Week of March 6-12
March 6-12 Maureen Connolly Brinker International
Dallas,Texas, US (Indoors on Sportface)
Venue: T-Bar M Racquet Club
Prize Money= $32,775 US
Q1: Corinne Molesworth d Sandy Stap 1-6 6-2 6-0
Q1: Edda Buding d Daryl Gralka 7-5 6-4
Q1: Marie Neummanova d Patty Ann Reese 6-1 6-2
Q1: Nell Truman d Sue Stap 6-3 2-6 6-1
Q1: Eliza Pande d Andrea Rains 6-3 6-1
Q1: Vicki Berner d Bev Barger 7-5 7-5
Q1: Becky Vest d Shari Barman 6-3 6-0
Q1: Kerry Harris d Bonnie Logan 6-3 7-5
Q1: Laurie Tenney d Tam O' Shaughnessy 6-3 3-1 retired
Q1: Mona Schallau d Janet Newberry 6-0 7-6
Q1: Kristien Kemmer d Madeleine Pegel 6-2 6-1
Q1: Lany Kaligis d Sue Vinton 6-2 6-4
Q1: Cynthia Sieler d Pam Austin 6-3 6-4
Q1: Wendy Appleby d Mary Mclean 6-3 7-6
Q1: Roylee Bailey d Vicky Smouse 6-3 7-6
Q1: Ceci Martinez d Penny Moor 6-2 6-1
Q2: Molesworth d Buding 6-3 7-5
Q2: Truman d Neummanova 6-4 6-3
Q2: Berner d Pande 6-2 6-1
Q2: Vest d Harris 6-4 4-6 6-4
Q2: Schallau d Tenney 6-2 7-6
Q2: Kemmer d Kaligis 6-3 6-1
Q2: Sieler d Appleby 6-3 6-2
Q2: Martinez d Bailey 6-0 6-1
1R: Evonne Goolagong  d Wendy Gilchrist 6-0 1-6 9-7
1R: Helen Gourlay d Esme Emanuel 6-3 7-5
1R: Judy Tegart Dalton d Ceci Martinez [Q] 6-2 6-1
1R: Wendy Overton  d Pam Teeguarden 7-5 6-1
1R: Chris Evert  d Cynthia Sieler [Q] 6-2 6-1
1R: Val Ziegenfuss d Lita Liem 6-3 6-2
1R: Karen Krantzcke d Corinne Molesworth [Q] 7-5 6-1
1R: Billie Jean King  d Kristien Kemmer [Q] 6-2 6-1
1R: Nell Truman [Q] d Virginia Wade  5-7 7-6 (5-2) 6-3
1R: Mona Schallau [Q] d Betty Stove 6-3 6-1
1R: Nancy Richey Gunter d Vicki Berner [Q] 6-0 6-0
1R: Francoise Durr  d Marcie Louie 6-3 6-2
1R: Kerry Melville  d Mary Ann Eisel Curtis 1-6 6-4 6-1
1R: Julie Heldman d Nancy Ornstein 6-1 6-4
1R: Lesley Hunt d Becky Vest [Q] 6-2 6-3
1R: Rosie Casals  d Barbara Downs 6-1 6-1
2R: Goolagong  d Gourlay 6-3 7-6 (5-0)
2R: Overton  d Dalton 7-6 7-6
2R: Evert  d Ziegenfuss 6-0 6-3
2R: King  d Krantzcke 6-3 6-4
2R: Truman [Q] d Schallau [Q] 6-3 6-7 7-5
2R: Gunter d Durr  6-2 6-0
2R: Melville  d Heldman 3-6 6-4 6-1
2R: Hunt d Casals  6-3 3-6 8-6
QF: Goolagong  d Overton  6-3 6-1
QF: King  d Evert  6-7 6-3 7-5
QF: Gunter d Truman [Q] 6-1 6-2
QF: Hunt d Melville  4-4 6-2 6-2
SF: King  d Goolagong  1-6 6-4 6-1
SF: Gunter d Hunt 6-2 6-3
FI: Nancy Gunter d Billie Jean King  7-6 (5-2) 6-1
1R: Gilchrist/Goolagong d Emanuel/Martinez 6-4 7-5
FI: Rosie Casals/Billie Jean King d Judy Dalton/Francoise Durr 6-3 4-6 7-6
The national media descended on Dallas in droves, salivating at the prospect of a first meeting between the American "Cinderella" Chris Evert and ingenue Evonne Goolagong. This is Evonne's first WT Pro tour event and her first ever tournament in the United States.
