1958 French Championship
Körmöczy remembers the tournament
Original Source: June 1958, Picture Sport Magazin
(transletad by myself so sorry for the bad grammer)
„I played in the Quarters against Haydon. It was a distasteful, hard-fought match. I cought cold on the day before, and I had a little fever too. The freckled Ann was 3rd on the British rangkings, so I thought, I could beat her. I didn’t like, that she’s a left-handed. She hit strong, top-spin forehands, I could handle these from very high in the air, from a position like this very difficult to attack. Her backhands were deep slices, in the beginning I didn’t know what to do against them. She quckly led 2-0. The I found out the right tactic: because she reached everything from the baseline, I had to luer her into the net, and there hit good passing shots, or lob her, in bief break her rhythm. This worked for me, I won the first set 6-3.
She already led 4-1 in the second set, I felt very tiredI knew, If we had a final set, I would lose. This thought gave me some saved strenth, I started to play betten again and took the next 5 games in a row.
My semifinal opponent was Segal, a slim girl from Bermuda who had excellent build (she beat the world ranked No. 9. Truman in the previous round). I played probably my best tennis ever! The first game took 10 minutes, luckily I won it, and also some confidence, she got nervous, and it is always deciding factor. I beat her 6-1 6-0, I already knew that Bloomer is in the final. She beat the 18-year-old brazilian Bueno. Bueno seems a small, frail girl, but she is an unbelievable huge talent, in 2 years she’ll be on the top.
Bloomer is a ’blood-sucker’ type. Tough, hardworking, very fast and… last year she killed me 6-1 6-1… It was sure I was unable to beat her from the baseline, I had to go to the all the time. I planned the previous morning I go onto court to practise the vollies, but there came a huge ice-storm, the courts went under the water. So I run half an hour at the afternnon. It was good to me.
On the day of the final I packed all my suitcases, and brought everything to the lockerrom.
I thought at night I travel to home, getting the final is a great result anyway. 10000 people were sitting in the stadium. I told myself, it’s not a final, it’s just a simple match. My coach József Somogyi recognised before the match that Bloomer was practising the drop-shot returns with the british captain Paish. I got ready for that, and I reached all of the sort balls. The match went: 0-1, 4-2, 5-2 for me, after that Bloomer won the next 2 games, that time a little wind came to the court, it helped me, I hit long balls into the corner and at the net I won the points, 6-4!
At the start of the send set, I felt bad, my feet had gone to sleep, I had to put behind me this nerve-tiredness quickly!Bloomer led 4-1 that time, I decided to le this set go, and the in the remaining part I let Shirley to run, and bring myself back togeother. Bloomer took the set 6-1, but luckily I was right at the finish. After the second set, there was the opportunity to have a bathroom break, I said I didn’t need it, I saw that Bloomer got glad, shethought she’d have an easy third set.
In the final set till 5-0 I did what I wanted. Then again there came a downhill for me, I thought it could be over. Bloomer won 2 games as quick as lightning, and it came to my mind over and over that Patty lost from 5-0 up in the final set to Haillet reviously, I feard it’d happen to me too. 5-2, 40/15, two match points. The crowd started to cheer and it made me nervous, I made an unforced error, I told myself again it’s only a simple ball, like the other, not match point. I served, Bloomer missed the return! Oh my god, I through my racquet, jumped the net, I cuddled Shirley, I wondered she is not happy. I won the biggest clay-court tournament!”
Int he first half of 1958 Suzy (Zsuzsa) Körmöczy won 5 events in a row, 35 matches without losing a sinlge one.