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post #3 of (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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Re: Dorothy Round Little - One of Britain's greatest champions

Originally Posted by chris whiteside View Post
Pre-WWII tennis is something I know very little about and can only look at the "cold" statistics.

Ms Round if not the very best must at least be one of the three greatest British female players of all time.

In some ways it's difficult to judge in that she barely played a Slam outside of Wimbledon. Treading carefully around Australian toes any moderate world class player could have won the Aussie Championships in 1935.

She ventured twice to Forest Hills reaching 3r in 1931 and in losing to Helen Jacobs in the semi in 1933 had an excellent win over top 10 ranked Sarah Palfrey in the quarters.

No other British player since has reached 3 finals at Wimbledon but oddly in her other seven appearances there she never went beyond the quarter-final. She was perhaps lucky that Helen Wills-Moody was missing from the field in 1934 and 1937 but it was a magnificent result to beat "the other Helen" in the 1934 final considering she had lost her last 4 matches with her. Maybe the 1937 field was not the strongest ever.

But what catches the eye most is the magnificent performance she put up against Mrs Moody in the 1933 final.

We can only dream of a player of this quality in Britain today.
I know she was a remarkable woman Chris- it was great to see her name at the International Tennis Hall of Fame when I was in Newport on Saturday. I am reading Fred Perrys new autobiography just now. What a year 1934 was- Perry and Round winning the singles at Wimbledon and the Davis Cup retained by Great Britain two weeks later. Those were the days my friend.............
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