi
QF: Dorothy Andrus (US) d Leila Claude-Anet (Frn)

SF: Valerio d Berthet 6-3 4-6 6-4
SF: Andrus d Grioni 6-2 2-6 6-2

FI: Lucia Valerio d. Dorothy Andrus (US) 2-6 6-2 6-2

DF: Ana Luzzatti/Mrs Prousse d. Dorothy Andrus (US)/Lucia Valerio 6-3 1-6 6-3

MX: Lucia Valerio/Pat Hughes (GB) d Dorothy Andrus (US)/Alberto del Bono 6-0 6-1

Seating capacity at the club of 15 courts is 3,500.

*Note the apparent conflict in dates between the Austrian Chmps and the Italian Chmps in Milan.



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Lucia Valerio (pictured above) was the first Italian woman to win her home championships. A native of Milan, she was born there on February 28, 1905. Her favorite shots were her forehand, passing shots, and cut service (from Lowe's 1932 Annual)

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:11 PM
1932

Dates:
Site: Milan

QF: Ida Adamoff (Frn) d Guilia Perelli
QF: Marie Horn (Ger) d Leila Claude-Anet (Frn)
QF: Cilly Aussem (Ger) d Elsa Riboli
QF: Valerio d Dorothy Andrus Burke (US)

SF: Adamoff d Horn 6-3 7-5
SF: Valerio d Aussem 3-6 8-6 6-2

FI: Ida Adamoff (Frn) d. Lucia Valerio 6-4 7-5

DF: Lolette Payot (Swt)/Colette Rosambert (Frn) d. Dorothy Burke (US)/Lucia Valerio 7-5 6-3

MX: Jacques Bonte (Frn)/Lolette Payot (Swt) d. Alberto del Bono/Dorothy Burke (US) 6-1 6-2

Alberto del Bono may ="Tito" del Bono.

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Ida Adamoff. She also won the Rumanian Chmps in 1932 and made the French doubles final in 1935.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:12 PM
1933

Dates:May 9-14
Venue: Milan

QF: Elizabeth Ryan (US) d Anna Luzzatti
QF: Lucia Valerio d Simone Barbier (Frn)
QF: Elsa Riboli d Yvanna Orlandini
QF: Ida Adamoff (Frn) d Rosapina

SF: Ryan d Valerio 6-2 6-4
SF: Adamoff d Riboli 6-1 6-2

FI: Elizabeth Ryan (US) d. Ida Adamoff (Frn) 6-1 6-1

DF: Ida Adamoff (Frn)/Dorothy Burke (US) d. Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Lucia Valerio 6-3 1-6 6-4

MX: Dorothy Burke/Andre Martin-Legeay (Frn) d. E Gabrowitz/Orlandi 6-4 6-3

This Corbis image show Elizabeth Ryan in a rare off court picture from the 1930s. She was denied a Grand Slam singles-the Italian was the most prestigious singles evert she ever captured out of close to 300 singles titles.

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:12 PM
1934

Dates: May 9-13
Venue: Milan

May 9-16, Italian Championships, Milan, Italy (Clay)

QF: Helen Jacobs (US) d Anna Luzzatti ????
QF: Ida Adamoff (Frn) d Madzy Rollin-Couquerque (Neth)
QF: Lucia Valerio d Edith Belliard (Frn)
QF: Dorothy Andrus Burke (US) d Elizabeth Ryan (US)

SF: Jacobs d Adamoff ????
SF: Valerio d Burke ????

FI: Helen Jacobs (USA) d. Lucia Valerio 6-3 6-0

DF: Helen Jacobs (USA)/Elizabeth Ryan (USA) d. Ida Adamoff (FRA)/Dorothy Burke (USA) 7-5 9-7

MX: Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Henry Culley (US) d. Madzy Rollin-Couquerque (Neth)/Ferenc Puncec (Yug) 6-1 6-3


This was almost certainly Ryan's last career event. The stock market crash had meant the slow drain on her funds could not be reversed. She turned pro and taught many years in Hawaii and other places before returning to settle in London. Easily the winner of over 700 titles in singles, doubles, and mixed combined-a record no one will ever be likely to break.


This was almost certainly Ryan's last career event.

Helen Jacobs

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:12 PM
1935

Dates:April 15-24
Site: Rome

QF: Hilde Sperling (Den) d Nancy Lyle (GB) 6-3 6-2
QF: Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (Pol) d Susan Noel (GB) 10-8 6-2
QF: Lucia Valerio d Ida Adamoff (Frn) 9-7 6-3
QF: Cilly Aussem (Ger) d Jacqueline Goldschmidt (Frn) 1-6 7-5 7-5

SF: Sperling d Jedrzejowska 6-1 6-4
SF: Valerio d Aussem 6-4 6-4

FI: Hilde Sperling (Den) d. Lucia Valerio 6-4 6-1

DF: Evelyn Dearman (GB)/Nancy Lyle (GB) d. Cilly Aussem (Ger)/Elizabeth Ryan (US) 6-2 6-4

MX: Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (Pol)/Harry Hopman (Aus) d. Evelyn Dearman (GB)/Pat Hughes (GB) 6-3 1-6 6-3

In 1935, the field included many top Europeans: Krahwinkel, Ryan, Cilly Aussem and Jadwiga Jedrezjowska. Susan Noel upset Swiss star Lolette Payot before the QF. This was almost certainly Ryan's last career event.

The 1935 semifinal at the Foro Italico. That's Lucia Valerio on the left. The person on the right is Cilly Aussem, the German player who later married an Italian Count.

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Winner Hilde Sperling was a clay court terror. From 1935 to the start of World War II in 1939 she only lost once on clay-that was to Simone Mathieu in 1937 at Beaulieu. Sperling had a 19-1 head to head vs Mathieu

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:12 PM
There were no Italian Championships from 1936-1949

Mussalini's invasion of Ethiopia made italy an international pariah. Later on war intervened. For about 15 years there would be no Italian Championship event.

The famous statues at the Foro Italico. Inspired by facism-they are a signature symbol of the event. Ironaically it was due to Mussalini that no italian event was held from 1936 to 1950

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:13 PM
1950

Dates: April 17-26
Venue: Foro Italico, Rome.

