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Sydney Tournament History: 121 years old this year!

The New South Wales Championships is among the oldest surviving tournaments on the international circuit – including Grand Slam events - and in 2005 celebrated its 120th birthday. From the mid 1885 to 1922, when the National Championships ceased to be a men-only event, the NSW and Victorian Championships (which began in 1884 but ceased to exist in 1971, since when the titles have been awarded to the winner of the Australian Open) were the leading events for Australian women. In fact, their status remained sufficiently high for Adrian Quist to write in the 1973 Encyclopedia of Tennis (edited by Max Robertson, p. 201) that from “an Australian viewpoint, the Championships of New South Wales (Sydney) and Victoria (Melbourne) carry almost the same prestige as the national titles.”

Traditionally held on the grass courts at White City in Sydney, they have been interrupted just once, from 1941-44 during WWII. In 1989, the surface switched to Rebound Ace, to bring the event in line with the surface used at the Australian Open at Flinders Park and at the turn of the millennium, the tournament left White City for the NSW tennis centre at Homebush Bay, which had been constructed for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With Kuznetsova slated to play in the 2006 tournament, from what I can see, every winner of a grand slam tournament between Wimbledon 1958 and the US Open 2005 with two exceptions Karen Hantze-Susman, the Wimbledon Champion of 1962 who never played in Australia, and 2004 Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova has graced the tournament, though Tracy Austin only played doubles there once.

In the years before 1958, the roll of honour of the championships contains few foreigners and it took 49 years (1934) before Britain’s Dorothy Round became the first foreign winner. She remained the only non-Australian champion until Americans Doris Hart (1948) and Maureen Connolly (1952) came along after World War II. Nevertheless, virtually all the leading Australians, Margaret Molesworth (1919, 21), Sylvia Lance-Harper (1924,28), Daphne Akhurst (1929), Esna Boyd (1923, 26, 27), Joan Hartigan (1933), Beryl Penrose-Collier (1954), Thelma Coyne-Long (1935, 38, 40, 51, 53) and Nancye Wynne Bolton (1936, 37, 39, 45, 46, 47), appear on the roll of honour.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, doubtless due to a combination of Australian domination of men’s tennis raising the prestige of the Australian circuit and the rise in popularity of women’s tennis, the number of foreign competitors on the Australian circuit slowly began to increase. The following is a brief journey through the history of the New South Wales Championships from 1955-2005. As the Australian summer spans the turn of the year, I’ve used both years to show the season and then, when known, given the month the event took place. I’ve also noted the year-end ranking of the players (Lance Tingay’s top 10 until 1974 and then those of the WTA computer) to give an idea about the strength of the field.

Many thanks are due to Chris for some of the pre-final results pre 1967 and to AndrewTas for the full roll of honour he has compiled. If anyone can fill in any of the missing SF and QF results, that’d be great.

1955-56

SF Mary Bevis-Hawton AUS bt
SF Mary Carter-Reitano AUS bt

F Mary Bevis-Hawton AUS beat Mary Carter-Reitano AUS 9-7 9-7

1956-57 (December 1956)

SF Althea Gibson USA bt
SF Shirley Fry USA bt

F Althea Gibson (56 YER 2) bt Shirley Fry (56 YER 1) 10-8 6-2

The world’s top two players duel for the crown at White City.

1957-58 (December 1957)

SF Angela Mortimer GBR d. Mary Bevis-Hawton AUS
SF Lorraine Coghlan AUS d.

F. Lorraine Coghlan bt Angela Mortimer 64 10-8

Mortimer would go on to finish the 57-8 season ranked #7 in the world.

1958-59 (December 1958)

SF Renée Schuurman RSA bt
SF Jan Lehane AUS bt

F. Renée Schuurman beat Jan Lehane 62 46 64

Renée Schuurman upstages her South African doubles partner Sandra Reynolds by lifting the title.

1959-60 (December 1959)

L16 Mary Carter-Reitano d. Margaret Smith 6-3 3-6 6-4

QF M. Bueno BRA (59 YER 1) d. Mrs Beverley Rae AUS 6-3 7-5
QF J. Lehane AUS d. Mimi Arnold USA 4-6 7-5 6-2
QF Mary Carter-Reitano AUS d. Margaret Hellyer AUS 6-0 6-0
QF Beryl Penrose-Collier AUS d. Faye Muller AUS 6-3 6-4

SF Jan Lehane beat Maria Bueno 62 46 63
SF Mary Reitano d. Beryl Penrose-Collier 6-4 6-2

F Jan Lehane AUS beat Mary Carter-Reitano AUS 63 36 62,

Aussie junior upsets world #1 Bueno and defending Australian Nationals champion Reitano en route to victory. This may have been 17-year-old Margaret Smith’s début year at the tournament.

1960-1961 (January 1961)

QF Margaret Smith AUS d. Mary Bevis-Hawton AUS 6-1 6-0
QF Mary Reitano AUS d. Noelene Turner AUS 6-2 3-6 6-1
QF Lesley Turner AUS d. Lorraine Coghlan-Robinson AUS 6-4 6-4
QF Jan Lehane AUS (60 YER 8) d. Mrs. M. Pratt AUS 6-1 6-3

SF Margaret Smith d. Mary Carter-Reitano 4-6 6-2 6-2
SF Jan Lehane d. Lesley Turner 6-0 6-1

F Jan Lehane AUS beat Margaret Smith AUS 61 63

Lehane drops only 9 games in the last three rounds to retain the NSW crown.

1961-1962 (December 1961)

QF Margaret Smith AUS (61 YER 4) bt Madonna Schacht AUS 64 64
QF Robyn Ebbern AUS bt Jan Lehane AUS retired
QF Lesley Turner AUS bt Mary Reitano AUS 63 62
QF Darlene Hard USA (61 YER 2) bt Fay Toyne AUS 61 62.

