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Darlene Hard, 1955 & Beverly Baker, 1959

Darlene Hard (l.) and Beverly Baker served up a little thigh throughout the 1950s. Baker made sure her look stood out by adding a pretty pattern along the bib of her all-white tennis dress.

Ambidextrous Bev Baker had two forehands-much like Monica Seles in the 1990s.
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Beverly Baker Fleitz appears to have had a Mary Pierce-type game (minus the Slam victories). On a given day, she could blast anyone off the court with her power, yet she didn't often sustain her excellence for long periods of time.

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Julia Sampson was the same age as Connolly and toured Australia with Maureen in 1953, where she was easily beaten in all the tournaments by Connolly. She is noted as being the American junior champion. She had solid results and must have been close to a world top ten ranking. However, she disappears from the scene within a year. I wonder why.

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In studying the 50s results (and 60s also to a point), it is amazing the number of Australian and South African players who showed great promise and even gained top ten rankings who left the game early (Penrose, Coghlan, Staley Hoad, Carr, Price, Kilian Shaw, Schuurman, Ebbern to name a few). It seems as though world travel must have been so long and difficult for those from Down Under. Many of these seemed to have chosen family life over tennis.

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Darlene Hard, 1955 & Beverly Baker, 1959

Darlene Hard (l.) and Beverly Baker served up a little thigh throughout the 1950s. Baker made sure her look stood out by adding a pretty pattern along the bib of her all-white tennis dress.

Ambidextrous Bev Baker had two forehands-much like Monica Seles in the 1990s.

Very interesting Rollo.

You can see here footage of Beverley in the 1955 Wimbledon final. Her default grip seemed to be the right hand?

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I have always wondered how a more mature and improved Gibson could have stacked up vs Connolly in the late 50s. Would have love to have seen that matchup.

It is amazing too that Shirley Fry and Doris Hart are two of the only women in history with a career slam.
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Connolly v. Navratilova
Court v. Graf
Evert v. Lenglen
Seles v. Wills
Goolagong v. Sabatini
Bueno v. Sanchez-Vicario
Hingis v. Mandlikova
King v. Serena Williams

Would prefer Seles vs Connolly to Seles vs Wills, as their games were carbon copies of each other in different eras.

Court vs Graf is a good one, but would also like Wills vs Graf.

Would like to see Goolagong vs Mandilikova with both in their primes.

Hingis vs Bueno as well.

King vs Serena would be interesting as King is the kind of scrappy tactician that could irritate Serena. She would have to use all her guile to stand a hope in that matchup as if she gave Serena anything to hit she would be crushed.
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The top 3 women in 1953

Doris Hart, Shirley Fry (a bit out of focus) and Maurren Connolly at the Dutch Championships


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connolly would have had gibson's number in the late 50's like she did in the early 50's.. oh sure, gibson did improve a bit, then again, didn't the competition "lessen" at the same time? fry retired, brough way past her prime, hart gone, and of course connolly gone..

remember, maureen herself would have improved as well...

gibson would have trouble with and be on the losing end of any match-ups with a "in their prime" brough, hart and fry" much less a improved in her mid 20's connolly in the late 50's...

connolly if anything i think would have more "trouble" with a mercurial and brilliant if inconsistent shotmaking of bueno in the late 50's/early 60's, then gibson's straight forward hard hitting attack. then again, connolly would have been TOO SOLID for bueno as well. i also think connolly would have "terrified" a young margaret smith in the early 60's..
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Bumping this up afte rereading so many wonderful posts and old photos.

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I found this gorgeous photo of Maureen Connolly. I can't post it because it's Getty. AFAIK, we're still not allowed to post Getty Images?

The link is here: http://www.****************.au/detai...hoto/513640645

That's just a beautiful photo.

EDIT: I can't even link it! LOL.
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