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1948 UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates: September 10-20
Venue: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, New York City, New York, United States
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=52)

1st Round

Doris Hart [2]-bye
Louise Ganzenmuller-bye
Betty Rosenquest-bye
Carmen Fernandez (Mex) [6F]-bye
Gussy Moran [7]-bye
Kay Hubbell-bye
Dottie Head d. Sissy Leach (SA) 6-1 6-2
Betty Hilton(GB) [3F] d. Jean French 6-1 7-5

Margaret du Pont [3] d. Nina Irwin 6-2 6-3
Rosemary Buck d. Virginia Lee Boyer 6-2 6-3
Elfi Carroll d. Elaine Fildes (Can) 6-0 6-4
Argyll Rice d. Betty Coumbe 6-0 6-1
Beverly Baker [6] d. Mary Lou Beyer 6-0 6-1
Nancy Morrison d. Midge Buck 6-2 6-4
Helen Pastall d. Louise Isaacs 6-1 6-3
Magda Rurac (Rom) [1F] d. Lois Felix 6-4 4-6 6-2

Louise Brough [1] d. Charlotte Decker 6-1 6-1
Dodo Cheney d. Edna Salichs 6-1 6-2
Nancy Chaffee d. Eleanor Cushingham 6-1 6-3
Joy Gannon (GB) [5F] d. Barbara Scarlett 6-1 6-4
Shirley Fry [5] d. Elaine Lewicki 6-1 6-2
Barbara Wilkins d. Jane Austin 6-0 6-2
Virginia Kovacs d. Marta Barnett 6-0 8-6
Sheila Summers (SA) [4F] d. Baba Lewis 6-2 6-1

Pat Todd [4] d. Sylvia Knowles 6-1 6-0
Helen Rihbany d. Patricia Macken (Can) 6-0 6-3
Laura Lou Jahn-bye
Ann Gray-bye
Melita Ramirez (Mex)-bye
Bunny Vosters-bye
Patricia Stuhler-bye
Nelly Landry (Fra) [2F]-bye

2nd Round

Hart [2] d. Ganzenmuller 6-2 6-0
Rosenquest d. Fernandez [6F] 6-0 6-1
Moran [7] d. Hubbell 6-2 7-5
Head d. Hilton [3F] 11-9 6-3
du Pont [3] d. R. Buck 6-1 6-2
Rice d. Carroll 6-8 6-4 6-2
Baker [6] d. Morrison 7-5 7-5
Pastall d. Rurac [1H] 5-7 6-4 6-4

Brough [1] d. Cheney 6-4 6-2
Chaffee d. Gannon [5G] 6-3 6-8 6-3
Fry [5] d. Wilkins 6-2 7-5
Kovacs d. Summers [4F] 7-5 6-3
Todd [4] d. Rihbany 6-2 6-2
Gray d. Jahn 6-8 6-3 6-3
Vosters d. Ramirez 6-2 6-2
Landry [2F] d. Stuhler 6-0 6-2

3rd Round

Hart [2] d. Rosenquest 6-2 6-4
Moran [7] d. Head 6-3 6-2
du Pont [3] d. Rice 6-2 6-0
Baker [6] d. Pastall 6-4 1-6 6-3

Brough [1] d. Chaffee 6-2 6-2
Kovacs d. Fry [5] 6-2 5-7 6-4
Todd [4] d. Gray 6-0 6-1
Vosters d. Landry [F2] 6-2 6-2

Quarterfinals

Moran [7] d. Hart [2] 6-4 6-4
du Pont [3] d. Baker [6] 1-6 6-2 6-0
Brough [1] d. Kovacs 6-3 6-2
Todd [4] d. Vosters 6-3 6-1

Semifinals


du Pont [3] d. Moran [7] 10-8 6-4
Brough [1] d. Todd [4] 6-3 6-3

Final

Margaret du Pont [3] d. Louise Brough [1] 4-6 6-4 15-13



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Mixed Doubles (Draw=44)

1st Round

Margaret du Pont/Bill Talbert [1]- bye
Patricia Stuhler/Henry van Renseelaer-bye
Lois Felix/Theodore Backe-bye
Elaine Fildes (Can)/Hal Burrows-bye
Betty Rosenquest/Sid Schwartz-bye
Shirley Fry/Enrique Morea (Arg) [6]-bye
Dottie Head/Sam Match-bye
Joy Gannon (GB)/Geoff Brown (Aus) [4F]-bye

