Floris Eva Sterne ST GEORGE (NSW)
Married Roland CONWAY (aka James E WAYLAND) on 16 April 1927
At the age of 38 travelling, at her own expense, as an emergency with the 1925 international team, she did surprisingly well on tour - particularly in doubles.
In 1928, as Mrs Conway, she became one of the first women officials with the NSW and Australian LTAs. After incidents demonstrating that male officials gave scant attention to women's tennis, she (with Nell Lloyd) nominated for elected positions with the NSW LTA council and encouraged every registered female player to vote them into office, despite 'tremendous opposition' from male officials.
Today, schoolgirls in Sydney compete for the Floris Conway Cup.
Jessie SALTER (VIC)
Elizabeth Marie 'Liz' SAYERS (QLD)
Born 1 April 1963
Married Peter David SMYLIE 10 November 1984
Winner of 36 doubles titles on the WTA tour, her greatest sucesses came when winning the Wimbledon doubles title (1985 - with Kathy Jordan) and the US mixed doubles (1983 and 1986 - with John Fitzgerald and 1990 with Todd Woodbridge). She also shared an Olympic bronze medal in 1988 with Wendy Turnbull.
Madonna SCHACHT (QLD)
Born 1942 (or 1943)
Married Dr Rudi WEBER - divorced ??
A member of the 1962 Australian women's team, she toured regularly overseas through to the mid sixties.
After seperating, Madonna had a three year custody fight with husband Rudi Weber over their son, also named Rudi. The Austrian father 'kidnapped' his son, fleeing to Europe on a number of occasions, before Madonna was able to retrieve him.
Dorothy Agnes SCHLESINGER (VIC)
Born 1895 - St Kilda
Married Roland Wallace HOPE 1921
Greta SCHULTZ (QLD)
Mary SCHULTZ (QLD)
Sister of Greta. Sometimes the family name can be spelled 'Schultze'
As a junior, she led 11-9 1-0 against Nell Hopman in the 1952 Australian before Hopman retired from heat exhaustion. Suffering herself after this match, Schultz was upset the next day in the junior girl's event and went down meekly to Mary Hawton in the open singles.
Gwen SCOTT (NSW)
Sister of Joan Scott
Joan M SCOTT (NSW/VIC)
Married Vernon PETT 1922
Lillian M M SCOTT (NSW)
Married Cecil P HUNGERFORD on 22 January 1889
1888 NSW Champion and, with sister Zilla, doubles champion
Zilla Helen A SCOTT (NSW)
Married Edgar MOLESWORTH in 1891
Daphne Grace SEENEY (QLD)
Born 2 February 1933 - Monto, QLD
Married Trevor Thomas FANCUTT 14 April 1957
1958 Queensland Champion
Daphne had her best Australian Championship in 1956, thrashing reigning champion and world top-tenner Beryl Penrose 6-2 6-1 in the QF. On the heavy grass court, Seeney placed her left handed shots and used the drop shot very well.
Officials were reluctant to stage the SF matches on Centre Court, but Seeney was part of a 'sit down protest' that forced the issue to the satisfaction of women players and supporters. Half way through the 2nd set, just when it seemed she was getting into the match, Seeney dislocated her right knee. She insisted on continuing with it heavily strapped, and even won a few games before Mary Carter finished off the match 6-3 7-5. Seeney travelled overseas that year, reaching German and Wimbledon doubles finals.
Vera Celia Elizabeth SELWIN (NSW)
Married Martin Walter BERG 1939
Ethelwynne 'Wynne' Mary SHARP (SA)
Born 20 May 1891
1913 South Australian Champion
"a fine sturdy athlete"
Harriet Josephine 'Phenie' SHAW (VIC)
Born 1865 - St Kilda, Melbourne
Married Edgar WARD-THOMAS 27 November 1896
Sometime doubles partner of her younger, and more successful, sister Mabel.
Mabel Ann SHAW (VIC/NSW)
Born 1867 - St Kilda, Melbourne
Died 1914 - Sydney
Married Percy Brereton COLQUHOUN 30 April 1897
Carol SHERRIFF (NSW)
Born 20 October 1946
Married (1) CE ZEEMAN
Married (2?) CAMPLING
Still winning senior titles in Australia post-2000
Gail Vivian SHERRIFF (NSW) (later FRA)
Born 3 April 1945
Married (1) Jean-Baptiste CHANFREAU, 17 December 1968
Married (2) Jean-Joseph LOVERA 12 February 1976
Married (3) BENEDETTI
Cynthia SIELER (NSW)
Born 11 February 1951
Married Peter DOERNER 26 June 1972
Lavina SINGLETON (QLD)
Five-time Queensland Champion
Ruby Beatrice SKINNER (SA)
Born 5 September 1912 - Subiaco, WA
Died 14 August 2001
Married Kenneth Lyle LITCHFIELD - 27 Aug 1940
Three times SA Hardcourt Champion (1932-1934).
