Jean Walker-Smith - TennisForum.com

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old May 10th, 2011, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
Moderator - BFTP
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 21,361
                     
Jean Walker-Smith

The obituary of Jean Walker-Smith (nee Bridger)

From the Daily Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...emembered.html

Jean Walker-Smith


Jean Walker-Smith





February 23, aged 85. One of Britain's foremost postwar tennis players, playing in tournaments all over the world and reaching the quarter-finals of the Ladies' singles at Wimbledon in 1949, 1951 and in 1952 (when she was seeded six). Educated at Roedean, she worked in an armaments factory during the Second World War. First appeared in the singles at Wimbledon in 1947, when she lost in the first round. Always wore a white ribbon in her hair on court, and represented Great Britain in the Wightman Cup in 1951 and 1952. With Jean Quertier, won the Ladies' doubles at the Italian Championships in Rome in 1950, defeating Betty Hilton and Kay Tuckey 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. The following year she reached the quarter-finals of the Ladies' doubles at Wimbledon. Continued to play tennis when she was in her eighties.
Rollo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old May 11th, 2011, 05:49 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 2,620
                     
Re: Jean Walker-Smith

Thanks for posting this, Rollo.

It may have been in the main paper but as it wouldn't be a name I was over familiar with I could have passed it - I normally only read the Obituaries of people I instantly recognise.

According to Lance Tingay she was world ranked #10 in 1949, #5 in 1951 and #8 in 1952.

I wonder if this is the same person as Jean Bostock who played Wightman Cup in the years after WWII and was ranked #7 in 1947 and #6 in 1948?

Margaret Thatcher - Michele Bachmann two strong women of our time.
chris whiteside is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old May 11th, 2011, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
Moderator - BFTP
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 21,361
                     
Re: Jean Walker-Smith

Quote:
I wonder if this is the same person as Jean Bostock who played Wightman Cup in the years after WWII and was ranked #7 in 1947 and #6 in 1948?
Jean Bostock (nee Nicholls) was a different player. Walker-Smith acheived more, but Bostock was the one British player most pundits thought would be the "real deal" until World War Two destroyed her chances.

It is impossible to know how much the war changed tennis history, but one can't deny it's huge impact on British tennis. Basic food staples like eggs and meat were rationed well into the 1950s.

A whole generation was basically lost.
Rollo is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

Registration Image

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome