Lehane was the first woman to use two hands on the backhand and reach a slam final.
Navratilova is still the only woman to win the Fed Cup for two different nations.
Lottie Dod made a lot of the other mad because as a young girl she wasn't required to wear long skirts. The "Little Wonder" could scamper around the court while the other women often had to use one hand to lift their skirts so they run!
Lottie was an Olympic medalist in another sport (maybe archery?)-this must be unique.
I know she's not on your list, but one American socialite champ (Maud Barger-Wallach) was so prone to ailments that she had a nurse on hand at all her matches.
Anita Lizana was the first South American to win a slam. After her win she was mobbed by her countrymen. Overcone with excitement, "the senorita" (I love how papers back then always called players senorita, Fraulein, Mademoiselle, etc) fainted dead away. The picture of her being carried out of the stadium like a corpse on the shoulders of several men is a classic!
The senorita married a Scot, and Gallofa told us that years later when she returned to Chile she needed a translator because she could no longer understand Spanish.
In the match point thread I posted about a match on the Riviera where a British player got to match point in her favor and defaulted! It was the semis too. She had a plane or train to catch and just couldn't be bothered I guess!
Which brings to mind Hana Mandlikova walking off the court against Sylvia Hanika at Monte Carlo in 1981 in the final in the middle of the 3rd set. She had a plane to catch for an exhibition in South America.
Molla Mallory listed her job as a masseuse when she came to Americas in 1915.
Always thought Chris evert's first Italian was funny. They shouted "dai, dai" at her. She thought they meant "die" when they were only encouraging her.
The catfight award goes to two Germans-in 1928. See this thread.
Aussem's mother was convinced Von Reznicek was giving her daughter the "evil eye" and said so to the German federation and the press. Reznicek demanded she take back her words. When mama Aussem refused Reznicek gave her the fist.
Think Anna Kournikova with all her double faults was bad? In 1957 a Miss Amorin served 17 STRAIFGT double faults in the seconf round of Wimbledon. She lost in 3 sets.
Best of luck Brian-we're looking forward to what you come up with