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Old Mar 19th, 2002, 06:27 AM   #16
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1935

Dates: January 1-14
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=32)

1st Round

Dorothy Round(GB) [1] d Dot Stevenson 6-2 6-3
Doris Mauger d Kath Le Messurier 6-1 6-4
May Blick [7] d Sadie Berryman 6-2 4-6 8-6
Mall Molesworth d Miss Dickens 6-2 6-2
Emily Westacott [3] d. Truda Cox 6-3 6-0
Dot Bellamy d Dot Greenwood 6-1 6-2
Evelyn Dearman(GB) [5] d E Harry 6-1 6-2
Nancye Wynne d Doreen Malcolm (SA) 6-1 6-2

Nancy Lyle(GB) [4] d Gwyn Stevenson 6-0 6-0
Shirley Whittaker d Thora Chittick 6-3 15-13
Louie Bickerton [6] d Alma Cox 6-4 6-3
Kath Woodward d Birdy Bond 4-6 7-5 8-6
Nell Hopman [8] d Frances Hoddle-Wrigley 6-2 6-3
Dot Weston d Thelma Coyne 6-2 6-3
Joan Walters d A Lewis 6-3 8-6
Nancy Chitty d R Rees 6-4 6-1

*#2 seed Joan Hartigan withdraws due to the flu.

2nd Round

Round [1] d. Mauger 6-2 6-2
Blick [7] d. Molesworth 6-4 4-6 7-5
Westacott [3] d. Bellamy 6-4 6-2
Dearman [5] d. Wynne 6-3 6-2

Lyle [4] d. Whittaker 6-0 6-2
Bickerton [6] d. Woodward 6-4 6-4
Hopman [8] d. Weston 11-9 6-3
Walters d Chitty 7-5 6-4

Quarters

Round [1] d. Blick [7] 6-4 6-0
Westacott [3] d. Dearman [5] 9-7 7-5
Lyle [4] d. Bickerton [6] 6-2 8-6
Hopman [8] d. Walters 4-6 6-1 6-3

Semis

Round [1] d. Westacott [3] 6-4 6-2
Lyle [4] d. Hopman [8] 6-1 7-5

Final
Dorothy Round [1] d. Nancy Lyle [4] 1-6 6-1 6-3

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Junior Girls

FI: Thelma Coyne d Nancy Wynne 6-4 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=15)

1st Round

Evelyn Dearman/Nancy Lyle [2] d. Thora Chittick/Dot Greenwood 6-1 6-3
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley/C Rees d. Birdie Bond/Miranda Richardson 6-4 5-7 8-6
Dot Stevenson/Gwyn Stevenson d. Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston 6-2 6-8 6-1
Mall Molesworth/Emily Westacott [3] d. Doris Mauger/Shirley Whittaker 4-6 6-2 6-4

Louie Bickerton/Nell Hopman [4] d. Truda Cox/G Coyne 6-1 6-4
Dot Bellamy/Sylvia Harper d. E Harry/A Scott 7-5 1-6 6-3
Nancy Chitty/Doreen Malcolm (SA) d. May Blick/Kath Woodward 6-2 6-0
Thelma Coyne/Dorothy Round [1] d Carnie/Alma Cox 6-4 4-6 6-2

Quarterfinals

Dearman/Lyle [2] d. Hoddle Wrigley/Rees 6-1 6-3
Molesworth/Westacott [3] d. Stevenson/Stevenson 6-3 6-3
Bickerton/Hopman [4] d. Bellamy/Harper 6-1 6-3
Coyne/Round [1] d. Chitty/Malcolm 6-2 6-0

Semifinals

Dearman/Lyle [2] d. Molesworth/Westacott [3] 6-4 6-4
Bickerton/Hopman [4] d. Coyne/Round [1] 6-2 6-4

Final
Dearman/Lyle [2] d. Bickerton/Hopman [4] 6-3 6-4*
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=24)

First Round

Dorothy Round (GB)/Fred Perry (GB) [1]-bye
Mall Molesworth/John Grinstad-bye
Emily Westacott/Ronald Cummings [8]-bye
Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull-bye
Evelyn Dearman (GB)/Enrique Maier (Sp) [4] d Dot Weston/A Knight 6-4 6-2
Birdie Bond/Vernon Kirby (SA) d Miranda Richardson/James Derham 6-3 6-4
Gar Moon/Shirley Whittaker [5]* d Truda Cox/Jack Harper 4-6 6-2 6-3
Sylvia Harper/Giogio de Stefani (Ity) d Nina Vickery/J Davidson default

Nell Hopman/Hary Hopman [2] d Doris Mauger/Timonthy Fitchett 7-5 6-2
Kath Woodward/Roderick Menzel (Cz) d Thora Chittick/William Ryan 6-3 6-3
Louie Bickerton/Christian Boussus (Frn) [7] d C McRae/Robert Vroland 6-1 6-3
May Blick/Jack Clemenger d C Rees/Colin McKenzie 4-6 6-2 6-2
Nancy Lyle (GB)/Adrian Quist [3]-bye
Gwyn Stevenson/Bert Tonkin-bye
Doreen Malcolm (SA)/Roy Malcolm (SA)-bye
Dot Bellamy/Toto Brugnon (Frn) [6]-bye

Second Round

Round/Perry [1] d Molesworth/Grinstead 6-3 6-3
Westacott/Cummings d Le Messurier/Cummings 3-6 6-4 6-3
Bond/Kirby d Dearman/Maier [4] 6-4 7-5
Whittaker/Moon [5] d Harper/Stefani 5-7 10-8 6-4

Woodward/Menzel d Hopman/Hopman [2] 6-3 6-2
Bickerton/Boussus [7] d Blick/Clemenger 6-2 6-4
Lyle/Quist [3] d G Stevenson/Tonkin 8-6 7-5
Malcolm/Malcolm d Bellamy/Brugnon [6] 6-4 8-6

Quarterfinals

Round/Perry [1] d Westacott/Cummings [8] 6-3 6-1
Bond/Kirby d Whittaker/Moon [5] 6-3 6-4
Bickerton/Boussus [7] d Woodward/Menzel 6-3 7-5
Lyle/Quist [3] d Malcolm/Malcolm 6-0 6-1

Semifinals

Round/Perry [1] d Bond/Kirby 4-6 6-4 6-3
Bickerton/Boussus [7] d Lyle/Quist [3] 6-4 11-9

Final
Dorothy Round/Fred Perry [1] d Louie Bickerton/Christian Boussus [7] 6-1 3-6 6-3

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Draw notes:

#2 seed Joan Hartigan withdrew due to flu. Originally slated to play doubles with Dorothy Round, her place in doubles is taken by Thelma Coyne.

Alma Cox=AC Cox

The doubles final was halted by darkness at one set apiece. The next day (Monday) it was restarted from scratch, the British pair winning in straights.

The #5 seeding for Whittaker/Moon is an educated guess. All the other mixed seedings have been confirmed. The Melbourne Argus lists only 4 seeds for the mixed, but the Aussie web site has seeds to #8.
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Summary:

Round becomes the first foreigner to walk away with the Aussie women's crown. The Wimbledon champ waltzed through until the final, in which she had to recover after dropping the first set. At 3-4 in the third Lyle had a chance at 0-40, but Round won 5 straight points and soon won.

Westacott had upset the British Dearman with her fearsome forehand, but it wasn't enough vs. Round in the semis.

It was a minor miracle the event was held at all. One week before, torrential rain had left Kooyong under 30 feet of water. The courts were deemed soggy but playable.

Dorothy Round came to Australia as the reigning Wimbledon champion having defeated Helen Jacobs in a memorable final when at 3 all in the third set, she had staked everything on an all out attack which carried her to victory. Australian fans saw a highly gifted all-court player. Her sweeping ground shots were hit flat and hard, her backhand being the stronger side and had fine touch for volleys and the dropshot. A Sunday school teacher and devoutly religious, she always refused to play on Sundays, a fact which caused French and American officials to undertake a bit of rescheduling when she was playing in their countries. It was not a problem in Australia, which did not yet condone public sport on the Sabbath.

Round won the championships of Victoria, New South Wales and came into the national titles in Melbourne a firm favorite, especially as the defending champion Joan Hartigan was absent through illness.

Round encountered graceful local girl May Blick in the quarterfinals, winning 6-4 6-0, her tardy start attributed by the press to Round's "weekend by the sea which had taken her mind off tennis". Also in the quarters, Nancy Lyle, another of the visiting British girls (daughter of British parliamentarian Sir Leonard Lyle, who had been a successful tournament player) was too good for Louie Bickerton 6-2 8-6. Bickerton had tried to out-drive Lyle in the first set before coming to the realization that Lyle, like Round, thrived on pace. She softballed her in the second set and reached set point at 5-4 before Lyle steadied to come through in straight sets.

Emily Westacott salvaged some honor for Australia by flummoxing another British girl Evelyn Dearman with her curling kicking serve to win 9-7 7-5. The Age reporter who covered the match commended Westacott for her "unorthodox joyous wallops" and added that the crowd cheered her to the end because they love "a gallant swatter".

Nell Hopman did her best in the semifinals against Lyle to wear down and frustrate the English girl with consistency. But Lyle held too great an edge in power and placement, though she did fall into Hopman's game of interminable backhand to backhand rallies in the second set, before scoring 6-1 7-5.

Westacott was plainly overawed by Round, not hitting out with her usual abandon. She did manage, however, to lead 4-2 in the first set before Round increased the length, speed and placement of her ground shots. The score of 6-4 6-2 accurately reflected the difference between the players on the day.

In the final, Round once again got off to a slow start, spraying her shots, moving sluggishly and experiencing difficulties with her ball toss on service. Lyle, at the peak of her form, took the first set 6-1. By the second set Round's much vaunted fitness was standing her good stead in the excessive heat, and she was winning almost all the vital points. At 3-all in the third set, Round showed her quality by overcoming a love-40 deficit on service. Lyle battled the match right out, but Round became the first foreign woman to win the Australian singles title 1-6 6-1 6-3.

Note that Mrs E Bond, md at least as far back as 1928, was a multiple winner of the Tasmanian Chmps

Summary Notes courtesy of Louloubelle and Rollo
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Sources:

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1936

Dates: January 20 to 27
Venue: Adelaide
Surface: Grass


Singles (Draw=24)

1st Round

Joan Hartigan [2] d Jean Wilson 6-2 9-7
Kath Woodward d. Betty Ward 6-2 6-3
Gwen Griffiths [7] d. Edna Collison 6-1 6-2
Truda Cox d. Yutha Thiemeyer 6-3 6-3
May Blick [5]-bye
Birdie Bond-bye
Joan Walters-bye
Dot Stevenson[4]-bye

Nell Hopman [3] d. Edie Niemeyer 6-4 6-0
Kath Le Messurier d. Mary Carter 6-0 6-1
Nancye Wynne [6] d. Pearl Stern 6-0 6-1
Dot Weston d. Ruby Skinner 6-2 6-2
May Hardcastle [8]-bye
Sadie Berryman-bye
Gwyn Stevenson-bye
Thelma Coyne [1]-bye


2nd Round

Hartigan [2] d Woodward 6-1 6-4
Griffiths [7] d Cox 6-3 4-6 6-3
Blick [5] d Bond 10-8 7-5
Walters d D Stevenson [4] 6-4 7-5

Hopman [3] d Le Messurier 6-2 6-3
Wynne [6] d Weston 6-0 4-6 7-5
Hardcastle [8] d Berryman 7-5 6-4
Coyne [1] d G Stevenson 6-1 6-2

Quarterfinals

Hartigan [2] d. Griffiths [7] 6-1 6-4
Blick [5] d. Walters 5-7 6-1 6-1
Wynne [6] d. Hopman [3] 3-6 6-3 6-4
Coyne [1] d. Hardcastle [8] 6-2 8-6

Semifinals

Hartigan [2] d. Blick [5] 7-5 6-3
Wynne [6] d. Coyne [1] 1-6 7-5 7-5

Final
Joan Hartigan [2] d. Nancye Wynne [6] 6-4 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=12)

1st Round

Joan Walters/Dot Weston[4]-bye
Dot Stevenson/Gwyn Stevenson-bye
Birdie Bond/Gwen O'Halloran d. Cherie Bubb/June Colless 6-2 4-6 6-3
Thelma Coyne/Nancye Wynne [2] d. Betty Ward/Jean Wilson 6-3 6-4

