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Old Jul 26th, 2004, 10:13 AM   #15
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66. Rosemary "Rosie" Casals
GS titles won: W- D- 1967, 68, 70, 71, 73; M- 1970, 72; U- D- 1967, 71, 74, 82; M-1975

Part of one of the all-time great doubles teams, partnering Billie Jean King. She also was one of the main players who joined King on the new women's tour in 1970, placing her own grand slam career in jeopardy.

67. Post-war pre-Open era GS champions
Beryl Penrose (A- S-1955; D- 1954, 55; M-1956); Mary Carter Reitano (A- S- 1956, 59; D-1961); Joyce Fitch (A-D-1946); Mary Bevis (A-D-1946); Julie Sampson (A- D-1953; M-1953); Mary Hawton (A- D- 1954-6, 58; M-1958); Sandra Reynolds Price (A- D-1959; M-1959; F- D- 1959, 61, 62); Robyn Ebbern (A- D- 1962, 63; U-D-1963); Carole Caldwell Graebner (A-D-1966; U-D-1965); Karen Krantzcke (A-D-1968); Patricia Canning Todd (F- S-1947; D-1948; M-1948; W-D-1947); Nelly Adamson Landry (F-S-1948); Shirley Bloomer Brasher (F- S-1957; D-1957; M-1958); Suzi Kormoczy (F-S-1958); Beverly Baker Fleitz (F-D-1955); Angela Buxton (F-D-1956; W-D-1956); Rosie Reyes (F-D-1958); Yola Ramirez (F- D-1958; M-1959); Sheila Summers (F- M- 1947, 49; W-M-1949); Barbara Sudfield (F-M-1950); Vera Puzejova Sukova (F-M-1957); Annette van Zyl du Plooy (F-M-1966); Anne Shilcock (W-D-1955); Jeanne Arth (W-D-1959; U- D- 1958, 59); Lorraine Coghlan (W-M-1958); Karen Hantze Susman (W-S-1962; D- 1961, 62; U-D-1964); Donna Floyd Fales (U-M-1966)

68. Sarah Virginia Wade
GS titles won: A- S-1972; D-1973; F-D-1973; W-S-1977; U- S-1968; D- 1973, 75

Last great British player, and last to win a GS singles title. Played a record 24 consecutive Wimbledon main draws.

69. The original tennis "Super 9"
When the Open era began, not surprisingly the prize money at tournaments was slanted in favor of the men. In contrast to what was going on in society at large, tennis proceeded to move away from equalty instead of toward it. By the 1970 US Open, where they were only receiving 1/3rd of what the men were, several prominent women were speaking out. They even threatened a boycott of the upcoming Pacific Southwest Open, where chauvanistic promoter Jack Kramer was offering the women about 1/10th what the men got (and said they were lucky to get that much). As expected, the women got zero support from the men. Even Arthur Ashe, in a moment he later regretted, said that no one would pay to see the women, and women's tennis would fade away.

So it came to pass that a group of women, led by Bilie Jean King, broke away to play their own tournaments, and form what would become the WTA Tour. The original "Super 9" were: Peaches Bartkowitz, Rosie Casals, Judy Dalton, Julie Heldman, Billie Jean King, Kerry Melville, Kristy Pigeon, Nancy Richey, and Valerie Ziegenfuss. These 9 were immediately suspended by the Lawn Tennis associations, and hence banned from participating in slams. But they were willing to sacrifice that in order to build a better tour for women players.

70. Gladys Heldman
When the "Super 9" women decided to break away, they got help administering the new venture from World Tennis publisher Gladys Heldman. She used her contacts to acquire sponsorship and venues for the initial tournaments and the subsequent tour. Having such a prominent ally on board gave the fledgling tour a good jump start.

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