Re: 1976 results
Week of October 18-24
October 17-24 Colgate Inaugeral, Palm Springs, California, US (Hard)
Venue: Mission Hills Country Club
Prize money=$200,000 US*
Qualifying Draw=32 (4 rounds)
Q1: Betty Stove (Neth)  d. Ilana Kloss (SA) 6-0 6-2
Q1: Sharon Walsh d. Linda Thomas 6-3 6-2
Q1: Marcie Louie d. Ann Kiyomura 7-5 6-3
Q1: Val Ziegenfuss d. Laura Dupont 6-7 6-4 6-4
Q1: Mariana Simionescu (Rom) d. Kathy May 6-3 7-6
Q1: Wendy Turnbull (Aus) d. Mary Struthers 6-4 6-1
Q1: Janet Newberry d. Wendy Overton 3-6 6-2 6-1
Q1: Maria Bueno (Bra) d. Jackie Fayter (GB) 7-5 7-5
Q1: Betsy Nagelson d. Linky Boshoff (SA) 6-3 6-3
Q1: Cynthia Doerner (Aus) d. Janice Metcalf 6-2 6-4
Q1: Iris Riedel (Ger) d. Isabel Fernandez (Col) 7-6 7-5
Q1: Jeanne Evert d. Lesley Hunt (Aus) 3-6 7-5 7-5
Q1: Joanne Russell d. Lea Antonopolis 6-2 7-6
Q1: Kathy Kuykendall d. Rayni Fox 6-3 7-6
Q1: Kristien Shaw d. Glynis Coles (GB) 6-3 6-3
Q1: Julie Antohny d. Carrie Meyer  6-4 6-4
Q2: Stove  d. Walsh 6-0 6-1
Q2: Ziegenfuss d. Louie 6-7 6-0 6-4
Q2: Turnbull d. Simionescu 6-1 6-2
Q2: Bueno d. Newberry 7-6 3-6 7-6
Q2: Nalgeson d. Doerner 6-2 6-4
Q2: Riedel d. J. Evert 6-2 6-1
Q2: Russell d. Kuykendall 6-2 6-4
Q2: Anthony d. Shaw 6-3 6-4
Q3: Stove  d. Ziegenfuss 6-4 3-6 7-6
Q3: Turnbull d. Bueno 6-2 6-0
Q3: Ridel d. Nagelson 3-6 6-1 6-1
Q3: Anthony d. Russell 6-2 7-6
Q4: Stove  d. Turnbull 6-4 7-5
Q4: Anthony d. Riedel 6-2 6-3
1R: Chris Evert d. Rosie Casals 6-1 6-0
1R: Nancy Richey d. Kerry Reid 7-5 6-1
1R: Betty Stove (Neth) [Q] d. Mima Jausovec (Yug) 6-2 6-0
1R: Virginia Wade (GB)  d. Mona Guerrant 7-6 (5-2) 6-2
1R: Martina Navratilova  d. Sue Barker (GB) 6-3 6-2
1R: Francoise Durr (Fra) d. Julie Anthony [Q] 6-3 6-3
1R: Terry Hollday d. Marita Redondo 6-2 6-0
1R: Dianne Fromholtz (Aus) d. Billie Jean King  6-2 6-4
QF: Evert  d. Richey 6-4 6-1
QF: Wade  d. Stove [Q] 6-7 (4-5) 7-6 (5-4) 6-1
QF: Durr d. Navratilova  6-1 6-1
QF: Holladay d. Fromholtz 6-3 1-6 6-3
SF: Evert  d. Wade  6-1 6-4
SF: Durr d. Holladay 7-6 (5-2) 6-3
FI: Chris Evert  d. Francoise Durr 6-1 6-2
DF: Chris Evert/Martina Navratilova  d. Billie Jean King/Betty Stove (Neth)  6-2 6-4
Richest event in women's tennis history celebrates the start of Colgate's sponsorship on a world tour for women with it's own series championships, a first for women's tennis, as the Slims tour has been based exclusively in the US. There was a qualifying draw of 32 for 2 spots! The qualy event had prize money of $35,000, a good chunk of change in 1976.
All the top 20 are here except for world #2 Evonne Goolagong (pregnant) and Olga Morozova (#8) and Natasha Chmyreva (#12), who are not allowed out of the Soviet Union due to politics.
Betty Stove is angry that she is forced to play qualifying. One can hardly blame her, for in the fall events she has beaten the likes of Virginia Wade, Martina Navratilova, and Margaret Court. The organizers seeded Billie Jean King at #2, citing her play in the Federation Cup. She had the bad luck to draw Aussie Dianne Fromholtz, who beat her in straight sets just as she had in Phoenix.
Stove and Wade have provided the rivalry of the fall. Each has a win, with both matches being corkers. Their quarterfinals match here was by far the match of the week. Stove won the first set on sudden death point in the tiebreak. She then held 4 match points in set two, which ended on sudden death point again. At 4-2 in the tiebreak Betty barely missed a lob and then hit into the net. A deflated Stove offered little resistance as Wade won again after dodging match points. The drama had lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes. For Stove it was her 6th match in 6 days.
Francoise Durr came through the King-Fromholtz section by beating Fromholtz in the quarters. She couldn't believe hiw easily she won her semiover Navatilova, who failed to hold serve once in a 6-1 6-1 route. "I'm still in shock" Durr declared in her deliciously French accented English. The clever tactician had Martina on the ropes at Wimbledon (where she had match point) but had let her off the hook. Navratilova was in tears afterwards but gave Frankie credit.
Perhaps the ungodly start time had affected Navratilova. Due to rain the day before Evert and Durr have to win morning semi matches starting at 8:30 before the afternoon televised final, contested in 98 degree heat. Post match comments after Chris crushed Francoise:
Chris:"This is the best first set I've had in over a year. Everything was going right. I've never lost to Frankie and I have such a streak going on, I just keep winning."
Durr: "She's playing tougher because she's hitting the ball harder." She went on with, "She's just too good. It's matter of winning points, not the game with Chris."
When Chris wins the doubles with Martina it pushed her over the 1 million dollar mark, a landmark record for a female athlete.
*Dolan has $213,000 as prize money.
October 18-24 Spanish Open (Count of Godo) Barcelona, Spain (Clay)
2R: Renata Tomanova d Marjorie Blackwood 6-3 6-0
2R: Nathalie Fuchs d C Hernandez 6-2 4-6 6-0
2R: Elly Vessies d Carmen Perea 6-4 6-3
2R: Florenta Mihai d Petra Delhees 6-2 6-3
2R: Regina Marsikova d Michele Boulle Rodriguez 6-2 6-0
2R: Sabina Simmonds d Sally Greer 6-2 5-7 7-5
2R: Michele Gurdal d Antonella Rosa 6-4 6-4
2R: Virginia Ruzici d Maria Nasuelli 8-10 7-5 6-1
QF: Tomanova d Fuchs 6-2 6-3
QF: Vessies d Mihai 6-2 6-1
QF: Marsikova d Simmonds 6-2 5-7 7-5
QF: Ruzici d Gurdal 7-5 6-3
SF: Ruzici d. Marsikova 7-5 6-2
SF: Tomanova d. Vessies 6-2 6-1
FI: Renata Tomanova d. Virginia Ruzici 3-6 6-4 6-2
DF: Florenta Mihai/Virginia Ruzici d. Nathalie Fuchs/Michele Gurdal 6-2 6-4
October 24, South Coast Championships, Southport, Queensland, Australia
FI: S. Poll d. S. Quinnell 6-4 6-4
Last edited by Rollo; Jan 6th, 2018 at 07:09 PM.