Sunday, March 24, 2013
A pair of number one seeds take a fall
One thing is for certain..this year's final four will be all newcomers to the big dance. A few days ago, reigning 60's era champion Natalie Wood was ousted by Shirley Jones. Today, two more top seeds followed suit. Judy Garland made an impressive rally but fell just short as she lost to Bette Davis 44-39, in the most highest scoring match in the 40's era for this tourney. Garland made it to the final four last year in her maiden tourney debut. This marks just the second loss for Judy. Bette will now face Rita Hayworth, who pummeled Gene Tierney 40-24 in the other 40's era semi-final match.
Looking to three-peat as a final four finalist was 50's era reigning champion Grace Kelly. But alas Princess Grace had no answers for Ava Gardner who had an impressive win 44-22. Grace holds the all-time tourney and match play record with 16 wins. So beating her was an amazing achievement by Ava. Ava gets to face Doris Day, who upset Audrey Hepburn 34-32.
Over in the 60's era, a pair of 7 seeds will now face each other as Shirley Jones took down Anne Bancroft 34-18 and Diana Rigg blasted Catherine Deneuve 38-14.
These four matches begin tomorrow morning.