May Blick/Kath Woodward [3] d. May Hardcastle/Pearl Stern 6-2 4-6 7-5
Sadie Berryman/Truda Cox d. Gwen Griffiths/Kath Le Messurier 6-4 4-6 6-1
Mary Carter/Muff Wilson-bye
Joan Hartigan/Nell Hopman [1]-bye

Quarterfinals

Stevenson/Stevenson d. Walters/Weston [4] 6-3 6-0
Coyne/Wynne [2] d. Bond/O'Halloran 6-3 6-3
Blick/Woodward [3] d. Berryman/Cox 6-3 6-2
Hartigan/Hopman [1] d. Carter/Wilson default

Semifinals

Coyne/Wynne [2] d. Stevenson/Stevenson 6-4 8-6
Blick/Woodward [3] d. Hartigan/Hopman [1] 6-2 6-4

Final
Thelma Coyne/Nancye Wynne [2] d. May Blick/Kath Woodward [3] 6-2 6-4

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=14)

1st Round

Joan Hartigan/Gar Moon [2] d. Kath Le Messurier/RL Shephard 6-4 6-3
Birdie Bond/Gar Hone d Dot Stevenson/Ray Hone 2-6 6-4 8-6
Kath Woodward/W Stephen-bye
May Blick/Abel Kay d. Joan Walters/Don Turnbull [3] 6-2 6-1

Gwen Griffiths/Len Schwartz [4] d. May Hardcastle/John Grinstead 6-1 7-5
Nancye Wynne/Les Hancock d Dot Weston/SH Gifford 6-3 8-10 6-4
Gwyn Stevenson/Cliff Harvey d. Truda Cox/Alfred Chave 7-5 6-3
Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [1]-bye


Quarterfinals

Hartigan/Moon [2] d Bond/Hone 6-2 6-1
Blick/Kay d Woodward/Stephen 6-2 6-2
Griffiths/Schwartz [4] d Wynne/Hancock 11-9 8-6
Hopman/Hopman [1] d. Stevenson/Harvey 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Blick/Kay d. Hartigan/Moon [2] 7-5 6-2
Hopman/Hopman [1] d. Griffiths/Schwartz [4] 4-6 6-0 6-2

Final
Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [1] d. May Blick/Abel Kay 6-2 6-0

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Summary:
Hartigan's overseas experience (she was rated in the world's top 10 for 1935) was too much for her competition. Oddly, Hartigan was "discovered" by Herbert Edwards, the father of the very Vic Edwards who guided Evonne Goolagong to stardom.

Encouraged by another successful overseas tour in which she reached the Wimbledon semifinals by defeating titleholder Dorothy Round finally losing to Helen Wills Moody, Hartigan continued her domination of the Australian women's game. However the arrival of Nancye Wynne and Thelma Coyne pre-figured the end of her reign. Wynne and Coyne fought out a grueling semifinal. Wynne trailed 1-6 2-5 and survived four match points from 1-6 2-5 before getting out of jail 1-6 7-5 7-5. In the final analysis it was the high percentage of first serves in play which saved the day for Wynne.

Hartigan scored in straight sets over May Blick in the other semi.

High expectations were held for the final, but the inexperienced Wynne succumbed to nerves. Her forehand failed her; Hartigan's as usual did not. Hartigan found that keeping the ball in play and waiting for Wynne to fall into error sufficed to ensure a 6-4 6-4 victory.

Notes courtesy of louloubelle and Rollo
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Sources:
Early results courtesy of Andrew Tas.

Full list of seeds came from the Mercury:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/arti...nore*|||sortby

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1937

Dates: January 22nd
Venue: White City, Sydney
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=31)

1st Round

Nancye Wynne [2]-bye
Peggy Menzies d Dr Ella Hunt 8-6 6-1
Sadie Berryman d. Pearl Stern default
Gwen O'Halloran [7] d. Marjorie Moran 6-2 6-2

Thelma Coyne [3] d. Gwen Farrell 6-1 6-1
Gwyn Stevenson d. Muriel Wilson 3-6 9-7 6-4
Vera Selwin d. Beth Peach 6-1 6-1
May Hardcastle [8] d. Mary Carter 6-2 6-0

Emily Westacott [5] d. Dorothy Dingle 9-7 6-4
Olive Stebbing d. Alison Hattersley 9-7 6-4
Margaret Wilson d. Thelma Rice 7-5 4-6 6-3
Nell Hopman [4] d. Nina Vickery 6-1 6-0

Dot Stevenson [6] d. Connie Coate 6-0 9-7
Ida Webb d. Edna McColl 7-9 6-1 6-2
May Blick d Lavina Singleton default
Joan Hartigan [1] d. M Graham 7-5 6-3

2nd Round

Wynne [2] d. Menzies 6-0 6-4
Berryman d. O'Halloran [7] 6-4 6-1
Coyne [3] d. Stevenson 6-2 6-1
Selwin d. Hardcastle [8] 4-6 6-4 6-4

Westacott [5] d. Stebbing 6-2 6-1
Wilson d. Hopman [4] 6-4 10-8
Stevenson [6] d. Webb 6-4 7-5
Hartigan [1] d. Blick 6-2 6-1

Quarterfinals

Wynne [2] d. Berryman 6-0 6-1
Coyne [3] d. Selwin 6-1 6-1
Westacott [5] d. Wilson 7-5 8-6
Stevenson [6] d. Hartigan [1] 4-6 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Wynne [2] d. Coyne [3] 7-5 4-6 6-4
Westacott [5] d. Stevenson [6] 3-6 8-6 9-7

Final
Nancye Wynne d. Emily Westacott [5] 6-3 5-7 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=14)

1st Round

Thelma Coyne/Nancye Wynne [1]-bye
May Hardcastle/A Menzies d. Connie Coate/Gwen Farrell 6-3 7-5
Thelma Rice/Olive Stebbing d. Dot Stevenson/Gwyn Stevenson 0-6 6-1 6-4
Alison Hattersley/Vera Selwyn [4] d. Lavina Singleton/Pearl Stern 6-4 6-2

May Blick/Joan Hartigan [3] d. Edna McColl/Nina Vickery 6-4 6-2
Sylvia Harper/K Woodward d. Joan Lipscomb/Marjorie Moran 6-2 6-2
Dorothy Dingle/Muriel Wilson d. Helen Bowker/Beth Peach 6-3 2-6 6-0
Nell Hopman/Emily Westacott [2]-bye

Quarterfinals

Coyne/Wynne [1] d. Hardcastle/Menzies 6-3 6-4
Hattersley/Selwyn [4] d. Rice/Stebbing 6-4 6-4
Blick/Hartigan [3] d. Harper/Woodward 9-7 6-1
Hopman/Westacott [2] d. Dingle/Wilson 6-0 8-6

Semifinals

Coyne/Wynne [1] d. Hattersley/Selwyn [4] 6-4 3-6 6-3
Hopman/Westacott [2] d. Blick/Hartigan [3] 6-4 6-3

Final
Thelma Coyne/Nancye Wynne [1] d. Nell Hopman/Emily Westacott [2] 7-5 6-4
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=14)

1st Round

Dot Stevenson/Don Turnbull [2]-bye
Emily Westacott/J Gilchrist d. K Woodward/W Stephen 6-3 6-2
Joan Hartigan/Arthur Huxley [4] d. May Hardcastle/V Kelly 7-5 6-4
Thelma Rice/H Lewis d. Alison Hattersley/Les Hancock 6-4 8-6

May Blick/Neil Turvey d. Connie Coate/Norman Brimson 6-1 6-4
Nancye Wynne/Gar Moon [3] d. A Menzies/Max Bonner 2-6 6-2 6-3
Gwen O'Halloran/Len Schwartz d. Vera Selwyn/F Bennett 6-3 1-6 7-5
Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [1]-bye

Quarters

Stevenson/Turnbull [2] d Westacott/Gilchrist 2-6 6-0 6-1
Rice/Lewis d Hartigan/Huxley [4] 3-6 6-4 6-4
Wynne/Moon [3] d Blick/Turvey 6-1 6-2
Hopman/Hopman [1] d O'Halloran/Schwartz 6-2 6-4

Semifinals

Stevenson/Turnbull [2] d Rice/Lewis 6-3 6-3
Hopman/Hopman [1] d Wynne/Moon [3] 3-6 6-3 6-4

Final
Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [1] d. Dot Stevenson/Don Turnbull [2] 3-6 6-3 6-2
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Draw notes:

Thanks to GeeTee for pointing out that this was Margaret Wilson-not "Muff" Wilson.
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Summary:

Endless hours hitting balls on top of a Melbourne city building finally resulted in a national title for "Nonchalant Nancy".

No woman obtained greater dominance in Australian women's tennis in the pre-Margaret Smith years than Victoria's Nancye Bolton (nee Wynne). She was only 19 when she won her first Australian title in Sydney. Her weapons were a flat and hard first serve, a solid backhand, volleys and smash, however her wristy forehand was what lost or won her matches. She could disguise this shot crosscourt or down the line, but what she had in disguise she lost in consistency.

Defending champion Jean Hartigan "lost" her forehand in her quarterfinal against the dependable all-court game of Dot Stevenson to lose 4-6 6-3 6-4. Wynne thrashed a disinterested Sadie Berryman 6-0 6-1 and 18 year old Thelma Coyne beat Vera Selwin almost as badly 6-1 6-1. Emily Westacott completed the final quarterfinal match with a tight 7-5 8-6 win over Margaret Wilson who had upset Nell Hopman.

The head to head between Wynne and Coyne was 2 all. In retrospect this semifinal encounter between the two women who would dominate the local scene for years to come was pivotal for both their careers. It was a gargantuan struggle with the crucial game being the tenth of the 1st set, Coyne leading 5-4. Deuce was called 12 times. Seven times Coyne held set point, but couldn't clinch it. Wynne held on finally and won a desperately tight match 7-5 4-6 6-4. Wynne hit 38 outright winners and this time on always held a margin of superiority over Coyne.
It was another heartbreaker for Thelma, who lost last year's semi after having 4 match balls.

The other semi was just as tight with Westacott prevailing over Stevenson 3-6 8-6 9-7. In the first set Stevenson played inspired tennis, running down Westacott's deepest drives and tossing so deeply that when Westacott advanced to the net she was led to uncustomary errors on her smash. But as the match progressed a subtle shift of fortunes improved with the practice, while Stevenson wilted ever so slightly after so much scrambling and retrieving.

Anything might have happened in the final. Both players could be world-beaters one minute, 2nd raters the next. In fact it was a match of errors, but never dull, as the scores were so close. Westacott's experience enabled her to reach 4-2 in the third set, but it was Wynne who managed to rid her game of errors when it mattered most, and she won the first of her six Australian titles 6-3 5-7 6-4. All in all it was nip and tuck, and only Wynne's fighting qualities carried her through. Nancy recalls that afterward, "We had a rip-roaring party. Everyone got silly on lemonade and we didn't get to bed until 2 in the morning". Her coach and mentor Leo Guiney guided the best Aussie before Margaret Court from the age of 17 to 35. She never knew another coach.


