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Old Apr 10th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #150
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Re: Official Tournament Winners by Event

South African Championships


In 1891 the Port Elizabeth LTC assumed the finctions of a governing body of the game and instituted the annaul national championships, controlled from 1903 by the South African Lawn Tennis Union... According to Robertson, " The first official National championships was held at Port Elizabeth as a mark of respect for their special role in first promoting the sport." After 1903 the championships rotated between Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elisabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, Kimberly and Pretoria. From 1931 the venue has been Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

The traditional dates for the event were the Easter holidays until 1973, when the championships was moved to November The first South African "Open" was in 1969.

The event was at it's height in the 1960s, when many openly talked of the event being a candidate to replace the Australian Open as a slam. A convergence of first rate players and the surface keep it in high regard until the mid-1970s. From 1964 to 1974 the winners also held or would eventaully win Grand Slam titles.

The increasingly unpopular apartheid policy was one major factor in the decline of the event after 1974. The return of the top women in 1984 for a tour level event was a one-off rather than the hoped for revival. After that the event had th estatus of an IFT event with little prize money. The last event was in 1990.

Venues:
1891-1903 Port Elizabeth
1900-1930 various venues (1912 in Durban)
1931- Ellis Park, Johannesburg


1891 Mabel Grant d Miss Blackburn 6-2 6-0
1892 Mabel Grant d Mrs McLagan*
1893 Mabel Grant d Mrs McLagan 6-1 6-0
1894 Mabel Grant d Beatrice Grant 6-1 6-0
1895 R Biddulph d Miss Fry 6-1 6-4
1896 Mrs H Green d L Biddulph
1897 N Hickman d Mrs H Green 7-9 12-10 6-2
1898 N Hickman d L Biddulph
1899 N Hickman d Mrs H Green 6-8 6-2 6-3

1900-1902 No Competition due to Boer War
1903 F Kuys d Mrs Mackay 6-0 6-2
1904 Amy Kirby d Mabel (nee Grant) Neville 6-4 5-7 6-4
1905 Amy Kirby d Mrs SB Syfret 6-2 6-0
1906 Amy Kirby d Mrs Greatwood 7-5 6-2
1907 Amy Kirby d Mrs RH Miller 6-1 4-6 6-2
1908 B Kelly d Mrs Gillmore 6-2 6-1
1909 Mrs G Washington Miss Edwards 6-2 7-9 6-4

1910 Amy Kirby d Mrs J Reid 6-1 6-2
1911 Mrs G Washington d M Kelly 6-0 6-1
1912 Amy Kirby d Olive Mathias 6-2 6-0
1913 Mildred Coles (GB) d M Kelly 6-3 9-7
1914 Olive Mathias d Amy Kirby 3-6 6-2 6-2
1915-1919 No competition due to World War I

1920 Olive (nee Mathias) Winslow d Miss Phillips 6-3 7-5
1921 N Edwards d Mrs WF de Plessis 6-1 6-2
1922 Mrs TG McJannett d J Parker 6-2 6-2
1923 Mrs CK Pitt d Mrs DR Moor 6-4 6-3
1924 Irene Peacock d Mrs L McArthur 7-5 6-4
1925 Irene Peacock d Mrs L McArthur 5-7 6-1 6-1
1926 Irene Peacock d Audrey de Smidt 6-2 6-1
1927 Mrs T McJannett d Mrs V Everett 12-10 6-4
1928 Bobbie Heine d Billie Tapscott 8-6 6-3
1929 Mrs TG McJannett d WN Miller 7-5 6-2

1930 Billie Tapscott d Mrs V Everett 7-5 6-2
1931 Bobbie Heine d WN Miller 6-3 6-3
1932 Bobbie Heine-Miller d Mrs FH Lowe 6-0 6-3
1933 Billie (nee Tapscott) Robbins d Mrs FH Lowe 6-4 3-6 6-1
1934 Billie Robbins d Mrs FH Lowe 6-0 6-3
1935 Audrey (nee de Smidt) Allister d Billie Robbins 6-4 6-3
1936 Bobbie Heine-Miller d Mrs V Everett 6-2 4-6 6-4
1937 Bobbie Heine-Miller d Alida Neave 6-4 4-6 6-0
1938 Billie Robbins d Olive Craze 6-4 6-4
1939 Olive Craze d Sheila Piercey 4-6 6-3 6-4

