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Old Mar 19th, 2002, 06:19 AM   #10
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Dates: January 19-26
Venue: Adelaide, Australia
Surface: Grass

Dates: Janaury 19-26
Venue: Adelaide
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=17)

First Round

Gwen Griffiths d V Mathias 4-6 6-4 6-3

2nd Round

Daphne Akhurst [1] d Lorna Bollen 6-0 6-3
Meryl O'Hara-Wood [5] d Joyce Lillecrappe 6-3 6-2
Sylvia Harper [4] d Edna Lawrence 6-1 6-2
Mall Molesworth [6] d Griffiths 6-3 6-0

Louie Bickerton [2] d Anna Menz 6-0 6-1
Kath Le Messurier [7] d Syd Hocking 6-2 6-2
Marjorie Cox [3] d Dot Weston 6-3 6-4
Emily Hood d Birdie Bond [8] 11-9 7-5


Akhurst [1] d. O'Hara-Wood [5] 6-4 6-3
Harper [4] d. Molesworth [6] 6-1 6-4
Bickerton [2] d. Le Messurier [7] 6-0 8-6
Cox [3] d. Hood 6-0 6-1


Akhurst [1] d Harper [4] 6-3 6-1
Bickerton [2] d Cox [3] 6-1 6-3

Daphne Akhurst [1] d Louie Bickerton [2] 6-1 5-7 6-2

Doubles (Draw=12)

1st Round

Sylvia Harper/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2]-bye
Edna Lawrence/Flora Rowe-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [3] d. Eileen Rischbeith/Roma Wadey 6-4 6-0
Birdie Bond/Syd Hocking d. Gwen Griffiths/V Mathias 4-6 6-4 6-4

Daphne Akhurst/Louie Bickerton [1] d. Joyce Lillecrapp/Katherine Wemyss 6-2 6-0
Lorna Bollen/Anna Menz d. Bertha Kay/Margaret Taylor 3-6 6-2 6-4
Emily Hood/Mall Molesworth [4]-bye
Edna Collinson/Joyce Hone-bye


Harper/O'Hara Wood [2] d. Lawrence/Rowe 6-0 6-1
Le Messurier/Weston [3] d. Bond/Hocking 6-4 6-8 6-4
Akhurst/Bickerton [1] d. Bollen/Menz 6-3 6-2
Hood/Molesworth [4] d. Collinson/Hone 6-0 6-1


Harper/O'Hara Wood [2] d. Le Messurier/Weston [3] 7-5 6-2
Akhurst/Bickerton [1] d. Hood/Molesworth [4] 6-2 6-2

Daphne Akhurst/Louie Bickerton [1] d. Sylvia Harper/Meryl O'Hara Wood [2] 6-2 3-6 6-2


Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford [1] d Emily Hood/Colin Cropper 6-1 6-4
Nancy Day/Peter Hooper d Birdie Bond/V Page default
Mall Molesworth/Colin Gregory (GB)[4] d Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull default
Louie Bickerton/Rupert Wertheim d Edna Lawrence/Ray Hone 6-2 8-6

Meryl O'Hara Wood/ Pat O'Hara Wood [2] d. Syd Hocking/Lyall Reynolds 6-0 6-3
Sylvia Harper/Ian Collins (GB) d. V Mathias/Cliff Harvey 6-0 6-4
Daphne Akhurst/Gar Moon [3] d Dot Weston/Ron Hone 6-3 6-1
Lorna Bollen/D'arcy Mullamphy d. Gwen Griffiths/James Black 8-6 3-6 8-6


Cox/Crawford [1] d Day/Hooper 6-4 6-0
Bickerton/Wertheim d Molesworth/Gregory [4] 6-2 6-3
O'Hara Wood/O'Hara Wood [2] d Harper/Collins 6-3 2-6 6-2
Akhurst/Moon [3] d Bollen/Mullamphy 6-3 6-4


Cox/Crawford [1] d Bickerton/Wertheim 6-2 6-2
Akhurst/Moon [3] d O'Hara Wood/ M O'Hara Wood [2] 7-5 6-2


Daphne Akhurst/Gar Moon [3] d. Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford [1] 6-0 7-5

Draw notes:

Mrs E Day=Mrs Eric Day, nee Nancy Webb.

Ian G Collins (GB)
J Colin Gregory (GB)
FR 'Ray' Hone (mixed with Edna Lawrence)
RB 'Ron' Hone (mixed with Dot Weston)
Peter Hooper (SA)
D'arcy Mullamphy died of a gunshot wound in October of 1929. It is very likely it was self-inflicted.
William "Lyall" Reynolds (WA)


During 1928 Akhurst stamped herself as one of the premier players in women's tennis. Despite a lack of any regular competition internationally she travelled overseas to reach the quarters at the French. She then had a great run at Wimbledon to reach the semis, defeating Helen Jacobs 8-6 in the 3rd on the way. She met Spanish star Lily de Alvarez on one of her magical days and was beaten. At the end of 1928 she was rated by high ranking tennis authorities the no. 3 player in the world.She captured her 4th Australian title in 1929 defeating good friend and doubles partner Louie Bickerton in a final described as a 'rare treat'.

Bickerton had been in good form all week beating Le Mesurier and Cox to reach her first final. Akhurst breezed in the final also without the loss of a set.

The final was a match of long baseline rallies, but not of the sort of slow, safe play which sometimes characterised women's matches of the era. Both players hit out for the lines and, knowing each others games intimately, the level of anticipation was very high. Akhurst eventually triumphed 6-1 5-7 6-2, and fittingly the two women teamed up for the women's title. She teamed up with Gar Moon of Australia to win her third triple crown.

Results coutesy of Andrew Tas
Summary courtesy of Louloubelle
GeeTee's help has been invaluable.

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