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GULLBRANDSSON, "BIBBI" (Birgit_Gullbrandsson)
Sweden
Born 22 August 1916 in Kalmar
Died 06 January 2006
Married Sandén between 1949 Wimbledon and 1950 Wimbledon.
[Active 1938-1958]

Won 49 National Swedish titles, 16 in singles-the last in 1958. Like many in her generation World War II robbed her of potential.

In style Bibbi was a careful baseliner.

She lived most of her life in Stockholm, where she worked as a cartographer. after retirement During most of her tennis career, she belonged to the tennis club SALK (Stockholm Public lawn tennis club), but she later went over to the Royal Lawntennisklubben.

Titles

Winner: 1940 Bastad, 1944 Stockholm Indoor, 1947 Beaulieu (divided with Betz), Stockholm Indoor, 1951 Scandinavian Indoor, 1954 Bastad, 1955 Championships of Berlin, German Covered Court Championships

RU: 1945 Stockholm Indoor, 1947 East of England Championships, Bastad, 1948 Stockholm Indoor, 1955 H.I.K. International, 1956 Bastad

At Wimbledon she entered the Championships in 1947, 1949-1951,1953,1955 and 1956. &-6 in singles, the highest round she reached was the 4R in 1951, where she fell to #7 seed Nancy Chaffee 6-0 6-3.


Bibbi with an unusual trophy-a lamp!




Sources:
  • Mats Hasselqvist, Tidskriften Salkbollen , 2006, no. 1.
  • Et århundrede af svensk tennis , festskrift KLTK 1996
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birgit_Gullbrandsson

Archive - Draws Archive : Bibbi Sanden (Gullbrandsson) - 2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM
http://scoreshelf.com/en/tennis/gnjb/Bibbi_Gullbrandsson_Sanden
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/97700aed-7efc-49bf-a20b-5a840ddfe6d5_LD.pdf
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/pdfs/players/97700aed-7efc-49bf-a20b-5a840ddfe6d5_MX.pdf

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ONDRASKOVA, ZUZANA (Zuzana Ondrášková)
Czech Republic
Born 3 May 1980 in Opava
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
[Active 1995-2013]

Finalist: Prague (2005)

"Ondrášková found most of her success on the ITF circuit, making 31 singles finals and winning 20 titles. Zuzana Ondrášková announced her retirement in 2013 at age 33." Made 2R at 2006 Australian and French and 2007 Australian Opens.

[from WTA site]

Coached by father, Petr Ondrasek ... Nickname is Zuzi ... Baseliner who prefers clay; favorite shot is serve ... Mother, Vladimira, is a secretary; father, Petr, is a soccer coach; older brother, Petr, is a building engineer ... Admires mother, whom she calls her best friend ... Likes to visit Miami ... Tennis player most admired is Steffi Graf ... Hobbies are music, computers, surfing the internet ... Favorites include the movie Rocky, actor Johnny Depp and author Ernest Hemingway ... Favorite tournament is French Open.

Singles

Career record 426–267
Career titles 20 ITF
Highest ranking 74 (9 February 2004)

Sources:

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/5984

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MARTINCOVA, EVA (Eva Martincová)
Czech Republic
Born 4 March 1975 in Brno
Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
[Active 1990-2004, turned pro 1993]

Better known for her doubles. Her last singles was in 2002.

[From the WTA site]

Started playing with friends at age 7...Coached by Petr Vanicek...Parents are Pavel, a table tennis competitor and Hana; sister, Sabina, is also a table tennis competitor...Favorite color is blue; favorite movie is Speed; favorite author is Jackie Collins; favorite song is Crash, Boom, Bang (Roxette); favorite actor is Keanu Reeves; favorite flower is the red rose...Other sports interests include ice hockey and golf...Enjoys playing billiards, listening to music and going to the disco...Likes to visit Monte Carlo...Admires Martina Navratilova.

Singles

Career record 194–185
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking 94 (9 June 1997)

Doubles


Career record 218–163
Career titles 1 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest ranking 69 (21 July 1997)

Sources:

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

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/5259

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UNWIN, DORIS ( Doris Melony Freda Unwin)
Kenya/Canada
Born 08 December 1918
Died 05 November 2002 in the United States
Never married
[Active: 1954-1967]

Ms. Unwin was ladies' singles, doubles and mixed doubles champion of Kenya before moving to Nova Scotia where she joined the Truro Tennis Club and was Nova Scotia ladies' doubles and mixed doubles champion.

The late Ms. Unwin became an honorary life member of the Truro Tennis Club in 1995.

Doris Unwin (2nd from left) with reigning Wimbledon doubles champions, Doris Hart (far left) and Shirley Fry (2nd from right), after partnering with Ms. Hart in a doubles exhibition in Kenya in 1953.



Sources:

UNWIN, Doris Melony Freda - Colchester County, Nova Scotia

Truro Tennis Club-Nova Scotia.
http://trurotennisclub.tripod.com/ttcstory.htm


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FISHER, MARGARET (Margaret E. Fisher)
Australia
Born 4 May 1930
Married Dale

Qualified for Wimbledon in 1953.

Age no barrier in tennis in The Northern Star
Kate O’Neill | 24th Jan 201

IN 1953, Byron Bay's Margaret Fisher danced with joy on centre court Wimbledon.

She had had just qualified for the world's most famous tennis championship and could not contain her excitement.

Six decades on, the super-fit 81-year-old is celebrating once again, having just been named Australia's Seniors Tennis Champion.

She took the title in the over-80s division of the Australian Seniors Tennis Championships in Perth last week, winning both the singles and the doubles.

It followed an impressive performance at the Australian championships in 2010 where she was runner up in her first serious competition since her return to the sport five years ago.

She also competed in the World Seniors Tennis Championships in Turkey that year.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Margaret now has her sights set on the World Super Seniors Tennis Championships in Croatia in September.

The great-grandmother's return to form comes after a long break from serious competitive tennis, because of a busy family and working life.

Ms Fisher, who has played tennis for 'as long as she can remember' says her athleticism comes from her father, who was a keen sportsman.

He built a table tennis table for Margaret and her brothers when they were young, and that's where she first developed her skills. After cutting her teeth on the grass courts at Albury and various country title wins, Margaret scrimped and saved on her teacher's wage to take a 45-day boat trip to England.

On a visit to centre court before the tournament she found herself awestruck.

"It was overwhelmingly wonderful," she said. "I couldn't believe what it was like.

"I danced on centre court - I even took a bit of it (which she still keeps in a glass case)."

Margaret says she and the other competitors were treated like royalty for two weeks, with Rolls Royce chauffeurs, black tie dinners and strawberries and cream.

The fact she bowed out early was of no consequence.

"It was absolutely like a fairytale," she said.

Fast forward to 2012, and Margaret has high hopes for Croatia.

She'll be training with her coach Stephen Gort to give Croatia everything she's got.

"This might be my last chance," she said with a smile.
Lismore Northern Star




Sources:

http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/pla...erID=100175014
https://margaretfishertennis.wordpress.com/about-2/

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/age-no-barrier-for-a-passion-with-tennis/1247090/
 

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RICHTEROVA, LUDMILA (Ludmila Richterová)
Czech Republic
Born 7 March 1977 in Košice
[Active 1992-2000, 2003-4]

Won the 1995 Rover British Clay Court Championships in Bournemouth, England, by beating Patricia Hy-Boulais 6-7 (10-12) 6–4, 6–3. A week earlier she had been the finalist in Prague to Julie Halard 6-4 6-4. In her career, Richterová defeated top 20 players such as Ruxandra Dragomir, Conchita Martínez, Flavia Pennetta, Chanda Rubin, Barbara Schett, and Anna Smashnova.

Ranked in the top 100 at #67 in both 1996 and 1997. Her ranking then fell out of the top 100 until she left the tour in 2000.
An attempted comeback in 2003 never got off the ground.

Ludmila "posseses an imposing serve, as well as a statuesque appearance fit for a model..." (1996 Wimbledon Annual, page 33).

Singles

Career record 157–141
Career titles 1 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking 62 (18 March 1996)

Doubles

Career record 74–77
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking 141 (6 March 2000)





Sources:

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/6947

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludmila_Richterov%C3%A1

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CENKOVA, LENKA (Lenka Cenková)
Czech Republic
Born 24 January 1977 in Trinec
Married David Mazanec, divorced in 2014
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Played righthanded with a two-handed backhand
[Active 1992-2001]

Lenka's married name was Mazancová.

