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Old Feb 20th, 2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Biographies of Female Tennis Players

This thread will feature biographies of women who played tennis at a world class level. Note that the women will be added as we find information, so they will not appear in alphabetical order.

To find women listed in alphabetical order please go to the Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players at http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=497938

The Blast Encyclopedia of Female Tennis Players lists women by both their maiden and married names. Under the main listing for a player a link will be provided back to this thread to a biography.

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A’BECKETT, “NELLIE” (Agnes Ellen a’Beckett)
Australia (Victoria)
Birth 25 May 1870 in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Death 28 Jul 1963 in Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Married Frederick L Klingender on 20 September 1895

1889 Victorian Champion.

Thanks to GeeTee for providing this information.

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ABBES, LYNNE (nee Lynn Marie Abbes)
United States
Born 21 June 1949 in California.
Married Michael “Mike” G Rolley 23 December 1967 in Conta Costa, California.
Daughter Ashlie
Active in the 1960s, retiring upon marriage in 1968.

An aggressive player known for her powerful serve, Abbes retired young in 1968 before the pro tennis era, gaining more renown as a coach.

Daughter of Ernest Abbes. President of the Northern California Tennis Association. Her name is Lynne (with an e) and NOT Lynn.Yet her birth notice (and many early sources) use Lynn. Did she add the “e” at some point?

In August 1970 she was named to coach the all-male tennis team at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. This was the first time a woman was named to coach a men’s NCAA team. She was also hired as coach of the Oakland Aces, a World Team Tennis franchise owned by the Oakland A’s. Eventually she was served as Director of Women’s Tennis for the USTA for sixteen years. Among others, Lynne has coached Lindsey Davenport, Chanda Rubin and Jennifer Capriati. A high point in Lynne’s career came when she was seated in Lindsey’s box when she won the US Open.

Thread at: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=500178 (includes a picture)
Website at: http://lynnerolley.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynne.rolley


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ACKER, SHERRY
United States
Born 16 June 1959 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US

Height: 5’ 8”. RH.
Active: 1976-1985.

Ranked as high as #26 in 1980. She was ranked #35 for 1979.

Turned pro in 1978 after 18 months at the University of Florida. Home in 1980 listed as Kalamazoo. Us Open doubles SF in 1979. Her father George was the tennis coach at Kalamazoo. Sherry played serve and volley style tennis. She took Chris Evert to 3 sets in the 4R at the 1979 US Open. Another highlight was making the singles final at Stuttgart in 1980. In 1981 she was the RU in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon with partner Cary Leeds.

Lists writing as an interest in the 1980 Media Guide, she was possibly the author of an article in World Tennis on the Futures circuit in 1979. Her father’s obit in 2011 lists her as living in Jacksonville, Florida.

Thread at: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=376626 (includes a pic)


A young Sherry Acker on the right (Anne Smith on the left)


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ADAMOFF, IDA (Ida Vartanovna Adamiantz-Adamoff)
France
Born 25 June 1910 in Moscow, Russia
Died 5 June 1993. Buried in Cimetiere de Passy, Paris
Married Claude Bourdet (1909-1996) in 1935.
2 sons, 1 daughter (Catherine)

Tournament Wins

1929 Championships of Spain.
1930 Championships of Spain. Defeated Aussem and Valerio at Merano in October.
1931 Berlin, Dutch Championships (beating both Schomburgh and Friedleben)
1932 Rumanian and Italian Championships

From a Russian émigré family.
Favorite stroke Forehand
Member of the Racing Club de France. Other hobbies basketball, sking, Table-tennis.
Address in 1932 was 107 Rue de la Tour, Paris.

1935 French doubles finalist with Hilde Sperling
French QF in 1929,1931, and 1935.

(Source: 1932 Lowe’s)

Picture from the 1932 Italian Championships:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost....17&postcount=4

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Adamoff
Find a Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...7&PIpi=2837621





1st pic: Arlette Neufeld and Ida Adamoff
2nd pic: King Gustaf V of Sweden, Adamoff, Mrs Chadwick, Major Holmes


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AKHURST,DAPHNE (Daphne Jessie Akhurst)
Australia (NSW)
Born 22 April 1903 at Ashfield, Sydney
Died 9 January 1933
Married Royston Stuckey Cozens, 26 February 1930 in Sydney
Nickname: The "Shy lady of Wimbledon" (by the British press).

