Boswell and Graydon Nichols all won singles titles in Christchurch this year. For Carter, Drilling
and Boswell it was their first ever world singles title.
In doubles, Brian Cheney/Jimmy Parker, Gordon Davis (with
Aussie Peter Froehlich), George McCabe (with Aussie Max Byrne), Charlene
Hillebrand/Suella Steel, and Rita Price (with Jutta Appel of Germany) won
Carter broke down in tears after winning her world title,
over Elle Krocke, a former world champion, so much so that onlookers who hadn’t
been paying sufficient attention to the match thought she’d lost! Anne Cheney
(Brian’s wife) was on hand to see the final point and handed Brenda her cell so
she could call her husband to tell him the good news. Carter, seeded 4th,
avenged her Cup loss to another former world champion, Carol Campling of Australia, before ousting Krocke, of the Netherlands.
Krocke had beaten the #2 seed , Frances MacLennan from Great Britain
in the semis.
Carter and Heide Orth of Germany (and Palm Coast)
reached the doubles final, where Campling and MacLennan took out their singles
frustrations with a fine doubles performance, winning in straight sets.
Hillebrand, the defending 65s singles champion, seeded third
behind Orth and Steel, upset Orth in the semis in three sets, avenging her loss
to Orth suffered earlier in the year at the USTA National 65 Clay Court
Championship. That battle left her a bit tired when she went up against
surprise finalist Jeannie Lieffrig of So Africa in the final. Lieffrig scored
her first ever win against Hillebrand in the final. Steel lost to Jackie
Boothman in the quarters, while her Godfree Cup teammates, Sinclair Bill and Cathie Anderson lost in the same round to Lieffrig
and Orth respectively.
Hillebrand/Steel retained their world doubles title with a
close two-set win over Anderson/Bill in an all American final.
The women’s 70s were dominated by Americans. Burnette
Herrick took out the #3 seed and top Aussie, Margaret Robinson, in three sets
in the round of 16, only to fall in a close three set tussle to her Gibson Cup
teammate Roz King in the next round. King beat the #7 seed, Inge Weber, of Canada, for the
second time this year in the round of 16. Carol Wood, unseeded, beat the #8
seed, Nola Collins, and the #4 seed, and defending champion, Jacqueline
LeCaillon, France, before falling to the #2 seeded American, Dori deVries in
the semis. Matthiessen beat King in the other semi. The final was as close as
one gets. Dori ran off with the first set 61 and looked poised to capture her
first world singles title when she led 6-3 in the second set tiebreaker. A bit
of nerves, a bad bounce and a good shot by Dorothy leveled the breaker at 6-6
and Dorothy never looked back, winning the breaker 8-6 and the third set, and
her 4th world title, 6-3. Dorothy’s comment after the match was that
“she never wanted to do that again”, by which she meant get down three match
An hour after the singles final deVries/Matthiessen were on
court for their doubles semis against Collins/Robinson and the Aussies won in
three sets and went on to beat surprise finalists King/Wood (who had beaten the
2nd and third seeds) in the final.
Boswell won her first world singles title in Christchurch, edging Canadian Muffie Grieve
(who, unseeded, beat the #2 seed in the quarters) in three sets in the final.
It caps a magnificent year for Mary, who won gold slams in the singles and
doubles in the US
in the women’s 75s division.
In the 80s, Price reached the singles final, upsetting the 2nd
seed, Jutta Appel, Germany in the semis before losing
to Aussie Elsie Crowe in three sets in the final. Appel/Price won the doubles
title with a straight set win over Aussies Crowe/Beth Lown.
Cheney/Parker won the men’s 60s doubles title after having a
disappointing tournament in singles. Cheney injured his calf in his
quarterfinal singles match, losing it 60 60, but was able to move well enough
to help Parker win the doubles. Cheney went undefeated 60 doubles this year,
winning the hard, clay and indoor titles (and the 55 grass). Michael Beautyman
reached the doubles semis.
Drilling won his first ever world singles title, besting Bob
Howes, who beat him the week before in the final of the Britannia Cup. This
time Drilling won in straight sets. He also reached the doubles semis with Rudy
Herm Ahlers upset the top seed in the men’s 70s, Peter
Froehlich, using his big serve on the grass to win two tiebreakers after
dropping the first set. In the final, New Zealand’s Mose Harvey gave the
host country it’s only world singles title when he ousted Ahlers 76 64.
Froehlich/Davis won the doubles title over Bob Duesler/Ahlers in three sets.
Thomas Springer, playing his first overseas world
championships, upset Ken Sinclair of Canada
in the quarters to reach the semis before falling to Japan’s Atsuschi Miyagi. Lorne Main
won his 11th world title though in beating Miyagi in the final.
McCabe of the US
teamed with Max Byrne of Australia
in what proved to be a winning combination. The unseeded pair upset Chuck DeVoe/Springer in the semis and Main/Sinclair
in the final to become world champions.
Graydon Nichols finished the year undefeated in 80 singles
after he beat his doubles partner and the defending world champion, Tony
Franco, in three sets in the 80 singles final. However, Franco/Nichols fell in
three sets to the Australian team of Doug Corbett/Ward Hillier in three sets
later in the day. This was a rematch of last year’s final in which the
Americans won from a set and 5-1 down…this time the Aussies rallied from a set
down to win.
Congratulations to all the American teams and players.
Everyone competed hard and represented the USA well. The conditions were
tough, cold and windy, but the people of New Zealand were as warm and
friendly as their weather wasn’t!