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HOFKIN, ROSE
United States
Born 26 October, 1911
Married Mr Cowan, by June 1937--divorced by 1939
Active in the 1930s.

A Philadelphian, she won the Huntington Valley Clay Court event in 1937 and 1938. Some later passenger lists give 1913 as her date of birth, but this could simply be Rose fudging her year of birth; census records and early passenger lists confirm 1911.
 

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LEBOUTILLIER, FLORENCE (Florence S LeBoutillier (or Le Boutillier )
United States
Born 12 April 1910 in Whetley, Rhode Island
Died 4 October 1994 in Sarasota, Florida
Married Edward Warwick Pinkham, Jr (1911-1995), 1940
[Active 1928s-50s.]
http://www.mytrees.com/ancestry/New-...1048-2833.html

RU in Hot Springs spring tournament 1937 '38 '39

American Lawn tennis wrote that "Doubles was her forte, although she improved steadily in singles" (p 26 of December 20,1941 issue).

Her younger sister Marjorie was a polo player
http://kihm2.wordpress.com/2008/11/1...-leboutillier/

A daughter, Patricia, was born 27 November 1941.

Florence is at left, with Catherine Kendig

 

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LEWIS, VALERIE (Valerie M. Lewis)
United Kingdom
Born circa 1934
Married Cyril T. Clark in 1956 (afterWimbledon) in All Saints’ Church, Kessel, Yorkshire
[Active 1952-1967]

Competed at Wimbledon in Singles from 1952 to 1957, then 1959. Her singles record was 4-7. Valerie’s best performance was in 1955, when she made the 3R. In doubles she continued to compete at Wimbledon well into the 1960s, playing in 1961 and 1962 and from 1964 to 1967.

RU: North of England Hard Court Champs. 1952 '54, East Yorkshire Championships 1953, Harrogate 1954, Scottish Champs. 1956.
 

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ILLINGWORTH, RUTH (nee Ruth M Bennett)
United Kingdom
Born 18 February 1931
Married Douglas K. Illingworth between April and June of 1954 in Basford, Nottinghamshire
[Active 1950s-60s.]

Played singles at Wimbledon from 1960 to 1962 then again in 1965. Her Wimbledon record was 2-4. Also entered the doubles in 1953 (as Miss Bennett-she made the QF with Jean Petchell) and 1954 (as Mrs Illingworth).

Active 32 years as a county player for Nottinghamshire-possibly a record.

She also has fond memories of getting the better of 1977's Wimbledon champion.
"I once beat Virginia Wade. She was only 17 at the time, but I still beat her."
Still active in senior tennis as of 2013.

There is a thread on Ruth at: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=555729
 

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STROUD, ALISON (Alison Jane T Stroud)
United Kingdom
Born 1944
Married Mark Cox (b 05 July 1943), 05 July 1966 in Uckfield, Sussex. Divorced by 2013.
[Active 1961-1969]

Competed 3 times at Wimbledon in singles (1961, 62, and in 1964) winning 1 match and losing 3. From 1965 to 1969 she entered doubles only, and from 1966 played only the mixed at the Championships.

Her marriage to Mark Cox was a big event, as Mark was a star of British tennis in the 1960s and 70s. They were wed on his 23rd birthday.

Divorced by 2013. She and Mark had 2 sons and a daughter. Alison started the charity CRY (Cardicac Risk in the Young) in response to her son’s hidden heart condition


with Mark Cox

 

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SERRA ZANETTI, ADRIANA
Italy
Born 5 March 1976
[Active 1989-2006]
RU Adelaide 1997

The height of her career was in 2002, when she reached #38 in singles. That was following the Australian Open, where Adriana made the quarters and went down to Martina Hingis 6-2 6-3. The sisters won Tashkent in doubles in 2004.
 

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TUCKEY, DIANE (Diane C Tuckey)
United Kingdom
Born January to March 1943.
Married John A Bennett, from January and March of 1965 in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
[Active 1960s.]

Played Wimbledon 1961 to 1965; 4 times in singles (1961, 1965-65) with a 1-4 record.
 

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SIMMONDS, SABINA
South Africa/Italy
Born 17 April 1960 in London
[Active 1976-88]

Height: 5' 7"
Playing style: mainly a baseliner, though per Jakeev she "hit a fairly hard ball and came to the net quite often. She had a lot of flair in her game."

She speaks 5 languages. The 1980 WTA media guide states her father Williem was a travel agent of Polish origin. Her Mother Rosa is Italian.

Sabina lived her first 16 years in South Africa. She was educated at Parkton Convent in Johannesburg. In 1976 was ranked #10 in South Africa. She moved to Italy in 1976, and ended up that year co-ranked #1. by 1978 she was an Italian citizen. Later coached by Roger Taylor.

Her best year was 1982, when ended ranked #29. she acheived her best computer ranking (#26) in October. She won the Bakersfield Futures, and made the SF at the Futures Championships, Dallas, and the top tier Canadian Championships. Simmonds won the WTA "Most Improved Player" award for 1982.

When asked her favorite memory, Sabina cited a 13-11 third set tiebreak win over Virginia Ruzici at the Italian Open in Perugia.

