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Australia (Queensland)
Born 26 November 1952 - Brisbane, Queensland
Never married.
Height: 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Nickname: "The Rabbitt"-bestowed by Ion Tiriac in 1975 when she was playing World Team Tennis.
Started tennis at about age 7.
[Active 1968-1989. Turned pro in 1975]

Nicknamed "Rabbit" as she was blessed with good speed on court and retrieved many balls. Very heady and clever, her all court game brought her numerous doubles titles,including 4 majors in doubles and 5 in mixed doubles. Not having a major weapon probably prevented her from scaling the ladder and winning a major in singles. All 3 times she reached a slam final in the Aussie failed to grab a set.

"I know nuns with better social lives than me."-Turnbull in 1979, on the demands of tour life.
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.

From that point forward Turnbull lodged herself solidly in the world top ten for the rest of the 1970s through 1984. She was also in the top 20 for ten consecutive years (1977-1986).

Another highlight was reaching all 3 finals at the 1979 French Open. The Rabbitt won both doubles, but once again fell to Evert in final. Foolishly staying back and trying to rally, she was crushed 6-2 6-0.

The last chance for a singles slam came in the final at the 1980 Australian. Turnbull upset the #1 seed Navratilova in semis. Nerves and the fine play of Hana Mandlikova overcame her in the final to the tune of 6-0 7-5. Just two weeks earlier Turnbull saved 8 match points in taking the New South Wales title at Sydney.

A final golden moment came in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Playing doubles with Liz Smylie, they won the bronze medal. "When we realized we had at least won the bronze we were jumping up and down".

Her nickname brought her some financial gain, as Turnbull endorsed the Volkswagon Rabbit.


Australian Open

Singles Finalist 1980, Semifinalist in 1981 and 1984. Quarterfinals in 1982 and 1983.
Doubles Finalist 1983, 1988

French Open

Singles Finalist 1979, Quarterfinalist 1980.
Doubles Winner 1979, Finalist 1982
Mixed Doubles Winner 1979, 1982

Wimbledon (competed every year from 1972 to 1989-18 consecutive years)

Singles: Quarterfinalist 3 consecutive years (1979, 1980, and 1981)
Doubles: Winner 1978 Doubles Finalist 1979, 1980,1983,1986
Mixed Doubles Winner 1983, 1984

US Open

Singles Finalist 1977, Semifinalist in 1978 and 1984; Quarterfinals 1986.
Doubles Winner 1979, 1982 Doubles Finalist 1978, 1981, 1984, 1986
Mixed Doubles Winner 1980

Career Record


Match record: 478 won-250 lost .658 %(from the WTA-the true number is surely higher.)

Career high at #3 (07 January 1985)

21 titles:

1971: Northern Rivers Championships (Lismore NSW), City of Brisbane Championships
1972: Wynnum QLd Championships, Norwich GBR, South Coast Championships (Southport QLD), Queensland HC (Recliffe)
1973: Surbiton GBR, Merseyside GBR, South Queensland Championships (Ipswich)
1976: QBE AWTA Championships (Rockdale Sydney), Austrian Open (Kitzbuhel), Japan Open, West Australian Open
1979: Detroit VS, Philadelphia VS
1980: Hong Kong Seiko Classic, NSW Open
1981: Hong Kong Seiko Classic
1982: Queensland National Panasonic (Brisbane), Richmond VA
1983: Boston VS


Match record: 653–225 (from the WTA-surely higher)
55 titles
5 mixed titles

Record by Year
(Statistics given from 1977-when they are reliable to 1987, her last full year in singles)

1977-world rank #9----29-17 .650% (RU US Open)
1978-world rank #7----48-23 .676% (SF US Open)
1979-world rank #7----61-25 .709% (RU French. Won Detroit and Philadelphia on Avon circuit. Won 14 doubles titles.)
1980-world rank #8----72-24 .750% (RU Australian. Won NSW and Hong Kong)
1981-world rank #8----46-23 .667% (SF Australian)
1982-world rank #5----46-19 .709% (Won Queensland and Richmond)
1983-world rank #8----46-18 .719% (Won Boston)
1984-world rank #5----37-17 .685% (SF at US open and Australian Open)
1985-world rank #14---40-18 .690% (Career high #3 in January, but slips out of world top 10 at age 32 by year's end)
1986-world rank #18---17-17 .500% (upsets doubles partner and defending champ Mandlikova at US Open.)
1987-world rank #23---20-16 .556%
1988-world rank #136--5-14 .263% (singles career winds down, Olympics bronze in doubles and RU Aussie doubles with Evert)
1989-world rank-#264--2-4 .333 % (retires)

The 1977 US Open-her breakout event


"Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread -

Her website:
Wendy Turnbull

Concise Dictionary of Tennis, by Martin Hedges, p 235.

