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WEMYSS, “KATH” (Katherine Ruth Wemyss)
Australia (South Australia)
Born 24 January 1901
Died 29 March 1972 in Yorkshire, England
Married Ivor Bull (died 1971) in Colombo, Ceylon on 25 September 1935
[Active in the 1930s]

From Adelaide. Articles from 1949 and 1951 state she was in Australia briefly before returning to her husband in Bombay. Mr Bull was a coffee planter at Coorg in south India.

Later in life they retired to Suffolk in England. At least 1 daughter named Sonja.

Sources:

Marriage notice at: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74143442

Blog entry on Ivor Bull http://www.coorgblog.orangecounty.in/a-pioneer-coffee-planter/
 

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WERDEL, MARIANNE
United States
Born 17 October 1967 in Los Angeles, California
Married Ron Witmeyer, 21 November 1992
Active 1982-1997

Played as Werdel-Witmeyer after marriage. The highlight of her time on tour came in 1995. At that year's Australian Open she upset #5 seed Gabriela Sabatini 6-4 6-4 in the opening round. Marianne continued her run all the way to the semis, where top seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario dispatched her 6-4 6-1. Weeks later She upset Sanchez, then ranked #1 in the world, at the prestigous lipton event in Miami.

Werdel's trademark was playing in sunglasses.

Career Stats:

Singles: 237-227 (highest rank was at #21 on 09 October 1995. Year end rank of 26 was the highest of her career.)
Doubles: 102-161




Sources:

http://kcsportshalloffame.org/inductees/marianne-werdel-witmeyer/


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Werdel
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Werdel
 

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WESTACOTT, EMILY (nee Emily Jane Lucy Harding Hood)
Australia (Queensland)
Born 6 May 1910 Hemmant, Queensland
Died 9 October 1980 in Brisbane
Married Victor Clyde Westacott, 20 August 1930 in Brisbane
Nickname: The "Doboy Demon"
[Active 1929-1946]

Queensland and Australian Champion of 1930s

Troubled by illness, including a nervous breakdown, through her career, she was unlucky not to ever play overseas, though she competed against British and American stars in Australia. In 1939, the Queensland Assocation agreed to send Westacott and May Hardcastle to Wimbledon, but a serious illness to Westacott's mother forced her to decline.

In 1946, after a serious operation, she was forbidden from playing tennis for a year and was advised to give up singles for all time.

Titles (won at least 12 titles from 1929 to 1940)

Australian Champion 1939, Final 1937

Australian HC Champion 1938
Nambour 1929
Qld Champion 1932, 1934, 1938
Qld HC Champion 1934, 1937, 1939
Exhibition Champion 1934

"Known as the "Doboy Demon" she was "a typical Queenslander, rangy, sun-tanned and loose-limbed. She loved to thrash a high-bouncing ball with her Western forehand and her daring play was heartily appreciated"."




Link to a larger original version of the photo at : http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au//item/itemLarge.aspx?itemID=51718

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WESTON, “DOT” (Dorothy Emily Louisa Weston)
Australia (South Australia)
Born 21 Feb 1900
Died 17 Mar 1998 in South Australia
[Active from at least 1925 to 1934]

1927 Aussie Quarterfinalist.

SA player of 1920/30s. Entered the Aussie as early as 1925.
1934 South Australian Champion
 

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WESTON, "VERA" (nee Ellinor Vera Satterthwaite)
United Kingdom
Born 15 August 1893 in Bromley, Kent
Died 14 December 1952
Married Hugh Bertram Weston on 1 March 1915 in Bromley
[Active circa 1912 to 1925]

Sister of player Clement Richard Satterthwaite, who married another player, Phyllis Carr. Mrs Weston had a daughter named Gillian in 1918.

She made the QF in doubles at Wimbledon in 1921 with Anne de Borman as partner.

Vera later played golf for Gloucester.

Wimbledon record (competed 1921-1925)

Singles: 3-5
Doubles: 5-5 (quarterfinals in 1921)
Mixed: 1-5

Sources:
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1ed/index.html
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scor...de49dd-960c-4665-860d-fcc4712831ed/index.html

Golfer's still in the swing of it at 95 (From Swindon Advertiser)

[Thanks to Newmark for this biography]
 

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WHEELER, GRACYN (Gracyn Welmouth Wheeler)
United States
Born 02 July 1914
Died October 1980
Married Robert J Kelleher, 16 August 1940 in Stamford, Connecticut
[Active 1933 to 1955]

In US top ten from 1935-1940. in 1936 she was a QF at the US Nationals. 1939 was probably her best year. She played on the French Riviera and was selcted for the Wightman Cup. 2 times winner of Canadian Championships.

Winner: Oregon State-1923; Canadian Nationals-1933; Tri-State-1934

In 1939 at the Carlton Winter championships in Cannes, France, Wheeler was seeded No. 1, ahead of a French player, future International Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinee Simone Mathieu. According to the February 9, 1939, edition of the Oakland Tribune, Mathieu protested, telling officials "Am I not the greatest player in all of France? If I am not seeded No. 1, I will quit the tournament." Wheeler quickly gave up the No. 1 seed in deference to Mathieu, and took her place as the No. 2 seed.

