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Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:06 AM

Australian Open
 
Please e-mail or private message any results I'm missing, or post them in the "Grand Slam Results" thread, and I'll give credit and post them here. Any feedback regarding unusual events, match points, incomplete names, etc. are also welcome.


Many thanks to my Aussie specialists Andrew Tas, Louloubelle, and Gee Tee (who provided many hard to find names) for all of their hard work.

Enjoy.


Done editing in: 1922-28

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:12 AM

Early Years
 
From 1905 until 1926 the Aussie was known as the Australasian-with New Zealand hosting some years. The women didn't get a national title until 1922. Before 1922 the most prestigious event for women was the New South Wales Open. An early winner, Rose Payten, was very famous. Because of the long distances involved she only journeyed out of Australia once to compete.

Below is the list of men only Australasian championships. Women competed in some of these events as state championships held concurrently with the men's national title. Evidence for an early women's Australasian title is totally lacking other than foreign sources, which probably confused the state title for a national one.

1905-Melbourne, Nov 21 to 26.
1906-New Zealand, Christchurch, on Boxing Day. Final on Dec 31.
1907-Brisbane. August(ALT lists it as September)
1908-Sydney. American Fred Alexander in OZ for Davis Cup.
1909-Perth. October
1910-Adelaide, March 15-19
1911-Melbourne-The Argus reports on final.
1912-New Zealand, Hastings, North Island. No Aussies.
1913-Perth. November.
1914-Melbourne.
1915-Brisbane
World War one suspends event until 1919.
1919-(played in Sydney in late January of 1920!).
1920-Adelaide. March.
1921-Perth
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Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:12 AM

1922
 
Dates: December 1-9
Site: White City, (Rushcutter's Bay) Sydney.
Surface: Grass
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Singles (Draw=15)

1st Round

Mall Molesworth d. Annie Gray 7-5 6-3
Marjorie Mountain d. Mrs GB Stevens 6-4 6-3
Syd Carr d. Miss Rock 6-2 1-6 8-6
Gwen Utz d. Esme Doddemeade 6-4 6-2

Esna Boyd d. Floris St.George 6-4 6-1
Jessie Watson d. Mrs M Grant 6-3 6-2
Sylvia Lance d. Lorna Bull 6-3 6-1
Mary Elliott-bye

Quarterfinals

Molesworth d. Mountain 6-4 6-4
Utz d. Carr default
Boyd d. Watson 6-3 6-2
Lance d. Elliot 6-1 6-2

Semifinals

Boyd d. Lance 6-4 10-8
Molesworth d. Utz 6-2 6-3

Final
Mall Molesworth d. Esna Boyd 6-3 10-8
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Doubles (Draw=9)

Preliminary Round

Annie Gray/Nellie Lloyd d. Lorna Bull/Mary Elliott 6-4 6-3

Quarterfinals

Esna Boyd/Marjorie Mountain d. Mrs Docker/Miss Schultze 6-1 6-4
Mall Molesworth/Jessie Watson d. Syd Carr/Esme Doddemeade 7-5 4-6 6-3
Irene Forbes-Smith/Sylvia Lance d. Gray/Lloyd 5-7 13-11 6-2
Floris St.George/Gwen Utz d. Daisy Garland/D Menzies 6-3 6-2

Semifinals

Boyd/Mountain d. Molesworth/Watson 7-5 6-3
St.George/Utz d. Forbes-Smith/Lance default

Final
Esna Boyd/Marjorie Mountain d. Floris St.George/Gwen Utz 1-6 6-4 7-5
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=15)

1st Round

Gwen Utz/Harold Utz-bye
Sylvia Lance/Stewart Henderson d. Mary Elliott/Jack Clemenger 6-0 6-0
Marjorie Mountain/Rupert Wertheim d. Lorna Bull/Keith Poulton 3-6 6-4 6-3
Hazel Webber/Arthur Yencken d. Minnie Goodman/Bruce Dive 6-0 9-7

Esna Boyd/John Hawks d. Syd Carr/Dudley Bullough 6-4 6-0
Mall Molesworth/Leslie Baker d. Mitchell/Prosper Sandral 6-1 7-5
Jessie Watson/Edward Jordan d. Grace Paterson/William Sheehan 6-4 6-3
Annie Gray/Percy Lane d. Floris St. George/Frank Peach 8-6 5-7 10-8

Quarterfinals

Utz/Utz d. Lance/Henderson default
Mountain/Wertheim d. Webber/Yencken 6-0 6-2
Boyd/Hawkes d. Molesworth/Baker 6-2 5-7 6-2
Watson/Jordan d. Gray/Love ????? (probable default)

Semifinals

Utz/Utz d. Mountain/Wertheim 6-3 6-3
Boyd/Hawkes d. Watson/Jordan 6-3 6-3

Final
Esna Boyd/Jack Hawkes d. Gwen Utz/Harold Utz 6-1 6-1
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Draw notes and resolves:

The official site does not have the complete draw for any of the five events. It also lists our 2 missing Mixed QF results as byes, clearly an oversight. It also has an incorrect doubles semifinal result. All results stemming from this site should be double-checked.

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th washed out and tournament didn't finish until Saturday 9th December. The backup in play explains the defaults in the doubles events.

The Sydney Morning Herald, in its Dec 9 edition, indicated that Miss Lance had to default in the women's doubles and the mixed with her partner Henderson. The reason given was her departure for New Zealand. Note that the rand Slam book and official Aussie sites have a score for this semi.However, unless these scores can be verified in another source (such as anewspaper) the default in the semis of the doubles is the likely score. See the following:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/arti...ore*%7C*ignore*

Names:
*Many sources use the name John Clemenger. Jack was his nickname. For now I'm going with Jack.

*Wilfred Bruce Dive went by his middle name.

*Peg Menzies (in the mixed draw) in newspapers as D Menzies. Miss D Menzies is not 'Peg'. Miss AG 'Peg' Menzies was a junior NSW player in the 1930s.

*Some sources list Gladys Paterson (rather than Grace Paterson). The SMH uses Patterson and Paterson. GeeTee writes that the 1922 entrant here is Gladys Paterson, daughter of "Banjo" Paterson, the famous writer of "Waltzing Matilda." Other newspaper sources thrughout 1922 back this up. See http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/arti...ore*%7C*ignore*

*Per GeeTee: "I suspect Miss ROCK (1922) is a Sydney University (circa 1918) tennis player."

*Miss Schultze (sometimes spelled differently) could be Marjorie Schultze (born 1894, Mrs Bertram BM Webb from 1930) but no definite proof.

* Mrs GB Stevens is most likely Mrs George B Stevens (nee Cora Smith) but this is not verifiable at this time.

* The official site has Lorna Utz. It is wrong. It is Gwen (Gwendolyn). There were two Utz's. Lorna Utz (nee Bull-listed in the 1922 singles draw) was maried to Leslie Utz in 1924. Gwen (nee Chiplin) was married to her mixed partner H. S. "Barney" Utz. This is the pair that traveled to England and played Wimbledon in 1925. Major thanks go out to GeeTee for pointing this out.

* Miss H Webber was from New South Wales.

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Summary

Molesworth's variety, power and precision stood her in good stead during the tournament. She defeated Utz who was a crafty tactician, but her courtcraft failed against Molesworth's power and versatility. Boyd survived in the other semi despite being 2-4 down in each set against Lance. In the final Molesworth played the bigger points better as Boyd had several set points at 7-6 in the 2nd set. According to the Adelaide Advertiser "The final of the ladies singles...was throughly enjoyed by all. The rallies were long and frequent, and the quality high class. Miss Molesworth's service and backhand were superior to those of Miss Boyd." Boyd excelled in crosscourt forehands, but Mall's crosscourt backhand winners were more frequent.

Gray and Lloyd held a match point in the ladies QF with Forbes-Smith and Lance. Lance then had to default in the next match (and the mixed) to go to New Zealand.

The doubles final was most exciting. The NSW pair of St George/Utz led 4-3. The next game, with Utz serving, had spectators in a fever pitch, as deuce was called 16 times. Boyd/Molesworth won the key game and the minutes later the title. "Mrs Utz played the game of her life", while Mall set up Boyd at net with her great returns. Boyd was noticeably tired from the singles final.

5,000 came on finals day. Earlier week figures were between 2 and 3,000.
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Sources:

GeeTee
Andrew Tas
The Grand Slam Record Book

Trove Australian Newspapers online, especially the Sydney Morning Herald and Adelaide Advertiser.

Discussion thread on event results at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=447550

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:13 AM

1923
 
Dates: Saturday August 11th - Saturday August 18th
Site: Milton Courts, in suburb of Auchenflower, Brisbane Australia
Surface: Grass
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Singles (Draw=13)


1st Round

Mall Molesworth-bye
Alice Bell-bye
Sylvia Lance d. Mrs Docker 6-3 6-1
Emily Roe d. Keyden Irving 6-2 10-8

Margaret Haymen d. Beryl Turner 6-2 7-5
Jessie Watson d. Floris St George 10-8 6-1
Millie Mitchell d. Beryl Rosser 6-3 6-4
Esna Boyd-bye

Quarterfinals

Molesworth d. Bell 6-2 6-1
Lance d. Roe 6-0 6-4
Haymen d. Watson 7-5 8-6
Boyd d. Mitchell 6-1 6-3

Semifinals

Molesworth d. Lance 3-6 6-4 8-6
Boyd d. Haymen 6-2 6-2

Final
Mall Molesworth d. Esna Boyd 6-1 7-5
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Doubles (Draw=9)

Preliminary Round

Emily Roe/Margaret Haymen d. Jessie Watson/Floris St George 3-6 6-4 6-1

Quarters

W Kelly/Florence Jackson d. Marjorie Byram/Dorothy Hawthorn 6-0 7-5
Mall Molesworth/Beryl Turner d. Corinne Gould/Keyden Irving 6-1 6-3
Esna Boyd/Sylvia Lance d Phyllis Briggs/Beryl Rosser 6-2 6-1
Roe/Haymen d. Mrs Docker/Millie Mitchell 6-4 6-4

Semis

Molesworth/Turner d. Kelly/Jackson default
Boyd/Lance d. Roe/Haymen 6-2 7-5

Final
Esna Boyd/Sylvia Lance d. Mall Molesworth/Beryl Turner 6-1 6-4
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round


Sylvia Lance/Horrie Rice d Mrs Parkinson/Vincent Swayne 6-4 6-0
Floris St. George/Lisle Terrey-bye
Esna Boyd/Pat O'Hara Wood d W Kelly/Walter Harold Smith 6-4 6-3
Keyden Irving/Fitzroy Cory-bye

Mall Molesworth/Bert St. John d Emily Roe/Alf Thurlow 6-4 6-1
Mrs Docker/Harold Illingworth-bye
Millicent Mitchell/Edward Jordan d Beryl Turner/Leonard Thulow 7-5 6-4
Jessie Watson/Dudley Bullough d Margaret Haymen/Dick North 4-6 6-3 6-1

Quarterfinals

Lance/Rice d St George/Terry 10-8 6-2
Boyd/O'Hara Wood d Irving/Cory 6-4 6-2
Molesworth/St. John d Docker/Illingworth 6-3 6-1
Mitchell/Jordan d Watson/Bullough 7-5 6-4

Semifinals

Lance/Rice d. Boyd/O'Hara Wood 6-4 6-4
Molesworth/St. John d. Mitchell/Jordan 7-5 6-3

Final
Sylvia Lance/Horrie Rice d. Mall Molesworth/Bert St John 2-6 6-4 6-4

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Draw notes:

Mrs Docker, Miss Haymen, Mrs Jackson and Miss Kelly all hail from Queensland. Many of the unkwown male players in this year's event probably also hailed from Queensland.

