1972 French Open – Women's Singles

Third-seeded Billie Jean King defeated defending champion Evonne Goolagong in the final 6–3, 6–3, to win the Women's Singles title at the 1972 French Open and complete a career Grand Slam in singles.[1]

Women's Singles
1972 French Open
ChampionUnited States Billie Jean King
Runner-upAustralia Evonne Goolagong
Final score6–3, 6–3
Details
Draw32 (8 Q )
Seeds8
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
WC Singles men women quad
WC Doubles men women quad
Legends −45 45+ women
← 1971 · French Open · 1973 →

The French Lawn Tennis Federation halved the size of the draw from 64 to 32 players in an attempt to attract the top players on tour to the tournament; this change was reverted the following year as results were mixed.[2]

SeedsEdit

The seeded players are listed below. Billie Jean King is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1.   Evonne Goolagong (Runner-up)
  2.   Nancy Gunter (withdrew)
  3.   Billie Jean King (Champion)
  4.   Rosemary Casals (First round)
  5.   Françoise Dürr (Semifinalist)
  6.   Virginia Wade (Quarterfinalist)
  7.   Helga Niessen Masthoff (Semifinalist)
  8.   Linda Tuero (First round)

QualifyingEdit

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

  • Q = Qualifier
  • WC = Wild Card
  • LL = Lucky Loser
  • r. = retired

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
               
1   Evonne Goolagong 6 6
    Corinne Molesworth 2 2
1   Evonne Goolagong 9 6
5   Françoise Dürr 7 4
    Olga Morozova 6 3 2
5   Françoise Dürr 4 6 6
1   Evonne Goolagong 3 3
3   Billie Jean King 6 6
6   Virginia Wade 1 3
3   Billie Jean King 6 6
3   Billie Jean King 6 6
7   Helga Niessen Masthoff 4 4
7   Helga Niessen Masthoff 6 8
    Katja Ebbinghaus 3 6

Earlier roundsEdit

Section 1Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1   Evonne Goolagong 6 7
    Patricia Pretorius 2 5
1   Evonne Goolagong 6 6
    Kerry Harris 2 0     Kerry Melville 2 3
    Pam Teeguarden 6 6     Teeguarden 7 8
Q   Laura duPont 3 2     Sawamatsu 5 6
    Kazuko Sawamatsu 6 6     Teeguarden 7 6 14
    Kerry Melville 9 4 16

Section 2Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
8   Linda Tuero 3 1
    Nathalie Fuchs 5 4     Molesworth 6 6
    Corinne Molesworth 7 6     Molesworth 7 6 6
    Sharon Walsh 2 6 3 Q   Pachta 9 0 4
Q   Sonja Pachta 6 2 6     Molesworth 6 6
    Tegart-Dalton 2 2
    Nell Truman 3 1
    Judy Tegart-Dalton 6 6

Section 3Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4   Casals 6 6
    Miroslava Holubová 3 3     Rossouw 8 8
    Wendy Gilchrist 6 6     Gilchrist 6 3 3
Q   Barbara Downs 2 0     Rossouw 2 6 6
    Laura Rossouw 6 6     Rossouw 2 6
    Morozova 6 8
    Olga Morozova 6 7
    Karen Krantzcke 2 5

Section 4Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
5   Françoise Dürr 6 6
LL   Marina Chuvirina 5 2     Walhof 3 2
    Gertruida Walhof 7 6     Walhof 6 6
    Kora Schediwy 1 3 Q   Széll 4 2
Q   Erzsébet Széll 6 6 5   Dürr 6 7
    Overton 3 5
    Wendy Overton 2 6 6
    Lesley Hunt 6 2 2

Section 5Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
    Neumannová 4 4
    Christina Sandberg 3 6 3 Q   Schallau 6 6
    Patricia Coleman 6 2 6     Coleman 4 3
LL   Ana María Pinto Bravo 6 2 7 Q   Schallau 6 6
Q   Mona Schallau 4 6 9 Q   Schallau 4 7
6   Wade 6 9
    Betty Stöve 0 1
6   Virginia Wade 6 6

Section 6Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
    Valerie Ziegenfuss 9 3 6
    Lita Liem 3 1     Orth 7 6 3
    Heide Orth 6 6   Orth 6 6
    Alena Palmeová-West 3 7 2 Q   Ornstein 2 4
Q   Nancy Ornstein 6 5 6     Ziegenfuss 3 1
3   King 6 6
    Winnie Shaw 3 0
3   Billie Jean King 6 6

Section 7Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
    Helen Gourlay Cawley 6 6
    Odile de Roubin 2 6 2     Bonicelli 4 4
    Fiorella Bonicelli 6 0 6     Bonicelli 6 6
    Ingrid Bentzer 2 3 Q   Fernández de Soto 4 4
Q   Isabel Fernández de Soto 6 6     Gourlay Cawley 6 3
7   Niessen Masthoff 8 6
    Brenda Kirk 2 1
7   Helga Niessen Masthoff 6 6

Section 8Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
    Marijke Schaar 5 5
    Jill Cooper 4 4     Ebbinghaus 7 7
    Katja Ebbinghaus 6 6     Ebbinghaus 6 3 6
Q   Michèle Gurdal 0 0     Vopičková 4 6 4
    Vlasta Vopičková 6 6     Ebbinghaus 6 4 6
    Chanfreau 3 6 2
    Gail Chanfreau
2   Nancy Gunter w/o

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 396. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ "1972". Roland Garros. Fédération Française de Tennis. Retrieved 11 March 2021.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1972 Australian Open – Women's Singles
Grand Slam women's singles Succeeded by
1972 Wimbledon Championships – Women's Singles