After marriage there was a gap for childrearing before she returned-mainly confining herself to California.

She has been inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame. She married Robert J. Kelleher, an American district court judge in Los Angeles, former U.S. Davis Cup captain, president of the United States Tennis Association, and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The elegant Californian made the trip to Wimbledon in 1938 and 1939, returning in 1955 for doubles only, including the mixed with her husband.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracyn_Wheeler_Kelleher

https://moviespictures.org/biography/Kelleher,_Gracyn_Wheeler
 

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WHEELER, “PAT” (Patricia J.A. Wheeler)
Great Britain
Born 30 November 1936 in London, England
Married Douglas H. Roberts circa November 1961 in Willesden, London, England
[Active from at least 1961 to 1966]

Not to be confused with Pauline/Vera Roberts.

Source:

1939 England and Wales Register within ancestry.co.uk

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WHITE, DAPHNE (Daphne Mary Steeds White)
United Kingdom
Born 04 July 1909 in Zeals, Wiltshire
Died 9 August 1999 in Beaminster, Dorset
Married (1) Lieutenant Commander Lawrence Birch on 1 April 1934 in Saint Martin's Church, Mere, Wiltshire (he died 09 October 1934)
Married (2) Bernard C. Dupont in 1936 in Horsham, Sussex
[Active circa 1932-1951]

She played in the 1951 Championships as Daphne White-was she widowed or divorced by this time?

Wimbledon Record (entered in 1932 (doubles only), 1933 and 1951 (singles only)

Singles: 0-2
Doubles: 0-2

Source: www.ancestry.co.uk

[Thanks to Newmark for this biography]
 

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WHITE, ROBIN
United States
Born 10 December 1963 in San Diego, California
Height: 5' 4.5" (1.64 m)
Played: Righthanded w/one-handed backhand
[Active 1983-1995]

1988 US Doubles and 1989 US Mixed Doubles champion. 1
1991 Australian finalist in mixed doubles and 1994 US finalist in doubles.

Doubles specialist of the 1980s and 90s. She won the 1988 United States Open with Gigi Fernandez, upsetting top seeds Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver 4-6 6-3 6-3 in the semis.

In singles White spent most of her time as a solid top 40 competitor. She liked fast surfaces that best suired serve and volley;
it showed in her schedule, as for most of her career Robin skipped playing the French Open and the European clay court season.

As of 2013 White is te tennis direcotr at Rancho Valencia in southern Califirnia.

Highest singles ranking: #15 on 19 January 1987
Highest doubles ranking: #8 on 02 April 1990

Year-End WTA Singles Rankings


1992: (Won Auckland)
1988: #38 (Won 2 doubles titles)
1987: #56 (Won 4 doubles titles)
1986: #20 (24-18 in singles)
1985: #32 (Won Hershey)
1984: #105

With Gigi Fernandez at the 1988 US Open







Sources:

1989 World of Tennis, page 346.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_White_(tennis)

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=20001250

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOwnhxDLkTI

[Thanks to Rollo for this information)
 

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WHITE, VIOLA (Viola Steeds White)
Great ritain
Born 20 March 1917 in Mere, Wiltshire, England
Married Ian Cameron Q3 1982 in Winchester, England
Died 25th July 2006 in Winchester, England
[Active 1947 to 1961]

Played Wimbledon 1947 to 1961-the obituary is incorrect in using the dates 1949 to 1961. 3 times doubles quarterfinalist.

OBITUARY: Viola White

3:25pm Thursday 21st September 2006

VIOLA White, one of the outstanding Wiltshire tennis players of the post-war era, has died at the age of 89.

Viola played at Wimbledon from 1949 to 1961, competing in the singles every year, and most years also in the women's doubles and mixed doubles.
In 1953 she reached the doubles quarter-finals with Mary Eyre from Gloucestershire; in the same year she captained the England team against Wales.
As a county player, she had a big part in lifting Wiltshire into Group One at County Week in 1952. She won the singles at Winchester six times in all.

Viola was born in Wiltshire and spent much of her life in the village of Zeals, near Warminster, where the family had a farm. She trained as a nurse at Winchester Hospital during the war, but returned to Zeals after the war and began what was to be a very active sporting career.

She played hockey for Wiltshire and the West, and toured South Africa with the England team. Geoffrey Owen, president of the Wiltshire LTA, said: "Viola White made an immense contribution to Wiltshire tennis, and all who knew her will remember her with the greatest affection."


Wimbledon record (entered every year from 1947 to 1961)

Singles : 8-13 (reached the 4R in 1952)
Doubles: 12-11 (reached the QF from 1951 to 1953.)
Mixed: 4-7

Sources:

www.ancestry.co.uk

www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/933031.print/

Government probate records.

Wimbledon archive draws at:
The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 - Official Site by IBM

[Thanks to Rosamund for this information]
 
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