Re: Beverly Baker Fleitz
I haven't finished researching Baker's singles record in 1951, but I'm estimating it at close to 80-18 spread over 28 tournaments, 7 of which she won.
This year in particular illustrates her problems on clay, especially in Europe. She started the year in Florida where she split 4 clay court matches with Shirley Fry followed by a loss on clay to Doris Hart in Havana.
She went to Europe in March and did not return to the U.S. until after Wimbledon. A series of losses on clay marred her tour:
* Monte Carlo, lost R16 to Barbara Scofield
* Nice, lost SF to Fry 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
* Italian National Championships, defaulted QF to Thelma Coyne Long
* Palermo, Italy, lost SF to Fry 9-7, 6-1
* Paris (at Roland Garros but not the GS event), lost SF to Hart 6-0, 0-6, 6-3
* Bournmouth, lost SF to Jean Walker Smith
* Hurlingham, won the tournament, defeated Katherine Tuckey (later Maude) in the final
* Birmingham, won the tournament, defeated Nancye Wynne Bolton in the final
* French International Championships, Paris, #5 seed, lost QF to #4 seed Walker Smith 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Switching to grass:
* Manchester, lost the final to Hart 8-6, 6-3
* Bristol, won the tournament, defeating Beryl Nicholas Bartlett in the final and Angela Mortimer in SF 6-3, 6-2
* Queen's Club, lost QF to Nancy Chaffee
* Wimbledon, #5 seed, lost SF to #3 seed Hart 6-3, 6-1 after defeating unseeded Althea Gibson in 3R 6-1, 6-3 and #2 seed Margaret Osborne duPont in QF 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. To have won the tournament, she would have had to defeat the 2, 3, and 4 seeds in succession.
The remainder of her year, all in the U.S., was notable for 3 losses to the rapidly-becoming-invincible Maureen Connolly and an upset loss at Forest Hills:
* U.S. Clay Court Championships, lost SF to Dorothy Head
* Pennsylvania and Eastern Districts Championships, lost SF to Maureen Connolly 6-4, 6-3
* Maidstone Invitational, lost the final to Patricia Canning Todd
* Essex County Club Invitational, lost SF to Connolly 9-7, 6-2
* U.S. National Championships, #6 seed, lost 3R to #3 foreign seed Tuckey. This was the start of Connolly's domination of Grand Slam tournaments.
* Pacific Southwest Championships, lost the final to Connolly 9-7, 6-4
Last edited by Austimrunner1; Jul 9th, 2019 at 04:44 AM.