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Nancy Chaffee rated highly by upsetting Brough at Forest Hills on her way to the semifinals. Even then it took 3 sets and Dupont to put out the fire of her heavy artillery in 3 sets. "Miss Chaffee is another Senorita de Alvarez of pre-war Wimbldon fame. There are the same flowing strokes, the twinkling feet-and the glamour. " (Lawn Tennis and Badminton, 15 December 1950 issue, p 716).

John Olliff's Top Ten (from Dunlop's Annual)

01 Margaret du Pont (US)
02 Loiuse Brough (US)
03 Doris Hart (US)
04 Pat Todd (US)
05 Barbara Scofield (US)
06 Nancy Chaffee (US)
07 Beverly Baker (US)
08 Shirley Fry (US)
09 Annalissa Bossi (Italy)
10 Maria Weiss (Argentina)

Edward C. Potter Jr’s World Rankings (from American Lawn Tennis)

01. Margaret Osborne du Pont (US)
02. Doris Hart (US)
03. Louise Brough (US)
04. Patricia Canning Todd (US)
05. Shirley Fry (US)
06. Nancy Chaffee (US)
07. Jean Walker-Smith (GB)
08. Beverly Baker (US)
09. Barbara Scofield (US)
10. Betty Harrison (GB)

Many thanks to Ugarte, The Computer, Jimbo, and David K for their contributions to this thread

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Comings and Goings:

Died: (in June) Mrs Minnie Morris, wife of A Greville Morris and captain of Nottinghamshire, in her 69th year

(in June) Queenie Allen, county player of Sussex, to Mr F Webber.
(in June): Pat Cowney (Patricia Laura) of Warwickshire, GB, to Dr Dudley Gotla.


*In Melbourne on 20 March, Veronica Linehan, to Geoff Brown, a top ten Aussie player. She went on tour with him throughout the year.

* in Edinburgh (June) Joyce F.T. Wilson, Scottish county player, to Raoul Boothman, also a tennis player.

*June 19 29 year old war widow Betty Hilton (nee Clements), to Birmingham businessman Charles Harrison. She announces her retirement after Wimbledon, saying "I have finished with big time tennis for good. I feel I have had my day and in any case I don't think that marriage and tennis mix. " Harrison said she might enter local events for fun.

Tournaments with unknown dates


F: Doris Popple d. Barbara Knapp 8-6 6-8 7-5


F: Roguie Bain d. M B Clarke 6-1 3-6 7-5


F: Hazel Redick-Smith d. Mary Muller 6-3 6-4


Extra info from Lawn Tennis and Badminton Dec 15 1950 issue:

Betz beat Moran 9 out of 10 in their early pro series matches.

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Week ending in 1 January

December 22, 1949-January 1 Championships of Asia , Calcutta, India (Grass)
Venue: Calcutta South Club

Singles (Draw=at least 18)

1R: Gussy Moran (US) d Elizabeth Kornfeld (Isr) 6-2 6-1
1R: Jean Quertier (GB) d. Pramila Khana 6-2 6-4

2R: Pat Todd (USA) d. Lakshmi Merchant 6-1 6-2
2R: Gem Hoahing (GBR) d. Laura Woodbridge 6-2 6-4
2R: Nelly Adamson (FRA) d. Mrs Sarah Mody* 6-0 6-1
2R: Quertier d. Vivian Alexy 6-1 6-2

2R: Kay Tuckey (GB) d. Mrs E.C. Cargin 6-0 6-3
2R: Moran d. Mrs G. Human 6-0 6-1
2R: Maria Weiss (ARG) d. Leela Dayal 6-3 6-4
2R: Betty Hilton (GBR) d. Mrs Umbreville 6-0 6-0

QF: Todd d. Hoahing 6-3 6-1
QF: Quertier d. Adamson 6-2 6-4
QF: Tckey d. Moran 6-4 1-6 6-3
QF: Hilton d. Weiss 6-3 2-6 6-2

SF: Todd d Quertier 9-7 6-3
SF: Hilton d Tuckey 2-6 9-7 6-4

FI: Pat Todd (US) d Betty Hilton (GB) 6-4 6-0


SF: Moran/Todd d Hoahing/Quertier default
SF: Hilton/Tuckey d. Adamson/Weiss 3-6 6-1 6-4

FI: Gussy Moran (US)/Pat Todd (US) d Betty Hilton (GB)/Kay Tuckey (GB) 6-4 10-8


FI: Gussy Moran (US(/Philippe Washer (Bel) d Pat Todd (US)/Dragutin Mitic (Yug) 6-3 5-7 7-5

Draw reconstructed by Newmark from "Times of India" newspaper. Draw probably=18.

