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Old Jan 9th, 2007, 04:43 PM   #31
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Re: The big 125 anniversary list for women's tennis

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46. Doris Hart
GS titles won: A- S-1949; D- 1949, 50; M- 1949, 50; F- S- 1950, 52; D- 1948, 50-53; M- 1951-53; W- S-1951; D- 1947, 51-53; M- 1951-55; U- S- 1954, 55; D- 1951-54; M- 1951-55

Was the first player to complete the triple career slam; winning singles, doubles, and mixed titles at each major to complete the set. Also became the only player to win a triple crown at each individual slam, doing so in Australia in 1949, at the French in 1952, at Wimbledon in 1951, and at the US in 1954. Used precision groundstrokes and anticipation to compensate for slowness afoot. Defeated Maureen Connolly in the final of the 1953 Italian Championships by changing spins, speeds, and angles. Nearly repeated the feat at Wimbledon.

Did you know-- Hart walked with a limp. A childhood knee injury was misdiagnosed, resulting in serious infection. Her leg was nearly amputated.

47. Gertrude Augusta "Gussy" Moran
GS titles won: none

A fairly good player in her time, she is, however, best remembered for wearing lace-trimmed panties at the 1949 Wimbledon Championships. A creation of famed designer Ted Tinling, he tacked on some lace around the legs of the panties almost as an afterthought. They thought the outfit looked a bit too plain, and since color was forbidden, he added the lace so it wouldn't be boring. It certainly proved to be anything but. In a monumental overreaction, Tinling was dismissed from his Wimbledon post, and accused of everything up to attempting to bring about the downfall of civilization. Never before had "unmentionables" gotten so much mention.

Did you know: Gussy's tanned complexion was due to being part Native-American.

48. Shirley Fry
GS titles won: A- S-1957; D-1957; F- S-1951; D- 1950-53; W- S-1956; D- 1951-53; M-1956; U- S-1956; D- 1951-54

Proof of timing being everything, Hart won 4 slam singles titles, winning exactly one of each. She was a personal nemesis for Althea Gibson before Gibson put the final improvements on her game and became the top player in the world. Fry was the last player to defeat Gibson in singles at a slam. She started her career as a counterpuncher, but developed an all-court game as a result of her doubles. Fry was a contradictory player in that she had a weak serve, but, reportedly, the best overhead women's tennis had seen to that point. Was only the 3rd woman to win the career slam. Her promise to retire after the 1957 Australian Championships was not taken seriously at first, as she had made previous "retirements", but this was for good.

Did you know-- Fry's final GS event, the 1957 Australian Championships, were the first to be televised in that country.

49. Maureen Connolly
GS titles won: A- S-1953; D-1953; F- S- 1953, 54; D-1954; M-1954; W- S- 1952-54; U- S- 1951-53

First woman to win the grand slam, calendar or otherwise, in 1953. Won the last 9 slam singles events she competed in. (And not, contrary to some erroneous reports, every slam she played.) It was at the 1953 Australian Championships where she met Nell and Harry Hopman. Harry became her coach and trainer, while Nell became a chaperone/mentor who brought out her softer side. She was a baseliner with power on both sides, and had tremendous intensity. Her lone weakness was the volley, which very few could exploit in singles. Already one of the all-time greats, her career was tragically cut short due to injury suffered while horseback riding. "Little Mo" also died very young, passing away about a decade and a half after her career ended.

Did you know-- Connolly was naturally left-handed, and was taught to play tennis right-handed, like Margaret Court, Ken Rosewall, and Kimiko Date.

50. Eleanor "Teach" Tennant

Tennant coached such successful players as Alice Marble, Bobby Riggs, Pauline Betz, and her most famous charge, Maureen Connolly. Tennant was vehemently opposed to Connolly's habit of horseback riding, which wound up prematurely ending her career. Tennant was a fine player in her own right, forming an unbeatable doubles partnership with Marion Zinderstein in 1920. Unfortunately, the USLTA wouldn't allow them to play together at the US Nationals. She retired from playing when she got married, but returned as a coach after her divorce.

