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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 01:07 PM   #16
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Daphne Akhurst's second Wimbledon (1928)

From the London "Times", June 29, 1928:

[Women's singles third round, Daphne Akhurst d. Helen Jacobs 6-8, 6-1, 8-6]

"Of the ladies, Helen Jacobs fell to Daphne Akhurst, but gloriously. It was match point against her in the eighth game of the final set, and nine times after that eighth game she changed tactics. She could not outlast Miss Akhurst at the baseline, for somehow everything that Miss Akhurst's racket touches comes back, so she volleyed her and almost brought off a great recovery. She would have done it, but that Miss Akhurst refused to succumb to smashes. She returned three running in one rally..."
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From the London "Times", July 5, 1928:

[Women's singles semi-finals, Lili de Alvarez d. Daphne Akhurst]

"Lili de Alvarez beat Daphne Akhurst, of Australia, 6-3, 6-0. She won as she was expected to win: in the way that her range of lawn tennis strokes entitled her to win; and in the way that in real life, whatever the contest, the competitor with the more scientific technical equipment usually does win. But Senorita de Alvarez is so very far removed from 'the housewife that's thrifty' that in a moral fable she would have been outlasted by Miss Akhurst as surely as the cigale by the fourmi.

"Miss Akhurst appears, from her mode of addressing the ball, to play somewhat by the light of nature. But she has been champion of Australia more than once. She did return a number of hard corner drives from her adversary, but the rallies ended with a clean drive from Senorita de Alvarez that admitted of no return. When it was worth doing - and not before - Miss Akhurst substituted for her safety methods a drive that was anything but primitive. Miss Akhurst was a good loser; she was all over the court, hardly missed a ball to which she got a full racket, and hit hard the very few balls that invited punishment. But she could not be in both corners at once.

"Senorita de Alvarez lost the first game by overhitting; in the second she was - for her - tentative, as she reduced her length. The last two points of the third game she won by killing two services with two straight drives. Miss Akhurst did not trouble to chase them - and balls that a player like Miss Akhurst does not chase are rare even in the centre court. If Senorita de Alvarez could keep that up, the match was over; she could do so, and over it was."
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From the London "Times", July 7, 1928:

[Women's doubles semi-final, Eileen Bennett/Ermyntrude Harvey d. Daphne Akhurst/Esna Boyd]

"In other matches it was, like Thursday, a good day for the Australians; and provided yet another success for Daphne Akhurst [who reached the mixed doubles final with Jack Crawford]. At one time it seemed likely that Australia would do even better for Miss Akhurst and Esna Boyd in the ladies' doubles won the first set [8-6] from Eileen Bennett and Ermyntrude Harvey. The English pair started by attacking; the defenders sent back a shower of lobs; the attackers temporized, and lost when beguiled into playing the game at which the Australians excel. In the next twos sets they resumed their own game and won them 6-3, 6-2; but their margin was less than it looks, for many of the games went to deuce."
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From the London "Times", July 9, 1928:

[Mixed doubles final, Patrick Spence/Elizabeth Ryan d. Jack Crawford/Daphne Akhurst 7-5, 6-4]

"In the mixed doubles there was a time when it looked as if Patrick Spence and Elizabeth Ryan, who beat Jack Crawford and Daphne Akhurst, were also to be included among the victims of the Australians. The first four of the games were apportioned much as one expects them to be in a match in which Miss Ryan is playing; her side had won three of them. Then came a sequence of four games to the Australians. Nor was there any reason why it should not continue. In those games Crawford played the most consistently formidable lawn tennis of the day and, as he had taken Jean Borotra to the fifth set, there was no reason to suppose he could not keep it up. No stroke of his is to be singled out, because all strokes appeared equally to offer him an opportunity for winning the point outright. If it was expedient to wait, the stroke could be deferred without loss by sending a deep lob to Spence who was not confident overhead.

"When Crawford, leading 5-3, took up the ball to serve, it looked as if it was out of the power of Spence and Miss Ryan to keep the ball away from him without putting it in reach of Miss Akhurst, whose capacity to retrieve has been the subject of daily comment. But Crawford had kept back all his mistakes of the set for that vital game, he made every kind, including the double fault. He did well again later, but was never to recover the form of the first few games.

