Re: 1979 results
March 12-18 Avon Championships of Boston, Boston, Massachuesetts, US (Indoors on Sporteze)
Venue: Boston Uviversity's Walter Brown Arena
Prize monwey= $150,000 US
Final stop on the Avon circuit.
1R: Chris Evert  d Pam Teeguarden 6-2 6-2
1R: Kathy May-Teacher d Renata Tomanova 6-1 3-6 6-1
1R: Sue Barker d Terry Holladay 6-2 3-1 retired (flu)
1R: Marise Kruger  d Mima Jausovec 4-6 6-4 6-1
1R: Greer Stevens  d Peanut Louie 6-2 6-1
1R: Lesley Hunt d Ilana Kloss 6-2 6-4
1R: Rosie Casals d Jeanne Duvall 6-2 6-4
1R: Virginia Wade  Mary Lou Piatek 6-1 6-2
1R: Kerry Reid  d Renee Richards 6-2 6-4
1R: Linda Siegel d Sandy Collins 6-4 6-2
1R: Carrie Meyer d Caroline Stoll 7-5 6-0
1R: Wendy Turnbull  d Dianne Desfor 6-3 6-2
1R: Marita Redondo d Ann Kiyomura  7-6 7-5
1R: Betsy Nagelsen d Pat Medrado 6-7 6-1 6-1
1R: Betty Stove d Anne Smith 6-4 6-1
1R: Dianne Fromholtz  d Kate Latham 6-1 6-2
2R: Evert  d May-Teacher 6-3 6-0
2R: Barker d Kruger  6-2 6-2
2R: Stevens  d Hunt 6-1 6-2
2R: Wade  d Casals 6-2 7-5
2R: Reid  d Siegel 6-2 7-5
2R: Turnbull  d Meyer 7-6 (7-1) 7-5
2R: Redondo d Nagelsen 7-5 6-2
2R: Fromholtz  d Stove 6-3 6-1
QF: Barker d Evert  6-3 6-1
QF: Wade  d Stevens  6-4 7-6 (11-9)
QF: Turnbull[ 4] d Reid  7-6 (7-5) 6-1
QF: Fromholtz d Redondo 6-1 6-2
SF: Barker d Wade  7-6 (9-7) 6-4
SF: Fromholtz[ 2] d Turnbull  5-7 6-2 6-1
FI: Dianne Fromholtz  d Sue Barker 6-2 7-6 (7-4)
3rd: Turnbull d Wade default (flu)
1R: Casals/Evert  d Meyer/Teguraden 7-6 6-2
1R: Kloss/Stevens d Nagelson/Tomanova 6-2 6-4
1R: Reid/Turnbull  d Richards/Wade 3-6 6-4 6-3
1R: Jausovec/A Smith d Louie/Redondo 6-3 6-4
1R: Fromholyz/Kruger d Holladay/Teacher default
1R: Durr/Stove  d Allen/Desfor 6-3 6-1
1R: Hunt/Strachanova d Barbara Jordan/Latham 6-4 7-5
1R: Barker/Kiyomura  d Piatek/Siegel 6-2 6-4
QF: Kloss/Stevens d Casals/Evert  default
QF: Reid/Turnbull  d Jausovec/A Smith default
QF: Fromholtz/Kruger d Durr/Stove  6-2 7-6
QF: Barker/Kiyomura  d Hunt/Strachanova 6-0 6-3
SF: Reid/Turnbull  d Kloss/Stevens 7-5 6-1
SF: Barker/Kiyomura  d Fromholtz/Kruger 6-2 6-3
FI: Kerry Reid/Wendy Turnbull  d Sue Barker/Ann Kiyomura  6-4 6-2
’78 was a down year for both Fromholtz and Barker and they rebound to meet in a big Avon final. Barker’s only career win over Evert, and an importqnt one, as making the final earned her enough points to qualify for the Avon finale event in Madison Square Garden.
Barker comes out and flattens a flat Evert in the QF. Sue had never beaten Chris before. Evert may have had other matters on her mind as her marriage to John Lloyd nears. Edy McGoldrick organized a bridal shower for Chris that lasted five hours. "My heart wasn't in it."
Nome of that mattered to Barker, who stared, "I consider this my greatest win because I have beaten everyone else."
Casals and Wade had contentious match. Wade strongly argues a call at 5-5 in the second set until Casals snapped, "If you want it that badly you can have it." Rosie accused Virginia of being a bad sport in the presser after the match. ""Every time I play her it seems like she argues every point. At the professional level I don't think a palyer should carry on the way Virginia does. It's unnecessary. It's very unsportsmanlike to conduct herself that way." It didn't stop there. Casals continued, "I'm not the only one who feels that way either. Virginia never gives anyone credit when she loses. She's a bad loser. Everybody hates to lose. I hate to lose." When Wade was asked about Rosie's comments she replied, "Rosie's always been a very good sport. I don't pretend to be a good sport. I'm not a bad sport. if I feel like doing something, I do it."
The two were heard shouting at each other in the locker room afterwards.
Off court storms were matches by on court drama, as Wade took 1 hour and 55 minutes to dispose of Greer Stevens for the second week in a row. Stevens couldn't convert 3 set points on her serve at 5-3. She led again at 5-2 in the tiebreak and was unable to convert 2 more set points. Wade finally won the tiebreak at 11-9 on match point #7.
Turnbull's semi loss snaps a 13 match win streak, probably the longest of her career.
Wade had 2 set points of her own vs Barker in the semis. Virginia apparently did feel like complimenting Barker for her semi win. "She played out of her mind. She hit winners off her backhanf I couldn't believe. She hit an incredible percentage of winners. She dictated the game." Barker recalled being a ball girl for "her idol" Wade at the age of 11. Barker, who was never seeded in any Avon event, now is guarenteed of making the 8 woman tour finale.
7,185 come out for the final. Dianne won in straight sets as Barker commits a slew of errors. Sue complianed of being ill afterwards. "A lot of us were sick last night. I think it was something we ate. Today I wasn't able to stay in the rally long enough to do what I had to do."
March 13-18 Avon Futures Championships, Orlando, Florida, US (Hard)
Venue: Rosemont Gold and Country Club
Prize Money= $35,000
Tour finale for the Avon Futures circuit.
Draw=8 (Round Robin double elimination format)
Red Group: Hanika, Marsikova, Potter, Walsh
Black Group: Acker/Blount, Jordan,Stuart
Red Group results
Regina Marsikova d Sylvia Hanika 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-1
Barbara Potter d Sharon Walsh 5-7 6-4 7-5
Regina Marsikova d Barbara Potter 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) (Marsikova at 2-0 advances to SF)
Sharon Walsh d Sylvia Hanika 7-5 6-4 (Hanika at 0-2 out of event)
Black Group results
Kathy Jordan d Renee Blount 6-2 6-3
Betty Ann Stuart d Sherry Acker 2-6 6-3 6-0
Kathy Jordan d Bettyann Stuart 6-4 6-3 (Jordan at 2-0 advances to semifinals)
Sherry Acker d Renee Blount 7-5 6-2 (Blount at 0-2 out of event)
Elimination Round (winners advance to semifinals-losers out of event)
Sherry Acker d Barbara Potter 6-2 4-6 6-4
Bettyann Stuart d Sharon Walsh 6-3 6-1
SF: K Jordan d Acker 6-4 6-1
SF: Marsikova d Stuart 6-0 7-5
FI: Kathy Jordan d Regina Marsikova 4-6 6-1 6-4
3rd: Stuart a Acker 6-1
1R: Marjorie Blackwood/Kym Ruddell d Raquel Giscafre/Jane Stratton 6-3 6-2
1R: Sherry Acker/Mary Carillo d Bunny Bruning/Rayni Fox 7-6 6-2
FI: Sherry Acker/Mary Carillo d Marjorie Blackwood/Kym Ruddell 7-6 2-6 7-6
The Futures tour features players whose rankings were low enough or who performed poorly enough on the Avon tour to merit exclusion from the higher tier events. For example, Kathy Jordan is a newcomer to the tour. She won early in the season on the Futures circuit and went on to beat Tracy Austin in an Avon event. Regina Marsikova, however, finished ’78 just outside the top ten and suffered early losses on the Avon tour which demoted her to the Futures circuit. Then you have players like Betty Ann Stuart and Sharon Walsh, who had long careers with mediocre success who made a living out of one or two wins a week in singles and perhaps a better run in doubles. The “Futures” name implied that you would catch the up and coming players, yet often the winners had been around for awhile.
March 13-18 Santista Cup of Recife, Recife, Brazil
Prize Money= $5,000
1st stop of the 6 event Santista Circuit
SF: ???? d Glaucia Langela
FI: Emilise Raponi d Meister 6-0 6-4
DF: Nerida Gregory/Leanne Harrison d Matte/Meister 6-1 6-4
Last edited by Rollo; Apr 4th, 2012 at 03:21 PM.