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tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:16 PM

Suzy Körmöczy Career Results & Photo Thread
As it started... With her first coach János Zeitler.
One of the first matches...
As a teen played parallel fencing besides tennis, made "revolution" winning the Hungarian championship in tennis short.
running top-spin forehand
with her daddy
Hungarian Junior champion in 1936.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:17 PM


Apr. Budapest - BLKE Tennis Club (CL)

?R Körmöczy d. Wheeler (US. No.#3.) 7-5 3-6 6-4
Win against the world-ranking - unkown teen beats the US No. #3.

French Davis Cup player: Jean Lessueur who plays at the men's event doesn't believe his eyes watching this match, says after: I'm glad to be able to see the first big win of the future's Suzanne Lenglen...

May Modena - Orsi Cup (CL)

QF: Hungary d. Denmark 3:0
SF: Hungary d. Czechoslovakia 3:0
F: Italy d. Hungary 2:1
Körmöczy d. Tonolli 6-3 6-3
2 years before Tonolli beat Suzy in Budapest losing just 2 games in a junior event, that time the Italian congratulated her opponent and presaged she'd be a great player.

June Middle-European (Federation) Cup - Budapest, Margaret Island (CL)
Hungary d. Italy 4:1
Suzy and Klára Somogyi win the 4 singles against Tonolli and San Donnino, Italy takes the doubles match.
With San Donnino

Autumn Middle-European (Federation) Cup - Warsaw (CL)
Hungary d. Poland (score unknown) /Top player Jadwiga Jedrzejowska in the Polish team./

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Spring - Suzy plays 3 clay court events at the Riviera. (No details yet.)

One of them was Monte Carlo, where the tournament director Monsiuer Landau told the story about the beautiful golden jug to the little debutante, that the trophy will stay forever at the event, it's impossible to win it 3 times, because he always invites the world's best players to make an unable job for the defending champion.
The wonderful Golden Jug, the trophy of Monte Carlo - "It'll stay forever at the club" - said the tournament director to the 15-year-old girl.

Scarborough, UK (HC)
F: d. Maingay 6-3 6-2
mixed with Godsell (GB)
F lost Wilde & Miss NB Brown 6-3 6-3
Mr. Godsell really surprised when the short girl with 2 long ponitails came courtside and cleared up she is his mixed partner, the other suprise for him was the good result reaching the finals.

Melbury Club, London (CL)
QF: Körmöczy d. Sanders
SF: Körmöczy d. Scott
F: Kay Stammer d. Körmöczy 6-1 6-1

After the final a giant man congratulated Körmöczy who was the big Bill Tilden.
Suzy met another tennis star at London, and asked her an autograph who wrote: "To Suzy, I hope you will some day win Wimbledon, Alice Marble"
The famous autograph from the great Alice Marble.

A telegram waited Körmöczy at the pension: Further tournaments forbidden, come home. Hungarian Lawn Tennis Federation.
It fined there was a misunderstood but an illness keep Suzy away from the tennis courts a few weeks long. After that she got an invitation from the UK again.

Summer Frinton on Sea, UK first grass court tourney
1R Scott d. Körmöczy 6-0 6-0
Körmöczy didn't know how to move on the grass, she was sitting more throughout the match then was on her feet, the balls slipped on the grass, but she couldn't slip like on clay...

East Greenstead, UK (GR)
F: d. EH Harvey 6-1 9-7
Press cartoon about the effective English tour: "Little Körmöczy's big success in England"

In August came home to Budapest, WW2 started to paralyse the internationally tennis life.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:17 PM

25 Aug Budapest International, Margaret Island (CL)
The event became internationally because Hungarian-born Yugoslav Aliz Florian entered the tournament, all others were home players.

