Sheila Piercey Summers
From an obit:
SA tennis champion from 1940s dies
Johannesburg, South Africa
15 August 2005 04:35
One of South Africa's leading tennis players of the post-war era,
Sheila Summers, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday night [14 August 2005] in Johannesburg. She was 86.
In 1947, Summers was the first South Africa woman to reach a Wimbledon
semifinal and two years later, along with Eric Sturgess, became the
first South African to win a Wimbledon title.
In that mixed-doubles final, the South Africans prevented John Bromwich
and Louise Brough from completing a hat-trick of wins when they downed
the Australian/American pairing 9-7 9-11 7-5 in what was the longest
final to date.
The pair also captured two French Open mixed-doubles titles -- in 1947
In 1947, Summers became the first South African woman to have a
top-five world ranking. The top spot was held by American Margaret du
Summers also won the South African Open four times and the Swiss Open
three times in a row. She coached the South African Federation Cup team
as well as two junior Wimbledon champions -- Joan Cross and Ilana
She continued to coach for most of her life until hip problems set in.
Two weeks ago, Summers had hip-replacement surgery to one hip. Just
after that, she experienced problems with her other hip and she had to
have a second operation.
Summers is survived by her son, Rohan; grandchildren Cindy (also a top
South African tennis player), Brad and Brett; and one great-grandchild.