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Old Mar 19th, 2002, 06:23 AM   #12
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1931

Dates: February 27-March 10
Venue: Sydney
Surface: Grass


Singles (Draw=30-possibly 32)

1st Round

Coral Buttsworth [4] d. Dot Bellamy 6-1 6-3
Vera Selwyn d. Coleman 6-2 6-2
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley d. Mall Molesworth 7-9 6-1 7-5
Muff Wilson d. Mary Derham 6-1 6-4

Sylvia Harper [2] d. Ruth Tann 3-6 6-1 6-3
Floris Conway-bye ??
Pattie Meaney d. Sadie Moon 6-4 6-1
Birdie Bond d. Emily Westacott 6-4 5-7 8-6

Marjorie Crawford [1] d. Betty Ward 6-0 6-0
Dorothy Dingle d. Edna Gardyne 6-0 6-2
Joan Hartigan d. Ula Valkenburg 7-5 6-4
Dot Weston d. Phyllis Lester default

Kath Le Messurier d. Helen McTaggett 6-3 7-5
Darvall-bye ??
Gwen Utz d. Youtha Anthony 6-1 1-6 6-3
Louie Bickerton [3] d. Nell Hall 6-2 2-6 6-3

2nd Round

Buttsworth [4] d. Selwyn 6-3 6-1
Hoddle-Wrigley d. Wilson 6-3 7-9 6-4
Sylvia Harper [2] d. Conway 6-1 6-0
P Meaney d. Bond 6-8 7-5 7-5

Crawford [1] d. Dingle 6-0 6-3
Hartigan d. Weston 6-3 6-8 6-2
Le Messurier d. Darvall 6-1 6-0
Bickerton [3] d. Utz 7-5 6-4

Quarterfinals

Buttsworth [4] d. Hoddle-Wrigley 6-1 6-2
Harper [2] d. Meaney 6-1 6-2
Crawford [1] d. Hartigan 6-4 4-6 6-4
Le Messurier d. Bickerton [3] 6-1 6-3

Semifinals

Buttsworth [4] d. Harper [2] 0-6 6-4 retired
Crawford [1] d. Le Messurier 3-6 6-2 7-5

Final
Coral Buttsworth [4] d. Marjorie Crawford [1] 1-6 6-3 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=21)

1st Round

Mall Molesworth/Emily Westacott [4]-bye
Helen McTaggett/Vera Selwyn-bye
Ruth Tann/Mary Derham-bye
Sadie Moon/Coleman-bye
Birdie Bond/Phyllis Lester-bye
Mary Edgar/Dot Bellamy-bye
Youtha Anthony/Frances Hoddle Wrigley d. Hazel Grassick/Cassidy 0-6 7-5 6-4
Louie Bickerton/Daphne Cozens [2] d. Anderson/Nancy Chitty 6-3 6-0

Nellie Lloyd/Gwen Utz d. Darvall/Tunney 6-2 6-1
Scott/Stevenson d. Betty Ward/Jean Wilson 7-5 2-6 10-8
Alison Hattersley/Burns d. Edna Gardyne/Pattie Meaney 6-4 6-4
Dorothy Diggle/Ula Valkenburg [3]-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston-bye
Floris Conway/Muff Wilson-bye
Coral Buttsworth/Nell Hall-bye
Marjorie Crawford/Sylvia Harper [1] -bye

2nd Round

Moleworth/Westacott [4] d. McTaggett/Selwyn 6-4 4-6 6-4
Tann/Derham d. Moon/Coleman 6-2 9-7
Bond/Lester d. Edgar/Bellamy 6-3 6-4
Bickerton/Cozens [2] d. Anthony/Hoddle Wrigley 6-2 6-2

Lloyd/Utz d. Scott/Stevenson 6-0 6-0
Diggle/Valkenburg [3] d. Hattersley/Burns 6-4 6-4
Le Messurier/Weston d. Conway/M.Wilson 6-3 6-2
Crawford/Harper [1] d. Buttsworth/Hall 6-2 6-3

Quarterfinals

Moleworth/Westacott [4] d. Tann/Derham default
Bickerton/Cozens [2] d. Bond/Lester 9-7 6-3
Lloyd/Utz d. Diggle/Valkenburg [3] 4-6 6-4 7-5
Crawford/Harper [1] d. Le Messurier/Weston 6-2 4-6 6-3

Semifinals

Bickerton/Cozens [2] d. Moleworth/Westacott [4] 2-6 7-5 7-5
Lloyd/Utz d. Crawford/Harper [1] default

Final
Louie Bickerton/Daphne Cozens [2] d. Nellie Lloyd/Gwen Utz 6-2 6-4
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Mixed Doubles