SF: Körmöczy d. Aliz Florián final score unkown
F.: Suzy d. Klára Somogyi
In the semis Suzy was 1-6 1-4 down, Aliz hit drop-shot after drop shot, when Körmöczy reached one slipped, her knee started to bleed, during the medical attendance she got some time to bring her thought togeother and turned the match. In the final she scored the first victory versus her countrywoman, and took the title on her 16th birthday.
Winning the Hungarian Championship - a birthday-gift for her 16th birthday

Sept Middle-European (Federation) Cup SF - Budapest (CL)
Hungary d. Yugoslavia 3:2
The title holder Yugoslavia were the stong favourite for the tie. Klára Somogyi lost both of her singles, Suzy defeated Florian again and teamed up with Ilona Jusits for the doubles to equalize the battle, final match at 2:2 Körmöczy vs. Hella Kovács, Kovács and Florián fell out of each other after the doubles, both blame the other for the loss. Suzy scored an easy victory over the moonballer Kovács who took 2 time outs during the match.
Körmöczy weren't able to travel to Berlin playing against Germany in the final, official reason was problems around her passport, but the truth Suzy weren't allowed to represent Hungary beacuse of her ancestry, especially in Hitler's Germany.
During the WW2 she hardly got the opportunity to practise, none was minded to play with her, in sicretly she made physical trainings, at sping 1945 after the dread she and her coach build a tennis court and started to play again.
The court builder team after the WW2
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Spring Poland
?R Suzy d. Jerdzejowka
This win the meeting with 'Jenja' ( Körmöczy had a great relationship with the former Wimbledon-finalist she effected Suzy and the other player very positivly and still were great form in the second part of the 40es), and the kind polish crowd give back a little Suzys self-believe and cofidence, / in 1945 at some local national club event she got a lot of negative comments, her game also started to came togeother quite slowly./

Autumn Budapest International(CL)
F: Peterdi d. Körmöczy 2-1 sets
A very strange final, Suzy was booed before her first service game lost the first set 0-6, many times the crowd shouted her "you can do everything you'll lose" her unforced errors were celebrated, she pick togeother and lead the 2nd set 5-0, (won it exact score not given) in the third Körmöczy lead 4-0 then at 5-2 she fell, and someone from the audience said: "If only you broke you leg!" After this defeat Suzy went to the court at a home tourney with a lot of fear for many years...

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:19 PM



June 2-7 Machester (GR)

June 9-14 Bristol (GR)

June 16-21 Queen's Club, London (GR)

June 23 to July 5. Wimbledon (GR)
Jean Bostock (GB) [8] d. Suzy Kormoczy (Hun) 6-4 6-3

R1: bye
R2: Brough/Osborne (US) [1] d. Kormoczy/Peterdy 6-1 6-2
Mixed with József Asboth

Very though draw both in sinlges and doubles at the Wimbledon debut. Because of the defending champion Pauline Betz turned pro, Suzy's match against the 8th seed local favourite Mrs. Bostock was the opening women's match on the packed Centre Court. The audience of the main court saw an even battle, Körmöczy herself was satisfied with the match the only think she minded - the play was over when she really came into the game.
Article about the Hungarian players start their trip to Wimbledon. From left: Asbóth, Stolpa, Körmöczy, Peterdy

Noordwijk, NL (CL)
SF: Körmöczy d. Patricia Todd 2-0 Sets
F: Bolton d. Körmöczy
Noordwijk is a very windy city, there was a strong field - both fact cut back Suzy's self-confidence, plus after the grass it was odd playing on slow clay again. In the semis Körmöczy got one of the "Big Four American" Patricia Todd from California, tall girl with high top spins, she was the best US on clay those days. She was attacking, Suzy hit close to the lines and took set#1, that made her loose, played further without thinking of the victory, and won the match in 2, and managed to beat one of the unbeatable "Big Four". The final was totally opposite, Suzy thought she'd win, aussie Mrs. Bolton defeated her.

