AKHURST,DAPHNE (Daphne Jessie Akhurst)
Born 22 April 1903 at Ashfield, Sydney
Died 9 January 1933
Married Royston Stuckey Cozens, 26 February 1930 in Sydney
The first Australian woman to reach the quarter-finals (1925), then the semi-finals (1928) of an overseas Grand Slam tournament in her only two overseas tours. Rated as #3 in the world for 1928, this was the highest ranking earned by an Australian woman until Margaret Smith (Court) in the 1960s.
She retired from singles play after her win in the 1930 Australian singles title, but won eight of the nine doubles tournaments she entered over the next two years, including the 1931 Australian Championship.
On 26 February 1930 at St Philip's Church of England, Sydney, Daphne Akhurst married Royston Stuckey Cozens, a tobacco manufacturer, and retired from serious competition soon after winning the Australian ladies' doubles championship in 1931.
After giving birth to a son in 1931, she won her final doubles championship in January 1933, playing with her dear friend Louie Bickerton. Within a week, Akhurst would be dead; the result of an ectopic pregnancy. She died under anesthesia during an operation. She was cremated after a service at St Anne's, Strathfield.
GRAND SLAM RECORD:
Wimbledon: SF 1928, QF 1924
French: QF 1928
Australian 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930
City of Sydney 1926 1927 1929
Cumberland 1924 1925 1926 1928
German Champs 1928
"A strong runner and hitter, she was all over the court and could hit anywhere – and she knew the value of taking the net, where her volleying was adequate. In short, her opponents could not keep the ball away from her, and to top off her game, she had an excellent match temperament". (Thanks to GeeTee for this quote).
Re: Test 2
Born 15 June 1955
Career spanned 1970-82.
First name is “Diane”, not “Dianne”. Most prominent in the late 1970s. Made R16 at Wimbledon in 1979.
Re: Test 2
COURT, MARGARET (nee Margaret Smith)
Born 16 July, 1942 in Albury, NSW, Australia
Married Barry Michael Court, 28 October 1967 in Perth
Nicknames: “The Arm”
Son Danny born 06 March 1972.
Australia's greatest ever women's champion.
Link: Full Title Haul - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=295237
Link: Career Record - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=40047
Link: Record and Stats - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=156313
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