Finals day at Wimbledon - July 4th - and under a blazing Summer sun 19 year old Brazilian, Maria Bueno walked onto the Centre Court for her Women's Singles Final match with 23 years old Darlene Hard from California U.
Finals day at Wimbledon - July 4th - and under a blazing Summer sun 19 year old Brazilian, Maria Bueno walked onto the Centre Court for her Women's Singles Final match with 23 years old Darlene Hard from California U.S.A., who lost in the 1957 Final to Althea Gibson.
Although the two had met in opposition several times previously, Darlene Hard had always won - yet despite that psychological disadvantage, plus the fact that she fell heavily on the Court early in the game, Maria Bueno triumphed over her opponent by 6-4 6-3 in two straight sets in 44 minutes.
Miss Bueno's biggest asset was her Service with which she frequently aced Darlene.
Following her great victory, which took the title away from America for the first time since 1937 when England's Dorothy Round won- the tension snapped and she burst into a flood of tears of relief and joy.
When she recovered, she received the Wimbledon Ladies Trophy from the Duchess of Kent, keenest British Royal fan of Lawn Tennis.
Four Australians did battle for the next title-Men's Doubles-Laver and Mark against Fraser and Emmerson.
Fraser and Emerson won 8 - 6, 6 - 3, 14 - 16, 9 - 7, Although it took them 2 hours 52 minutes to do it.
In the Mixed Doubles Final however, revenge was sweet for Darlene Hard and Rod Laver beat their opponents Neals Fraser and new Champion Maria Bueno 6-4, 6-3 in two straight sets.
When he finished this match Rod Laver had played no Power than 553 games during the Wimbledon fortnight.
Another disappointment for Britain when Christine Truman, with partner Beverley Fleitz was defeated in the Ladies Doubles Final 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 by the American pair Darlane Hard and Jeanne Arth.