July 14 to July 21 French Open (CL)
R1: bye
R2: Edith Sutz(Swt) 6-3 6-4
R3: H. Straubeova (CZE) 6-1 4-6 6-3
QF: Margaret Osborne (US) 0-6 3-6

Mixed Dbls Semifinalist with József Asbóth (HUN)
Suzy wrote in her book Osborne highly concentrated throughout in that quarters especially after how she beat Todd in the Nederland.
A mixed match Suzy with József Asbóth, opponents: Horn, Denker (probably on the road to the semifinal at Roland Garros 1947 (?).

Körmöczy wins the event

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:20 PM

Cannes (CL)

Nice (CL)
Doubles winner: Doleschell/Kormoczy

Beauline (CL)

Monte Carlo, MON (CL)
wins singles and doubles with Peterdy

Holding the Iliffe Trophy with Marta Peterdy

San Remo (CL)

Milano (CL)
tournament win

May 19 to May 30. French Open (CL)
R1: Mme J. Ross Vaniewall 6-2 6-4
R2: Maria Weiss(Arg) 4-6 5-7
Only shocking defeat for Suzy in the season.

May 30-June 6 Belgian International Championships, Brussels, Royal Leopold Club (CL)
?R: Rihbany unknown
QF: Kormoczy d. Hart 4-6 6-3 6-3
SF: Kormoczy d. Fry 2-1 sets
F: Pat Todd (US) d. Suzy Kormoczy (Hun) 6-2 6-2
After the muggy heat in Paris, Brussels was stormy, rainy, chilly. Suzy discovered she has nothing to lose against the world's best Doris Hart in the quarters. The American hit very hard with masculine power, despite her footwork wasn't her strength, (started playing tennis for doctors adivce at age 6), her heart and natural skillsmade wonders on the court.
"Suzy you were playing fantastically..." - said Doris after the match - "You didn't miss any ball, my volleys weren't effective today, you passed me with great shots, you were better today!"
In the last four Suzy was worrying her match against Fry, she held the ball on court hit drop shots and Körmöczy made errors, Fry lead quickly 6-1 4-1 when the rain came and the play would have been suspended, Shirley was happy and careless during the break she thought the match is won. In the continuation Suzy played safely Shirley started to hurrying the points and made errors. Körmöczy turned the match around and reached the final. In the last day on the tourney Pat Todd managed to get revenge on Suzy on her earlier loss a year ago.

Belfast, IR
tournament win


Wimbledon (GR)
R1: bye
R2: Ginette Jucker (France) 6-2 6-2
R3: Josane de Meulemeester (Belgium) 3-6 6-2 6-1
R4: Shirley Fry [8] 6-4 4-6 4-6

R1: Kormoczy/Peterdy d. Knight/Liebert 6-4 6-4
R2: Halford/Walter d. Kormoczy/Peterdy 6-0 6-1

Prague, CZ
tournament win


Suzy was pregnant with her daughter.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:20 PM


Suzy gave birth to her daughter at spring. Six weeks after she started the trainings, very carefully though. She entered only in mixed the Budapest College World Championship. She always felt tired and emerged she was ill, got jaundiced.

R1: Kormoczy/Wolf-Peterdy bye
R2: Miles/Morgan d. Kormoczy/Wolf-Peterdy default

Suzy suffered from huge pains during that year, the diagnosis was nephrolith.
Was off mainly the season, so was in the next year.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:21 PM


Mistery year, results are hardly known, Suzy mentioned in her book she played in Berlin the World Juvenile Appointment, where she won 3 Gold Medals. (It was something like an Olimpics for the East Block.)

Wimbledon (GR)
R1: bye
R2: Beryl Penrose (Aus) 6-4 6-0
R3: Margaret duPont (US) [2] 1-6 1-6

Sept 24 to 29 Paris Coupe Poree
F: Adamson d. Kormoczy 8-10 6-4 7-5
Suzy was telling the story in her book about her racquets, in every year she choose a favourite real racquet and took with her 2 spares. At the Paris Cup when she lead 5-3 final set the string on the fave-racquet broke, had to play with a new one and lost the next 4 games, she thought with the original racquet would have won the Cup.