1st Round

Nell Hall/Harry Hopman [2]-bye
Joan Hartigan/Cliff Sproule-bye
Flo Francisco/Edwards-bye
Mall Molesworth/Ronald Cummings-bye
Emily Westacott/Aubrey Willard d Ruth Tann/Harry Hassett 6-3 7-5
Birdie Bond/Knight d Youtha Anthony/Teague 2-6 6-3 6-2
Dot Weston/Shepherd d Mary Derham/R Ewin 6-3 7-5
Sylvia Harper/Gar Moon [3] d Gwen Utz/Norman Peach 6-1 6-4

Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Jean Wilson/Thomas 6-3 6-0
Bolger/Fitzgerald d unknown/Schwartz default
Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull d Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/Walker 6-2 4-6 6-4
Pattie Meaney/Haege d Muff Wilson/J McCausland 9-7 6-0
Louie Bickerton/Jim Willard [4]-bye
Betty Ward/Budrodeen-bye
Baker/O'Connell-bye
Ula Valkenberg/Charles Donahue-bye

2nd Round

Hall/Hopman [2] d Hartigan/Sproule 5-7 10-8 6-4
Molesworth/Cummings d Francisco/Edwards 6-2 7-5
Westacott/Willard d Bond/Knight 6-1 7-5
Harper/Moon [3] d Weston/Shepherd 6-4 6-2

Crawford/Crawford [1] d Bolger/Fitzgerald default
Le Messurier/Turnbull d Meaney/Haege 3-6 6-4 6-4
Bickerton/J Willard [4] d Ward/Budrodean 6-2 7-5
Valkenberg/Donahue d Baker/O'Connor default

Quarterfinals

Hall/Hopman [2] d Molesworth/Cummings 7-5 4-6 6-4
Westacott/A Willard d Harper/Moon [3] 4-6 9-7 retired
Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Le Messurier/Turnbull 1-6 6-3 6-1
Valkenberg/Donahue d. Bickerton/J Willard [4] 3-6 6-1 8-6

Semifinals

Westacott/A Willard d Hall/Hopman [2] 8-10 6-2 7-5
Crawford/Crawford [1] d Valkenberg/Donohue 3-6 6-1 6-3

Final
Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Emily Westacott/Aubrey Willard 7-5 6-4
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Draw Notes:

Coral Buttsworth went by the nickname "Corrie"
Cozens=married name of Akhurst
Crawford=married name of Marjorie Cox.
Hood=maiden name of Westacott
Ruth Tann=Mrs Clifford Tann (nee Stephens)
Gwen Utz=Mrs HS Utz

Seeds for Junior events:

Singles
01 Emily Westacott
02 Joan Hartigan
03 L Crawford
04 Flo Francisco

Doubles
01 Westacott/Moon
02 Hartigan/Bloomfield
03 Chitty/Anderson
04 Scott/Stevenson

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Summary:

Corrie Buttsworth was a suprising winner in 1931. She seemed to arrive at the top of Australian women's tennis out of nowhere, being the only dual Australian winner never to have won a state singles title anywhere.

A strong thick-set woman from Sydney, she was addicted to chopping the ball, the drop shot being magnificent and was extremely quick around the court. She was one of those rare players who preferred to manoeuvre opponents out of position by running them up and back on the court rather from side to side.
Coming into the 1931 championships in Sydney her prospects did not look that good. She had only reached the quarterfinals of the Victorian the previous month. The sentimental favorite was Marjorie Cox, now Mrs. Jack Crawford who during the 1920's had won the championships of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales but the Australian had always eluded her. With Akhurst retired from singles, Boyd in Scotland and Harper past her prime, it was thought that the No. 1 spot was hers for the taking.

However Crawford looked rather vulnerable in the quarterfinals against junior sensation Joan Hartigan. Her greater experinece was the key in a 6-4 4-6 6-4 victory. She was given no respite in the semis, with Kath Le Mesurier leading 3-1 in the 3rd set and holding nine points for 4-1. Even so Le Mesurier reached 5-2 before Crawford finally wore her down 3-6 6-2 7-5.
The other semi between Buttsworth and Sylvia Harper was equally dramatic. Harper attacked the net most effectively in the first set, cutting of Buttsworth's rising sliced shots to take it 6-0. But Harper, now 35 years of age, was unable to maintain the full vigour of her attack. At 4-5 in the 2nd set and set point to Buttsworth, Harper charged in after a drop-shot, pulled a muscle in her leg and was unable to continue the match. The scoreline to Buttsworth read 0-6 6-4 forfeit.

In the final Buttsworth nullified Crawford's driving strength by enticing her to the net with short drives and then either passing her cross-court or tossing back over her head. Crawford could not find the answer, although she pulled back from 1-5 in the 3rd and saved a match point at 3-5 before Buttsworth ran out the winner at 1-6 6-3 6-4.

Summary courtesy of Louloubelle.
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Sources:

Seeds courtesy of Gee Tee

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