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post #38 of (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 2011, 04:12 AM
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Re: Maureen Connolly: Most dominant player ever

In an interview published on 14 August 1966 in the Reading Post, Doris Hart said,
"I played in nine Wimbledons and lost twice in the finals. Louise Brough beat me in 1948 and Maureen Connolly and I had a great match for the title in 1953. She beat me 7-5, 6-4 and I felt like a winner. I played as well as I knew how and it wasn't good enough. She was the best I ever played against."
That's saying a lot, as Hart's career in Grand Slam singles tournaments began in 1940 and ended in 1955. Her contemporaries included Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Cooke Danzig, Pauline Betz Addie, Margaret Osborne DuPont, Shirley Fry Irvin, Althea Gibson, Louise Brough Clapp, Dorothy Bundy Cheney, Beverly Baker Fleitz, Helen Jacobs, Patricia Canning Todd, Nancye Wynne Bolton, Thelma Coyne Long, and Dorothy Head Knode.
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