Air travel in 1950 was long and uncertain. When a British contingent (including Joan Quertier and Gem Hoahing) flew out of Amsterdam with Gussy Moran and Pat Todd the landed at Calcutta’s Dum-Dum Airport 33 hours later! Gerald Paish also wrote of the tour that “ at nearly every tournament it was necessary to explain the rules to the linesman.” Umpires often implored members of the crowd to volunteer as linesman-with rules being explained on the sport! For even more international flair Mrs. Mody played in a sari.

Though the courts are “as good as Wimbledon”, the stars need some time to adjust to the incredible heat. Jean Quertier couldn't handle the extreme conditions, fainting after the first set of her semifinal. Gussy was sick for two straight days before going down to Tuckey.


December 26 1949 - January 3 South Australian Championships, Adelaide, Australia (Grass)

2R: Sadie Newcombe d. M. O’Donnell 6-1 6-1
2R: Helen Angwin d. R.H. Rosman 6-4 6-0
2R: Nell Hall Hopman d. B Russell 6-2 6-1
2R: F Chamberlain d. J. Harrison 6-2 6-4

2R: Marie Toomey d. K Kennedy 6-0 6-2
2R: Gwen Thiele d. A. Sheidow 6-3 6-1
2R: Pam Southcombe d. Mrs H.T. Warhurst 6-1 6-1
2R: Loris Nichols d. S. Sheidow 6-3 6-1

QF: Newcombe d. Angwin 6-2 7-5
QF: Hopman d. Chamberlain 6-2 6-3
QF: Toomey d. Thiele 6-3 6-4
QF: Southcombe d. Nichols 6-3 6-3

SF: Hopman d. Newcombe 6-8 6-1 6-3
SF: Toomey d. Southcombe 6-2 6-1

FI: Nell Hopman d. Marie Toomey 6-3 6-2

DF: Nell Hopman/Sadie Newcombe d. Gwen Thiele/Marie Toomey 6-0 6-0

MX: Sadie Newcombe/Jaroslav Drobny (Egy) d. Nell Hopman/Harry Hopman 6-4 1-6 8-6


January 2, City of Perth Championships, Perth, Australia

FI: R. Ryan d. Val Bandy 3-6 6-2 8-6


circa December 26-January 2, Eastern Province Championships, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Clay)
Venue: Humewood Courts

FI: Mary Muller d. Toots Watermeyer 3-6 8-6 6-0

DF: Hazel Redick-Smith/Toots Watermeyer d. Phyllis Dimbleby/Mary Muller 6-2 6-3


circa December 26-January 2, Border Championships, East London, South Africa (Clay)

FI: Ruth Stevens d. Mrs K. Bowyer (Rho) 6-4 6-4

DF: Mrs B. Lewis/Ruth Stevens d. Mrs Pretorius/Mrs van Straaten 6-2 6-2

MX: Ruth Stevens/R. Stevens d. J. Palmer/R. Hartley 6-3 5-7 6-3

Mrs Bowyer was from Southern Rhodesia.

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Week of January 2-8

January 2-8 National Championships of India, Allahabad, India

Singles (Draw=10)

1R: Jean Quertier (GB) d. Pramila Khanna 6-1 6-2
1R: Gem Hoahing (GB) d. Laura Woodbridge 7-5 6-0

QF: Pat Todd (US) d. Quertier 6-4 6-3
QF: Kay Tuckey d. Maria Weiss (Arg) 6-3 7-5
QF: Nelly Adamson (Fra) d. Hoahing 6-4 6-4
QF: Gussy Moran (US) d. Betty Hilton (GB) 6-1 6-1

SF: Todd d. Tuckey 6-2 6-4
SF: Moran d. Adamson 5-7 6-2 6-2

FI: Pat Todd (US) d. Gussy Moran (US) 6-2 6-2


SF: Gussy Moran (US)/Pat Todd (US) d. Betty Hilton (GB)/Kay Tuckey (GB)6-4 7-5

FI: Gussy Moran (US)/Pat Todd (US) d. Gem Hoahing (GB)/Jean Quertier (GB) 6-3 9-7

MX: Pat Todd (US)/Dragutin Mitic (Yug) d Gussy Moran (US)/Philippe Washer (Bel) 4-6 6-3 7-5

“Like a quiet English country town” compared to the hustle and bustle of Calcutta.


