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1965 (22-23 years old)

Summary of Richey's Year

The following results relate to the 1965 "ranking year" as defined by the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA).

Singles: 54-7 (88.5%) win-loss record, including 26-4 on clay, 11-2 on grass, 2-0 on hard, 5-0 indoors, and 10-1 unknown surface. (The USLTA said she had a 57-7 win-loss record and played 15 tournaments.) Joe McCauley of World Tennis magazine ranked her third in the world at year end, although Lance Tingay of London's Daily Telegraph ranked her eighth. The USLTA ranked both Richey and Billie Jean Moffitt King first in the U.S. Won 9 of the 15 tournaments she played. Reached at least the semifinals in 14 of the 15 tournaments she played. Reached the final in 10 of the 15 tournaments she played. Semifinalist at both the French International Championships and the U.S. Championships. Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon. Spent two months in Europe beginning in early May but won only one of the five tournaments she played there. Skipped the grass court tournaments in the eastern United States except for the U.S. Championships. Margaret Smith Court won three of the year's Grand Slam tournaments, defeating Richey in the semifinals of both the French International Championships and the U.S. Championships. Played Wightman Cup but not Federation Cup. Her 1965 win-loss record against certain players is as follows:

3-0 Lesley Turner Bowrey
3-0 Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff
3-2 Margaret Smith Court
2-0 Norma Baylon Puiggros
2-0 Julie Heldman
2-0 Tory Fretz
1-0 Francoise Durr
1-0 Becky Vest
1-0 Peachy Kellmeyer
1-0 Karen Hantze Susman
1-0 Kathy Harter Marcus Shubin
1-0 Rita Bentley
1-0 Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie
1-0 Carol Hanks Aucamp
1-0 Gail Sherriff Chanfreau Lovera
1-0 Carole Caldwell Graebner
1-0 Rosemary Casals
1-0 Dorothy Head Knode

1-1 Maria Bueno
1-1 Justina Bricka Horwitz
0-0 Billie Jean Moffitt King
0-1 Ann Haydon Jones
0-1 Edda Buding
0-1 Christine Truman Janes

Women's doubles: Won two American national championships with her partner Carole Caldwell Graebner, the U.S. Clay Court Championships and the USLTA National Doubles Championship. Those were the only tournaments Richey won in 1965.

Mixed doubles: Quarterfinalist at the French International Championships with Frank Froehling. Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon with Donald Dell.


Week of October 12, 1964
National Invitation Tournament

Midland Racquet Club, Midland, Texas
Surface unknown except for final (indoor wood)
Richey was seeded [1]

1R/QF: d. Virginia Brown 6-2, 6-2
SF: d. Rosa Maria Reyes Darmon 6-1, 6-2
F: d. Karen Hantze Susman 6-3, 6-4 (played indoors due to cold and rain)

From a picture, it looks like the final was played in an indoor gymnasium. "World Tennis" magazine noted that "play was indoors and out - and Nancy was as good on both."

Week of October 26, 1964
Championships of South America and the Argentine

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Outdoors but exact surface unknown

1R: bye
2R: d. Mabel Vrancovich 6-1, 6-1
QF: d. Ana-Maria Bocio 6-1, 6-2
SF: d. Norma Baylon Puiggros 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
F: d. Maria Bueno [1] 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Women's doubles with Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff:
F: lost to Norma Baylon Puiggros / Maria Bueno 6-1, 6-2

Mixed doubles with Donald Dell:
1R: d. Oscar Escribano / Gladys Barbosa 6-3, 6-3

Richey was on the cover of the January 1965 issue of "World Tennis" magazine with the huge trophy she won. She "caused a sensational upset" in besting Maria Bueno, who developed cramps in the third set.

Week of February 8, 1965
U.S. Indoor Championships

Longwood Covered Courts, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Richey was seeded [1]

1R: bye
2R: d. Louise Gonnerman 6-0, 6-2
QF: d. Tory Fretz 6-1, 6-0
SF: d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie [6] 6-2, 6-2
F: d. Carol Hanks Aucamp [3] 6-3, 6-2

Women's doubles with Karen Hantze Susman:
QF: d. Jacqueline Bohlens / Jade Schiffman 6-0, 6-0
SF: d. Jane Albert Willens / Tory Fretz 6-4, 7-5
F: lost to Carol Hanks Aucamp / Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 9-7, 4-6, 6-2

Week of March 22, 1965
Thunderbird Invitational Tennis Championships

Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Arizona
Surface unverified (probably hard)
Richey was seeded [1]

1R: d. Sue Shrader 6-1, 6-1
QF: d. Kathy Harter Marcus Shubin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
SF: lost to Justina Bricka Horwitz [6] 6-4, 6-1

