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THIRLBY, ELSIE
United Kingdom/United Sates
Born 13 December 1885 in Surbiton, London
Died 18 September 1971 in Traverse City, Michigan
Married Edwin Leeson Thirlby 28 March 1910 in Surrey, England.
Active circa 1905-20.

Daughter of Richard Thirlby.

Elsie Thirlby appears to have married distant relative of hers-a doctor from Michigan who was studying in London. She was also a keen golf competitor.

1916 Indiana State finalist. She was lusually listed as Mrs E. L. Thirby.

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https://sites.google.com/a/grandtraverseregion.com/gt/benjamin-thirlby-biography

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BEYFUSS, VERA (Vera M. Beyfuss)
United States
Born 30 April 1890 in California
Died 19 October 1957 in San Francisco
Married Frederick W. Patterson on 9 May 1917 in Mill Valley, California
Active circa 1910-16.

Won the 1916 Hawaii Polo & Racing Club Tournament in Honolulu

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GENT, JOAN (Joan Margaret Gent)
Australia (South Australia)
Born circa 1920
Married Kirwan A. R. Short on 17 April 1949.
Active 1940-1946

Entered the 1946 Australian, held in her home state.

Daughter of Alfred and Dora Gent (nee Price) of Victor Harbour, South Australia. Her mother was also fond of tennis.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/186907944? (her mother's obituary)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/166731653?
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/168548984? (proves parentage)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/164306427? (Marriage)

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LOYLESS, MARGARET (Margaret Saint-Clair Loyless)
United States
Born 5 April 1898 in Bibb County, Georgia
Died 28 November 1984 in Augusta, Georgia
Married Patrick Hues Mell on 17 September 1921 in Warm Springs, Goergia
[Active circa 1914-20]

Won the South Atlantic Championships in Georgia in 1916.

Her daughter's obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/augustachronicle/obituary.aspx?pid=174890705[Thanks to Newmark for this information]

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CHESNEY,"MARGUERITE" (E. Marguerite Chesney)
United States
Born 12 August 1893 in Missouri
Died in March 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona
Did not marry.
Active circa 1910-30.

In 1919 she belonged to the Rockhill Club of Kansas City, Missouri. The move to Arizona came by 1930.

[From the ITA site]

A self-taught tennis player who became a champion, Marguerite Chesney (b.1893-d.1971) pioneered women’s intercollegiate competition during her 36-year career at the University of Arizona. In the 1930’s Chesney began to organize regional Play Days for college women; and in 1947 she initiated the co-educational Arizona Intercollegiate Invitational Tournament which she directed for the next decade. Chesney’s career includes many milestones; the most singles titles in the Southwestern and Arizona Opens; the first woman sectional delegate to the USTA; the first woman to be inducted into her university’s Sports Hall of Fame. Beloved by her students, she coached many champions including the 1946 national winner in junior doubles, Mary Cunningham. Another student, Laura Morgan Stubbs, wrote in tribute, “Any memory of Miss Chesney is a happy one.”

Career Highlights
  • B.S.’25 University of Arizona; M.A.’29 Columbia University
  • Southwestern Tennis Association Singles Champion 1916, 1918-1920, 1923, 1927; Doubles Campion 1919-1920, 1922, 1927
  • Arizona Open Singles Champion 1916-1920, 1926-1927, 1931
  • First woman president of the SWTA 1939-1940
  • Initiated Arizona Intercollegiate Invitational Tournament 1947; tournament director 1947-1957
  • Initiated Racquet Club Tennis Tournament for under-15 players 1946
  • Marguerite Chesney Cup for women’s singles donated to the SWTA 1948
  • First woman appointed as a sectional delegate to the USTA 1952; member, USTA Women’s Advisory Committee 1954
  • Coached Jeanne Doyle Garrett 1948-1950, singles and doubles champion at the Ojai,California Intercollegiates: Mari Bailey Bell 1942-1946, SWTA singles and doubles champion; Marie Jacks 1945-1948, SWTA doubles champion; Mary Cunningham 1945-1947, national junior and SWTA doubles champion
  • Director of Physical Education for women, University of Arizona 1951-1958
  • Marguerite Chesney Trophy donated to University of Arizona to honor Arizona Open women’s singles champions 1958
  • Marguerite Chesney Scholarship and portrait donated by alumnae 1965
  • Charter Member, University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame 1976; SWTA Hall of Fame 1991


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http://itahalloffame.org/inductees/e-marguerite-chesney/

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FIX, KATHERINE (Katherine Isabella Lillian Fix)
United States
Born in 1889 in Lewiston, Idaho
Died 19 March 1919 in Spokane, Washington
Married Winfield Scott Rodgers
Active circa 1911-20.

Idaho State Champion of 1911.

Katherine Fix had a German-born father.

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GRUCHALLA, HELEN (Helen Margaret Gruchalla)
United States
Born 26 August 1911 in North Dakota
Died 20 June 2009 in San Diego, California
Did not marry.
Active circa 1930-41.

From Jamestown, North Dakota. Helen was inducted into the United States Tennis Association's Northern Section Hall of Fame in 2002.