*Mrs JL Briggs=nee Phyllis Moxon

*Margaret Haymen (see note below for Roe)

*GeeTee notes that Miss W Kelly probably equals Winifred "Winnie" Kelly.

*Emily Dawson Roe (nee Haymen) married Arthur Stanley Roe on 22 January 1917. The official site incorrectly uses "Rose". Aussie papers list Mrs Roe as Mrs AS Roe. Judith (born by 1928), the only daughter of Dr and Mrs A.S. Roe, was married in 1948 to Eric Russell. The 3 Haymen daughters were the children of M. G. (Montague Granville) Haymen (died 1941), director of a Queenland Bank. Margaret Haymen (who wed Charles Clark (1902-1965) on 12 December 1928) and Nell Hayman (married to Englishman Timothy Patrick Honnor on 11 July 1937). Emily is our "Mrs Roe" in this draw. "Miss Haymen" is the second daughter Margaret.is is less certain.

Mrs H Turner=nee Beryl Spowers

AL North=Dr Allan Lindsay "Dick" North.

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Summary

Molesworth survived a match point against Lance in the semis. Lance's volleying won the first set 6-3 and her backhand was standing up well. Molesworth switched attack in the 2nd set to Lance's stronger wing, the forehand, which broke up Lance's rhythm. Winning the 2nd set 6-4 and streaking to 5-2, Lance made a final stand to reach match point at 6-5 40-30. On this point she played a near perfect drop shot, in which Molesworth charged in, just reached the ball on spooned it over for a clear winner. Lance's chance was gone, and Molesworth won the 3rd 8-6. Her opponent was again Boyd who recovered from a 1st set 1-6 beating to lead 3-1 40-30. But an appalling line call against Boyd demoralised her and Molesworth shot to 5-3. Despite a last desperate effort to retrieve the deficit, Boyd lost 6-1 7-5.

Mixed champion Horrie Rice was 51 years of age, finalist St John was 44.

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Sources:

Andrew Tas
Gee Tee

A Brisbane Courier report on the final
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/arti...s&searchLimits=

Brisbane Courier report from the 16th:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/arti...nore*|||sortby

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:13 AM

1924
 
Dates: January 19-30
Site: Albert Park, Melbourne
Surface: Grass
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Singles (Draw= 22)

1st round

Sylvia Lance [3] d Mavis McIver 6-2 6-1
Flora Rowe d. Mollie Muirhead 6-1 6-0
Marjorie Todd [8] d. Frances Hoddle-Wrigley 6-3 6-3
Vera de Bavay-bye
Kath Le Messurier [6] -bye
Minnie Richardson-bye
Vera Howett (GB)-bye
Mall Molesworth [1] -bye

Esna Boyd [2] d. Nell Thyne default
E Johnson d. Lily Addison [5] default
Gwen Hack d. Jessie Salter 6-3 7-5
Mrs JA Simpson-bye
Daphne Akhurst [4] -bye
Ursula Bere-bye
J Ferguson-bye
Violet Mather-bye

*#7 seed Meryl O'Hara Wood did not appear in the singles draw.

2nd Round

Lance d. Rowe 6-3 6-2
Todd d. Bavay 6-1 6-1
Le Messurier d. Richardson 6-3 6-1
Molesworth d. Howett default

Boyd d. Johnson 6-1 6-1
Simpson d. Hack 6-3 6-8 6-4
Akhurst d. Bere 4-6 7-5 6-0
Mather d. Ferguson 6-2 10-8

Quarterfinals

Lance d. Todd 1-6 6-4 6-1
Le Messurier d. Molesworth 7-9 6-3 8-6
Boyd d. Simpson 6-1 6-1
Akhurst d. Mather 6-1 6-4

Semifinals

Lance d. Le Messurier 6-2 6-2
Boyd d. Akhurst 6-1 6-4

Final
Sylvia Lance d. Esna Boyd 6-3 3-6 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Lance [1] d. Kathleen Roberts/Jessie Salter 6-1 6-1
Minnie Richardson/Mrs Simpson d. Lily Addison/Dorothy Hope 6-3 6-4
Mall Molesworth/Dot Rendall [3] d. M Farnsworth/I Morton 6-4 6-1
Youtha Anthony/Frances Hoddle Wrigley d. Mrs M Grant/Hester Phillimore (GB) default

Esna Boyd/Gertrude Todd [2] d. Violet Mather/Marjorie Mountain 61 6-2
Mrs Bodington/Nell Thyne d. Ruby Mercer/Isabel Wade 6-3 6-1
Kath Le Messurier/Meryl O'Hara Wood [4] d. Vera de Bavay/Ursula Bere 6-2 6-1
Gwen Hack/Flora Rowe d. Mrs GB Goodes/Helen Outhwaite 6-8 8-6 7-5*

Quarterfinals

Akhurst/Lance [1] d. Richardson/Simpson 6-3 6-2
Molesworth/Rendall [3] d. Anthony/Hoddle Wrigley 6-3 6-2
Boyd/Todd [2] d. Bodington/Thyne 9-7 6-3
Le Messurier/O'Hara Wood [4] d. Hack/Rowe 6-2 6-1

Semifinals
Akhurst/Lance [1] d. Molesworth/Rendall [3] 6-3 6-1
Le Messurier/O'Hara Wood [4] d. Boyd/Todd [2] 6-4 6-3

Final
Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Lance [1] d. Kath Le Messurier/Meryl O'Hara Wood [4] 7-5 6-2
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard [4] d. Flora Rowe/Frank Drews 6-2 6-4
Mall Molesworth/Norman Roberts d. Hester Phillimore (GB)/Noel Heath 6-4 6-2
Dorothy Hope/Bob Schlesinger d. Meryl O'Hara Wood/Pat O'Hara Wood [1] 3-6 6-2 6-4
Minnie Richardson/Colin Newton d. Gwen Hack/Clive Fitts 6-2 1-6 6-4

Sylvia Lance/Ian McInnes [2] d. Vera de Bavay/Rupert Wertheim 7-5 6-1
Kath Le Messurier/Walter Harold Smith d. Quentin Winter-Irving/Basil Henty 6-2 3-6 9-7
Marjorie Todd/Jack Clemenger d Ursula Bere/Alex Sandral 6-3 4-6 6-1
Esna Boyd/Gar Hone [3] d Mavis McIver/Timothy Fitchett 6-2 7-5

Quarterfinals

Akhurst/Williard [4]d Molesworth/Roberts 6-3 6-0
Hope/Schlesinger d Richardson/Newton 4-6 6-2 6-3
Lance/McInnes [2] d Messurier/Smith 6-0 6-3
Boyd/Hone [3] d Todd/Clemenger 6-3 6-3

Semifinals
Akhurst/Willard [4] d. Hope/Schlesinger 7-5 6-2
Boyd/Hone [3] d. Lance/McInnes [2] 6-1 6-4

Final
Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard [4] d. Esna Boyd/Gar Hone [3] 6-3 6-4
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Draw Notes:

Rain on the last few days delayed the event-it concluded on Wednesday, January 30.

The first year seeding was used.

Meryl O'Hara Wood was the #7 seed in singles but not in draw. Did she default before the event started? Note th edefault of #5 seed Addison, presumably after the draw was already made.

* The score from this 1R doubles between Gwen Hack/Flora Rowe d. Mrs GB Goodes/Helen Outhwaite may be may be 6-3 3-6 7-5. For now I am sticking with the score from the Argus, as it is a primary source.

Adela Gwendoline Hack went by "Gwen"

Mrs Dorothy Agnes Hope is the sister of Richard (Bob) Schlesinger. She wed Rodney Hope on 18 August 1921 in South Yarra.

Vera Howett listed as Miss VM Howett.

Mrs JS Simpson= nee Miss JG Keltie of Tasmania.

Nell Thyne listed as HM Thyne

Mrs J Todd= nee Marjorie Mountain, Md to a Mr J Todd in November 1923.

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Summary:

Molesworth was the favorite again this year but fell in the quarters to Kath Le Messurier 9-7 3-6 6-8. This match was different to the usual women's matches of this time as both women drove fiercely from beginning to end. Le Mesurier who had improved greatly over the last 12 months led in every set. Molesworth pegged her back from 3-5 to win the first. Le Messurier's off-backhand caused problems for Molesworth, jamming her on the backhand side, to give her the second set and two match points at 5-2 in the 3rd. Molesworth hit her away back to 5-5 but Le Messurier steadied to win 8-6.

A young 20 y/o Daphne Akhurst won her quarterfinal with one reporter getting quite carried away:
"Miss Akhurst an artist to her fingertips, belied her delicate Victorian appearance that suggested she had slipped out of one of Jane Austen's novels by sifting cayenne pepper shots from a never-failing supply.

Sylvia Lance recovered from a bad start to beat the Victorian Mrs. Todd 16 64 61 and Boyd beat Simpson to complete the semi lineups. Boyd carried this form to beat Akhurst by pinning the Sydney youngster against the backnetting with the depth and power of her forehand, the most feared shot in Australian women's tennis. Lance defeated Le Mesurier 6-2 6-2 by adapting her game to the soft court by slicing and chopping, in which the lack of pace told against le Mesurier who handled Molesworth's power the round before."

Lance looked to be in full control against Boyd when she led 6-3 3-0 and 40-15, but Boyd struggled back to duece and then after 6 more dueces took the game and the next 5 to win the set. This effort took its toll and Lance gained a slight advantage at the start of the 3rd and held on to 6-4.

It was a tense and interesting contest, but the same reporter who found Akhurst such a delight was not that impressed:
"As a spectacle the match fell short of realising the requirements of championship tennis of the tonic quality which, reinforced by vigour, carries the hallmark of high distinction. Both players were over-cautious and bent on making a success of the engagement in an entirely unbrilliant way. There was some evidence of the artistic quality that appeals to the doctrinaire or dilettante but too much harmless hitting of the mercerised near silk quality to provide the exciting interest associated with an inspiriting contest."

We have this great summary thanks to Louloubelle


..and From AustinRunner comes interesting instructions from the organizers of the 1924 Australasian Championships:

"The first Australasian championship meeting to be held under the new conditions in Melbourne from January 19 to January 28* will comprise seven events only - the singles, doubles, and mixed, women's singles and doubles, and junior (boys) singles and doubles; each event carrying with it for 12 months the title of championship of Australasia. The principle conditions are as follows:-
(1) Entries must be made on the prescribed form; and when entrance fees are payable they must accompany all entries. Any holder of a championship of the previous year, if wishing to compete, must enter and play through.
(2) No entry will be accepted from any player residing in Australia unless such player be a member of a club affiliated to a State Association or a member of such association.
(3) The committee reserves the right to refuse the entry of any player, or to determine if such player is not eligible to enter, or has not the necessary ability to compete, and shall not be required to give a reason.
(4) In all events the draw will be seeded by the committee in accordance with the rules.
(5) Play shall be continuous from the first service till the match be concluded, provided that after the third set - or when women take part, the second set - either player is entitled to a rest which shall not exceed 10 minutes.
(6) Entries for all events will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening January 5 with the secretary of the L.T.A.V., Mr. J. F. Koch, at the club house, Glenferrie Road, Kooyong.

There appears to exist in the mind of many players doubt as to who is eligible to enter. Owing to its being a championship meeting pure and simple, it is certainly not intended to accept entries from anyone who may come along; otherwise the events, or the preliminary rounds in them, would become a farce. It is intended to receive entries from all A grade players of both sexes, and possibly from the best of the B grade, and from any promising juniors, the committee finally determining who are eligible. Should any entries be refused on account of the players not being considered of sufficient standard to compete, the entrance fees will be refunded."

