Coached by her father Don Turnbull and Daphne Seeney Fancutt, Wendy made her first trip to Europe in 1972. In between tennis stints she worked as a bank teller to save money to tour. Gradually getting better, she was a solid if unspectacular journey woman until 1977. Her magical run at the US Open that year was remarkable. Turnbull dispensed of Rosie Casals, Virginia Wade (who had won Wimbledon earlier that summer) and then Martina Navratilova in a thrilling 3 set semifinal. Chris Evert was a bridge too far on clay, but the 7-6 6-2 was respectable."I know nuns with better social lives than me."-Turnbull in 1979, on the demands of tour life.
As Mark points out, a Mrs A Tyrwhitt-Drake would have been wed to a man whose initial began with an A. Thus at present Jane Stewart Tyrwhitt-Drake would appear to be our prime candidate for the lady at the very first Wimbledon for women.Stewart, Jane
Born in 1853 in Winchester, Hampshire
Died 19 September 1908 in Salisbury, Wiltshire
Married Arthur Frederick Tyrwhitt-Drake on 5 November 1873 in Winchester
Jane Stewart was the fifth of the seven children of the Reverend Edward Stewart and Louisa Anne Stewart (née Herbert). It is quite possible that Jane was the Mrs A. Tyrwhitt-Drake who took part in the inaugural women's singles event at Wimbledon in 1884.