Re: New South Wales Championships
1966-67 (Nov 1966).
L16 G. Sherriff d. E. Goolagong 6-2 6-3
L16 Meryl Jones d. R. Casals (66 YER 9) 6-1 7-5
QF Lesley Turner d. Gail Sherriff 6-1 6-1
QF Elizabeth Fenton d. Meryl Jones 6-2 3-6 6-3
QF Kerry Melville (66 YER 10) d. Judy Tegart 6-2 6-3
QF Karen Krantzcke d. Françoise Durr (66 YER 8) 6-3 6-2
SF Lesley Turner d. Elizabeth Fenton 6-1 6-3
SF Kerry Melville d. Karen Krantzcke 2-6 6-3 6-4
F Lesley Turner beat Kerry Melville-Reid 68 97 63.
Lesley Turner finally wins Sydney! Evonne Goolagong made her début at the NSW championships aged just 15 and beat #4 foreign seed Evelyne Terras 60 60 in round of 32 before losing to Gail Sherriff 26 36 in the last 16. In her autobiography, “Home” (p 119) Evonne quotes an account by Alan Clarkson, a reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald, of her quarter final match:
“The scores did not give a true indication of the tenseness and closeness of the match. Miss Sherriff, who has a forehand as if she was cracking her worst enemy, unleashed her power-laden shots in an effort to knock her younger opponent off the court. Miss Goolagong relished the pace and put the ball back with equal ferocity… and often out of the older girl’s reach.”