"For the rest of the match the attack was with Miss Ryan, to whom Spence, quick and neat in defence, gave the support she needed. There were amusing rallies in the second set in which the Australians teased Spence overhead. Miss Akhurst, who must have been born with a silver lob in her mouth, was specially adept at this, and her forehand return of the service was apt to disconcert the servers as they ran in. But the disconcerting was more often done by Miss Ryan with her angled smash; and at no time in the second set did it appear likely that she would not be in the winning pair of the mixed doubles for the fifth time."
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From "Lawn Tennis and Badminton", August 18, 1928:

"The German Championships

"From a special correspondent

"Australia has every reason to be satisfied with her representatives in the German National Championships - recognised this year as an official championship by the International Federation - at Hamburg; they won three events and provided the runners-up in a fourth last week*.

[...]

"Daphne Akhurst had the best record in reaching three finals and being successful in two. She won the ladies' singles by defeating Cilly Aussem in the final, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, after a victory over Esna Boyd in the semi-final, 6-2, 6-3. Frl Aussem had beaten Phoebe Holcroft-Watson in the other semi-final by 6-1, 6-4. Phyllis Satterthwaite had beaten Lucia Valerio, the Italian champion, before going down to Miss Boyd, 6-4, 6-1.

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"Mrs Holcroft-Watson and Elsie Goldsack defeated Meryl O'Hara Wood and Louie Bickerton in the semi-finals of the ladies' doubles before losing to Miss Akhurst and Miss Boyd in the final by 7-5, 7-5.

"In the semi-finals of the mixed doubles Gordon Crole-Rees and Mrs Watson went down to Ronald Boyd (the Argentine) and Frl Aussem 6-2, 6-1, and Edgar Moon and Miss Akhurst beat Ronald Cummings and Miss Bickerton 8-6, 6-8, 6-0, but the winners of the latter match lost in the final to Boyd and Frl Aussem by 7-5, 6-4."
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* In the final of the men's doubles event the Australian pair of Ronald Cummings and Edgar Moon beat the Germans Hans Moldenhauer and Daniel Prenn, 8-6, 6-0, 6-2.
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From the "The Argus", January 27, 1930:

"Australian Championships

[...]

"Miss Akhurst wins singles

[...]

"The final of the women's singles championship was completed, and resulted in a well-earned win for Daphne Akhurst (New South Wales), who, by winning the title three times in succession, and five times in all, will now permanently hold the cup. This comes as a fitting close to Miss Akhurst's career as a singles player, as she recently decided to retire from singles play after these championships.

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"Mrs Harper defeated

"A splendid tussle was seen in the final of the women's singles championship between Sylvia Harper (Victoria) and Miss Akhurst. There was very little between the players in the first set, which went to Miss Akhurst at 10-8, but in the second Mrs Harper became more aggressive and won at 6-2. When Mrs Harper led 4-0 in the final set it appeared that she would take the title, but Miss Akhurst, who had appeared over careful, hit out out more freely and won the set at 7-5.

"In the second set, and the early part of the last, Mrs Harper mixed her play well, following a long drive by a short chop shot and often going to the net she scored off short returns. At the end, when Miss Akhurst began to hit out, Mrs Harper appeared to be tired, and very often played a poor length. Miss Akhurst played a great deal to Mrs Harper's backhand, and forced her into errors there."
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From the "Sydney Morning Herald", February 27, 1930:

"Weddings

"The marriage of Miss Daphne Akhurst, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Oscar J. Akhurst, of Ashfield, to Mr Roy Cozens, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Arthur J. Cozens, of Strathfield, was celebrated at Saint Philip's Church, Church Hill, last evening. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. W.J. Hilliard.

"Given away by her father, the bride wore a gown of ivory crepe marquise, mounted on shell-pink lamé, featuring an ankle-length skirt inlet with godets and a corsage embroidered with pearls and diamante. Her veil and train were of Brussels net, and she carried a sheaf of stephanotis, frangipanni and Cecil Bruner roses.