Gussy Moran/Bob Falkenburg [3]-bye
Magda Rurac (Rom)/Vinni Rurac (Rom) d. Betty Coumbe/Brendan Macken (Can) default
Barbara Wilkens/William Tully d. Edna Salichs/Frank Salichs 6-1 6-3
Nelly Landry (Fra)/Harry Hopman (Aus) [6F] d. Eleanor Cushingham/Ladislav Hecht default
Jean French/Richard Seeler d. Isabelle Farrington/Bruce Thomas 6-1 6-2
Helen Rihbany/Vladimir Cernik (Cz) d. Sissy Leach (SA)/Ricardo Balbiers (Chile) 8-6 6-2
Sylvia Knowles/Art Larsen d. Virginia Lee Boyer/James Bicknell 6-3 6-3
Pat Todd/Jaroslav Drobny (Cz) [2F] d. Rosemary Buck/Bill Clothier 6-1 6-2

Louise Brough/Tim Brown [2] d. Patricia Macken (Can)/Robert Malaga 6-0 6-3
Nancy Chaffee/Herbert Behrens d. Nina Irwin/Philip Hanna 6-3 6-4
Louise Ganzenmuller/Gus Ganzenmuller d. Sue Geller/Jack Geller 62 61
Sheila Summers (SA)/Eric Sturgess (SA) [5F] d. Argyll Rice/Robert Abdesselam (Fra) 6-0 8-6
Beverly Baker/Pancho Gonzales [5] d. Baba Lewis/Felicisimo Ampon (Phil) 6-4 6-2
Gloria Butler/Sidney Wood d. Melita Ramirez (Mex)/Francisco Galvan (Mex) 6-4 7-5
Helen Pastall/Fred Kovaleski-bye
Betty Hilton (GB)/Tony Mottram (GB) [3F]-bye

Midge Buck/Frank Shields [4]-bye
Virginia Lee Boyer/Clark Taylor-bye
Nancy Morrison/Thomas Boys-bye
Elaine Lewicki/Alex Hetzeck-bye
Kay Hubbell/Arnold Saul-bye
Laura Lou Jahn/Henri Rochon (Can)-bye
Carmen Fernandez (Mex)/Raul Fernandez (Mex)-bye
Doris Hart/Frank Sedgman (Aus) [1F]-bye

2nd Round


du Pont/Talbert [1] d. Stuhler/van Renseelaer 6-1 6-2
Felix/Backe d. Fildes/Burrows 6-4 6-4
Rosenquest/Schwartz d. Fry/Morea [6] 2-6 6-3 7-5
Head/Match d. Gannon/G Brown [4F] default
Moran/Falkenburg [3] d. Rurac/Rurac 6-4 6-1
Landry/Hopman [6F] d. Wilkins/Tully 6-1 6-0
Rihbany/Cernik d. French/Seeler 6-1 6-3
Todd/Drobny [2F] d. Knowles/Larsen 6-3 4-6 6-1

Brough/Brown [2] d. Chaffee/Behrens 7-5 7-5
Summers/Sturgess [5F] d. Ganzenmuller/Ganzenmuller 6-3 6-1
Baker/Gonzales [5] d. Butler/Wood 6-1 6-4
Hilton/Mottram [3F] d. Pastall/Kovaleski 15-13 6-3
M Buck/Shields [4] d. Boyer/Taylor 2-6 7-5 6-2
Morrison/Boys d. Lewicki/Hetzeck 8-6 17-15
Hubbell/Saul d. Jahn/Rochon 6-4 6-3
Hart/Sedgman [1F] d. Fernandez/Fernandez 6-0 6-3

3rd Round

du Pont/Talbert [1] d. Felix/Backe 6-2 6-2
Rosenquest/Schwartz d. Head/Match default
Moram/Falkenburg [3] d. Landry/Hopman [6F] 6-2 11-9
Todd/Drobny [2F] d. Rihbany/Cernik 9-7 6-4

Brough/Brown [2] d. Summers/Sturgess [5F] 9-7 6-4
Baker/Gonzales [5] d. Hilton/Mottram [3F] 9-7 6-4
M Buck/Shields [4] d. Morrison/Boys 2-6 6-3 6-4
Hart/Sedgman [1F] d. Hubbell/Saul 6-4 6-3