At the start of winter her nephrolith hurted again, an she had to be operated.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:21 PM


Apr 6 to 14 Monte Carlo International(CL)
F: Körmöczy d. Strecker (AUT) 7-5 7-5

Mixed final:
Rinkel (GB) / Borotra (FRA) d. Körmöczy/Asbóth (HUN) 6-2 6-2

On Eastern Monday Körmöczy captured her 2nd Monte Carlo title at noon in hot sunshine. Körmöczy displayed her undoubtable huge fighting spirit, in both sets the Austrian Strecker started better, in the first she had a 3-1 lead. In the second set Strecker already lead 5-1, but both times Suzy could level and win the sets. Monsieur Landau told her at the presentation: "Next time we provide a much harder field!"
Resting in Monte Carlo alongside Jean Borotra

Further results are not available yet, unfortunatelly Suzy was a lot injured or ill in that season.
She was accused by the Hungarian press: 'she only likes to play abroad'.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:21 PM


Wimbledon (GR)
R1: bye
R2: Audrey Houseley 6-0 6-0
R3: Elaine Watson 6-3 6-2
R4: Helen Fletcher [6] 6-3 6-4
QF: Doris Hart (US) [2] 5-7 5-7

R1: Erdődi-Baard/Kormoczy d. Chapman/Uber 6-3 6-3
R2: Erdődi-Baard/Kormoczy d. Brewer/Cheadle 6-3 6-8 7-5
R3: Mortimer/Shilcock d. Erdődi-Baard/Kormoczy 6-4 6-4

The 2 sets of the quarterfinal were mirror-image of each other. Körmöczy played well, was ahead in both sets lead 5-4 and had set point, but Doris with an unhoped idea turned the sets. In the beginning Suzy moved well on the baseline, passed many times the net-attacking Hart. At the key moments the American stayed back and saved Körmöczy's both set points with perfect drop shots.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:22 PM


In September she had a second kidneys surgery.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:22 PM


Ending June 5. French Open (CL)
R1: Michelle Bourbonnais d. Suzy Kormoczy(Hun) default

Wimbledon (GR)
R1: Rosemary Bulleid 6-1 6-1
R2: Angela Mortimer [4] 7-5 6-2
R3: Valerie Koortzen (SA) 6-1 6-3
R4: Christianne Mercelis (Bel) 6-16-2
QF: Darlene Hard (US) [6] 2-6 3-6
During the Wimbledon fortnight on one of the London main streets Darlene Hard called Suzy: "Tonight you have a supper by me!" They spent time togeother very well, chatted, Darlene told Suzy she worked in a shop at the States, and wished to learn on an University. Körmöczy didn't understand why she was who get along so well with Darlene, but didn't care, and made a good friendship.
With her new found friend Darlene Hard before their Wimbledon quarterfinal.

R1: Schmitt/Kormoczy d. Curry/Drobny 4-6 6-4 6-3
R2: Schmitt/Kormoczy d. Felix/Hubbell 6-8 7-5 8-6
R3: Schmitt/Kormoczy d. Pohmann/Vollmer 7-5 9-7
QF: Bloomer/Ward [3] d. Schmitt/Kormoczy 6-3 6-1

Mixed: with Sikorszki
1R Bye
2R Lost to Paisg/Cawthorn 6-1 9-7

Aug 3-9 Polish International, Warsaw
SF d. Olga Miskova 6-0 6-0
F Lost to Vera Puzajova (CZ) 6-1 6-1
Körmöczy reached the final without dropping a single game(!!!). But in the finals in the extreme heat she hardly could hit to ball to the court, if she gave the ball back once, the next shot she missed, the match was over in half an hour. Suzy said the sad thing was she didn't tried to fight at all, collapsed totally lost all the concentretion, just waited the end of the match.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:23 PM