The first Australian woman to reach the quarter-finals (1925), then the semi-finals (1928) of an overseas Grand Slam tournament in her only two overseas tours. Rated as #3 in the world for 1928, this was the highest ranking earned by an Australian woman until Margaret Smith (Court) in the 1960s.

She retired from singles play after her win in the 1930 Australian singles title, but won eight of the nine doubles tournaments she entered over the next two years, including the 1931 Australian Championship.

On 26 February 1930 at St Philip's Church of England, Sydney, Daphne Akhurst married Royston Stuckey Cozens, a tobacco manufacturer, and retired from serious competition soon after winning the Australian ladies' doubles championship in 1931.

After giving birth to a son in 1931, she won her final doubles championship in January 1933, playing with her dear friend Louie Bickerton. Within a week, Akhurst would be dead; the result of an ectopic pregnancy. She died under anesthesia during an operation. She was cremated after a service at St Anne's, Strathfield.

GRAND SLAM RECORD:
Wimbledon: SF 1928, QF 1924
French: QF 1928

CHAMPIONSHIP WINS:
Australian 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930
NSW 1929
VIC 1924
City of Sydney 1926 1927 1929
Cumberland 1924 1925 1926 1928
Metropolitan 1924
Liege 1928
German Champs 1928

"A strong runner and hitter, she was all over the court and could hit anywhere – and she knew the value of taking the net, where her volleying was adequate. In short, her opponents could not keep the ball away from her, and to top off her game, she had an excellent match temperament". (Thanks to GeeTee for this quote).

Sources:

Articles on Daphne Akhurst:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=426916


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_Akhurst



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DESFOR, DIANE
United States
Born 15 June 1955
Career spanned 1970-82.
Add Married Curt Stalder.

2 Children Samantha and ReeseLaw Degree at University of Southern CaliforniaBecame an attorney.

First name is “Diane”, not “Dianne”. Most prominent in the late 1970s. R16 at Wimbledon in 1979.


[From her web page]


Ms. Stalder graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California in 1977. After leading USC’s tennis team to a national championship, she was named the University’s outstanding female scholar/athlete for 1977.

Between 1977 and 1982, Ms. Stalder competed on the women’s professional tennis circuit. She was ranked as high as No. 32 in the world in singles. She also was ranked in the top ten in doubles, reaching the doubles quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. While on tour, Ms. Stalder served as President of the Women’s Tennis Association and represented the women on the International Professional Tennis Council.

Ms. Stalder currently resides in Costa Mesa, California, with her husband and two children.



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http://www.employerlaw.com/dstalder.html




[Thanks to Rosamund for help this biography]

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AITCHISON, ALICE (Alice Mary Aitchison)
United Kingdom
Born 1 March 1884
Died 1950
Married George Stanley Coatsworth, 10 June 1912; died 24 November 1944

Alice was one of the four tennis-playing Aitchison sisters from Sunderland, England. The best tennis player of the four was (Frances) Helen, later Mrs Leisk. Like Helen, Alice also played tennis under her married name.

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AITCHISON, “HELEN” (Frances Helen Aitchison)
United Kingdom
Born 6 December 1881 Sunderland, Durham County, UK
Died 26 May 1947 Aylesbury, UK
Married John Laurence Leisk, 5 September 1914 at Epsom

The eldest daughter of shipbuilder James Aitchison and his wife Mary, of Grange Terrace, later The Cedars. She competed in the County Championships of 1907 with three of her sisters, Alice, Kathleen and Sibyl, helping Durham to defeat Middlesex 5-4.

Aitchison entered the Wimbledon Championships for the first time in 1909, at the age of 27, winning the Ladies Doubles title with partner Agnes Tuckey. She also competed in 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914, reaching three semi-finals and two quarter-finals in the Ladies Singles. She also won the World Covered Court Championship in 1913. Her success at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 made her the first person from Sunderland to become an Olympic medalist. In 1912 she won the silver medal with her partner Herbert Barrett in the indoor mixed doubles competition. She also participated in the indoor singles event but was eliminated in the quarter-finals.

She was active until at least 1922, the year she was RU in the Welsh Chmps.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Aitchison




1912 Olympic Indoor event:
Edith Hannam (Serving) and Charles Dixon vs. Helen Aitchison (returning) and Herbert Roper Barrett

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ALBERT, JANE “Janie” (Jane T Albert)
United States
Born 1946
Md (1) Bradford M Freeman, 16 September 1967 in Pebble Beach, CA, divorced, June 1969
Md (2) Ronald J Willens, 20 June 1970 in Los Angeles, CA.
Career Span: 1962-1967

Her daughter Heather Willens,a tennis player, was born 11 October 1971.

