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MANLEY-SIMS, JESSIE (Jessie Manley-Sims)
United Kingdom
Born 1881 in London
Died 15 August 1950 in Winchester, Hampshire

Married George James Hardress Stevenson on 28 October 1911 in Saint Peter's Church, Cranley Gardens, Kensington, London

Active circa 1900-14. Jessie appears to have taken part in lawn tennis tournaments both before and after her marriage. Younger sister of Margaret Manley-Sims.
 

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STEEDMAN, EVA (Eva Sarah Steedman)
United Kingdom
Born 1861 in High Ercall, Shropshire
Died 10 September 1944 in Andover, Hampshire
Did not marry.
Active in the 1880s/1890s.

Eva was the sister of fellow players Bertha and Mary Steedman.
 

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HOFFMANN, BRIGITTE
East Germany
Born 7 August 1943 in Neuruppin

The national champion of East Germany (1973-1977, 1979).

Studied at Humbolt University in Berlin, where her major was History and Sport.


Sources:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigitte_Hoffmann

R. Streppelhoff: Tennis als Leistungssport in der DDR. In: Stadion. Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte des Sports. 23 (2007), 2, S. 243-264

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RIEDE, HELLA (nee Hella Vahley)
East Germany
Born 24 October 1938 in Erfurt
Married Dr. Dieter Riede, in c. July 1965

The national champion of East Germany (1965-1966, 1969).

She was able to travel within the limited parameters set out by her government, winning the Championships of Poland in 1962 and representing the GDR in Indonesia in 1963. In 1965 she wed former track star Dieter Riede.

Sources:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hella_Riede

R. Streppelhoff: Tennis als Leistungssport in der DDR. In: Stadion. Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte des Sports. Band 23, 2007, 2, S. 243–264

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STÖVE, BETTY
Netherlands
Born 24 June 1945 in Rotterdam
Height: 6' 1"

Doubles specialist who also became a world top ten singles player in 1977 and 78. Winner of six Grand Slam doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles. Ranked No. 1 in doubles and No. 4 in singles. Singles finalist at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships. President of the WTA. Coach of Hana Mandlikova.


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Stöve



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HENRY, CORINNE (nee Corinne Stanton)
United States
Born 1892
Died 1982
Married William Mellors "Bill" Henry (1890-1970), 9 September 1914
[Active from at least 1925-1927]

A Californian player, often listed as Mrs. William Henry. She was injured in a car crash in March 1927 before she was due to play Helen Wills.
Her husband was a writer for the Los Angeles Times and heavily involved in the 1932 Olympic Games.

Pat Henry (later Yeomans), born in 1917, was her daughter.

Mrs Henry in 1925





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Occidental College Bill Henry Collection
http://collegenews.org/alumni/2009/o...-of-famer.html
http://callimachus.org/cdm/ref/colle...61coll12/id/62
http://billhenry.omeka.net/items/show/19
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=85800212&PIpi=71920083
 

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YEOMANS, "PAT" (nee Pattricia Henry)
United States
Born on May 31, 1917 in Los Angeles, California
Died on March 13, 2013 in Hancock Park,California.
Married Edgar Yeomans, 1938--4 children.

Tennis and writing were Pat's two passions. Both were in her genes. The daughter of tennis player Connie Stanton Henry, Henry followed her mom's footsteps in becoming a noted California player. Her dad Bill Yeomans was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. As time went on in later years Pat became known as the author of many books on the history of tennis in California.

Pat lobbied hard to get tennis reintroduced into the Olympic Games, a dream that was realized when it became a demonstration sport at the 1984 Games.

1935 National Girls’ 18 champion. At Occidental College, she became No. 1 on the men’s freshman team, but Title IX was nearly forty-years away and she was told that she would not be allowed to compete with them. Nonetheless, she won the College Girls’ Invitational in 1936 and 1937, which was the pre-NCAA Championships organized by Hazel Wightman.

Books by Pat include:

Southern California Centennial Champions 1887-1987
. Published 1987 (310 pages)
History and Heritage of the Los Angeles Tennis Club 1920-1995. Published 1979. (62 pages).



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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lat...?pid=163656532
http://www.10sballs.com/2013/03/20/p...one-of-a-kind/

There is a collection on Pat Yeomans at Occidental College.

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BOHM, NINA
Sweden
Born 30 April 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden
[Active 1977-1982]

Finalist 1977 Stockholm Open, 1980 Swedish Open, member of Swedish Fed Cup team 1978-1982

WTA Ranking:

1977: #92
1978: #84
1979: #57
1980: #70
1981: #52
 

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DURIE, "JO" (Joanna Mary Durie)
Great Britian (England)
Born 27 July 1960 in Bristol

Won Grand Slam mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1987 and Australian Open in 1991 with Jeremy Bates. Won two singles titles in 1983 (Mahwah, Sydney). 1983 was her best year overall, with semifinal runs at the French and the US Open. Durie ended the year by taking a set off of Martina Navratilova in the QF at the Australian Open. Jo ended the year solidly in the world top ten on most lists, arguably as high as #3 or #4. Her highest computer rank was #5, coming early in 1984.