QF: Barbara Scofield (US) d Betty Hilton (GB) 7-5 3-6 6-2
QF: Annalisa Bossi d Jean Quertier (GB) 6-3 1-6 8-6
QF: Nicla Migliori d Jean Walker-Smith (GB) 6-3 0-6 6-3
QF: Joan Curry (GB) d Gussie Moran (US) 0-6 6-4 6-3

SF: Bossi d Scofield 1-6 6-3 6-3
SF: Curry d Migliori 6-4 6-0

FI: Annalisa Bossi d. Joan Curry (GB) 6-2 6-4

DF: Jean Quertier/Jean Walker-Smith d Joan Curry/Joy Mottram 6-2 6-2

MX: Gusiie Moran/Adrian Quist led Analissa Bossi/Gianni Cucelli 6-2 1-0 unfinished.

British player Tony Mottram calls this "the first big international clash of the year" in a report to the British magazine Lawn Tennis and Badminton. In contrast to other places on her world tour Gussie does not fill the stands in Rome despite being called "Le Magnifica Gussie" by the press. For her first round match a dozen cameramen follow her onto court. One enthusiastic photographer was escorted off the court for squatting down in the center of the court during warmups. For a while Gussie was forced to loft balls over his head!

In the end the glory fittingly goes to Bossi, the #1 Italian. She will be the last Italian female singles winner for over 30 years until Reggi wins in 1986!

Bossi in action in 1950
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Glamorous Gussie Moran-her lace panties shot her to fame in 1949

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:13 PM
1951


Dates:April 9-16
Venue: Foro Italico, Rome

QF: Doris Hart (US) d. Joan Curry (GB) 4-6 6-3 6-4
QF: Thelma Long (Aus) d. Beverly Baker (US) default
QF: Shirley Fry (US) d. Pat Ward (GB) 6-2 6-1
QF: Louise Brough (US) d. Anne-Marie Seghers (Frn) 6-1 3-6 6-0

SF: Hart d. Long 6-1 6-3
SF: Fry d. Brough 6-3 11-9

FI: Doris Hart (US) d. Shirley Fry (US) 6-3 8-6

Doubles

SF: Fry/Hart d. Bologna/Manfredi 6-1 6-1
SF: Brough/Long d. Adamson/Seghers 6-2 6-4

FI: Shirley Fry/Doris Hart d. Louise Brough/Thelma Long 6-1 7-5

MX: Shirley Fry (US)/Felicissimo Ampon (Phil) d Doris Hart (US)/Lennart Bergelin (Swd) 8-6 3-6 6-4

Final played before a crowd of 10,000. This is Hart's 4th straight singles title win in 1951 and 3rd win in a row over Fry. Hart's stronger serve and faster pace keep Fry running throughout. The mixed final thrilled the crowd. A few weeks later Shirley won the French, but then Doris turned the tables at Wimbledon.

Dorsi Hart (left) and Shirley Fry (right). In 1951 they traveled 4 continents together
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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:13 PM
1952

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:14 PM
1953

Maureen Connolly’s final defeat at the hands of Doris Hart was one of only two she suffered that year and one of only 4 she suffered from the US Championships in 1951 to the end of her career in the summer of 1954.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:14 PM
1954


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Connolly wins the only title that eluded her after 1953

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:14 PM
1955

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:14 PM
1956

Althea Gibson won her first major international title here

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:15 PM
1957

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:15 PM
1958

Maria Bueno enchanted the Roman crowds and the tennis world at large, beating Thelma Long 61 61, Shirley Bloomer 16 97 86 and Coghlan 36 63 63 to win her first major tournament on her first European tour.

Fame finds the Senorita-Bueno takes Rome by storm in 1958

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:15 PM
1959

18 year-old Christine Truman lost just 8 points in the first set and 11 in the second in a final rout of Sandra Reynolds en route to her first major international title. She went on to win at Roland Garros. Reynolds had beaten holder Maria Bueno 46 75 63 in a thrilling semi-final.

At the Foro Italico in 1959. Lea Pericoli
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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:15 PM
1960

The championships were severely disrupted by rain. In the semi-finals, Suzi Kormoczy beat Jan Lehane 6-1 6-0 and Ann Haydon d Sandra Reynolds 6-2 7-5.


Sandra Reynolds in 1961 at Wimbledon

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:16 PM
1961

In the semi finals, Maria Bueno defeated Margaret Smith, playing on her first European tour, 64 63 and then regained the title with a win over Lesley Turner 64 64.


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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:16 PM
1962

Dates: May 7-15
Venue: The Foro Italico, Rome

Draw=47

3R: Smith [1] d Floyd 6-2 6-4
3R: Kormoczy d. Lehane [8] 4-6 6-2 6-4
3R: Hard [5] d Lazzarino 3-6 6-1 6-3
3R: Haydon [4] d Buding 6-4 6-1

3R: Truman [3] d Ramorino 6-1 6-1
3R: Pericoli d Schuurman [6] 6-0 6-3
3R: Sukova d Turner [7] 4-6 6-2 6-4
3R: Bueno [2] d Schacht 6-3 6-2

QF: Smith [1] d. Kormoczy 4-6 6-1 6-1
QF: Hard [5] d. Haydon [4] 6-4 6-3
QF: Truman [3] d. Pericoli 6-2 6-0
QF: Bueno [2] d. Sukova 6-2 6-2

SF: Smith [1] d. Hard [5] 7-5 6-3
SF: Bueno [2] d. Truman [3] 6-2 4-6 7-5.

FI: Margaret Smith [1] d. Maria Bueno [2] 8-6 5-7 6-4

Doubles

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

Mixed Doubles

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.

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Put Lea and Silvana together and passions ran rampant
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Eventual winners Bueno and Hard

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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.

The full draw at at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=19119665&postcount=22

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:16 PM
1963

Margaret Smith retained her title, beating Duldig, Starkie, Ebbern, Lehane and Turner 63 64 (coming back to win the last four games of the second set).

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:16 PM
1964

Margaret Smith defeated Liz Starkie 62 64, Helga Schultze 75 63, Vera Sukova 61 61 and Lesley Turner 61 61 to achieve the hat-trick and retired the trophy.


Silvana and Lea awaiting a line call

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:17 PM
1965


Maria Bueno defeated Nancy Richey 61 16 63 for her third Italian singles title, some compensation for never lifting the trophy at Roland Garros.

