This year starts the same way the last year ended, but this year Smith will not hold the top spot all year.
She stops playing in August, what opens the possibilities for other players to take the top spot.
It is not clear now, who will be the #1 at the end after the recalculation.
Will Annette van Zyl be confirmed? Or will Ann Jones surpass her?
- back on its normal competition level (but not bad at all)
- three top tenners reach new career highs
after the final in Auckland Melville rises 11 positions to #35 (same she did last week)
Rosie Casals moves up 11 positions to #42 after her SF in Salem, defeated #8 Moffit enroute
Elizabeth Fenton wins the New Souith Wales Hard Court Championships and moves up 31 positions to #79, it's also her top100 debut
- Frances MacLennan reached the final in Paris and moves up 14 positions to #56
- Elena Subrats wins the title in Tampa and moves up 20 positions to #61
Els Spruyt jumps from #97 to #62 after her victory at the Dutch Covered Court Championships with wins over #18 Toyne and #13 Starkie
Galina Baksheeva jumps 31 positions up to #62 after winning the title in Alexandria with defeats over #33 Niessen and #14 Graebner
- Sonja Pachta moves up from #122 to #94 because of her SF in Menton
- Christine Spinoza moves up 21 positions to #60 also reaching the SF in Menton
Sonja Pachta jumps #94 up to #55 after winning the title in Nice with defeats over #31 Rees-Lewis, #14 Blackman
a week with some bigger tournaments led by Johannesburg:
- Player of the week for me is Helga Niessen, who wins the title in Monte Carlo. Her 351 points include 208 quality points (59%) because of defeats over #14 Blackman, #7 Dürr and #16 Bentley.
- Moffitt's title in Johannesburg is worth 453 points, incl. 227 for quality from defeats over #23 Schultze, #18 Buding and Smith #1
top20 debut for Winnie Shaw after her SF at Bournemouth with defeats over #13 Starkie and #17 Schacht
>>> some more
Francoise Durr moved from #8 to #3 in only 2 weeks! This is possible only because of all players on these positions have a similar points sum.
Anyway, it is her new best ranking.
May 23: >>> list
- Moffitt first time №3 with the La Jolla title
- van Zyl short behind her with the Wiesbaden title
- Fay Urban moves up 31 positions to #66 after reaching the finals of Barcelona (quality ratio 67 %)
- 16yo Patti Hogan jumps from #225 to #87 as being runner-up in La Jolla, with defeats over #2 Richey and #35 Casals her quality ratio is 69%!
after Roland Garros:
player of the week to me is Winnie Shaw with her Subiton victory, moving up to #14 and pulliing ahead of her compatriot Viginia Wade
>>> June 6
June 13: >>> list
- Betty Stove triumps in Bristol! coming into the tournament as #38
she defeated 3 much higher ranked players (#12 Sherriff, #5 van Zyl, #7 Baylon) enroute; she moves up 12 spots to #26
- other noteworthy moves: Blake, Baksheeva, Emanuel, Krantzcke
- Francoise Durr wins the title at the Queen's Club and takes over the runner-up position
- many noteworthy moves this week: Eisel, Melville, Casals, Groenman, Krocke, Godwin
- Ann Jones moves into the runner-up postion, a position she was last ranked almost 4 years ago (September 1962)!
- beside this there's no further changing inside the top10, because of the points win/loss situation for these players
(for example: winner Moffitt earns 700 points more than last year, but the distance to the next higher ranked player was 658 before;
no one above her lost points, so therafter she stays the same)
Helga Schultze leaps 8 positions to #17 after her victory at Düsseldorf, while her final opponent Buding moves #18 to #15
- Karen Krantzcke leaps 6 positions to #15 after her victory in Haverford, while her final opponent Peaches Bartkovicz moves leaps from #69 to #54 with (60% quality-ratio)
- Trudy Groenman reaches the final in Hilversum and leaps 7 positions to #19
- Rosie Casals reaches the final of South Orange and moves up to #24;
her 309 points include a 58% quality-ratio. Donna Fales, the winner, had a quality-ratio of 35% and less combined points than Casals (281). Fales moves up #38 to #33
Evelyne Terras trimphs in Oostend with wins over #11 Blackman and #8 Tegart and moves up 27 positions to #59 (quality-ratio 66%!)
