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Old Mar 10th, 2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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1979

When the smoke cleared from the battlefield Martina Navratilova was at last the undisputed #1 in the world. But what a wild roller coaster ride of a year it was.

* Martina dominated the indoor circuit, with pipsqueek Tracy Austin nipping
at her heels all the way.

*Chris Evert became Evert-Lloyd, marrying her prince charming in the early
spring and suffering unusual defeats to Dianne Fromholtz and Greer Stevens

*The Europeans poured money into the women's game as WTT went up in
smoke.

*Tracy Austin ended Evert's 125 clay court streak at 125 in Rome.

*Tracy misses the French to go back to school, while Evert-Lloyd schools
the field and wins the French Open.

*Lloyd defeats Navratilova in a classic Eastbourne final-saving match points

*Martina defeats both Austin and Lloyd to repeat as Wimbledon champ.

*Austin returns the favor at the US Open by beating Martina and Chris. Has
a new era begun?

*Fall results are all over the place, as Goolagong, Turnbull, and King all make
runs at the top 3 or defeat them.

*Virginia Wade fails to win an event for the first time since the mid 1960s.
Other fading stalwalts include Rosie Casals and Betty Stove.

When the season finally ends it's actually 1980-the Colgate Championships ending in early January. Martina squashes the squeek 6-2 6-1, ending Austin's claim to be #1-at least for 1979.

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Note: There are already 2 other threads related to 1979 events:

1979-1981 Tracy Austin Was the Best
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=116361

1979 US Open Final: Chrissie vs. Tracy
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=261543

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Old Mar 10th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #2
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Re: 1979

The heat isn't all on the tennis court in 1979. Disco rules the charts.

Billboard Top 20 Songs of 1979
1. My Sharona, The Knack
2. Bad Girls, Donna Summer
3. Le Freak, Chic
4. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart
5. Reunited, Peaches and Herb
6. I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
7. Hot Stuff, Donna Summer
8. Y.M.C.A., Village People
9. Ring My Bell, Anita Ward
10. Sad Eyes, Robert John
11. Too Much Heaven, Bee Gees
12. MacArthur Park, Donna Summer
13. When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, Dr. Hook
14. Makin' It, David Naughton
15. Fire, Pointer Sisters
16. Tragedy, Bee Gees
17. A Little More Love, Olivia Newton-John
18. Heart Of Glass, Blondie
19. What A Fool Believes, Doobie Brothers
20. Good Times, Chic
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Kathy Jordan gave Tracy Austin a major scare at the US Open, but it was sister Barbara who won the slam...

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Remember When: Jordan Takes 1979 Aussie Title
By Cindy Shmerler
For all the past Australian Open women’s champions who have become part of the tennis lexicon – Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Jennifer Capriati, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Evonne Goolagong, Billie Jean King, Margaret Smith Court – there is one name that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

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Jordan (right) won only two singles titles in her career, but one was the 1979 Australian Open.


In fact, when Australian officials held a ceremony to honor past champions a few years ago, someone forgot to invite 1979 titlist Barbara Jordan. She didn’t find out about the slight until much later, but now finds the whole thing kind of funny. Jordan may be one of the most unlikely of Grand Slam champions in history, but 30 years after her 6-3, 6-3 defeat of fellow American Sharon Walsh, the former Australian Open champion still savors the biggest title of her career.

“Back then the tournament was held right around Christmas, so most of the Americans went home and didn’t play,” says Jordan, now 51 and an attorney for the city of San Jose, California.

Jordan, a three-time All-American at Stanford, joined the circuit after finishing college in 1979, when the Australian Open was the fourth and final major on the yearly calendar.

“It was my first full season as a pro and I had lost first round at the French and Wimbledon before I finally got to the third round at the U.S. Open,” she said of her year leading into Melbourne. “It didn’t feel so bad to be so far away for the holidays, especially because back then we housed with families. So I wasn’t alone for Christmas dinner.”

It’s hard to imagine that the Australian Open, which today draws all the world’s top players and hundreds of thousands of fans, was once the forgotten stepchild of the Grand Slam season. But after unheralded Australian Chris O’Neil won the tournament in 1978, Jordan felt she had reason for optimism, even given her low (No. 68) ranking.

After upsetting second-seeded Hana Mandlikova (an eventual two-time champion) in the quarterfinals and another Czech, third-seeded Renata Tomanova, in the semis, Jordan ousted Walsh, the fourth seed, for the championship. Her win made her the only American to win the Australian Open women’s title during the 1970s, though she was hardly a tennis celebrity going into the final.

“I remember they had different locker rooms and they put the big stars in one and I was put in the crummy one,” Jordan says with a laugh. “But I also remember that [Guillermo] Vilas won his second straight Australian Open and became a big hero. The people in the stands were going crazy and we had to go out on the stadium right after that. I remember standing in the locker room while the TV commentators were saying that we still had a match to play. After I won it was like being ‘star for a day.’ It was huge.”

