|Full name||Christine Clara Truman Janes|
|ITF name||Christine Janes|
16 January 1941 |
Woodford Green, England
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (1959)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1960)|
|French Open||W (1959)|
|US Open||F (1959)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1960)|
|French Open||SF (1959)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1960)|
|French Open||SF (1967)|
|US Open||SF (1958)|
|Wightman Cup||W (1958,1960,1968)|
Christine Truman Janes, MBE, (born 16 January 1941) is a female former tennis player from the United Kingdom who was active from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s. She won a singles Grand Slam title at the French Championships in 1959 and was a finalist at Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships. She helped Great Britain win the Wightman Cup in 1958, 1960 and 1968.
In 1958, she caused a sensation by defeating Gibson, the Wimbledon champion, in the Wightman Cup and helped bring the cup back to Great Britain after 21 consecutive defeats by the United States. A few weeks later at Wimbledon, however, as the second seed she was defeated in the fourth round by the American Mimi Arnold. That loss helped start her reputation as an unpredictable player.
In 1959, she became the youngest women's singles champion at the French Championships at the age of 18.[a] That year, by far her best, also saw her as the winner of the Italian Championships and runner-up at the U.S. Championships. She failed, however, to justify her top seeding at Wimbledon where she lost in the fourth round to the Mexican Yola Ramírez Ochoa. In doubles at Wimbledon, Truman partnered Beverly Baker Fleitz to reach the women's doubles final and with her brother Humphrey to reach the mixed doubles quarterfinals.
In 1960, she was the third seed at Wimbledon, where she lost in a semifinal to Maria Bueno in three sets. She teamed with Bueno to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Championships that year.
In 1961, she was the sixth seed at Wimbledon and defeated the second seed, Margaret Court, 3–6, 6–3, 9–7 in a quarterfinal after trailing 4–1 in the final set and saving two match points. She then beat Renee Schuurman Haygarth of South Africa in a semifinal 6–4, 6–4 before losing to fellow Briton Angela Mortimer in the final.
In July 1962 it was revealed that Truman is partially blind in her left eye.
Truman had another comparatively successful Wimbledon run in 1965, when unseeded, she defeated the 6th seeded Carole Caldwell Graebner in the second round; up and coming players Judy Tegart and Julie Heldman in the third and fourth round respectively; and the 4th seeded Nancy Richey in the quarter final round. Her run to the semi final held some irony as it was the first time in Wimbledon history that no British player had been seeded in the Ladies Singles championship. She was defeated by no.2 seed (and eventual champion) Margaret Smith in their semi-final 6-4 6-0, avenging the defeat Truman had infliced on Smith in a 1961 quarter final clash.
According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Janes was ranked in the world top ten from 1957 through 1961 and in 1965, reaching a career high of World No. 2 in those rankings in 1959. She played Wightman Cup from 1957 through 1971 (winning the cup in 1958, 1960, and 1968). She also played Federation Cup in 1963, 1965, and 1968, posting a 6–3 singles record and a 2–2 doubles record.
On 1 December 1967 she married former Wasps player Gerry Janes and they have four children. She retired from tennis in 1975 and became a commentator for BBC Radio the same year. In the 2001 Queen's Birthday's Honours list, she was awarded an MBE for her "services to sport". Since 2011 she has published several children's books.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
|Result||Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|Winner||1959||French Championships||Zsuzsi Körmöczy||6–4, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1959||U.S. Championships||Maria Bueno||1–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1961||Wimbledon||Angela Mortimer Barrett||6–4, 4–6, 5–7|
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1959||Wimbledon||Beverly Baker|| Jeanne Arth
|6–2, 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1960||Australian Championships||Maria Bueno|| Lorraine Coghlan Robinson
|6–2, 5–7, 6–2|
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Australia||A||A||A||SF||A||A||2R||A||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3|
|France||1R||QF||W||A||QF||4R||SF||QF||A||A||3R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1 / 8|
|Wimbledon||SF||4R||4R||SF||F||3R||4R||2R||SF||A||1R||2R||4R||A||4R||A||1R||3R||0 / 15|
|United States||3R||QF||F||SF||QF||A||QF||A||A||A||A||A||3R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|SR||0 / 3||0 / 3||1 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 4||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 1||1 / 33|
A = did not participate in the tournament.
SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
- John Barrett, ed. (1969). BP Yearbook of World Tennis. London: Ward Lock. pp. 194,199. ISBN 978-0706318241. OCLC 502175694.
- John Barrett, ed. (1990). The International Tennis Federation : World of Tennis 1990. London: Willow Books. pp. 364,365. ISBN 9780002183550.
- "Christine Truman Upset At Women's Wimbledon". Kentucky New Era. AP. 24 June 1959.
- Robertson, Max (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. pp. 270,271. ISBN 9780047960420.
- "Christine Truman Partially Blind, Mom Confirms". Star-News. UPI. 3 July 1962.
- Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
- "Miss Truman marries at 26". The Age. 5 December 1967.
- "Tennis ace serves up a new writing career". Norwich Evening News 24. Eastern Daily Press. 11 June 2011.
- Christine Truman-Janes at the Women's Tennis Association
- Christine Truman at the International Tennis Federation
- Christine Truman at the Fed Cup