North Dakota's first great woman's tennis player. She played in the U.S. Nationals at Forest Hills in 1938 and was ranked No. 1 in womens doubles in the 1941 Northwestern Lawn Tennis Association. She won the North Dakota state singles championships 11 times and the state doubles championships eight times.

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http://www.inforum.com/content/sports-forum-fargos-mcnair-enters-us-tennis-hall-fame

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SCHUHMANN, HELEN (Helen Agnes Schuhmann)
United States
Born 18 April 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky
Died
Active circa 1925-35.

1932 Kentucky State champion.

Helen Schuhmann was a librarian by profession. Schuhmann was the daughter of Leo Schuhmann, a Louisville publisher, and Miss Clara Ludorf.

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SHEIDOW, SYBIL
Australia (South Australia)
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[Active 1943-1954]

0-2 in singles at the Australian Nationals in 1947 and 1949. She represented Kensington Gardens, a suburb in Adelaide.

Her serve and volley were Sybil's strengths. A lack of consistency was often her downfall.

Daughter of I. T. Sheidow. Anne Sheidow was her younger sister. The two were doubles partners at the 1952 Nationals held in Adelaide.

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SHEIDOW, ANNE
Australia (South Australia)
Born
Died
[Active 1952-1954]

Sybil Sheidow was her older sister. The two were doubles partners at the 1952 Nationals held in Adelaide.

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PELLEW, "VAL" (Valerie Pellew)
Australia (South Australia)
Born 02 December 1926 in North Adelaide
[Active in 1946]

Lost in the 1R of the 1946 Australian Nationals.

Father was the Australian test cricketer, Clarence 'Nip' Pellew (21st September 1893 to May 1981)

Source findmypast.co.uk

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MORSE, LINDSAY
United States
Born 24 January 1955 in Pasadena, California
Married Jim Bennett
[Active 1975-1981]

Winner: 1974 Aptos, 1975 Ojai Valley
RU: 1974 Southern California Championships, 1981 Ojai Valley

Wimbledon record (entered in 1980 and 1981)

Singles: 1-2
Doubles: 3-1

The eldest of three tennis-playing sisters, Lindsay Morse (Bennett) was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She began playing tennis at age 8 and from 11 played the junior circuit throughout California and the U.S. She was ranked #8 nationally in singles for girls 18 and under. In 1974, as a member of the Junior Wightman Cup team, she was named Player of the Year at Forest Hills. She attended the University of California, Irvine where, coached by Doreen Irish, she won the 1977 AIAW National Collegiate Singles title and earned All-American honors. That same year, Bennett represented the U.S. in Sofia, Bulgaria at the World University Games. Her 96 singles and 64 doubles wins while in college led her to become the first woman in UC-Irvine’s history to be named the school’s Student-Athlete of the Year.
In 1980 and 1981, Bennett played the WTA professional tour, attaining a world ranking of #39 in singles. During the 1980 season, she played in grand slams — losing in round 3 to Chris Evert at Wimbledon, to Martina Navratilova in the US Open and to Greer Stevens in the Australian Open; she also lost to Evonne Goolagong in round 3 of the Canadian Open. In 1983, Bennett was inducted into the UC Irvine Hall of Fame. In 1992 Bennett moved with her family to Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she helped coach her daughters’ tennis teams to two state championships. She began working at Mountain Park Racquet Club, and in 2000 was ranked #1 in Women’s 45 and Under Singles
and Doubles in the Pacific Northwest.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
    • Won the National Public Parks championship in Los Angeles — 1969
    • Ranked #8 nationally in singles for girls 18 and under — 1973
    • Won Southern California inter-collegiate title in singles and doubles while helping University of California, Irvine to the team title — 1974
    • Represented the US in the BP Cup, a collegiate competition between England and the USA, in Torquay, England — 1974
    • Junior Wightman Cup team member and Player of the Year at Forest Hills — 1974
    • Runner-up in singles and doubles in the Women’s National Collegiate Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan — 1974
•Won the US Amateur Clay Court Doubles Championship in Memphis, runner-up in Singles — 1974
  • UCI team placed 2nd in All Cal Women’s Tennis Tournament — 1975
  • Won Western Regionals in California — 1977
  • Won AIAW National Collegiate singles title, UCI team took 3rd place — 1977
  • First woman to be named UC Irvine’s Student Athlete of the Year — 1977
  • Member of US Women’s Tennis Team in the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria & took 4th place in women’s doubles with partner Jean Nachand — 1977
  • Collegiate All American — 1977 and 1978
  • Girls’ tennis coach at University High School in Irvine, CA — 1978
  • Played on Women’s professional tour — 1980–1981
  • World ranking of 39th in singles — 1980
  • Borden Classic Doubles Champion title in Nagoya, Japan with Jean Nachand — 1980
  • Inducted into UC Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame — 1983
  • Taught tennis at Flint Canyon Racquet Club —1982–1984
  • Ranked #1 in Women’s 45 and Under singles and doubles in the Pacific Northwest — 2000
  • Assistant coach for State championship teams in girls tennis at Lakeridge High School in Oswego — 2003, 2004




Sources:

http://2014.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scor...034/index.html

LINDSAY MORSE BENNETT | ITA Women's Hall of Fame

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STOCKTON, ELEANOR (Eleanor Stockton)
United States
Born 25 August 1878 in Boston
Died 27 July 1907 in Groton, Massachusetts
Married Reverend Sherrard Billings on 3 July 1906
Active circa 1895-1905.