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:17 PM
1966

Dates: May 2-8
Venue: The Foro Italico, Rome

Draw=64


3R: Kerry Melville d Judy Tegart [3] 6-3 6-4

QF: Ann Jones [2] d. Helga Niessen [6] 6-2 6-3
QF: Francoise Durr [4] d. Edda Buding [7] 6-0 3-6 6-4
QF: Norma Baylon [5] d. Melville 6-3 7-5
QF: Annette Van Zyl [1] d. Gail Sherriff [8] 6-4 6-0

SF: Jones [2] d. Durr [4] 6-1 6-2
SF: van Zyl [1] d. Baylon [5] 2-6 6-4 6-3

FI: Ann Jones (GB) [2] d. Annette Van Zyl [1] 8-6 6-1


DF: Norma Baylon (Arg)/Annette Van Zyl (SA) d. Ann Jones (GB)/Elizabeth Starkie (GB) 6-3 1-6 6-2

Nancy Richey who had been seeded #1 pulled out after the draw had been made. After Nancy withdrew the Italians changed the draw by moving all the other seeds up a place into the original slot for that seed and making Gail Sherriff #8!!! “It never looked as though anyone but Ann Jones and Annette van zyl would reach the women’s final. With no Smith, no Bueno, no Turner, no Richey and no King, a little of the glamour was rubbed off Mrs Jones victory, but it was gained in the most relentless fashion.

In the final Ann reverses her 4 defeats to van zyl in the South African circuit. ‘There were drop shots galore of course, as the two great Queens of the drop shot..” Jones looked to be in trouble early down 3-1 when a great crowd briefly converged on the ladies as fans moved from one men’s match to another in the stadium. The South African let the commotion affect her concentration and never looked the same. When Annette double faulted at match point there were few in the stands.

Ann went on weeks later to win in Paris for a rare Italian-French double.

1966 winner Ann Jones was always at her best on clay

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:17 PM
1967

After three final defeats, Lesley Turner finally won the tournament, beating top seed Maria Bueno 63 63 in the final.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:18 PM
1968

As the tournament was not declared “Open”, contracted professionals Billie Jean King, Ann Jones, Frankie Durr and Rosie Casals were barred from entering. The top seed and defending champion Lesley Turner was a surprise winner over second seeded favourite Margaret Court, who was suffered a bout of nerves in her first major clay-court final since her comeback. 4th seed Virginia Wade provided the fireworks when she lost her temper with the umpire and then the match against Faye Toyne-Moore in round of 32.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:18 PM
1969

1969 At the first Italian "Open", Julie Heldman was the shock winner, dispatching holder Turner in the quarters, Ann Jones in the semis, where she came back from 46 34 to win 46 64 61, and then Kerry Melville, conqueror of Billie Jean King 63 60 in their quarter final. Wade again provided the scandal, losing to Peaches Bartkowicz in the last 16 “in a bad-tempered match in which Miss Wade made certain comments that will go down in tennis history.” John Oakley, World of Tennis 1970, p86.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:18 PM
1970


Dates: Week of April 20
Site: Foro Italico, Rome

QF: Billie Jean King [1] d. Helga Masthoff 1-6 6-2 6-4

SF: King [1] d. Wade [4] 3-6 7-5 6-3

FI: Billie Jean King [1] d. Julie Heldman [2] 6-1 6-3

FI: Rosie Casals/Billie Jean King d. Francoise Durr/Virginia Wade 6-2, 3-6, 9-7

Billie Jean King won her first major clay court title aged 26. The semi-final against Wade, which ended 36 75 63, was played on Centre Court and enthralled the crowd. King saved two match points at 4-5 in the second set and at 5-6, the 12th game contained 21 deuces and lasted for 22 minutes. Wade saved 7 set points and held 16 game points. This was probably the longest game ever played between women. Earlier in that set, King saved three match points at 4-5.

King and Wade put on one of the greatest matches ever:

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:19 PM
1971


The women’s tournament was staged in collaboration with WCT, who ran the men’s event. There was only a draw of 16 for the women and the field was relatively weak. After years of providing the thrills and spills at the championships, Virginia Wade finally claimed victory, beating Niessen-Masthoff in the final for her most prestigious clay-court victory.

Summary by Andy T

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:19 PM
1972


Top-seeded defending champion Virgina Wade was the only big name in the draw but went out to Schildeknechkt-Orth 6-2 6-3 in the last 16. Third-seeded American Linda Tuero beat second-seeded Masthoff 7-5 0-6 6-2 in the semis and unseeded Olga Morozova in the final. This win is the highlight of Tuero's career. Her style could be classified as "human backboard"-rarely missing a shot.

Tuero's off court claim to fame was marrying author William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist


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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:19 PM
1973

The tournament was held after Roland Garros and, in the absence of French Open winner Margaret Court, the players she had beaten in the last two rounds in Paris, Evonne Goolagong and Chris Evert, occupied the top two seeding positions in their début year in Rome. Evert, having come so close in Paris and having beaten Evonne three times in succession, was the favourite. However, Evonne did not lose a set all tournament and inflicted a 76 60 defeat on Chrissie in 69 minutes. Evert led 3-1 in the first set but Evonne caught fire and lost just 11 points in the second set whitewash. Wade caused havoc again – refusing to shake hands with Marijke Schaar after her 1st rd victory and calling her a cheat. She lost to Kemmer in the 2nd round 64 16 75 after leading 54 in the third set.

A link to rare footage of the 1973 final:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVbXJ270HCY


Summary by Andy T

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:19 PM
1974

Chris Evert, 19, beat 17-year-old Martina Navratilova 63 63. Chris had dropped two sets en route to the title match. She was pushed to 4-4 in the third set by Maria Neumannova in an early round and beat Morozova 61 16 60 in the semi final. Navratilova reached the final with a 46 76 76 victory over Masthoff in 2 hours 45 minutes. The final set tie-break score was 14-12 and Martina won on her 8th match point, Masthoff having had two of her own. In keeping with tradition, Wade lost her temper and her quarter-final against Pat Walkden-Pretorius because the umpire was talking to a baseline judge on another court between rallies. Her 5-1 first set lead vanished as she lost 57 36.