January 8-16, Western Province Championships, Cape Town, South Africa (Clay)
Venue: Rondebosch Courts

SF: Mary Muller d. Mrs Copeland 6-4 6-4

FI: Mary Muller d. Phyllis Dimbleby 6-3 6-2


SF: Phyllis Dimbleby/Solveig Glietenberg d. Mary Muller/Miss Valentine-Brown 6-2 6-4
SF: Mrs Copeland/Miss Worthington d. Barbara Connor/Mrs Fairhead 6-3 7-5

FI: Phyllis Dimbleby/Solveig Glietenberg vs Mrs Copeland/Miss Worthington

MX: Mary Muller/Leon Norgarb d. Phyllis Dimbleby/Nigel Cockburn 6-4 7-5


December 26- January 7 Manly Seaside Championships, Sydney, Australia (Grass)
Venue: Manly Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=9)

1R: Alison Hattersley d. Joyce Fitch 3-6 7-5 6-2

QF: Nancye Bolton d. Vera Ashford 6-2 6-2
QF: Esme Ashford d. Beryl Penrose 6-3 6-4
QF: Dorn Fogarty d. Hattersley 12-10 6-4
QF: Thelma Coyne Long d ????

SF: Bolton d. E. Ashford 8-6 6-3
SF: Long d. Fogarty 6-2 7-5

FI: Thelma Long d. Nancye Bolton 6-2 6-2

DF: Nancye Bolton/Thelma Long d. Joyce Fitch/Beryl Penrose 6-3 6-4

MX: Thelma Long/George Worthington d. Joyce Fitch/John Bromwich 6-4 6-1


January 7 Albury Exhibition Albury, NSW, Australia(Grass)

Doris Hart (US) d. Louise Brough (US) 4-6 6-3 7-5

Doris Hart (US)/Ken McGregor vs. Louise Brough (US)/Colin Long 6-3 3-6

An exhibition to introduce the American stars to the Aussie public and to help them get acclimated to Oz.


January 3-?? Dixie Tennis Championships, Tampa, Florida, US (Clay)

Singles (Draw=at least 17)

1R: Laura Lou Jahn [1] d Martha Hutchinson 6-2 6-3

2R: Jahn [1] d Janet Turville 6-1 6-2
2R: Marta Barnett [2] d Ewing McAllister 6-2 6-2

QF: Jahn [1] d. ????
QF: Doris Jensen d. Suzanne Herr default
QF: Heather Nicholls (Ber) d. Lois Miller 6-4 7-5
QF: Barnett [2] d. ????

SF: Jahn [1] d Jenson 6-4 2-6 6-2
SF: Barnett [2] d Nicholls 6-1 6-0

FI Laura Lou Jahn [1] d Marta Barnett [2] 9-7 1-6 6-1


SF Barnett/Jahn d. Miller/Miller 6-1 6-1
SF Jensen/Nicholls d. Turville/Marcum 6-1 10-8

FI: Marta Barnett/Laura Lou Jahn d Doris Jenson/Heather Nicholls (Ber) 6-3 6-1

Nicholls is a Bermudan attending Rollins College in Florida.

Could the 2R=the quarterfinals? If so our draw may be complete.



Once again the British Women opted for Squash during the Winter - Betty Hilton – Vice Captain of the British Wightman Cup Team caused a surprise by beating Margot Lumb (Mrs W H Gordon) in the Quarter Finals of the Landsdowne Club Tournament. The other Semi Finalists were Joan Curry, Janet Morgan and Margaret Carlisle all renowned Tennis Players.

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Week of 9-15 January

January 9-15 Northern India Championships New Delhi, India

QF: Gussy Moran (US) d Khanum Singh 6-3 6-0
QF: Pat Todd (US) d Nelly Adamson (Fra) default

SF: Todd d Gem Hoahing (Hong Kong) 6-4 6-2
SF: Moran d Jean Quertier (GB) 6-1 6-2

FI: Gussy Moran (US) d Pat Todd (US) 6-1 4-6 6-1

DF: Betty Hilton (GB)/Kay Tuckey (GB) d Gussy Moran (US)/Pat Todd (US) 6-2 6-4

MX: Pat Todd (US)/Dragutin Mitic (Yug) d Gussy Moran (US)/Philippe Washer (Bel) 6-2 6-2

Gussie double faults on match point in the doubles final to hand the Brits an upset win. She redeems herself by winning the singles, breaking Pat Todd's win streak on the Indian circuit. Moran played with power, while the normally sharp Todd "drove balls wide or into the net."