Notes coutesy of louloubelle and Rollo.
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Sources:

Thanks to Andrew Tas for results

Seeds courtesy of Gee Tee from the Sydney Morning Herald 12 January 1937

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1938

Dates: January 21-31
Venue: Adelaide
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw of 24)

1st Round

Dodo Bundy(US) [1]-bye
Joan Walters-bye
May Hardcastle [8]-bye
May Blick-bye
Nell Hopman [6] d. Pearl Stern 6-1 6-2
Doris Mauger d. Connie Coate 6-1 0-6 6-4
Thelma Coyne [3] d. Val Woods 6-2 6-0
Gwen O'Halloran bye

Dot Stevenson [5] -bye
Emily Westacott-bye
Joan Hartigan [4]-bye
Nancy Chitty-bye
Nancye Wynne [2] d. Dot Weston 6-2 6-1
Nina Vickery d. Bird Bond 6-2 6-0
Dorothy Workman (US) [7] d. Gwyn Stevenson 6-1 6-3
Margaret Wilson d. Ruby Skinner 9-7 6-3

2nd Round

Bundy [1] d. Walters 6-3 8-6
Hardcastle [8] d. Blick default
Hopman [6] d. Mauger 6-2 6-1
Coyne [3] d. O'Halloran 6-3 6-4

Stevenson [5] d. Westacott 6-4 4-6 6-3
Hartigan [4] d. Chitty 7-5 6-2
Wynne [2] d. Vickery 6-4 6-3
Workman [7] d Wilson 6-2 6-1

Quarterfinals

Bundy [1] d. Hardcastle [8] 6-3 6-4
Hopman [6] d. Coyne [3] 6-4 6-2
Stevenson [5] d. Hartigan [4] 6-3 1-6 6-1
Wynne [2] d. Workman [7] 6-4 6-3

Semifinals

Bundy [1] d. Hopman [6] 6-2 6-3
Stevenson [5] d. Wynne [2] 6-3 6-3

Final
Dodo Bundy [1] d. Dot Stevenson [5] 6-3 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton/Thelma Coyne [2]-bye
Birdie Bond/Nina Vickery d. Nancy Chitty/Truda Cox 6-1 4-6 6-2
Nell Hopman/Dot Stevenson [3] d. Joan Walters/Dot Weston 7-5 6-2
May Hardcastle/Gwen O'Halloran d. Ruby Skinner/Val Woods 6-3 6-2

Dodo Bundy(US)/Dorothy Workman (US) [1] d. Doris Mauger/Gwyn Stevenson 6-1 8-6
Connie Coate/Kath Woodward d. Dorn McGill/Mrs JF McGill 6-0 6-1
Joan Hartigan/Emily Westacott [4]-bye
C Davies/Margaret Wilson-bye

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Coyne [2] d. Bond/Vickery 6-3 6-2
Hardcastle/O'Halloran d. Hopman/Stevenson [3] 6-3 6-4
Bundy/Workman [1] d. Coate/Woodward 6-1 6-4
Hartigan/Westacott [4] d. Davies/Wilson 6-1 3-6 6-2

Semifinals

Bolton/Coyne [2] d. Hardcastle/O'Halloran 6-2 6-1
Bundy/Workman [1] d. Hartigan/Westacott [4] 7-5 6-8 6-4

Final
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Coyne [2] d. Dodo Bundy/Dorothy Workman [1] 9-7 6-4


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Mixed Doubles (Draw=23)

1st Round

Dodo Bundy (US)/Don Budge (US) [1]-bye
Truda Cox/Tom Warhurst-bye
Nina Vickery/Max Bonnor-bye
Margaret Wilson/John Bromwich [7]-bye
Thelma Coyne/Jack Crawford [3] d Gwyn Stevenson/Lionel Brodie 6-0 7-5
May Hardcastle/Alfred Chave d Nancy Chitty/F Walsh 3-6 6-3 6-2
C Davies/Les Hancock d Joan Walters/Cliff Harvey 6-4 1-6 7-5
Dot Stevenson/Don Turnbull [5] d Dot Weston/F Bennett 6-0 4-6 6-1

Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [2] d. Mrs JF McGill/J McGill 6-1 6-0
Nancye Wynne/Colin Long-bye
Connie Coate/G Holland d. Birdie Bond/Harold Whillians 7-5 6-1
Emily Westacott/Gar Moon [8] d. Val Woods/Anthony Maggs 6-4 6-4

Dorothy Workman (US)/Gene Mako (US)[4]-bye
Kath Woodward/Jack Clemenger-bye
Gwen O'Halloran/Len Schwartz-bye
Joan Hartigan/Arthur Huxley [6]-bye


2nd Round

Bundy/Budge [1] d Cox/Warhurst 6-2 6-2
Wilson/Bromwich [7] d Vickery/Bonnor 6-1 8-6
Coyne/Crawford [3] d Hardcastle/Chave 6-0 6-3
Stevenson/Turnbull [5] d Davies/Hancock 6-3 7-5

Hopman/Hopman [2] d Coate/Holland 6-3 6-2
Wynne/Long d Westacott/Moon [8] 15-13 6-3
Workman/Mako [4] d Woodward/Clemenger 6-2 6-1
Hartigan/Huxley [6] d O'Halloran/Schwartz 3-6 9-7 6-2

Quarters


Wilson/Bromwich [7] d Bundy/Budge [1] 6-0 6-2
Coyne/Crawford [3] d Stevenson/Turnbull [5] 3-6 6-4 6-2
Wynne/Long d Hopman/Hopman [2] 6-3 6-2
Workman/Mako [4] d Hartigan/Huxley [6] 6-4 6-2

Semis

Wilson/Bromwich [7] d Coyne/Crawford [3] 5-7 6-4 6-4
Wynne/Long d Workman/Mako [4] 6-2 6-3

Final
Margaret Wilson/John Bromwich [7] d. Nancye Wynne/Colin Long 6-3 6-2

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No player was more bred in the purple for achievements on a tennis court than the 1938 winner Dorothy "Dodo" Bundy of USA. Her father was Tom Bundy, a former US Davis Cup player and US doubles winner and her mother was May Sutton a dual Wimbledon winner. If this wasn't enough, John Doeg, the US Champion of 1930 was her first cousin.
Invited to tour Australia with doubles partner Dorothy "Do" Workman, Dodo and Do entered the 1938 championships with confidence having tournaments in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne behind them.

Hardcastle had no opposition until QF as Blick withdrew (so recieved bye) before tournament started as couldn't make the trip to Adelaide.

South Australian Joan Waters gave Bundy a solid 6-3 8-6 workout in an early round, but the steadiness of Queenslander May Hardcastle lacked the punch and variety to trouble Bundy in the quarterfinals. In the other quarterfinals, Nell Hopman beat the unusually error-prone Thelma Coyne 6-4 6-2, Dot Stevenson broke down Joan Hartigan's weapon the forehand to win 6-3 1-6 6-1 and Nancye Wynne broke through Workman's serve/volley game 6-4 6-3.

Wynne seemed strangely casual and out-of-sorts, almost indifferent in her semi-final against Stevenson. As a result Stevenson scored an unexpected 6-3 6-3 victory. As she did against Hardcastle, Bundy handled the baseline consistency of another opponent, beating Nell Hopman 6-2 6-3.

Unfortunately Stevenson was unable to cope with the mental stress of facing Bundy in such a big match. Her fluency of stroke-making deserted her and only on the odd occasion did her trepidation subside sufficiently for her to display her talents. Bundy scored a simple 6-3 6-3 victory.
It was left to Thelma Coyne and Nancye Wynne to salvage something for Australia by winning the doubles final 9-7 6-4. The match was not, if we can believe a contempory newspaper account, awfully exciting.

Miss Bundy's style seemed dried up at the source, and Miss Workman usually fleet of foot and telling at the net – was kept hovering indeterminately by occassional lobs at, or near, the baseline. The American girls lost through lack of enterprise, the Australians won in spite of theirs. The same reporter declared that the end of the match was greeted with ironical cheers from a bored gallery. But such reaction was the exception to Bundy's tour – her gregarious personality and effervescent tennis made her a popular and worthy champion.

It proved to be Bundy's lone grand slam title. She's since made up for the lack of any others though, as she still plays and wins national titles in the 21st century! As of 2002. she has over 300 USTA titles.

Notes courtesy of louloubelle.


Thanks to Andrew Tas for results and AustinRunner for the seeds


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The draw and seeds
http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del...=dorothy+bundy

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1939

Dates: January 20-28
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=22)

1st Round

Emily Westacott [6]-bye
Margaret Wilson-bye
Connie Coate-bye
Nancye Wynne [1]-bye
Joan Hartigan [4]-bye
Edie Niemeyer d. Edith Tough (US) 6-0 6-4
Sadie Berryman [8] d. Audrey Lewin 6-3 6-3
Birdie Bond d. Dr Ella Hunt 6-1 3-6 6-3

Nell Hopman [3]-bye
Hazel Elliget-bye
May Hardcastle [7]-bye
Gwen O'Halloran-bye
Thelma Coyne [2] d. Joyce Lack 6-1 6-0
Pearl Stern d. Nancy Chitty 6-0 7-5
May Blick-bye
Dot Stevenson [5] d. Mavis Kerr (NZ) 6-0 6-0

2nd Round

Westacott [6] d. Wilson 8-6 6-3
Coate d. Wynne [1] 1-6 6-3 6-2
Hartigan [4] d. Niemeyer 6-2 6-1
Berryman [8] d. Bond 6-4 6-0

Hopman [3] d. Elliget 6-2 6-2
Hardcastle [7] d. O'Halloran 6-1 6-2
Coyne [2] d. Stern 6-2 6-4
Blick d. Stevenson [5] 4-6 6-4 6-4

Quarterfinals

Westacott [6] d. Coate 6-4 6-2
Hartigan [4] d. Berryman [8] 6-1 6-4
Hopman [3] d.Hardcastle [7] 6-3 6-3
Coyne [2] d. Blick 1-6 6-4 6-1

Semifinals

Westacott [6] d. Hartigan [4] 6-2 6-3
Hopman [3] d. Coyne [2] 6-3 6-4

Final

Emily Westacott [4] d. Nell Hopman [3] 6-1 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Nell Hopman/Dot Stevenson [2]-bye
Nancy Chitty/Connie Coate d. Dorn McGill/Eileen McGill default
May Hardcastle/Emily Westacott [4] d. Thora Geddes/Joan Pett 6-2 4-6 6-2
Sadie Berryman/Gwen O'Halloran d. Birdie Bond/Hazel Elliget 15-13 9-7

Thelma Coyne/Nancye Wynne [1] d. Dr Ella Hunt/Elaine Lovett 6-0 6-1
Joan Hartigan/Edie Niemeyer d. Audrey Lewin/Edith Tough (US) 6-3 6-2
May Blick/Margaret Wilson [3]-bye
Doris Mauger/Gwyn Stevenson-bye

Quarterfinals

Hopman/D Stevenson [2] d. Chitty/Coate 6-1 6-4
Hardcastle/Westacott [4] d. Berryman/O'Halloran 6-3 6-8 6-1
Coyne/Wynne [1] d. Hartigan/Niemeyer 6-4 1-6 6-1
Blick/Wilson [3] d. Mauger/G Stevenson 6-4 3-6 6-3

Semifinals

Hardcastle/Westacott [4] d. Hopman/D Stevenson [2] 6-2 6-4
Coyne/Wynne [1] d. Blick/Wilson [3] 6-0 6-3

Final

Thelma Coyne/Nancye Wynne [1] d. May Hardcastle/Emily Westacott [4] 7-5 6-4

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Margaret Wilson/John Bromwich [1] d May Hardcastle/Max Bonner 6-4 6-2
May Blick/George Holland d. Gwen O'Halloran/Les Hancock 2-6 6-4 8-6
Nancye Wynne/Colin Long [4] d Joan Hartigan/Bert Tonkin 6-2 5-7 6-2
Sadie Berryman/Gar Moon d. Birdie Bond/Norman Wasley 6-2 6-4

Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [2] d. Edie Niemeyer/Geoff Wilkinson 6-2 6-3
Dot Stevenson/Don Turnbull d. Thora Geddes/Jack Clemenger 6-4 6-4
Nancy Chitty/Lionel Brodie d. Thelma Coyne/Len Schwartz [3] 2-6 6-3 9-7
Emily Westacott/James Gilchrist d. Edith Tough (US)/Viv McGrath 6-4 6-2


Quarterfinals

Wilson/Bromwich [1] d Blick/Holland 6-4 7-5
Wynne/Long [4] d Berryman/Moon 6-4 7-9 6-2
Hopman/Hopman [2] d D Stevenson/Turnbull 7-5 6-4
Westacott/Gilchrist d Chitty/Brodie 6-2 6-2

Semifinals

Wilson/Bromwich [1] d. Wynne/Long [4] 6-4 0-6 7-5
Hopman/Hopman [2] d. Westacott/Gilchrist 6-1 3-6 6-1

Final

Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [2] d. Margaret Wilson/John Bromwich [1] 6-8 6-2 6-3

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Draw notes: --(thanks to Gee Tee for providing us with invaluable information here)

Sadie Berryman later married South Australia player Max Newcombe.
Mrs Hazrel Elliget= nee Hazel Cocking
Thora Geddes=Mrs T Geddes (nee Chittick)
Dorn McGill (QLD) (Mrs Ted Fogarty from 1946)-McGill played doubles here with her mother, Mrs JF McGill
Edith Tough (B Tough) is 'former junior tennis champion of New Jersey, New York State and Southern California'

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Summary:

Dorothy Bundy admired Westacott's play, and said she'd be a sensation in America. The phrase used to describe Westacott's play was "She smote and spared not." Westacott's best shot was her inside-out forehand, with a Western grip, "which she hit harder and more accurately than anyone in Australian tennis, male or female". She had a superb kick serve, and a good backhand drive. Her overhead was "devastating", and reputed to be "as severe as Gerald Patterson's".