- Anette van reaches her career high of #3 with her victory at Knokke
- Helga Niessen move up to #11 with her victory at Munich (defeats over #10 Sherriff #8 Bueno and compatriot Schultze #14)
- Vlasta Vopickova's SF appearance at Muich with a defeat over #1 Smith let her jump 14 positions to #38
Sue Behlmar is the mover of the week by 21 positions to #60 now, after she reached the QF in Manchester
after Forest Hills:
- Bueno is top5 again
- Virginia Wade surpassed compatriot Winnie Shaw now on her way up
- Kerry Melville also moves nearer the top10 after making the SF
- 17yo Val Ziegenfuss leaps 25 positions to #70 after reaching the QF in LA
- 16yo Patti Hogan leaps 19 positons to #49 with reaching the final
Bueno's back to back victories at LA and Berkeley let her take over the #3 again, she almost fell below the top10 in July
Virginia Wade breaks into the top10 after her victory at Stalybridge which includes a defeat of #2 Jones (59% quality)
an unspectacular change at the top this week, after 143 consecutive weeks the paused Margaret Smith opens the way by simply losing some of her old points
Kerry Melville enters the top10 after reaching the final in Sydney - she is only the 2nd new top10 player this year
- Casals' victory in Melbourne let her rise from #17 to #12!
- Lorraine Robinson is back and into the top100. She reached the SF in Melbourne with defeats over #13 Sherriff, #6 Durr, #15 Krantzcke and gives her the 2nd-biggest points sum of the week (318 / 62% quality). For the former #4 (back in 1958) I noticed her last result before this week in June 1965.
full season list:
>>> more details
- two more Aussies joined the top20 this season: Melville and Krantzcke (7 in all - four more are top50)
- Casals and Niessen are also new there and also clear top10 candidates for 1967
- 15yo Evonne Goolagong had her first results which show her "only" at #168 for this season
Almost the full season is characterized by many players having good results, without being salient.
What is showed by the points sum of the no.1 after the all-dominating Margaret Smith takes a break from the circuit.
It is the lowest points sum since August 1959 when Christine Truman had her short reign.
The actual revised version shows that Annette van Zyl is not confirmed as the year-end-no1 (or even a no1 in any week),
but as you can see (like in the previous version) the gaps between the first four stays so small that additional results could change all once again!
For now it is Ann Jones reigning slightly ahead of all others.
like last year my outcome is not that different to the experts/polls from thence (world rankings
if putting all top10 lists into one, I think it would be comparable to mine.
again with one exception: Carol Graebner!!!
How could Bruce Walkley choose her into that position??? Graebner had 7 minor results and one final appearance - mind-blowing decision.
Bruce Walkley----Melbourne Herald Sun Australia.
1 Maria Bueno-Brazil
2 Nancy Richey-US
3 Margaret Smith-Aus.
4 Billie Jean King-US
6 Annette van Zyl-S. Africa
7 Francoise Durr-France
8 Carole Graebner-US
9 Kerry Melville-Aus
10 Rosie Casals-US
at the top week by week:
date ........... player at #1 ...... advantage of points
1966-01-03 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-01-10 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-01-17 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-01-24 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-01-31 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 4176
1966-02-07 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-02-14 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-02-21 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-02-28 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-03-07 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-03-14 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-03-21 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-03-28 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-04-04 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 3321
1966-04-11 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 3647
1966-04-18 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 3923
1966-04-25 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-05-02 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 3948
1966-05-09 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 4181
1966-05-16 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-05-23 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 3873
1966-05-30 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 3397
1966-06-06 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 2953
1966-06-13 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 2780
1966-06-20 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 2630
1966-06-27 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 1715
1966-07-04 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-07-11 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-07-18 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-07-25 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-08-01 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 1363
1966-08-08 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 1245
1966-08-15 ..... Margaret Smith ....... 1174
1966-08-22 ..... Margaret Smith ........ 963
1966-08-29 ..... Margaret Smith ........ 768
1966-09-05 ..... Margaret Smith
1966-09-12 ..... Margaret Smith ......... 37
1966-09-19 ..... Margaret Smith ......... 37
1966-09-26 ..... Margaret Smith ......... 37
1966-10-03 ..... Margaret Smith ......... 37
1966-10-10 ..... Margaret Smith ......... 37
1966-10-17 ..... Margaret Smith ........ 220
1966-10-24 ..... Margaret Smith ......... 42
1966-10-31 ..... Margaret Smith ........ 151
1966-11-07 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
1966-11-14 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
1966-11-21 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
1966-11-28 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
1966-12-05 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
1966-12-12 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
1966-12-19 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
1966-12-26 ..... Ann Haydon Jones ....... 38
Margareth Smith was №1 for 213 weeks until now! What means: If the revised calculations for the 1970s stay mostly the same,
she will have more career weeks at №1 than Sfeffi Graf has officially.
the tournaments conclusion:
less big-points-generating tournaments than last year: B
minus 3 / C+
first try of rankings with other systems:
( post121.html )
- with winning the US Nationals Maria Bueno took over the №1 on the Average
list - with the lowest no. of results inside the top30 (10)
- when Maria Bueno took over the №1 spot on November 14 on the Best 16
list Margaret Smith was on top in a series of 260 weeks - almost 5 years!