SF Margaret Smith beat Robyn Ebbern 61 62 (or 86 60)
SF Darlene Hard beat Lesley Turner (86 60 according to Court’s autobiography)

F Margaret Smith (61 YER 4) beat Darlene Hard (61 YER 2) 62 61

Margaret Smith wins the first of 5 consecutive NSW titles, a joint record with R. Payten (1900-1904). She recalls the final match in her autobiography “The Margaret Smith Story” p65 as follows: “She attacked the ball with more zest than she had done in either of our earlier matches and I relished the chance to swap shots with her. I broke her first serve of the match to lead 2-0 and when I took the set 6-2 I again felt that I had her measure. In the second set I dropped my serve for the first time in the third game as Darlene unleashed several well-executed ground shots but after that reverse I seemed to play even better than in the first set and took it 6-1.

We shook hands in silence at the net and gathered up our racquets and handbags and walked off the court. As we walked through the familiar exit fromp the centre court and out towards the dressing room Darlene was met by several friends and I was surprised to overhear her say in rather annoyed tones: ‘Wait till I get her on my courts back in the States.’”

1962-63 (November 1962)

QF Margaret Smith AUS (62 YER 1) d. Rita Bentley GBR 6-1 6-2
QF Jan Lehane AUS d Elizabeth. Starkie GBR 6-3 6-1
QF Christine Truman GBR d. Judy Tegart AUS 6-1 6-3
QF Lesley Turner AUS (62 YER 7) d. Robyn Ebbern AUS 7-5 4-6 6-4

SF Margaret Smith d. Jan Lehane 7-5 6-2
SF Lesley Turner d. Christine Truman 6-2 7-5

F Margaret Smith beat Lesley Turner 86 62

The touring British contingent is no match for the top Australian trio.

1963-64 (November 1963)

QF Margaret Smith AUS (63 YER 1) d. Madonna Schacht AUS 6-0 6-4
QF Lesley Turner AUS (63 YER 2) d. Kaye Dening AUS 6-3 3-6 6-1
QF Judy Tegart AUS d. Helen Gourlay AUS 6-4 6-1
QF Jan Lehane AUS (63 YER 7) d. Joan Gibson AUS 6-0 6-3

SF Margaret Smith d. Lesley Turner 6-1 6-1
SF Judy Tegart d. Jan Lehane 7-5 2-6 6-1


F Margaret Smith beat Judy Tegart 61 63

Smith and Turner, acknowledged as the world’s top 2 in Lance Tingay’s annual rankings, meet in the semi-finals as Smith concedes a mere 10 games in the last three rounds. The last 8 are all Australians for the last time in history.

1964-65 (23-29 November 1964)
QF M. Smith (64 YER 1) d. J. Gibson 6-3 6-2
QF J. Tegart d. R. Ebbern 1-6 6-4 6-1
QF B. J. Moffitt (64 YER 7) d. M. Schacht 6-4 6-2
QF L. Turner (64 YER 3) d. G. Sherriff 6-2 8-6

SF Smith d. Tegart 6-3 4-6 6-4
SF Billie Jean Moffitt-King USA beat Lesley Turner AUS 64 63

F Margaret Smith beat Billie Jean King 64 63.

Billie Jean, on her first visit down under, is the only foreigner in the last eight.

1965-66 (November 1965)

SF Margaret Smith AUS (65 YER 1) beat Carole Caldwell-Graebner USA (65 YER 9)
SF Nancy Richey USA (65 YER 8) beat ?

F Margaret Smith beat Nancy Richey 62 62

Lesley Turner (65 YER 3) also participated.

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.”

1967-68 (16-26 November 1967)

QF Judy Tegart AUS (67 YER 10) beat BJ King USA (67 YER 1) 63 79 60
QF Kathy Harter USA bt Lesley Turner AUS (67 YER 5) 64 64
QF Kerry Melville AUS (67 YER 9) bt Karen Krantzcke AUS 8-10 11-9 6-3
QF Margaret Smith-Court AUS bt Rosie Casals (67 YER 6) AUS 63 61

SF Margaret Court beat Kathy Harter 62 63
SF Judy Tegart beat Kerry Melville 46 86 86

F Judy Tegart beat Margaret Smith-Court in a walkover in the final.

There was a very strong field, containing half of the world’s top 10 plus unranked Margaret Court, playing in her first tournament in 15 months, in an event which had many surprises but no climax. Court claims in her autobiography that rain forced the postponement of the match and that she and Judy played the decider later and that she won but no record has been found of this, to my knowledge, and Tegart is credited with the win by default.

1968-69 (Jan 1969)

L16: Evonne Goolagong lost to Ann Jones 62 61.

QF Margaret Court AUS (68 YER 5) beat Lesley Turner AUS (68 YER 9) 61 61
QF Rosie Casals USA (68 YER 10) beat Karen Krantzcke AUS 62 64
QF Billie Jean King USA (68 YER 1) bt Judy Tegart AUS (68 YER 7) 63 62
QF Kerry Melville AUS beat Ann Jones GBR (68 YER 6) 57 64 86.

SF Margaret Court beat Kerry Melville 63 60
SF Rosie Casals beat Billie Jean King 63 57 75

F Margaret Court beat Rosie Casals 61 62

In a top-class field, Court shows that she is back at the top after a mediocre 1968 season. Rosie enjoys a rare win over Billie Jean but can only claim three games from Madge.

1969 -1970 (16-22 March 1970)

L16 Evonne Goolagong lost 26 36 to Françoise Durr.

QF Billie Jean King USA (69 YER 3) beat Winnie Shaw GBR 64 75
QF Virginia Wade GBR (69 YER 9) bt Françoise Durr FRA 64 63
QF Rosie Casals USA (69 YER 6) bt Wendy Gilchrist AUS 46 63 61
QF Margaret Court AUS (69 YER 1) beat Karen Krantzcke AUS 62 62

SF Billie Jean King beat Virginia Wade 63 63
SF Margaret Court beat Rosie Casals 61 64

F Billie Jean King beat Margaret Court 62 46 63

The NSW state titles were awarded jointly with the Australian Open title, played at White City. However, an open tournament with a draw of 16 sponsored by Dunlop was held on the same courts in March: This was Margaret’s first defeat (if a 1967 walkover is discounted) in the NSW in a decade. Mrs King wins the tournament on her fourth attempt.