Sister of Jane Stockton. The sisters were members of the Longwood Cricket Club. On Oct 18 1901 Eleanor beat Evelyn Sears in the Longwood Club final by the score of 4-6 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-3.

Eleanor (Stockton) Billings died of a pulmonary embolism one day after giving birth to a baby girl who also later died.

A whole family album of the Stocktons can be viewed online here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121200...8/13365236633/

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WOLF, CATHERINE (Catherine E Wolf)
United States
Born circa 1913 (age 17 on 07 July 1930)
Died after 1969 ????
Active 1929-44.

Name sometimes wrongly given as "Katherine" or "Wolfe" with an "e" at the end.

USTA top ten in 1935 (#10) and 1935 (#10). Ranked #16 in 1936 and #15 in the US as late as 1942.

An article from 1930 describes her a "sensational 17 year old from Indianapolis". She apparently took up tennis when her parents went away on a fishing trip and gave her a tennis racquet so she could stay at home.

United States Nationals Record (entered in 1930, 1934-1937, and 1942)

Singles: 8 wins-6 defeats. (Best results were 3R in 1936 and 1943)

Perhaps from

In 1935 Catherine was seeded #6 at Forest Hills. In the round of 16 she lost to Britain's Phyllis King, the #2 foreign seed. Wold retired down 6-3 3-0. The match was delayed by rain, and Wolf had to go home, presumably to teach school! Reaching the same stage in 1942, she went down to #1 seed Pauline Betz 6-3 6-3.

In later life, Catherine Wolf lived and worked, as a teacher, in Elkhart, Indiana.
  • Outstanding junior and high school tennis player
  • Won six Western Association tennis championships from 1930-38
  • Ranked No.1 among women's tennis players by Western Lawn Tennis Association from 1930-38
  • Ranked among 10 top players in 1934 and 1935 by U.S. Lawn Tennis Association
  • Varsity tennis coach at Elkhart High School (1930-34)
A scholarship has been set up in her name.

Wolf was on the losing side of a piece of tennis history in the 1943 Tri-State final. where she lost 6-0 6-2 to Pauline Betz. Betz won all 24 points in the first set. This is called a "Golden set", and did not occur again in women's tennis until Yaroslva Shvedova did it at Wimbledon in 2012 in beating Sara Errani 6-0 6-4. She was the defnding Cghampion, having won the Tri-State in 1939 and 1942.

The previous tear Wolf had lost to Betz 6-3 6-3 in the last 16 at Forest Hills.

She was alive in 1960, when she is described as a pro of South Bend and Grand Rapids.

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See here for some information on and a photo of Catherine Wolf: http://www.elkhartcountyhof.com/n-ST...rine-Wolf.html

http://blueblazers.org/wolf/

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

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=015QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0Q4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6919,883936&hl=en

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1243&dat=19350817&id=xOcsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NCMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4494,4719922&hl=en

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KILLEY, BARBARA
United Kingdom/United States
Born 29 September 1897 in Douglas, Isle of Man
Died 29 November 1979 in Los Angeles
Married Charles F. Duffy on 14 August 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio
[Active circa 1920-38]

Barbara (Killey) Duffy was the daughter of John Thomas Killey, a bank cashier, and Sarah Killey (née Quine), both of whom were natives of the Isle of Man.

Barbara emigrated to the United States in 1916, sailing from the port of Liverpool on the Carpathia on 6 May of that year and arriving in New York eleven days later. Barbara initially settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where she married Charles F. Duffy, an accountant.

Mrs. Duffy was still active in 1938 when she won the Western Pennsylvania championship.

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KOZELUHOVA, "MAY" (Marie Koželuhová)
Bohemia/Czechoslovakia
Born in 1906 in Prague
Died 4 April 1991 in Prague
Married Jaroš
[Active circa 1922-33]

Marie, who was popularly known as "May", was the sister of Jan and Karel Koželuh. Her married name was Jarošová.

Czech International winner in 1929.

Ranked #1 in 1928, she was #2 in Czechoslovakia from 1929-1933 to Grete Deutschova.

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HARDY, "CARRIE" (nee Caroline Symington)
United States
Born 19 January 1875 in Baltimore, Maryland
Died 07 November 1957 in Norfolk, Virginia
Married Wallington Hardy (1876-1946) 19 November 1902 in Baltimore, Maryland
[Active circa 1900-1921]

1911 quarterfinalist to Eleanora Sears at the US Nationals. Mrs Hardy lost 6-2 6-2.

Carrie, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, was married to a Virginian. She became Virginia State champion of 1903 and 1911. Evidently Carrie played on well into her 40s. Mrs Hardy defaulted the final at the 1921 Virginia State championship.

Sources:

http://virginiagravestones.org/view.php?id=11947
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=91098505
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=91098409


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