View Single Post
Old 04-18-2007, 12:14 PM   #35
CEvertFan
Hall Of Fame
 
CEvertFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 2,035
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AndrewD View Post
SOME OF THE ELITE PLAYERS AT THE AUS OPEN DURING THE 1960'S (Elite as in winners of a major and/or top 10 players).

1960 Christine Truman #4 in world (beaten by Jan Lehane #8 in world)
1960 Maria Bueno #1 in world (beaten by Margaret Smith)
1960 Jan Lehane #8 in world (beaten by Margaret Smith)

1961 Nil

1962 Darlene Hard #3 in world (beaten by Jan Lehane)
1962 Yola Ramirez (beaten by Margaret Smith #1 in world )
1962 Lesley Turner #7 in world
1962 Jan Lehane #11 in world

1963 Lesley Turner #3 in world (beaten by Margaret Smith #1 in world)
1963 Christine Truman #9 in world
1963 Jan Lehane # 7 in world

1964 Lesley Turner #3 in world (beaten by Margaret Smith #2 in world)
1964 Kerry Melville
1964 Jan Lehane #9 in world

1965 B. J Moffitt #4 in world (beaten by Margaret Smith #1 in world)
1965 Anne Jones #6 in world (beaten by Durr #10 in world)
1965 Christine Truman #7 in world
1965 Lesley Turner #3 in world (beaten by Van Zyl #6 in world)
1965 Maria Bueno #2 in world (beaten by Margaret Smith #1 in world)
1965 Francois Durr #10 in world
1965 Carole Graebner #9 in world (beaten by van Zyl #6 in world)
1965 Rosie Darmon
1965 Annette van Zyl #6 in world (beaten by Bueno #2 in world)
1965 Lesley Hunt
1965 Lea Pericoli
1965 Kerry Melville

1966 Carole Graebner #9 (beaten by Margaret Smith #2 in world)
1966 Nancy Richey #5 in world (beaten by Margaret Smith #2 in world)
1966 Kerry Melville #10 in world
1966 Judy Tegart
1966 Lesley Turner

1967 Rosie Casals #6 in world (beaten by Kerry Melville #9 in world)
1967 Nancy Richey #4 in world won the Aus Open (Court didnít play)
1967 Francois Durr #3 in world
1967 Judy Tegart #10 in world
1967 Kerry Melville #9 in world
1967 Lesley Turner #5 in world
1967 Betty Stove

1968 Billie Jean King #1 in world won the Aus Open (beating Court #3 )
1968 Rosie Casals #10 in world (beaten by Margaret Court #3 in world)
1968 Judy Tegart #7 in world (beaten by King #1 in world)
1968 Lesley Bowrey (Turner) #8 in world (beaten by Margaret Court #3)

1969 Anne Jones #2 in world (beaten by Billie Jean King #3 in world)
1969 Francois Durr (lost in 2nd round)
1969 Billie Jean King #3 in world (beaten by Margaret Court #1 in world)
1969 Rosie Casals #6 in world (beaten Margaret Court #1 in world)
1969 Lesley Bowrey (Turner) #10 in world
1969 Judy Tegart #9 in world
1969 Kerry Melville #7 in world
1969 Evonne Goolagong

So, I think it would be fair to say that those tennis fans and historians who claimed that no elite players competed at the Australian Open during the 1960's were either LYING or IGNORANT ???


NB: 1961, 1966 and 1971 were the only years Margaret Court played the majors but only won the Australian Open (1960 she didn't play any others). So, obviously, she didn't just win the Aus Open by default and her wins there are above question.
You make a good point, but other than Bueno, Goolagong and King I don't really believe that any of those other players could seriously challenge Court whether they were in the top 10 at the time or not, and since King and Bueno didn't play the AO every year in the 60's and Goolagong came along in the very late 60's and early 70's I still stand by my statement that it was a cakewalk for Court to win the AO in the 60's because she clearly outclassed the field most years.
CEvertFan is offline   Reply With Quote