1970-1971 (January 4-10 1971)

L16 Betty Stove beat Evonne Goolagong 64 36 75

QF Margaret Court AUS (70 YER 1) bt Brenda Kirk RSA 61 62
QF Olga Morozova USSR bt Betty Stove NL 57 63 75
QF Gail Sherriff FRA beat Kris Kemmer USA 62 75
QF Kazuko Sawamatsu JPN beat Patti Hogan USA 63 64

SF Margaret Court AUS beat Gail Sherriff FRA 64 75
SF Olga Morozova USSR bt Kazuko Sawamatsu JPN 63 64

F Margaret Court beat Olga Morozova 62 62.

Margaret Court, the only Aussie left in the quarter finals, beats overseas players in the final three rounds to clinch her penultimate Sydney title.

1971-72 (3-9 Jan 1972)

QF Barbara Hawcroft AUS beat Olga Morozova USSR 62 63
QF Evonne Goolagong AUS beat A. Coleman AUS 63 61
QF Patti Coleman AUS beat Janet Young AUS 36 62 62
QF Virginia Wade GBR beat Margaret Tesch AUS 63 63

SF Goolagong (71 YER 1) beat Patti Coleman 75 60,
SF Wade (71 YER 8) beat Hawcroft. 63 62

F Evonne Goolagong beat Virginia Wade 61 76.

Evonne reverses the final result of the previous week’s Australian Open with a straight sets win over Virginia. The major shock is Morozova’s loss to youngster Hawcroft.

1972-1973 (1-7 Jan 1973)

QF Margaret Court AUS (72 YER 4) beat
QF Karen Krantzcke AUS beat
QF Virginia Wade GBR (72 YER 6) beat
QF Evonne Goolagong (72 YER 2) AUS beat

SF Margaret Court beat Karen Krantzcke
SF Evonne Goolagong beat Virginia Wade 75 46 64

F Margaret Court beat Evonne Goolagong 4-6 6-3 10-8

1971 Champion Margaret Court wins her last Sydney title in the longest (in terms of games) post-war final against 1972 title-holder Evonne Goolagong in what Evonne described in her autobiography “Home” (p235) as an “epic”.

1973-1974 (29 Dec 1973- 6 Jan 1974)

QF Karen Krantzcke AUS beat Janet Newberry USA 62 62
QF Evonne Goolagong AUS (73 YER 4) beat Kazuko Sawamatsu JPN 76 63
QF Peggy Michel USA beat Pam Teeguarden USA 75 64
QF Helen Gourlay AUS beat Julie Heldman USA 61 64

SF Evonne Goolagong beat Peggy Michel 75 63
SF Karen Krantzcke beat Helen Gourlay 75 75

F Karen Krantzcke beat Evonne Goolagong 62 63.

With three US national top tenners in the draw, there is a strong American presence in the quarter finals although Chris Evert, in Australia for the Bonne Bell Cup and Australian Opens, does not enter. Evonne, suffering from severely blistered feet, is unexpectedly downed by former top tenner and New South Wales native Karen Krantzcke..

1974-1975 (16-22 Dec 1974)

QF Margaret Court AUS (74 YER: Not ranked) def Dianne Fromholtz AUS 67 63 61
QF Kerry Melville AUS (74 YER 5) beat Kazuko Sawamatsu JPN 46 62 61
QF Olga Morozova USSR (74 YER 4) beat Helen Gourlay AUS 75 36 64
QF Evonne Goolagong AUS (74 YER 3) beat Kerry Harris AUS 63 60

SF Margaret Court beat Kerry Melville 61 62
SF Evonne Goolagong beat Olga Morozova 64 75

F Evonne Goolagong beat Margaret Court 63 75

Evonne, returning from the United States and still coming to terms with the full impact of the sudden death of her father in a motor accident, notches up a fine win over Margaret Court, in the latter’s final appearance at White City, and joins Mary Carter-Reitano, BJ King and Jan Lehane as the only women to defeat Court in the NSW Championships since 1959. The field contains three members of the top 5 plus Court, who was on the comeback trail after the birth of her second child.

1975-1976 (15-21 December 1975)

QF Evonne Goolagong AUS (75 YER 5) beat Kathy Harter USA 60 75
QF Helga Niessen-Masthoff FRG beat Michelle Tyler GBR 16 62 61
QF Wendy Turnbull AUS beat Heidi Eisterlehner FRG 26 63 63
QF Sue Barker GBR beat Chris Matison AUS 64 62

SF Evonne Goolagong beat Helga Niessen-Masthoff 76 46 62
SF Sue Barker beat Wendy Turnbull 63 63

F Evonne Goolagong beat Sue Barker 62 64.

Although Goolagong was the only current top tenner in the QF, the semi final line-up contained four women who all made a GS final in their careers. Evonne won her third Sydney title with a win over rising star Barker.

1976-1977 (19-26 December 1976) ($35,000)

SF Dianne Fromholtz beat
SF Kerry Melville-Reid beat

F Kerry Melville-Reid (76 YER 8) bt Dianne Fromholtz (76 YER 5) 36 63 62.

In a “pre-run” for the Australian Open championship match the following week Reid defeats Fromholtz in a scrappy match with 14 breaks of service in 26 games!