Career Highlights

Won: Rimini (Italian Masters) 1976, Perugia 1977, Taormina 1978, Geneva 1979, Stuttgart, Loano, Catania and Nicolosi, 1981, Avon Futures of Bakersfield 1982, Gstaad 1983
RU: Barcelona '78, Madrid '78, Monte-Carlo and the Wimbledon Plate '79, Hong Kong'81

Doubles SF at the 1978 Australian Open

As of 2011 she is teaching tennis at an academy in San Remo.

WTA Year-End Rankings
1976:75
1977: 89
1979: 64 (Her singles record for 1979 was 41-20)
1981: 108
1982: 29
1983: 96

Thread on Sabina at: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=287471
Article in Italian: http://www.ubitennis.com/sport/tennis/2011/05/19/508379-perla_sabina_simmonds.shtml




[Thanks to Jimbo for information and Binoxal for the photo]
 

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SOADY, “ALEX” (Alexandra Soady)
United Kingdom
Born 11 May 1947
Married Thomas W Cowie, July to September 1969 in Birmingham, Warwickshire
[Active 1966-1972]

Entered Wimbledon from 1966 to 1972. Her record at the All-England club was 4-7. She was also a squash player.
 

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ALLEN, AGNES (Agnes Dorothy Allen)
United Kingdom
Born 02 December 1886 in Acton, Middlesex.
Died September 1976 at Chichester.
Married (1) Reginald William Fowler Harding (1887-1917) on 23 February 1913 in Ealing.
Maried (2) Captian Patrick Hill Normand (died 27 March 1943) Between July 1920 and 1926
[Active 1914-1920]

Called “a spinster of the parish” in her wedding bann of 1913, she had played Wimbledon in 1912 as Miss Allen.
KM (Kathleen)Allen is her sister. Kathleen's entry is at: TennisForum.com - View Single Post - Biographies of Female Tennis Players

Played Wimbledon 3 times (1912, 1914, and 1920), compiling a 3-4 record. In 1914 and 1920 she made the 3R as Mrs RWF Harding.

Captain Reginald William Fowler Harding, London Regiment,was the third son of Mr. & Mrs. Richmond Harding of Cranmore, Isleworth. He was born in 1887 and educated at St. Pauls, where he developed a very great athletic ability. He represented his School at Cricket and Football and was the champion fives player.

In 1910 he became a member of the Stock Exchange. It was then that he became a first class Lawn Tennis player. He was the champion of the Chiswick Park Lawn Tennis Club and played in many open tournaments. In 1914 he was playing splendidly and reached the final for the plate at Wimbledon.

He was given a commission in the 18th Battalion, London Regiment (London Irish Rifles) in August 1914, and was promoted to Captain in May of the next year. Reginald served in France, Salonica, Egypt and Palestine.He was mortally wounded at Tel el Sheria (now Israel) on the morning of the 7 November 1917.

Her second husband was a Scotsman. A brief bio of her first husband calls her Agnes Dorothy Norman “of Johannesburg.” Mr Normand (the earlier reference omitted the “d”) was a Captain and a noted cricket player. There are numerous ship passenger lists with Mrs Normand, ranging from South Africa to England and even as far as Burma. The family eventually returned to the United Kingdom. As yet there is no indication of Dorothy playing tennis after after 1920. She had a son named PI Normand who was born circa 1927.

[Thanks to Rollo for this biography]
 

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FERRANDO, LINDA
Italy
Born 12 January 1966
[Active 1983-95]

Genoa is her hometown. Won 2 ITS signles titles and Bayonne doubles in 1992.

Famous for her shocking 3R upset over Monica Seles at the 1990 US Open. Monica didn’t bother to scout out her opponent despite the fact they never had played. She had assumed that Ferrando was, like most Italians of her era, a baseliner. The combination of a new racquet by Seles and the daring tactics of Ferrando resulted in the upset of the year 1-6 6-1 7-6. Linda lost her next match in the 4R, her best ever grand slam result.

Twice, she fell and twice she was wobbled by leg cramps, although she remained vertical until her victory slump in her chair at courtside, a wonderful moment for her, an agonizing one for Seles.

''In the first set, I was very emotional to play on the Center Court,'' Ferrando said, ''and I was afraid to come to the net. Then, when I saw that she can't pass very well, I had more confidence.''







During her epic 1990 upset over Seles at the 1990 US Open

 

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GARBIN, TATHIANA
Italy
Born 30 June 1977 in Mestre, Italy
[Active 1993-2011]

Winner: Mediterranean Games '97, Budapest 2000, Barcelona '06
RU: Bogotà 2000, '07, Palermo '06

Highest singles rank: #22 on 21 May 2007
Highest doubles rank: #25 of 27 August 2001

Height: 5' 8" (1.72 meters)
Nickname: "Tati"

This Bologna Native was most successful for doubles; she won 11 WTA tour finals and made the 2009 QF in doubles at Wimbledon.

Tati stunned defending champion and the reigning World No. 1 Justine Henin in the second round of the 2004 French Open. The French was the one slam where she was above .500 in matches, winning 17 matches and losing 12 at Roland Garros. Her 4R performance at the French in 2007 was her best performance at a slam.


Wiki at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tathiana_Garbin
 
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