However, she was inconsistent. And, unfortunately, she never had the opportunity to play overseas.

Everybody agreed that the most exciting and dynamic Australian player of the 1930's was Emily Westacott. Her aim to hit the cover off the ball, aim for the lines and to play tennis like a man, when women players outside of the US tended to take their feminity on court with them, made her a crowd delight. In the Australian 1930 girls' final, the crowds nearly left the stands empty during the concurrent mens final of Harry Hopman vs. Gar Moon to watch Em play! When Dorothy Bundy saw her play she expressed unbounded admiration and said that Westacott would be a sensation in America. Unforunately she never had the opportunity to play overseas, unforunately, she had as many off-days as on days. Not that she was ever disconcerted, she had the endearing habit of laughing at her own mistakes.

Armed with a fearsome western off-forehand, superb kicking serve, solid backhand and a devasting overhead, Westacott as usual went into the championships underplayed. With Queensland tennis season concluding in September and Westacott rarely coming south before the championships, she always was at a disadvantage.

The critics conceded it was anybody's event that year. Wynne and Coyne had returned from their overseas tour down on form. Therefore no one was too surprised when Connie Coate def. Wynne 1-6 6-3 6-2. Wynne looked jaded and in need of a lengthy spell from the game.

In the quarterfinals Westacott stopped Coate's run, used the drop-shot as well as her cracking drives to win 6-4 6-2. Joan Hartigan was back to her early 1930's form defeating Sadie Berryman 6-1 6-4. Nell Hopman won the baseline duel over May Hardcastle. May Blick who had already defeated last year's finalist Dot Stevenson almost added the scalp of Thelma Coyne. Blick took the first set with a daring net attack and a series of put-away volleys which brought loud applause from the gallery. At 4-all in the second set, with victory in sight, a vital line call went against the highly-strung Blick, and the match was gone. 1-6 6-4 6-1 to Coyne.

In the semifinals people saw a new side to Westacott. Sensing that this might be her year, she did something she rarely did, toned down the aggression of her game. Battling a treacherous wind, Westacott played within her limits whereas her opponent Hartigan had tremendous trouble with her high ball toss and backhand. Westacott won through to her second final, 6-2 6-3.

Nell Hopman was a frustrating opponent for someone like Thelma Coyne. Coyne knew at her best she could handle Hopman comfortably. Just an iota below her best however, and Hopman would steal the match from her. Sometimes the worry of it all could take the edge off Coyne's game. Hopman, as consistent as ever, and using her topspin lob to good effect, repeated her previous year's quarterfinal win 6-3 6-4.

What promised to be a classic encounter between the adventurous and the dour, the attacker and defender, the flamboyant and the predictable turned into a massacre. Time and time again Westacott ran Hopman out of court and then belted a clean winner into the vacant space. Hopman endeavoured to keep the ball deep but Westacott hit winners everywhere. Hopman chased everything hoping the storm would pass but it only intensified. Westacott won the Australian title, without dropping a set, 6-1 6-2.

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Sources:

Thanks to Andrew Tas for results and seeds

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1940

Dates: January 19-29
Venue: Lawn Tennis Ground, Rushcutter Bay,Sydney
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=19)

1st Round

Gwen O'Halloran [7] d. M Manzie 6-0 6-0
Alison Hattersley [6] d. Mary Chapman 6-1 6-2
Edie Niemeyer d. Mrs K Gosbell 6-2 6-4


2nd Round

Nancye Wynne[1] d. B Griffiths 6-0 6-0
O'Halloran [7] d. Olive Stebbing 6-1 9-7
Joan Hartigan[5] d. M Brooker 6-1 6-2
May Hardcastle[4] d. Audrey Lewin 6-2 18-16

Thelma Coyne[2] d. Joan Burke 6-0 6-1
Connie Coate [8] d. Joyce Lack 6-2 6-8 6-3
Nell Hopman [3] d. J Clarke 6-0 6-1
Hattersley [6] d. Niemeyer 6-1 4-6 8-6

Quarterfinals

Wynne[1] d. O'Halloran [7] 6-0 6-3
Hartigan[5] d. Hardcastle[4] 6-2 6-3
Coyne[2] d. Coate [8] 6-1 6-3
Hopman [3] d. Hattersley [6] 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Wynne[1] d. Hartigan[5] 6-0 3-6 6-1
Coyne[2] d. Hopman [3] 6-4 2-6 6-3

Final
Nancye Wynne[1] d. Thelma Coyne[2] 5-7 6-4 6-0

Junior Girls Final: JB Wood d G Fischer 6-2 6-1
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Doubles (Draw=11)


1st Round

May Hardcastle/Nell Hopman [2]-bye
Rosemary Rees/Kath Woodward-bye
Joan Hartigan/Edie Niemeyer [4] d. Mary Chapman/P Searl 6-1 6-3
Doris Mauger/Gwen O'Halloran d. Clare Proctor/Thelma Rice unknown score or default

Nancye Bolton/Thelma Coyne [1] d. J Clark/J Lack default
Vivienne Berg/Dorothy Jenkins-bye
Alison Hattersley/Olive Stebbing[3]-bye
Connie Coate/Audrey Lewin-bye

Quarterfinals

Rees/Woodward d. Hardcastle/Hopman [2] 9-7 3-6 6-4
Hartigan/Niemeyer [4] d. Mauger/O'Halloran 7-5 6-2
Bolton/Coyne [1] d. Berg/Jenkins unknown score or default
Hattersley/Stebbing [3] d. Coate/Lewin 6-2 6-1

Semifinals

Hartigan/Niemeyer [4] d. Rees/Woodward 7-5 6-4
Bolton/Coyne [1] d. Hattersley/Stebbing [3] 6-2 6-3

Final
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Coyne [1] d. Joan Hartigan/Edie Niemeyer [4] 7-5 6-2
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Joan Hartigan/Viv McGrath [2] d Alison Hattersley/Les Hancock 6-4 6-4
Olive Stebbing/James Gilchrist d Rosemary Rees/Max Newcombe 6-4 6-2
Nancye Wynne/Colin Long [4] d Gwen O'Halloran/Fred Bennett 6-1 6-3
Edie Niemeyer/Bill Sidwell d Kath Woodward/Max Bonner 6-3 6-4

Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [1] d. Clare Proctor/Ronald Cummings 6-2 6-4
Mary Chapman/Don Turnbull d Connie Coate/Harold Whillians 6-2 6-3
Audrey Lewin/Roy Felan d Thelma Rice/Arthur Huxley default
May Hardcastle/John Bromwich d Joan Clark/R Henry default

Quarterfinals

Hartigan/McGrath [2] d Stebbing/Gilchrist 6-3 6-2
Wynne/Long [4] d Niemeyer/Sidwell 6-3 6-3
Hopman/Hopman [1] d Chapman/Turnbull 6-4 6-2
Hardcastle/Bromwich d Lewin/Felan 6-2 4-6 6-1

Semifinals

Wynne/Long [4] d Hartigan/McGrath [2] 4-6 6-4 6-3
Hopman/Hopman [1] d Hardcastle/Bromwich 9-7 5-7 6-2

Final
Nancye Wynne/Colin Long [4] d Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman [1] 7-5 2-6 6-4
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Draw notes:

J Clarke from Tasmania according to the Sydney Herald

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Summary:

All 8 seeds reached quarters. Supposedly, there were "no surprises" other than Hartigan defeating Hardcastle. Hattersley narrowly survived Niemwyer and her deadly forehand, drawing up from 0-5 down in the third (and 4 match points at 2-5) to stage a brilliant comeback.

Nancye Bolton won the singles title in 1940. It was relatively uneventful until the semifinals apart from a minor upset in the quarterfinals from no. 5 Hartigan defeating no. 4 May Hardcastle 6-2 6-3.

Thelma Coyne who always had trouble with Nell Hopman scrapped through in a see-sawing semifinal 6-4 2-6 6-3. Wynne, except for a lapse of concentration in the second set, hit with great pace and accuracy to defeat Hartigan 6-0 3-6 6-1.

The final was played in excessive heat and humidity. Numerous fans were seen in sunglasses-a new vogue. According to the Sydney Herald Nancye started with "a flood of errors." Coyne won the first set 7-5, after having to leave the court for a few minutes at 5-4. She reached 3-0 in the 2nd and seemed set for victory, but her stamina began to fail her. Wynne pulled up to 3 all; Coyne went to 4-3, but that was final effort. Wynne lifted her play against her flagging opponent and took the last nine games to win 5-7 6-4 6-0.

Wynne got in trouble for hitting a ball into the gallery, which happened to land near the Governor of New South Wales. The President of the LTAA rebuked her, and said that if the team about to tour New Zealand had been an official one, she'd have been debarred.

In doubles Rees and Woodward hit a "purple patch" to oust the #2 seeds.
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Sources:

The Sydney Morning Herald
Thanks to Andrew Tas for the results and Austinrunner for the seeding.

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1946

Dates: January 19-29
Venue: Memorial Drive, Adelaide
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=23)


1st Round

Nell Hopman [2]-bye
Mary Bevis-bye
Alison Hattersley [6]-bye
Marie Toomey-bye
Thelma Long [3] d Sybil Sheidow 6-2 6-1
Emily Niemeyer d Josephine Spehr-Jones 6-1 6-3
Joyce Fitch [8] d Marjorie Stevens 6-2 6-2
Joyce Traeger d Dot Moran 6-2 6-3

Nancye Bolton [1] d Doreen Cock 6-1 6-1
Clare Proctor d Valerie Pellew 6-2 6-3
Dulcie Whittaker [7] d Barbara Cane 6-0 6-1
Pat Jones-bye
Joan Hartigan [4]-bye
Dorn McGill-bye
Connie Wilson [5]-bye
Gwen Thiele-bye

2nd Round

Hopman [2] d Bevis 6-4 6-4
Toomey d Hattersley [6] 5-7 7-5 6-3
Long[3] d Niemeyer 6-1 6-3
Fitch[8] d Traeger 6-0 6-1

Bolton [1] d Proctor 6-2 6-2
Whittaker [7] d Jones 6-2 6-4
Hartigan [4] d McGill 4-6 6-4 6-2
Wilson [5] d Thiele 6-4 6-4

Quarterfinals

Toomey d. Hopman [2] 6-2 4-6 6-3
Fitch [8] d. Long [3] 6-2 6-4
Bolton [1] d. Whittaker [7] 6-2 6-2
Wilson [5] d. Hartigan [4] 6-2 8-6

Semifinals

Fitch [8] d. Toomey 7-5 6-4
Bolton [1] d. Wilson [5] 6-2 6-1

Final

Nancye Bolton [1] d. Joyce Fitch [8] 6-4 6-4

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Junior Final
Shirley Grant d. Norma Reid 6-3 6-0

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Doubles (Draw=11)

1st Round

Nancy Bolton/Thelma Long [1]-bye
Pat Lewis/Sybil Sheidow-bye
Pat Jones/Clare Proctor d. Joan Gent/Marjorie Stevens 6-0 6-3
Joan Hartigan/Alison Hattersley [4] d. Dot Moran/GwenThiele 10-8 6-2

Mary Bevis/Joyce Fitch [2] d. Barbara Cane/Joyce Traeger 6-1 6-2
Marie Toomey/Connie Wilson-bye
Dorn McGill/Edie Niemeyer-bye
Nell Hopman/Dulcie Whittaker [3]-bye

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Long [1] d. Lewis/Sheidow 6-2 6-0
Hartigan/Hattersley [4] d. Jones/Proctor 6-2 4-6 8-6
Mary Bevis/Fitch [2] d. Toomey/Wilson 6-4 6-4
Hopman/Whittaker [3] d. McGill/Niemeyer 6-4 6-3

Semifinals

Bolton/Long [1] d. Hartigan/Hattersley [4] 6-2 6-3
Mary Bevis/Fitch [2] d. Hopman/Whittaker [3] 6-2 5-7 6-1

Final
Mary Bevis/Joyce Fitch [2] d. Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long [1] 9-7 6-4
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=17)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton/Colin Long [2] d Valerie Pellow/David Davidson 6-0 6-2

2nd Round

Bolton/Long [2] d Gwen Thiele/Bill Sidwell 3-6 6-1 6-3
Joan Hartigan/Bob McCarthy d Edie Niemeyer/Pat Callaghan 5-7 6-1 6-3
Mary Bevis/Geoff Brown d Marie Toomey/Ken Slater 8-6 6-2
Clare Proctor/Don Turnbull d Dot Moran/Lionel Brodie 6-1 6-4

Joyce Fitch/John Bromwich [1] d Dulcie Whittaker/Peter Molloy 6-2 7-5
Jean Wilson/Max Newcombe d. Dorn McGill/Eric Maidens 3-6 6-4 6-4
Pat Jones/J Harper d. Alison Hattersley/Jack Heathcoate 8-6 4-6 6-3
Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman d. Barbara Cane/Tom Warhurst 6-2 3-6 6-4

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Long [2] d Hartigan/McCarthy 9-7 6-2
Bevis/Brown d Proctor/Turnbull 6-3 6-4
Fitch/Bromwich [1] d Wilson/Newcombe 6-1 6-2
Hopman/Hopman d Jones/Harper 4-6 8-6 9-7

Semifinals

Bolton/Long [2] d Bevis/Brown 6-4 5-7 6-4
Fitch/Bromwich [1] d Hopman/Hopman 6-1 6-3

Final
Nancye Bolton/Colin Long [2] d. Joyce Fitch/John Bromwich [1] 6-0 6-4

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Draw notes:

The draw is in exact draw order.

