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Today 06:48 PM
newmark401
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Update and clarification

Watson, Ruth
United Kingdom
Born in 1901 in Gateshead, County Durham
Died

Probably did not marry. Active circa 1919-39.

Ruth was the daughter of the Reverend Ralph Watson, a clerk in holy orders (b. 1869 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and Sarah Isabella Watson (née Adamson; b. 1865 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne). They married each other in their native city in 1896. Ruth appears not to have had any siblings. She was a stalwart of several tournaments in the north of England for many years, including the Durham Championships, the Northumberland Championships, the North of Northumberland Championships and the Carlisle (Cumbria) tournament.

Ruth played at Wimbledon seven times between 1924-31, entering the women's singles event each time, but without ever winning a match in that particular event. She was a little more successful in the women's doubles and mixed doubles events. Her partner in the latter event was usually an R.D. Watson. This might well have been Ralph Douglas Watson (b. 1882 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne) – not to be confused with Ruth's father whose first name was also Ralph. The R.D. Watson in question might have been distantly related to Ruth.

Ruth is sometimes listed as "Mrs R. Watson" in one or two contemporary sources, but she had not married by her early forties, and several English newspapers regularly give her full name as "Miss Ruth Watson" well into the 1930s. She seems to have particularly enjoyed playing at the North of Northumberland Championships tournament, held in the summer in Berwick-upon-Tweed. She won the women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles titles at that particular tournament multiple times. She also later donated a Challenge Cup for the women's singles event at the same tournament.

When Ruth's father, Ralph, died in October 1942 at the age of 42, 'The Berwick Advertiser' newspaper carried the following piece on the twenty-ninth of that month: "At Seahouses on Sunday the death took place of the Canon Ralph Watson, Rector of Houghton-le-Spring, at the age of 73. He intended to retire early next year, and has just completed 50 years in the ministry having been at South Shields, Hartlepool, Bensham and Durham, where he was Rural Dean from 1917 to 1924. He played tennis and cricket and was a freemason. He is survived by his daughter, Miss Ruth Watson, the well-known tennis player. Both Mr Watson and his daughter were well-known players at the North Northumberland Tennis Tournaments held annually in Berwick for many years. They were frequent visitors to Bamburgh and Seahouses."
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Below is a list of the main singles titles won by Ruth Watson during her lawn tennis career (excluding those she won at the North of Northumberland Championships tournament):

Carlisle, Cumbria

1920 Ruth Watson d. Beryl Tulloch 6-1, 6-1
1921 Camilla Rimington d. Ruth Watson 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
1922 Camilla Rimington d. Ruth Watson 8-6, 6-3
1923 Ruth Watson d. Camilla Rimington 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
1924 Ruth Watson d. Mary Hart McIlquham 7-5, 6-1
1925 Camilla Rimington Smith d. Ruth Watson 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
1926 Ruth Watson d. M. Thomasson 6-3, 6-2
1927 Ruth Watson d. Camilla Rimington Smith 6-4, 6-8, 6-2
1928 Ruth Watson d. Jean Rankine 6-2, 6-4
1929 Ruth Watson d. V. March 6-1, 6-2
1930 Freda James d. Ruth Watson 6-1, 6-3
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Chapel Allerton, West Yorkshire

1925 Kathleen Aitchison d. Ruth Watson 7-5, 9-7
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1928 Ruth Watson d. Dorothy Anderson 6-2, 6-2
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Durham County Championships, Sunderland

1921 Ruth Watson d. Mrs Helps 10-8, 8-6
1922 Ruth Watson d. Miss Walton-Brown 7-5, 6-3
1923 Kathleen Aitchison d. Ruth Watson 10-8, 3-6, 7-5
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1930 Ruth Watson d. Lesley Cadle 6-4, 6-2
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1932 Ruth Watson d. Mrs J. Stephens 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
1933 Ruth Watson d. Doris Davison 6-3, 7-5
1934 Ruth Watson d. Doris Davison 8-6, 6-8, 6-2
1935 Ruth Watson d. Mrs J. Stephens 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
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North of England Championships, Scarborough

1926 [Scarborough] Ruth Watson d. Joan Ridley 6-3 6-1
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North of England Hard Court Championships, Scarborough

1924 [Scarborough] Ruth Watson d. Lesley Cadle 6-4 7-9 6-4
1925 [Scarborough] Ruth Watson d. Elsie Holtby 6-2 6-1
1926 [Scarborough] Ruth Watson d. Mrs Wormald 6-1 5-7 6-1
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Northumberland Championships, Newcastle