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Sources:

GeeTee
The Melbourne Argus

Thanks to AustinRunner and Louloubelle for added information.

Discussion thread on event results at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=448313

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:14 AM

1925
 
Dates: January 24-30
Site: Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney
Surface: Grass
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Singles (Draw=26)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst [2]-bye
Muff Wilson d. Adeline Wilkens 6-2 5-7 6-4
Louie Bickerton d. Mrs M Grant 7-5 6-0
Jessie Watson d. Grace Paterson 9-7 7-5
Pattie Meaney d. Kath Le Messurier [4] 4-6 6-4 9-7
D Mackie d. Coral Buttsworth default
Minnie Richardson [6]-bye
Mrs GB Stevens- bye

Marjorie Cox [5] d. Ula Valkenburg 6-2 6-0
Flora Cameron d. Doris Smith 6-2 6-4
Esna Boyd [3] d. Floris St. George 6-2 6-0
Dorothy Weston d. R White 6-1 6-2
Margaret Knoblanche d. Sara Cox default
Edith Freudenstein-bye
Iris Woodd-bye
Sylvia Harper [1]-bye

2nd Round

Akhurst [2] d. Wilson 6-4 4-6 6-2
Watson d. Bickerton 6-4 5-7 6-3
Meaney d. Mackie 6-4 5-7 6-3
Richardson [6] d. Stevens 6-4 8-6

Cox [5] d. Cameron 6-3 6-8 6-2
Boyd [3] d. Weston 6-1 6-3
Knoblanche d. Freudenstein 6-2 6-4
Harper [1] d. Wood 6-1 6-1

Quarterfinals

Akhurst [2] d. Watson 6-1 6-4
Richardson [6] d. Meaney 6-4 1-6 6-2
Boyd [3] d. Cox [5] 4-6 6-0 9-7
Harper [1] d. Knoblanche 6-1 6-1

Semifinals

Akhurst [2] d. Richardson [6] 6-1 6-2
Boyd [3] d. Harper [1] 6-2 6-3

Final
Daphne Akhurst [2] d. Esna Boyd [3] 1-6 8-6 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=19)

1st Round

Anna Doyle/Phyllis Lester d. Mrs Evans/Margaret Knoblanche 6-2 6-4
Mrs Docker/Jessie Watson d. Mary Cooling/Mrs GB Stevens 6-2 6-2
Muff Wilson/Iris Woodd d. D Mackie/Ula Valkenburg 6-2 6-8 6-4

2nd Round

Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Harper [1] d. Doyle/Lester 6-4 6-1
Edith Butcherine/Dot Weston d. ???? default
Louie Bickerton/Grace Paterson d. Gwen Waterhouse/R White 6-2 9-7
Marjorie Cox/Floris St. George [3] d. Minnie Richardson/Adeline Wilkens 6-3 6-1

Esna Boyd/Kath Le Messurier [2] d. Minnie Goodman/Nion Kenyon 6-3 6-4
Mrs Harper/M Holt d. Coral Buttsworth/O'Connor default
Pattie Meaney/Millie Mitchell [4] d. Flora Cameron/Nancy Fitzhardinge 7-5 7-9 6-3
Docker/Watson d. Wilson/Wood 6-3 9-7

Quarterfinals

Akhurst/Harper [1] d. Butcherine/Weston 6-2 6-1
Cox/St. George [3] d. Bickerton/Paterson 6-4 6-4
Boyd/Le Messurier [2] d. Harper/Holt 6-3 6-2
Meaney/Mitchell [4] d. Docker/Watson 6-4 6-2

Semifinals

Akhurst/Harper [1] d. Cox/St. George [3] 7-5 6-3
Boyd/Le Messurier [2] d. Meaney/Mitchell [4] 6-4 8-6

Final
Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Harper [1] d. Esna Boyd/Kath Le Messurier [2] 6-4 6-3
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/John Willard [1] d. Phyllis Lester/Norman McDougall 8-6 6-3
Pattie Meaney/Aubrey Willard d. Ula Valkenburg/Walter Medcalf 6-4 6-2
Esna Boyd/Gar Hone [3] d. R White/Frank Blaxland 6-4 6-1
Louie Bickerton/Frank Peach d. Grace Paterson/Henry Marsh 7-5 6-3

Kath Le Messurier/Les Baker [4] d. Muff Wilson/Bob Spencer 6-1 12-10
Flora Cameron/George Crouch d. Dot Weston/Henry Morris Smith 6-3 6-3
Marjorie Cox/Rupert Wertheim d. Minnie Richardson/Robert Berriman 6-2 4-6 6-2
Sylvia Harper/Bob Schlesinger [2] d. Floris St. George/Francis Kalms 6-2 6-4

Quarterfinals

Akhurst/Willard [1] d. Meaney/Willard 8-6 7-5
Boyd/Hone [3] d. Bickerton/Peach 6-2 6-4
Le Messurier/Baker [4] d. Cameron/Crouch 6-3 6-3
Harper/Schlesinger [2] d. Cox/Wertheim 6-1 6-4

Semifinals
Akhurst/Willard [1] d. Boyd/Hone [3] 6-3 3-6 6-2
Harper/Schlesinger [2] d. Le Messurier/Baker [4] 6-4 6-3

Final
Daphne Akhurst/John Willard [1] d. Sylvia Harper/Bob Schlesinger [2] 6-4 6-4
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Draw notes:

The Mrs Harper who partners M Holt in the doubles is not Sylvia Lance Harper, who partners Akhurst.

Sylvia Lance has married since last year's event, She is now Mrs RR Harper.

Per GeeTee the spelling for Iris D Woodd is not a typo.

As late as the quarterfinal of the ladies doubles Dot Weston was listed as being without a partner. The Sydney Herald has "Dot Weston and partner". This goes a good way towards explaining the lack of match in the 2R.

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Summary:

Akhurst won her 1st Australasian title at the age of 21. She struggled past Wilson in an early round, a rival from her school days but her fitness, speed around the court, hard and low hitting as well as willingness to attack the net earned her an easy passage to the final after that. Esne Boyd struggled in her quarterfinal against Marjorie Cox (later to become Mrs. Jack Crawford) falling behind 3-5 in the 3rd, but winning the final set 9-7. Boyd then handled Sylvia Harper's (Lance) cut shots with ease in the semis, 6-2 6-3 to face Akhurst in the final.

Boyd's game plan was clear from the first point, to attack at all costs. She did it brilliantly in the first set, hitting deep to the corners and coming to the net to smash away Akhurst's lobs. 6-1 to Boyd. She relaxed ever so slightly in the 2nd and Akhurst's superior strength, technique and in the end of a close set, her temperament gave her an 8-6 advantage to level the match.

A tiring Boyd fought hard to reach 4-1 in the decider, but Akhurst steadied and took the final five games.

In an early round match Meaney upset Le Messurier. Kath recovered from 1-4 down in the final set and had a match point, but Meaney's ball, carried by the wind, hit smack on the line.

Notes courtesy of Louloubelle
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Sources:

Gee Tee
Sydney Morning Herald

Discussion thread on event results at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=448618

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:15 AM

1926
 
Dates: January 24-30
Site: Adelaide, Australia
Surface: Grass
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Singles (Draw=18)

1st Round

Vera Mathias d. Margaret Officer 6-3 6-4
Minnie Richardson d. Joyce Lillecrapp 6-2 6-3

2nd Round

Daphne Akhurst [1] d. Dot Weston 6-4 6-3
Kath Le Messurier [6] d. Margaret Taylor 6-1 6-4
Marjorie Cox [4] d. Alison Hooper 6-1 6-1
Richardson [7] d. Mathias 6-3 6-2

Esna Boyd [2] d. Nell Hamilton 6-0 6-2
Meryl O'Hara Wood [5] d. Edna Lawrence 6-0 7-5
Sylvia Harper [3] d. Lorna Bollen 6-1 6-2
Beryl Turner [8]* d. Anna Menz 6-3 6-4

Quarterfinals

Akhurst [1] d. Le Messurier [6] 7-5 6-2
Cox [4] d. Richardson [7] 6-2 6-2
Boyd [2] d. O' Hara Wood [5] 6-1 7-5
Harper [3] d. Turner [8] 6-1 6-4

Semifinals

Akhurst [1] d. Cox [4] 6-1 6-3
Boyd [2] d. Harper [3] 6-4 4-6 6-3

Final
Daphne Akhurst [1] d. Esna Boyd [2] 6-1 6-3

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Doubles

Draw of 13.

First Round

Esna Boyd/Meryl O'Hara Wood [1]-bye
Nell Hamilton/Edna Lawrence d Jean Laughton/Lois Laughton 6-3 6-2
Sylvia Harper/Minnie Richardson [3] d. Mrs Menzies/Agnes Ridgway 6-1 6-1
Alison Hooper/Beryl Turner d. Vera Mathias/Flora Rowe 4-6 6-2 6-0

Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4]-bye
Molly Finlayson/Mary Laidlaw-bye
Margaret Officer/Margaret Taylor d. Jocelyn Bowman/Joyce Lillecrapp 8-6 9-7
Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox [2] d. Lorna Bollen/Anna Menz 6-1 6-3

Quarterfinals

Boyd/O'Hara Wood [1] d. Hamilton/Lawrence 0-6 6-2 6-0
Harper/Richardson [3] d. Hooper/Turner 6-4 6-3
Messurier/Weston [4] d. Finlayson/Landlaw 6-1 6-4
Akhurst/Cox [2] d. Officer/Taylor 6-4 6-3

Semifinals

Boyd/O'Hara Wood [1] d. Harper/Richardson [3] 4-6 8-6 6-2
Akhurst/Cox [2] d. Le Messurier/Weston [4] 7-5 6-1

Final
Esna Boyd/Meryl O'Hara Wood [1] d. Daphne Akhurst/Marjorie Cox [2] 6-3 6-8 8-6
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=19)

First Round

Margaret Officer/Rice Gemmell d. Dot Weston/Ernest Rowe [8] 6-2 8-6
Lorna Bollen/Jack Crawford d. Anna Menz/Don Mellish 6-4 3-6 6-2
Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard [1] d. Nell Hamilton/Ray Hone 7-5 7-5

Second Round

Esna Boyd/Jack Hawkes [2] d Edna Lawrence/Alan Treloar 6-3 6-0
Kath Le Messurier/Bob Schlesinger [6] d Margaret Taylor/Ken Berriman 6-4 6-4
Sylvia Harper/Gar Hone [4] d Jocelyn Bowman/John Sherwood 6-3 6-0
Bollen/Crawford d Officer/Gemmell 6-4 3-6 6-2

Akhurst/Willard [1] d Minnie Richardson/Colin Newton 6-3 6-1
Marjorie Cox/Rupert Wertheim d Constance Halloran/Bob Fotheringham 6-2 6-2
Meryl O'Hara Wood/Pat O'Hara Wood [3] d. Joyce Lillecrapp/Harry Hopman 6-1 6-3
Alison Hooper/Gar Moon d. Vera Mathias/Norman Peach [7] 6-4 6-4

Quarterfinals

Boyd/Hawkes [2] d Le Messurier/Schlesinger [6] 7-5 6-2
Harper/Hone [4] d Bollen/Crawford 6-4 6-4
Akhurst/Willard [1] d Cox/Wertheim [5] 7-9 6-3 6-3
O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood [3] d Hooper/Moon 6-0 6-0

Semifinals

Boyd/Hawkes [2] d Harper/Hone [4] 6-2 5-7 6-4
Akhurst/Willard [1] d O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood [3] 7-5 6-4

Final
Esna Boyd /Jack Hawkes [2] d. Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard [1] 6-1 6-4

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Draw notes:

Mrs W. T. Rowe=Flora Rowe (nee Dailey)
Margaret Taylor listed as ML Taylor.
Beryl Turner (nee Spower)=Mrs H Turner of Queensland

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Summary:

Akhurst dominated the Australasian titles in Adelaide. Shaking off a persistent knee injury suffered during this overseas tour, Akhurst won the title without dropping a set. There was an air of finality about the whole championships, with Akhurst thumping Boyd 6-1 6-3. The last game of the final epitomised the women's singles as a whole. Akhurst won it to love and served a centre-line ace on the final point.

