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The following also isn't complete, especially for head-to-heads between younger players like Haydon Jones, Smith Court, Mortimer, Hantze Susman, and Richey. If one looks only at head-to-head matches between the listed women in regular tournaments (not Grand Slams), Baker Fleitz did very well:

51-26 Pauline Betz
43-22 Beverly Baker Fleitz
60-40 Doris Hart
21-01 Alice Marble
22-11 Maureen Connolly
28-20 Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Cooke
12-04 Margaret Smith Court
13-10 Angela Mortimer
15-13 Althea Gibson
12-12 Ann Haydon Jones
05-05 Helen Jacobs
43-47 Louise Brough
07-08 Karen Hantze Susman
05-07 Nancy Richey
06-13 Maria Bueno
15-29 Darlene Hard
32-52 Shirley Fry
21-43 Margaret Osborne duPont
37-85 Dorothy Bundy Cheney

Hart's and Fry's records are skewed by Hart's 33-12 record against Fry (38-14 if the Grand Slam events are added in).

Bundy Cheney's record is skewed by 46 losses to just 3 players: Betz (23), Baker Fleitz (15), and Marble (8). She played all the others evenly. (She never played Helen Wills Moody, with their eagerly anticipated "dream" 1938 semifinal at Weybridge foiled when both lost their quarterfinal matches. Moody was heard to say afterwords, "Whew, I really dodged a bullet! The only player I fear is that Bundy girl." Okay, I admit to making-up that entire quotation. Realistically, Bundy would have had virtually zero chance to beat Moody on grass. But one can dream.... Remember Haarhuis-McEnroe? Or Moffitt-Smith?)

I was most surprised by Osborne duPont's record in these "ordinary" tournaments (her Grand Slam record is in parentheses):

4-2 versus Doris Hart (6-3)
2-1 versus Baker Fleitz (1-2)
4-4 versus Dorothy Bundy Cheney (1-2)
3-3 versus Shirley Fry (1-3)
0-0 versus Maria Bueno (0-0)
0-0 versus Karen Hantze Susman (0-0)
0-0 versus Darlene Hard (0-0)
0-0 versus Ann Haydon Jones (0-0)
0-0 versus Angela Mortimer (1-1)
0-0 versus Nancy Richey (0-0)
0-0 versus Margaret Smith Court (0-0)
0-1 versus Maureen Connolly (0-1)
0-1 versus Althea Gibson (0-0)
0-1 versus Helen Jacobs (0-0)
0-2 versus Alice Marble (0-0)
0-5 versus Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Cooke (0-0)
7-14 versus Louise Brough (2-4)
1-9 versus Pauline Betz (1-3)

At the end of her amateur career, Betz named Osborne duPont as her most formidable rival. Maybe she was crossing her fingers when she said that. Betz went 0-4 against Marble, 4-4 against Brough, and 6-7 against Cooke.

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In the early 1950s, Bob Balfe had a regular column entitled "It's Post Time" at the Palm Beach Post-Times newspaper in Florida. On January 28, 1951, during the South Florida Championships, he wrote the following about Beverly Baker:

Beverly Baker, the rising tennis star without a backhand, was on the Howard Park court, holding the gallery entranced with her switch-hands ambidexterous art. She stood in deep court and batted right and left "forehands" with amazing steadiness. Only once in eight games did she flub a shot ... [because of] faulty passing of the racket-handle.

... [A] couple of tennis pros, Bob Murray and Frankie Voigt, ... agreed that ... [she] is a radical departure in the game. They could recall no other ambidexterous player who ... attained stardom except the Italian Davis Cupper, di Stephani.

[The] "dean" of tennis instructors, George Agutter, ... could think of no others [during his 55 years in tennis]. He watched ... [her] in action and analyzed her play: "You can see the advantage of court covering ... and she certainly has double driving power [from the base-line]. She ... wouldn't be nearly as effective nearer the net. This was di Stephani's weakness, too." ... [He] was approving ... of [her] unusual style ... [but was] critical of many trends in ... "modern tennis." ... "[P]layers today ... don't drive the ball on the backhand. Instead, they turn into it and slice.... It's not easy to help some of the players today. They want to argue instead of take advice."​
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