January 7-14, New Zealand Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Margaret Beverly d. Evelyn Attwood 4-6 6-0 6-4

DF: Margaret Beverly/M. Robertson d. Irene Hatherley/T. Poole 4-6 6-2 7-5

MX: Margaret Beverly/ Owen Bold d. Evelyn Attwood/John Barry 6-2 8-6


January ???? West Province Championships, Cape Town, South Africa (Clay)

FI: Mary Muller d. Dimbleby 6-3 6-2


January 13-14 Australia vs. United States Women “First Test”, Melbourne, Australia (Grass)

Unites States defeated Australia 3-2

1st Day

Nancye Bolton d. Doris Hart (US) 6-4 4-6 6-4
Louise Brough (US) d. Joyce Fitch 5-7 6-1 -63

Also played-not part of Test match.
Mary Hawton/ Beryl Penrose d. Esme Ashford/Dorn Fogarty 6-4
Doris Hart (US)/OW Sidwell d. Louise Brough(US)/J Crawford 9-7

2nd Day

Louise Brough (US) d. Nancye Bolton 6-2 6-3
Doris Hart (US) d. Joyce Fitch 7-5 7-5

Nancy Bolton/Joyce Fitch d. Louise Brough/Doris Hart (US) 6-0 1-6 6-3


January 9-15 Florida West Coast Championships, St. Petersburg, Florida, US (Clay)

1R: Laura Lou Jahn [1] d Louise Coley 6-3 6-2
1R: Marta Barnett [3] d Mrs Pat Funk default


FI: Laura Lou Jahn [1] d Marta Barnett [3] 9-7 6-1

DF: Marta Barnett/Laura Lou Jahn d Jean Clarke/Rhoda Hopkins 4-6 6-1 6-2

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Week of 16-22 January

January 16-23 All India Hard Court, Madras, India (Clay)

Singles (Draw=at least 9)

1R: Kay Tuckey (GB) d. Mrs Harris 6-0 6-0

QF: Gussy Moran (US) d. Gem Hoahing (GB) 7-5 6-4
QF: Betty Hilton (GB) d. ????
QF: Maria Weiss (Arg) d. Jean Quertier (GB) 6-4 2-6 6-1
QF: Pat Todd (US) d. ????

SF: Moran d. Hilton 8-6 6-0
SF: Weiss d. Todd 7-5 6-4

FI: Gussy Moran (US) d. Maria Weiss (Arg) 6-0 3-6 6-1

Doubles (Draw=at least 6)

QF: Gussy Moran (US)/Pat Todd (US) d Sheila Roberts (Ceylon)/Wijayawardhane (Ceylon) 6-1 3-6 6-2
QF: Gem Hoahing (GB)/Jean Quertier (GB) d Mack/Maria Weiss (Arg) 6-4 6-1

SF: Moran/Todd d Hoahing/Quertier ????
SF: Hilotn/Tuckey d. ????

FI: Gussy Moran (US)/Pat Todd (US) d Betty Hilton (GB)/Kay Tuckey (GB) 7-5 6-2

MX: Betty Hilton (GB)/Gerald Paish d Maria Weiss (Arg)/Pedro Masip 6-0 6-2

“The highlight of the tour”. Linesman knew what they were doing. The crowds were very vocal and noisy during matches, “on occasions their good-natured barracking sounded more like a football match than a tennis match.” Autograph hounds were tenacious in Madras, even following players to the doors of their hotel rooms.

Moran announces her engagement to British businessman Anthony Davenport. They met here in India last month. Gussie declares it was "love at first sight."

Moran announces her engagement to British businessman Anthony Davenport. They met here in India last month. Gussie declares it was "love at first sight."

Gussie apparently didn't tell her parents first. When reporters camped out at her Santa Monica home Mrs Moran said: "I can't understand how she can announce it without telling us first. We haven't heard a word about it. But, Then, gussie has been engaged several times before." When told her daughter proclaimed it was love at first sight the mother retorted, "I've heard that one before too." Finally, when asked if Gussie would ever make her home in Calcutta: " Gertrude's last letter told us that water was at such a premium she had to bathe in half a pail of water. She'd never want to stay there. i know how that girl loves to wallow in the tub."

Next to weigh in via the papers is Moran prospective father-in law, Nicholas Davenport. "I think that 'Gorgeous Gussie' ia a silly title. She is a very attractive girl. My son has always admired American women. But a little bit on lace on your panties does not make you gorgeous. In fact it seems rather Victorian to me." Nicholas suggested the pair wait rather than go through with a planend Feb 5 wedding, suggesting they wait isx months and read his book "And So to Wed", which counsels waiting.

After winning the singles final Gussy announces the wedding "off" for now.


