This is from the 1961 Dawsons Lawn Tennis Almanac where Lance Tingay writes about Six Players of the Year. They include Darlene Hard, Ann Haydon and Jan Lehane. Lehane was born in Grenfell Australia on 9th July 1941 and by my calculations won 31 singles titles, and was runner up in also 31 titles.
Tingay wrote on page 359
" There is a touch of sadness about the story of jan Lehane who, at the age of 18, so captured the imagination of the Australian public which normally has scant time for womens game - that she was sent by public subscription to show her talent to the lawn tennis world at large and who deterred from fulfilling her high ambitions when, on a damp court at Beckenham, a badly twisted ankle put her hors de combat. Possibly the end of the story is not yet, for she could come back.
Miss Lehane is a farmers daughter....some miles from Grenfell, a township in New South Wales.
The Australian lawn tennis public... began to take notice of Miss Lehane in the first of the major events at the start of the season, the Queensland Championships at Brisbane. In the final she beat Christine Truman 62 61, and Miss Truman, later to be joined by Maria Bueno, was the Australian importation to show Australian women what the best women standards were really like. In the next major event, the New South Wales title meeting at Sydney, Miss Lehane beat Miss Bueno 62 46 63 in the semi-final and went on to win her second state championship.
From then on Australians, and especially those around Grenfell, were agog. In the Australian title meeting Miss Lehane beat Miss Truman again. That was in the semi final and in the other match the 17-year-old Margaret Smith beat Miss Bueno and went on to beat Miss Lehane for the title itself. All these were played in Shade temperature that was in the hundreds and by now a public subscription to send Miss Lehane to Europe was going strong. Miss Smith was reckoned to young to be sent in 1960.
And so, with Mary hawton as her mentor, Miss Lehane came to Europe. The prime object of the exercise was, of course, to play at Wimbledon."
To be contined....