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TURNER, MOLLY (Molly Winifred Turner)
Australia (Tasmania)
Born in 1922
Died in May 2007 in Launceston, Tasmania
Married Harold James Panitzki on 9 November 1946 in Saint John’s Church, Launceston
Alternate name: Mollie"
[Active circa 1935-1950]

Molly (Turner) Panitzki notably won the women’s singles title at the Tasmanian Championships three times, in 1941, 1946 and 1947. Harold Panitzki was also a successful tennis player.

[Thanks to Newmark for this information]

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TURNER, LESLEY (Lesley Rosemary Turner)
Born 16 August 1942
Married William Walter "Bill" Bowrey, 23 February 1968
[Active 1959-1978]

French Champion 1963, 1965 and the 1967-1968 Italian Champion. She could be overpowered on grass by the very best of her era. Clay was her forte.

Grand Slam titles 13 total (2 in singles, 7 in doubles, 4 in mixed)

Australian Championships

Doubles Champion 1964, 1965, 1967
Mixed Doubles champion: 1962, 1967

French Championships

Singles champion 1963, 1965
Doubles champion 1964, 1965


Doubles champion 1964
Mixed Doubles champion: 1961, 1964

U.S. Championships

Doubles Champion 1961

Her mother Agnes Tosch Turner played the Aussie in 1934

One reporter said that he could recognize Turner by her feet. One day he was passing a court with a screen and could only see her "twinkle toes"-but the footwork was so good it could only be Turner. She tended to use lots of little steps as she ran from side to side on the court.

Overshadowed somewhat by the great Margaret Court, the only important Australian singles titles Turner did not win during her career were the Australian and NSW Championships.

From 1962 to 1965 Turner ranked well inside the top ten. A 1961 tour provided much needed international experience, including reaching the Italian final in Rome. 1962 confirmed her clay court prowess, as she earned a sport in the French final. In a dramatic final Lesley lost to fellow Aussie Margaret Smith (later Court) after having a match point.

The next year at the French history seemed to be repeating itself. 'In this case though it was Lesley who turned the tables. Having failed to convert match point in the final at RG in 1962 the Gods smiled down on Turner in 1963. Anne Jones served for the title at 5-2 in the final set. Lesley won that game to 15 but astonishingly 3 of the 5 points were let-chords all in her favor. A shattered Jones blew it and Lesley stormed through to win the Championship without losing a further game.'

After an early exit at the 1966 Australian she dropped off the tour for months due to shattered nerves.

1967 was a comeback year. With Margaret Smith skipping the Australian for the first time it was perhaps Lesley's best shot at the title. nstead it was Nancy Richey who won the final with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Turner. Turner was within games of winning the French, barely losing a final to Francoise Durr. She had led 4-2 in the last set.

Married to Bill Bowrey in 1968, marriage did nothing to slow her down in 1968, as she won the Italian Championships, at that time the 5th biggest event. Motherhood soon meant tennis became a secondary priority. Mrs Bowrey was off the tour entirely in 1970, 1972 and 1974 to give birth; finally retiring in 1978.

Lesley's daughter Michelle (born July 1970) briefly played the circuit, she had another child in August of 1972.

Mrs Bowrey was later the Fed Cup coach for Australia and coached a young Jelena Dokic from about the age of 13 to 16.

GRAND SLAM RECORD (2 titles, 3 finals, 6 semifinals, and 10 quaterfinals)

Australian Finals (1964, 1967), Semifinals (1963, 1968), Quarterfinals (1959, 1962, 1976)
French Champion 1963, 1965, Finals (1962, 1967), Semifinals (1964, 1969) Quarterfinalist (1971)
Wimbledon Semifinals (1964), Quarterfinalist (1962, 1965, 1967-1969)
United States Semifinals (1967), Quarterfinalist (1961)


Australian HC Champion 1960, 1962, 1965, 1967
Victorian Champion 1960
South Australian Champion 1967
Queensland Champion 1966
Western Australian Champion 1964
Tasmanian Champion 1960, 1963
NSW HC Champion 1960, 1961, 1965
Italian Championships 1967, 1968

World Rankings Inside Top Ten

1962: #7
1963: #2
1964: #3
1965: #3
1967: #5
1968: #8
1969: #10

"A model stylist. Her service was accurate, her volleying neat, her forehand a strong and orthodox Eastern, and her backhand sounder still. Fair-haired and blue-eyed, slender and light on her feet, she did not lack crowd support when she encountered any stronger looking opponent. Turner's well produced driving and her fighting qualities were both surprisingly strong."

