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Re: 1956 Results

Australian Championships

Dates: January 20 to 30.
Venue: Brisbane
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=32)

1st Round

Mary Hawton [1] d. Marjorie Gibson default
Gwen Thiele d. Shirley Lee 6-2 6-1
Lorraine Coghlan [8] d. A Beitzal default
Margot Rayson d. L Bowden 6-3 6-2
Fay Muller [4] d. Jill Strachan 6-2 6-2
Maureen McCalman d. Pat Parmenter 2-6 6-4 6-2
Thelma Long [5] d. Dorothy Linde 6-0 3-6 6-1
Beth Jones d. Ann Sheidow 3-6 6-3 6-3

Margaret Hellyer d. Zara Robinson 6-2 6-2
Daphne Seeney [6] d. Jan Shearer 6-2 6-3
Sheila Armstrong(GB) d. Val Roberts 1-6 6-2 6-4
Beryl Penrose [3] d. Shirley Anderson 6-0 6-2
Nell Hopman d. Jill Langley 7-5 6-1
Loris Nichols [7] d. Betty Bradfield 6-4 4-6 6-2
Dawn Fogarty d. Anne Lonergran 6-4 6-2
Mary Carter [2] d. Madzy Rollin Couquerque 6-4 6-2

2nd Round

Hawton [1] d. Thiele 6-1 6-1
Coghlan [8] d. Rayson 6-3 6-4
Muller [4] d. McCalman 6-1 6-3
Long [5] d. Jones 8-6 4-6 9-7

Seeney [6] d. Hellyer 3-6 6-4 6-4
Penrose [3] d. Armstrong 6-2 4-6 6-2
Nichols [7] d. Hopman 6-2 6-1
Carter [2] d. Fogarty 6-3 8-6

Quarterfinals

Hawton [1] d. Coghlan [8] 0-6 6-0 6-3
Long [5] d. Muller [4] 7-5 6-1
Seeney [6] d. Penrose [3] 6-2 6-1
Carter [2] d. Nichols [7] 6-1 7-5

Semifinals

Long[5] d. Hawton[1] 0-6 6-3 9-7
Carter[2] d. Seeney[6] 6-3 7-5

Final
Mary Carter[2] d. Thelma Long [5] 3-6 6-2 9-7

Doubles (Draw=16)

Seed note: Redick-Smith/Wipplinger were the #1 foreign seeds.

1st Round

Mary Hawton/Beryl Penrose [1] d. P Greenslade*/Dawn McCamley 6-1 6-0
Norma Ellis/Nell Hopman d. B Franklin/Mary Martin 6-4 2-6 6-2
Loris Nichols/Helen Taylor d. Joan Decker/D Wade** 6-2 6-1
Mary Carter/Jennifer Staley [3] d. Esme Ashford/Alison Hattersley 5-7 7-5 6-4

Thelma Long/Clare Proctor [2] d. Norma Marsh/A Paech 6-0 6-1
Helen Angwin/Gwen Thiele d. Gwen Bryant/Dorn Fogarty 8-6 6-2
Fay Muller/Daphne Seeney [4] d. Jennifer Edmondson/Kay Newcombe 6-1 6-2
Hazel Redick-Smith (SA)/Julia Wipplinger (SA) [1] d. Alison Baker/Barbara Warby 6-3 2-6 6-2

Quarterfinals

Hawton/Penrose [1] d. Ellis/Hopman 6-4 6-3
Nichols/L.Taylor d. Carter/Staley [3] 6-2 6-2
Long/Proctor [2] d. Angwin/Thiele 6-0 6-0
Redick-Smith/Wipplinger [1] d. Muller/Seeney [4] 6-1 6-0

Semifinals
Hawton/Penrose [1] d. Nichols/L.Taylor 6-0 6-4
Redick-Smith/Wipplinger [1] d. Long/Proctor [2] 6-1 10-8

Final
Mary Hawton/Beryl Penrose[1] d. Hazel Redick-Smith/Julia Wipplinger [1] 6-3 8-6
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=20)

Seeding note: Redick-Smith/Williaims [1] and Wipplinger/Segal [2] were foreign seeds.

First Round

All except byes except following pairs

Alison Baker/Cedric Mason d Alison Hattersley/W Case 6-2 7-5
Julia Wipplinger (SA)/Abe Segal (SA) [2] d Margaret O'Donnell/Warren Kennedy default
Mary Carter/Kevin Meyer d Daphne Seeney/Tony Pickard 6-2 11-9
Hazel Redick-Smith (SA)/Owen Williams (SA) [1] d J Best/J Best default

2nd Round

Thelma Long/Rex Hartwig [1] d Barbara Warby/Doug Reid 7-5 6-2
Gwen Bryant/Ross Sherriff d Jennifer Staley/John Blacklock 7-5 6-3
Wipplinger/Segal [2] d Baker/Mason 6-3 7-5
Norma Ellis/Neale Fraser [4] d Carter/Meyer 6-2 6-2

Loris Nichols/Bill Gilmour d Redick-Smith/Williams [1] default
Dawn Fogarty/Clive Wilderspin [3] d Gwen Thiele/Richard Potter 7-5 6-0
Clare Proctor/Bob Howe d Helen Angwin/John Hann 2-6 6-4 8-6
Beryl Penrose/John Bromwich [2] d Kay Newcombe/Tim Cawthorn 6-2 6-0

Quarterfinals

Long/Hartwig [1] d Bryant/Sherriff 6-2 6-4
Ellis/Fraser [4] d Wipplinger/Segal [2] 7-5 6-2
Fogarty/Wilderspin [3] d Nichols/Gilmour 7-5 6-2
Penrose/Bromwich [2] d Proctor/Howe 1-6 6-2 6-3

Semifinals
Long/Hartwig [1] d Ellis/Fraser [4] 8-6 9-7
Penrose/Bromwich [2] d Fogarty/Wilderspin [3] 1-6 6-3 6-2

Final
Thelma Long/Rex Hartwig [1] d Beryl Penrose/John Bromwich [2] 4-6 6-1 6-2
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Draw notes:

The official Australian Open site lists Decker's partner as Dorothy Linde.
The official Australian Open site lists McCamley's partner as Margaret O'Donnell.

The official site is not 100% correct. it fails to take into account the foreign seeding used. For example, #1 foreign seed Redick-Smith is turned into the #9 seed!

L Taylor=Helen Taylor
F Martin=Mary Martin
Mrs R Baker=Alison Baker
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Summary:

Long won her second title at the age of 35. The South African ladies, Mesdames Wiplinger and Redick-Smith were the foreign contingent that year. They reached the final of the doubles but were disappointing in the singles.Wipplinger was defeated in an early round by teenager Mary Carter while Redick-Smith after barely beating Fay Muller (she survived 3 match points) lost to reigning Australian junior champion Jenny Staley 8-10 7-5 3-6. Staley the most improved player in Australia, tore through Mary Hawton in the semifinals.Long thrashed Nell Hopman 6-0 6-0 in the quarterfinals and was too solid and experienced for Mary Carter in the semifinals.

Staley was too nervous to do herself full justice in the final. And Long gave her no chance to recover her composure, denying her the unforced errors or easy winners which might have enabled her to get back into the match. Long was like a stern headmistress as she handed out a 6-3 6-4 lesson to a disconsolate Staley.

Watching the match in his army uniform was Staley's boyfriend, Lew Hoad, on leave from national service training. Lew, after his recent victories in the Davis Cup was a national hero. His presence, and the conjecture about his relationship with Staley were said to have contributed to her inability to produce her stylish best.

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