Chris Evert in Rome

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:19 PM
1975

In the absence of King, Court and Goolagong, all playing Team Tennis in the States, Evert swept through the tournament majestically. She lost 13 games in 5 matches and clinched the title with a 1 & 0 humiliation of 2 seed Navratilova in the final in just 44 minutes. She said afterwards,“it must have been the worst that Martina has ever played against me”

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:20 PM
1976


With all the top players now committed to World Team Tennis, the European clay court season was left to the second tier. Mima Jausovec, #4 seed, beat Lesley Hunt #3 seed in the final. Top seeded Sue Barker fell 61 61 to Regina Marsikova in the quarters. Former champ Maria Bueno made her return to the Foro Italico but went out in the first round to Kathy Harter 26 64 62.

Summary by Andy T

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:20 PM
1977

Janet Newberry, who had ousted Navratilova in the 1r of the US Open on clay the previous September, survived the onslaught of the best East Europeans to lift the title. Seeded 5, she beat Neumannova, conqueror of top seed Jausovec, 26 64 61 and Tomanova 63 76 in the last two rounds.

Summary by Andy T

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:20 PM
1978


#3 seed Regina Marsikova won the title without the loss of a set, beating # 2 seed Ruzici in the final.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:21 PM
1979


With World Team Tennis having folded, the Italian Open had its strongest field for many years. Former champion Jausovec went out in the first round to Austin, and Newberry and Marsikova went out in the second round to Evert and Madruga respectively. Once again Ginny made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, going out to Iris Reidel-Kuhn in her opening match.

In her 125th consecutive clay court victory, Evert dropped a set to Ivanna Madruga in the qf.
At 46 62 42, she looked to be on her way to victory #126 against Tracy Austin but the sixteen year-old pulled back to force a tie-break, in which she opened up a 5-1 lead. Evert won the next three points to move within three points of victory but it was Austin who closed out the match after almost three hours of play, winning 64 26 76 (4). In the other half of the draw, unseeded Sylvia Hanika took out #4 Fromholtz 63 16 62 and #8 Goolagong 75 36 75 before surrendering to Austin 64 16 63 in the final.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:21 PM
1980


In the absence of defending champion Austin, Evert was restored to her throne as Queen of Italian Clay, beating Mandlikova 64 36 63 and Ruzici 57 62 62 to lift her third Italian title.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:21 PM
1981

Evert made it 4 titles with a 61 62 rout of Ruzici, the only other top claycourter in the draw, in the final.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:21 PM
1982

Evert took the title with a 60 63 drubbing of Mandlikova, who had been taken to three sets in her semi-final by 38 year-old Billie Jean King (36 61 63). Chris became the second woman to win three straight Italian Open titles. '79 finalist Hanika was beaten 60 06 63 by King in the quarter-finals.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:22 PM
1983

Dates: May 2-8
Site: Perugia, Italy
Prize Money: $150,000 (=to a current day Tier II event)
Draw=56

3R: Kathy Horvath (US) d Virginia Ruzici (Rom)[1] 7-6 6-4

QF: Horvath d. Christiane Jolissaint (Swt) 6-4 6-1
QF: Bonnie Gadusek (US)[4] d. Jo Durie (GB)[7] 6-2 6-3
QF: Andrea Temesvari (Hun) [3] d. Helena Sukova (Cz)[8] 6-4 6-1
QF: Kathy Rinaldi (US) [2] d. Laura Arraya (Per) 4-6 6-3 6-2

SF: Gadusek [4] d. Horvath 6-1 3-6 6-1
SF: Temesvari [3] d. Rinaldi [2] 6-0 6-0

FI: Andrea Temesvari [3] d. Bonnie Gadusek [4] 6-1 6-0

DF: Virginia Ruzici (Rom)/Virginia Wade (GB) d. Ivanna Madruga-Osses (Arg)/Catherine Tanvier (Frn) 6-3 2-6 6-1

Andrea Temesvari won her biggest title in devastating form. She beat Helena Sukova 6-1 6-0, Kathy Rinaldi 6-0 6-0 and Bonnie Gadusek 6-1 60 i-n the last three rounds. Andrea's mix of heavy hitting interspersed with net forays beats out her more cautious baseline sisters.

Early rounds saw #1 seed Ruzici fall to Horvath and #5 seed Evonne Goolagong default.


Andrea wearing her trademark headband. 1983 was her best year by far, as she won 3 titles and finished in the world top ten.

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:22 PM
1984


In a rain-drenched tournament which necessitated a late finish on the Monday, Chris Evert failed at the last hurdle to win a 6th Italian open title. On that final day, eventual champion Manuela Maleeva defeated in succession Ruzici 76 46 62 in a match that had spanned 4 days and Carling Bassett 62 62 before upsetting Evert 63 63. Evert, who had beaten Lisa Bonder 61 61 in the semi, was affected by the disrupted schedule and never got going in the final.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:23 PM
1985


A new location (Taranto) and a desultory $50K in prize money failed to attract any top players. The tournament saw its first Italian winner since the 1930s as Rafaella Reggi beat Vicky Nelson 64 64 in the final.

Raffa Reggi

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Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:23 PM
1986

The Italian Federation suspended the championships but a $75K Ellesse Grand Prix was held at Perugia in their stead. Nathalie Herreman defeated Csilla Bartos-Cserepy 62 64 in the final.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:23 PM
1987

1987 marked the return of the women to the Foro Italico for the first time since 1979 and all the top-ranked players in the world except Evert were there. The top 4 seeds made the semi finals: Graf (#1) beat Sukova (#3) 63 63 and Sabatini (#4) beat Navratilova (#2) 76 (2) 61. At the end of her match, Navratilova, who had led 5-2 with set point in the first set, collapsed in tears. In the final, Graf extended her h2h lead over Sabatini to 6-0 with a 75 46 60 victory in which she came back from 2-5 and set point down in the opening set. The Italian press cruelly cast Steffi in the role of the beast against Gaby’s beauty and Graf, offended, vowed not to return to the tournament.