Did you know-- Tennant was credited with designing the first "lawn tennis dress".
Was Marion Zinderstein from another country? Because there seemed to be big issue of the USLTA not allowing Maria Bueno and Althea Gibson to pair up for the U.S. Nationals in 1958.
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Old Jun 4th, 2007, 02:11 AM   #32
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56. Maria Bueno
GS titles won: A-D-1960; F- D-1960; M-1960; W- S- 1959, 60, 64; D- 1959, 60, 63, 65, 66; U- S- 1959, 63, 64, 66; D- 1960, 62, 66, 68

Serve/volley player from Brazil, known for her grace on court. Was the first South American to win Wimbledon. Also talented in doubles, she won the Grand Slam in doubles in 1960. Her career was marred by several injuries, but she still accumulated a Hall of Fame resumé. She returned to action in the 1970's on the WTA Tour.

Did you know: Bueno was the first player to win a grand slam singles championship while wearing color tennis panties.

57. Margaret Smith Court
GS titles won: A- S- 1960-66, 69-71, 73; D- 1961-63, 65, 69-71, 73; M- 1963, 64; F- S- 1962, 64, 69, 70, 73; D- 1964-66, 73; M- 1963-65, 69; W- S- 1963, 65, 70; D- 1964, 69; M- 1963, 65, 66, 68, 75; U- S- 1962, 65, 69, 70, 73; D- 1963, 68, 70, 73, 75; M- 1961-65, 69, 70, 72

All time record holder for most slam titles in singles and overall. She won the calendar Grand Slam in singles in 1970 and mixed in 1963. Was the second player ever to win a calendar slam in singles, and second ever to complete the full set of slam titles in a career, and the first to win every slam title more than once. Shares the record for most consecutive slam singles titles won with 6. Won the "triple crown" at the Australian in 1963, the French in 1964, and the US in 1970. Despite a couple of maternity breaks, was able to return to the top of the sport. Records were spotty for her era, but is believed to have win and title totals similar to Navratilova's. (A tally by the Blast folks had her at over 190 career singles titles, although it's unclear how many would be considered "tour level".) Was one of the first woman players to work hard on physical conditioning, training with the Aussie men.

Did you know-- Court lost in the 1960 Australian junior girls competition 2 days before winning the women's singles title.

58. Billie Jean King
GS titles won: A- S-1968; M-1968; F- S-1972; D-1972; M- 1967, 70; W- S- 1966-68, 72, 73, 75; D- 1961, 62, 65, 67, 68, 70-73, 79; M- 1967, 71, 73, 74; U- S- 1967, 71, 72, 74; D- 1964, 67, 74, 78, 80; M- 1967, 71, 73, 76

Tennis legend around whom the modern tour was built in 1970. In addition to having a hand in founding what would become the WTA Tour, she also founded World Team Tennis and the Women's Sports Foundation. Won a record 20 Wimbledon titles. Won the triple crown at Wimbledon in 1967 and 1973, and the US in 1967. Partnered Owen Davidson to the last three legs of his mixed Grand Slam in 1967. She won a non-calendar mixed Grand Slam in 1967-68. In her first full year on the world circuit, after finishing college, she won her first GS singles title and finished at #1. A rare player to win a slam title in 3 different decades. She competed in slam singles draws in 4 different decades. Was oldest player to win a WTA Tour singles title. Was one of the first woman players to work out with weights.

Did you know-- King's younger brother is former San Francisco Giants pitcher Randy Moffitt.

59. Adrienne Shirley "Ann" Haydon Jones
GS titles won: F- S- 1961, 66; D- 1963, 68, 69; W- S-1969; M-1969

One of the last great British players, and the last to hold the #1 ranking. She retired after finally winning Wimbledon in 1969.

Did you know-- the BBC forced Jones to remove a Pepsi logo from her bag before the 1969 Wimbledon final, and the AELTC threatened to disqualify her.

60. Lesley Turner
GS titles won: A- D- 1964, 65, 67; M- 1962, 67; F- S- 1963, 65; D- 1964-66; W- D-1964; M- 1961, 64; U-D-1961
I would add that she was one of those players that pushed for and ushered in the Open era circa 1968.(Billie Jean) Also Fed Cup captain for many years.
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Old Nov 4th, 2008, 06:19 AM   #34
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Re: The big 125 anniversary list for women's tennis

That was an awesome read!
Though I would have thought that Gabriela Sabatini would have deserved a paragraph.
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Re: The big 125 anniversary list for women's tennis

I didn't realize it was 125 years! Here's to 125 years more!
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