1922 Ruth Watson d. Kathleen Aitchison 6-2 3-6 6-4
1923 Ruth Watson d. Lesley Cadle 7-5 6-2
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1928 Ruth Watson d. Kathleen Aitchison 6-1 6-2
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1930 Ruth Watson d. Helen Barr 4-6 8-6 7-5
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Scottish Championships

1927 [Edinburgh] Ruth Watson d. Naomi Trentham 6-1 6-1
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http://www.tennisforum.com/25567498-post2119.html
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Today 02:25 PM
Rollo
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Added Lizzie Branfoot (nee Kendal) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264082-post4293.html
Added Lilian Davenport at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264066-post4292.html
Added Isabella de Gersdorff (Lawrence) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264058-post4291.html
Added Elsie Holtby at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264090-post4294.html
Added Angeliki Kanellopolulou at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263986-post4284.html
Added Olive Pawson at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264010-post4286.html
Added Isabelle Thompson (nee Farrington) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264002-post4285.html [Reminder to search for DOB and DOB]
Added Margaret Upton at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264050-post4290.html
Added Stella Van Collar at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264018-post4287.html (try to find maiden name-use S African top ten rankings)
Added Mary Woodford at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264042-post4289.html
Added Ethel Wyatt at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74264034-post4288.html

Updated Helen Collingwood (nee Kerr) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263938-post4279.html
Updated Winifred Kelly at: http://www.tennisforum.com/25450634-post1035.html
Updated Billie Woodgate at: http://www.tennisforum.com/25568442-post2204.html


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All caught up with submitted entries: Other tasks:

Finish off Cross

need to add Tessa Price. Emiko Okagawa, Karen Schimper, Surina Debeer

Need to reeval Anna Ivanovic-now retired.
Need to add/reeval Nadia Petrova-noe retired.

Need to Add/update Mark's additions, namely

Bertha Holder
Nora Durlacher
Alice Pickering Simpson

2017 WTA computer project: #1
Need to add in my 2016 WTA rankings (Jan-Feb project)
Today 01:42 PM
Jimbo109
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
Added Helen Collingwood, nee Kerr: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263938-post4279.html
Born 2 November 1885
Died 9 August 1948


Updated-thanks Jimbo
Today 01:28 PM
Jimbo109
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Name but no link

ANGELIKI KANELLOPOULOU
Greece
Born 18.12.1965 in Athens
Married Konstantinos Sakkari, by 1994

She is the mother of Maria Sakkari.

Added-thanks Jimbo. I had no idea about this connection. It is fun.
Today 01:17 PM
Jimbo109
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Quote:
Originally Posted by ROSAMUND View Post
MAIDEN NAME OF BERTHA THOMPSON

Hi Jimbo

Bertha Thompson's maiden name was JOST. Managed to find on www.ancestry.co.uk from husband Al L Thompson.
Thanks Rosamund!! I was a fan of Jimmy Connors (I have named myself after his nickname and his 109 tournaments win...), so you can imagine how I longed to know the maiden name of his grand-mother

Happy for you Jimbo. It is nice to see good teamwork. I was NOT a fan of Jimmy Connors in my youth. I was a huge Borg fan. The funny thing was I kinda looked like, played like, and even an passionate on court like Jimbo was!
Yesterday 11:47 PM
Rollo
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Added Helen Ingraham (nee Nash) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263978-post4283.html

Updated Doreen Cole at: http://www.tennisforum.com/25283194-post418.html (added date of death and exact date of marriage]
Updated Ora Mae Washington at: http://www.tennisforum.com/33295801-post2681.html (Added an excellent source)
Updated Georgie Woodgate at: http://www.tennisforum.com/25568458-post2205.html (added date of death and other infor from Rosamund)
Jan 17th, 2017 07:44 AM
Rollo
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Added Anna Caulkins (nee Prosser) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263962-post4282.html
Added Nadia Petrova at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263946-post4280.html (will complete her bio late tonight while watching Aussie Open)
Added Sona Pool (real name Sandra) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263954-post4281.html

Updated Sonia Cox at: http://www.tennisforum.com/29824257-post2618.html (Rosamund now has exact date of birth)
Updated Val Forbes (nee Koortzen) at: http://www.tennisforum.com/25451250-post1071.html
Updating Winifred Kelly at: http://www.tennisforum.com/25450634-post1035.html
Jan 16th, 2017 11:01 PM
Rollo
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

ok-some catching up to do. Need to edit in pages 282 and 283

Finish off Cross

need to add Tessa Price. Emiko Okagawa, Karen Schimper, Surina Debeer

Need to reeval Anna Ivanovic-now retired.
Need to add/reeval Nadia Petrova-noe retired.