A youtube link to the celebrated Sabatini-Navratilova semi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC1J7IsPNlk&feature=related

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:23 PM
1988

In her last Italian Open appearance, Evert was forced to default her 3r match against Helen Kelesi, who later beat Reggi in the qf and Sanchez in the sf. Evert made the headlines anyway, as she was received by the Pope at the Vatican. Sabatini emerged triumphant, beating Hanika, Wiesner and Kelesi.

Here are some pics of Gabriela Sabatini at the Italian Open, clearly her best tournament.
This is from around 1988 or 1989

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La Bella Gabriella

Thanks to Gabybackahnd for suplying the photo of Sabatini.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:24 PM
1989

The event suffered a major blow when Evert and Navratilova withdrew at the 11th hour, as both abandoned the entire clay court season. Manuela Maleeva was #2 but 4th seeded Sanchez pushed eventual champion Sabatini the hardest in a thrilling three-setter 62 57 64 and provided an inkling as to what would happen at Roland Garros later on.


Links to the final:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxO77dtKJcE
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcxA55j20hw&feature=relmfu
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAjTAszlEgY&feature=relmfu
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsapTP-tjls&feature=relmfu

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:24 PM
1990

Navratilova beat Martinez 62 60 (her only win over Conchita) and Sabatini 76 75 in the semi-final in a desperate bid to win a tournament that was missing from her list but was swept aside bt Seles 61 61 in final. Helen Kelesi beat Sanchez #3 64 75 in the third round and made the semis but lost 61 62 to Seles, who conceded just 14 games in 5 matches overall.

Youtube links:

Capriati vs Sabatini (QF) and Seles vs Kelesi in the semis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLakEq1CKYU&feature=relmfu

Seles d Kelesi and Navratilova vs Sabatini in the semis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6nao6yQp-s&feature=relmfu

A dramatic Navratilova-Sabatini semi at night in front of an excited crowd:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6nao6yQp-s&feature=relmfu

The final:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41sUURAXNWU&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj_YYMAawcU

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:24 PM
1991


Gabriela Sabatini probably played some of her best tennis at this event, and her game in the 1991 and 1992 finals is some of the best tennis she exhibited. She lost early in her last appearances in 1994 and 1995, but from 1987 to 1993, out of 7 events, she won four and reached two finals and a semi. Really impressive, considering she beat the number 1 player 3 times (1987 Navratilova and Seles in 1991 and 1992).

In 1991 her game was flawless, and these were her rivals and the scores:

1R: Gabriela Sabatini- (Arg)-bye

2R: Sabatini d Amanda Coetzer, Amanda (SA) 6-2 6-2

3R Sabatini: Nathalie Tauziat (Frn) 6-0 6-1

QF: Sabatini d Jennifer Capriati (UA) 6-0 6-2
QF: Conchita Martinez (Sp) d Martina Navratilova (US) [3] 6-3 6-2

SI: Sabatini d Conchita Martinez (Sp) 6-1 6-0

FI: Gabriela Sabatini (Arg) d Monica Seles (US) 6-3 6-2

Here is a youtube link to the final:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO7EmwnPDlc&feature=related
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These two from her win in 1991

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/images.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/GabyRomda91.jpg



Thanks to Gabybackhand for a lot of the summary for Sabatini and the pictures

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:24 PM
1992


Sabatini upset Seles 7-5 6-4 in the final to win the top prize. Like Bueno before her, Sabatini could draw comfort from her triumphs in Rome for her disappointments in Paris.

Youtube link to the final:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlOajxmrY-g&feature=relmfu
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iztro3oWVWM&feature=relmfu

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:24 PM
1993


Conchita Martinez beat Navratilova 61 64, MJ Fernandez 76 64 and Sabatini (who had taken out top seeded Sanchez 61 63 in the semis) to lift her first Italian title and take over from Sabatini as Queen of Italian Clay.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:24 PM
1994

Martinez defended her title in a tight two-set 76 (5) 64 victory over Navratilova in the latter’s last season. Navratilova thus ended her career without an Italian singles title to her name. Ironically, her 4th and last final at the age of 37, was the closest she ever got.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:25 PM
1995


Martinez upset two-seeded Pierce 63 63 in sf and top-seeded Sanchez 63 61 in an all-Spanish final to win her third consecutive title. Sabatini had gone out in the third round to Sukova 26 76 76. This was the last final show for Sanchez, who would end her career without a singles title at the Italian Open.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:25 PM
1996

Marked the return of Steffi Graf to Rome after a nine-year absence. It was not a happy one, however, as Steffi went out to Martina Hingis 26 62 63 in the quarters. Hingis made it all the way to the final but lost to Martinez 62 63, who set a tournament record with her fourth title in a row.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:25 PM
1997

Another returning champion, Monica Seles, was upset in the L16 by Mary Pierce 76 76. #2 seed Arantxa Sanchez lost 61 61 to Patti Schnyder in the qf. Pierce ended the reign of Martinez with a 64 60 final victory.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:25 PM
1998


Hingis won what was to be her most important clay court title over Venus Williams 63 26 63. Venus beat sister Serena in the quarters 64 62. The third round had seen the eliminations of Martinez by Serena 62 62 and Monica Seles by Sandrine Testud.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:26 PM
1999

In a reversal of fortunes, Venus Williams beat top-seeded defending champion Martina Hingis 64 16 64 in the semis and Mary Pierce 64 62 to clinch her most prestigious clay court title to date. Hingis beat Serena 62 62 in the quarters.

Venus victorious:

http://www.monoli.com/tennis/rome99/rome995.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:26 PM
2000


Ten years after winning her first Italian title, Seles won her most important title since the Australian Open of 1996, beating Mauresmo 62 76 in the final. Seles was only seeded 5 but the top 4 had all crashed out: Davenport defaulted to Casoni in the 3R, Tauziat (#2) went out to Zuluaga, Venus Williams (3) lost to Dokic and Pierce lost to Maursmo in the third round.


Seles wins ten years after first victory at the Foro
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AF6nPMD6X_Y/TSXGuP8VJqI/AAAAAAAAA3s/_u-Tyagihd4/s1600/Monica-Seles-Grand-Slam-tennis-.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:26 PM
2001

Jelena Dokic, world ranked #23, won her first ever tournament and what is still her biggest title defeating Martinez and Mauresmo in the last two rounds.