All names known.

Mrs Ray J Cock=Doreen, nee Fleet.
The Melbourne Argus uses "Claire" (not Clare) Proctor. They are in error.
HT Warhurst=Tom Warhurst
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Summary:

No foreigners in the field, not surprising with World War II having ended a few months before the event.

Nancye Wynne (Bolton), Connie Coate (Wilson), and Thelma Coyne (Long) all got married during the war. Bolton's husband was killed in an air raid over Cologne, leaving her alone to raise daughter Pamela.

When competitive tennis resumed after the war only Bolton of the old brigade survived the quarterfinals in Adelaide. Long, Hopman and Hartigan all lost in quarterfinals. In the semis Bolton defeated Wilson 6-2 6-2 while Fitch using the lob to great effect beat Toomey 7-5 6-4.

Fitch battled hard in the final despite her weaker array of shots. Her speed around the court and ability to retrieve Bolton's fiercest shots kept her in the match, but Bolton prevailed 6-4 6-4.

Total attending was 35,000. Played in terrific heat, the temps reached 105° F in the shade!
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1947

Dates: January 17 to 27.
Venue: White City Courts, Rushcutter Bay, Sydney
Surface: Grass



Singles (Main Draw=32)

Qualifying

Mrs R Mills d Nancy Rudge ????

1st Round

Nancye Bolton [1] d Dorothy Jenkins 6-1 6-2
Dawn Fogarty d. Barbara Laurie 6-1 6-0
Mary Bevis [7] d. Gwen Bryant 6-1 6-1
Gwen Thiele d. Lavina Mills 6-0 6-3
Sadie Newcombe [4] d. Marcia Weimers 6-0 6-0
Marie Toomey d. Ann Chamberlain 7-5 6-2
Pat Jones [5] d. Valda Ashford 7-5 3-6 6-2
Noel Martin d. Sybil Sheidow 6-2 9-7

Thelma Long [2] d. Beryl Hobbs 7-5 6-2
Joan Hartigan d. Fay Chamberlain 6-2 6-2
Connie Wilson [8] d. Dawn Kent 6-1 6-1
Clare Proctor d. Joyce Traeger 6-4 6-2
Joyce Fitch [3] d. Phyllis Finn 6-2 6-3
Dulcie Whittaker d. Joan Charlier 6-1 6-2
Nell Hopman [6] d. Esme Ashford 6-0 6-1
Alison Hattersley d. Helen Taylor 6-2 6-4

2nd Round

Bolton [1] d. Fogarty 6-2 6-3
Bevis [7] d. Thiele 6-2 6-2
Toomey d. Newcombe [4] 3-6 6-3 6-4
Jones [5] d. Martin 6-2 6-2

Long [2] d. Hartigan 6-0 6-1
Wilson [8] d. Proctor 8-6 9-7
Fitch [3] d. Whittaker 9-7 6-4
Hopman [6] d. Hattersley 6-2 6-3

Quarterfinals

Bolton [1] d. Bevis [7] 6-3 6-1
Jones [5] d. Toomey 7-5 2-6 7-5
Long [2] d. Wilson [8] 6-2 6-4
Hopman [6] d. Fitch [3] 6-2 2-6 6-0

Semifinals

Bolton [1] d. Jones [5] 6-2 6-1
Hopman [6] d. Long [2] 6-4 6-1

Final
Nancye Bolton[1] d. Nell Hopman[6] 6-3 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1] d. Hughes/S Solomon default
Joan Hartigan/Alison Hattersley d. Fay Chamberlain/Greta Schultz 6-0 6-2
Pat Jones/Clare Proctor[4] d. Phyllis Finn/Helen Taylor 6-1 6-1
Marie Toomey/Dulcie Whittaker d. Beryl Hobbs/Dorothy Jenkins 5-7 7-5 6-1

Mary Bevis/Joyce Fitch[2] d. Esme Ashford/Valda Ashford 7-5 3-6 6-4
Dawn Fogarty/Norma Martin d. Sybil Sheidow/JoyceTraeger 6-1 6-0
Nell Hopman/Connie Wilson[2] d. Joan Charlier/B O'Donnell 6-2 6-1
Gwen Bryant/Dawn Kent d. Sadie Newcombe/Gwen Thiele 2-6 7-5 6-4

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Long[1] d. Hartigan/Hattersley 6-2 6-3
Jones/Proctor[4] d. Toomey/Whittaker 7-5 4-6 7-5
Bevis/Fitch[2] d. Fogarty/Martin 0-6 6-3 6-1
Hopman/Wilson[2] d. Bryant/Kent 6-4 6-2

Semifinals

Bolton/Long[1] d. Jones/Proctor[4] 6-3 6-3
Bevis/Fitch[2] d. Hopman/Wilson[2] 6-2 4-6 6-1

Final
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1] d. Mary Bevis/Joyce Fitch[2] 6-3 6-3
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=20)


1st Round

Helen Taylor/Bob Howe d Beryl Hobbs/Don Rocavert 3-6 6-1 6-3
Gwen Bryant/J Matthews d. Dulcie Whittaker/H Jurd 6-4 7-5
Nancye Bolton/Colin Long [2] d. Gwen Thiele/H Rode 6-4 6-1
Marie Toomey/Bill Sidwell [4] d. Dawn Fogarty/Eric Maidens 6-1 6-2

2nd Round

Joyce Fitch/John Bromwich [1] d Valda Ashford/H Skennar 6-2 6-2
Esme Ashford/Jack Gilchrist d Noel Martin/Pat Callaghan 7-5 6-2
Dorothy Jenkins/Bob McCarthy d Nell Hopman/Bill Talbert (US) [3] default
Taylor/Howe d Bryant/Matthews 7-5 6-4

Bolton/Long [2] d Phyllis Finn/Roy Phelan 7-5 6-2
Pat Jones/Jack Dart d Marcia Weimers/A Donlon 6-3 6-4
Mary Bevis/Tom Brown (US) d Sadie Newcombe/Eric Stewart 6-2 7-5
Clare Proctor/Frank Sedgeman d Toomey/Sidwell [4] default

Quarterfinals

Fitch/Bromwich [1] d E Ashford/Gilchrist 6-3 6-1
Jenkins/McCarthy d. Taylor/Howe 6-3 7-5
Bolton/Long [2] d. Jones/Dart 6-4 6-3
Bevis/Brown d. Prcotor/Sedgman 6-4 6-0

Semifinals

Fitch/Bromwich [1] d Jenkins/McCarthy 6-1 7-5
Bolton/Long [2] d Bevis/Brown 7-5 6-0

Final
Nancye Bolton/Colin Long [2] d. Joyce Fitch/John Bromwich [1] 6-3 6-3

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Draw notes:

Mrs Maurice Long=Thelma Long (nee Coyne)
Noel Martin (according to Sydney Herald) is from Queensland. The Aussie site uses "Norma". The Herald goes on to relate how she is a schoolmistress for the Prebsbyterian Girl's School in Warwick.
Mrs R Mills of Queensland=Lavina Mills, nee Singleton
Mrs Max Newcombe= Sadie Necombe (nee Berriman)
Mrs Ray Thiele=Gwen Thiele
Wiemers from Queensland
Mrs Jim Wilson=

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Summary:

The old brigade were back in charge in 1947. Hopman made light of her 37 years defeating Fitch 6-2 2-6 6-0. It was Fitch who visibly wilted in the final set. Bolton thrashed Bevis and Long also won through to the semis. The remaining qtrfinal produced one of the greatest recoveries in the history of the event. Pat Jones of NSW came back from 0-5 0-30 in the 3rd set against Toomey to win 7-5 2-6 7-5.

Jones wasn't able to reproduce the miracle against Bolton and Hopman had a surprisingly easy match over Coyne. Hopman tried everything she knew in the final, all to no avail. Bolton took her 4th title 6-3 6-2. The singles finals were windy, with 7,000 coming out to witness the action.

In the mixed Bill Sidwell caused a stir by defaulting in the mixed doubles-an event where he and partner Marie toomey were the #4 seeds. Sidwell cited having to play a the mixed as a second match on the same day. He said he played the first mixed match merely for practice. While officials were aghast at the action, he must have had a measure of understanding from Toomey, who gave her consent to the forfeit.
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Sources:

The Sydney Morning Herald

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1948

Dates: January 16 to 26
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=28)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton [1]-bye
Viola Earle-bye
Norma Martin d. Dulcie Whittaker[6] default
Jill Tuckfield d. Gwen Thiele 3-6 9-7 6-4
Mary Bevis [3] d. Bernice Murphy 6-2 6-2
Joyce McDermott d. Veronica Lihehan 6-0 6-0
Nell Hopman[6] d. Greta Schultz 6-0 6-0
Alison Baker d. Helen Taylor 6-4 8-6

Dorothy Jenkins d. Denise Radford 6-3 6-0
Pat Jones [5] d. Shirley Jackson 6-0 6-2
Dot Moran d. P Longton 6-2 6-1
Marie Toomey [4] d. I Griffiths 6-0 6-0
Esme Ashford d. Fay Chamberlain 6-2 4-6 6-2
Sadie Newcombe [7] d. Sylvia Johnston 6-1 6-1
Clare Proctor-bye
Thelma Long [2]-bye

2nd Round

Bolton [1] d. Earle 6-0 6-0
Tuckfield d. Martin 7-5 6-3
Bevis [3] d. McDermott 6-2 6-4
Hopman [6] d. Baker 6-1 6-3

Jenkins d. Jones [5] 3-6 6-3 6-4
Toomey [4] d. Moran default
Ashford d. Newcombe[7] 6-0 4-6 7-5
Proctor d. Long[2] default

Quarterfinals

Bolton [1] d. Tuckfield 6-2 6-0
Bevis [3] d. Hopman[6] 7-5 6-4
Toomey [4] d. Jenkins 8-6 6-3
Ashford d. Proctor 6-1 6-0

Semifinals

Bolton [1] d. Bevis [3] 6-3 6-4
Toomey [4]d. Ashford 4-6 7-5 6-4

Final
Nancye Bolton [1] d. Marie Toomey [4] 6-3 6-1
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Doubles (Draw=15)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1] d. Fay Chamberlain/Mary McFarlene 6-1 6-0
Clare Proctor/Jill Tuckfield d. Sylvia Jackson/Veronica Linehan 6-2 6-4
Nell Hopman/Joyce McDermott[4] d. P Longton/Loris Nichols 6-2 6-1
Dorothy Jenkins/Sadie Newcombe d. I Griffiths/Bernice Murphy 6-0 6-3

Esme Ashford/Alison Baker d. Joan Egar/Josephine Spehr-Jones default
Marie Toomey/Dulcie Whittaker[3] d. Norma Martin/Helen Taylor 6-2 6-8 6-2
Dot Moran/Gwen Thiele d. Gloria Blair/B Bligh 6-3 7-5
Mary Bevis/Pat Jones[2]-bye

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Long[1] d. Proctor/Tuckfield 6-2 6-1
Hopman/McDermott[4] d. Jenkins/Newcombe 7-5 6-0
Ashford/Baker d. Toomey/Whittaker[3] 6-0 7-9 6-3
Bevis/Jones[2] d. Moran/Thiele default