Most summary notes courtesy of Louloubelle

Sources :

GeeTee
Melbourne Sun

Discussion thread on event results at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=448801

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:18 AM

1927
 
Dates: January 22 to 31.
Site: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass
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SINGLES (Draw=21)

1st Round

Esna Boyd[1]-bye
Ruth Stephens-bye
Dot Bellamy-bye
Keyden Irving-bye

Louie Bickerton[4]-bye
Gladys Toyne [5] d. G Hopkins 6-1 6-1
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley d. Floris St. George 8-6 6-2
Kath Le Messurier [7] d. Ursula Bere 6-1 6-1

Marjorie Cox [6]-bye
Youtha Anthony-bye
Mavis McKay-bye
Sylvia Harper[3]-bye

Minnie Richardson [8]-bye
Beryl Turner-bye
Dorothy Weston d. Vera de Bavay 6-3 6-2.
Daphne Akhurst[2] d. B Parsons 6-2 6-1

Second Round

Boyd[1] d. Stephens 6-0 6-2
Bellamy d. Irving 7-5 6-1
Bickerton[4] d. Toyne [5] 6-3 6-3
Le Messurier [7] d. Hoddle-Wrigley 9-7 6-3

Cox [6] d. Anthony 2-6 6-3 6-3
Harper[3] d. Mckay 6-0 6-0
Turner d. Richardson [8] 6-4 6-3
Weston d. Akhurst[2] default

Quarterfinals

Boyd [1] d. Bellamy 6-2 6-3
Bickerton [4] d. Le Messurier[7] 6-4 4-6 6-2
Harper [3] d. Cox [6] 1-6 6-3 6-3
Turner d.Weston 6-4 6-0

Semifinals
Boyd [1] d. Bickerton [4] 6-3 6-1
Harper [3] d. Turner 6-2 6-0

Final
Esna Boyd [1] d. Sylvia Harper [3] 5-7 6-1 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Louie Bickerton/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2]-bye
Keyden Irving/Beryl Turner d. Vera de Bavay/Ursula Bere 9-7 6-3
Marjorie Cox/Floris St. George d. Ruby Mercer/Westmorland 6-4 6-4
Mavis McKay/Gladys Toyne [3] d. Mrs Rose/G Hopkins 6-2 6-1

Esna Boyd/Sylvia Harper [1] d. Mrs. Newton Wood/Pauline Spencer Parsons 6-2 6-2
Youtha Anthony/Annie Gray d. Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Minnie Richardson 6-2 6-2
Dot Bellany/Ruth Stephens-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4]-bye

Quarterfinals

Bickerton/Wood [2] d. Irving/Turner 6-2 6-1
Cox/St. George d. Mckay/Toyne [3] 6-4 6-4
Boyd/Harper[ 1] d. Anthony/Gray 6-3 8-6
Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. Bellamy/Stephens 6-3 6-3

Semifinals

Bickerton/O'Hara Wood [2] d. Cox/St. George 6-1 5-7 6-4
Boyd/Harper [1] d. Le Messurier/Weston [4] 6-2 6-3

Final
Esna Bickerton/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2] d. Esna Boyd/Sylvia Harper [1] 6-3 6-3
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Mixed Doubles (Draw= 22)

1st Round

Dot Weston/Ray Hone d Miss McDougall/Rice Gemmell 6-3 6-3
Mrs HV Mckay/Thomas Robinson d Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Harold Jacoby 6-3 6-3
Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford d Keyden Irving/Harold Wilson 2-6 6-1 6-2

Esna Boyd/John Hawkes [1] d Lily Addison/GN Roberts 6-1 6-2
Vera de Bavay/Rodney Heath d. Minnie Richardson/D'arcy Mullamphy 6-8 6-2 6-4
Beryl Turner/Gar Moon d Ruth Stephens/Harry Hopman 4-6 6-2 6-2

2nd Round

Youtha Anthony/Jack Willard [2] d Dot Bellamy/Cecil Lamb 6-2 6-4
Miss Nell Webb/Spencer Millear d Floris St. George/RL Shepherd 1-6 6-4 6-4
Weston/Hone d. Louie Bickerton/Bob Schlesinger [4] 7-5 2-6 7-5
Cox/Crawford d. Mavis McKay/Robinson 6-2 2-6 6-3

Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Bavay/Heath 6-4 6-1
Gladys Toyne/Stanley Lum d Turner/Moon 6-4 15-13
Kath Le Messurier/WR James d Flora Rowe/Ronald Ford 6-4 6-3
Sylvia Harper/Rupert Werheim d Ursula Bere/Ernest Yencken 6-4 6-1


Quarterfinals

Anthony/Willard [2] d Webb/Millear default
Cox/Crawford d Weston/Hone 6-1 6-2
Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Toyne/Lum 8-6 6-4
Harper/Wertheim [3] d Le Messurier/James 6-4 6-4

Semifinals

Anthony/Willard [2] d Cox/Drawford 6-4 6-4
Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Harper/Wertheim [3] 4-6 6-2 6-4

Final
Esna Boyd/John Hawkes [1] d Youtha Anthony/Jack Willard [2] 6-1 6-3
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Draw Notes:

Ursula Bere usually listed as MU Bere.

Miss Hopkins was from Victoria.

Miss McDougall (in doubles draw) was from Western Australia

Minnie Richardson listed as MU Richardson

Per Andrew Tas. "There was a B Parsons playing in Melbourne and country Victoria from 1924 to 1928. The local newspapers of the time also have B Parsons listed.". Thus it seems very doubtful that this player equal Pauline Spencer-Parsons.

Daphne Akhurst's default in singles altered the doubles draws. Seeds were kept the same-with O'Hara Wood taking her place in the doubles and Youtha Anthony replacing Akhurst in the mixed.

Newspapers refer to Lum as SG (Stanley Gordon) Lum-giving no indication he is of Chinese heritage. His Chinese name was Pao-hua Lum, and he later played Davis Cup for China.
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Summary:

The first year at Kooyong and the first year it was called the Australian. Before 1927 it was officially the Australasian. Akhurst's early default paves the way for Boyd to finally win after 5 straight defeats in the final.

It was only right that 1927 should be Esna Boyd's year. The Australian women's titles had been held five times, and five times Boyd had been runner-up. She had one piece of luck along the way to the 1927 title, Daphne Akhurst was forced through illness to forfeit to Dorothy Weston in an early round. Even though Boyd had beaten Akhurst in the New South Wales final that year 3-6 6-4 6-3 (after Akhurst had lead a set and 4-2) it made Boyd's chances of capturing her first Australasian title that greater.

Boyd had an easy run to the final defeating Dot Bellamy and Louie Bickerton to face Sylvia Harper in the final. Harpers run wasn't as easy. She recovered from a slow start to defeat Marjorie Cox 1-6 6-3 6-3 in the quarter finals but her spin and guile was too much for Queenslander Mrs. Turner (who defeated Weston) in the semis.

Boyd began the final against Harper in an unusually tentative and defensive frame of mind. In the first set she allowed Harper to dictate terms which meant that Harper was cutting and chopping away until an opportune moment occurred to advance to the net where she made many winners with her safe and secure volleys. After seeing the first set slip away Boyd realised that she had to hit out, or face certain defeat. Hit out she did utilising her flat hard forehand and superior court movement to defeat her South Yarra teammate quite easily in the end 5-7 6-1 6-2.

4,000 witnessed the Saturday women's final. Other finals, including the men's singles and mixed, were held on Monday.

Pictures from the Melbourne Argus depict spectators on outside courts sitting on the grass upon low hills adjoining the courts.
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Sources:

Melbourne Argus

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:19 AM

1928
 
Dates: (Saturday) January 21 to (Monday) January 30.
Site: Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney
Surface: Grass
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Singles (Draw=19)

1st Round

Kath Le Messurier d. Edith Freudenstein 6-0 6-0
Sylvia Harper [4] d. Floris Conway 6-4 6-1
Iris Luckie d. Grace Paterson 10-8 9-11 6-3

Second Round

Daphne Akhurst [2] d. Nell Lloyd 6-1 6-2
Dorothy Weston d. Gwen Waterhouse 6-3 6-4
Meryl O'Hara-Wood d. Coral Buttsworth 6-1 6-2
Le Messurier d. Harper [4] 1-6 6-3 6-3

Esna Boyd [1] d. Marjorie Cox 7-5 6-2
Mall Molesworth d. Luckie ???? (Default??)
Louie Bickerton [3] d. Birdy Bond 6-3 6-2
Pattie Meaney d. Dorothy Dingle 6-1 6-2

Quarterfinals

Akhurst [2] d. Weston 6-1 6-2
O'Hara-Wood d. Le Mesurier 1-6 6-4 6-2
Boyd [1] d. Molesworth 7-5 6-2
Bickerton [3] d. Meaney 4-6 6-1 6-1

Semifinals

Akhurst [2] d. O'Hara-Wood 6-2 7-5
Boyd [1] d. Bickerton [3] 6-2 6-3

Final
Daphne Akhurst [2] d. Esna Boyd [1] 7-5 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=14)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst-Esna Boyd [1]-bye
Coral Buttsworth/Mall Molesworth d. Nellie Lloyd/Lorna Utz 6-4 6-2
Dorothy Dingle/Gwen Waterhouse d. Mrs E Dyer/Daisy Waddington 6-1 6-3
Marjorie Cox/Sylvia Harper [3] d. Birdy Bond/Iris Luckie 6-0 8-6

Louie Bickerton/Meryl O'Hara-Wood [2] d Millie Membrey/Grace Paterson default
Mrs Bolton*/Edith Freudenstein d. Mrs F Harper/Miss K Hayes default
Floris Conway/Pattie Meaney d. Eileen Rischbieth*/Flora Rowe 6-0 6-0
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4]-bye

Quarterfinals

Akhurst/Boyd [1] d. Buttsworth/Molesworth 6-1 6-2
Cox/Harper [3] d. Dingle/Waterhouse 6-1 6-2
Bickerton/O'Hara-Wood [2] d. Bolton/Freudenstein 6-2 6-0
Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. Conway/Meaney 8-6 8-6

Semifinals

Akhurst/Boyd [1] d. Cox/Harper [3] 6-4 2-6 6-3
Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. Bickerton/O'Hara-Wood [2] 6-4 0-6 6-2

Final
Daphne Akhurst/Esna Boyd [1] d. Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4] 6-3 6-1
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=20)

First Round

Birdie Bond/VE Page d Grace Paterson/JM Bailey 6-2 6-4
Sylvia Harper/Toto Brugnon (Frn) [3] d Floris Conway/Rupert Conway 4-6 7-5 6-2

Esna Boyd/Jack Hawkes [1] d Louie Bickerton/Willard 6-0 6-0
Dorothy Bickerton/Jack Willard d Dorothy Dingle/L Thurlow 11-13 7-5 6-3