At the 1964 Dutch Open in Hilversum.


Hedges, Martin. The Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1978. Pages 38-39. [Andy T provides a summary of her titles]

Sport Australia Hall of Fame - Member Profile

[Thanks to Gee Tee and Rollo for this information]

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TUTT, “SUE” (Susan M Tutt)
United Kingdom
Born April to June of 1943 in Leicester
Married Philip J. Northen, July to September of 1969, in Leicester
[Active 1965-70]

Entered Wimbledon from 1965 through 1970-doubles only in 1967. Her record at Wimbledon was 2-4. In 1970 she platyed as Mrs Northen.

Won perhaps the shortest completed match in tennis history. It lasted just 20 minutes, when Tutt beat Marion Bandy 6-0, 6-0 at the Wimbledon tournament in 1969

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TWELFTREE, FLOSSIE ("Toss") (Flossie Ada Twelftree)
Australia (South Australia)
Born 26 October 1889
Died 4 July 1925 in Adelaide
Married Earle Norbury Seary circa February 1923
[Active 1914-1923]

According to her death notice Flossie's nickname was "Toss".

[Thanks to Gee Tee, Jimbo, and Newmark for this information]

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TYM, ALICE (nee Alice Luthy)
United States
Born 22 November 1942
Married William A. "Bill" Tym circa September 1962.
[Active 1963-1970]

Though never a top ranked players both Alice and Bill were prolific writers on tennis as they traveled the world. She later wrote articles on how to play tennis for World Tennis magazine.

[From the ITA site]

Alice Luthy Tym (b. 1942) blazed a trail as founder of the women’s tennis team while a student at the University of Florida in 1960, and continued her myriad contributions to the game as a champion player, collegiate coach and teaching professional. A standout junior player in her native Peoria, Illinois, Tym captained her college team all four years while earning Phi Beta Kappa academic honors. She went on to earn an M.A. from UF in 1966 as a Ford Foundation Fellow. From 1964 to 1970, she played on the international circuit, winning titles on five continents and securing a world ranking as high as No. 13 in 1969. As head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1974 to 1978, Tym started the varsity women’s program and guided her teams to two AIAW Small College National Championships. Appointed director of tennis at Yale in 1978, she coached the nationally ranked women’s team for four years and won the Ivy Championships in 1981. Tym returned to UT to take up a distinguished teaching career in the Geography Department, maintaining her involvement in athletics as an active horsewoman and gold medalist in the National Senior Olympics.

Career Highlights
  • B.A., University of Florida (Phi Beta Kappa) 1964; M.A. 1966; Ford Foundation Fellow
  • Founder, women’s tennis team, University of Florida 1960; team captain and No. 1 player 1960-64
  • Played in all four Grand Slams and other major international championships 1964-1970
  • Canadian Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion 1964
  • Won national titles in Kenya, Morocco, Israel, Egypt, Finland, Ireland, Greece, Wales,
  • New Zealand, India
  • U.S. Public Parks Singles Champion 1969
  • Ranked No. 13 in the world 1969
  • Monthly contributor to World Tennis, Tennis, Smash and ADDvantage magazines 1962-74
  • USPTA Singles and Doubles Champion 1972
  • Head Women’s Tennis Coach, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1974-78
  • AIAW Small College National Champions 1977, 1978; State Champions 1974-78
  • Director of Tennis and Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Yale University 1978-82; team ranked in top 20 nationally
  • Ivy League Champions 1980-81 (tie), 1981-82; HYP Champions 1981-82
  • National Coach of the Dominican Republic 1972; trained teams for Pan American Games
  • National Coach of El Salvador 1979
  • Coach, USTA Junior Team, French Open 1980
  • Coach, World University Games, Edmonton, Canada 1983
  • USPTA Coach of the Year 1978; USPTA Master Professional (highest ranking)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, UTC 1989
  • Travel grants to China 1992; Japan 2006
  • Gold Medalist in table tennis singles and doubles, Silver Medalist in badminton mixed doubles, Bronze Medalist in table tennis mixed doubles, National Senior Olympics 2005
  • Gold Medalist in badminton singles, National State Games 2005
  • Inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame 1981
  • Inducted into the Peoria Sports Hall of Fame 1988
  • Inducted into the Peoria High School
  • Athletic Hall of Fame 2002
  • Coach Honoree, Yale Team honored in 2006 for having the best tennis record in Yale’s history
In 1964-winnng an event in Western Canada


