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COMBLEN, ALICE (nee Alice Blanpain)
Belgium
Born in 1875
Died 29 January 1935 in Liège
Married Paul Eugène Comblen by 1899
[Active circa 1896-1904]

Belgian national champion in 1899 and 1901.

She was Mme Comblen by 1899, when she was the Belgian national champion. She represented Tennis Club Luik.

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WHITE, ANNE
United States
Born 28 September 1981 in Charleston, West Virginia
Height: 5' 11"
RH
[Active 1978-1987 and from 1989 to 1991]

White will go down in history for a fashion moment. For her 1R match on Centre Court she wore the traditional all-white, but with a crucial twist. In true 80's style she jazzed it up by wearing a full body-suit.

She carefully hid it under a track suit for warmups-only revealing the outfit at the start of play. The paparazzi went nuts. She split sets with #5 seed Pam Shriver, taking a second set tiebreak when play was stopped due to rain. Wimbledon referee Alan Mills ordered her to wear traditional attire the next day, when she dropped the final set for a 6-3 6-7 6-3 loss.

I had no idea it would be so controversial" [ Anne, rather disingenously, when asked about the body suit]
"You've waited four days to play a match. You finally get on about 7:20 at night. You're nervous anyway because it's your first match. All of a sudden, you go back, you're about ready to serve, and you hear everyone start hooting and hollering. And I turned around and saw this thing . So I started to take off my vest. I just said, whatever she wants to do she's going to do." [Shriver's not so amused take on the suit]
White got her start as one of Nick Bollettieri's pupils. Anne had one more year to go at USC when she turned pro in the summer of 1981.

Her serve and volley style yielded better doubles results. Major highlights included the US Open doubles SF in 1984 and Wimbldon SF (1985) with Betsy Nagelson. They were stopped at that stage both times by the world #1 team of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver.

In singles her best result was the 4R at Roland Garros in 1984, her only singles round of 16 in a major. Her best year end computer ranking was in 1985-with semifinal results in Tampa and New Orleans. She peaked in singles at #19 and ended the year at #20. Her best doubles ranking was #9 in 1987.

White wasn't the most popular of players among her peers. According to Peter Bodo the attractive blonde "had an extensive repertoire of facial expressions and sarcastic cracks. Before playing a doubles match aganst White, some opponents agreed that whoever manafed to hit Anne with the ball would get a free dinner for her markswomanship."

Off court Anne was a model. Her looks and marketing savy earned her a good amount in endorsements relative to her ranking.

Titles:

Singles: Phoenix-1987

Doubles: 7 circuit level wins-the biggest at the 1986 Family Circle Cup with Chris Evert.

The infamous bodysuit worn at Wimbledon in 1985





1986 Wimbledon

Sources:

Bodo, Peter. The Courts of Babylon. 1995.


Anne White Tennis | The Official Website of Anne White


"I had no idea it would be so controversial." World of Tennis [1986] page 381.
 

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STUART, MAUD (Maud Erinoine Stuart)
Ireland
Born 17 November 1879 in Dergmoney, County Tyrone, Ireland
Died 01 January 1969
[Active circa 1910-1914]

Invariably listed as Miss M.E. Stuart in results.

Maud also took part in a number of golf tournaments. In 1904 she was the runner up at the British Amateur Ladies Open in golf

Her middle name is very unusual, but that is how her father wrote in the 1911 Census of Ireland return. Maud was invested as a Member, Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in 1965.

Maud's younger brother, Charles Erskine Stuart, was born on 25 May 1882 in Omagh, County Tyrone. He played lawn tennis and golf for Cambridge University, where he was a medical student. He was also a keen cricketer.

When war was declared in 1914, Charles joined the British army, eventually rising to the rank of Captain in the Suffolk Regiment (attached to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Regiment). He was critically injured in action and died from his wounds in Cambridge, England, on 15 March 1917. He was 34.

In 1914 Maud was on the Riviera. With partner Miss Olive Ranson she defeated Suzanne Lenglen and Elizabeth Ryan in a handicap match. This was the first, last, and only loss the famous pair ever suffered. A photo from this match is to be found in Ted Tingling's book "Love and Faults".

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ROSIN, GUDRUN (Gudrun Johnson Rosin)
Sweden
[Active circa 1955-1969]

Gudrun Rosin won 28 national Swedish championships. This title haul included seven in singles, 13 double and 8 in mixed doubles. 6 of the singles came in a run from 1959 to 1964.

His first National Championships she won in 1955 in mixed doubles indoors along with Percy Rosberg, who in 2006 was included in the Swedish Tennis Hall of Fame. With him, she won three more titles. Rosin won he rlast mixed in the nationals 1967 together with Jan-Erik Lundquist.

In doubles Rosin won the Nationals with different players, including five with Ulla Sandulf. Her last was in 1969 with Ingrid Bentzer.

Won Oslo in 1961

Wimbledon record (entered in 1960-1961 and 1963-1964)

Singles: 2-4
Doubles: 1-4
Mixed: 1-4



Sources:

http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gudrun_Johnson_Rosin

http://2013.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/c379879b-9cbf-44c3-b115-693ffeb04cbe/index.html

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SEYBURN, EDITH
Unied States
Born
Died
Married Manuel Quintana on December 30, 1944 in Grosse Point, Michigan

Played the 1940 US National doubles with her sister Isabel. Quintana was the son of the Argentine Ambassador to Uruguay.
 

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SEYBURN, ISABEL (Isabel Dorothy Seyburn)
United States
Born
Died
Married Richard Harte 27 June 1945 in New York

Played the 1940 US National doubles with her sister Edith.