"The bridesmaids were Miss Jean Herring (Burden Junction), Miss Marjorie Cox and Miss Doreen Cozens, sister of the bridegroom. They wore similar frocks of coral pink triple ninon, with summer felt hats of the same shade, and carried sheaves of pink roses and blue delphiniums. Little Patricia and Judith Erby, the nieces of the bride, were the train-bearers. They were dressed in a similar manner to the bridesmaids. Mr Bill Ludowici was best man, and the groomsmen were Mr Phil Akhurst, brother of the bride, and Mr Ian Robertson.

"After the ceremony a reception was held at the White City Clubhouse, where the guests were received by the bride's mother, who wore a frock of black georgette and lace, with a black hat, and carried a bouquet of red roses. The bridegroom's mother chose a gown of black figured moire, and carried a sheaf of pink roses."
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Does anybody know whether Daphne's son survived or is still living as of now?
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The Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup was donated by the New South Wales Lawn Tennis Association and was first used by the Australian Tennis Open in 1934. This trophy is given to the winner of the Australian women’s singles each year.
Wow, the trophy was given to the winner's since then? Which brings up the question if it is the same trophy? I thought the AO didn't really have a trophy back then since Margaret Court (60s-70s) said one year she got an umbrella and then the next make-up But those must be to make up for the lack of replica trophy to let the winner take home, which players now have.
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From the London "Times", January 11, 1933:

"Lawn Tennis

"Death of Mrs Cozens

"The death is announced in a Reuters message from Sydney, Australia, of Mrs Roy Cozens (née Daphne Akhurst), the lawn tennis player. She had just had an operation and died while still under the influence of an anaesthetic.

"Miss Daphne Akhurst was a well-known lawn tennis player. She won the ladies' championship of Australia in 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929 and 1930. She was well known in this country for she came over here twice with Australian ladies' teams, the first time in 1925 and the second in 1928. On her second visit she had a successful career for she reached three semi-finals at Wimbledon and got through to the final of the mixed doubles.

"A friend writes:

"The death of Daphne Akhurst is a great shock, not only to Australians here, but to hundreds of English friends she met on her two visits. I doubt if any overseas player more endeared herself to England - there was certainly no visitor more popular among the women players themselves. She commenced to win championships as a schoolgirl with long hair down her back, and although year in year out she continued to win championships, her fame left her entirely unspoiled.

"More than anything in her tennis career she looked forward to playing on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, hoping she might even win a championship there. She got to the Centre Court, and to a mixed doubles final, but only to be runner-up. She told me she cherished that prize more than any, and she had it specially engraved as a memory of Wimbledon. Yet such was her collection of trophies, won in Britain, several European countries, the Far East and in Australasia, that one room of her house was well filled with cups insured for a substantial sum, while in other rooms were furniture, cutlery, glassware, and other trophies for tennis victories.

"By profession a music teacher, she worked hard to succeed in high examinations, and it was astonishing to find this frail-looking child seriously practising her profession and at the same time winning tennis championships at the age of 19.

"I know of nobody in Australia who had more friends. Her charm of manner, her refusal to be swept into circles only too glad to receive the successful in games, made her an idol comparable with Bradman. One of the happiest moments of her last visit here in 1928 was when upon leaving the Centre Court she posed her camera at the royal box and photographed the King and Queen."
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From the "West Australian", January 12, 1933:

"Funeral in Sydney

"Sydney, Jan. 11. - The funeral of Mrs R.S. Cozens (Miss Daphne Akhurst) took place today at the crematorium, Rockwood. A memorial service was held at Saint Anne's Church, Strathfield. In his address Canon Hilliard paid a glowing tribute to Mrs Cozens. He said that this girl, whose nature was unspoiled by the chorus of praise bestowed on her, would occupy the position in tennis that has been accorded to Victor Trumper in cricket.

"The chief mourners were Royston S. Cozens (husband), Oscar J. Akhurst (father), Mrs Jesse Akhurst (mother), Mr Phil Akhurst (brother), Mrs M. Irby (sister) [née Madeline Akhurst] and Messrs Arthur Griffith (uncle) and Carl and Val Akhurst (cousins).