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In 1976, a new Sydney tournament, sponsored by Colgate with prize money of $100,000, was held for the first time. As the event with the biggest prize money in Australia it overshadowed the Marlboro-sponsored NSW Championships and attracted a top class field. Navratilova won the title 75 62 over Stove. The tournament was played again in 1977 ( won by Goolagong over Reid 61 63, in 1978 (sponsored by Toyota and won by Fromholtz over Reid 16 61 64) and in 1979 (sponsored by the NSW Building Society and won by Barker over Fairbank 60 75). In 1980 the second tournament was dropped and the building society became the sponsor of the NSW Open.
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1977-1978 (6-12 December 1977) ($35,000)

QF Evonne Goolagong AUS (77 unranked) beat Helen Gourlay AUS (77 YER 28) 63 46 63
QF Sue Barker GBR (77 YER 5) beat Mona Schallau-Guerrant USA (77 YER 27) 64 76
QF Regina Marsikova CZE (77 YER 20) beat Diane Evers AUS 76 46 61
QF Kerry Melville-Reid AUS (77 YER 10) beat Kathy Harter USA 64 63

SF Sue Barker beat Regina Marsikova 60 60
SF Evonne Goolagong beat Kerry Melville-Reid 46 62 63

F Evonne Goolagong beat Sue Barker 62 63.

Evonne Goolagong, unranked on the WTA computer and on the comeback trail after the birth of her daughter in May 1977, won the title in spite of a flu virus in a repeat of the 1975 final as part of a total blitz of the Australian season which included victories in the 4 tournaments she entered.

1978-1979 (12-18 December 1978) ($75,000)

QF Wendy Turnbull AUS beat Ilana Kloss RSA 62 64
QF Lea Antonoplis USA beat Elisabeth Ekblom SWE 62 46 64
QF Renata Tomanova CZE beat Sharon Walsh USA 16 76 76
QF Dianne Fromholtz AUS beat Lesley Hunt AUS 62 62

SF Wendy Turnbull beat Lea Antonoplis 60 64
SF Dianne Fromholtz beat Renata Tomanova 62 64

F Dianne Fromholtz (78 YER 10) bt Wendy Turnbull (78 YER 6) 62 75.

Two Aussie top tenners battle it out for the title.

1979-1980 (17-23 December 1979) ($50,000)

QF Sue Barker GBR (79 YER 10) beat Janet Newberry USA 76 63
QF Hana Mandlikova CZE (79 YER 17) beat Ros Fairbank RSA 64 64
QF Bettina Bunge FRG (79 YER 32) beat Dianne Morrison AUS 64 64
QF Renata Tomanova CZE (79 YER 44) d Leanne Harrison AUS 57 63 62

SF Hana Mandlikova beat Sue Barker 63 76
SF Bettina Bunge beat Renata Tomanova 63 63.

F Hana Mandlikova beat Bettina Bunge 63 36 63.

An all-European semi-final line-up for the first time in the event’s history but the event contained only one member of the world’s top 10.

1980-1981 (1-7 December 1980) ($125, 000)

QF Wendy Turnbull AUS (80 YER 8) beat Sue Barker GBR (80 YER 16) 63 64,
QF Pam Shriver USA (80 YER 9) beat Martina Navratilova USA (80 YER 3) 63 64
QF Sylvia Hanika FRG (80 YER 14) beat Greer Stevens RSA (1980 YER 10) 64 60
QF Hana Mandlikova CZE (80 YER 4) beat Virginia Ruzici ROM (80 YER 11) 62 62

SF Wendy Turnbull beat Hana Mandlikova 26 62 76
SF Pam Shriver beat Sylvia Hanika 62 64

F Wendy Turnbull beat Pam Shriver 36 64 76 (8)

All top 8 seeds made the QF in a tournament which hit the headlines because of a running dispute between Wendy and Evonne Goolagong, who could not play because of flu, over appearance fees. The final was high on excitement as Wendy saved 7 match points, 4 of which came at 2-6 in the tiebreak. The biggest upset in the event was when Navratilova, top seed, having survived a L16 final set tie break against Mima Jausovec, fell to Pam Shriver in the qf. Wendy is quoted in World of Tennis article on the event by John Thirsk (p156) as saying, “I told myself that if I don’t win this event, I would never play again. Winning this event in Australia means more to me than any success I have had before”

1981-1982 (17-23 Nov 1981)

L16 Bettina Bunge beat Pam Shriver (81 YER 7) 64 46 76

QF Chris Evert USA (81 YER 1) beat Evonne Goolagong-Cawley AUS 62 60
QF Bettina Bunge FRG (81 YER 9) beat Anne Smith USA 63 64
QF Martina Navratilova USA (81 YER 3) beat Barbara Potter USA (81 YER 10) 63 46 62
QF Wendy Turnbull AUS (81 YER 8) beat Andrea Jaeger USA (81 YER 4) 75 63

SF Chris Evert beat Bettina Bunge 67 64 61
SF Martina Navratilova beat Wendy Turnbull 61 57 61

F Chris Evert beat Martina Navratilova 64 26 61.

In a very high-quality field, only Austin, who played doubles only, and Hanika, who was injured, were missing from the top 10. Mandlikova (81 YER 5) pulled out with a back injury. Playing the Australian circuit for the first time since 1974 and the NSW Champs for the first time, Evert beat Navratilova at their only Sydney meeting to extend her career h2h lead to 29-15 in her only appearance in this event, “producing all her athletic grace and power in a dazzling display of precision tennis” according to John Thirsk (World of Tennis 1982, p161) Against Bunge in the semi finals, Chrissie saved three game points at 3-4 in the second set.

1982-83 (16-22 Nov 1982)

1R Billie Jean King (82 YER 14) lost 64 64 in 1st rd to Sherry Acker.

2R third seeded Wendy Turnbull (82 YER 5) went out to Marcella Mesker
2R Pam Shriver seeded 4 (82 YER 6) fell to Ann Kiyomura.

