1978 Australian Open – Women's Singles

Unseeded Chris O'Neil defeated Betsy Nagelsen 6–3, 7–6(7–3) in the final to win the Women's Singles tennis title at the 1978 Australian Open.

Women's Singles
1978 Australian Open
ChampionAustralia Chris O'Neil
Runner-upUnited States Betsy Nagelsen
Final score6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Details
Draw32 (4 Q )
Seeds7
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
Legends men women mixed
WC Singles men women quad
WC Doubles men women quad
← 1977 · Australian Open · 1979 →

It would be another 29 years before Serena Williams would become the next unseeded player to win the Australian Open. Until the 2019 French Open, this would be the last major to feature a semifinalist having not previously reached a final, a span of 188 tournaments.

SeedsEdit

The seeded players are listed below. Chris O'Neil is the champion; others show the round in which they were eliminated.

  1.   Sue Barker (Quarterfinalist)
  2.   Renáta Tomanová (Quarterfinalist)
  3.   Beth Norton (Second round)
  4.   Amanda Tobin (First round)
  5.   Renee Blount (Second round)
  6.   Cynthia Doerner (First round)
  7. Withdrawn
  8.   Betsy Nagelsen (Finalist)

QualifyingEdit

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
               
1   Sue Barker 2 6
    Diane Evers 6 7
    Diane Evers 0 3
    Chris O'Neil 6 6
    Chris O'Neil 7 6
Q   Dorte Ekner 5 1
    Chris O'Neil 6 7
8   Betsy Nagelsen 3 6
    Mary Sawyer 4 3
Q   Christine Matison 6 6
Q   Christine Matison 5 4
8   Betsy Nagelsen 7 6
8   Betsy Nagelsen 6 6
2   Renáta Tomanová 4 4

Earlier roundsEdit

Section 1Edit

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
1   S Barker 6 6
Q   K Gulley 0 2 1   S Barker 6 7
  M Gurdal 6 6   M Gurdal 2 5
  W Gilchrist 2 1 1   S Barker 2 6
  D Evers 6 3 6   D Evers 6 7
  K Ruddell 2 6 1   D Evers 6 6
  E Ekblom 4 3 5   R Blount 4 3
5   R Blount 6 6   D Evers 0 3
3   B Norton 6 6   C O'Neil 6 6
Q   J Walker 1 4 3   B Norton 4 3
  C O'Neil 6 6   C O'Neil 6 6
  L Harrison 2 4   C O'Neil 7 6
  H Eisterlehner 6 6 Q   D Ekner 5 1
  N Sato 2 4   H Eisterlehner 6 1 2
Q   D Ekner 6 6 Q   D Ekner 4 6 6
6   C Doerner 4 3

Section 2Edit

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
LL   B Hermansen 2 5
  P Bostrom 6 7   P Bostrom 6 3 5
  M Sawyer 6 7   M Sawyer 4 6 7
  K Hallam 2 5   M Sawyer 6 6
  K Sands 6 6 Q   C Matison 4 3
  S Saliba 2 0   K Sands 6 2 4
Q   C Matison 6 6 Q   C Matison 1 6 6
4   A Tobin 1 3 Q   C Matison 5 4
8   B Nagelsen 6 6 8   B Nagelsen 7 6
  S Simmonds 1 3 8   B Nagelsen 6 6
  N Bohm 6 6   N Bohm 3 4
  J Chaloner 4 2 8   B Nagelsen 6 6
  N Gregory 6 1 6 2   R Tomanová 4 4
  K Pratt 3 6 3   N Gregory 2 5
  P Whytcross 4 1 2   R Tomanová 6 7
2   R Tomanová 6 6

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1978 US Open – Women's Singles
Grand Slam women's singles Succeeded by
1979 French Open – Women's Singles