Here is an article from the sixties under the heading Champions in Their Day.
Lawn Tennis and Badminton May 1, 1963. The magazine is now defunct so there shouldn't be a problem!
ANITA LIZANA - SOUTH AMERICA'S FIRST GREAT WOMAN PLAYER.
"The emergence of a number of world class players from South America during recent years (Maria Bueno, Alex Olmedo, Mexico's Davis Cup Challenge Round team) brings back memories of South America's first great woman player - Senorita Anita Lizana.
Senorita Lizana was born in Santiago, Chile, and first came to England in 1935. Her trip was sponsored by the Chilean Lawn Tennis Association who, with limited financial resources, had to be sure of picking the right player. She fully justified her associaton's choice by winning eight of the thirteen English tournaments in which she entered.
A colourful and bubbling personality Anita Lizana at times threw caution to the winds and it was then she suffered some unnecessary downfalls. But such a gaiety was one of her greatest charms. Her strength of play lay in the simple mixture of forehand and backhand strength, intermingled to perfection with an uncanny drop-shot. And her natural flair for the game inevitably gave her a place in the top rank.
A second visit to England in 1936 showed signs of great things to come. That season she became Covered Court Singles Champion and Irish Singles Champion. At Wimbledon she reached the quarter-final where she met Helen Jacobs. After a tight struggle Senorita Lizana led 4-2 in the final set only to lose but there was some consolation in the fact that she lost to the eventual champion.
Her greatest year was 1937. A major early-season success was the winning of the British Hard Court Singles title, a triumph she achieved without the loss of a set and which included such victims as leading British players, Miss Dorothy Round and Miss Peggy Scriven.
At Wimbledon she was seeded third. She progressed comfortably to the quarter-final, including Miss Betty Nuthall amongst her victims, but there found the control of the leading French player, Mm R. Mathieu too much and her great opportunity was destroyed by her straight-set defeat. At that stage Dorothy Round and Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, the famous Polish player, would have been her most likely opponents and on form her chances of success were considered to be high. But it was not to be.
Almost two months later, at the U.S. championships at Forest Hills she was irresistable as she went through to win the title without the loss of a set. Prominent Americans to fall to her were Mrs. van Ryan and Miss Bundy. In the final against Miss Jedrzejowska. Anita Lizana was the unquestioned champion, losing just six games. Thus she was the first South American to win this title and her results for the season brought her a wotld No. 1 ranking.
Despite the fact that she was the world's top-ranked lady player, Senhorita Lizana was not seeded at Wimbledon in 1938. Here, history repaeted itself. Again she met Simone Mathieu and again she was beaten this time 6-4 6-4.
After her engagement and marriage to Ronald Ellis, Anita played less but after the war she was very prominent in a number of Scottish tournaments. In 1949 she was a finallist in the Scottish Hard Court Singles, Doubles and Mixed finals and in 1950 won the Singles and the Doubles in 1955.
Her daughter Ruth Ellis has played at Wimbledon and shown promise. Let us hope she gives tennis followers as much pleasure as her mother did."
I think at one stage a Blaster nominated her for the ITHOF. She really only played 6 Grand Slam events from 1935-1938 but maybe she deserves it for her place in history as the first South American to win a Slam and be ranked No. 1 in the world.