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Old Mar 19th, 2002, 06:18 AM   #8
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Dates: January 22 to 31.
Site: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

SINGLES (Draw=21)

1st Round

Esna Boyd[1]-bye
Ruth Stephens-bye
Dot Bellamy-bye
Keyden Irving-bye

Louie Bickerton[4]-bye
Gladys Toyne [5] d. G Hopkins 6-1 6-1
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley d. Floris St. George 8-6 6-2
Kath Le Messurier [7] d. Ursula Bere 6-1 6-1

Marjorie Cox [6]-bye
Youtha Anthony-bye
Mavis McKay-bye
Sylvia Harper[3]-bye

Minnie Richardson [8]-bye
Beryl Turner-bye
Dorothy Weston d. Vera de Bavay 6-3 6-2.
Daphne Akhurst[2] d. B Parsons 6-2 6-1

Second Round

Boyd[1] d. Stephens 6-0 6-2
Bellamy d. Irving 7-5 6-1
Bickerton[4] d. Toyne [5] 6-3 6-3
Le Messurier [7] d. Hoddle-Wrigley 9-7 6-3

Cox [6] d. Anthony 2-6 6-3 6-3
Harper[3] d. Mckay 6-0 6-0
Turner d. Richardson [8] 6-4 6-3
Weston d. Akhurst[2] default


Boyd [1] d. Bellamy 6-2 6-3
Bickerton [4] d. Le Messurier[7] 6-4 4-6 6-2
Harper [3] d. Cox [6] 1-6 6-3 6-3
Turner d.Weston 6-4 6-0

Boyd [1] d. Bickerton [4] 6-3 6-1
Harper [3] d. Turner 6-2 6-0

Esna Boyd [1] d. Sylvia Harper [3] 5-7 6-1 6-2

Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Louie Bickerton/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2]-bye
Keyden Irving/Beryl Turner d. Vera de Bavay/Ursula Bere 9-7 6-3
Marjorie Cox/Floris St. George d. Ruby Mercer/Westmorland 6-4 6-4
Mavis McKay/Gladys Toyne [3] d. Mrs Rose/G Hopkins 6-2 6-1

Esna Boyd/Sylvia Harper [1] d. Mrs. Newton Wood/Pauline Spencer Parsons 6-2 6-2
Youtha Anthony/Annie Gray d. Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Minnie Richardson 6-2 6-2
Dot Bellany/Ruth Stephens-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4]-bye


Bickerton/Wood [2] d. Irving/Turner 6-2 6-1
Cox/St. George d. Mckay/Toyne [3] 6-4 6-4
Boyd/Harper[ 1] d. Anthony/Gray 6-3 8-6
Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. Bellamy/Stephens 6-3 6-3


Bickerton/O'Hara Wood [2] d. Cox/St. George 6-1 5-7 6-4
Boyd/Harper [1] d. Le Messurier/Weston [4] 6-2 6-3

Esna Bickerton/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2] d. Esna Boyd/Sylvia Harper [1] 6-3 6-3

Mixed Doubles (Draw= 22)

1st Round

Dot Weston/Ray Hone d Miss McDougall/Rice Gemmell 6-3 6-3
Mrs HV Mckay/Thomas Robinson d Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Harold Jacoby 6-3 6-3
Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford d Keyden Irving/Harold Wilson 2-6 6-1 6-2

Esna Boyd/John Hawkes [1] d Lily Addison/GN Roberts 6-1 6-2
Vera de Bavay/Rodney Heath d. Minnie Richardson/D'arcy Mullamphy 6-8 6-2 6-4
Beryl Turner/Gar Moon d Ruth Stephens/Harry Hopman 4-6 6-2 6-2

2nd Round

Youtha Anthony/Jack Willard [2] d Dot Bellamy/Cecil Lamb 6-2 6-4
Miss Nell Webb/Spencer Millear d Floris St. George/RL Shepherd 1-6 6-4 6-4
Weston/Hone d. Louie Bickerton/Bob Schlesinger [4] 7-5 2-6 7-5
Cox/Crawford d. Mavis McKay/Robinson 6-2 2-6 6-3

Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Bavay/Heath 6-4 6-1
Gladys Toyne/Stanley Lum d Turner/Moon 6-4 15-13
Kath Le Messurier/WR James d Flora Rowe/Ronald Ford 6-4 6-3
Sylvia Harper/Rupert Werheim d Ursula Bere/Ernest Yencken 6-4 6-1


Anthony/Willard [2] d Webb/Millear default
Cox/Crawford d Weston/Hone 6-1 6-2
Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Toyne/Lum 8-6 6-4
Harper/Wertheim [3] d Le Messurier/James 6-4 6-4


Anthony/Willard [2] d Cox/Drawford 6-4 6-4
Boyd/Hawkes [1] d Harper/Wertheim [3] 4-6 6-2 6-4

Esna Boyd/John Hawkes [1] d Youtha Anthony/Jack Willard [2] 6-1 6-3

Draw Notes:

Ursula Bere usually listed as MU Bere.

Miss Hopkins was from Victoria.

Miss McDougall (in doubles draw) was from Western Australia

Minnie Richardson listed as MU Richardson

Per Andrew Tas. "There was a B Parsons playing in Melbourne and country Victoria from 1924 to 1928. The local newspapers of the time also have B Parsons listed.". Thus it seems very doubtful that this player equal Pauline Spencer-Parsons.

Daphne Akhurst's default in singles altered the doubles draws. Seeds were kept the same-with O'Hara Wood taking her place in the doubles and Youtha Anthony replacing Akhurst in the mixed.

Newspapers refer to Lum as SG (Stanley Gordon) Lum-giving no indication he is of Chinese heritage. His Chinese name was Pao-hua Lum, and he later played Davis Cup for China.


The first year at Kooyong and the first year it was called the Australian. Before 1927 it was officially the Australasian. Akhurst's early default paves the way for Boyd to finally win after 5 straight defeats in the final.

It was only right that 1927 should be Esna Boyd's year. The Australian women's titles had been held five times, and five times Boyd had been runner-up. She had one piece of luck along the way to the 1927 title, Daphne Akhurst was forced through illness to forfeit to Dorothy Weston in an early round. Even though Boyd had beaten Akhurst in the New South Wales final that year 3-6 6-4 6-3 (after Akhurst had lead a set and 4-2) it made Boyd's chances of capturing her first Australasian title that greater.

Boyd had an easy run to the final defeating Dot Bellamy and Louie Bickerton to face Sylvia Harper in the final. Harpers run wasn't as easy. She recovered from a slow start to defeat Marjorie Cox 1-6 6-3 6-3 in the quarter finals but her spin and guile was too much for Queenslander Mrs. Turner (who defeated Weston) in the semis.

Boyd began the final against Harper in an unusually tentative and defensive frame of mind. In the first set she allowed Harper to dictate terms which meant that Harper was cutting and chopping away until an opportune moment occurred to advance to the net where she made many winners with her safe and secure volleys. After seeing the first set slip away Boyd realised that she had to hit out, or face certain defeat. Hit out she did utilising her flat hard forehand and superior court movement to defeat her South Yarra teammate quite easily in the end 5-7 6-1 6-2.

4,000 witnessed the Saturday women's final. Other finals, including the men's singles and mixed, were held on Monday.

Pictures from the Melbourne Argus depict spectators on outside courts sitting on the grass upon low hills adjoining the courts.


Melbourne Argus

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