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Old Mar 19th, 2002, 06:22 AM   #11
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Dates: Janaury 18-25
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=20)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst[1]-bye
Mollie McGrath-bye
Youtha Anthony-bye
Katherine LeMessurier[5]-bye
Marjorie Cox[4]-bye
Peter Smith-bye
Birdie Bond d. Kathleen Commins 6-3 6-2
Emily Hood [7] d. Nell Hall 12-10 1-6 6-3

Louise Bickerton[2] d. Mollie Muirhead 6-2 6-0
Alison Hattersley d. K Murdoch 4-6 12-10 6-3
Ursula Price-bye
Gladys Toyne[8]-bye
Sylvia Harper[3]-bye
Dorothy Weston-bye
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley-bye
Mall Molesworth[6]-bye

2nd Round

Akhurst[1] d. McGrath 6-1 6-2
LeMessurier[5] d. Anthony 6-2 6-2
Cox[4] d. P.Smith 9-7 6-0
Hood[7] d. Bond 6-4 6-4

Bickerton[2] d. Hattersley 6-3 6-3
Toyne d. Price 6-3 7-5
Harper[3] d. Weston 6-3 6-0
Molesworth[6] d. Hoddle-Wrigley 6-4 6-0


Akhurst[1] d. Le Messurier[5] 6-1 3-6 6-4
Hood[7] d. Cox[4] 7-5 6-4
Bickerton[2] d. Toyne 6-4 7-5
Harper[3] d. Molesworth[6] 6-4 3-6 6-2


Akhurst[1] d. Hood[7] 6-0 6-2
Harper[3] d. Bickerton[2] 6-3 8-6

Daphne Akhurst[1] d. Sylvia Harper[3] 10-8 2-6 7-5

DOUBLES (Draw=11)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/Louie Bickerton[1]-bye
Youtha Anthony/Helen Gray-bye
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Gladys Toyne bye
Emily Hood/Mall Molesworth[3] d. Vera De Bavay/Ursula Price 6-1 6-4

Marjorie Cox/Sylvia Harper[2] d. Kathleen Commins/Alison Hattersley 6-4 6-2
K Murdoch/Joan Pett d. Mollie McGrath/Peter Smith 6-1 6-3
Birdie Bond/Mollie Muirhead-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston[4]-bye


Akhurst/Bickerton[1] d. Anthony/Gray 6-3 6-0
Hood/Molesworth[3] d. Hoddle-Wrigley/Toyne 11-9 6-1
Cox/Harper(AUS)[2] d. Murdoch/Pett 6-3 7-5
Le Messurier/D.Weston[4] d. Bond/Muirhead 8-6 6-4


Hood/Molesworth[3] d. Akhurst/Bickerton[1] 6-4 7-9 6-4
Cox/Harper[2] d. Le Messurier/Weston[4] 8-6 6-1

Emily Hood/Mall Molesworth[3] d. Marjorie Cox/Sylvia Harper[2] 6-3 0-6 7-5


Mixed Doubles (Draw=21)

1st Round

Louie Bickerton/Jack Willard[1]-bye
Mollie Muirhead/C Buckley-bye
Peter Smith/W Halliday-bye
Emily Hood/Norman Peach-bye
Sylvia Harper/Jack Hawkes-bye
Gladys Toyne/Harry Hassett d Vera de Bavay/Thomas Robinson 6-3 6-2
Nell Hall/Harry Hopman d. Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Horace Crebbin 6-2 6-3
Kathleen Commins/Frank Peach d. Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull[4] 2-6 6-3 6-3

Daphne Akhurst/Gar Moon[3] d. Jean Wilson/Ray Hone 6-2 6-2
Dot Weston/Ernest Rowe d. Mary Derham/Cliff Sproule 1-6 6-4 9-7
Birdie Bond/A Knight-bye
K Murdoch/Jack Clemenger-bye
Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford-bye
Edna Collinson/G Payne-bye
Mollie McGrath/Ronald-bye
Mall Molesworth/John Grinstead [2]-bye

2nd Round

Bickerton/Willard [1] d Muirhead/Buckley 6-0 6-2
Hood/N Peach d Smith/Halliday 6-4 6-2
Harper/Hawkes d Toyne/Hassett 9-11 6-1 7-5
Hall/Hopman d Commins/F Peach 6-2 6-3

Akhurst/Moon[3] d. Weston/Rowe 9-7 1-6 6-4
Murdovh/Clemenger d. Bond/Knight default
Cox/Crawford d. Collinson/Payne 6-1 6-4
Molesworth/Grinstead [2] d. McGrath/Ford 6-2 6-4


Bickerton/Willard [1] d. Hood/Peach 6-4 3-6 6-2
Hopman/Hall d. Harper/Hawkes 6-3 6-2
Akhurst/Moon[3] d. Murdoch/Clemenger default
Cox/Crawford d. Molesworth/Grinstead[2] 6-1 6-4


Hall/Hopman d. Bickerton/Willard[1] 6-2 11-13 6-2
Cox/Crawford d. Akhurst/Moon[3] 12-10 5-7 6-4

Nell Hall/Harry Hopman d. Marjorie Cox/Jack Crawford 11-9 3-6 6-3

Draw notes:

Mrs H Gray =nee Helen Margaret Outhwaite. She wed Alastair Cameron Gray.
Mrs A Price=nee Ursula Bere. She went abroad in 1930 and entered Wimbledon.


Summary (courtesy of Louloubelle)
Before the 1930 titles Akhurst announced that she would be marrying shortly and would confine her championship tennis in the future to doubles events. Kath Le Mesurier gave her such a hard match in the quarters that Akhurst shook hands after winning 6-1 3-6 6-4 and collapsed to the ground in exhaustion.

Akhurst's opponent in the final, Sylvia Harper - victor over Mall Molesworth and Louie Bickerton - was now in the veteran class and not in the same league as Akhurst, but she extended her to the limit on this occasion. The first set saw Akhurst assaulting Harper's backhand, but it wasn't until the 18th game that the tactic bore fruit. Harper then switched to a more aggressive brand of tennis which gathered her the 2nd set 6-2 and took her to 4-0 in the 3rd. Always a good player in a crisis, Akhurst increased the tempo of the game, hit out for the lines and, with Harper tiring and losing her length, took the final set 7-5. The 38 game match remains the longest Australian women's final on record.

She married Roy Cozens in February 1930 and, true to her word, played no more major singles events. She died suddenly in early 1933, leaving her husband and 6 month old son. The whole of the tennis world mourned the passing of one of it's most attractive, popular and successful players, at the young age of 29.

Akhurst's best friend Louie Bickerton would marry Cozens after Daphne's death.

Love was in the air during the mixed doubles-both pairs of finalists would later go on to wed each other.

Sources: Andrew Tas provided the results

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