Semifinals

Bolton/Long[1] d. Hopman/McDermott[4] 7-5 6-4
Bevis/Jones[2] d. Ashford/Baker 10-8 3-6 6-4

Final
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1] d. Mary Bevis/Pat Jones[2] 6-3 6-3
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

Qualifying Round
Sadie Newcombe/Maurice Newcombe d. Denise Radford/M Murrell 6-2 6-1
Dorothy Jenkins/Frank Lonergan d. Bernice Murphy/R Harrison 6-1 9-7

1st Round

Nancye Bolton/Colin Long d. Helen Taylor/Bob Howe 6-1 6-3
Mary Bevis/Arthur Liddle d. Norma Martin/Percy Gaydon 6-3 6-1
Pat Jones/Tom Warhurst d. Dorothy Jenkins/Frank Lonergan [Q] 6-4 6-1
Nell Hopman/Frank Sedgman d. Viola Earle/Norman Wasley 6-2 6-1

Thelma Long/Bill Sidwell d. Shirley Jackson/Ron Reid 6-2 6-1
Joyce McDermott/Eric Stewart d. Jill Tuckfield/Peter Molloy 2-6 6-3 6-2
Esme Ashford/R McCarthy d. Gwen Thiele/Keith Rogers 8-6 6-4
Sadie Newcombe/Max Newcombe [Q] d Williams/Donald Tregonning 6-2 6-2

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Long d. Bevis/Liddle 6-0 7-5
Jones/Warhurst d. Hopman/Sedgman 6-2 6-4
Long/Sidwell d. McDermott/Stewart 6-3 8-6
Ashford/McCarthy d. Newcombe/Newcombe 6-2 6-2


Semifinals
Bolton/Long d. Jones/Warhurst 3-6 6-4 6-2
Long/Sidwell d. Ashford/McCarthy 6-0 6-4


Final
Nancye Bolton/Colin Long d Thelma Long/Bill Sidwell 7-5 4-6 8-6

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Summary:

Ashford one of 3 tennis-playing sisters. Led Toomey 3-0 in 2nd set, and 4-2 in 3rd.

Bolton took her 4th successive title in Melbourne without dropping a set. She returned from overseas with a quarter final finish at Wimbledon and a semifinal at Forest Hills. Louise Brough was her nemesis on both occassions, particularly after Bolton squandered a lead of 5-2 and 40-0 in the 3rd set of the Forest Hills match.

Bolton faced Toomey in the final who was totally outclassed. Her backhand was exposed as inadequate and she could find neither the length, or the direction to keep Bolton at bay. Bolton took only 33 minutes to win 6-3 6-1.

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1949

Dates: January 22 to 31.
Venue: Memorial Drive, Adelaide
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=30)

1st Round

Doris Hart (US) [1]-bye
Dorothy Moran d. D Mason 6-1 6-1
Dulcie Whittaker [8] d. Sybil Sheidow 6-1 6-2
Clare Proctor d. Gwen Thiele 8-6 6-2
Joyce Fitch [4] d. Fay Chamberlain 6-3 6-1
Alison Baker d. Marjory Williams default
Esme Ashford[7] d. Joy Strickland default
Marie Toomey d. C Nottage 6-1 6-0

Nell Hopman d. Rosemary Thomas 6-1 6-0
Sadie Newcombe[6] d. Helen Taylor 6-1 6-1
Ellen Warnock d. Joyce Traeger 6-4 6-4
Thelma Long[3] d. Bettie Redwood 6-2 6-2
Beverley Mance d. E Richardson 6-3 6-3
Mary Hawton[5] d. Patricia Parkinson default
Dorothy Jenkins d. B Bennett 6-1 6-0
Nancye Bolton[2]-bye

2nd Round

Hart [1] d. Moran 6-3 6-2
Whittaker [8] d. Procter 6-4 6-1
Baker d. Fitch [4] 6-3 6-4
Toomey d. Ashford [7] 4-6 6-2 6-4

Newcombe [6] d. Hopman 5-7 6-3 6-0
Long [3] d. Warnock 6-2 6-1
Hawton [5] d. Mance 6-2 6-4
Bolton [2] d. Jenkins 6-1 6-2

Quarterfinals

Hart [1] d. Whittaker [8] 6-3 3-6 6-2
Baker d. Toomey 6-3 1-6 6-3
Long [3] d. Newcombe [6] 6-0 6-3
Bolton [2] d. Hawton [5] 6-1 6-1

Semifinals

Hart[1] d. Baker 6-3 6-1
Bolton[2] d. Long[3] 6-4 6-2

Final
Doris Hart (US) [1] d. Nancye Bolton[2] 6-3 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=14)

1st Round

Doris Hart/Marie Toomey[2]-bye
Alison Baker/B Bennett d. Patricia Parkinson/Joy Strickland default
Joyce Fitch/Clare Proctor[3] d. Bettie Redwood/RosemaryThomas 6-0 6-4
Nell Hopman/Dlucie Whittaker d. Sybil Sheidow/Joyce Traeger 6-1 6-1

Dorothy Jenkins/Sadie Newcombe d. Beverley Mance/Marjorie Williams 3-6 6-1 6-1
Esme Ashford/Mary Hawton[4] d. Helen Angwin/E Richardson 6-3 6-3
Dot Moran/Gwen Thiele d. Fay Chamberlain/Helen Taylor 6-3 6-4
Nancy Bolton/Thelma Long[1]-bye

Quarterfinals

Hart/Toomey[2] d. Baker/Bennett 6-1 6-2
Hopman/Whittaker d. Fitch/Proctor[3] 8-6 6-1
Ashford/Hawton[4] d. Jenkins/Newcombe 6-4 6-1
Bolton/Long[1] d. Moran/Thiele 7-5 6-2

Semifinals

Hart/Toomey[2] d. Hopman/Whittaker 6-3 6-1
Bolton/Long[1] d. Ashford/Hawton[4] 8-6 6-2

Final
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1] d. Doris Hart/Marie Toomey[2] 6-0 6-1
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=22)


1st Round

Doris Hart (US)/Frank Sedgeman-bye
Esme Ashford/Philip Brophy-bye
Thelma Long/Arthur Liddle-bye
Alison Baker/Eric Stewart-bye
Nancye Bolton/Colin Long-bye
E Richardson/Ray Cock d. Dulcie Whittaker/Donald Tregonning 1-6 6-2 7-5
Clare Proctor/Bob Howe d Rosemary Thomas/John McHaffey 6-3 6-1
Sadie Newcombe/Goerge Worthington d Helen Taylor/Glen Sheil 6-0 6-1

Gwen Thiele/Don Candy d. B Bennett/T Way 6-2 6-2
Dot Moran/Max Bonner d. Dot Jenkins/Ian Ayre 6-4 4-6 6-1
C Nottage/Frank Lonergan d. Mary Hawton/Harold Skennar default
Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman-bye
Marie Toomey/Tom Warhurst d. Fay Chamberlain/Ian Occleshaw/ 6-3 6-3
Joyce Fitch/John Bromwich d. Joyce Traeger/Don Goodger 6-1 6-1

2nd Round

Hart/Sedgeman [3] d Ashford/Brophy 6-1 6-4
Baker/Stewart d Long/Liddle 2-6 6-3 6-1
Bolton/Long [1] d Richardson/Cock 6-1 6-1
Proctor/Howe d Newcombe/Worthington 2-6 6-1 6-2

Thiele/Candy d Moran/Bonner 6-1 3-6 6-1
Hopman/Hopman [4] d. Nottage/Lonergan 6-2 8-6
Toomey/Warhurst d. Chamberlain/Occleshaw 6-3 6-3
Fitch/Bromwich [2] d. Traeger/Goodger 6-1 6-1

Quarterfinals

Hart/Sedgeman [3] d Baker/Stewart default
Bolton/Long [1] d Proctor/Howe 3-6 6-1 6-4
Hopman/Hopman [4] d. Thiele/Candy 10-8 8-6
Fitch/Bromwich [2] d. Toomey/Warhurst 6-4 6-4

Semifinals

Hart/Sedgman [3] d Bolton/Long [1] 6-3 6-4
Fitch/Bromwich [2] d Hopman/Hopman [4] 6-0 6-1

Final
Doris Hart (US)/Frank Sedgman [3] d. Joyce Fitch/John Bromwich [2] 6-1 5-7 12-10

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Draw notes:

Mary Bevis is now Mrs. Hawton
Sadie Berryman now Newcombe.
Mrs Robert (Alison) Baker is from Tasmania.
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Summary: (courtesy of Louloubelle)

Doris Hart's first visit to the Australian titles was a successful one. Scheduled to tour with Louise Brough who cancelled at the last minute, she defeated Bolton 6-3 6-4. She won the Victorian, New South Wales and South Australian titles beforehand and everyone thought she would win the Australian titles in a cakewalk. In the quarterfinals she lapsed unaccountably into error against Dulcie Whittaker, and for a time even seemed to be drifting into defeat. She eventually pulled her game together to win 6-3 3-6 6-2.

Mrs. Baker becomes first Tasmanian to reach semis, as Toomey had troubles coping with her left-handed shots. It is the only major upset of the women's event. Baker was beaten by Hart in the semis 6-3 6-1.

Bolton hits 25 clean winners vs Hawton. Coming into the 1949 event, Bolton hadn't lost a set in singles in this tourney since 1940.

Bolton defeated Long in the other semi.
In century heat Bolton began confidently in the final, going to a 2-0 lead. Then, as was her wont, Bolton lost control of her forehand and Hart won 6 of the next 7 games. Hart broke Bolton's serve to lead 4-2 in the 2nd, then Bolton made a charge to square back at 4-4. Hart applied the garotte and captured the title 6-3 6-4.
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Sources:

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1950

Dates: January 20 to 31
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=32)

1st Round

Louise Brough (US) [1] d. Loris Nichols 6-0 6-0
Dorothy Jenkins d. Josephine Spehr-Jones 6-1 6-1
Esme Ashford[8] d. Margaret Wallis 3-6 9-7 6-1
Sadie Newcombe d. Norma Ellis 6-2 6-1
Joyce Fitch[4] d. Fay Chamberlain 6-3 6-1
Gwen Thiele d. Roma Strahan 6-3 7-5
Thelma Long[5] d. Roma Lemke 6-0 6-1
Ellen Warnock d. Phyllis Finn default

Marie Toomey d. Shirley Jackson 6-2 7-5
Mary Hawton[6] d. Madge Exelby 6-2 6-2
Carmen Borelli d. Beryl Penrose default
Nancye Bolton[3] d. Patricia Cunningham 6-0 6-0
Barbara McIntyre d. Gwen Bryant default
Nell Hopman [7] d. Esme Robertson 6-3 6-1
Clare Proctor d. Pam Southcombe 6-4 6-3
Doris Hart(US) [2] d. Dorothy Moran 6-2 6-2

2nd Round

Brough[1] d. Jenkins 6-1 6-3
Newcombe d. Ashford [8] 6-3 6-4
Fitch[4] d. Thiele 6-3 6-4
Long[5] d. Warnock 6-2 6-1

Hawton[6] d. Toomey 6-3 8-6
Bolton[3] d. Borelli 6-0 6-0
Hopman[7] d. McIntyre 8-6 6-2
Hart[2] d. Proctor 6-3 6-3

Quarterfinals

Brough[1] d. Newcombe 6-2 6-2
Fitch[4] d. Long[5] 7-5 0-6 6-4
Bolton[3] d. Hawton[6] 6-0 6-2
Hart[2] d. Hopman[7] 6-0 6-1

Semifinals

Brough[1] d. Fitch[4] 6-4 6-4
Hart[2] d. Bolton[3] 6-2 6-3

Final
Louise Brough (US) [1] d. Doris Hart (US) [2] 6-4 3-6 6-4
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Doubles (Draw=14)

1st Round

Louise Brough (US)/Doris Hart(US) [1]-bye
Dorothy Jenkins/Clare Proctor d. Norma Ellis/Ellen Warnock 6-4 8-6
Esme Ashford/Nell Hopman [4] d. Loris Nichols/Marie Toomey 6-1 6-1
Fay Chamberlain/Shirley Jackson d Beryl Penrose/Pam Southcombe default

Sadie Newcombe/Gwen Thiele d. Esme Robertson/Roma Strahan 6-3 6-2
Joyce Fitch/Mary Hawton[3] d. Marie Rowe/Nancy Stewart 6-1 6-1
Dorothy Moran/Beth Ruffin d. B Cox/Josephine Spehr-Jones 6-3 6-3
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[2] bye