[Thanks to LKK and Rollo for this information]

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TYRRELL, CHRISTINE (Christine Irene Tyrrell)
United Kingdom
Born 23 February 1891 in Hastings, Sussex
Died June 1977 in Hastings and Rother Sussex
Married Walter Merricks on 9 July 1936 in the Parish Church, Sanderstead, Surrey
Active 1920s to 1936

Marriage Certificate:
9 July 1936 Parish Church, Sanderstead, Surrey
Walter Merricks, 52 years, Widower, Farmer, of Sebdon Court, Sanderstead. Father, William Merricks, dec. farmer
Christine Irene Tyrrell, 45 years, Spinster, of 675 London Road, Thornton Heath. Father, Frederick George Tyrrell, dec. tobacconist

This is the "C. Tyrell" who had some success in British tournament around the mid-1920s. She made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1926, going out to eventual champion kitty Godfree 6-2 6-0. Christine also made the QF of the doubles 3 times at Wimbledon, in 1923, 1926, and 1928.

She entered the singles at the Championships every year from 1923 to 1930. After that she limited play to doubles. Marriage was the end point of her career.

Note: The Wimbledon site lists her as C. J. Tyrell. How do we explain this?

Wimbledon Record (1923-31, 1933-36)

Singles: 7-8 (QF in 1926)
Doubles: 10-11 (QF in 1923, 1926, and 1928)
Mixed: 7-12

[Thanks to Newmark for this biography]

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United Kingdon
[Active in 1884]

Competed at Wimbledon in 1884. She “held her racquet halfway up the handle, a bizarre style even then”.

Note the following possibility suggested below in quotes by Newmark is speculative.

Stewart, Jane
United Kingdom
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.
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.

[Thanks to Newmark and Rollo for this information]

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UBER, “BETTY” (nee Elizabeth Corbin)
United Kingdom
Born 2 June 1906
Died 30 April 1983
Married Herbert Septimus Uber on 12 September 1925 St Dunstan, Cheam, Surrey. He was a fellow Badminton player.
[Active 1928-1946]

A good tennis, she was a champion at badminton, winning the All-England title 13 times. An inaugural member of the Badminton Hall of Fame. The women’s team competition for badminton (in essence the badminton Federation Cup) is named for her as Betty first conceived the idea in 1950.

In tennis her best effort at Wimbledon was in 1930. In the 4th Round she came up against #7 seed Phyllis Mudford. Betty was a out of her class her, and it showed in a 6-0 6-0 shellacking.

Uber in the 1930s


Archive - Draws Archive : Betty Uber - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

[Thanks to Rollo and Rosamund for this information]

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UHL, DAISY (nee Daisy Schultz)
Born 8 June 1893 in Berlin
Died 25 February 1977 in Berlin
Married Ferdinand C. Uhl on 17 March 1914

Ranked #10 in Germany in 1924.

Titles Won

1926: Warnemünde and Heiligendamm

Daisy Schultz Uhl

Daisy Schultz was the daughter of Justizrat [‘King’s Counsel’] Dr Hans Schultz, legal adviser to Deutsche Bank and joint founder, in 1897, of the Rot-Weiss Lawn Tennis Club in Berlin together with Councillor von Jecklin and Max Oechelhäuser. Daisy’s mother, Harriet, was a good tennis player during the early years of the twentieth century.

On March 17, 1914, Daisy Schultz married Ferdinand C. Uhl, one of the most successful of the players from Berlin. He was known internationally and had enjoyed some success at lawn tennis while a student at Oxford University in England. He was later appointed captain of the German Davis Cup team.

Before her marriage Daisy Schultz had already begun to take part in international lawn tennis tournaments. After her marriage she took part in the mixed doubles event at many tournaments with her husband, Ferdinand, whose nickname was ‘Shorty’. Daisy’s highest position in the German singles rankings was number 5.

From 1919 to 1938, Daisy took part in the most popular lawn tennis tournaments held at spa/health resorts, including Warnemünde, Heringsdorf, Heiligendamm, Stettin and Sopot. In 1926, she won the singles title at the tournaments in Warnemünde and Heiligendamm. Both tournaments had a high status and attracted players from many different countries. Daisy Uhl was a member of both the Blau-Weiss Club and the Rot-Weiss Club in Berlin.