January 16-22, Florida State Championships, Orlando, Florida, US (Clay)

QF: Doris Jensen d. Rhoda Hopkins 2-6 6-4 6-4
QF: Laura Lou Jahn d. Marnee Norris 6-1 6-4
QF: Heather Nicholls (Ber) d. Ewing McAllister 6-4 6-0
QF: Ruth Pate d. Jean Clarke 3-6 9-7 8-6

SF: Jensen d. Pate 6-3 6-4
SF: Jahn d. Nicholls 6-4 9-7

FI: Doris Jensen d. Laura Lou Jahn 7-5 7-9 7-5

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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


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


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


Louise Brough (US) [1] d. Doris Hart (US) [2] 6-4 3-6 6-4


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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.



Seedings from the Melbourne Argus:

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Week of January 23-29

January 22-29, Scandanavian Covered Court Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark (Indoors on Wood)

QF: Hilde Sperling d Jacqueline Marcellin (Fra) 6-2 6-1
QF: Jean Walker-Smith (GB) d Lisa-Gram Anderson 6-3 7-5
QF: Joan Curry (GB) d Maire Arni (Fin) 3-6 6-3 6-3
QF: Bibbi Gullbrandson (Swe) d Anne-Marie Seghers (Fra) 6-3 6-3

SF: Sperling d Walker-Smith 6-1 6-3
SF: Curry d Gullbrandsson 6-2 8-6

FI: Hilde Sperling d. Joan Curry (GB) 6-3 6-0

DF: Bibbi Gulbrandsson (Swe)/Hide Sperling d. Lisa-Gram Anderson/Vera Johansen 6-2 3-0 retired

MX: Bibbi Gullbrandsson (Swe)/Sven Davidsson (Swe) d. Hilde Sperling/Bernard Destremau (Fra) 6-8 6-2 6-3


January 22-28 Southwest India Championships, Trivandrun, India

FI: Pat Todd (US) d Gussie Moran (US) 6-2 6-3


January 26-31, Western India Championships, Bombay, India

FI: Gem Hoahing (GB) d. Leela Dayal 6-0 6-1

DF: Gem Hoahing (GBR)/Joan Ingram (GB) d. Leela Dayal/Promilla Khana 6-1 6-2

MX: Laura Woodbridge/Vasant d. Lakshmi Merchant/Gerald D. Oakley (GB) 10-8 7-5

Mrs Dayal was formerly Leela Row.


January 23-29 South Florida Championships West Palm Beach, Florida, US (Clay)

QF: Jean Clarke d Nancy Dickson default
QF: Marta Barnett d Jean French default
QF: Rhoda Hopkins d Ewing McAllister 6-1 6-1
QF: Pat Miller d Angelica Kauffman 6-2 6-0

SF: Clarke d Barnett 6-1 6-2
SF: Hopkins d Miller 6-0 6-0

FI: Jean Clarke d Rhoda Hopkins 7-5 6-8 6-1

DF: Jean Clarke/Morrison d Marta Barnett/Ewing McAllister 9-7 5-7 8-6


ends January 30, Wangaratta Tournament, Wangaretta, Victoria, Australia

FI: Esme Ashford d. Mary Hawton 7-5 6-3

This date may well be "off" as both finalists participated in the Australian Nationals at about the same time.

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Week of 30 January-February 5

February 3-4, Australia vs. United States Women “Second Test”, Adelaide, Australia (Grass)

United States defeated Australia 4-1

1st Day

Doris Hart (US) d. Nancye Bolton 6-2 10-8
Louise Brough (US) d. Thelma Long 6-0 3-6 6-1
Nancy Bolton/Thelma Long d. Louise Brough/Doris Hart (US) 6-8 6-4 6-3

2nd Day

Doris Hart (US) d. Thelma Long 6-1 9-7
Louise Brough (US) d. Nancye Bolton 7-5 6-3

Also Exhibition doubles

Doris Hart (US)/Tom Warhurst d. Louise Brough (US)/Mehaffey 6-3 2-6 7-5


January 30-February 5 Austin Smith Championships Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States (Clay)

SF: Jahn d Lois Miller 6-2 6-1
SF: Hopkins d Jean French 8-6 6-1

FI: Laura Lou Jahn d Rhoda Hopkins 6-8 6-3 6-3

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Week of February 6-12

February 10-11, Australia vs. United States Women “Third Test”, Sydney, Australia (Grass)

United States defeated Australia 4-1

1st Day

Nancye Bolton d. Doris Hart (US) 7-5 6-0
Louise Brough (US) d. Joyce Fitch 2-6 6-1 6-3