"The New South Wales Tennis Association was represented by Messrs Frank Peach (president), W.V. Armstrong (honorary secretary), Norman Peach, M. Henry Marsh, C. Stanley Wilson, Dr A.B. Walkom, Mrs R. Conway [née Floris Saint-George] and Mrs Warburton."
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From the "Sydney Morning Herald", February 15, 1933:

"Lawn Tennis

"Association Meeting

"At the monthly meeting of the New South Wales Lawn Tennis Association, held at 62 Pitt Street last night, Mr Frank Peach, the president, presented his report of the meeting of the councillors of the various states held at Melbourne in January.

"Mr Peach stated that one of the matters discussed was the Daphne Akhurst Cup for the winner of the Australian women's singles championship, as Mrs Cozens, formerly Miss Daphne Akhurst, had represented Australia in both the women's teams which had gone to Europe. It was agreed that the New South Wales Association would present the cup, and the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia would present a miniature cup to the winner..."
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From the "Sydney Morning Herald", September 13, 1933:

"Lawn Tennis

"Association Meeting

"The monthly meeting of the New South Wales Lawn Tennis Association was held last night.

[...]

"The Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, presented by the New South Wales Lawn Tennis Association to the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia for the women's singles championship of Australia, was displayed for the benefit of the members of the council..."
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Was January 2, the week before her death? If so, wow!
It's likely that Daphne Akhurst was not very far into her second pregnancy when she played at her last tournament, the County of Cumberland Championshps, held at the end of 1932/beginning of 1933. Given the nature of complications caused by an ectopic pregnancy, where the foetus develops outside of the womb, she probably began haemorrhaging at some point, a development which would have necessitated surgical intervention.

The reports of her death were extremely discreet, but she died during an operation while under an anaesthetic.
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Royston Cozens had at least two children.

A son, born 16 July 1932 (to Daphne Akhurst)
A daughter, born 27 January 1937 (to Louie Bickerton)

I don't know if either are still alive, although it's possible.

Both Royston and Louie Cozens died in 1998.
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Royston Cozens had at least two children.

A son, born 16 July 1932 (to Daphne Akhurst)
A daughter, born 27 January 1937 (to Louie Bickerton)

I don't know if either are still alive, although it's possible.

Both Royston and Louie Cozens died in 1998.
Thanks for the information. It's now clear that Daphne Akhurst was more than likely in the early stages of her second pregnancy when complications occurred.
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Royston Cozens had at least two children.

A son, born 16 July 1932 (to Daphne Akhurst)
A daughter, born 27 January 1937 (to Louie Bickerton)

I don't know if either are still alive, although it's possible.

Both Royston and Louie Cozens died in 1998.
Thank you. I wrote a blog about her and totally misread the info concerning her death. I thought she died after giving birth to her first son. Thanks, once again.
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I upload two pictures. The first shows Daphne circa end of 1920s or starts of 1930s. The other one took in Wimbledon 1928 and it is located on Google Images easy but with watermark. I give a specimen without that.



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Here's a basic career record for Daphne.

At this stage, it's just her final result in the tournament and this list doesn't include:

* schoolgirl or junior championships
* interstate or international match results
* mixed doubles (due to display issues on this board)

I'll bring it up to a full (or as full as I can get) record when I get time.

DATE EVENT RESULT OPPONENT DOUBLES
Nov 1920 Victorian Champs QF l Esna Boyd default R2 (Dot Bellamy)

Apr 1922 City of Sydney Champs F l Nellie Lascelles 06 46 SF (Millie Mitchell)
Oct 1922 Metropolitan Champs F l Gwen Utz 46 36 QF (Millie Mitchell)

Jan 1923 Cumberland Champs N/A WON (Millie Mitchell)
Oct 1923 Metropolitan Champs F l Sylvia Lance 36 36 F (Millie Mitchell)
Nov 1923 Victorian Championships SF l Esna Boyd 46 63 57 WON (Sylvia Lance)

Jan 1924 Cumberland Champs WON d Pattie Meaney 60 63 F (Millie Mitchell)
Jan 1924 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS SF l Esna Boyd 16 46 WON (Sylvia Lance)
Feb 1924 NSW Championships QF l Annie Gray 46 1113 QF (Mary Elliott)
Mar 1924 SA Championships SF l Sylvia Lance 26 57 WON (Sylvia Lance)
Mar 1924 City of Sydney Champs WON (Gwen Utz)
Oct 1924 Metropolitan Champs WON d Marjorie Cox 62 62 SF (Millie Mitchell)
Nov 1924 Conservatorium Champs WON d Floris St George 61 86 W/F (Betsy Nosworthy)
Dec 1924 Victorian Championships WON d Sylvia Harper 61 06 75 WON (Sylvia Harper)