Apr 29-May 8 Rome, Italian International Championships, Foro Italoco (CL)
QF: Patricia Ward (GB) 6-3 6-1
SF: Angela Buxton (GB) 2-1 Sets
F: Althea Gibson (US) 4-6 5-7
After the quarters Pat Ward said: 2 winners left the court that time Suzy won the match - Pat won Suzy's friendship. Back in those days the winner used to invite the beaten opponent for a drink, at this unendurable heat they should have drunk quite lot, and made freind with each other. The hard fogught three-set-semifinal caused blisters to Körmöczy's foot, that didn't disturb her and was looking forward the finals vs. Althea. Gibson served very well and hold her games in the first set with attacking serve-and-volley game. Suzy raised her game in the second, returned better, used drop shots below the net, and came vollying quite effectivly, she lead 5-3 40/15, but a false line call deined the set from her, and the American took the next 4 games and the title.
Althea told Suzy after the presentation: "I've never thought you are such a great player!"
"Two winners left the court..." with Pat Ward after the QF.
Althea just said:"I've never thought you are such a great player!"

May 15-27. French Open (CL)
R1: A.Varin (Fr) 6-1 6-1
R2: Christiane Monnot (Fr) 6-0 6-1
R3: Darlene Hard (US) 4-6 7-5 6-3
QF: Ilse Buding (Ger) 6-1 6-1
SF: Angela Mortimer (GB) 4-6 3-6

R1: Hopman/Kormoczy d. Alhert/ Dittmayer 6-2 6-0
R2: Hard/Knode d. Hopman/Kormoczy 6-0 7-5
The hard fought 3rd round match against her good friend Darlene Hard was very emotional for both, Darlene wrote to her Mom back to the States: "My dear Mummy! I lost but I'm not upset because I was defeated by a cutie Hungarian girl in Paris...

R1: bye
R2: Nell Hopman (Aus) 6-1 6-4
R3: Daphne Seeney (Aus) 6-2 6-3
R4: Beverly Fleitz (US) [2] 0-6 6-8

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March 13-24 Cairo Championships of Egypt(CL)
F: d. Edda Buding 10-8 1-6 7-5
After playing in every year the same spring tournaments on the Riviera Körmöczy decided to go to Egyipt discovering that part of the World. She said the circumstances, the atmosphere much more interested her than the tennis. The pyramids, traveling on camels made Suzy very excited. Although she was careless about the results, she won the title beating crowd favourite Edda Buding in 3 sets not showing her best game.

March 25-31 Alexandria, ARA EGT International
The arabic food produced stomach-poisoning for Körmöczy, and lost early at the event, but she lived an interesting scene watching the mixed doubles final, the swedish Davidson who won the men's singles partnered by Miss Sarwat who didn't play tennis at all, they were huge down in the final when Davidson said Scholl the male opponent not to beat them so easily, so they took back, and Davidson and non-playing Sarwat won the match. The defeated team made huge scandal.

Apr 1-7 Beyrouth, LIB, Alumni Club
F: Körmöczy d. Edda Buding 4-6 6-2 6-2
Mr. Chamoun tournament president forgot to mention Hungary twice during the presentation, but he called every player with his/her nationality...

Moscow, Lizniki Stadium
F: d. Vera Puzajova (cz) 2-1 Sets
The crowd was wonderful to Suzy - extremly fair, like the Hungary audience should have been. She played 2nd time in Moscow, a couple of year ago entered the Moscow indoors.
In the final her original gameplan was to let run the czechoslovakian especially into the net, because the tall girl couldn't move well. Despite the tactic Puzajova picked up a 3-1 final set lead, that time Suzy started to attack the net, anticipated that Vera with her strong forehand tried cross passing shots and volleied easily, when Puzajova lobbed her Suzy smashed. The new tactic totally made Vera out of joint, and Suzy turned the almost lost match.

