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Old Mar 19th, 2002, 06:14 AM   #6
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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

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