QF Martina Navratilova USA (82 YER 1) beat Lea Antonoplis USA 61 64
QF Zina Garrison USA (82 YER 16) beat Yvonne Vermaak RSA 76 61
QF Evonne Goolagong AUS (82 YER 27) beat Ann Kiyomura USA 75 63
QF Andrea Jaeger USA (82 YER 3) beat Leslie Allen USA 61 60

SF Martina Navratilova beat Zina Garrison 76 62
SF Evonne Goolagong beat Andrea Jaeger 46 61 64

F Martina Navratilova beat Evonne Goolagong 60 36 61

Evonne struggled past 1978 Aussie Open winner Chris O’Neil 46 75 63 in the L32 before finding the form which enabled her to make her last appearance in a final on the tour thanks to a gritty three-set victory over Andrea Jaeger. The first set of the final, played in front of 6,000 spectators, lasted just 13 minutes but Evonne rallied to win the second set by breaking Martina at 4-3 before crumbling in the 22-minute final set. Australia would have to wait until 2005 for the next home finalist.

1983-84 (15-21 Nov 1983) Prize Money raised to $150,000

R2 Gigi Fernandez beat Steffi Graf 64 61
R2 Liz Sayers beat Mandlikova (seed 1, 83 YER 12) 63 57 64
R2 Helena Sukova beat Zina Garrison (seed 2, 83 YER 10)

QF Jo Durie GBR beat Ros Fairbank RSA 75 63
QF Helena Sukova CZE beat Eva Pfaff FRG 60 63
QF Kathy Jordan USA beat Sophie Amiach FRA 61 75
QF Liz Sayers AUS beat Gigi Fernandez USA 60 57 61

SF Jo Durie (83 YER 6) beat Helena Sukova 64 64
SF Kathy Jordan (83 YER 14) beat Liz Sayers 64 64

F Jo Durie beat Kathy Jordan 63 75

Navratilova, Austin, Evert, Jaeger, Shriver and Turnbull all turned down wildcards and left the tournament with is weakest entry for many years. World #10 Hana Mandlikova was top seed, followed by Zina Garrison but both fell before the quarter finals. Durie and Jordan, seeded 3 and 4, reached the final which Durie closed out 63 75 after Jordan fought back to 5-5 from 1-5 in second set to lift the championship without dropping a set and become the first British winner since Dorothy Round in 1934. Liz Sayers beat Kathy Jordan’s big sister, Barbara, who had won the Australian Open in 1979, in the first round and then lost to the younger sister in the semi finals.

1984-85 (13-19 Nov 1984)

L16 Marcella Mesker beat ( #2, 84 YER 4) Pam Shriver 57 76 64
L16 Wendy Turnbull beat Steffi Graf 62 75

QF Martina Navratilova USA ( #1, 84 YER 1) beat Yvonne Vermaak RSA 63 62
QF Zina Garrison USA (#5 84 YER 9) beat Claudia Kohde-Kilsch FRG (#4, 84 YER 8) 63 76
QF Ann Henricksson USA beat Marcella Mesker NL 75 64
QF Wendy Turnbull AUS (#3, 84 YER 5) beat Gigi Fernandez USA 62 61

SF Martina Navratilova beat Zina Garrison 62 61
SF Ann Henricksson beat Wendy Turnbull 16 75 63

F Martina Navratilova beat Ann Henricksson 61 61.

Martina Navratilova, coming back from a six week break caused by an ankle injury, wins the won her 99th pro tournament and notched up her 70th consecutive match victory. Henricksson was the lowest direct entry at #100.

1985-1986 (18-24 November 1985)

QF Martina Navratilova USA (85 YER 1) beat Wendy Turnbull AUS 64 62
QF Helena Sukova CZE (85 YER 9) beat Dianne Fromholtz-Balestrat AUS 61 64
QF Claudia Kohde-Kilsch FRG (85 YER 5) beat Christiane Jolissaint SWI 63 36 63
QF Hana Mandlikova CZE (85 YER 3) beat Svetlana Cherneva-Parkomenko USSR 64 62

SF Martina Navratilova beat Helena Sukova 46 63 62
SF Hana Mandlikova beat Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 60 75


F Martina Navratilova beat Hana Mandlikova 36 61 62

All 4 top seeds reach the semi-finals and Martina beats two fellow Czechs back-to-back to retain the title.

1986-87 (5-11 Jan 1987)

L16 Hana Mandlikova (seed 1, 86 YER 4) lost to Wendy Turnbull 63 75

QF Wendy Turnbull AUS (86 YER 18) bt Lori McNeil USA (86 YER 14) 64 75
QF Zina Garrison USA (86 YER 11) bt Helena Sukova CZE (86 YER 5) 63 61
QF Manuela Maleeva BUL (86 YER 8) bt Etsuko Inoue JPN 46 62 62
QF Pam Shriver USA (86 YER 6) beat Catarina Lindquist SWE (86 YER 16) 64 62

SF Zina Garrison bt Wendy Turnbull 63 64
SF Pam Shriver beat Manuela Maleeva 63 63

F Zina Garrison beat Pam Shriver 62 64

Wendy Turnbull repeats her upset of doubles partner Hana Mandlikova in the previous Autumn’s US Open. Hana is quoted in World of Tennis 1988 as saying, (p181), “[Wendy] mixed up her shots a lot and sometimes served so softly I couldn’t do anything with it” In the end it was 5th seeded Zina who stole the show by dismissing three grand slam finalists in straight sets to win her first major grass court tournament.

1988 Prize Money raised to $200,000.

QF Pam Shriver USA (87 YER 4) beat Lindquist SWE 64 61
QF Kohde-Kilsch FRG (87 YER 10) beat Etsuko Inoue JPN 62 63
QF Patty Fendick USA beat Brenda Schultz NL 63 75
QF Helena Sukova CZE (87 YER 7) beat Hester Witvoet NL 62 62

SF Pam Shriver beat Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 75 62
SF Helena Sukova beat Patti Fendick 76 61

F Pam Shriver beat Helena Sukova 6-2 6-3

Unseeded qualifier Brenda Schultz eliminated #4 seed Sylvia Hanika 64 67 75 in the second round as Pam Shriver wins the last grass court NSW Championships. Sadly, the last grass court NSW Championships is also the first where no Australian reaches the quarter-final stage.

