TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON (see page 8) dominated the American Zone Davis Cup semifinal in Los Angeles He won his singles match with Antonio Palafox 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, teamed with Chuck McKinley to take the doubles and overpowered Rafael Osuna 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 in the deciding match to give the U.S. an upset victory over Mexico.
Australia's powerful Wimbledon winner MARGARET SMITH downed Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-4, 11-9 in the finals of the Essex women's invitational. Miss Bueno tenaciously fought off four match points to come within two points of taking the second set before losing. After 20 consecutive doubles victories. Miss Bueno and Darlene Hard lost to the Australian team of Miss Smith and Robyn Ebbern, 7-5, 6-4.
Mrs. Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, 76, the Wightman Cup donor and winner of 48 national titles, will receive the Tennis Immortal Award, given by the Lawn Tennis Writers' Association for making a lasting impact on the game.
In an all-foreign, all-left-hander final, IAN CROOKENDEN of New Zealand defeated Roger Taylor of England in the finals of Newport's Hall of Fame Invitation Championship. Crookenden dropped the first two sets 4-6, 9-11 but came back strongly to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: Beatrix Hoyt, 82, of heart failure at her home in Thomasville, Ga. Three times the National Women's Amateur golf champion, she was the youngest person ever to hold that title, winning at 16 in 1896. She successfully defended the title the following two years and retired from tournament play in 1900.