Second Round

Daphne Akhurst/Jean Borotra (Frn) [2] d K Hayes/ CJ Ward 6-2 6-0
Dot Weston/WF Medcalfe d Lorna Utz/Dr Darby 2-6 6-2 6-4
Kath Le Messurier/Norman Peach d Marjorie Cox/Gar Moon 1-6 6-3 6-4
Harper/Brugnon [3] d Bond/Page 6-2 6-4

Louie Bickerton/Christian Boussus (Frn) [4] d Dot Weston/Norman Peach 6-3 8-6
Mrs F Harper/EM Dunn d Flora Rowe/RF Ford 6-1 6-0
Pattie Meaney/Frank Kalms d Mall Molesworth/Ronald Cummings 6-2 6-4
Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Gweyth Waterhouse/GR Williams 6-2 6-4

Quarterfinals

Akhurst/Borotra [2] d Weston/Medcalfe 6-1 6-1
Harper/Brugnon [3] d Le Messurier/Peach 6-4 6-4
Bickerton/Boussus [4] d F Harper/Dunn 6-3 6-2
Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Kalms/Meaney 7-5 4-6 6-3

Semifinals

Akhurst/Borotra [2] d Harper/Brugnon [3] 6-0 3-6 6-3
Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Bickerton/Boussus [4] 6-1 8-6

Final
Daphne Akhurst/Jean Borotra (Frn) [2] d Esna Boyd/Jack Hawkes [1] default
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Draw Notes:

Mrs Bolton also listed as Mrs Boulton
Birdie Bond=Mrs E Bond
Floris Conway = Floris St-George (Mrs Roland Conway)
Some papers list Mrs Rischbieth nee Eileen Beresford ) as Rischbith.
Mrs O Waddington=nee Millie Mitchell.

Molesworth, Messurier, Weston and Bond were nominated by their states but apparently not seeded. There were 8 men's seeds in contrast to four women's seeds.
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Summary:

The women had the courts to themselves until late in the first week because of the arrival of the French Davis Cup team. Thus when the women's singles fial was held on the 27th the men were still early in their event.

Akhurst's return to the Australian titles emphasized the gap between her and the other Australian women players. With Boyd being superior to the other women she easily made the finals again, however lost the final to Akhurst 5-7 2-6. It was actually a keen contest until 2-all in the second, when the strain began to tell and Boyd's game fell away dramatically. The local paper reported that Akhurst "repeatedly returned serve across court for an outright winner". Akhurst completed her second triple crown, taking the doubles with Boyd and the mixed with Jean Borotra, who also won three titles that year.

A controversy occurred in the semis when O'Hara-Wood was footfaulted several times. Many felt it was unfair to enforce this rule (apparently not called previously) at such an important stage in the event.

Most notes courtesy of Louloubelle

Thanks to Austinrunner for confirming the identity of Mrs. Harper.

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Source: The Sydney Herald and the official Australian Open website.

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:19 AM

1929
 
Dates: January 19-26
Venue: Adelaide, Australia
Surface: Grass

Dates: Janaury 19-26
Venue: Adelaide
Surface: Grass



Singles (Draw=17)

First Round

Gwen Griffiths d V Mathias 4-6 6-4 6-3

2nd Round

Daphne Akhurst [1] d Lorna Bollen 6-0 6-3
Meryl O'Hara-Wood [5] d Joyce Lillecrappe 6-3 6-2
Sylvia Harper [4] d Edna Lawrence 6-1 6-2
Mall Molesworth [6] d Griffiths 6-3 6-0

Louie Bickerton [2] d Anna Menz 6-0 6-1
Kath Le Messurier [7] d Syd Hocking 6-2 6-2
Marjorie Cox [3] d Dot Weston 6-3 6-4
Emily Hood d Birdie Bond [8] 11-9 7-5

Quarterfinals

Akhurst [1] d. O'Hara-Wood [5] 6-4 6-3
Harper [4] d. Molesworth [6] 6-1 6-4
Bickerton [2] d. Le Messurier [7] 6-0 8-6
Cox [3] d. Hood 6-0 6-1

Semifinals

Akhurst [1] d Harper [4] 6-3 6-1
Bickerton [2] d Cox [3] 6-1 6-3

Final
Daphne Akhurst [1] d Louie Bickerton [2] 6-1 5-7 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=12)


1st Round

Sylvia Harper/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2]-bye
Edna Lawrence/Flora Rowe-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [3] d. Eileen Rischbeith/Roma Wadey 6-4 6-0
Birdie Bond/Syd Hocking d. Gwen Griffiths/V Mathias 4-6 6-4 6-4

Daphne Akhurst/Louie Bickerton [1] d. Joyce Lillecrapp/Katherine Wemyss 6-2 6-0
Lorna Bollen/Anna Menz d. Bertha Kay/Margaret Taylor 3-6 6-2 6-4
Emily Hood/Mall Molesworth [4]-bye
Edna Collinson/Joyce Hone-bye

Quarterfinals

Harper/O'Hara Wood [2] d. Lawrence/Rowe 6-0 6-1
Le Messurier/Weston [3] d. Bond/Hocking 6-4 6-8 6-4
Akhurst/Bickerton [1] d. Bollen/Menz 6-3 6-2
Hood/Molesworth [4] d. Collinson/Hone 6-0 6-1

Semifinals

Harper/O'Hara Wood [2] d. Le Messurier/Weston [3] 7-5 6-2
Akhurst/Bickerton [1] d. Hood/Molesworth [4] 6-2 6-2

Final
Daphne Akhurst/Louie Bickerton [1] d. Sylvia Harper/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2] 6-2 3-6 6-2

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford [1] d Emily Hood/Colin Cropper 6-1 6-4
Nancy Day/Peter Hooper d Birdie Bond/V Page default
Mall Molesworth/Colin Gregory (GB)[4] d Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull default
Louie Bickerton/Rupert Wertheim d Edna Lawrence/Ray Hone 6-2 8-6

Meryl O'Hara Wood/ Pat O'Hara Wood [2] d. Syd Hocking/Lyall Reynolds 6-0 6-3
Sylvia Harper/Ian Collins (GB) d. V Mathias/Cliff Harvey 6-0 6-4
Daphne Akhurst/Gar Moon [3] d Dot Weston/Ron Hone 6-3 6-1
Lorna Bollen/D'arcy Mullamphy d. Gwen Griffiths/James Black 8-6 3-6 8-6

Quarterfinals

Cox/Crawford [1] d Day/Hooper 6-4 6-0
Bickerton/Wertheim d Molesworth/Gregory [4] 6-2 6-3
O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood [2] d Harper/Collins 6-3 2-6 6-2
Akhurst/Moon [3] d Bollen/Mullamphy 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Cox/Crawford [1] d Bickerton/Wertheim 6-2 6-2
Akhurst/Moon [3] d O'Hara Wood/ M O'Hara Wood [2] 7-5 6-2

Final

Daphne Akhurst/Gar Moon [3] d. Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford [1] 6-0 7-5

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Draw notes:

Mrs E Day=Mrs Eric Day, nee Nancy Webb.

Ian G Collins (GB)
J Colin Gregory (GB)
FR 'Ray' Hone (mixed with Edna Lawrence)
RB 'Ron' Hone (mixed with Dot Weston)
Peter Hooper (SA)
D'arcy Mullamphy died of a gunshot wound in October of 1929. It is very likely it was self-inflicted.
William "Lyall" Reynolds (WA)

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Summary:
During 1928 Akhurst stamped herself as one of the premier players in women's tennis. Despite a lack of any regular competition internationally she travelled overseas to reach the quarters at the French. She then had a great run at Wimbledon to reach the semis, defeating Helen Jacobs 8-6 in the 3rd on the way. She met Spanish star Lily de Alvarez on one of her magical days and was beaten. At the end of 1928 she was rated by high ranking tennis authorities the no. 3 player in the world.She captured her 4th Australian title in 1929 defeating good friend and doubles partner Louie Bickerton in a final described as a 'rare treat'.

Bickerton had been in good form all week beating Le Mesurier and Cox to reach her first final. Akhurst breezed in the final also without the loss of a set.

The final was a match of long baseline rallies, but not of the sort of slow, safe play which sometimes characterised women's matches of the era. Both players hit out for the lines and, knowing each others games intimately, the level of anticipation was very high. Akhurst eventually triumphed 6-1 5-7 6-2, and fittingly the two women teamed up for the women's title. She teamed up with Gar Moon of Australia to win her third triple crown.
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Sources:
Results coutesy of Andrew Tas
Summary courtesy of Louloubelle
GeeTee's help has been invaluable.

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:22 AM

1930
 
Dates: Janaury 18-25
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=20)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst[1]-bye
Mollie McGrath-bye
Youtha Anthony-bye
Katherine LeMessurier[5]-bye
Marjorie Cox[4]-bye
Peter Smith-bye
Birdie Bond d. Kathleen Commins 6-3 6-2
Emily Hood [7] d. Nell Hall 12-10 1-6 6-3

Louise Bickerton[2] d. Mollie Muirhead 6-2 6-0
Alison Hattersley d. K Murdoch 4-6 12-10 6-3
Ursula Price-bye
Gladys Toyne[8]-bye
Sylvia Harper[3]-bye
Dorothy Weston-bye
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley-bye
Mall Molesworth[6]-bye

2nd Round

Akhurst[1] d. McGrath 6-1 6-2
LeMessurier[5] d. Anthony 6-2 6-2
Cox[4] d. P.Smith 9-7 6-0
Hood[7] d. Bond 6-4 6-4

Bickerton[2] d. Hattersley 6-3 6-3
Toyne d. Price 6-3 7-5
Harper[3] d. Weston 6-3 6-0
Molesworth[6] d. Hoddle-Wrigley 6-4 6-0

Quarterfinals

Akhurst[1] d. Le Messurier[5] 6-1 3-6 6-4
Hood[7] d. Cox[4] 7-5 6-4
Bickerton[2] d. Toyne 6-4 7-5
Harper[3] d. Molesworth[6] 6-4 3-6 6-2

Semifinals

Akhurst[1] d. Hood[7] 6-0 6-2
Harper[3] d. Bickerton[2] 6-3 8-6

Final
Daphne Akhurst[1] d. Sylvia Harper[3] 10-8 2-6 7-5
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DOUBLES (Draw=11)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/Louie Bickerton[1]-bye
Youtha Anthony/Helen Gray-bye
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Gladys Toyne bye
Emily Hood/Mall Molesworth[3] d. Vera De Bavay/Ursula Price 6-1 6-4

Marjorie Cox/Sylvia Harper[2] d. Kathleen Commins/Alison Hattersley 6-4 6-2
K Murdoch/Joan Pett d. Mollie McGrath/Peter Smith 6-1 6-3
Birdie Bond/Mollie Muirhead-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston[4]-bye

Quarterfinals

Akhurst/Bickerton[1] d. Anthony/Gray 6-3 6-0
Hood/Molesworth[3] d. Hoddle-Wrigley/Toyne 11-9 6-1
Cox/Harper(AUS)[2] d. Murdoch/Pett 6-3 7-5
Le Messurier/D.Weston[4] d. Bond/Muirhead 8-6 6-4

Semifinals

Hood/Molesworth[3] d. Akhurst/Bickerton[1] 6-4 7-9 6-4
Cox/Harper[2] d. Le Messurier/Weston[4] 8-6 6-1

Final
Emily Hood/Mall Molesworth[3] d. Marjorie Cox/Sylvia Harper[2] 6-3 0-6 7-5

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=21)