1989 (9-15 January)

L16 to Catarina Lindquist beat Helena Sukova (seed 3, 88 YER 8) 63 60

QF Martina Navratilova USA (seed #1, 88 YER 2) beat Patti Fendick USA (#5 seed) 61 61
QF Hana Mandlikova AUS (#9 seed) beat Mary Joe Fernandez USA (seed #4) 26 76 63
QF Catarina Lindquist SWE (#13 seed) beat Judith Wiesner AUT (seed #11) 57 76 63
QF Therry Phelps USA (#16 seed) beat Pam Shriver USA (seed #2, 88 YER 5) 63 63

SF Martina Navratilova beat Hana Mandlikova 63 62
SF Catarina Lindquist beat Therry Phelps 57 63 76

F Martina Navratilova beat Catarina Lindquist 62 64

As the surface changes from grass to rebound ace, Martina wins her 4th and last Sydney singles title, extending her unbeaten run in Sydney to 20 matches since her defeat by Evert back in the 1981 final.

1990 Prize Money raised to $225,000

L32 Isabelle Demongeot beat Helen Kelesi (seed 3) 62 46 76
L32 Jana Pospisilova beat #5 seed Pam Shriver 64 67 75

L16 Frazier bt #2 seed Novotna 63 64
L16 Wiesner beat #4 seed Mandlikova 76 63
L16 Zrubakova beat (#1 seed, 89 YER 8) Sukova 61 16 63

QF Barbara Paulus AUT bt Radka Zrubakova CZE 62 61
QF Judith Wiesner AUT beat Claudia Porwik FRG 63 46 63
QF Natalia Zvereva USSR beat Julie Halard FRA 46 62 64
QF Amy Frazier USA beat Rafaella Reggi ITA 63 75

SF Barbara Paulus beat Judith Wiesner 64 36 61
SF Natalia Zvereva beat Amy Frazier 63 26 62

F Natalia Zvereva beat Barbara Paulus 46 61 63

The increase in prize money did nothing to attract the top stars as Sukova is the only top 10 player in the draw, making the 1990 edition the weakest since 1983. In an extraordinarily unpredicatable event, all of the top 8 seeds were eliminated before the semi-finals, with only #7 seed Rafaella Reggi making it to the quarter final round. Paulus wins the all-Austrian semi final battle but Zvereva takes the title.

1991

QF Jana Novotna CZE (#6, 90 YER 13) beat Mary Joe Fernandez USA (#1, 90 YER 4) 75 63
QF Barbara Paulus AUT (#7, 90 YER 15) beat Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière SWI (#3 90 YER 9) 76 64
QF Zina Garrison USA (#4, 90 YER 10) beat Natalia Zvereva USSR (#5 90 YER 12) 64 63
QF Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ESP (#2 90 YER 7) beat Nicole Provis AUS 75 62

SF Jana Novotna beat Barbara Paulus 75 76
SF Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Zina Garrison 62 75

F Jana Novotna beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 64 62

Novotna claims the title with wins over the top two seeds and later follows up with a rush to the final of the Australian Open which included a win over three-time defending champion Steffi Graf.

1992 6-12 January 1992

QF Gabriela Sabatini ARG (91 YER 3) beat USA Gigi Fernandez 62 76
QF MJ Fernandez USA (91 YER 8) bt GEO Leila Meskhi 61 62
QF Anke Huber FRG bt Jana Novotna CZE (91 YER 7) 63 75
QF Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ESP (91 YER 5) bt Conchita Martinez ESP (91 YER 9) 64 62

SF Gabriela Sabatini bt Mary Joe Fernandez 62 63
SF Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario bt Anke Huber 46 75 63

F Gabriela Sabatini beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 61 61

Gaby inflicts a severe 61 61 defeat on Arantxa in the most one sided final post-1940 along with Navratilova’s win over Henricksson in November 84.

1993 Prize Money raised to $275,000

QF Gabriela Sabatini ARG (#1 92 YER 3) bt Barbara Rittner FRG 75 63
QF Jennifer Capriati USA (#4 92 YER 7) bt Pam Shriver USA 60 61
QF Amy Frazier USA bt Tami Whitlinger USA 61 63
QF Anke Huber FRG (#5) bt Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ESP (#2 92 YER 4) 76 62

SF Jennifer Capriati bt Gabriela Sabatini 64 62
SF Anke Huber bt Amy Frazier 64 63

F Jennifer Capriati (92 YER 7) beat Anke Huber 64 61

Capriati wins the title on her first visit to Sydney, beating two former champions en route.

1994 Prize Money raised to $300,000

R1 Leila Meskhi bt Anke Huber (#4 93 YER 10) 67 62 61

QF Kimiko Date JPN bt Conchita Martinez ESP (#1 93 YER 4) 63 60
QF Patty Fendick USA beat Linda Ferrando ITA 63 61
QF MJ Fernandez USA (#3 93 YER 7) bt Zina Garrison USA 75 62
QF Gabriela Sabatini ARG (#2 93 YER 5) bt Barbara Rittner FRG 61 63

SF Kimiko Date beat Patty Fendick 62 57 61
SF Mary Joe Fernandez bt Gabriela Sabatini 75 61

F Kimiko Date beat Mary Joe Fernandez (93 YER 7) 64 62

Kimiko becomes the first Japanese winner of the event.