Quarterfinals

Brough/Hart[1] d. Jenkins/Proctor 6-4 6-1
Ashford/Hopman[4] d. Chamberlain/Jackson 6-3 6-0
Fitch/Hawton[3] d. Newcombe/Thiele 6-3 6-2
Bolton/Long[2] d. Moran/Ruffin 6-3 6-1

Semifinals

Brough/Hart[1] d. Ashford/Hopman[4] 6-2 6-4
Bolton/Long[2] d. Fitch/Hawton[3] 6-2 7-5

Final
Louise Brough (US)/Doris Hart (US) [1] d. Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[2] 6-3 2-6 6-3

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=26)

First Round

Louise Brough (US)/John Bromwich [1]-bye
Sadie Necombe/John Mehaffey-bye
Mary Hawton/Ken McGregor-bye
Ellen Warnock/Clive Wilderspin d Fay Chamberlain/Ian Occleshaw 6-4 6-4
Joyce Fitch/Eric Sturgess (SA) [3] d Joy Strickland/Keith Rogers 6-1 6-1
Dorothy Moran/Glen Sheil d Loris Nicols/D Hamilton 6-2 6-2
Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman d. Norma Ellis/Alan Kendall 6-0 6-2
Roma Strahen/Ron Reid d. Phyllis Finn/Harold Skennar 3-6 6-2 6-2

Gwen Thiele/Don Candy d. Shirley Jackson/Lex Vinson 6-2 6-0
Pam Southcombe/Mervn Rose d. Gwen Bryant/Ron Clements default
Esme Ashford/Donald Tregonning d. M O'Donnell/Frank Lonergan 6-2 6-1
Nancye Bolton/Colin Long d. Dot Jenkins/Rex Hartwig default
Marie Toomey/John Barnett d. Josephine Spehr Jones/Ian Ayre 6-3 7-5
Thelma Long/George Worthington-bye
Clare Proctor/Eric Stewart-bye
Doris Hart (US)/Frank Sedgeman-bye


2nd Round

Brough/Bromwich [1] d. Newcombe/Mehaffey 6-2 6-1
Hawton/McGregor d. Warnock/Wilderspin 6-3 6-2
Fitch/Sturgess [3] d. Moran/Sheil 6-0 6-1
Hopman/Hopman d. Strahen/Reid 6-1 6-4

Thiele/Candy d. Southcombe/Rose 4-6 6-2 6-4
Bolton/Long [4] d. Ashford/Tregonning 6-0 6-1
Long/Worthington d. Toomey/Barnett 6-1 6-3
Hart/Sedgeman [2] d. Proctor/Stewart 6-1 6-1

Quarterfinals

Brough/Bromwich [1] d. Hawton/McGregor 6-3 6-2
Fitch/Sturgess [3] d Hopman/Hopman 6-2 6-2
Thiele/Candy d Bolton/Long [4] 6-3 6-4
Hart/Sedgeman [2] d Long/Worthington 6-4 6-1

Semifinals

Fitch/Sturgess [3] d Brough/Bromwich [1] 4-6 6-3 6-4
Hart/Sedgeman [2] d Thiele/Candy 6-3 6-3

Final
Doris Hart (US)/Frank Sedgman [2] d Joyce Fitch/Eric Sturgess (SA) [3] 8-6 6-4
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Summary:

Honoring her promise of returning to Australia with another American, Doris Hart and Louise Brough contested the Australian Championships. As winner of the two previous Wimbledons, Brough was allocated top seeding with 2 Hart, 3 Bolton, 4 Fitch, 5 Long, 6 Hawton, 7 Hopman, 8 Ashford. Only Ashford failed to make the quarterfinals, losing to Sadie Newcombe 6-3 6-4. Newcombe then fell to Brough and Hart thrashed Hopman 6-0 6-1. Bolton looked nearly as strong – though not in the volleying department – in eliminating Hawton, while Joy Fitch confirmed her seeding over Thelma Long.

Fitch led Brough 3-1 in both sets in the semi-finals, but could not capitalize on her chances in the face of Brough's remorseless aggression, though the score of 6-4 6-4 showed just how close Fitch was to world class. Hart had all her copious talents on display against Nancye Bolton – drives, smashes, stop volleys and her perfect drop shot. Her serve was also functioning smoothly as she outclassed the local champion 6-2 6-3.

Fans had every reason to anticipate a crackerjack final, for Brough-Hart encounters were known over the world to be tough, tight encounters with no quarter given. This one was no exception. But for a brief period when her serve fell away, Brough maintained a slight margin of supremacy all throughout by virtue of her greater fleetness of foot, determination in defense and sharpness on the volley. She used the lob craftily too, coming in behind it to take possession of the forecourt. Hart slugged it out to the end, but Brough scored 6-4 3-6 6-4.
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Seedings from the Melbourne Argus:
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1951

Dates: January 22-31
Venue: White City Courts (Rushcutters Bay), Sydney
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=31)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton[1] d. Jennifer Edmondson 6-1 6-0
Alison Hattersley d. P Colyer 6-2 6-0
Beryl Penrose[8] d. Joyce Martin 7-5 6-3
Helen Angwin d. Lavina Mills 3-6 6-3 6-1
Mary Hawton[4] d. Helen Taylor 6-3 6-3
Gwen Thiele d. Audrey Clarke 6-3 8-6
Esme Ashford[5] d. Pat Cunningham 6-1 6-0
Faith Parker d. Pam Southcombe 7-5 5-7 6-1

Ellen Astley d. Dorn Fogarty 6-4 4-6 6-1
Nell Hopman[6] d. Josephine Spehr-Jones 6-3 6-2
Valda Ashford d. Barbara McIntyre 6-2 6-0
Thelma Long[3] d. Phyllis Morris 6-1 6-0
Clare Proctor d. Mary Schultz 6-4 6-2
Sadie Newcombe[7] d. Margaret Wallis 6-0 6-3
Dawn Hardingham d. Gwen Bryant 6-3 6-4
Joyce Fitch[2]-bye

2nd Round

Bolton [1] d. Hattersley 6-1 6-2
Penrose [8] d. Angwin 2-6 6-4 6-1
Hawton [4] d. Thiele 6-4 6-2
Ashford [5] d. Parker 6-2 6-4

Hopman [6] d. Astley 6-2 6-2
Long [3] d. Ashford 6-2 6-4
Proctor d. Newcombe [7] 6-2 6-4
Fitch [2] d. Hardingham 8-6 6-0

Quarterfinals

Bolton [1] d. Penrose [8] 8-6 6-2
Ashford [5] d. Hawton [4] 6-1 4-6 6-3
Long [3] d. Hopman [6] 6-2 6-1
Fitch [2] d. Proctor 4-6 6-1 6-3

Semifinals

Bolton [1] d. Ashford [5] 6-1 6-0
Long [3] d. Fitch [2] 6-8 6-4 6-2

Final
Nancye Bolton [1] d. Thelma Long [3] 6-1 7-5
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Doubles (Draw=12)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1]-bye
Dawn Hardingham/Helen Taylor bye
Esme Ashford/Valda Ashford [4] d. Audrey Clarke/Clare Proctor 6-2 6-2
Barbara McIntyre/Pam Southcombe d. Joyce Martin/Gwen Thiele 6-4 6-2

Gwen Bryant/Dorn Fogarty d. Lavina Mills/Josephine Spehr-Jones 6-4 7-5
Nell Hopman/Beryl Penrose [3] d. Alison Hattersley/Phyllis Morris 6-1 6-2
Helen Angwin/Sadie Newcombe-bye
Joyce Fitch/Mary Hawton[2]-bye

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Long [1] d. Hardingham/Taylor 6-1 6-1
Ashford/Ashford [4] d. McIntyre/Southcombe 6-0 6-3
Hopman/Penrose [3] d. Bryant/Fogarty 8-10 7-5 9-7
Fitch/Hawton [2] d. Angwin/Newcombe 6-2 6-1

Semifinals

Bolton/Long [1] d. Ashford/Ashford [4] 6-0 6-4
Fitch/Hawton [2] d. Hopman/Penrose [3] 6-1 1-6 6-2

Final
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1] d. Joyce Fitch/Mary Hawton[2] 6-2 6-1
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Mixed Doubles (Draw=19)


1st Round

Thelma Long/George Worthington d Gwen Bryant/John Barry (NZ) 6-0 6-2
Audrey Clarke/Rex Hartwig d. Barbara McIntyre/Don Candy 6-3 6-1
Esme Ashford/Ronald McKenzie (NZ) d. Dorn Fogarty/R Sherriff 6-2 7-5
Joyce Martin/Max Anderson d. Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman 6-3 3-6 6-4


2nd Round

Long/Worthington d Clarke/Hartwig ????
Gwen Thiele/Phil Brophy d. Helen Angwin/John Mehaffey 6-3 6-4
Nancye Bolton/Robert McCarthy d. Valda Ashford/Mark Otway (NZ) 6-2 6-0
Lavina Mills/Barry Green d Faith Parker/J McDonald 6-2 6-3

Clare Proctor/Jack May d. Pam Southcombe/Clive Wilderspin 6-1 6-1
Mary Hawton/Bill Sidwell d. Sadie Newcombe/Jeff Robson (NZ) 6-4 6-4
Joyce Fitch/Roy Felan d. Helen Taylor/Desmond Beckett 6-2 6-3
Ashford/McKenzie d Martin/Anderson default

Quarterfinals

Long/Worthington d Thiele/Brophy default
Bolton/McCarthy d Mills/Green default
Proctor/May d Hawton/Sidwell 6-2 4-6 6-3
Fitch/Felan d. Ashford/McKenzie defauly

Semifinals

Long/Worthington d Bolton/McCarthy 6-4 6-4
Proctor/May d Fitch/Felan 14-12 6-4

Final
Thelma Long/George Worthington d. Clare Proctor/Jack May 6-4 3-6 6-2

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Draw notes:

Mrs D Hardingham=nee Dawn Kent)
Mrs Lyall Morris=nee Phyllis Finn

The torrential rain and delayed schedule led to several defaults in the mixed doubles as players gave preference to other events. All of the male Kiwis (who had lost in singles) had to leave for an event in New Zealand-lireally ordered home at the last minute by their federation.
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Summary:

In the absence of a foreign contingent, Bolton demonstrated her superiority of the local opposition beating Thelma Long in the final. Despite a tough match over promising Beryl Penrose in the qtr-finals, Bolton thrashed Esme Ashford 6-0 6-1 to reach the final. Long at last was widening the gap between her and Nell Hopman winning 6-1 6-2 in the qtr-finals and wearing down Fitch 6-8 6-4 6-2.

It was 15 years since Long and Bolton had first met in an Australian singles final. The result on this occasion was the same. Bolton was simply too good for her doubles partner and annexed her 6th title, 6-1 7-5.

Weatherwise it was a very wet week, with play being disrupted by rain on 5 days. Play was scheduled to start on the 19th. Instead it was delayed until the 22nd, and even then the water-logged center court was unfit for play. This set back play so much that organizers decided to play on a Sunday the 27th-an unheard of occurance in Australia in this conservative era. The Sydney Herald got a few letters bemoaning profaning the Lord's day, but organizers were no doubt relieved that 7,000 came out to see the quarterfinals.

8,000 saw the semis and 6,000 saw Tueday's singles finals.