Need to Add/update Mark's additions, namely

Bertha Holder
Nora Durlacher
Alice Pickering Simpson

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Added Germaine Cochet, nee Desthieux at: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263930-post4278.html
Added Helen Collingwood, nee Kerr: http://www.tennisforum.com/74263938-post4279.html

Updated Carmen Christlieb at: http://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-...l#post25282922 (please cross list as Mrs Carmen Fernandez. Hats off to Rosamund for good detective work.)
Updated Anne Goldsworthy at: http://www.tennisforum.com/73432545-post4182.html (Rosamund found marriage)
Updated Bertha Thompson, nee Jost at: http://www.tennisforum.com/34271009-post2732.html (nice teamwork Jimbo and Rosamund!)
Jan 15th, 2017 08:23 PM
ROSAMUND
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

MAIDEN NAME OF BERTHA THOMPSON

Hi Jimbo

Bertha Thompson's maiden name was JOST. Managed to find on www.ancestry.co.uk from husband Al L Thompson.

Updated-thanks Jimbo
Jan 15th, 2017 07:58 PM
ROSAMUND
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

RE HERNANDEZ,CARMEN

Isn't this a mistake. Please see

www.tennisforum.com/25282922-post393.html

I think it should be Carmen Fernandez ?

As a check the USTA Yearbook 1949, has her as Mrs Carmen C. Fernandez in the 1948 US Womens singles results .

A mistake for certes Rosamund. I thank you for catching it.

A mistake for certes Rosamund, I thank you for catching it.
Jan 15th, 2017 03:39 PM
Jimbo109
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

Update
http://www.tennisforum.com/34271009-post2733.html

If anyone has an Ancestry account could find the maiden name of Bertha Thompson, grandmother of Jimmy Connors.
She is the first in this list:
Bertha Thompson - Ancestry.com

Updated-thanks Jimbo
Jan 15th, 2017 04:43 AM
Rollo
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

HERNANDEZ, CARMEN (nee Carmen ????)
Mexico
Married to Raul Hernandez by 1948

Raul was also a tennis player, and as husband and wife they played mixed doubles at the 1948 US Nationals. Carmen also entered the singles as the #6 foreign seed, but was beaten easily by Betty Rosenquest 6-0 6-1 in the opening round. The grass surface would no doubt have been very foreign to her.
An error on my part (It is Fernandez). Thanks to Rosamund for catching it.
Jan 15th, 2017 03:55 AM
Rollo
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

FARRINGTON, ISABELLE (nee Isabelle Thompson)
United States
Married Harold Farrington (1895-1964) 28 October 1944, she was his 2nd wife.

Entered the 1948 US Mixed. Active as late as 1953

from Danbury, Connecticut.

About the College | Sacred Heart University Connecticut

Added
Jan 14th, 2017 12:37 PM
newmark401
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

New entry

Pawson, Olive Bernice
United Kingdom
Born in 1896 in Moor Allerton, Leeds
Died in 1987 in York

Married Dr John Thomas Woodhead on 15 February 1926 in Saint John's Church, Roundhay

Active circa 1925-27. Runner-up in the women's singles event in Chapel Allerton in 1926.

From 'The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer', 16 February 1928: "The marriage of Miss Olive Bernice Pawson, eldest daughter of Mr Thomas Pawson of 'Overdale', The Drive, Roundhay, and the late Mrs Pawson, and Dr [John Thomas] Woodhead, second son of Mr J.K. Woodhead and the late Mrs Woodhead, took place yesterday at Saint John's Church, Roundhay, the Vicar (Reverend T.N. Pearson) officiating. Mr Kenneth Gross was the best man.

"The bride wore a parchment ring velvet trimmed with needle-run gold lace, and a Carrickmacross lace veil. The bridesmaids, Miss D. Kathleen Pawson, sister of the bride, and Miss English, of Pocklington, had dresses of frilled coffee-coloured net over ****** brown taffeta, and picture hats to match. After a reception the bride and bridegroom left for Paris."
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Added-thanks Mark.
Jan 14th, 2017 12:08 PM
newmark401
Re: Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players

New entry

Wyatt, Ethel
Australia
Born circa 1875
Died

Married?

Active circa 1895-1910. Ethel Wyatt enjoyed most of her success in the women's doubles event at the South Australian Championships in Adelaide, in particular with Lillian Payne.
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Added-thanks Mark
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