After that she played six weeks in China, Benjing, that was some team encounter.
Suzy in China

Ending June 1. French Open
R1: Raymonde Gimault 6-3 6-1
R2: Jenny Hoad (Aus) 7-5 6-1
R3: Annalisa Bellani (Italy)[8] 6-1 6-2
QF: Bloomer[1] 1-6 1-6

R1: Kormoczy/Mercelis d. Borbonnais/Varin 6-4 6-1
R2: Billaz/Le Besnerais d. Kormoczy/Mercelis 6-2 7-5
During the QF against the top seed there were very unfavourable circumcstances, almost a hurricane came across and blown away Suzy like the final score showed.

June 17-22 Queen's Club, London Grass Court Championships
F: Mimi Arnold (US) d. S. Kormoczy 6-1 5-7 6-3
Suzy already knew the Wimbledon draw and she wanted to play well at Queens's Club and reach a good result.

R1: bye
R2: Althea Gibson (US) [1] 6-4 6-4

R1: Kormoczy/Mercelis bye
R2: Kormoczy/Mercelis d. Moorley/Newcombe 7-5 6-3
R3: Hird/Mortimer d. Kormoczy/Mercelis 4-6 6-3 6-4
Forehand volley on the Wimbledon Centre Court.
Bad luck for Suzy with the draw, got the first seed at her first match. The match was scheduled on the Centre Court and was televised live by the BBC. The coverage and the good fight made Suzy very popular in the UK, every people stopped her on the street or where she was and congratulated her. Althea said after her Wimbledon victory: "Suzy was my toughest opponent!" - losing the most games against her.

Sept 15-21 Budapest International
SF: d. Mrs. Lépes (HUN) 4-6 6-2 6-2
F: d. Kermina (FR) 6-3 6-2
During the final when Suzy lead 5-2, her mother got brain haemorrhage sitting on the spectators' terrace, but she didn't allowed to bring her into the hospital - wanted to watch her daughter, she stayed at the Stadium as almost senseless, after the match let her to get medical help. The lady never recovered and lived till years in bed with the disease.

Körmöczy's Year End Ranking Top 5

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Mentone, France (CL)
F: d. Bassi (IT)

Monte Carlo (CL) Seed #8.
1R d. Kaufmann 6-2 6-0
2R d. Vollmer 6-2 6-1
QF d. Knode 6-4 6-3
SF d. Ramirez 6-4 2-6 7-5
F d. Mimi Arnold (US) 6-2 6-3

Mr. Landau came through his promise, set up a huge field for the 1958 event, that's why Körmöczy was 'only' seeded #8. Describes how her biggest opponent this year was Dottie Knode, as both women had two legs on the famous gold cup awarded to 3 time winners, and the oddity of the draw they had to play each other already in the quarters. Suzy had toothache in the previous night, she arrived the match from the dentist's chair. The QF was scheduled on Court No.4 which was sodden from the rain of the previous day. Körmöczy let run her opponent from start to finish, and was surprised on her straight sets victory. In the final returned to the charge against Mimi Arnold for her Queens's Club defeat from the year before. Suzy felt great in that match had good rhythm, almost was flying, her shots were long, effective. The golden cup was presented her by Gloria Butler - the daughter of the builder and establisher American. Short after that Monsiuer Landau congratulated honestly, said "I do remember a little girl from 20 years ago who was wondering the trophy at her debut. I've never thought anyone'll be able to win our event 3 times."
The 0,48 kg Golden Jug can stay at Körmöczy forever after her 3rd tournament victory.