The women are almost totally overshadowed by the interest in American male visitors. In fact the ladies don't even get a paragraph of coverage the whole week in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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1952

Dates: January 18 to 28.
Venue: Memorial Drive, Adelaide
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=32)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton [1] d. Rosemary Thomas 6-1 6-1
Dorothy Linn d. Joy O'Donoghue default
Pam Southcombe [6] d. Mary Blacklock 6-3 7-5
Alison Baker d. Margaret Heron 5-7 6-1 6-1
Beryl Penrose [4] d. Rosemary Rosman 6-2 6-1
Dorothy Diggle d. Gay Sim 6-2 6-1
Helen Angwin [8] d. Fay Muller 6-1 8-6
Clare Proctor d. Margaret O'Donnell 6-2 6-3

Mary Schultz d. Jill Olorenshaw 6-3 retired
Nell Hopman [5] d. Nancy Cooper 6-1 6-0
Helen Astley d. Helen McDonald 6-1 6-1
Mary Hawton [3] d. Norma Ellis 6-2 6-0
Jennifer Staley d. Dorn Fogarty 6-1 6-3
Gwen Thiele [7] d. Joyce Martin 6-0 6-1
Ann Sheidow d. Margaret Wallis 6-4 6-1
Thelma Long [2] d. Pat Thompson 6-0 6-1

2nd Round

Bolton [1] d. Linn 6-3 6-2
Baker d. Southcombe [6] 11-9 6-4
Penrose [4] d. Diggle 6-4 6-1
Angwin [8] d. Proctor 12-10 6-0

Schultz d. Hopman [5] 11-9 1-0 retired
Hawton [3] d. Astley 6-1 6-0
Thiele [7] d. Staley 8-10 6-3 9-7
Long [2] d. Sheidow 6-0 6-2

Quarterfinals

Bolton [1] d. Baker 6-0 6-1
Angwin [8] d. Penrose [4] 2-6 6-1 6-2
Hawton [3] d. Schultz 6-1 6-3
Long[2] d. Thiele[7] 6-0 4-6 6-2

Semifinals

Angwin [8] d. Bolton [1] 4-6 6-4 6-4
Long [2] d. Hawton [3] 6-0 7-5

Final
Thelma Long[2] d. Helen Angwin [8] 6-2 6-3
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Doubles (Draw=11)

1st Round

Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1]-bye
Dorn Fogarty/Joyce Martin bye
Dorothy Diggle/Pam Southcombe[4] d. Helen Astley/Rosemary Thomas 2-6 6-4 6-4
Helen Angwin/Dorothy Linn d. Norma Ellis/Margaret Wallis 9-7 7-5

Ann Sheidow/Sybil Sheidow d. Jill Olerenshaw/Clare Proctor 5-7 7-5 6-0
Alison Baker/Mary Hawton[3]-bye
Helen McDonald/Gwen Thiele-bye
Nell Hopman/Beryl Penrose[2]-bye

Quarterfinals

Bolton/Long[1] d. Fogarty/Martin 6-0 6-0
Diggle/Southcombe[4] d. Angwin/Linn 6-2 11-9
Baker/Hawton[3] d. Sheidow/Sheidow 6-4 6-2
Hopman/Penrose[2] d. McDonald/Thiele 6-2 6-2

Semifinals

Bolton/Long[1] d. Diggle/Southcombe[4] 6-0 6-4
Baker/Hawton[3] d. Hopman/Penrose[2] 6-2 6-1

Final
Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long[1] d. Alison Baker/Mary Hawton[3] 6-1 6-1

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Nell Hopman/Ian Ayre-bye
Margaret Wallis/David Yayes-bye
Gwen Thiele/Tom Warhurst d Karin Kennedy/Jeff Green 6-3 6-1
Beryl Penrose/Clive Wilderspin d Joyce Martin/Max Anderson 8-6 6-1

Clare Proctor/Brian Strohfeldt d. Helen Astley/Don Goodger 6-3 6-4
Dorothy Diggle/Glen Shiel d. Alison Baker/Eric Stewart 1-6 6-1 6-2
Helen Angwin/Jeff Brown d. Pam Southcombe/John Blacklock 6-2 6-4
Thelma Long/George Worthington-bye


Quarterfinals

Hopman/Ayre d. Wallis/Yates 5-7 6-0 6-0
Thiele/Warhurst d. Penrose/Wilderspin 2-6 6-3 6-3
Proctor/Strohfeldt d. Diggle/Shiel. 6-0 8-10 6-4
Long/Worthington d. Angwin/Brown 6-1 6-2


Semifinals

Thiele/Warhurst d. Hopman/Ayre 6-4 2-6 9-7
Long/Worthington d. Proctor/Strohfeldt 6-1 -62

Final
Thelma Long/George Worthington d. Gwen Thiele/Tom Warhurst 9-7 7-5

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Draw notes:

Thiele formerly O'Halloran.
Mrs R. Baker =Alison Baker.
H O'Donnell=Margaret O'Donnell
J Diggle =Dorothy Diggle
Jill Olerenshaw formerly Tuckfield (md to Ian Olerenshaw and thus listed as I Olenrenshaw at times)
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Summary: (courtesy of Louloubelle)

After 14 quarterfinals, 11 semifinals and 4 runner-ups, Thelma Long finally won the Australian title in 1952. Never being able to quite bridge the gap between herself and Nancye Bolton she was known throughout the world as the 'Australian No. 2'. Though she had better volleys, her service and groundstrokes weren't as severe as Bolton's, who covered the court better as well.

In 1952 everything fell into place for Long. Nell Hopman, always a tough opponent for her, had collapsed from heat exhaustion when trailing against Queensland junior Mary Schultz 9-11 0-1 and was forced to forfeit. Bolton lost her semifinal to 20 year-old South Australian Helen Angwin 6-4 4-6 4-6. Angwin had struck a purple patch of form defeating Clare Proctor and the improving Beryl Penrose. Despite this defeat Penrose was still preferred for the team which toured South Africa later in the year.

For Bolton, the time had come to alter her sporting direction. 'When I was beaten by Helen I knew I had enough. That was the end of the road, I didn't want to go downhill. I don't think there's anything worse than watching a former top player who has become a yard short of balls he or she would normally hit for a winner', she said.

In quarterfinals Long defeated Gwen Thiele, a stalwart of South Australian tennis over many decades who was the first woman elected to the management committee of the state association. Thiele had beaten Jenny Staley the round before 8-10 6-3 9-7.

Long defeated Hawton in the semifinals 6-0 7-5. Hawton was upset by footfault calls in the first set and by the time she settled down the match was virtually over.

Long vs. Angwin, Long dominated the match throughout with consistent deep driving from both wings scoring 6-2 6-3.That year Long was seeded seven at Wimbledon, and took a set off Maureen Connolly in the quarterfinals the only one of two sets Connolly ever dropped at Wimbledon.
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Sources:
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1953

Dates: January 8 to 17
Venue: Kooyong, Melbourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=25)
Seed note: Connolly and Sampson #1 and #2 foreign seeds.

1st Round

Mary Hawton [2]-bye
Loris Nichols-bye
Nell Hopman [7]-bye
Fay Muller d. Ellen Warnock* 6-2 6-2
Pam Southcombe [4] d. Beth Ruffin 6-2 6-3
Joy O'Donoghue d. Mary Midgley 9-7 8-6
Alison Baker[5] d. June Ryan 6-3 6-2
Maureen Connolly(US)[1] d. Carmen Borelli 6-0 6-1

Julie Sampson(US) [2] d. Barbara Rich 6-3 6-4
Gwen Thiele [8] d. Mary Schultz 6-3 6-0
Margaret Wallis d. Joyce Diggle 7-5 6-1
Beryl Penrose[3] d. Fay Occleshaw 6-3 6-2
Jennifer Staley-bye
Dawn Fogarty [6]-bye
Norma Ellis-bye
Helen Angwin-[1]-bye

2nd Round

Hawton [2] d. Nichols 6-1 8-10 6-1
Muller d. Hopman [7] 6-3 4-6 6-4
Southcombe [4] d. Donoghue 6-1 6-0
Connolly [1] d. Baker[5] 6-1 6-0

Sampson [2]d. Thiele[8] 6-2 6-1
Penrose [3] d. Wallis 6-1 6-0
Fogarty [6] d. Staley 6-4 2-6 6-3
Angwin [1] d. Ellis 7-5 1-6 6-4

Quarterfinals

Hawton [2] d. Muller 6-1 6-2
Connolly [1] d. Southcombe [4] 6-0 6-1
Sampson [2] d. Penrose [3] 6-2 6-2
Fogarty [6] d. Angwin [1] 6-4 5-7 6-2

Semifinals

Connolly [1] d. Hawton [2] 6-2 6-1
Sampson [2] d. Fogarty [6] 3-6 6-3 6-4

Final
Maureen Connolly [1] (US) d. Julie Sampson[2] (US) 6-3 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=16)

seed note: Connolly/Sampson were the #1 foreign seeds. All other seeds were domestic.

1st Round

Maurren Connolly (US)/Julie Sampson (US) [1] d. Beth Ruffin/Judy Tissott 6-2 6-2
Nell Hopman/Jennifer Staley[4] d. Fay Muller/Mary Schultz 6-1 10-12 6-2
Dorn Fogarty/Barbara Rich d. Joy O' Donoghue/Margaret Wallis 6-2 7-5
Helen Angwin/Gwen Thiele[2] d. Margaret Hellyer/Betty Holstein 7-9 7-5 7-5

Mary Carter/Barbara Warby d. Alison Baker/Loris Nichols 6-1 6-3
Carmen Borelli/Pam Southcombe[3] d. Esme Robertson/Mrs R Wratten 6-1 2-6 6-3
Joyce Diggle/Norma Ellis d. Mary Midgley/June Ryan 6-4 8-6
Mary Hawton/Beryl Penrose[1] d. Fay Occleshaw/Pat Thompson 6-1 6-0

Quarters

Connolly/Sampson [1] d. Hopman/Staley [4] 6-2 6-1
Angwin/Thiele [2] d. Fogarty/Rich 6-2 6-1
Carter/Warby d. Borelli/Southcombe [3] 6-3 4-6 9-7
Hawton/Penrose [1] d. Diggle/Ellis 8-6 6-3

Semifinals

Connolly/Sampson [1] d. Angwin/Thiele[2] 6-3 6-3
Hawton/Penrose[1] d. Carter/Warby 6-3 6-1

Final
Maureen Connolly (US)/Julie Sampson (US) [1] d. Mary Hawton/Beryl Penrose[1] 6-4 6-2
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Mixed Doubles (Draw= 16)

1st Round

Julie Sampson (US)/Rex Hartwig d Gwen Thiele/Keith Rogers 6-1 6-3
Mary Schultz/Jack Arkinstall d Dorn Fogarty/Eric Stewart 4-6 6-4 6-1
Helen Angwin/Neale Fraser d Alison Baker/Cedric Mason 3-6 6-4 6-2
Carmen Borelli/Brian Tobin d Nell Hopman/Ron Reid 6-1 8-10 6-1

Pam Southcombe/Donald Tregonning d Joy O' Donoghue/Tim Cawthorn 6-1 6-3
Joyce Diggle/John Diggle d Fay Muller/Barry Green 7-5 6-3
June Ryan/Clive Wilderspin d Norma Ellis/Allan Kendall 6-4 3-6 6-3
Maureen Connolly (US)/Ham Richardson (US) d Fay Occleshaw/C Harvey 6-2 6-1

Quarterfinals

Sampson/Hartwig d Schultz/Arkinstall 6-4 12-10
Angwin/Fraser d Borelli/Tobin 3-6 6-3 6-3
Southcombe/Tregonning d Diggle/Diggle 6-1 6-4
Connolly/Richardson d Ryan/Wilderspin 3-6 6-2 6-3


Semifinals

Sampson/Hartwig d Angwin/Fraser 8-6 7-5
Connolly/Richardson d Southcombe/Tregonning 6-0 6-4

Final
Julie Sampson (US)/Rex Hartwig d. Maureen Connolly (US)/Ham Richardson 6-4 6-3
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Draw Notes:

Fay Occleshaw=I Occleshaw. Also possibly=Olive Occleshaw
Mrs. J Warnock=former Ellen Astley. note that the Aussie site lists her as Joan Warnock.

The official Australain website has the seeding wrong due to the presence of foreign seeds. For example, it lists Mary Hawton as the #4 seed rather than her true seed of domestic #2.
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Summary:

Playing the first leg of her attempt for the grand slam, Maureen Connolly easily won the 1953 Australian Championships. She defeated Carmen Borelli (later the wife of LTAA President Brian Tobin) 6-0 6-1 the first round, Mrs. Baker 6-1 6-0 in the second, thrashed promising Pam Southcombe 6-0 6-1 in the quarters and the accomplished Mary Hawton fared little better in the semis 6-2 6-1. Connolly's doubles partner, American Julie Sampson came through the other half of the draw to face Little Mo. The final, however was no more of a contest than Connolly's other matches. If Sampson advanced to the net she was passed, if she stayed at the baseline she run from side to side until she was so hopelessly out of position that the point was lost. Sampson was actually the reigning US junior champion which made her the same age as Connolly but you would never have thought so, to see Connolly blast her from the court 6-3 6-2. 6,532 fans came out for the final.

Defending Aussie titleholder is playing on clay in Florida (USA) during the championships!

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