1995 Prize Money raised to $322,500

1R Miriam Oremans bt Pam Shriver 63 63

2R Lindsay Davenport bt Martina Hingis (WC) 61 36 63

QF Lindsay Davenport USA (94 YER 6) bt Ludmila Richterova CZE (LL) 61 63
QF Kimiko Date JPN (64 YER 9) bt Miriam Oremans NL 46 62 63
QF MJ Fernandez USA (64 YER 14) bt Nicole Provis-Bradtke AUS 62 46 75
QF Gabriela Sabatini ARG (64 YER 7) beat Patty Fendick USA 16 63 61

SF Lindsay Davenport bt Kimiko Date 64 41 rtd
SF Gabriela Sabatini bt Mary Joe Fernandez 61 64

F Gabriela Sabatini beat Lindsay Davenport 63 64

Gaby continues her resurgence after winning the 94 YEC with the Sydney title as all 4 of the 94 semi-finalists make it to the quarters one year later.

1996 Prize Money raised to $342, 500

1R Naoko Sawamatsu bt Martina Hingis 64 26 75

QF Monica Seles USA (95 YER =1) bt Mariaan de Swardt RSA 63 62
QF Brenda Schultz NL bt Mary Joe Fernandez USA (95 YER 8) 76 63
QF Lindsay Davenport USA (95 YER 12) bt Nicole Provis-Bradtke AUS 63 67 63
QF Kimiko Date JPN (95 YER 4) beat Chanda Rubin USA 60 61

SF Monica Seles bt Brenda Schultz 76 64
SF Lindsay Davenport bt Kimiko Date 62 46 75

F Monica Seles beat Lindsay Davenport 46 76 (7) 63

Seles, playing her third event since her comeback, wins the title and extends her unbeaten run on Australia soil. Provis-Bradtke defends the Australian colours with an upset of Sawamatsu (#8 seed) to reach the quarter-final for the second year in succession. 5 continents are represented in the last 8 for the second successive year.

1997

2R Frazier bt Sanchez-Vicario (#1 96 YER =2) 63 63

QF Jennifer Capriati USA bt Amy Frazier USA 64 61
QF Lindsay Davenport USA (#4 96 YER 9) bt Naoko Sawamatsu JPN 63 67 61
QF MJ Fernandez USA bt Iva Majoli CRO (#3 96 YER 7) 75 64
QF Martina Hingis SWI (#2 96 YER 4) bt Yayuk Basuki INA 76 61

SF Jennifer Capriati bt Lindsay Davenport 26 64 62
SF Martina Hingis bt Mary Jo Fernandez 63 62

F Martina Hingis beat Jennifer Capriati 61 57 61

A resurgent Capriati stuns Davenport in the semis and pushes 16-year-old Hingis to three sets in the title match. Arantxa is floored by Frazier in her first match of the tournament. Naoko Sawamatsu makes it to the quarter-finals 22 years after her aunt, Kazuko, did the same.

1998

L16 Venus Williams bt Martina Hingis (# 1 97 YER 1) 36 64 75
L16 Barbara Paulus bt Irina Spirlea (#4, 98 YER 10) 6216 63
L16 Ai Sugiyama bt Conchita Martinez (#6) 76 63

QF Venus Williams USA bt Maggie Maleeva BUL 62 62
QF Ai Sugiyama JPN bt Barbara Paulus AUT 61 76
QF Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ESP (#3 97 YER 9) bt Natasha Zvereva BLS 61 62
QF Serena Williams USA bt Lindsay Davenport USA (#2 97 YER 3) 16 75 75

SF Venus Williams bt Ai Sugiyama 61 76
SF Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario bt Serena Williams 62 61

F Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Venus Williams 61 63

Venus and Serena beat Hingis and Davenport, the world’s top two players but together only muster 7 games against Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. Serena plays three qualifying matches and three main draw matches to reach the semis.

1999 Prize Money raised to $420,000

L32 Schett bt Mauresmo 61 76

L16 Graf beat Serena Williams (98 YER 20) 62 36 75
L16 Schett bt Martinez (#5 98 YER 8) 63 76

QF Lindsay Davenport USA (#1 98 YER 1)) bt P Schnyder SWI (#7) 62 63
QF Steffi Graf FRG (#6 98 YER 9) beat Venus Williams USA (#4, 98 YER 5) 46 62 64
QF Barbara Schett AUT bt Sanchez-Vicario ESP (#3 98 YER 4) 16 61 60
QF Martina Hingis SWI ( #2 YER 2) bt Dominique Monami-van Roost BEL (#8) 62 60

SF Lindsay Davenport beat Steffi Graf 62 75
SF Martina Hingis bt Barbara Schett 63 36 76

F Lindsay Davenport beat Martina Hingis 64 63

Two great runs to the semi finals as Steffi Graf achieves back-to-back victories over the Williams sisters (aged 17 and 18) and Schett knocks out Mauresmo and the Spanish duo of Sanchez and Martinez but both are beaten in the semi finals by Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis respectively. For the second year in succession, the Williams sisters fall to the same opponent.

2000 Prize Money raised to $460,000

R2 Pierce bt Martinez 61 64
R2 Kournikova bt Capriati 64 75
R2 Stevenson bt Schett (#4 99 YER 8) 26 63 63

QF Martina Hingis SWI (#1 99 YER 1) bt Dominique Monami-van Roost BEL 61 rtd
QF Amélie Mauresmo FRA (#6 99 YER 10) beat Mary Pierce FRA (#3 99 YER 5) 62 63
QF Anna Kournikova RUS (#8) bt Alexandra Stevenson USA 46 62 62
QF Lindsay Davenport USA (#2 99 YER 2) bt Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ESP 67 63 64

SF Amélie Mauresmo bt Martina Hingis 75 63
SF Lindsay Davenport bt Anna Kournikova 63 62

F Amélie Mauresmo beat Lindsay Davenport 76 (2) 64

Back to back wins over tournament’s top three seeds and the world’s top 2 players – all in straight sets - for Amélie Mauresmo.