Quarterfinals

du Pont/Talbert [1] d. Rosenquest/Schwartz 6-0 0-6 6-3
Moran/Falkenburgn[3] d. Todd/Drobny [2F] 7-5 6-1
Brough/Brown [2] d. Baker/Gonzales [5] 6-4 6-4
Hart/Sedgman [1F] d. M Buck/Shields [4] 6-2 6-4

Semifinals

du Pont/Talbert [1] d. Moran/Falkenburg [4] 27-25 5-7 6-1
Brough/Brown [2] d. Hart/Sedgman [1F] 6-2 5-7 8-6


Final

Louise Brough/Tim Brown [2] d. Margaret du Pont/Bill Talbert [1] 6-4 6-4

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Draw Notes:

Draws are complete and in draw order with no missing names.
WABD televised the final Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2 to 6 pm each day.

Isabelle Farrington=Mrs Harold Farrington
Mrs Louise Isaacs=nee Louise Snow, who md in 1948.

This is the first US Championships since 1930 without Kay Winthrop McKean, who recently gave birth.

Several Matches were won from match point down:

Mixed SF: Brough/Brown [2] d. Hart/Sedgman [1F] 6-2 5-7 8-6 (1 match point in 3rd set, Brough and Brown went on to win the title]
Singles FI: Margaret du Pont [3] d. Louise Brough [1] 4-6 6-4 15-13 (1 match point in 3rd set)

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Sources:

American Lawn Tennis, October 1948 issue, pages 6-25.

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Summary:

Fate had been kind to Brough in 1947 as a lucky line call had saved her when facing a match point in the semis. By a cruel irony she lost a long duel this year to friend and doubles partner du Pont after blowing match ball.

Most of the early contests were "of the steamroller variety" as one writer phrased it. The upsets of all the top foreign seeds drained the prospect of later contests, including a hoped-for match of Landry and Todd. Landry had won the French Open 3 months earlier after a huge storm of controversy when the French defaulted defending champion Todd (*see the 48 French results for details).

The first big upset came in the quarters, where Gussy Moran downed Doris Hart by serving hard and aiming at the Hart backhand, which repeatedly let Doris down. Moran hardly came to net at all, and when Hart got there she often erred or was passed. It fittingly ended on a backhand return of service error.

Margaret du Pont was beset by tragedy before her semifinal match when the referee informed her that her father had died in an auto accident in California. Margaret decided to play on, supported by her husband watching in the stands.

Her opponent in the penultimate round was "Gorgeous" Gussy Moran. More famous for fashion, on this day Gussy put up a tremendous fight. Hitting hard and with depth, she had a set point at 6-5 and 2 more set points 8-7. Margaret used all her wiles to break up the rhythm of her fellow Californian. She finally grabbed the first set 10-8 after Moran double faulted twice and had an out ball hit her as she slipped along the baseline. Mrs du Pony pulled through 10-8 6-4. By comparison the other semi was tame as Brough was too tough for Pat Todd.

The final was marked by erratic play from start to finish, but was epic in it's length and closeness. The women started in the early afternoon only to have rain twice interrupt the match. The second downpour caught everyone by surprise, drenching the 11,000 fans. Most had come to see the men's final, and in the long third set they showed their impatience with the women.

For 26 games in the third set the women held service until Mrs. du Pont got the vital break. Brough failed to convert 3 break points at 4-3. At 5-6 and match point down Margaret was saved when Louise put a serve into the net.

The entire match had only 3 breaks of serve. "Neither played at her best. although both rose to brilliant height at the net, particularly in their smashing, and the inablilty to return serve resulted in a steady stream of errors."

The end was greeted with a large round of applause. At 48 games it remains the longest 3 set women's final in US open history, second only to the 5 set final of 1898. After this match Brough led their head to head encounters by 16 to 14.

It was a great effort considering all the women had to put up with. Margaret had just lost her father, the rain had both on edge, and finally some of the officials and crowd were rude. After the second rain delay Brough had to wait while her wet dress was ironed dry. When the rain stopped Louise recalled that "we couldn't go on because I didn't have my dress. They blamed Margaret and me, and it wasn't Margaret's fault at all. It was a tense situation because I was waiting there for my dress and worrying they were going to default me. They were so mad."

To top it off once back on court a few in the crowd shouted "Bring on the men, Bring on the men!"

After the women's final they got what they waited for. The men's final was a quick blowout affair that ended as the sun set.

The mixed final was held the next day (September 20) due to the length of the finals.

Last edited by Rollo; Mar 8th, 2017 at 08:08 PM.
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