Dokic's biggest year and title
http://jelenadokic.net/wp-content/uploads/1999/01/2001ItalianOpen.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:26 PM
2002

Serena Williams joined her sister on the roll of honour, beating Capriati in sf and Justine Hénin in the final for her first clay court title.

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:26 PM
2003

Kim Clijsters beat Amélie Mauresmo, who had put out Serena Williams, coming back and winning 7 straight games and the second set tie-break from 36 56 in the final. The Frenchwoman is thus a three-time losing finalist, one short of Navratilova’s record 4 defeats without a victory.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b315/bram_born84/13_Rome_2003.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:27 PM
2004

The Italian Open celebrates its diamond jubilee.

At last-Amelie wins in Rome in her 4th final

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sites/default/files/editorial/images/spotted/57/576463.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:27 PM
2005


Repetez Amelie!

http://images.starpulse.com/Photos/pv/Amelie%20Mauresmo-5.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:27 PM
2006


Martina Hingis

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/images/2006/05/22/20060522_s4.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:28 PM
2007

http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/jelena-jankovic-rome-tennis-masters-rome-italy-may-20-2007-0vQyj2.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:40 PM
2008


http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/jelena-jankovic-sony-ericsson-wta-tour-2008-rome-final-match-0bUmBt.jpg

Amelie at the Foro in 2008

http://www.blogquotidiani.net/tennis/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/amelie-al-foro-italico.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:40 PM
2009


Dates: May 3-9
Site: The Foro Italico in Rome
Prize Money: $2,000,000 (a Tier I event)
Draw=56

Dinara Safina-2009 winner in Rome
http://ph.cdn.photos.upi.com/sv/ph/UPI-60331241901010/7338be5e4cb75274b92e5706637da4e1/Safina-wins-Italian-Open-tennis-event.jpg

2R: Patty Schnyder (Swt) d Serena Williams (US) [2] 6-2 2-6 6-1

QF: Dinara Safina (Rus) [1] d Maria Jose Martinez (Sp) 4-6 6-3 6-0
QF: Venus Williams (US)[4] d Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol)[10] 6-1 6-2
QF: Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) [7] d Jelena Jankovic (Ser)[3] 6-1 7-6 (7-3)
QF: Vika Azarenka (Byl) [6] d Kaia Kanepi (Est) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3

SF: Safina d V Williams [4] 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-4
SF: Kuznetsova [7] d Azarenka [6] 6-2 6-4

FI: Dinara Safina [1] d Svetlana Kuznetsova [7] 6-3 6-2

DF: Su-Wei Hsieh/ Shaui Peng [7] d Daniela Hantuchova/Ai Sugiyama [5] 7-6 7-6 (7-5)

Earlu upsets included defending chmap Jankovic, who was blown off the court by Kuznetsova, and Serena Williams, who fell to wily lefty Patty Schnyder.

Safina has had to work to get to this week's final, including a quarterfinal match in which she was down a set and 1-3 in the second before reeling off 11 straight games. That same resilience was needed against the fourth-seeded Williams before Safina finished off a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-4 match that took more than three hours.

"I think (Friday's) match really helped me to push myself to play my best," Safina said, referencing her win over American Venus Williams. "I think I played one of my best matches (Friday). I didn't want to have a reputation that I'm losing finals."

This was Safina's first 2009 title after going 0-3 in previous finals this year. Safina easily avenged her loss to Kuznetsova the week before in Stuttgart. The world #1 rose to 10-10 all-time in finals and is 8-5 against Kuznetsova.

Her victory was worth $350,000.


"I couldn't find the solution today," Kuznetsova said. "I couldn't play my game at all. I made too many unforced errors."

Dinara with her trophy

http://idasq.com/images/2009/05/09/91864.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:41 PM
2010

A surprise winner: Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR3Vox03u-r2vYglKnqwaa5MTZGCdrrh1pzkMmsYU_r3N-R9ndz

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:41 PM
2011


A link to the final on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUmN3PhPdac

http://cdn.newtennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/sharapova.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:41 PM
2012


http://cdn.newtennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Sharapova-beats-Li-Na-to-retain-Italian-Open-title-2.jpg

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:42 PM
2013

Rollo
Apr 4th, 2012, 10:42 PM
2014

newmark401
Apr 5th, 2012, 12:51 PM
Might it be possible to add to the results the nationalities of the overseas players who took part in the Italian Championships/Italian Open?
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Rollo
Apr 5th, 2012, 03:20 PM
Might it be possible to add to the results the nationalities of the overseas players who took part in the Italian Championships/Italian Open?


Good idea. I added nationalities in the first post. Also added other information about most titles, etc.

I also added information for 1930 and 1931, a picture that I think is from 1935 (if anyone has the exact date that would be great!)

Over the next couple of months I'll add in all the results from the QF on. I have a book on the event in Italian that provides thumbnail results.

Any contributions are welcome:)

gabybackhand
Apr 5th, 2012, 07:51 PM
This is a GREAT thread, thank for posting it! Also the one about Stuttgart-Filderstadt!

djul14
Apr 5th, 2012, 08:25 PM
This is a GREAT thread, thank for posting it! Also the one about Stuttgart-Filderstadt!

Huge +1 (the 2 threads);)

Rollo
Apr 5th, 2012, 11:57 PM
Thank you both:)

Added in youtube links to the 1990 event. Lots of Capriati, Seles, Navratilova, Sabatini, and a rare look at Kelesi in action.

Does anyone have pictures of Gaby from the Italian?

gabybackhand
Apr 6th, 2012, 04:07 PM
I watched some of those matches from 1990, and yeah, it's interesting stuff about the fiery Canadian :lol: Martina was on against Gaby, who also had an apparently very enjoyable match against a very young Jennifer (not that Gaby was old either, she was still 19 then!).
I have some pics of Gaby in different years at the Italian, do you want me to post them on the respective years posts?

Rollo
Apr 6th, 2012, 08:42 PM
I watched some of those matches from 1990, and yeah, it's interesting stuff about the fiery Canadian :lol: Martina was on against Gaby, who also had an apparently very enjoyable match against a very young Jennifer (not that Gaby was old either, she was still 19 then!).
I have some pics of Gaby in different years at the Italian, do you want me to post them on the respective years posts?

Yes, what a temper she had-LOL

Please DO post those Gaby pics. If you post them in here I will add them to the right year and credit them to you.