Week of April 5, 1965
Caribe Hilton International

Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

SF: d. Lesley Turner Bowrey 6-1, 6-1
F: d. Margaret Smith Court 6-8, 6-4, 9-7

Week of April 12, 1965
St. Petersburg Masters International

St. Petersburg Tennis Center, St. Petersburg, Florida
Richey was seeded [3]

1R: d. Carol Prosen 6-2, 6-4
2R: d. Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 6-2, 6-0
QF: d. Helde Schildkencht 6-0, 6-0
SF: d. Lesley Turner Bowrey [2] 7-5, 6-3
F: d. Margaret Smith Court [1] 6-3, 6-2

Week of April 26, 1965
Dallas Country Club Invitational

Dallas Country Club, Dallas, Texas
Surface unknown

SF: d. Lesley Turner Bowrey 6-4, 6-4
F: d. Margaret Smith Court 6-1, 6-4

Women's doubles with Carole Caldwell Graebner:
?R: d. Owen McHaney / Betty Sue Hagerman 6-1, 10-8
F: lost to Margaret Smith Court / Lesley Turner Bowrey 6-4, 6-4

Week of May 3, 1965
Italian Championships

Richey was seeded [2]

1R: d. Vicky Berner 9-7, 6-0
2R: d. Maria Carmen Coronada 6-2, 7-5
QF: d. Gail Sherriff Chanfreau Lovera 6-3, 6-4
SF: d. Julie Heldman [7] 6-1, 6-4
F: lost to Maria Bueno [1] 6-1, 1-6, 6-3

Women's doubles with Helga Schultze Hosl Thaw:
3R: d. Jane Albert Willens / Arnold 8-6, 13-11
QF: lost to Madonna Schacht / Annette Van Zyl DuPlooy 6-4, 6-3

The final took 56 minutes. "The Brazilian girl could do nothing wrong in the first set and very little that was right in the second. It was just the opposite with Miss Richey - erratic in the opening set and sharp in the second. In the third and deciding set, both played well. But Miss Bueno was bolder.... She used drop shots and slices repeatedly to score her points." Another reporter said, "Playing a bold net game, hitting slice shots that made the ball bounce crazily, and keeping Miss Richey under constant pressure, Miss Bueno survived a second set letdown and won easily. Richey remained in the back court through most of the match, going to the net only occasionally and timidly." Richey said after the match, "I have no time to comment. I'm leaving Rome. I lost. Are you satisfied?" Maria Bueno said, "I cannot understand why Nancy does not attack. Playing the way she does, she will never win any major tournaments." With this win, Bueno assumed a 3-2 lead in their head-to-head matches. Richey showed up to play the final the previous day, only to be told by tournament officials that the match had been rescheduled.

Week of May 17, 1965
French International Championships

Roland Garros, Paris
Richey was seeded [4]

1R: bye
2R: d. Evelyn Terras 6-4, 6-2
3R: d. Christianne Mercelis 6-1, 6-1
4R: d. Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff 6-2, 6-3
QF: d. Francoise Durr [5] 8-6, 9-7
SF: lost to Margaret Smith Court [1] 7-5, 6-4

Richey did not play women's doubles.

Mixed doubles with Frank Froehling:
2R: d. Kermina / Pellizza 7-5, 6-0
3R: d. Pabst / Jacqueline Rees-Lewis 6-2, 6-0
4R: d. Moore / Faye Toyne 6-8, 7-5, 6-1
QF: lost to Owen Davidson / Jane Albert Willens 6-3, 6-2

Week of May 31, 1965
Swiss International Tennis Championships


2R: d. Elena Subirat 6-1, 7-5
QF: d. Roberta Beltrame 6-3, 6-1
SF: lost to Edda Buding 8-6, 6-4

Women's doubles with Roberta Beltrame:
?R: lost to Julie Heldman / Christianne Mercelis 6-3, 6-4

Week of June 7, 1965
West of England Lawn Tennis Championships

Bristol, United Kingdom

QF: d. Rita Bentley 6-2, 6-0
SF: d. Justina Bricka Horwitz 6-2, 6-0
F: d. Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff 7-5, 6-2

Women's doubles with Carole Caldwell Graebner:
F: lost to Francoise Durr / Janinie Lieffrig 6-3, 6-4

Week of June 21, 1965

All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London
Richey was seeded [4]

1R: d. Esme Emmanuel Faerber 6-0, 7-5
2R: d. Pauline Roberts 6-4, 6-3
3R: d. Rosemary Deloford 6-1, 6-0
4R: d. Joyce Williams 6-0, 6-3
QF: lost to Christine Truman Janes 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

Women's doubles with Carole Caldwell Graebner (seeded [3]):
1R: d. Rosa Maria Reyes Darmon / Elena Subirats 6-1, 10-8
2R: d. Jacqueline Rees-Lewis / Heather Segal 6-3, 6-1
3R: d. Carole Rosser / Virginia Wade 7-5, 6-2
QF: d. Christine Truman Janes / Nell Truman 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
SF: lost to Maria Bueno / Billie Jean Moffitt King [2] 6-4, 6-2