Sources:

"ISABEL D. SEYBURN LONG ISLAND BRIDE. " by David Berns. New York Times, June 28, 1945, page 2.
 

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QUELCH, "JOAN" (nee Blanche Nadine Turner)
United Kingdom
Bron 23 August 1921 in Croydon.
Died 23 March 2004 in Bexley.
Married James Aiden Quelch 04 September 1948 in Hove
[Active 1949 to 1955]

Wimbledon Programme 27th June 1949 gives under maiden names of lady competitors MRS. B.N Quelch- Miss B.N. Turner. There was a Miss B. M. Turner who entered the doubles at Wimbledon in 1938, could this be her or a relation?

Not sure how she became known as Joan , because she was born Blanche Nadine Turner 23rd August 1921 Croydon. Also, the Geni site relates that she went by "Nadine". Her husband was born and died in New Zealand.

The gap at Wimbledon between 1950 and 1954 is best explained by motherhood-she had 3 children, at least 1 or 2 during this period.

Associated with Llancarfan Tennis Club in the 1960s.

Wimbledon Record
(entered 1949-1950. and 1954-1955)

Singles: 0-4
Doubles: 1-1
Mixed: 0-1



doing her ironing--Photo dated 1950



Sources:

http://www.geni.com/people/Blanche-Quelch/6000000024789366729

www.ancestry.co.uk

www.gov.uk/search-will-probate

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/2e9e904d-cca6-47b4-a6cf-b94d3573c7ef/index.html

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SMITH, "ANNE" (M. Anne Smith)
New Zealand
[Active 1960-1962]

High ranked Kiwi of the early 1960s. It is not known why she stopped playing events around 1960.

New Zealand Rankings

1961: #2
1962: #4

[Thanks to Peter2003 for this information]
 

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SMITH, EVE
New Zealand



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Wellington Nunneley Casket women's tennis players, Anne Walker and Eve Smith, holding tennis rackets. Photograph taken circa 13 February 1950 by an Evening Post photographer.
 

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BELTON, PATSY (Patsy A Belton)
New Zealand
Born 23 March ????
Married Les Fleming after 1963
[Active in 1960-1963]

Played singles at 1962 French and Wimbledon.
In 1963 still single and living in Grey Lynn New Zealand.(from 1963 New Zealand electoral rolls)

Husband is Les Fleming (from ILTC newsletter New Zealand February 2018)

Known New Zealand rankings

1960: #7
1961: #9
1962: #5
1963: #7

Sources:

British Lawn Tennis inc. Squash March 1963 (Source for her birth dare)


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POOLE, IRENE
New Zealand
Married Hatherley circa 1939/40
[Active in 1939]

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Misses I. and T. Poole, two' brilliant Canterbury tennis players, who defeated the*southerners Misses D. Miller and R. J. Wilson in the final of the women's doubles at the New Zealand tennis championships at Christchurch last week. (Evening Post, 09 January 1939)
 

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POOLE, THELMA
New Zealand

Shock winner of the 1939 New Zealand doubles championships with her sister Irene Poole.

Irene and Thelma Poole (Canterbury), holders of the New Zealand women's tennis doubles title, who have reached the final of the 1937-38 event at Auckland," and will now meet two other sisters, Misses , , Margaret and Nessie Bevcrley (Matamala). (Evening Post, 04 February 1938).
 

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WHYTE. Miss M
New Zealand

1932 winner of North Island Championships


NORTH, ISLAND, TENNIS CHAMPIONS.-H.Court, one time junior champion England, being presented with the North Island Championship Cup after he had defeated the Wellington player, K.McL. Fcrkinsyin the final at Palmerston North yesterday. Miss M. Whyte the ladies singles winner, is standing at the back-of the table with her trophy. (Evening Post, 08 January 1932).
 

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HOWE, DORIS
New Zealand


Won the 1931 New Zealand doubles title with Dulcie Nicholls



WELLINGTON TENNIS CHAMPIONS.—D. G. France and Miss Dulcie Nicholls. Inset, Miss Doris Howe and, A. L. France. Miss Nicholls was successful in winning three championships—singles, doubles with Miss Howe, and mixed with Len France. Don France won the singles mens doubles, the latter event with his brother as partner
 

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O'HARA, JANE (Jane E. O'Hara)
Canada
Born 24 July 1951
[Active 1967-1975]

Competed at Wimbledon from 1969 to 1972. Competed at the US Open in singles and doubles from 1968-1974. Reached the Round of 16 in singles in 1972. Winner of the European Women’s Championship Hamburg in 1972. Represented Canada in Fed Cup play 1969-1971, 1973-1975.

Inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 2002.

[From Tennis Canada]
O’Hara started playing tennis at the age of 10 from when she was discovered on a local Toronto court by John Banko, who was a renowned tennis coach at that time. He could see that she displayed raw talent and after speaking to her father, he was able to convince her that she is good enough to enter tournaments. The first tournament that she competed in was the Tely tournament and she won the title. “I next played in the Ontario juniors and won that. Then, my parents entered me in the Eastern Canada championship and I won that. Finally, I played in the Canadian championships in Ottawa and I won that, too. Prime Minister Lester Pearson came to watch us play,” said O’Hara (George Gross, Sports Media Canada). Her success continued from that point on as she captured every Canadian junior title, before venturing outside her country to experience tennis at the international level.

At Moore Park in 1971



Sources:

http://www.tenniscanada.com/halloffame/jane-ohara/

http://2014.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/6c075e10-bdbc-4a94-becb-3e3ecbfbb045/index.html
 
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