After her banner year back injuries, a recurring problem for her, resurfaced, and she was never the same potent player as 1983.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Durie

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GADUSEK, BONNIE
United States
Born 11 September 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Married James Edward Foulds (born 20 February 1956) on 09 May 1992, Pinellas, Florida. Later divorced.
[Active 1982-1986]

Reached QF at US Open in 1982 and 1986. Won five singles titles and was ranked No. 8 in July 1984. Bonnie was known for always wearing a visor on court.

At some stage she split up with her husband because www.mylife.com in 2018 says James Foulds is 62 and single.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Gadusek
www.mylife.com
www ancestry.co.uk

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GERULAITIS, RUTA
United States
Born 18 November 1955 in New York
Married (1) John Martin in 1983.( reported in New York Magazine)
Married (2) William P. Jaget on 24 May 1997 in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut.
[Active 1976-1980]

Younger sister of Vitas. Reached QF at the French Open in 1979 and was ranked No. 31 in 1980. Finalist at the 1976 WTA Westchester Invitational.

Ruta was known for being one of the friendliest and fun loving women on tour in the late 1970s.

First husband John Martin was an ABC Sports vice president.

Sources:

Bodo, Peter. A Season on The Pro Tour.

www.ancestry.co.uk

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HOBBS, ANNE
Great Britian (England)
Born 21 August 1959 in Nottingham
Nickname: "Hobbitt", a pun on her stature and the Tolkien books.
[1977-1989]

Reached the fourth round in the singles at all Grand Slam tournaments. Doubles finalist at the Australian Open in 1983 and the US Open in 1984. Mixed doubles finalist at the Australian Open in 1983 and 1987. Won two WTA singles titles (Indianapolis in 1983 and Auckland in 1985).

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Hobbs

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JORDAN, BARBARA
United States
Born 2 April 1957 in Milwaukee
Height: 5' 5"
Played RH
[Active 1976-1983]

1978 Australian Open Champion.

WTA Top 100 Rankings

1976: #70 in singles.
1980: #58
1981: #73
1982: #76
Older sister of Kathy, and like her sister an all-American at Stanford. They were both taught by their father a former tournament player.

Shock winner of the 1979 Australian Open. In addition she was a finalist at the Avon Futures of Austin earlier in the year. Winner of the 1983 mixed doubles title at the French Open with Eliot Teltscher.

The 1979 Australian Open (which actually ended in early January 1980) was clearly the highlight of her career. Seeded #5, she upset the turnament favorite and #2 Hana Mandlikova 6-2 6-2. Hana didn't help matters with 7 double faults, but the Americans steadiness gave the mercurial Czech no chance to mount a comeback. Barbara then went on to beat another Czech. #3 seed Tomanova, 5-7 6-3 6-3 in the semis. By comparison the final was a nervy affair littered with errors-Jordan winning 6-3 6-3 over veteran American Sharon Walsh. Nonetheless Barbara Jordan had a major that was well deserved.

Style: "employs an athletic,serve/volley game" (Avon) yet WOT described her as "primarily a backcourt player and better on slower surfaces, a fact which made her Australian Open title all the more remarkable."

The 1980 media guide listed her interests as art, music, literature, photography, and travel.

Titles

1978 Missouri Valley circuit Masters (d. sister Kathy in final)
1979 Australian Open

Source:

1980 Avon Media Guide, page 95.
1981 World of Tennis Annual, page 313.


With sister Kathy



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LATHAM, KATE
United States
Born 25 October 1952 in San Francisco, California
Height: 5' 6"
Played: Righthanded with 1 handed backhand
[Active 1972-75, 1977-1984]

Won 6 minor events from 1972 to 1977, including Ft. Myers and Manchester (1974); Montgomery (1977). Finalist 1974 Beckenham, semifinalist 1979 Wimbledon plate. 1980 La Costa finalist. 1983 Los Angeles semis.

Latham had a couple of notable years-in 1974 she did well on the English grass, winning Manchester, reaching the finals at Beckeham, and pushing world top tenner Martina Navratilova to 10-8 in the 3rd set in the quarterfinals at Eastbourne.

A congenital knee problem flared up in 1975, keeping her totally off the tour in 1976.

1979 probably her best year-with solid results landing her just outside the top 20 at #21, a career high.

Head of WTA disciplinary committee in 1979.

Raised on California's cement courts, this was naturally her favored surface. She grew to like grass but was never comfortable on clay. Consistent,sShe used spins and speed to elicit errors from foes without having any weapons of note. She was strongest on the backhand side.

Kate's career essentially end in 1984, when she failed to win even one singles match on tour. She entered only 1 local event (doubles only) in both 1985 and 1986.

Personal

A distant relative of Mark Twain; plays the guitar; has a real estate license, enjoys swimming; mother a yoga instructor.

WTA Year-End Rankings


1975: #64
1976: not ranked-out all year due to knee surgery
1977: #42
1978: #60
1979: #21 (career high rank)
1980: #49
1981: #37
1982: #50

1983: #85



Kate playing Chris Evert at the 1983 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles


Sources:

1980 WTA Media Guide, page 88.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Latham

The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 - Official Site by IBM
Kate Latham et Jane Preyer - Le blog des archives du tennis feminin

[Thanks to Binoxial, Rollo, and Wolbo for this informatuin]
 
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