The Tennis Gods of the draw were not so kind however, and placed Billie Jean, Chris, and Evonne in the same upper half of the draw.
Evonne promptly throws a scare into everyone by being only two points from defeat vs Gilchrist in the opening round. A Goolagong-Evert encounter was still alive.
"Old Lady" Billie Jean King spoiled it all though by whipping both of her younger rivals in back to back matches. First she took down Evert. Billie Jean clawed back from a set and 1-3 down, ignoring leg cramps. In Billie Jean's words she thought, "Don't give up. Guts it out." Evert confessed to thinking ahead afterwards, "I started thinking about what I was going to do after I had won. I was thinking of playing Evonne."
King: "I thought about winning amatch one time when I was about 16-and I lost. I have never done that again."
The Californain twice threw her racquet in anger after questionable line calls. King put Evert away on the third match point. Later on she played a doubles match that went past midnight.
The next night Billie Jean did it again. "The Old Lady is not over the hill yet", she exclaimed after upsetting Goolagong in 3 arduous sets. "I was so sore I didn't think I'd be able to move." After a tame first set, where she a shadow of herself, King stormed the net. In one glorious stretch she lost only 1 point through 4 service games. It was Evonne who crumbled down the stretch.
The last twist came in the final, where King said she "just ran out of gas" in a 65 minute final. Nancy Richey Gunter sailed through the bottom half the draw after Lesley Hunt upset #2 seed Casals in 2 hrs 10 minutes. This match stopped an 8 match losing streak Nancy had vs Billie Jean. With the $19,000 first prize Gunter now leads the tour in prize money winnings.
More from Billie Jean on the final: "My legs were hurting and Nancy knew it and kept hitting the ball at my feet. I was low on adrenalin.Those earlier matches took it all out of me."
Nancy: "it's nice to win some real money after playing so long for nothing. I think I'm serving better now, better than I ever have."
The gals played in front of a packed house all week at the tiny T-Bar, which held only 1,500. Many in the ritzy crowd wore black ties and dresses.
Half a world away former #1 Margaret Court gives birth to a son on March 6. Within a few weeks she is announcing a planned return to the tour in the summer.
Link to an SI article on the event titled "Shootout at the T Bar."
March 3-12 Cairo International,
Cairo, Egypt (Clay)
1R: Gail Chanfreau d Alena Pavliskova 6-2 6-2
1R: Janice Tindle (Can) d C Nelson (US) 6-0 6-0
1R: Odile De Roubin d Jane O' Hara 2-6 6-4 6-1
1R: Katja Ebbinghaus d Libuse Kuzelova 6-4 6-3
1R: Lea Pericoli d ???? default
1R: Nathalie Fuchs d Bibitsa Vassiliadis 6-1 7-5
1R: Monica Giorgi d Andree Martin (Can) 6-3 7-5
1R: Alena Palmeova-West d Themeli default
QF: Chanfreau d Tindle default
QF: Ebbinghaus d De Roubin 6-4 6-2
QF: Pericoli d Fuchs 6-4 6-2
QF: Giorgi d Palmeova-West 7-5 3-6 6-4
SF: Chanfreau d Ebbinghaus 8-6 5-7 6-2
SF: Pericoli d Giorgi 4-6 6-4 6-2
FI: Gail Chanfreau d Lea Pericoli 6-1 6-2
DF: Monica Giorgi/Lea Pericoli d Jane O'Hara/Janice Tindle 6-1 6-3
ends March 12 Sofia International
, Sofia, Bulgaria
FI: Martina Navratilova d Mariana Simionescu 6-1 6-4
DF: Martina Navratilova/Z Strnadova d Bettina Borkett/Veronika Koch 6-3 0-1 retired
Mar 12, Wynnum
, Queensland, Australia
FI: Wendy Turnbull d. Barbara Hawcroft 7-5 6-2
March 13, South-West Districts
, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
FI: Janet Young d. Maureen McCalman Pratt 6-3 ??