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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #16
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1957

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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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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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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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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.




Put Lea and Silvana together and passions ran rampant




Eventual winners Bueno and Hard




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.

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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).

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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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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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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1967

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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