Quarterfinalist, U.S. and Wimbledon Championships 1965. 1966 Wightman Cup

Daughter of famed quarterback Frankie Albert, Jane Albert Willens inherited her father's championship spirit, capturing her first national title at age 14. Two years later she claimed the California State triple crown, the youngest titleholder ever. Albert continued her winning ways at Stanford University, her father's alma mater, becoming the national collegiate singles champion in 1964 and doubles champion in 1967.

Described as 'thriving on pressure,' Albert debuted at Wimbledon in 1963 on Centre Court, nearly taking the match against 1962 finalist Vera Sukova. Despite a back injury in 1964 she broke into the USTA Top 10 and was ranked No. 4 the following year. In 1967 Albert made a fitting exit from competitive tennis by winning two gold metals at the Pan American Games. now a clinical social worker and the mother of three children, Albert was the first woman inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.


ITA Hall of Fame link: http://web.wm.edu/tenniscenter/willens.html

Janie with her father



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ALEXANDRE, Mme Josee (nee Josee ????)
Belgium

Ranked #10 in Belgium in 1950

Could she possibly =the Madame Marie Josée ALEXANDRE who in Saint-Hubert (Belgium) on 13 September 2005 at the age of 91? This would place her birth at circa 1916, so it is possible but unproven at this point, and still doesn't give us her maiden name.

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ALLERDICE, “LOUIE” (nee Louise E Allerdice)
United States
Born 5 May 1867
Alive in 1930 (census)
Married Bradford Knight (1866-16 September 1904) in 1898.
Daughters Mary Tyler (b 12 June 1900) and Catherine Delfore (born circa 1903)
Career Span: 1887

Louie lost in the first round of the 1887 US Nationals. After that we have yet to find her name in tournaments.

Ellen Hansell Allerdice calls her “the red haired sister of my husband”. Ellen lists her address as 7819 Roanoke Street, Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia. Passport application provides secure dates.

Bradford Knight was the brother of Laura Knight, RU in the 1887 US Nationals.

Philadelphia's "Big 4"
L to R: Bertha Townsend, Margie Ballard, Louise Allerdice, Ellen Hansell


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SMITH, ETHEL (nee Ethel Sargeant Clark)
United States
Born February 1885 in Philadelphia, PA
Died 1975
Married Hoxie Harrison Smith on 11 May 1914
Carrer Span circa 1913-1916.

Most often listed as Mrs H Harrison Smith.

Played the US Nationals in 1913 as Miss Clark and 1914-15 as Mrs Smith. She modestly describes her 1913 US entry thus: "They needed somweone to fill the empty places in the draw, and club players were the logical choice." Mrs Harrison Smith considered a victory over Molla Mallory and Eleanora Sears at Longwood in a 1916 doubles to be her best claim to fame as player, praising her partner Ann Shutleff.

Ethel was much better known in later years as someone who promoted tennis in Philadelphia. The Harrison Smiths were “Mainline” Philadelphians, and foundations exist in both Eleanor and Hoxie’s names. The Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Tennis Center at Penn State-Brandywine, completed in 1992, contains eight courts, two of which are lighted for night-time play. It was funded by a major grant from the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Trust.

She was a prominent member of Philadelphia society and her love of tennis led to her establishing the United States Lawn Tennis Association Girls’ Sportsmanship Trophy and the Middle States Lawn Tennis Association Tournament. The Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund, formed in 1977 from her estate (managed by Wachovia Bank, N.A.), benefits organizations located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, with primary emphasis on serving community needs in Delaware County.

Source : "Mrs Harrison Smith Wins April Marlboro Award." in World Tennis, pages 44-46

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AMAURY, SIMONE
France
Married Gorodnitchenko (or Goronitchenko-both versions are in newspapers) circa 1931
Carreer Span: 1925-1939

Entered French from 1927-1937. From 1933 she played the French as as Mme Goronitchenko. Gorodnitchenko is the version that appears in Lawn Tennis and Badminton. As I trust this source the most we are going with Gorodnitchenko.


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ALSTON, Mrs TINY (nee Tiny ????)
United Kingdom
Married a Mr Alston by 1920
Active in the 1920s

Played Wimbledon in 1920 and 1921-losing 1st match both times.

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