2nd Day

Louise Brough (US) d. Nancye Bolton 2-6 6-1 6-2

Doris Hart (US) d. Joyce Fitch 3-6 6-2 6-2
Louise Brough/Doris Hart (US) d. Nancy Bolton/Joyce Fitch 6-2 8-6


ends February 12, Philippine Championships, Manila, Philippines

FI: Maria Weiss (Arg) d. Minda Ochoa Moldero 6-1 6-1


February 6-12, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, United States (Clay)

QF: Marta Barnett d. Mrs. Charles Church 6-0 6-0
QF: Mrs. Harvey James d. Suzanne Herr 8-6 5-7 6-3
QF: Rhoda Hopkins d. Stella Gramaldi 6-3 6-1
QF: Lois Miller d. Helen Holmes 6-0 6-1

SF: Barnett d. James 6-3 6-2
SF: Hopkins d. Miller 6-3 4-6 6-0

FI: Rhoda Hopkins d. Marta Barnett 6-3 6-4

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Week of February 13-19

ends February 19 Covered Court Championships of France, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Racing Club de France

QF: Suzanne Pannetier d. Annalisa Bossi (Ita) 6-2 6-4

SF: Anne-Marie Seghers d Jacqueline Boutin 7-5 4-6 6-3
SF: Arlette Halff d Pannetier ????

FI: Anne-Marie Seghers d Arlette Halff 6-1 6-2


SF: Myrtil Dubois/Suzanne Pannetier d. Colette Boegner/Maud Galtier 6-2 6-3
SF: Arlette Halff/Anne-Marie Seghers d. Jacqueline Foy/Andree Varin 6-2 6-3

FI: Arlette Halff/Anne-Marie Seghers d. Myrtil Dubois/Suzanne Pannetier 6-3 6-1

MX: Jacqueline Marcellin/Sven Davidson (Swe) d Nicla Migliori (Ita)/Cucelli (Ita)default


February 16-19 Annual Palm Springs Invitation Palm Springs, California, United States (Hard/Cement)

QF: Helen Pastall Perez d. Pat Yeomans 7-5 6-0
QF: Mary Arnold Prentiss d. Dodo Cheney 7-5 6-3
QF: Magda Rurac d Barbara Kimbrell 6-4 6-2
QF: Nacy Chaffee d. ????

SF: Pastall d Arnold 3-6 6-3 6-2
SF: Chaffee d Rurac ????

FI: Helen Perez d Nancy Chaffee 3-6 10-8 6-4


February 14, Canterbury Sydney Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

Nancye Bolton/Esme Ashford d. Thelma Long/Louise Brough (US) 6-4 6-4

Louise Brough (US)/Mervyn Rose d. Nancye Bolton/Geoff Brown 3-6 6-1 6-3

Esme Ashford/Mervyn Rose d. Thelma Long/Geoff Brown 6-3 7-5


February 16-19 Cricket Club of India Championships, Bombay, India
Venue: Cricket Club of India

Singles (Draw=at least 9)

QF: Gussie Moran (US) d. Laxmi Mercahnt 6-1 6-0
QF: Laura Woodbridge d. ????
QF: Pramilla Khanna d. ????
QF: Pat Todd (US) d. Jaya Kania 6-1 6-0

SF: Moran d. Woodbridge 6-0 6-1
SF: Todd d. Khanna 6-2 6-4

FI: Gussy Moran (US) d. Pat Todd (US) 6-2 6-3

DF: Joan Ingram (GB)/Pat Todd (US) d. Pramilla Khanna/Gussy Moran (US) 6-4 6-0

While Gussie wins in India she is still making news halfway around the world with her panties. The designer of the notorious undergarments was fired from his Wimbledon job after the committee objected to his plans to design another outfit for Glamorous Gussie. Tinling: "The club hierarchy thought the panties outrageous. I tohught them glamorous and sensational and just what was needed to add a bot of sex to the place."

Draw note: the QF=the second round in singles.


February 20, Sydney Exhibition, Sydney, Australia (Grass)

Thelma Long d. Louise Brough (US) 6-3 6-1

Even though this was an exhibition both the result and the score were shocking.



Kay Stammers Menzies leaves GB this month to go live with her husband in South Africa.

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Week of February 20-26

February 20, Killara Sydney Exhibition, Sydney, Australia (Grass)

Thelma Long d Louise Brough (US) 6-3 6-1

Thelma Long/Mervyn Rose d. Louise Brough (US)/Jack Crawford 8-6 6-1

Brough left Sydney for America that night



Wimbledon "Call Boy" and fashion designer Ted Tinling was forced to resign after staid Wimbledon officials objected to the mere thought of his designed more dresses for Gorgeous Gussy" Moran whose "unmentionables" had men on their stomachs in droves in England last summer trying to catch a glimpse of her lace panties.