Thanks!:)

gabybackhand
Apr 6th, 2012, 08:51 PM
1991

Sabatini defeated Martinez 61 62 and Seles 63 62 to win her third title. Navratilova, the 3rd seed, was thwarted by Martinez 63 64 in the quarters.

I want to mention that Gabriela Sabatini probably played some of her best tennis at this event, and her game in the 1991 and 1992 finals is some of the best tennis I've ever seen. She lost early in her last appearances in 1994 and 1995, but from 1987 to 1993, out of 7 events, she won four and reached two finals and a semi. Really impressive, considering she beat the number 1 player 3 times (1987 Navratilova and Seles in 1991 and 1992).
In 1991 her game was flawless, and these were her rivals and the scores:
R64 BYE
R32 Coetzer, Amanda (RSA) 6-2 6-2
R16 Tauziat, Nathalie (FRA) 6-0 6-1
Q Capriati, Jennifer (USA) 6-0 6-2
S Martinez, Conchita (ESP) 6-1 6-0
F Seles, Monica (USA) 6-3 6-2

Rollo
Apr 7th, 2012, 05:28 PM
I want to mention that Gabriela Sabatini probably played some of her best tennis at this event, and her game in the 1991 and 1992 finals is some of the best tennis I've ever seen. She lost early in her last appearances in 1994 and 1995, but from 1987 to 1993, out of 7 events, she won four and reached two finals and a semi. Really impressive, considering she beat the number 1 player 3 times (1987 Navratilova and Seles in 1991 and 1992).
In 1991 her game was flawless, and these were her rivals and the scores:
R64 BYE
R32 Coetzer, Amanda (RSA) 6-2 6-2
R16 Tauziat, Nathalie (FRA) 6-0 6-1
Q Capriati, Jennifer (USA) 6-0 6-2
S Martinez, Conchita (ESP) 6-1 6-0
F Seles, Monica (USA) 6-3 6-2

Thanks GB. I incorporated a lot of this post in the 1991 section.

Also added results for 1935 and positively IDed the picture as the Valerio-Aussem semi from 1935.

gabybackhand
Apr 8th, 2012, 05:35 AM
Here are some pics of Gabriela Sabatini at the Italian Open, clearly her best tournament.
This is from around 1988 or 1989

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/BeqyeBgBmkKGrHqYH-CYErgL0g66BK-KuR2BO_35.jpg

These two from her win in 1991

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/images.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/GabyRomda91.jpg

And two from 2008 (to see the former champion "aging"); I know it was the men's event, but Djokovic was so funny that day:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/Copiade2504463041_5844fc66fa_b.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/Copiade2505286526_b96a4c6293_b.jpg

DennisFitz
Apr 8th, 2012, 06:24 AM
1994

Martinez defended her title in a tight two-set 76 (5) 64 victory over Navratilova in the latter’s last season. Navratilova thus ended her career without an Italian singles title to her name. Ironically, her 4th and last final at the age of 37, was the closest she ever got.

I always felt that those 4 career Italian Open wins by Martinez over Navratilova, especially the 1994 one, were big reasons why Conchita beat Martina at Wimbledon in 1994. It may seem strange that clay court wins would inspire grass court wins. But Conchita had a 4-1 career edge over Martina at the time of their Wimbledon final. So she had little memory of losing to Martina. Plus, Martina was the heavy favorite in the Wimbledon match, so Conchita must have been even looser.

Despite her loopy strokes and reluctance to come to the net, Conchita had some natural grass court weapons. Her serve would stay low, and she could use her slice backhand effectively on grass.

slightly off topic, but Conchita's win at Wimbledon in 1994 somewhat mirrors what Kvitova did at Wimbledon in 2011. In both cases, the Wimbledon champs lost a close to semi to the eventual champ the year prior to winning their first major, surprising a former champ in the final.

Interesting that 4 time champs Conchita and Gabby were so successful in Rome, but couldn't parlay that success into wins in Paris. Oh well, they'll always have Rome!!

nat75
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:03 PM
Here are some pics of Gabriela Sabatini at the Italian Open, clearly her best tournament.
This is from around 1988 or 1989

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/BeqyeBgBmkKGrHqYH-CYErgL0g66BK-KuR2BO_35.jpg

These two from her win in 1991

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/images.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/GabyRomda91.jpg

And two from 2008 (to see the former champion "aging"); I know it was the men's event, but Djokovic was so funny that day:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/Copiade2504463041_5844fc66fa_b.jpg

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c48/freespirit1975/Copiade2505286526_b96a4c6293_b.jpg

The grin on Nole's face was priceless. :lol:

gabybackhand
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:14 AM
Yeah! He looked so awkwardly male, I mean, classic boyish when close to a gorgeous woman, older than him besides. It was really funny, and Gabriela laughed heartily!

thrust
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:55 AM
Yeah! He looked so awkwardly male, I mean, classic boyish when close to a gorgeous woman, older than him besides. It was really funny, and Gabriela laughed heartily!

Gabriela was indeed gorgeous! One of the prettiest tennis players ever, with a game to match. Her Wimbledon finals loss to Graf was one of the saddest days of my life -LOL!!

thrust
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:59 AM
The clay courts of the Italian were faster than Roland Garros, which helped players like: Turner, Martinez, Serena and even Sampras.

Rollo
Apr 14th, 2012, 08:50 PM
I posted your pictures Gabybackand. Thank you!

Also posted QF results and a picture of 1932 champ Ida Adamoff.

Rollo
Apr 27th, 2012, 08:35 PM
Updated through the 1930s. The next post will be from 1950

Rollo
May 1st, 2012, 04:37 PM
1950 added. I was sadly unable to find a pic of Annalisa Bossi (or Annalies, Annalise, etc).