A teacher of elocution, she directed 35 plays for the Adelaide Repertory Theatre up until 1983, and acted in several. She was President of the Sportswomen's Association from 1969-1974 and the first woman appointed to the Board of the Adelaide Festival Trust (1971). She also did considerable charity work throughout her life.
Appointed as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 13 June 1981 for service to the performing arts and the community. She had earlier been appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1959, and honoured with a Queen's Silver Jubilee Award in 1977.
To commemorate her legacy to the State and to honour the achievements of South Australia's artists and cultural industries, a new award for South Australia's arts community, known as the 'Ruby Awards', was introduced by the State Government in June 2006. An arts scholarship is also awarded in her honour.
Elizabeth Helen SLOAN (NSW)
Married Rupert E MCTAGGETT 1927
Margaret SMITH (NSW/VIC/WA)
Born 16 July 1942 - Albury, NSW
Married Barry Michael COURT 28 October 1967 - Perth, WA
Australia's greatest ever women's champion.
Link: Full Title Haul - Margaret Court's Full Title Haul
Link: Career Record - Margaret Court's record
Link: Record and Stats - Margaret Smith Court
Peter SMITH (WA)
Married Jim NATHAN in 1937
Western Australian Champion 1929
Pamela 'Pam' SOUTHCOMBE (VIC)
Born circa 1934
Married Howard WEARE
Seeded fourth, Southcombe lost in the 1953 AO QF to Maureen Connolly.
"I thought," recalls Pam, "she's 18, just a girl like me. It shouldn't be too bad. But she was No. 1 in the world and I quickly found out why. But I wasn't nervous because I felt it was great to be on the court with the best, an experience any tennis player would want.
"I was working downtown as a secretary, and took the train to Kooyong. She'd had a practice hit with Harry Hopman (the indispensable Australian Davis Cup captain). He and his wife, Nell, advised her. But I didn't have time for that. We were scheduled for an outside court, one with no seats. But it was crowded with a few hundred standing.
"Maureen and I walked together down the slope from the clubhouse. She was civil - we chatted - but I could see she was very focused."
"She hit flat, but used sidespin, and had an excellent drop shot. And, remember, these were the wooden racquet, one-hand backhand days. I think she'd be fine with today's racquets"
Elaine SPEED (VIC/TAS)
Married Jack LOVETT
Josephine SPEHR-JONES (SA)
Pauline SPENCER-PARSONS (NSW/TAS)
Leila Howard Beryl (Beryl) SPOWERS (QLD)
Married Henry 'Harry' MacAuley TURNER 27 January 1915
Queensland Champion in 1913 and 1926
Jennifer Jane 'Jenny' STALEY (VIC)
Born 3 March 1934
Married Lewis Alan 'Lew' HOAD 18 June 1955
Australian HC Champ 1954
South Australian Champ 1954, 1955
One year out of juniors Staley reached the final of Australian Championships in 1954 only to lose to veteran Thelma Long. Her boyfriend Lew Hoad, on leave from the National Service training, was in the stands and this, plus unwanted media attention about their relationship, was a possible reason why Staley was unable to produce her stylish best in the final.
In 1955 during an overseas tour, Staley ‘snuck off’ from the team just prior to Wimbledon and married Hoad. Team manager Adrian Quist and LTA President Norman Brookes were furious with the Hoads and with men's team manager Harry Hopman. Hopman had supported Lew and given Jenny away at the ceremony. The Australian and overseas press had a field day when the story broke!
Doris 'Dot' STANFIELD (TAS)
Married HB NEILSON on 21 Jul 1920
1917 Tasmanian Champion
Evelyn STANFIELD (TAS)
Married Robert POLLOCK on 18 Apr 1916
Older sister of Dot, also a Tasmanian Champion
Olive STEBBING (NSW)
Born circa 1910
British-born left-hander. She had lived much of her life in India where she made a name for herself as a top player, particularly in doubles. She considered singles play in India to be too strenuous due to the heat and humidity.
NSW Champ 1941
Cumberland Champ 1939
Ruth STEPHENS (VIC)
Married P Clifford TANN on 27 March 1930
Competed overseas in 1928
Pearl STERN (QLD)
Dorothy 'Dot' or 'Dolly' STEVENSON (VIC)
Born 3 August 1916
Married John Victor WADDELL 1 February 1940
Finalist Australian & QF French in 1938
Gwynneth 'Gwen' STEVENSON (VIC)
Died 15 January 1950
Married Graham WADDELL 1943
Both of the Stevenson sisters were coached by Meryl O'Hara-Wood.
Pearl A STEWART (VIC)
NSW Champ 1911, 1913, 1914, 1915
VIC Champ 1912, 1914
SA Champ 1911
Later a top golfer.