1st Round

Louie Bickerton/Jack Willard[1]-bye
Mollie Muirhead/C Buckley-bye
Peter Smith/W Halliday-bye
Emily Hood/Norman Peach-bye
Sylvia Harper/Jack Hawkes-bye
Gladys Toyne/Harry Hassett d Vera de Bavay/Thomas Robinson 6-3 6-2
Nell Hall/Harry Hopman d. Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Horace Crebbin 6-2 6-3
Kathleen Commins/Frank Peach d. Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull[4] 2-6 6-3 6-3

Daphne Akhurst/Gar Moon[3] d. Jean Wilson/Ray Hone 6-2 6-2
Dot Weston/Ernest Rowe d. Mary Derham/Cliff Sproule 1-6 6-4 9-7
Birdie Bond/A Knight-bye
K Murdoch/Jack Clemenger-bye
Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford-bye
Edna Collinson/G Payne-bye
Mollie McGrath/Ronald-bye
Mall Molesworth/John Grinstead [2]-bye

2nd Round

Bickerton/Willard [1] d Muirhead/Buckley 6-0 6-2
Hood/N Peach d Smith/Halliday 6-4 6-2
Harper/Hawkes d Toyne/Hassett 9-11 6-1 7-5
Hall/Hopman d Commins/F Peach 6-2 6-3

Akhurst/Moon[3] d. Weston/Rowe 9-7 1-6 6-4
Murdovh/Clemenger d. Bond/Knight default
Cox/Crawford d. Collinson/Payne 6-1 6-4
Molesworth/Grinstead [2] d. McGrath/Ford 6-2 6-4

Quarterfinals

Bickerton/Willard [1] d. Hood/Peach 6-4 3-6 6-2
Hopman/Hall d. Harper/Hawkes 6-3 6-2
Akhurst/Moon[3] d. Murdoch/Clemenger default
Cox/Crawford d. Molesworth/Grinstead[2] 6-1 6-4

Semis

Hall/Hopman d. Bickerton/Willard[1] 6-2 11-13 6-2
Cox/Crawford d. Akhurst/Moon[3] 12-10 5-7 6-4

Final
Nell Hall/Harry Hopman d. Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford 11-9 3-6 6-3

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Draw notes:

Mrs H Gray =nee Helen Margaret Outhwaite. She wed Alastair Cameron Gray.
Mrs A Price=nee Ursula Bere. She went abroad in 1930 and entered Wimbledon.

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Summary (courtesy of Louloubelle)
Before the 1930 titles Akhurst announced that she would be marrying shortly and would confine her championship tennis in the future to doubles events. Kath Le Mesurier gave her such a hard match in the quarters that Akhurst shook hands after winning 6-1 3-6 6-4 and collapsed to the ground in exhaustion.

Akhurst's opponent in the final, Sylvia Harper - victor over Mall Molesworth and Louie Bickerton - was now in the veteran class and not in the same league as Akhurst, but she extended her to the limit on this occasion. The first set saw Akhurst assaulting Harper's backhand, but it wasn't until the 18th game that the tactic bore fruit. Harper then switched to a more aggressive brand of tennis which gathered her the 2nd set 6-2 and took her to 4-0 in the 3rd. Always a good player in a crisis, Akhurst increased the tempo of the game, hit out for the lines and, with Harper tiring and losing her length, took the final set 7-5. The 38 game match remains the longest Australian women's final on record.

She married Roy Cozens in February 1930 and, true to her word, played no more major singles events. She died suddenly in early 1933, leaving her husband and 6 month old son. The whole of the tennis world mourned the passing of one of it's most attractive, popular and successful players, at the young age of 29.

Akhurst's best friend Louie Bickerton would marry Cozens after Daphne's death.

Love was in the air during the mixed doubles-both pairs of finalists would later go on to wed each other.
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Sources: Andrew Tas provided the results

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:23 AM

1931
 
Dates: February 27-March 10
Venue: Sydney
Surface: Grass


Singles (Draw=30-possibly 32)

1st Round

Coral Buttsworth [4] d. Dot Bellamy 6-1 6-3
Vera Selwyn d. Coleman 6-2 6-2
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley d. Mall Molesworth 7-9 6-1 7-5
Muff Wilson d. Mary Derham 6-1 6-4

Sylvia Harper [2] d. Ruth Tann 3-6 6-1 6-3
Floris Conway-bye ??
Pattie Meaney d. Sadie Moon 6-4 6-1
Birdie Bond d. Emily Westacott 6-4 5-7 8-6

Marjorie Crawford [1] d. Betty Ward 6-0 6-0
Dorothy Dingle d. Edna Gardyne 6-0 6-2
Joan Hartigan d. Ula Valkenburg 7-5 6-4
Dot Weston d. Phyllis Lester default

Kath Le Messurier d. Helen McTaggett 6-3 7-5
Darvall-bye ??
Gwen Utz d. Youtha Anthony 6-1 1-6 6-3
Louie Bickerton [3] d. Nell Hall 6-2 2-6 6-3

2nd Round

Buttsworth [4] d. Selwyn 6-3 6-1
Hoddle-Wrigley d. Wilson 6-3 7-9 6-4
Sylvia Harper [2] d. Conway 6-1 6-0
P Meaney d. Bond 6-8 7-5 7-5

Crawford [1] d. Dingle 6-0 6-3
Hartigan d. Weston 6-3 6-8 6-2
Le Messurier d. Darvall 6-1 6-0
Bickerton [3] d. Utz 7-5 6-4

Quarterfinals

Buttsworth [4] d. Hoddle-Wrigley 6-1 6-2
Harper [2] d. Meaney 6-1 6-2
Crawford [1] d. Hartigan 6-4 4-6 6-4
Le Messurier d. Bickerton [3] 6-1 6-3

Semifinals

Buttsworth [4] d. Harper [2] 0-6 6-4 retired
Crawford [1] d. Le Messurier 3-6 6-2 7-5

Final
Coral Buttsworth [4] d. Marjorie Crawford [1] 1-6 6-3 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=21)

1st Round

Mall Molesworth/Emily Westacott [4]-bye
Helen McTaggett/Vera Selwyn-bye
Ruth Tann/Mary Derham-bye
Sadie Moon/Coleman-bye
Birdie Bond/Phyllis Lester-bye
Mary Edgar/Dot Bellamy-bye
Youtha Anthony/Frances Hoddle Wrigley d. Hazel Grassick/Cassidy 0-6 7-5 6-4
Louie Bickerton/Daphne Cozens [2] d. Anderson/Nancy Chitty 6-3 6-0

Nellie Lloyd/Gwen Utz d. Darvall/Tunney 6-2 6-1
Scott/Stevenson d. Betty Ward/Jean Wilson 7-5 2-6 10-8
Alison Hattersley/Burns d. Edna Gardyne/Pattie Meaney 6-4 6-4
Dorothy Diggle/Ula Valkenburg [3]-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston-bye
Floris Conway/Muff Wilson-bye
Coral Buttsworth/Nell Hall-bye
Marjorie Crawford/Sylvia Harper [1] -bye

2nd Round

Moleworth/Westacott [4] d. McTaggett/Selwyn 6-4 4-6 6-4
Tann/Derham d. Moon/Coleman 6-2 9-7
Bond/Lester d. Edgar/Bellamy 6-3 6-4
Bickerton/Cozens [2] d. Anthony/Hoddle Wrigley 6-2 6-2

Lloyd/Utz d. Scott/Stevenson 6-0 6-0
Diggle/Valkenburg [3] d. Hattersley/Burns 6-4 6-4
Le Messurier/Weston d. Conway/M.Wilson 6-3 6-2
Crawford/Harper [1] d. Buttsworth/Hall 6-2 6-3

Quarterfinals

Moleworth/Westacott [4] d. Tann/Derham default
Bickerton/Cozens [2] d. Bond/Lester 9-7 6-3
Lloyd/Utz d. Diggle/Valkenburg [3] 4-6 6-4 7-5
Crawford/Harper [1] d. Le Messurier/Weston 6-2 4-6 6-3

Semifinals

Bickerton/Cozens [2] d. Moleworth/Westacott [4] 2-6 7-5 7-5
Lloyd/Utz d. Crawford/Harper [1] default

Final
Louie Bickerton/Daphne Cozens [2] d. Nellie Lloyd/Gwen Utz 6-2 6-4
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Mixed Doubles


1st Round

Nell Hall/Harry Hopman [2]-bye
Joan Hartigan/Cliff Sproule-bye
Flo Francisco/Edwards-bye
Mall Molesworth/Ronald Cummings-bye
Emily Westacott/Aubrey Willard d Ruth Tann/Harry Hassett 6-3 7-5
Birdie Bond/Knight d Youtha Anthony/Teague 2-6 6-3 6-2
Dot Weston/Shepherd d Mary Derham/R Ewin 6-3 7-5
Sylvia Harper/Gar Moon [3] d Gwen Utz/Norman Peach 6-1 6-4

Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Jean Wilson/Thomas 6-3 6-0
Bolger/Fitzgerald d unknown/Schwartz default
Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull d Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Walker 6-2 4-6 6-4
Pattie Meaney/Haege d Muff Wilson/J McCausland 9-7 6-0
Louie Bickerton/Jim Willard [4]-bye
Betty Ward/Budrodeen-bye
Baker/O'Connell-bye
Ula Valkenberg/Charles Donahue-bye

2nd Round

Hall/Hopman [2] d Hartigan/Sproule 5-7 10-8 6-4
Molesworth/Cummings d Francisco/Edwards 6-2 7-5
Westacott/Willard d Bond/Knight 6-1 7-5
Harper/Moon [3] d Weston/Shepherd 6-4 6-2

Crawford/Crawford [1] d Bolger/Fitzgerald default
Le Messurier/Turnbull d Meaney/Haege 3-6 6-4 6-4
Bickerton/J Willard [4] d Ward/Budrodean 6-2 7-5
Valkenberg/Donahue d Baker/O'Connor default

Quarterfinals

Hall/Hopman [2] d Molesworth/Cummings 7-5 4-6 6-4
Westacott/A Willard d Harper/Moon [3] 4-6 9-7 retired
Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Le Messurier/Turnbull 1-6 6-3 6-1
Valkenberg/Donahue d. Bickerton/J Willard [4] 3-6 6-1 8-6

Semifinals

Westacott/A Willard d Hall/Hopman [2] 8-10 6-2 7-5
Crawford/Crawford [1] d Valkenberg/Donohue 3-6 6-1 6-3

Final
Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Emily Westacott/Aubrey Willard 7-5 6-4
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Draw Notes:

Coral Buttsworth went by the nickname "Corrie"
Cozens=married name of Akhurst
Crawford=married name of Marjorie Cox.
Hood=maiden name of Westacott
Ruth Tann=Mrs Clifford Tann (nee Stephens)
Gwen Utz=Mrs HS Utz

Seeds for Junior events:

Singles
01 Emily Westacott
02 Joan Hartigan
03 L Crawford
04 Flo Francisco

Doubles
01 Westacott/Moon
02 Hartigan/Bloomfield
03 Chitty/Anderson
04 Scott/Stevenson

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Summary:

Corrie Buttsworth was a suprising winner in 1931. She seemed to arrive at the top of Australian women's tennis out of nowhere, being the only dual Australian winner never to have won a state singles title anywhere.

A strong thick-set woman from Sydney, she was addicted to chopping the ball, the drop shot being magnificent and was extremely quick around the court. She was one of those rare players who preferred to manoeuvre opponents out of position by running them up and back on the court rather from side to side.
Coming into the 1931 championships in Sydney her prospects did not look that good. She had only reached the quarterfinals of the Victorian the previous month. The sentimental favorite was Marjorie Cox, now Mrs. Jack Crawford who during the 1920's had won the championships of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales but the Australian had always eluded her. With Akhurst retired from singles, Boyd in Scotland and Harper past her prime, it was thought that the No. 1 spot was hers for the taking.

However Crawford looked rather vulnerable in the quarterfinals against junior sensation Joan Hartigan. Her greater experinece was the key in a 6-4 4-6 6-4 victory. She was given no respite in the semis, with Kath Le Mesurier leading 3-1 in the 3rd set and holding nine points for 4-1. Even so Le Mesurier reached 5-2 before Crawford finally wore her down 3-6 6-2 7-5.
The other semi between Buttsworth and Sylvia Harper was equally dramatic. Harper attacked the net most effectively in the first set, cutting of Buttsworth's rising sliced shots to take it 6-0. But Harper, now 35 years of age, was unable to maintain the full vigour of her attack. At 4-5 in the 2nd set and set point to Buttsworth, Harper charged in after a drop-shot, pulled a muscle in her leg and was unable to continue the match. The scoreline to Buttsworth read 0-6 6-4 forfeit.

In the final Buttsworth nullified Crawford's driving strength by enticing her to the net with short drives and then either passing her cross-court or tossing back over her head. Crawford could not find the answer, although she pulled back from 1-5 in the 3rd and saved a match point at 3-5 before Buttsworth ran out the winner at 1-6 6-3 6-4.

Summary courtesy of Louloubelle.
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Sources:

Seeds courtesy of Gee Tee

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:24 AM

1932
 
Dates: (Saturday) February 6 to (Saturday)13
Venue: Memorial Drive, Adelaide
Surface: Grass


Singles (Draw=17)

1st Round

Edna Lawrence d. Roma Wadey 6-2 6-2

2nd Round

Jean Wilson d. Esna Robertson[1] default
Dorothy Weston d. Mollie McGrath 4-6 6-4 6-2
Coral Buttsworth [3] d. Gwen Griffiths 6-3 6-1
Meryl O'Hara-Wood d Lawrence 6-2 6-2

Marjorie Crawford [2] d. Gwen Stevenson 6-1 6-2
Kath Le Messurier d. DJ Anderson 6-3 6-0
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley [4] d. Edna Collison 6-2 6-2
Emily Westacott d. Betty Ward 4-6 6-3 6-1

Quarterfinals

Weston d. Wilson 6-1 6-0
Buttsworth [3] d. O'Hara-Wood 6-1 6-3
Le Messurier d. Crawford [2] 6-2 6-4
Westacott d. Hoddle-Wrigley [4] 6-4 7-5

Semifinals

Buttsworth [3] d. Weston 6-1 6-1
Le Messurier d. Westacott 10-8 7-5

Final
Corral Buttsworth [3] d. Kath Le Messurier 9-7 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=11)

1st Round

*#1 seeds Esna Robertson/Meryl O'Hara Wood unable to partner due to Esna's default. Nancy Lewis takes the place of Robertson in the doubles draw.

Meryl O'Hara Wood/Nancy Lewis-bye*
Betty Ward/Jean Wilson-bye
Mollie McGrath/Edna Lawrence d. DJ Anderson/Gwen Stevenson 7-5 2-6 6-2
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4] d. Flo Francisco/Joyce Williams 6-4 6-0

Emily Westacott/Frances Hoddle Wrigley [3] d. Roma Wadey/Joyce Lillecrapp 6-3 6-2
Gwen Griffiths/Christobel Finlayson-bye
Truda Cox/Edna Collison-bye
Corral Buttsworth/Marjorie Crawford [2]-bye

Quarterfinals

O'Hara Wood/Lewis d. Ward/Wilson 6-2 6-4
Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. McGrath/Lawrence 6-4 6-3
Westacott/Hoddle Wrigley [3] d. Griffiths/Finlayson 6-2 6-2
Buttsworth/Crawford [2] d. Cox/Collison 4-6 6-3 6-2

Semifinals

Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. O'Hara Wood/Lewis 6-2 8-10 6-3
Buttsworth/Crawford [2] d. Westacott/Hoddle Wrigley[3] 6-4 6-3

Final
Corral Buttsworth/Marjorie Crawford [2] d. Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4] 6-2 6-2
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=20)

*#2 seeds Esna Robertson/T Harada unable to play because Robertson withdrew. Her place taken by Edna Collinson.

1st Round

Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Dot Stevenson/R Ewin 6-2 6-3
Joyce Williams/Gar Hone d. Joyce Lillecrapp/Robert Barbour 6-4 6-3
Nancy Lewis/Aubrey Willard d. Emily Westacott/Gar Moon 8-9 7-9 6-3
Gwen Griffiths/Jack Hawkes d. DJ Anderson/Cliff Sproule 6-4 1-6 6-3

2nd Round

Edna Lawrence/Ron Hone d. Frances Hoddle Wrigley/Ryosuki Nunoi 8-6 6-3
Corral Buttsworth/Charles Donohue [4] d. Flo Francisco/Ronald Cummings 4-6 8-6 6-2
Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull d. Truda Cox/Allan Knight 6-1 6-4
Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Williams/G Hone 6-2 6-1

Lewis/Willard d. Griffiths/Hawkes 4-6 6-4 7-5
Meryl O'Hara Wood/Jiro Satoh [3] d. Dot Weston/Ernest Rowe 6-2 6-0
Mollie McGrath/Cliff Harvey d. Christobel Finlayson/RL Shephard 6-2 6-1
Gwen Stevenson/Bert Tonkin d. Edna Collison/T Harada 2-6 6-4 6-4*

Quarterfinals

Buttsworth/Donohue [4] d. Lawrence/R Hone 6-4 7-5
Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Le Messurier/Turnbull default (Turnbull ill)
O'Hara Wood/Satoh [3] d. Lewis/Willard 6-3 6-2
Stevenson/Tonkin d. McGrath/Harvey 6-4 4-6 7-5

Semifinals

Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Buttsworth/Donohue [4] 6-3 6-2
O'Hara Wood/Satoh [3] d. Stevenson/Tonkin 6-2 4-6 6-2

Final
Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Meryl O'Hard Wood/Jiro Satoh (Jpn)[3] 6-8 8-6 6-3
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Draw notes:

Esna Boyd Robertson withdraws when her mother dies on the eve of the event. This means redoing some parts of the draw, as she was originally slated to partner Meryl O’Hara Wood in the doubles as the #1 seeds and Harada in the mixed. Junior Nancy Lewis plays with Wood in doubles and Edna Collinson partners Harada.

Christobel Finlayson is captain of the Hyde Park Tennis team.

From the Adelaide Mail:
5,000 attend the finals. Police are needed to control the overflow of spectators. In fact record attendance all week is dampened only by rain on a couple of days.

Buttsworth was able to rededicate herself to tennis some 18 months ago when her six year old daughter Margaret came of age to attend school.Corrie’s lobs scored at times, but her real killer was a chop shot off the backhand that often just cleared the net and died.

Girl champion Nancy Lewis, aged 18, is a second year medical student at Melbourne University. The Mail notes that she is “tall, slim, and particularly retiring. She has an almost limitless number of strokes….She has played tennis as long as she can remember.”

On the social scene all three of the visiting Japanese loved to dance. At one party several female players joined in, Mrs Crawford dancing “the blues” with Satoh.


Truda Cox from Victoria
The Melbourne Argus confirms the name for Joyce Lillecrapp (there is no "e" on the end)
The Mail renders McGrath’s first name as “Molly” rather than “Mollie”.
Stevenson and Tonkin juniors from Victoria
Joyce Williams was a junior from NSW.
Jean Wilson from South Australia

RRB Barbour=Robert Barbour
AW Knight=Allan Walton Knight.
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Sources:

The Adelaide Mail, The Melbourne Argus, and The Sydney Morning Herald. The Mercury (Hobart) provided original draw in the draw order.

Gee Tee provided the seeds.

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:26 AM

1933
 
Dates: January 21-29
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=29)

1st Round

Joan Hartigan [1]-bye
Truda Cox d. Newton 6-4 6-3
Mall Molesworth [7] d. Mollie Muirhead 6-2 6-2
Gladys Toyne d. May Blick 6-4 6-2
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley [5] d. Peter Smith 6-1 6-3
Kath Woodward d Joyce Williams 6-1 3-6 6-2
Marjorie Crawford [4] d. Dot Stevenson 6-3 2-6 9-7
Birdie Bond d. Midge Van Ryn(US) 6-4 3-6 6-3

Coral Buttsworth [2] d. May Hardcastle 6-2 6-3
Youtha Anthony d Ann Carcary 6-4 6-2
Nell Hall [6] d. Nancy Chitty 6-3 6-3
Mary Derham d. Dot Weston 6-3 6-4
Emily Westacott [3] d. Jean Glover 6-2 6-0
Gwen Griffiths d. Mollie McGrath 6-3 7-5
Nancy Lewis [8]-bye
Dot Bellamy-bye

2nd Round

Hartigan [1] d. Cox 6-1 8-6
Molesworth [7] d Toyne 4-6 6-1 6-4
Hoddle-Wrigley [5] d. Woodward 6-4 6-4
Bond d. Crawford [4] default

Buttsworth [2] d. Anthony 6-2 6-0
Hall [6] d. Derham 6-3 8-6
Westacott [3] d. Griffiths 6-2 6-3
Lewis [8] d. Bellamy 6-2 4-6 6-0

Quarterfinals

Hartigan [1] d. Molesworth [7] 4-6 8-6 9-7
Hoddle-Wrigley [5] d. Bond 3-6 8-6 6-4
Buttsworth [2] d. Hall [6] 6-4 6-2
Westacott [3] d. Lewis [8] 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Hartigan [1] d. Hoddle-Wrigley [7] 4-6 6-0 6-4
Buttsworth [2] d. Westacott [3] 9-7 3-6 6-3

Final
Joan Hartigan [1] d Coral Buttsworth [2] 6-4 6-3
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Doubles (Draw=19)


1st Round

Meryl O'Hara Wood/Gladys Toyne [2]-bye
H Halford/Newton-bye
Mary Derham/Kath Woodward-bye
Mollie McGrath/Peter Smith-bye
Mall Molesworth/Emily Westacott [3]-bye
C Barnes/C Rees-bye
Nell Hall/Frances Hoddle Wrigley [6] d. A Lewis/Nancy Lewis 7-9 8-6 6-3
Youtha Anthony/Nancy Chitty d. Doris Mauger/Shirley Whittaker 7-5 6-4

Corral Buttsworth/Marjorie Crawford [1] d. Dot Stevenson/Gwen Stevenson 6-1 6-4
Gwen Griffiths/Dot Weston-bye
Joan Hartigan/Midge Van Ryn (US) [5]-bye
Ann Carcary/Jean Glover-bye
Dot Bellamy/Mollie Muirhead-bye
May Hardcastle/Joyce Williams bye
May Blick/Truda Cox [7]-bye
Birdie Bond/McGough-bye

2nd Round

O'Hara Wood/Toyne [2] d. Halford/Newton 6-0 6-4
Derham/Woodward d. McGrath/Smith 6-1 6-4
Molesworth/Westacott [3] d. Barnes/Rees 6-3 6-3
Hall/Hoddle Wrigley [6] d. Anthony/Chitty 7-5 6-3

Buttsworth/Crawford [1] d. Griffiths/Weston 6-8 6-3 6-2
Hartigan/Van Ryn [5] d. Carcary/Glover 6-2 6-4
Bellamy/Muirhead d. Hardcastle/Williams 6-2 7-5
Blick/Cox [7] d. Bond/McGough 6-4 7-5