"The club hierarchy thought the lace panties outrageous", he said.

"I thought them glamorous and sensational and just what was needed to add a bit of sex to the place." (NYT, Feb 22, 1950)

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Week of February 27-March 5

February 22-March 6 Eastern Indoor Championships, New York City, New York, United States (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Kingsbridge Armory, the Bronx.

Singles (Draw=at least 9)

1R: Helen Germaine [3] d. Gladys Wilson 6-0 6-0

QF: Althea Gibson [4] d. Isabel Troccole 6-1 6-2
QF: Edna Salichs [2] d. Susan Bralower 6-0 6-1
QF: Judy Atterbury d. Germaine [3] 6-3 6-3
QF: Millicent Hirsch Lang d. Norma Taubele Barber [1] 3-6 6-2 6-0

SF: Gibson [4] d. Salichs [2] 7-5 6-3
SF: Lang d. Atterbury 6-3 6-4

FI: Althea Gibson [4] d Millicent Lang 6-3 6-1

Spectators watched in heavy clothes-the event coincided with a snowstorm at the start.

The ladies final was on March 5.

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Week of March 6-12

March 4-12 Championships Of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt (Clay)
Venue: Gezira Sporting Club

Singles (Draw=at least 10)

1R: Gussy Moran (US) d. Nancy Eid 6-0 6-2
1R: Maria Weiss (Arg) d. Mrs Elliott Payne 6-1 6-1
1R: ???? d. Pat Todd (US) default (ill)

QF: Moran d. Georgina Greiss 6-0 6-0
QF: Gem Hoahing (GB) d. ????
QF: Annalisa Bossi (Ita) d. ????
QF: Weiss d. Barbara Scofield (US) 5-7 6-0 6-3

SF: Moran d. Hoahing 6-0 6-4
SF: Weiss d Annalisa Bossi 6-2 6-2

FI: Gussy Moran (US) d Maria Weiss (Arg) 6-2 6-3


QF: Scofield/Weiss d. Mrs C. Brown/Mrs A. Saul 6-4 6-1
QF: Moran/Todd d. Guillemot/Vassiliades 6-3 6-0

SF: Scofield/Weiss d. Bossi/Hoahing 6-4 6-1
SF: Moran/Todd d. Greiss/Betsy Ventner 6-4 11-9

FI: Gussy Moran (US)/Pat Todd (US) d. Barbara Scofield (US)/Maria Weiss (Arg) 6-1 6-2

Mixed Doubles

?R: Gussy Moran/Philippe Washer (Bel) d. Miss Clays.E. Mandlebaum 6-1 6-1

FI: Gussy Moran/Philippe Washer (Bel) d. Pat Todd (US)/Adrian Quist (Aus) 9-7 6-2

Pat Todd was ill and taken to a hospital at the start of the tourney. She spent the night in the hospital and drops out of the singles; playing only doubles. A capacity crowd of 6,000 sees the mixed final.

Gussy Moran makes news on and off court. Gorgeous Guusy wins all 3 events in Cairo. Off court she made headlines by calling off her engagement to British businessman Anthony Davenport. The Announcement was mutual.

The event was supposed to start on March 3.


March 6-12 Caribbean Championships Montego Bay Jamaica (Grass)

QF Nancy Chaffee d Kay Winthrop 6-2 6-2
QF Betty Rosenquest d Mildred Cambridge 6-0 6-1
QF Marta Barnett d Baba Madden Lewis 8-6 6-3
QF Nancy Morrison d Ivy Covey Ramsey 10-8 6-0

SF Chaffee d Rosenquest 6-4 6-4
SF Morrison d Barnett 6-4 3-6 6-4

FI Nancy Chaffee d Nancy Morrison 9-7 6-0


1R Barnett/Elaine Lewicki bye
1R Chafee/Rosenquest d. Cambridge/Mary Carvajal 6-1 6-0
1R Kay McKean/Virginia Royer d. Ramsey/Mrs. M.B. Praczukowski8-10 64- 7-5
1R Lewis/Morrison d. Mrs. H.F. Bicknell/Dr. Margaret Bevan 6-1 6-2

SF Chaffee/Rosenquest d. Barnett/Lewicki 9-7 6-4
SF Lewis/Morrison d. Boyer/McKean 6-3 7-5

FI Chaffee/Rosenquest d. Lewis/Morrison 6-1 6-2

MX Chaffee/Fred Kovaleski d. Rosenquest/Tony Trabert 6-2 6-2


February 28-March 12, Central American and Caribbean Games, Guatemala

FI: Hilde Heyn (Mex) d. Imelda "Melita" Ramirez (Mex) ??