Along with her championship trophy, Jordan was awarded $10,000, by far the biggest single payday of her career. (Compare that with the roughly $1.1 million check this year’s singles winners will take home.) She promptly went out and bought her first car, a metallic brown Honda Civic. But the memories are worth more than anything.

“I know I did it,” says Jordan, who also won the 1983 French Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Eliot Teltscher, but never won another singles tournament. “It’s cool to have those titles and to know that I was a champion of those two events. I remember I was at a WTA board meeting the next year and we were talking about the Australian Open. Chris Evert was saying how she hadn’t won there [yet]. I just looked up and said, ‘Yeah, that’s no big deal. I’ve done that.’ Chrissie really laughed hard at that one.”

Jordan, who lives in Northern California, was recently inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame along with her sister, Kathy, a former Top 10 player. Barbara and Kathy are Stanford Hall of Famers as well. But Barbara doesn’t dwell on her days as an Australian Open champion.

“I’ve never been back there as a spectator,” she says. “I used to be the trick answer to a trivia question at a bar there, at least when the tournament was back at Kooyong. The question was ‘Who won the women’s title in 1979?’ If you knew the answer you won a drink. I don’t think too many people, other than my friends, ever got that free drink.”

Cindy Shmerler is a Contributing Editor at TENNIS magazine. She started covering the sport in 1979, the same year Barbara Jordan won the Australian Open.
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1979 ranks as one of my pro tennis gag years. It was hard to stomach Chrissie's unusual losses. The best moment of the year was Sylvia Hanika reaching the final of the Italian Open. Not much else consoled me. And then there was "My Sharona" and the Knack. Gag me. I hated that song. My best friend and I had started taking vacations together the previous year -- two 16-year-olds hopping in a car, telling our families good-bye and heading for the beach. That first year, we found a hotel room in Brunswick, Ga., for $12 a night! And it was decent. It started out at $15, but we bargained with the owner for $12. And it had a pool! The next year, 1979, we returned and moved up to a better hotel. We paid $18 a night for those rooms and stayed a week. At the time, Jekyll Island had a really cool indoor tennis court -- wood floors that played like lightning. We met these two girls -- Bunny and Bonnie -- who were playing in the same tournament as we were and gave them a ride home. As a payback, they offered to get us court time the next morning on that indoor court. Bunny was quite the looker. Bonny was big-boned, but OK. I took one look at her serve, and promptly claimed her as my partner. And she aced my best friend on a couple of occasions! It was my first mixed doubles match. The only bad thing about that week: they kept playing My Sharona over and over again on the radio. To this day, I get a tick when I hear that song.

But all those Chrissie losses -- to Barker, Fromholtz, Turnbull, Tracy on clay in Rome, Martina in another, very decisive Wimbledon final, Tracy at the U.S. Open. Maybe Chris was happy with her new hubby, but I thought it was the pits.
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Top hits of 1979 from the UK (week listing at No. 1)

Y.M.C.A." - Village People (3) best selling single of the year
"Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" - Ian Dury & The Blockheads (1)
"Heart of Glass" - Blondie (4)
"Tragedy" - Bee Gees (2)
"I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor (4)
"Bright Eyes" - Art Garfunkel (6)
"Sunday Girl" - Blondie (3)
"Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward (2)
Are 'Friends' Electric?- Tubeway Army (4)
"I Don't Like Mondays" - Boomtown Rats (4)
"We Don't Talk Anymore" - Cliff Richard (4)
Cars - Gary Numan (1)
"Message in a Bottle" - The Police (3)
"Video Killed the Radio Star" - The Buggles (1)
"One Day At A Time" - Lena Martell (3)
"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" - Dr. Hook (3)
"Walking on the Moon" - The Police (1)
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" - Pink Floyd (3 weeks in 1979 + 2 weeks in 1980)
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Austin triumphant-youngest ever to win the US Open

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jamd.com always has great pictures. Doing a search of tennis and 1979 I came up with: http://www.jamd.com/search/?q=tennis+1979


Piss include:

Evert's knickers flying up-revealing "Watch It" embroidered on her posterior.

Action shots of Martina-and a really cute shot of Martina with her mother.

A search for "Fromholtz" yields a Dianne Fromholz pic.

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jamd.com always has great pictures. Doing a search of tennis and 1979 I came up with: http://www.jamd.com/search/?q=tennis+1979


Piss include:

Evert's knickers flying up-revealing "Watch It" embroidered on her posterior.

Action shots of Martina-and a really cute shot of Martina with her mother.

A search for "Fromholtz" yields a Dianne Fromholz pic.

Pretty sure that the "Watch It" knickers did belong to Betty Ann Stuart

Can recall when she was in Melbourne later that year for the Toyota Classic a story in the press about it.....

Phil Dent must of did a bit of watching in those days
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1978 had been all Chris and Martina. Tracy quickly let the world know in january of 1979 that there was a new kid in town.