1940 Olive Craze d Sheila Piercey 4-6 6-4 6-4
1941-1945 No Competition due to World War II
1946 Mary Muller d Olive (nee Craze) Plessis 6-4 6-4
1947 Mary Muller d Sheila (nee Piercey) Summers 6-2 6-8 6-2
1948 Sheila Summers d Kay Menzies (GB) 6-1 6-4
1949 Sheila Summers d Thelma Long (Aus) 6-1 6-1

1950 Shirley Fry (US) d Doris Hart (US) 4-6 7-5 6-3
1951 Sheila Summers d Hazel Redick-Smith 8-6 2-6 7-5
1952 Doris Hart (US) d Julie Wipplinger 6-1 7-5
1953 Hazel Redick-Smith d Julie Wipplinger 6-2 6-2
1954 Hazel Redick-Smith d Gwendy Love 4-6 6-3 6-2
1955 Hazel Redick-Smith d Lucille van der Westhuizen 6-4 6-3
1956 Dora Kilian d Gwendy Love 4-6 7-5 6-4
1957 Heather Brewer d Gwendy Love 8-10 6-2 6-3
1958 Bernice Carr d Heather Brewer Segal 3-6 7-5 6-4
1959 Sandra Reynolds d Bernice (nee Carr) Vukovich 6-0 8-6

1960 Bernice Vukovich d Sandra Reynolds 6-1 2-6 12-10
1961 Sandra Reynolds d Lynette Hutchings 6-4 7-5
1962 Heather Brewer-Segal d Jean Forbes 6-1 7-5
1963 Annette Van Zyl d Margaret Hunt 6-4 2-6 6-3
1964 Darlene Hard (US) d Ann Jones (GB) 6-3 7-5
1965 Christine Truman (GB) d Annette Van Zyl 6-2 6-3
1966 Billie Jean King (US) d Margaret Smith (Aus) 6-3 6-2
1967 Billie Jean King (US) d Maria Bueno (Brz) 7-5 5-7 6-2
1968 Margaret (nee Smith) Court (Aus) d Virginia Wade (GB) 6-4 6-4
1969 Billie Jean King (US) d Nancy Richey (US) 6-3 6-4

1970 Margaret Court (Aus) d Billie Jean King (US) 6-4 1-6 6-3
1971 Margaret Court (Aus) d Evonne Goolagong (Aus) 6-3 6-1
1972 Evonne Goolagong (Aus) d Virginia Wade (GB) 4-6 6-3 6-0
1973 Chris Evert (US) d Evonne Goolagong (Aus) 6-3 6-3
1974 Kerry Melville (Aus) d Dianne Fromholtz (Aus) 6-3 7-5
1975 Annette Van Zyl DuPlooy d Brigitte Cuypers 6-1 6-4
1976 Brigitte Cuypers d Laura DuPont (US) 6-7 6-4 6-1
1977 Linky Boshoff d Brigitte Cuypers 6-1 6-4
1978 Brigitte Cuypers d Linda Siegel (US) 6-1 6-0
1979 Brigitte Cuypers d Tanya Harford 7-6 6-2

1980 Lesley Charles (GB) d Rene Uys 7-5 6-4
1981 Kathy Horvath (US) d Kathy Rinaldi (US) 7-6 6-4
1982-1983 No Competition
1984 Chris Evert (US) d Andre Jaeger (US) 6-3 6-0
1985 Not held
1986 Dinky Van Rensburg d Rene Mentz 6-3 6-1
1987 Gretchen Magers (US) d Leslie Allen (US) 6-7 7-6 6-4
1988-1989
1990 Amanda Coetzer d Dinky Van Rensburg 6-4 6-4

Notes on Names
Mabel Grant listed as H Grant is many records.

(Per Newmark) Mrs H.(A.) Kirby is more than likely the former Amy Wilson, who had some success at British tournaments under both her maiden and married names. She appears to have married an Arthur Kirby whose first name might have been Harold. "Lawn Tennis and Badminton" definitely mentions Mrs Kirby as being the former Amy Wilson.

The wiki list uses Mrs McLagan-note that the Wolrd Tennis list from 1986 Annual uses Mrs McLagon.

Most Singles Titles

6 Amy Kirby (1904-1907, 1910, 1912) *usually listed as Mrs HA Kirby
5 Bobbie Heine-Miller (1928,1931-2,1936-37)
4 Mabel Grant (1891-1894)
4 Billie Tapscott-Robbins (1930, 1933-34,1938)

Longest Span between titles: 11 years. Chris Evert won in 1973 and again in 1984.


Sources:
1985 World of Tennis for scores.
Max Robertson's Encyclopedia of Tennis (1973) for history of event
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...gles_champions (no sources)

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