Singles

Career record 148–114
Career titles 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 95 (13 January 1997)

Doubles

Career record 148–114
Career titles 8 ITF
Highest ranking No. 95 (13 January 1997)


[From the WTA site]

Coached by father, Jiri Cenek...Favorite surface is clay; best shot is backhand...Mother's name is Jinriska Cenkova; has older sister, Lucie Vlnata...Most memorable experience was having dinner with a prince of Japan after her tennis team won the NTT World Under 14 competition in Japan...Has a lucky charm from her boyfriend to bring happiness during her matches...Describes herself as sensitive, a fighter on the court, and purposeful...admires her boyfriend because he encourages her and helps her believe in herself; admires Steffi Graf for her will to win and her intensity and diligence in training.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenka_Cenkov%C3%A1

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/1424

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WILLIAMS
Australia
[Active 1948]

Partnered Donald Tregonning in losing at the 1948 Australian Nationals. She probably is Miss J Williams, a Victorian junior who reached the girls doubles semifinal with Warnock. There is also Marjory Williams who entered the 1949 Aussie in Adelaide. The other candidate is Marjorie Williams, also a Victorian player in the late 40s and early 50s.
 

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SROMOVA, HANA [Hana Šromová]
Czech Republic
Born 10 April 1978 in Koprivnice
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
[Active 1993-2008]

Winner of 35 ITF doubles titles. From 2006 to 2008 she made the 2R of majors 3 times.

[WTA mini-bio]

Coached by Lubomir Gerla for the last six years ... Father, Jiri Srom, is a construction technician; mother, Hana Sromova, is a kindergarten teacher; has one brother, Jiri ... Started playing tennis at age 7 when introduced to the sport by her parents, who both played ... Favorite surface is indoor hardcourts; biggest weapon is forehand ... Speaks Czech, English, German ... Also enjoys seeing movies, listening to music, collecting phone cards ... Most memorable experience was traveling to India for a tournament ... Favorite cities are Prague, San Francisco.


Singles

Career record 337–280
Career titles 0 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking # 87 (19 June 2006)

Doubles

Career record 325–195
Career titles 0 WTA, 35 ITF
Highest ranking # 63 (24 July 2006)



Sources:

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

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/7650

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VASKOVA, ALENA
Czech Republic
Born 08 November 1975 in Roznov Pod Radhostem.
Married name Nesticka
Height: 5' 9'' (1.75 m)
Plays: right-handed with two handed backhand.
[Active 1991-2005]

Played the main draw in the 2000 and 2003 US Opens, losing both times in the 1R.

[WTA min-bio]

Coached by her father, Arnost Vasek...A baseline player who prefers clay courts...Mother's name is Libuse; older brother, Radomir, also plays tennis...Graduated from a clothing design school in June 1992...Likes disco dancing...Also plays golf...Likes to relax with a good massage...Tennis pro she most admires is Pete Sampras

Singles Career 276 - 207
8 ITF titles
Career high of #115 on 09-July-2001

Doubles Career 120-101
11 ITF titles
Career high of #135 on 22-April-2002

Source:

http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/8673/title/alena-vaskova

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PEARSON, F. M.
Great Britain
[Active 1886]

Wimbledon 1886 is her only known event. Nothing else is known at present about Miss Pearson. She was summarily beaten by Amy Tabor 6-1 6-2 in her opening match.
 

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MACKENZIE, JULIA
United Kingdom (Scotland)
[Active 1886-1887]

Finalist at 1886 Scottish Championships-losing to Mabel Boulton 3-6 6-0 6-2 4-6 6-2. This was the first year the ladies event was held at the Scottish Championships.

Titles


1887-Pollokshields

Maud Shackle accounted for Julia 6-3 6-4 in the 1R at Wimbledon in 1886. Unlike many others who entered the Championships only once she was quite active elsewhere; in fact Miss Mackenzie was considered the best or second second best Scots woman in 1886.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887):

"Of the fair players, Miss Mabel Boulton was the heroine. In defeating all the Scottish ladies, she gave a taste of that form which enabled her to overcome the strong field she did at Scarborough last year. Still her wins here were far from easy, the final tie particularly being an exciting and an open game, and thoroughly illustrative of two different styles of play, Miss Boulton playing entirely back, while Miss Julia MacKenzie volleyed from the service line. The latter is almost perfect at volleying, and could give many gentlemen, who fancy themselves at volleying, a lesson as to how balls should be killed. Her judgment is slightly deficient as to when to run in, and she should also refrain from taking balls on the rise instead of going back and taking them falling. [...]
 