May 20-June 1 French Open(CL) Seed #3.
R1: bye
R2: Jacqueline Amouretti 6-4 6-2
R3: Margaret Hellyer(Aus) 6-4 6-0
R4: Suzanne Le Besnerias (Fr) 6-4 6-3
QF: Ann Haydon (GB) [6] 6-3 6-4
SF: Heather Segal(SAF)[7] 6-1 6-0
F: Shirley Bloomer(GB)[1] 6-4 1-6 6-2

R1: Broszmann/Kormoczy d. de Lansalut/Berger 6-1 6-2
R2: Hawton/Long d. Broszmann/Kormoczy 6-1 6-1

The little Hungarian gives credit to her coach Joseph Somogyi for her victory at Roland Garros. Her stamina was strong due to running and gymnastics training befroe the French. In the final Blommer went up 3-0 in the second.
In Suzy's own words 'I had no reason to play for victory in this set, only to make tired the opponent. variation the drop shots were in this situation very useful. In the third Bloomer was very surprised from my tenacious game activity and hard, determined game.
My concentration was spendid. I have played all balls! My swing was irresistable.."
With the Suzanne Lenglen Cup, the highlight of Suzy Körmöczy's career

Körmöczy remembers the tournament
Original Source: June 1958, Picture Sport Magazin

„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 rankings, 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 quickly 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 lead 4-1 in the second set, I felt very tired I 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 net 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 afternoon. 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, she thought 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 previously, 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! I really hope it'll be accepted at home at last...”

Ending July 5 Wimbledon (GR) Seed #6.
R1: bye
R2: Florence de la Courtie (Frn) 6-4 6-2
R3: Heather Segal (SA) 6-2 6-3
R4: Mary Hawton (Aus) 6-2 6-1
QF: Mimi Arnold (US) 6-1 5-7 8-6
SF: Angela Mortimer 0-6 1-6

R1: Hawton/Long [3] d. Hellyer/Kormoczy 8-6 6-1
Körmöczy felt quite disappointed after her 1st match she thought she'd never be able to play well on grass and wanted to go home. When she was dictating the results on phone to a Hungarian jurnalist complained of that, the jurny-man told her that was just one match, with more play the form'd be better. He was right, in the next round against the lefty Segal Suzy played in Roland Garros-form, her match against the doubles specialst Aussie Mary Hawton was very strange - because off the lot of rain delays the event was dropped behind, though that match was delayed 24 hours. The court became very wet, splashy, the players hardly dared move, almost played from still-standing. Mary's snow-white dress turned green and dirty soon. Mimi Arnold made a sensation on the Centre Court: defeated Truman, so Suzy had to play vs. Arnold in the QF.
During the Champiomship leaving the pension.
Körmöczy was very excited and full with expectation, she was quarterfinalist on the Church Road, but could she beat her record? On the QF-day was also prognosed rain, Suzy played confident, attacked the net and after 20 minutes took a 6-1 2-1 lead when the rain stopped the play for about half an hour. The court was covered despite that it got quit wet, Arnold started attacking discovered as having nothing to lose and won the set 7-5, Körmöczy changed her tactic in the final set started to lob the short net-attacking Mimi, which built her a 5-2 lead. Arnold saved 2 match point at 5-2, another one at 5-4 with a line judge error, and went into adventage 6-5 30/0 in a few moments later. Suzy became engry - her willing to win turned the match at last capturing 8-6 on her 6th match points. Was so nervous and exhausted she didn't realized reaching the semis just wanted the stop this weired shag. The secretary on the Hungarian Tennis Federation said: "Suzy you got into the Wimbledon semifinals". Hearing that fact she didn't want to stop at all...
In the first semi Gibson beat Ann Haydon very easily: Althea told Suzy in the lockerroom: "I'm very sorry for Ann she played horribly poorly." Pat Ward admonished Körmöczy the Centre Court is faster then usually go to the practice a little. Between the 2 women's semis there was schedule one of the men's doubles semifinals matches, so Suzy to the practice court, but it was engaged, but her opponent Angela Mortimer could warming-up because there was a court only for British players. She became quite nervous, the men's doubles lasted 3 hours long and Suzy's muscles became totally rigid. Mortimer started unbelieavble the British crowd wanted a good display from her after Haydon's weak performance. Angela was in control in the complete semi and won easy, Suzy was lucky to get one game. The bad match made her upset especially after playing a close practise match with Mortimer a few days earlier (7-5 8-6).
But after this 3 big tourneys Suzy reached the best succeses of the Hungarian Tennis Sport, (up till now.)

