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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #31
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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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:
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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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”

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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.

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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.

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

1978


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

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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.

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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.

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

1981

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

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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.

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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.

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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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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Re: The Italian Open Championships

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.

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