Jan 1925 Cumberland Champs WON d Marjorie Cox 97 75 F (Millie Mitchell)
Jan 1925 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS WON d Esna Boyd 16 86 64 WON (Sylvia Harper)
Jun 1925 Weybridge SF l Rose GBR 57 16 SF (Sylvia Harper)
Jun 1925 Roehampton QF l Esna Boyd 'coin toss' def (Sylvia Harper)
Jun 1925 WIMBLEDON QF l Joan Fry GBR 63 46 26 R3 (Sylvia Harper)
Jul 1925 Irish Championships F l Esna Boyd 79 16 F (Sylvia Harper)
Aug 1925 Deauville F l Suzanne Lenglen FRA 26 26
Dec 1925 Cumberland Champs WON d Louie Bickerton 97 62 WON (Marjorie Cox)

Jan 1926 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS WON d Esna Boyd 61 63 F (Marjorie Cox)
Apr 1926 NSW Championships F l Esna Boyd 64 26 06 SF (Marjorie Cox)
May 1926 City of Sydney Champs WON d Annie Martin 75 61 W (Gwen Utz)

Jan 1927 Cumberland Champs F l Sylvia Harper 64 61 F (Marjorie Cox)
Apr 1927 NSW Championships F l Esna Boyd 63 46 26 WON (Marjorie Cox)
May 1927 City of Sydney Champs WON d Annie Martin 60 61 F (Gwen Utz)
Dec 1927 Victorian Championships F l Esna Boyd 16 16 F (Marjorie Cox) ret

Jan 1928 Cumberland Champs WON d Louie Bickerton 97 62 WON (Marjorie Cox)
Jan 1928 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS WON d Esna Boyd 75 62 WON (Esna Boyd)
Mar 1928 MCC Championships F (Meryl O'Hara Wood)
May 1928 FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIPS QF l Crist. Hardie GBR 810 16 R2 (Louie Bickerton)
Jun 1928 Gipsy Hill SF l Elizabeth Ryan USA 57 26 F (Esna Boyd)
Jun 1928 Beckenham SF l Elizabeth Ryan USA 46 16 SF (Esna Boyd)
Jun 1928 WIMBLEDON SF l Lily d'Alvarez ESP 26 06 SF (Esna Boyd)
Jul 1928 Liege WON d Louie Bickerton 63 63 F (Louie Bickerton)
Aug 1928 Ostend QF l Esna Boyd wo (coin toss?) WON (Esna Boyd)
Aug 1928 German Championships WON d Cilly Aussem GER 60 64 WON (Esna Boyd)

Jan 1929 Cumberland Champs WON (Louie Bickerton)
Jan 1929 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS WON d Louie Bickerton 61 57 62 WON (Louie Bickerton)
Mar 1929 NSW Championships WON d Kath Le Messurier 63 62 WON (Marjorie Cox)
Apr 1929 City of Sydney Champs WON d Marjorie Crawford 63 63 F (Gwen Utz)
Oct 1929 Metropolitan Champs F l Louie Bickerton 16 26 WON (Mary Edgar)

Jan 1930 Cumberland Champs F l Louie Bickerton 46 16 WON (Marjorie Cox)
Jan 1930 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS WON d Sylvia Harper 108 26 75 SF (Louie Bickerton)
Feb 1930 NSW Championships WON (Marjorie Cox)
Sep 1930 City of Sydney Champs WON (Gwen Utz)
Oct 1930 Metropolitan Champs WON (Mary Edgar)

Jan 1931 Cumberland Champs WON (Louie Bickerton)
Mar 1931 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS WON (Louie Bickerton)
Sep 1931 City of Sydney Champs WON (Gwen Utz)
Oct 1931 Metropolitan Champs F (Mary Edgar)

Jan 1932 Cumberland Champs WON (Louie Bickerton)

Jan 1933 Cumberland Champs WON (Louie Bickerton)

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