2001 Prize Money raised to $515,000

L16 Hingis bt Clijsters 64 64
L16 Morariu bt Kournikova (#6 00 YER 8) 62 61
L16 Mauresmo bt Coetzer (#7) 75 75
L16 Raymond bt Capriati (#8) 26 63 75

QF Martina Hingis SWI (#1 00 YER 1) bt Serena Williams USA (#5 00 YER 6) 64 75
QF Conchita Martinez ESP (#4 00 YER 5) bt Corinna Morariu USA 64 60
QF Amélie Mauresmo FRA bt Monica Seles USA (#3 00 YER 4) 64 76
QF Lindsay Davenport USA (#2 00 YER 2) bt Lisa Raymond USA 76 64

SF Martina Hingis bt Conchita Martinez (#4) 63 62
SF Lindsay Davenport bt Amélie Mauresmo w/o

F Martina Hingis beat Lindsay Davenport 63 46 75

Hingis reduces her h2h deficit vs Lindsay to 10-12 and beats three top 6 players and three grand slam champions en route to the title. Mauresmo’s recurrent back problems force her to default the semi after her first ever career victory over Monica Seles, who was returning to Sydney for the first time since she won the title in 1996. The Hingis-Davenport encounter marks the fourth time in the tournament’s history when the world’s top 2 have met.

2002 Prize Money raised to $585,000

L16 Alexandra Stevenson (Q) bt Jennifer Capriati (#1 01 YER2) 76 36 64
L16 Serena Williams beat Anna Kournikova 62 46 63

QF Meghann Shaughnessy USA beat Alexandra Stevenson USA 64 61
QF Serena Williams USA (#4 01 YER 6) beat Amélie Mauresmo FRA (#6 01 YER 9) 64 76
QF Kim Clijsters BEL (#3 01 YER 5) beat Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL (#5 01 YER 7) 76 62
QF Martina Hingis SWI (#2 01 YER 4) beat Sandrine Testud FRA 64 62

SF Martina Hingis beat Kim Clijsters 75 46 62
SF Meghann Shaughnessy beat Serena Williams 54 retired

F Martina Hingis beat Meghann Shaughnessey 62 63

Hingis emerges from a field containing 6 of the world’s top 10 to notch up 501 career match wins and join Nancye Wynne Bolton, Court, Goolagong and Navratilova as the 5th woman to win three Sydney titles since 1945. She is also the first woman since Navratilova 84/85 and only the 7th post 1940 to defend the title successfully. Alexandra Stevenson beats a Capriati hampered by a hip injury. Capriati recovered to take the Australian Open but the ankle injury which forced Serena to pull out of her semi final ended her Australian campaign.

2003

L16 Tatiana Panova bt Jennifer Capriati (#1 02 YER 3) 46 64 75
L16 Amanda Coetzer bt Maggie Maleeva (#8) 64 61

QF Tatiana Panova RUS bt Olga Barabanshikova BLS 63 62
QF Lindsay Davenport USA (#6 02 YER12 ) bt Daniela Hantuchova SLV (#4 02 YER 8) 64 36 76 (3)
QF Justine Henin Hardenne BEL (#3 02 YER 5) bt Amanda Coetzer RSA 64 64
QF Kim Clijsters BEL (#2 02 YER 4) beat Chanda Rubin USA (#7) 61 62

SF Lindsay Davenport bt Tatiana Panova 63 75
SF Kim Clijsters bt Justine Henin-Hardenne 62 63

F Kim Clijsters (02 YER 4) beat Lindsay Davenport (02 YER 12) 64 63

Panova’s dismissal of an out-of-sorts Capriati (who served 14 double faults) was the upset of the tournament. Davenport sets a post 1945 record for the most final defeats at Sydney with her 5th second place finish. Clijsters beats Belgian rival Henin at the tournament for the second successive year and backs it up with a win over Davenport to claim the title.

2004

QF Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL (#1 YER 03 1) bt Chanda Rubin USA (#7 03 YER 9) 63 46 64
QF Lindsay Davenport USA (#4 03 YER 5) bt Elena Dementieva RUS (#6 03 YER 8) 63 64
QF Amélie Mauresmo FRA (#3, 03 YER 4) bt Anastasia Myskina RUS (#5 03 YER 7) 64 76 (4)
QF Francesca Schiavone ITA bt Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR 62 62

SF Justine Henine-Hardenne bt Lindsay Davenport w/o
SF Amélie Mauresmo bt Francesca Schiavone 63 76 (2)

F Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Amélie Mauresmo 64 64

With only Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati missing from the top 9, the field is again of tip-top quality. Clijsters, seeded #2 (03 YER 2) and defending champ, withdraws with an ankle injury sustained during the Hopman Cup and Lindsay Davenport pulls out of her semi-final with a shoulder problem.

2005
QF Sam Stosur (04 YER 65) bt Lindsay Davenport (#1 04 YER 1) w/o
QF Elena Dementieva (#3 04 YER 6) bt Patty Schnyder (#7 04 YER 14) 64 16 61
QF Alicia Molik (#6 04 YER 13) bt Fabiola Zuluaga (04 YER 23) 61 62
QF Shuai Peng (04 YER 73) bt Nadia Petrova (#5 04 YER 12) 63 42 retired

SF Sam Stosur bt Elena Dementieva w/o
SF Alicia Molik bt Shuai Peng 64 63

F Alicia Molik beat Samantha Stosur 67(5) 64 75

In the year that Sydney celebrated its 120th anniversary, there was the first all-Australian final since 1978. The success of the Aussie players compensated for the disappointments caused by a spate of withdrawals, walkovers and retirements in the earlier rounds. #1 and #3 seeds Davenport and Dementieva withdrew from their quarter and semi final matches against wildcard entry Stosur, enabling her to reach the final having played only two matches. All in all it was not a good week for the Russians, with #2 seed Myskina (04 YER 3) going out to Peng 61 63 and #4 seed Zvonareva (04 YER 11) going out to Zuluaga in their opening matches and Petrova having to retire in the quarters. Molik became the first Aussie winner in Sydney since Wendy Turnbull's victory in 1980.
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