1961 at Wimbledon
South Africans must have been on tenterhooks in late June and early July. There were two Springboks in the Wimbledon semifinals!
Renee Schuurman came next against Christine Truman.
Sandra Reynolds was to face Angela Mortimer
Renee was lucky to get to the semis, having survived a match point to defeat Karen Hantze in the quarterfinals.
High as excitement ran, people at home couldn't plop down in front of a telly, as television didn't exist in South Africa until 1976.
In the first semi Christine simply overpowered Schuurman by a score of 6-4 6-4.
Mortimer takes up the encounter vs Reynolds in her book My Waiting Game
"To fight my way to the final I had to beat Sandra Reynolds, the brilliant, lithe, South African player." (p 169)
From page 170:
"Sandra and I played a tough game. It only ran to two sets, but I did more running than in three sets vs Christine. Sandra hits a very hard forehand, but slices her backhand. She was feeding me with a tremendous variety of pace throughout the match."
Sandra twice had a point for a 5-2 lead, but missed both times by mere inches. Angela dug in and directed every ball she could to the backhand, dragging out rallies. Sandra's forehand finally lost its sting but she fought on grimly-six times having a point to tie it at 10 all. When Mort won the set 11-9 the partisan crowd erupted in cheers.
Soon after it was all over at 11-9 6-3. The South African dream of a Wimbledon final was no more.
World Tennis wrote:
The South African girls have contributed so much to the game these past six years by their grace and charming femininity that it was sad to see them lose, especially when we realized we will not see Sandra again.She plan to retire after her marriage in the Autumn.
Sandra changed her mind, as she toured two more years after her marriage before having children.