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The Revolving Door of Women's Doubles

Doubles has always been a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, the state of the games has declined over the past 15-20 years. I love the doubles partnerships of the 60's and 70's. Upon doing some research for a doubles rankings projects, I began to wonder why some partnerships stopped or started. Maybe someone might have some inside info.

In '77, Navratilova and Stove were clearly #1. Yet in '78, they split and King partnered Martina and Betty played with Goolagong on the winter circuit and with Evert some later. Did Martina just think that BJK was the best partner available and dump Betty?

In '78, Navratilova and King were cruising at the top of the game (Reid and Turnbull, Wimbledon champs were their main competition). Late in the year, Navratilova played a few tournaments with teenager Anne Smith. King played the tournaments with other partners. I wondered why Martina and King split for a brief while. She and Smith were successful as a team, but then she and King partnered up again at the YEC. Was Martina considering a partnership with Smith who was considered a top player in the future (and she would be in doubles)?

Also in '78, Kerry Reid took on Wendy Turnbull as a partner. Reid had success with Karen Krantzcke earlier in her career and had played '77 successfully with Greer Stevens. Turnbull had not emerged as a top doubles player yet and only had some minor successes. The two went to the top of the game, winning Wimbledon and finishing the year just below King/Navratilova. Yet, the next year, Wendy partnered Betty Stove and they became the top doubles team for awhile. Anyone know why she and Kerry parted ways?

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Re: The Revolving Door of Women's Doubles

I have no idea about the parting of the ways for those pairings Preacherfan but I am interested to find out more if anyone has any detail.

I too LOVE the womens doubles from the 60s and 70s. The pairings that I really loved were:

60s: King/Bueno, King/Casals, Durr/Jones, Durr/Chanfreau, Bueno/Richey, Court/Turner, Court/Tegart.

Then in the 70s I loved the pairings of:
King/Casals (on and off), King/Navratilova, Durr/Stove, Durr/Wade, King/Stove, Court/Wade, Court/Goolagong, Evert/Navratilova (briefly), Reid/Turnbull.

Oh they were the good old days when all the top players competed.

King, Court & Navratilova had tremendous success with a catalogue of partners, but there were lots of other very good doubles players around that also did well with a mixture of partners eg. Durr, Stove, Casals & Turnbull in particular. I just wished there was more footage of them available. I mean I am very grateful for the large amount of footage I have been able to get hold of over the years, it's just a shame that more wasn't kept by the tv corporations.

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Doubles has always been a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, the state of the games has declined over the past 15-20 years. I love the doubles partnerships of the 60's and 70's. Upon doing some research for a doubles rankings projects, I began to wonder why some partnerships stopped or started. Maybe someone might have some inside info.

In '77, Navratilova and Stove were clearly #1. Yet in '78, they split and King partnered Martina and Betty played with Goolagong on the winter circuit and with Evert some later. Did Martina just think that BJK was the best partner available and dump Betty?

In '78, Navratilova and King were cruising at the top of the game (Reid and Turnbull, Wimbledon champs were their main competition). Late in the year, Navratilova played a few tournaments with teenager Anne Smith. King played the tournaments with other partners. I wondered why Martina and King split for a brief while. She and Smith were successful as a team, but then she and King partnered up again at the YEC. Was Martina considering a partnership with Smith who was considered a top player in the future (and she would be in doubles)?

Also in '78, Kerry Reid took on Wendy Turnbull as a partner. Reid had success with Karen Krantzcke earlier in her career and had played '77 successfully with Greer Stevens. Turnbull had not emerged as a top doubles player yet and only had some minor successes. The two went to the top of the game, winning Wimbledon and finishing the year just below King/Navratilova. Yet, the next year, Wendy partnered Betty Stove and they became the top doubles team for awhile. Anyone know why she and Kerry parted ways?
I remember Wendy and Kerry had a few bad losses in 1979 and said they wanted to split up and not threaten their friendship or their run at Wimbledon, such was their pride at winning the title there.
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King broke up Stove-Navratilova, because she believed Martina was the one player who could help her get that Wimbledon record. I remember hearing a commentator say that Betty was disgruntled by Martina's defection. For most of 1978 and 1979, those two played together. There's only a handful of tournaments where King played with a different partner, and I think it was mostly at events where Martina was not playing. King played a limited schedule during much of this time, so Martina would have been looking for a partner and she and Anne Smith meshed very well together.
I don't know what broke up Reid-Turnbull, but I do know that Reid and Stevens' partnership ended with Greer's major knee injury. Also, Reid-Turnbull seemed to split after the indoor season in 1979. It was Kerry's last year on the tour, and Turnbull embarked on a very successful partnership with Betty Stove. If Kerry knew she was quitting, it made sense that she would have wanted Stove to hook up with a solid partner like Stove.
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King broke up Stove-Navratilova, because she believed Martina was the one player who could help her get that Wimbledon record. I remember hearing a commentator say that Betty was disgruntled by Martina's defection. For most of 1978 and 1979, those two played together. There's only a handful of tournaments where King played with a different partner, and I think it was mostly at events where Martina was not playing. King played a limited schedule during much of this time, so Martina would have been looking for a partner and she and Anne Smith meshed very well together.
I don't know what broke up Reid-Turnbull, but I do know that Reid and Stevens' partnership ended with Greer's major knee injury. Also, Reid-Turnbull seemed to split after the indoor season in 1979. It was Kerry's last year on the tour, and Turnbull embarked on a very successful partnership with Betty Stove. If Kerry knew she was quitting, it made sense that she would have wanted Stove to hook up with a solid partner like Stove.
Good points. However, I did notice that in at least two of the three tournaments where Navratilova played with Smith in '78, King was in the draw with someone else.

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