Daisy was also a top-class hockey player, first of all at the Berlin Hockey Club; from 1928 onwards, she managed the newly-established hockey section at the Rot-Weiss Club. Under her management the club’s team won the German Hockey Championships in 1940. During World War Two, she accompanied the women’s hockey team several times on trips abroad, for example, to Rimini in 1940 and to Florence in 1941.

In the last months of World War Two, Daisy’s eldest son, Hans-Jürgen, arranged for his parents to be evacuated to Lindau by Lake Constance. Daisy’s husband, Ferdinand, died there after a serious illness. In 1958, Gottfried von Cramm, with whom Daisy had been friends for decades, arranged for her to return to Berlin and for her to take on some work in her beloved Rot-Weiss Club.

Bridge was her greatest passion until her death. She enjoyed considerable success at this card game with various partners. However, she also remained faithful to lawn tennis and followed the national and international tournaments with great interest.

Daisy also remained fit until shortly before her death. In the summer of 1976, she climbed a wobbly garden ladder to gain access to the balcony of her apartment on the second floor of her building because she had forgotten the key to her front door! It is also worth mentioning that she was a good skier, and skied up until 1960.

Daisy Uhl was friends with fellow lawn tennis player Erna Kribben from childhood onwards. Erna Kribben later married fellow lawn tennis player Friedrich W. Rahe. Their two families frequently spent holidays together in Graal-Müritz by the Baltic Sea in northern Germany. They also socialized at their lawn tennis club.

[Thanks to Dr Heiner Gillmeister for providing the above information]

Daisy Schultz Uhl


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Born 28 October 28, 1945
Married Mlacek
Career Span: 1959-circa 1970

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario. Top-ranked player in Canada from 1967-1969 and was in the Top 10 in the country for nine years. Last Canadian to win the Canadian Open singles title in 1969.Competed on the Canada Fed Cup team from 1966-1970.Won the Canadian Open doubles title from 1965-1969.

First Canadian to be seeded at the US Open Championships. She competed in Wimbledon five times and reached the quarter-finals at the 1967 tournament.

She is the last Canadian female to win her nation’s title

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UTZ, “GWEN” (nee Gwendoline M Chiplin)
Australia (NSW)
Bom 1900 Orange, NSW
Died 1979
Married Harold Stewart “Barney” Utz (b Glen Innes, NSW 1886, Died Sydney 1958) in 1920
[Active in the 1920s]

Often listed as Mrs HS Utz. She was a good friend of Nell Lloyd.

It is Gwen who is the prominent Utz-often confused with her sister-in-law Lorna in sources. Known for her clever use of tactics. She competed overseas in 1924-25.

Barney Utz was also a tennis player. Her children Helen Utz (later Mrs Doyle) and Peggy Utz (later Mrs Peardon).

Mrs Utz in 1925


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UTZ, LORNA (nee Lorna Mabel Bull)
Australia (NSW)
Born Canterbury, Sydney, NSW in 1904
Married Leslie Utz, 5 June 1924 in Sydney. Mr Utz was a doctor and the 4th son in the Utz family. He was born in 1895

Parents Mr and Mrs John Bull of Mosman.

NSW player during 1920s. Mrs Utz had success as a racehorse owner in the 30s. Racing under the pseudonym of 'Miss Lorna Doone', her star performer was 'Sylvandale' who earned her stakes of over £7000 pounds (equivalent to millions of dollars today) in the 1934 season. The horse won the Australian Cup, ran second in the Derby and was third in the Melbourne Cup, rare achievements for a female owner of the time. She later had successes with 'Billy Boy', 'Prospector'and others. Following an illness, probably heart trouble, to Dr Leslie Utz in 1940, he was warned by doctors not to watch races involving his wife's horses. As a result, Lorna sold her entire stable.

Left with husband on a trip abroad in early 1936.

She is often confused (even on the official Aussie website) with Gwen Utz.

[Thanks to GeeTee for this information]

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VALANTINE, “MADGE” (Julia Madge Rose Valantine)
United Kingdom
Born 31 October 1897
Married Walter Darrell List in 1927 (sometime after Wimbledon)
Career Span: as early as 1927 (first Wimbledon) to at least 1932
Died 1966

It appears that she was born in Victoria, Australia, but emigrated to England at some point.

*Note spelling. An AP wire photo lists her as “Valentine”-so spelling is not ironclad at this point, though most sources (Including Barret) have the “a”. Marriage date is datable due her playing Wimbledon in 1927 as Miss Valantine and in 1928 as Mrs List.
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