"Brough was tough" went one rhyme popular at the time-and she lived up to it by playing all 3 Wimbledon finals on 1 day for 3 years running (1948-50) she contested every final at Wimbledon.
The first triple was relatively easy. Louise won her singles 6-3 8-6 over Doris Hart. Then she had a breather during the mens doubles final. Then came the dubs with her partner Margaret "Ozzie" Osbourne DuPont 6-3 3-6 6-4, and the mixed with John Bromwich 6-2 3-6 6-3. After 70 game she had her triple-with rival Doris Hart losing all 3 finals.
"Broughie", the nickname given to her by her buddy Margaret DuPont, almost won the triple again. First she took an exciting singles final by 10-8 1-6 10-8 over Dupont. Thencame the doubles final after an hours rest. Broughie and Ozzie had a tougher than expected time-winning 8-6 7-5 over Gussy Moran (od lace panties fame) and Pat Todd.
The one match needed to repeat the triple was 1 too much. South African Sheila Summers and Eric Sturgess defeated John Bromwich and a tiring Louise 9-7 9-11 7-5.
The 8 sets had lasted 117 games.
When I talked with her a few years ago she still laughed about her bloody feet and losing her toenails after playing late into the evening.
Louise won her 3rd consecutive singles by defeating Dupont 6-1 3-6 6-1. By this time the crowds, initially enamored of the serve and volley "Amazons", were tiring of the pair's dominance.
After a rest during the men's doubles Brough/Dupont d Shirely Fry and Doris Hart 6-4 5-7 6-1. When I asked Louise who the toughest doubles opponents were for her and Ozzie she quickly said, "Doris with anyone."
After last year's ordeal the Wimbledon committee gave Louise 30 minutes to rest before going on court for the mixed. Teamed with Eric Sturgess, they prevailed over Pat Todd and Tom Brown 1-9 1-6 6-4.
There was a controversial call when the umpire missed a let cord off a serve. At 4-4 30-40 Brown's serve hit the tape and was lightly returned by Sturgess. Todd mildly tapped it into the net, expecting a let cord call that never came. "Miss Todd angrily tossed her raquet into the air but the damge was done." Having secured the vital break, Sturgess served out the match.
It took Louise 9 sets to secure her second triple, but the added rest and fewer games (89-far fewer than 1948's 117) probably spelled the difference.
Brough was never the same after 1950. She developed an arm injury that kept her out for much of 1951 and then had to deal with the tornado force known as Maureen Connolly, who took the women's game by storm with baseline play.
Brough won a fourth and final Wimbledon win later (1955) in Connolly's absence. Her final and last Wimbledon win was her sweetest memory, but winning 8 of 9 Wimbledon finals from 1948 to 1950 may be her finest acheivement.