Quarterfinals

Derham/Woodward d. O'Hara Wood/Toyne [2] 6-4 8-10 6-4
Molesworth/Westacott [3] d. Hall/Hoddle Wrigley [6] 6-2 6-2
Hartigan/Van Ryn [5] d. Buttsworth/Crawford [1] 6-8 6-4 6-2
Blick/Cox [7] d. Bellamy/Muirhead 6-3 3-6 6-4

Semifinals

Molesworth/Westacott [3] d. Derham/Woodward 6-0 6-2
Hartigan/Van Ryn [5] d. Blick/Cox [7] 6-2 7-5

Final
Mall Molesworth/Emily Westacott [3] d. Joan Hartigan/Midge Van Ryn [5] 6-3 6-3
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=20)

1st Round

Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1]-bye
Ann Carcary/Colin McKenzie-bye
Kath Woodward/Harry Hassett-bye
Mollie McGrath/Reg Ewin-bye
Joan Hartigan/Gar Moon [4]-bye
Nancy Chitty/E Freak-bye
Birdie Bond/Dudley Frankenberg d Peter Smith/Thomas Robinson 6-1 6-4
Emily Westacott/William Ryan d Gladys Toyne/A Knight 6-2 6-3

Midge Van Ryan (US)/Ellsworth Vines (US) [2] d Jean Glover/Basil Fitchett 6-1 6-4
Meryl O'Hara Wood/Bob Schlesinger d Gwen Stevenson/Bert Tonkin 6-4 4-6 6-2
Gwen Griffiths/Len Schwartz-bye
Frances Hoodle-Wrigley/Horace Crebbin-bye
Nell Hall/Harry Hopman [3]-bye
Dot Bellamy/Neil Ennis-bye
Dot Weston/Don Turnbull-bye
May Hardcastle/Ronald Cummings-bye

2nd Round

Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Carcary/McKenzie 6-2 6-1
Woodward/Hassett d. McGrath/Ewin 3-6 6-3 6-2
Hartigan/Moon [4] d. Chitty/Freak 6-0 6-3
Bond/Frankenberg d. Westacott/Ryan 6-3 6-4

Van Ryn/Vines [2] d. O'Hara Wood/Schlesinger 6-2 6-2
Griffiths/Schwartz d. Hoodle-Wrigley/Crebbin 6-1 3-6 6-1
Hall/Hopman [3] d. Bellamy/Ellis 6-1 6-3
Weston/Turnbull d. Hardcastle/Cummings 7-5 6-4

Quarterfinals
Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Woodward/Hassett 6-3 4-6 6-3
Bond/Frankenberg d. Hartigan/Moon [4] 4-6 11-9 6-2
van Ryn/Vines [2] d. Griffiths/Schwartz 6-0 6-1
Hall/Hopman [3] d. Weston/Turnbull 8-6 9-7

Semifinals
Crawford/Crawford [1] d Bond/Frankenberg 6-3 6-3
Van Ryn/Vines [2] d Hall/Hopman [3] 6-2 4-6 6-4

Final
Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d Midge van Ryn/Ellsworth Vines (US)[2] 3-6 7-5 13-11

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Draw notes:

Mary Derham (later Mrs Richardson)

Missing #4 and #8 seeds for the ladies doubles.
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Summary (courtesy of Louloubelle)

20 year old Joan Hartigan won the Australian title in 1933. Suffering from a leg strain she nearly was forced to withdraw from the tournament which featured many great matches.

Marjory Crawford was extended to 6-3 2-6 9-7 by Victorian junior Dot Stevenson who led 5-2 in the 3rd but played too safe in the final stages. Veteran Mall Molesworth prevailed against Gladys Toyne and defending champion Corrie Buttsworth showed she would be in contention again, demolishing Youtha Anthony 6-2 6-0. Tasmanian Mrs. Bond used lobs and passing shots to defeat American Midge Van Ryn 6-4 3-6 6-3 to then be given a walkover by Crawford to reach the quarter finals. Hartigan scrapped by veteran Mall Molesworth 4-6 8-6 9-7 a match featuring a host of clean winners from both players.
Hartigan seemed nervous in her semi against Hoddle-Wrigley and lost the first set 4-6. However her forehand started to find its mark and she settled down for a 4-6 6-0 6-4 victory. Emily Westacott was a losing semifinalist for a 3rd year in a row. Faced with a heavy court and a softballing opponent, Westacott's power game was nullified and she lost 9-7 3-6 6-3.

Hartigan encountered stiff resistance in the final, but her power of her forehand was enough to deny Buttsworth's craftiness and patience, 6-4 6-3.
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Sources:

The seeding comes from the official Australian Open website.

Rollo Mar 19th, 2002 06:27 AM

1934
 
Dates: January 18-27
Venue: Sydney
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=32)


1st Round

Joan Hartigan [1] d. Truda Cox 6-0 8-6
Erla Corrigan d. Mrs. MC McCorbett 8-6 6-3
I Purdy d. Dorothy Dingle default
Ula Valkenburg [8] d. Gwen Stevenson 6-2 6-2
Alison Hattersley d. Nancy Chitty [4] 6-8 9-7 6-4
May Blick d Beth Peach 6-3 6-2
Helen McTaggett d. Nancy Lewis 6-4 8-6
Louie Bickerton [6] d. Dot Bellamy 6-1 6-3

Mall Molesworth [2] d. Mary Chapman 6-0 6-2
P O'Connor d. Kath Commins 6-2 6-3
Nell Hall [5] d. Peg Menzies 6-1 6-2
Joyce Williams d. Cherie Bubb 6-2 6-1
Muff Wilson d. Dot Stevenson 7-5 6-3
Kath Le Messurier [7] d. Nina Vickery 6-4 7-9 6-3
Nancy Lewis d. Vera Selwin 6-1 6-8 6-1
Emily Westacott [3] d. Gwen Utz 6-3 6-3

2nd Round

Hartigan [1] d. Corrigan 6-3 6-1
Valkenburg [8] d. Purdy 6-2 6-4
Hattersley d. Blick 13-11 6-4
Bickerton [6] d. McTaggot 6-2 6-0

Molesworth [2] d O'Connor 6-3 6-4
Hall [5] d. Williams default
Wilson d. Le Messurier [7] 6-1 6-1
Westacott [3] d. Lewis 8-6 7-5

Quarterfinals

Hartigan [1] d. Valkenburg [8] 6-1 6-4
Bickerton [6] d. Hattersley 6-3 6-1
Molesworth [2] d. Hall [5] 6-4 6-1
Wilson d. Westacott [3] 2-6 10-8 6-3

Semifinals

Hartigan [1] d Bickerton [6] 6-1 6-3
Molesworth [2] d Wilson 7-5 6-4

Final
Joan Hartigan [1] d. Mall Molesworth [2] 6-1 6-4

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Doubles (Draw=15)

1st Round

Mall Molesworth/Emily Westacott [1] d Sylvia Harper/Helen McTaggett [Q] 6-2 7-5
Gwen Cassidy/Muff Wilson d. partner/Gwen Utz default
Nancy Chitty/Nancy Lewis [4] d Edna Collison/Joyce Hone [Q] 6-2 7-5
Dot Stevenson/Gwen Stevenson d Edna Gardyne/Kath Le Messurier 1-6 8-6 7-5

Joan Hartigan/Ula Valkenburg [2] d. Peg Menzies/P O'Connor [Q] 6-1 6-4
Dot Bellamy/Sylvia Harper d. Floris Conway/C Danford 7-5 6-4
Louie Bickerton/Nell Hall [3] d. Thelma Coyne/Agnes Tosch [Q] 6-4 6-2
Alison Hattersley/Vera Selwyn d. May Blick/Truda Cox 6-3 2-6 6-3

Quarterfinals

Molesworth/Westacott [1] d Cassidy/Wilson 6-2 6-3
Chitty/Lewis [4] d Stevenson/Stevenson 6-3 7-5
Hartigan/Valkenburg [2] d Bellamy/Harper 6-2 6-4
Bickerton/Hall [3] d Hattersley/Selwin 6-2 8-6

Semifinals

Molesworth/Westacott [1] d. Chitty/Lewis [4] 6-4 6-3
Hartigan/Valkenburg [2] d. Bickerton/Hall [3] 6-3 6-1

Final

Mall Molesworth/Emily Westacott [1] d. Joan Hartigan/Ula Valkenburg [2] 6-8 6-4 6-4

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=19)

1st Round

Sylvia Harper/Gar Hone d Mrs McCorbett/G Kendall 6-2 6-4
Truda Cox/David Thompson d Nancy Chitty/A Knight 6-1 6-4
Mall Molesworth/H Goodwin d Mary Storey/H Austin 6-4 6-2

2nd Round

Nell Hall/Harry Hopman [1] d Vera Selwin/R Smith default
Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull d Gwen Stevenson/Charles Angus (NZ) default
Emily Westacott/Roy Dunlop [4] d Mary Chapman/Len Schwartz 6-4 6-4
Cox/Thompson d Harper/Hone3-6 6-3 6-2

Gwen Cassidy/Norman Peach d Molesworth/Goodwin 6-2 6-3
Alison Hattersley/Aubrey Willard [3] d Edna Gardyne/J Rodgers 6-3 6-3
Nancy Lewis/Reg Erwin d Nina Vickery/Bruce Moore 6-4 8-6
Joan Hartigan/Gar Moon [2] d Dot Bellamy/Jack Clemenger 6-2 6-2

Quarterfinals

Hall/Hopman [1] d. Le Messurier/Turnbull 6-2 6-3
Westacott/Dunlop [4] d. Cox/Thompson 6-1 7-5
Hattersley/Willard [3] d. Cassidy/Peach 6-1 6-2
Hartigan/Moon [2] d. Lewis/Erwin 6-1 8-6


Semifinals

Westacott/Dunlop [4] d Hall/Hopman 6-1 6-3
Hartigan/Moon [2] d Hattersley/Willard 13-11 8-6

Final
Joan Hartigan/Gar Moon [2] d. Emily Westacott/Roy Dunlop [4] 6-3 6-4

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Draw notes:

Hall = maiden name of Hopman.
A Lewis = Nancy Lewis
McTaggett = Elizabeth Sloan (Mrs RE McTaggett)

The official Aussie site has E Peach. From this I am deducing she is Elizabeth "Beth" Peach

The official site uses "Muriel' Wilson rather than "Muff".
The official site has Lorna Utz as Norman Peach's mixed partner-double check.

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Summary:

Mall Molesworth, age 39, made a stunning run to the final. In the final she was unable to beat her 21 year old opponent, but she won the doubles crown. She is the oldest singles finalist and doubles champ on record in Oz.

Hartigan's defence in Sydney was not as arduous as the year before. She showed how much her game had improved under the coaching of Jim Willard, reaching the final without dropping a set. In the other half of the draw, New South Wales country champion Muff Wilson defeated Westacott 2-6 10-8 6-3, with Westacott being too fearless on her drives going for a clean winner on every shot. Muff survived a match point in moving on. Wilson found Molesworth a different proposition in the semifinal. The former champion broke up Wilson's game by mixing short chips and deep drives to win 6-4 7-5. If she had tried this tactic against Hartigan in the final she might have had more success than she did by trying to outhit and out-run someone so much younger. It was 11 years since Molesworth's first national final, and she could not keep the pace with her stronger and more mobile opponent, going down 1-6, 4-6.

2,500 came for the quaterfinals.

Notes courtesy of Louloubelle.

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Sources:

The Argus provides the draw in exact draw order:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11729088


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