Budapest International
F: d. Puzejova
The French Open-chamion was well celebrated at home on all of her matches at last, she got what she'd already deserved years ago.
Puzejova beat Bloomer in the semis who wanted to get revenge on Körmöczy in her home country.

The World's Tennis jurnalists placed Körmöczy as No. 2 in the rankings after Althea Gibson in 1958.

tommystar Oct 4th, 2005 08:24 PM


After the big results Körmöczy didn't celebrated without limit, she was proud of her 1958, but felt these scores obligated to be even better. She wrote on her training diary on the 9th January: My practice went in huge wind-storm and snowdrift. The gymnastic excercises and the dumbbell training cucceeded quit well I think. The 4000 m running n the giant upwind was very tough I hardy tended..."

March Monte Carlo (CL)
F: d. Ramirez 7-5 1-6 6-3

Suzy took her 4th Monte Carlo title. After the final she said to her coach: "I go running to get a little bit tired."
With her coach József Somogyi

May 19-31 French Open (CL) Seed #1.
R1: bye
R2: Rita Bentley(GB) 6-2 6-2
R3: Ginette Grandguillot (Fr) 6-2 6-1
R4: Mimi Arnold (US) 6-3 6-0
QF: Vera Puzejova (CZ) 6-3 6-4
SF: Rosie Maria Reyes (Mex) 6-3 6-0
F: Christine Truman (UK) [2] 4-6 5-7

R1: bye
R2: Marsh/Thomas d. Broszman/Kormoczy 6-0 3-6 6-2

Very first time in the history a Hungarian player was seeded No. 1. at a Grand Slam. Despite this honor the press hold the british Christine Truman as the top favourite for the French. She came to Paris as the champion of the Italian and Swiss Championship. Drew near to the final the annalists gave even more chance to Körmöczy because she hardly lost games reaching the final, but Truman had really tough battles, (saved match point in the semis).
In the final Suzy won the toss elected the end against the sun, Truman choose receiving, so Suzy started serving but she wouldn't have liked it. She feared of serving, against Puzejona in the QF she opened with 3 doubles. The fear was baseless the top seed got a 3-1 lead, but Truman found her form attacked the net all the time, Suzy couldn't pass her, lob her, the huge 180 cm Christine was everywhere and took the 1st set 6-4.
The second set brought a very even fight, Körmöczy discovered that Trumans backhand is much weaker and her movement on the baseline is not so good. She played the backhand of the brit but couldn't take charge because Christine hit forehands for the backhand corner, appeared at the net again and won the 2nd set 7-5.
Suzy chatted after the match with Fred Perry who asked why she didn't hit backhand down-the-line more often, she laughed and said "I try next time..."
Another occurence at Roland Garros in her semifinal vs. Reyes at a jump her left foot hurt, it didn't seemed serious but later became more aching and forced Suzy to withdraw from Wimbledon. That made her really dissappointed her season was so great up till this point. The recovery lasted long, hardly helped the rehabilitation.

July Budapest International (CL)
F: d. Broszman 6-3 6-2

August German Championships, Hamburg (CL)
last 16: d. Marsh
QF: d. F. Müller 4-6 6-1 6-2
SF: d. Reitano 6-3 6-2
F: Buding w/o Kormoczy default.

SF: E. Buding/S. Kormoczy d. M. Reitano/F. Muller 11-9 9-7
F Ramirez/Reyes d. Buding/Kormoczy 3-6 4-1 retired.

Hamburg had something bad in store for Körmöczy time after time years ago she fall sick jaundiced. She was chatting with Dr. Hellwegen about this sad memory. It seemed everything went well despite a little pain in her foot Suzy reached the final with great play. In the doubles final the day before Körmöczy jumped after a volley fell, and couldn't get up. She suffered serious ankle injury.
Even in October that ankle stitched, in middle-November could she continue her trainings.

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