DF: Carmen Christlieb (Mex) /Hilde Heyn (Mex) d. Sibilla Garbrecht/Alicia de Linares ??

MX: Melita Ramirez/Gustavo Palafox (Mex) d. Carmen Nottebohn/Hector Estrada (Gua) ??

March 13, South-West Districts, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

FI: Joy Strickland d. L. Lamb 6-3 8-6

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Week of March 13-19

March 13-19 Cannes Lawn Tennis Tournament, Cannes, France (Clay)

QF: Gilberte Jamin d Blanchett 6-1 6-1
QF: Andy Ross-Dilley (GB) d Jeanette Poncelet 5-7 6-0 6-3
QF: Lucia Manfredi (Ita) d A Passet 6-1 6-2
QF: Solvieg Glietenberg (SA) d. ????

SF: Jamain d A Ross-Dilley 6-2 6-2
SF: Manfredi d Glietenberg 7-5 6-3

FI: Lucia Manfredi (Ita) d Gilberte Jamain 2-6 7-5 6-4

DF: Lucia Manfredi (Ita)/A Passet d Solvieg Glietenberg (SA)/Gilberte Jamain 6-3 6-2


March 10-19 La Jolla Invitation La Jolla, California, US (Hard/Cement)

QF: Gracyn Wheeler Kelleher d Patsy Zellmer 6-0 6-2
QF: Barbara Kimbrell d Pay Yeomans 6-2 6-3
QF: Mary Arnold Prentiss d Barbara Green 6-0 6-3
QF: Dodo Bundy Cheney d Maureen Connolly 6-4 6-4

SF: Kelleher d Kimbrell 6-1 4-6 6-4
SF: Cheney d Prentiss 4-6 7-5 6-2

FI: Dodo Cheney d Gracyn Kelleher 6-1 6-2

Mixed Doubles

QF: Louise Brough/George Richards d. Zellmer/Robert Stanford 6-1 8-6
QF: Prentiss/Jack Shoemaker d. Kimbrell/Bob Kimbrell 3-6 6-4 6-4
QF: Cheney/Bill Canning d. Kelleher/Robert Kelleher 6-3 6-3
QF: Connolly/Ted Schroeder d. Yeomans/Ed Yeomans 6-3 6-4

SF: Prentiss/Shoemaker d. Brough/Richards 4-6 6-4 6-2
SF: Connolly/Schroeder d. Cheney/Canning 7-5 6-3

FI: Maureen Connolly/Ted Schroeder d. Mary Prentiss/Jack Shoemaker 6-3 4-6 6-3


Mid-March New England Indoor Championships Longwood, Massachusetts, US (Indoors)

QF: Baba Madden Lewis d Elaine Lewicki 6-4 3-6 6-3
QF: Kay Hubbell d Edith Ann Sullivan 6-3 6-1
QF: Lois Felix d Jean Davis 6-1 6-3
QF: Midge Gladman Buck d Marjorie Sachs Pickhardt 6-0 7-5

SF: Lewis d Hubbell 4-6 6-3 6-2
SF: M Buck d Felix 6-2 6-4

FI: Midge Buck d Baba Lewis 6-1 6-2

DF: Johnson/Marjorie Pickhardt d Lois Felix/Kay Hubbell 6-4 3-6 7-5


ending Sunday March 19 Eastern Suburbs Hard Court Championships, Sydney, Australia (Clay)
Venue: Kensington East Courts

(Played mainly over weekends)

SF: Thelma Coyne Long d. H Taylor 6-0 6-1
SF: Esme Ashford d. Dorn Fogarty 1-6 6-1 6-1

FI: Thelma Long d. Esme Ashford 6-3 9-7


March 17-18 United States vs South Africa, Capetown, South Africa (Clay)

United States d South Africa 5-3 (included mens and womens matches)

Day 1

Doris Hart (US) d Sheila Summers 3-6 6-1 6-2
Toots Watermeyer/Cockburn d Shirley Fry/Tappy Larsen (US) 6-4 4-6 6-4
Doris Hart/Vic Seixas (US) d Sheila Summers/Eric Sturgess 6-2 4-6 7-5

Day 2

Shirley Fry (US) d Mary Muller 6-1 4-6 6-0
Fry/Hart (US) d Sheila Summers/E Watermeyer 6-3 8-6


March 13-18 Southdean Covered Courts, England (Indoors)

F: Betty Coutts d. Gladys Lines 6-2 5-7 7-5

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