Norma Baylon

Norma Baylon (born 9 November 1942) is an Argentine former tennis player who was active in the 1960s. She was ranked No. 7 in singles in 1966.[1]

Norma Baylon
Country (sports) Argentina
Born (1942-11-09) 9 November 1942 (age 78)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1966)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQF (1964)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1963, 1964, 1966)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1963, 1964, 1965)

Tennis careerEdit

Baylon started playing tennis at age five.[2]

In 1964 Baylon and her teammate Helga Schultze reached the final of the doubles event at the 1964 French Championships which they lost in straight sets to Margaret Smith and Lesley Turner Bowrey.

Baylon's best result at a Grand Slam singles event was reaching the quarterfinal on four occasions. At the 1964 Wimbledon Championships she reached her first quarterfinal after defeating seventh-seeded Jan Lehane in the third round but retired against first-seeded Margaret Smith.[3] At the 1965 French Championships she was seeded ninth and lost in the quarterfinal to Smith in two sets. Later that year at the U.S. National Championships Baylon was seeded eighth and was defeated in the quarterfinal by third-seeded Nancy Richey. At the 1966 U.S. National Championships Baylon was seeded sixth and again reached the quarterfinals in which she won just a single game against second-seeded and eventual champion Maria Bueno.

In June 1965 she won the singles title at the Swiss Open after her final against Edda Buding was cancelled at 5-all in the final set due to rain.[4]

Between 1964 and 1966 she played in four ties for the Argentine Fed Cup team winning three matches and losing four.

She won the Olimpia Award, an Argentine sports award, in 1962, becoming the first female to receive the recognition.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1967 she married Peruvian Bartolomé Puiggros and subsequently lived in Peru for 25 years. The couple had three sons.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1964 French Championships Clay   Helga Schultze   Margaret Smith
  Lesley Turner
3–6, 1–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 723. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ "Norma Baylon, la primera reina del tenis Argentino" (in Spanish). 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Norma Baylon". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC.
  4. ^ "Nancy Ousted". The Spokesman-Review. AP. 7 June 1965. p. 11.
  5. ^ "Todos los ganadores del oro, desde 1954" (in Spanish). La Nacion. 18 December 2007.

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