Week of October 31-November 6
Mission Viejo, California, US
Dates: November 1-6.
Format: Round robin format with winners from both groups in the final.
Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Virginia Wade (GB) , Dianne Fromholtz (Aus)
Fromholtz d. Evert 7-6 6-4
Wade d. Navratilova 7-6 7-5
Evert d. Navratilova 6-4 6-1
Evert d. Wade 1-6 6-4 6-4
Navratilova d. Fromholtz 6-4 3-6 6-3
Wade d. Fromholtz 7-5 6-4
*Evert (2-1) advances to final over Wade (also 2-1) due to thier head to head encounter in the round robin.
Betty Stove (Neth), Billie Jean King, Kerry Reid (Aus), Wendy Turnbull (Aus)
King d. Turnbull 6-3 6-2
Reid d. Stove 6-2 6-3
Turnbull d. Stove 7-6 6-2
King d. Reid 7-6 4-6 6-1
King d. Stove 6-2 6-3
Reid d. Turnbull 6-4 6-2
*King advances to final with 3-0 record.
Chris Evert d. Billie Jean King 6-2 6-2
FI: Francoise Durr/Virginia Wade d. ????
The Red Group is quite loaded with the consensus top three players for the year. Fromholtz surprises Evert, but Chrissie then beats Navratilova, Wade and King to complete her year of supremacy. At the year’s end, King is playing like the 2nd best player in the world and she defeats Reid in a 3 setter to claim the Blue Group. The Evert-Wade encounter is the match of the event.
Wade jumps out to an early lead. In the second set she is so contentious over a line call that the crowd switches sides and supports Evert. Ginny said afterwards that "I cooked my own goose". Evert had a Cheshire cat-like grin on her face, relishing victory.
King defeat in the final breaks her 18 match win streak
ends November 7 River Plate Champions
hips, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Clay)
Prize Money= $10,000
Singles (Draw=at least 17)
2R: Renee Richards (US) d. Susanna Villavende 6-0 6-3
2R: Racquel Giscafre d. Mary Carillo (US) 6-3 5-7 6-2
2R: Viviana Gonzalez d. ????
2R: Betsy Nagelson (US) d. ????
2R: Claudia Casabianca d. Jeanne Evert (US) 6-3 6-3
2R: Ivanna Madruga [Q] d. Renate Tomanova (Cz) ????
QF: Richards d Giscafre 6-4 6-1
QF: Gonzalez d. ????
QF: Nagelson (US) d. ????
QF: Madruga [Q] d Casabianca 6-1 6-1
SF: Richards d Gonzalez 6-0 7-6
SF: Madruga [Q] d Nagleson 6-3 6-3
FI: Renee Richards (US) d Ivanna Madruga [Q] 4-6 6-2 6-2
16 year old Madruga storms into the final as a qualifier. Her game is a curious mix of high bounding topsin mixed in with drop shots. Richards uses power to overcome a relative lack of mobility due to her age (42). Madruga said afterwards: "I felt that I was playing against a man".
*Gonzalez also listed as Gonzalez Loccicero in the NYT.
Tenistas Argentinas: Replay The Point: Renée Richards en Argentina, vence a Ivanna Madruga en la final del Campeonato del Río de la Plata
Above and below: Blonde Ivana Madruga and winner Renee Richards at the River Plata Championships.
November 6, Australian Hardcourt Championships
, Brighton East, Australia (Clay)
Venue: Dendy Park TC
FI: Sue Saliba d. Pam Whytcross 2-6 7-6 6-2
In other news of the week, a girl is born to Margaret Court on November 4th.