Mixed doubles with Donald Dell:
1R: bye
2R: d. Fraser / Helga Schultze Hosl Thaw 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
3R: d. Moore / Esme Emmanuel Faerber 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
4R: d. Zeeman / Gail Sheriff Chanfreau Lovera 7-5, 8-6
QF: lost to Tony Roche / Judy Tegart Dalton 9-7, 6-4

The quarterfinal match with Christine Truman Janes "had the packed center court on edge as the British girl dropped the second set easily and ran up a commanding 4-1 lead in the third. Miss Richey whittled it down to 5-4. Nancy fought off a match point for a service break to level at 5-5. Miss Richey, looking tired beneath her huge jockey cap, dropped her service to let Miss Truman get ahead again at 6-5. Then, serving for the match, Miss Truman made no mistake with a backhand volley - her best stroke throughout the match." The 16,000 watching on center court then "went crazy with delight." Richey said after the match, "I didn't serve as well as I would have liked, but I didn't play really badly."

Week of July 5, 1965
Western Open

Town Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Richey was seeded [1]

1R: bye
2R: d. Janet Smith 6-0, 6-0
3R: d. Becky Vest 6-1, 6-3
QF: d. Dorothy Head Knode 6-0, 6-0
SF: d. Rosemary Casals [4] 6-1, 6-3
F: d. Carole Caldwell Graebner [2] 6-1, 6-0

Richey lost only nine games in five matches, including a double bagel of 40-year old Dorothy Head Knode, who was a two-time runner-up at the French International Championships and a four-time winner of the U.S. Clay Court Championships.

Week of July 12, 1965
U.S. Clay Court Championships

River Forest Tennis Club, River Forest, Illinois
Richey was seeded [1]

1R: d. Connie Cristler 6-2, 6-2
2R: d. Mimi Heinreid 6-4, 6-0
QF: d. Roberta Alison 6-2, 6-3
SF: d. Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 6-2, 6-2
F: d. Julie Heldman [4] 5-7, 6-3, 9-7

Women's doubles with Carole Caldwell Graebner:
QF: d. Cathy Gagels / Cecilia Martinez 6-3, 6-2
SF: d. Roberta Alison / Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 6-1, 6-2
F: d. Rosemary Casals / Julie Heldman 7-5, 6-4

There were no service breaks in the third set until Julie Heldman took a 7-6 lead. Richey broke back in the next game. Heldman double faulted on match point, after 2 hours, 8 minutes of play.

Week of August 2, 1965
Wightman Cup
Harold Clark Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

d. Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff 6-1, 6-0
lost to Ann Haydon Jones 6-4, 9-7

Carole Caldwell Graebner / Richey d. Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff / Nell Truman 6-1, 6-0

Ann Haydon Jones played a steady baseline game, forcing Richey to make errors. Richey's ground game was not as crisp and authoritative as in her victory over Elizabeth Starkie Wagstaff.

Week of August 23, 1965
USLTA National Doubles Championship

Longwood Cricket Club, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Partner: Carole Caldwell Graebner
They were seeded [3]

1R: d. Alice Christer Hartman / Savy 6-1, 6-1
2R: d. Julie Anthony / Belmar Gunderson 6-1, 6-4
QF: d. Jane Albert Willens / Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
SF: d. Tory Fretz / Julie Heldman 7-5, 6-4
F: d. Billie Jean Moffitt King / Karen Hantze Susman [1] 6-4, 6-4

The final lasted 48 minutes, and there were only two service breaks. Richey said after the match, "We had played them enough to know their faults. Billie Jean was superb but Karen was off her game and we concentrated on her." A dejected Karen Hantze Susman said, "I just couldn't get them over the net. It appeared to draw my returns like a magnet." Billie Jean Moffitt King said that her team lost because the other team "played a bit better than we did. We can't win them all."

Week of August 30, 1965
U.S. Championships
West Side Tennis Club, New York City
Richey was seeded [4]

1R: d. Pat Stewart Edrich 6-3, 6-2
2R: d. Peachy Kellmeyer 6-3, 6-0
3R: d. Tory Fretz 6-2, 6-4
QF: d. Norma Baylon Puiggros [8] 6-4, 7-5
SF: lost to Margaret Smith Court [1] 6-2, 6-2

Richey did not play mixed doubles.

Although Richey lost, she won four games from Margaret Smith Court compared to the five games Smith Court had dropped in her previous four matches.

After being unseeded and drawing Smith Court in the first round, former Wimbledon singles champion Karen Hantze Susman (and Richey's occasional doubles partner) withdrew from the tournament in a huff. She thought she deserved to be seeded and to receive the $28 per day "expense allowance" paid to seeded players.

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