January 15, 1979
Her Finals Come First

After trouncing Martina Navratilova on Sunday, it was back to high school on Monday for 16-year-old Tracy Austin

Clive Gammon


Martina Navratilova, who is noted for her habit of talking severely to herself on court, delivered an impassioned complaint late in the first set of her final match against Tracy Austin in the women's pro tennis tournament in Washington, D.C. last Sunday. "It's so boring I can't stand it," she yelled.
From which it might be inferred that she was several miles in front of young Austin, 16 years old and a professional since way back last October. That wasn't the case. In fact, she was down 5-2 and headed for a straight-set loss, 6-3, 6-2. And if she really was bored, she was the only one among the 5,000 fans who had crammed themselves into the little Smith Center arena at George Washington University.

But last Friday, minutes before Austin was to meet Pam Shriver in their quarterfinal, La Navratilova was in an imperial mood. "I don't care which of these kids wins," she announced dismissively. A moment later, though, she was wryly noting that even if she had won this particular tournament—now renamed the Avon Championship—three of the last four times, everybody's attention this year was on those same kids. She turned to Ann Kiyomura, whom she had just beaten in her own quarterfinal, and said haughtily, "Nobody is interested in us flyweights. All they want to do is watch the heavyweights."

Although Navratilova had just won 6-3, 6-1, she had looked no sharper than she had in the early rounds. Certainly she had produced majestic cross-court shots and occasional majestic aces, but she had also committed a lot of unforced, unmajestic errors, throwing away points like an Arab prince ridding himself of riyals at a casino. She had coughed a lot (a cold had plagued her all week), had cursed a lot in Tex-Slovakian and had given the umpire a rude gesture before she came through.

All of which seemed to indicate that either Shriver or Austin, if one of them reached the final, might have a prime opportunity to terminate Navratilova's recent Washington near-monopoly.

This was not the only reason, though, for the special excitement in the air at Smith Center on Friday night. The indoor arena is only about 50 miles from Lutherville, Md., which is Shriver's home. And, as she was to say later, quite unselfconsciously, "I guess I'm the darling of the area. They think I'm kind of cute." Gauged by the number of buses with Maryland license plates parked outside, she was almost certainly right. A lot of the fans who filled the arena had come to see Pam. In particular, to see Pam beat Tracy.

The match involved a minor piece of tennis history, also. In junior events all over the country, Tracy had a 9-0 record against Pam. Now, though, they were meeting for the first time as official adults. Whatever had happened in the past didn't count. As far as the computer that ranks tennis players was concerned this was a fresh start. They were both 16, and although Pam is still an amateur, from now on it's serious.

As far as the crowd was concerned and the pundits also, the battle lines were clearly drawn. It would be a contest between Austin's skill in all aspects of the game, her coolness and her comparatively greater experience vs. Shriver's aggression and powerful serve. But the serve didn't appear to impress Austin a great deal. Wearing her look of perpetual worry, as if she knew she shouldn't be out this late, Tracy banged it straight back at Shriver—and broke her serve. From the crowd came a long moan of disappointment.

It was justified. Austin might look just a touch like a Raggedy Ann doll, but Shriver was playing like one. Austin's modest service, maybe the least impressive part of her game, had Pam putting forehand returns into the net or firing past the baseline. Once, furious, she kicked the ball into the crowd. Her lack of match practice—her last serious game had been in the 1978 U.S. Open final in which she lost to Chris Evert—stood out like a double fault: her misjudging of short balls at the net was characteristic.

Meanwhile, Austin's return of Shriver's service was almost impeccable. Again and again she scored with hard shots from defensive positions. At the end of the first set it was 6-3, and it must have seemed a smart idea to a lot of people to go out and make sure of a good seat on the bus.
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I'd forgotten how great a start Pam Shriver had to 1979. Then she went and injured her shoulder

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But all those Chrissie losses -- to Barker, Fromholtz, Turnbull, Tracy on clay in Rome, Martina in another, very decisive Wimbledon final, Tracy at the U.S. Open. Maybe Chris was happy with her new hubby, but I thought it was the pits.
At least they were all losses to players who were ranked in the Top 10
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Good point Adey. Is that Virginia Ruzici in your Avatar? I always loved "the Gypsy."
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Good point Adey. Is that Virginia Ruzici in your Avatar? I always loved "the Gypsy."

It is - one of my favourites, along with Wade, Barker, Jausovec and Turnbull. Sadly she never beat Evert in 79
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Since its 1979 and music is mentioned. What song from 1979 resembles best of a player of that time. For instance, the song "Lead Me On" resembles the players like Anne Smith who never got quite to the top but was lurking.
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Those Romanian legs! I loved Ruzici. She was incredibly friendly. She was interesting as a player, too. Lots of on-the-edge pros tended to tighten up and get conservative when they had winning leads against the very top players. Ruzici tended to go for even bigger and bigger shots and often ended up losing winning leads because of her mistakes.
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