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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 02:38 PM   #315
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Re: Official Tournament Winners by Event

Hello Jimbo.

I have found some names and additional info for the South African Chmps. Changes are highlighted in red.

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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 the status 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 Norah Hickman d. Mrs H Green 7-9 12-10 6-2
1898 Norah Hickman d. L Biddulph
1899 Norah 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 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. Norah Hickman Miller 6-1 4-6 6-2
1908 B Kelly d. Mrs Gillmore 6-2 6-1
1909 Mrs G Washington d. Miss Edwards 6-2 7-9 6-4

1910 Amy Kirby d. Mrs John 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 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 Bowder Peacock d. Mrs L McArthur 7-5 6-4
1925 Irene Bowder Peacock d. Mrs L McArthur 5-7 6-1 6-1
1926 Irene Bowder Peacock d. Audrey de Smidt 6-2 6-1
1927 May Phillips McJannett d. Mrs Vera Everett 12-10 6-4
1928 Bobbie Heine d. Billie Tapscott 8-6 6-3
1929 May Phillips McJannett d. Winifred Miller 7-5 6-2

1930 Billie Tapscott d. Mrs Vera Everett 7-5 6-2
1931 Bobbie Heine d. Winifred Miller 6-3 6-3
1932 Bobbie Heine Miller d. Winifred Miller Lowe 6-0 6-3
1933 Billie Tapscott Robbins d. Winifred Miller Lowe 6-4 3-6 6-1
1934 Billie Tapscott Robbins d. Winifred Miller Lowe 6-0 6-3
1935 Audrey de Smidt Allister d. Billie Tapscott Robbins 6-4 6-3
1936 Bobbie Heine Miller d. Mrs Vera Everett 6-2 4-6 6-4
1937 Bobbie Heine Miller d. Alida Neave 6-4 4-6 6-0
1938 Billie Tapscott 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 Craze Plessis 6-4 6-4
1947 Mary Muller d. Sheila Piercey Summers 6-2 6-8 6-2
1948 Sheila Piercey Summers d. Kay Stammers Menzies (GB) 6-1 6-4
1949 Sheila Piercey Summers d. Thelma Coyne Long (Aus) 6-1 6-1

1950 Shirley Fry (US) d. Doris Hart (US) 4-6 7-5 6-3
1951 Sheila Piercey Summers d. Hazel Redick Smith 8-6 2-6 7-5
1952 Doris Hart (US) d. Julie Tamsen Wipplinger 6-1 7-5
1953 Hazel Redick Smith d. Julie Tamsen 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 Nicholls Brewer d. Gwendy Love 8-10 6-2 6-3
1958 Bernice Carr d. Heather Nicholls Segal 3-6 7-5 6-4
1959 Sandra Reynolds d. Bernice Carr Vukovich 6-0 8-6

1960 Bernice Carr Vukovich d. Sandra Reynolds 6-1 2-6 12-10
1961 Sandra Reynolds d. Lynette Hutchings 6-4 7-5
1962 Heather Nicholls 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 Haydon Jones (GB) 6-3 7-5
1965 Christine Truman (GB) d. Annette Van Zyl 6-2 6-3
1966 Billie Jean Moffitt King (US) d. Margaret Smith (Aus) 6-3 6-2
1967 Billie Jean Moffitt King (US) d. Maria Bueno (Brz) 7-5 5-7 6-2
1968 Margaret Smith Court (Aus) d. Virginia Wade (GB) 6-4 6-4
1969 Billie Jean Moffitt King (US) d. Nancy Richey (US) 6-3 6-4

1970 Margaret Smith Court (Aus) d. Billie Jean Moffitt King (US) 6-4 1-6 6-3
1971 Margaret Smith 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 Lloyd (US) d. Andrea Jaeger (US) 6-3 6-0
1985 Not held
1986 Dinky Van Rensburg d. Rene Mentz 6-3 6-1
1987 Gretchen Rush Magers (US) d. Leslie Allen (US) 6-7 7-6 6-4
1988-1989 Not held
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 uses Mclagon (apparently in error) and the South African Story uses Mrs M'Lagan.

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: 12 years. Annette Van Zyl won in 1963 and again in 1975 as Mrs DuPlooy.

Last edited by Rollo : Oct 4th, 2012 at 02:51 PM.
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