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1932 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates: February 6-13
Venue: Memorial Drive, Adelaide
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=17)

1st Round

Edna Lawrence d. Roma Wadey 6-2 6-2

2nd Round

Jean Wilson d. Esna Robertson [1] default
Dorothy Weston d. Mollie McGrath 4-6 6-4 6-2
Coral Buttsworth [3] d. Gwen Griffiths 6-3 6-1
Meryl O'Hara-Wood d Lawrence 6-2 6-2

Marjorie Crawford [2] d. Gwen Stevenson 6-1 6-2
Kath Le Messurier d. Dorothy Anderson 6-3 6-0
Frances Hoddle-Wrigley [4] d. Edna Collison 6-2 6-2
Emily Westacott d. Betty Ward 4-6 6-3 6-1

Quarterfinals

Weston d. Wilson 6-1 6-0
Buttsworth [3] d. O'Hara-Wood 6-1 6-3
Le Messurier d. Crawford [2] 6-2 6-4
Westacott d. Hoddle-Wrigley [4] 6-4 7-5

Semifinals

Buttsworth [3] d. Weston 6-1 6-1
Le Messurier d. Westacott 10-8 7-5

Final

Corral Buttsworth [3] d. Kath Le Messurier 9-7 6-4

Mrs Buttsworth



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Doubles (Draw=11)

1st Round

Meryl O'Hara Wood/Nancy Lewis-bye
Betty Ward/Jean Wilson-bye
Mollie McGrath/Edna Lawrence d. Dorothy Anderson/Gwen Stevenson 7-5 2-6 6-2
Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4] d. Flo Francisco/Joyce Williams 6-4 6-0

Emily Westacott/Frances Hoddle Wrigley [3] d. Roma Wadey/Joyce Lillecrapp 6-3 6-2
Gwen Griffiths/Christobel Finlayson-bye
Truda Cox/Edna Collison-bye
Corral Buttsworth/Marjorie Crawford [2]-bye

Quarterfinals

O'Hara Wood/Lewis d. Ward/Wilson 6-2 6-4
Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. McGrath/Lawrence 6-4 6-3
Westacott/Hoddle Wrigley [3] d. Griffiths/Finlayson 6-2 6-2
Buttsworth/Crawford [2] d. Cox/Collison 4-6 6-3 6-2

Semifinals

Le Messurier/Weston [4] d. O'Hara Wood/Lewis 6-2 8-10 6-3
Buttsworth/Crawford [2] d. Westacott/Hoddle Wrigley[3] 6-4 6-3

Final

Corral Buttsworth/Marjorie Crawford [2] d. Kath Le Messurier/Dot Weston [4] 6-2 6-2

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Mixed Doubles (Draw=20)

1st Round

Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Dot Stevenson/Reg Ewin 6-2 6-3
Joyce Williams/Gar Hone d. Joyce Lillecrapp/Robert Barbour 6-4 6-3
Nancy Lewis/Aubrey Willard d. Emily Westacott/Gar Moon 8-9 7-9 6-3
Gwen Griffiths/Jack Hawkes d. Dorothy Anderson/Cliff Sproule 6-4 1-6 6-3

2nd Round

Edna Lawrence/Ron Hone d. Frances Hoddle Wrigley/Ryosuki Nunoi (Jap) 8-6 6-3
Corral Buttsworth/Charles Donohue [4] d. Flo Francisco/Ronald Cummings 4-6 8-6 6-2
Kath Le Messurier/Don Turnbull d. Truda Cox/Allan Knight 6-1 6-4
Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Williams/G Hone 6-2 6-1

Lewis/Willard d. Griffiths/Hawkes 4-6 6-4 7-5
Meryl O'Hara Wood/Jiro Satoh (Jap) [3] d. Dot Weston/Ernest Rowe 6-2 6-0
Mollie McGrath/Cliff Harvey d. Christobel Finlayson/RL Shephard 6-2 6-1
Gwen Stevenson/Bert Tonkin d. Edna Collison/Takeichi Harada (Jap) 2-6 6-4 6-4

Quarterfinals

Buttsworth/Donohue [4] d. Lawrence/R Hone 6-4 7-5
Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Le Messurier/Turnbull default (Turnbull ill)
O'Hara Wood/Satoh [3] d. Lewis/Willard 6-3 6-2
Stevenson/Tonkin d. McGrath/Harvey 6-4 4-6 7-5

Semifinals

Crawford/Crawford [1] d. Buttsworth/Donohue [4] 6-3 6-2
O'Hara Wood/Satoh [3] d. Stevenson/Tonkin 6-2 4-6 6-2

Final

Marjorie Crawford/Jack Crawford [1] d. Meryl O'Hard Wood/Jiro Satoh [3] 6-8 8-6 6-3

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Draw notes:

Esna Boyd Robertson withdraws when her mother dies on the eve of the event. This means redoing some parts of the draw, as she was originally slated to partner Meryl O’Hara Wood in the doubles as the #1 seeds and #3 seed with Harada in the mixed. Junior Nancy Lewis plays with Wood in doubles and Edna Collinson partners Harada.

Missing full name for:


No one. All names are complete.

Notes on others in draw:

Dorothy Anderson=Miss D. J. Anderson of Victoria. The initials stand for Dorothy Jesmond.
Truda Cox from Victoria
Christobel Finlayson is captain of the Hyde Park Tennis team.
The Melbourne Argus confirms the name for Joyce Lillecrapp (there is no "e" on the end)
The Mail renders McGrath’s first name as “Molly” rather than “Mollie”.
Stevenson and Tonkin juniors from Victoria
Joyce Williams was a junior from NSW.
Jean Wilson from South Australia

RRB Barbour=Robert Barbour
AW Knight=Allan Walton Knight.

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Sources:

The Adelaide Mail, The Melbourne Argus, and The Sydney Morning Herald. The Mercury (Hobart) provided original draw in the draw order.

Gee Tee provided the seeds.

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Summary:

Esna Boyd Robertson withdraws when her mother dies on the eve of the event. This opens up the women's draw.

Buttsworth was able to rededicate herself to tennis some 18 months ago when her six year old daughter Margaret came of age to attend school. Corrie’s lobs scored at times, but her real killer was a chop shot off the backhand that often just cleared the net and died.

Girl champion Nancy Lewis, aged 18, is a second year medical student at Melbourne University. The Mail notes that she is “tall, slim, and particularly retiring. She has an almost limitless number of strokes….She has played tennis as long as she can remember.” Lewis reaches the doubles semifinal but is not in the singles.

Coral Buttsworth was unable to consolidate her newly acquired status during the rest of 1931 losing many matches but was still ranked no. 2 in Australia. Returning in 1932 she defeated veteran Meryl O'Hara Wood and Dorothy Weston to reach the final to face Kath Le Mesurier. Le Mesurier turned the tables on Marjorie Crawford from last year, beating her in the quarters and holding out up-and-coming Emily Westacott.

Le Mesurier, cheered on by the partisan crowd, led 4-1 40-0 in the first set, but the heavily chopped shots of Buttsworth, barely raising on grass, were beginning to cause her consternation. Moreover Le Mesurier was covering a lot of territory, running in for the drop shot, back for the lob. It was a tight contest, but Buttsworth prevailed 9-7 6-4

5,000 attend the finals. Police are needed to control the overflow of spectators. In fact record attendance all week is dampened only by rain on a couple of days.

On the social scene all three of the visiting Japanese loved to dance. At one party several female players joined in, Mrs Crawford dancing “the blues” with Satoh.

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