Rollo
May 9th, 2012, 12:01 AM
1951 added.

also added a pic of Mauresmo from 2008 and pictures of the statues at the Foro Italico

ugarte
May 12th, 2012, 03:26 PM
Hi Rollo

I Have These Results

1931

Sf
Lucia Valerio D Rosie Berthet 6/3-4/6-6/4
Dorothy Andrus D Giulia Grioni 6/2-2/6-6/2

She Is Maria Covi

ugarte
May 12th, 2012, 03:27 PM
1932

Sf
Lucia Valerio D Cilly Aussem 3/6-8/6-6/2
Ida Adamoff D Marie Louise Horn 6/3-7/5

ugarte
May 12th, 2012, 03:30 PM
1933

Sf
Elizabeth Ryan D Lucia Valerio 6/2-6/4
Ida Adamoff D Elsa Riboli 6/1-6/2

ugarte
May 12th, 2012, 03:33 PM
1935

1 Round
Susan Noel D Jacqueline Horner 6/1-6/1

2 Round
Susan Noel D Lolette Payot 6/0-3/6-6/2

1/4f
Lucia Valerio D Ida Adamoff 9/7-6/3
Cilly Aussem D Jacqueline Goldschmidt 1/6-7/5-7/5
Jadwiga Jedrzejowska D Susan Noel 10/8-6/2
Hilde Sperling D Nancy Lyle 6/3-6/2

Sf
L Valerio D C Aussem 6/4-6/4
H Sperling D J Jedrzejowska 6/1-6/4

ugarte
May 12th, 2012, 03:34 PM
1930

Sf
Lily De Alvarez D Maud Rosenbaum Levi 6/2-6/1
Lucia Valerio D Anna Luzzatti W.0

Rollo
May 16th, 2012, 08:33 PM
Thanks Ugarte!

I added in your scores and the fact that the meana and women are playing a combined event here for the 1st time since 1978.

alfajeffster
May 17th, 2012, 06:05 AM
Thanks Ugarte!

I added in your scores and the fact that the meana and women are playing a combined event here for the 1st time since 1978.

1978, the year I was born! How nice of you to include it in your posts, Rollo!

Rollo
May 17th, 2012, 03:23 PM
1978, the year I was born! How nice of you to include it in your posts, Rollo!

Anytime youngster!;)

Rollo
May 30th, 2012, 09:20 PM
Added youtube links for 1987, 1991, and 1992 featuring Navratilova, Sabatini, and Seles.

And links for 1989 (Sabatini vs Sanchez) and a brief clip of 1983!

Jimbo found a great link to Italian results. I'll be gradually adding those in.

Rollo
Jul 18th, 2012, 04:50 PM
Added results for 1962 and a ton of images I found-even one of Mo Connolly winning in 1954! My favorites though are of the dynamic duo of Pericoli and Lazzarino, the twin terrors of the Foro.

tennisvideos
Jul 19th, 2012, 02:42 PM
1959

18 year-old Christine Truman lost just 8 points in the first set and 11 in the second in a final rout of Sandra Reynolds en route to her first major international title. She went on to win at Roland Garros. Reynolds had beaten holder Maria Bueno 46 75 63 in a thrilling semi-final.

At the Foro Italico in 1959. Lea Pericoli
http://www.comune.torino.it/archiviostorico/mostre/antologia_immagini_2004/img/gdp-sport-11.jpg

Fantastic pic! I would have loved to have seen Pericoli play ... and playing doubles with Sylvana! Would remind me of myself against a lot of the S&V players I compete against :)

gabybackhand
Jul 19th, 2012, 06:53 PM
FANTASTIC pic!

Rollo
Sep 8th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Added 1966 with a pic of Ann Jones

Jimbo109
Jan 22nd, 2013, 08:54 AM
1950 added. I was sadly unable to find a pic of Annalisa Bossi (or Annalies, Annalise, etc).

here there is a photo, just taken at Roma 1950
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annalisa_Bossi

samn
Jan 22nd, 2013, 01:02 PM
Some photos of recent Italian Open champions

Venus Williams in 1999

http://www.monoli.com/tennis/rome99/rome995.jpg


Monica Seles in 2000

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AF6nPMD6X_Y/TSXGuP8VJqI/AAAAAAAAA3s/_u-Tyagihd4/s1600/Monica-Seles-Grand-Slam-tennis-.jpg


Jelena Dokic in 2001

http://jelenadokic.net/wp-content/uploads/1999/01/2001ItalianOpen.jpg


Serena Williams in 2002

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/2002/05/19/italian_open_sunday_ap/lg_williams_ap-01.jpg


Kim Clijsters in 2003

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b315/bram_born84/13_Rome_2003.jpg


Amelie Mauresmo in 2004

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sites/default/files/editorial/images/spotted/57/576463.jpg


Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in 2010

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR3Vox03u-r2vYglKnqwaa5MTZGCdrrh1pzkMmsYU_r3N-R9ndz


Maria Sharapova in 2011 with runner-up Samantha Stosur

http://cdn.newtennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/sharapova.jpg


Maria Sharapova in 2012 with runner-up Li Na

http://cdn.newtennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Sharapova-beats-Li-Na-to-retain-Italian-Open-title-2.jpg

Rollo
Jan 22nd, 2013, 02:02 PM
Thank you both gentlemen! I will add these soon.:worship:

samn
Jan 22nd, 2013, 02:22 PM
Some more.

Amelie Mauresmo in 2005

http://images.starpulse.com/Photos/pv/Amelie%20Mauresmo-5.jpg


Martina Hingis in 2006

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/images/2006/05/22/20060522_s4.jpg


Jelena Jankovic in 2007

http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/jelena-jankovic-rome-tennis-masters-rome-italy-may-20-2007-0vQyj2.jpg


Jelena Jankovic in 2008

http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/jelena-jankovic-sony-ericsson-wta-tour-2008-rome-final-match-0bUmBt.jpg


Dinara Safina in 2009

http://idasq.com/images/2009/05/09/91864.jpg

Jimbo109
Feb 6th, 2013, 03:57 PM
1950 added. I was sadly unable to find a pic of Annalisa Bossi (or Annalies, Annalise, etc).

I have found other 2 photos, taken October 1940
http://pallas.cegesoma.be/pls/opac/opac.search?lan=E&seop=6&sele=51&sepa=16&doty=&sest=tennis--allemagne&chna=&senu=198540&rqdb=1&dbnu=1
http://pallas.cegesoma.be/pls/opac/opac.search?lan=E&seop=6&sele=51&sepa=5&doty=&sest=tennis--allemagne&chna=&senu=198528&rqdb=1&dbnu=1

Rollo
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:24 PM
Pictures all added in-thanks as always!:worship: