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1957 UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates: August 29-September 7
Venue: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, New York City, New York
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=64)

1st Round


Althea Gibson [1] d. Karol Fageros 6-4 6-4
Betsy Lester d. Belmar Gunderson 6-3 6-3
Carmen Lampe d. Bonnie Mencher 6-2 6-3
Sheila Armstrong (GB) d. Nancy O'Connell 6-3 6-0
Mary Hawton (Aus) [8] d. Barbara Benigni 6-4 7-5
Sachiko Kamo (Jap) d. Charlotte Decker [Alt] 4-6 6-3 8-6
Pat Todd d. Bunny Vosters 6-1 12-10
Ruth Jeffrey d. Mary Louise Thompson 6-3 6-3

Dottie Knode [3] d. Isabel Troccole 6-3 6-1
Pat Shaffer d. Judy Pilsbury 7-5 6-2
Anne Shilcock (GB) d. Carole Wright 6-1 6-1
Barbara Davidson d. Sue Metzger 6-2 6-0
Christine Truman (GB) [6] d. Mary Richards 6-0 6-1
Jacque Tegland d. Pilar Herrero (Cuba) 6-1 6-3
Marta Hernandez (Mex) d. Anne Bagge Vieira (Bra) 6-2 6-3
Lois Felix d. Diane Wootton 4-6 7-5 6-0

Louise Brough [2] d. Siegelinde Boeck (Can) 6-1 6-1
Louise Brown (Can) d. Baba Lewis 9-7 7-5
Lorna Raymond d. Kay Newcombe (Aus) 4-6 6-2 6-3
Kay Hubbell d. Owen McHaney 6-4 6-4
Ann Haydon (GB) [7] d. Donna Floyd 6-2 6-0
Gwen Thomas d. Mandy Mandel 6-4 5-7 6-3
Pat Naud d. Mimi Arnold 3-6 6-3 7-5
Sally Moore d. Carolyn Wikoff 6-3 6-1

Shirley Bloomer (GB) [4] d. Mary Ann Mitchell 6-3 6-2
Pat Stewart d. Sara Mae Turber 6-2 6-2
Janet Hopps d. Linda Vail 6-1 6-0
Margaret Varner d. Susan Butt 6-1 6-2
Darlene Hard [5] d. Jeanne Arth 6-3 6-8 6-3
Sue Hodgman d. Farel Footman 11-9 6-1
Margareta Bonstrom (Swe) d. Sandra Loubat 6-4 7-5
Nancy Norton d. Marguerita Paserell (P Rico) 7-5 9-7

2nd Round

Gibson [1] d. Lester 6-0 6-1
Armstrong d. Lampe 6-2 6-3
Hawton [8] d. Kamo 6-3 6-2
Todd d. Jeffrey 6-2 6-1
Knode [3] d. Shaffer 6-2 6-4
Shilcock d. Davidson 3-6 6-3 8-6
Truman [6] d. Tegland 6-1 6-2
Felix d. Hernandez 9-7 6-2

Brough [2] d. Brown 6-2 6-0
Raymond d. Hubbell 6-1 6-3
Haydon [7] d. Thomas 6-0 6-1
Moore d. Naud 1-6 6-3 6-2
Bloomer [4] d. Stewart 6-2 6-4
Hopps d. Varner 6-3 8-6
Hard [5] d. Hodgman 6-2 6-4
Bonstrom d. Norton 7-5 6-1

3rd Round

Gibson [1] d. Armstrong 6-2 6-1
Hawton [8] d. Todd 6-4 6-1
Knode [3] d. Shilcock 6-2 6-1
Felix d. Truman [6] 6-2 6-1

Brough [2] d. Raymond 6-0 7-5
Haydon [7] d. Moore 7-5 1-6 6-3
Bloomer [4] d. Hopps 6-4 6-4
Hard [5] d. Bonstrom 6-2 6-3

Quarterfinals

Gibson [1] d. Hawton [8] 6-2 6-2
Knode [3] d. Felix 6-2 6-1
Brough [2] d. Haydon [7] 7-5 6-1
Hard [5] d. Bloomer [4] 6-0 6-1

Semifinals

Gibson [1] d. Knode [3] 6-2 6-2
Brough [2] d. Hard [5] 6-2 6-4

Final


Althea Gibson [1] d. Loise Brough [2] 6-3 6-2

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=32)

1st Round

Althea Gibson/Kurt Nielson (Den) d. Margaret Varner/Alan Roberts 6-4 6-4
Kay Newcombe (Aus)/Myron Franks d. Jeanne Arth/Hugh Tierney 9-7 6-4
Sandra Loubat/Crawford Henry d. Nancy O’Connell/Chuck McKinley 7-5 10-12 6-3
Margareta Bonstrom (Swe)/Sven Davidson (Swe) d. Mary Halford (GB)/Dennis Coumbe 6-2 4-6 6-2
Pat Todd/Gardnar Mulloy d. Dottie Knode/Johann Kupferburger (SA) 6-4 4-6 6-3
Mary Hawton (Aus)/Luis Ayala (Chile) d. Sheila Armstrong (GB)/Earl Buchholtz 7-5 7-5
Christine Truman (GB)/Bobby Wilson (GB) d. Pat Shaffer/James Shaffer 6-0 6-3
Ann Haydon (GB)/Chris Crawford d. Karol Fageros/Grant Golden 6-4 7-5

Margaret duPont/Vic Seixas d. Marta Hernandez (Mex)/Ron Holmberg 5-7 6-2 6-4
Pat Naud/Donald Thompson d. Mary Ann Mitchell/Whitney Reed 6-3 3-6 6-2
Barbara Scofield Davidson/Bill Talbert d. Sally Moore/Bob Mark (Aus) 6-4 6-4
Donna Floyd/Donald Dell d. Charlotte Decker/Thomas Boys 6-4 6-4
Shirley Bloomer (GB)/Mike Davies (GB) d. Owen McHaney/John Lesch 4-6 6-4 6-1
Janet Hopps/William McQuillan d. Anne Shilcock (GB)/Rananathan Krishnan (Ind) 6-3 3-6 6-3
Sachiko Kamo (Jap)/Kosei Kamo (Jap) d. Susan Butt/Paul Willey 7-5 4-6 6-1
Darlene Hard/Bob Howe (Aus) d. Carole Wright/Paul Cranis 6-3 6-2

2nd Round

Gibson/Nielson d. Newcombe/Franks 6-1 9-7
Loubat/Henry d. Bonstrom/Davison 6-4 6-2
Todd/Mulloy d. Hawton/Ayala 6-4 6-4
Truman/Wilson d. Haydon/Crawford 7-5 6-3

duPont/Seixas d. Naud/Thompson 6-2 6-3
Davidson/Talbert d. Floyd/Dell 8-6 4-6 6-1
Hopps/McQuillan d. Bloomer/Davies 6-3 1-6 6-3
Hard/Howe d. Kamo/Kamo 6-1 6-2

Quarterfinals


Gibson/Nielson d. Loubat/Henry 6-3 11-9
Todd/Mulloy d. Truman/Wilson 8-6 6-2

duPont/Seixas d. Davidson/Talbert 6-3 3-6 6-2
Hard/Howe d. Hopps/McQuillan 6-4 7-5

Semifinals


Gibson/Nielson d. Todd/Mulloy 4-6 7-5 7-5
Hard/Howe d. duPont/Seixas 6-3 6-1

Final

Althea Gibson/Kurt Nielson d. Darlene Hard/Bob Howe 6-3 9-7

Brough volleys a ball against Althea in the final



Draw notes
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Ann Bagge Vieira of Denmark had recently wed Armando Vieira of Brazil in August.
Junior Helene Weill "was asked to withdraw to Sachiko Kamo and replaced by Charlotte Decker". (World Tennis 19)

All names for this draw are listed in full.

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Sources:

World Tennis, October 1957, pages 18-20, 67

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Summary:

Althea Gibson rolls through the field without dropping a set. Ironically her toughest match comes in the opening round vs Karol Fageros. Karol is the glam girl and top sex symbol among the women on tour. Fageros serves hard, attacks, and comes to net. The problem is these are all things Gibson does a shade better. She extends Althea to 6-4 6-4-the most games Althea drops all event.

Gibson is the first African-American win the US National title. Vice-President Richard Nixon presents her with the trophy.

Louise Brought turns back time and Darlene Hard, easily topping #2 seed in the semifinals. Gibson overpowered Dottie Knode in the other semi.

#6 seed Christine Truman was a huge disappointment. She whacks a forehand with all her might. Her movement is compromised however. She was also in the process of trying to learn a new backhand. Her dependable slice worked at Wimbledon even if it was the weaker side. Truman is learning a topspin backhand, but here at Forest Hills it went all to pieces. Lois Felix destroyed her 6-2 6-1. Felix is a quality player, but nowhere in Truman's class.

There were 20 juniors in the draw. This made things complicated as the US Girls' Championships in Philadelphia did not end until the third day of Forest Hills. This generated controversy.

Sally Moore vs Carolyn Wikoff was actually played in Philadelphia.

Junior Helene Weill "was asked to withdraw to Sachiko Kamo and replaced by Charlotte Decker". (World Tennis 19)

Maureen Connolly wrote "It's a shame that a few players who really are not qualified were permitted to appear in the Nationals, while certain youngsters were kept out of the draw who really should have been allowed to play. Politics should never enter into tennis. It would be far better to have a qualifying round, even if it had to be played on clay rather than grass." (World Tennis page 67)

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