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KREPELKOVA, "BIBA" (Bozena Krepelkova)
Czechoslovakia
Born 27 July 1922 in Prague
Married Vlastimil Brodsky (15.12.1920-20.4.2002), before 1959, divorced
[Active in the 1940s]

A minor tennis player much better known for movie connections and for ballet. She was a dancer and ballerina, finally becoming a ballet history teacher.

In the years 1946-1950 she studied musicology at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague. In 1955 she completed her studies in the theory of dance at the Department of Dance Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

From 1955 Biba worked as a teacher at the Department of Dance Arts in Prague (since 1975 as an associate professor, and since 1982 as a professor in the years 1975 to 1986 as head of the department).

Her first husband was actor Vlastimil Brodsky, with whom she had a son Mark Brodsky (1959), an artist and musician.


Author of many books on ballet:

History of Czech Theatre II (1968) (co-author)
Romantic ballet (1974)
History of Czech ballet until 1918 (1983)
History of Russian Ballet (1984)
Theatre in Kotcích (Prague 1992) (co-author)
History of art culture, II (Prague 1996) (co-author)
JG Noverre and its libretto and writings in our funds (1998)
Selected Chapters from the History of Ballet (2000)
Les Ballets Russes (2001)



In the 2nd pic she is with her husband, in the last pic, from L to R: Jan Cenek, Biba, Olga Miskova, Milan Matous



Sources:

https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%ADba_Brodsk%C3%A1

Her husband
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlastimil_Brodský

Their son
https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marek_Brodský

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ROSENBAUMOVA, HEDWIGA (nee Hedwig Oesterreich)
Bohemia
Born 1880
Died 1927
Married Siegfried Rosembaum by 1899
Name variants: also frequently known as Hedwig Rosembaum in German
[Active 1899 to at least 1904.]

Active from at least 1899, when she was listed as #5 in Austrian rankings.

Best known for her two bronze medals at the 1900 Olympic Games at Paris-the first medals ever awarded for women in the Olympic Games. Hedwig won 2 bronze medals in singles and in mixed doubles with the British Archibald Warren. Hedwig lost 6-1 6-1 to Helene prevost in the semifinals, thus sharing the bronze with the other losing semifinalist.

Married Siegfried Rosenbaum (2.2.1860-) at an unknown date. Her husband changed his Jewish surname from Rosenbaum to Raabe-Jenkins.

She was a German living in Prague, at the 1900 Olympic Games she participated as a private person independently of Czech athletes (as country of origin, however, the minutes said Prague), so her medals are not counted in the official statistics.

Titles

1899 Berlin Championships
1904 Bohemian Championships

She was also the 1904 Austrian Chmps finalist.

Sources:

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

http://tenis95.webnode.cz/hraci2/r/rosenbaumova-hedwiga/

http://www.geni.com/people/Dr-jur-Siegfried-Raabe-Jenkins/6000000031914128063

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/mailbox/mailbox-2008-06-08

Following his above link, it seems that she may have been born in 1864, not 1880, and that her maiden name could be Austerlitz

http://www.geni.com/people/Hedwig-Raabe-Jenkins/6000000031914388848
or Mercy.
http://www.geni.com/people/Hedwig-Raabe-Jenkins/6000000031914021384


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MIDGLEY, MARY (nee Mary Reynolds)
Australia
[Active in the early 1940s ubtil 1953 and from 1952 to at least 1953]

Lost in the 1R of the 1953 Australian Nationals, the only time she competed for her nation's championship.


Mrs Mary Midgley (nee Reynolds), a mother of two, is making a comeback after a long absence from tennis. She was a schoolgirl champion in the early 1940s, but had not played for nine years until she commenced a comeback in late 1952.

Source:

http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10733/20110203-0219/www.australianopen.com/en_au/event_guide/history/players/15084.html

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MARTINEZ GRANADOS, CONCHITA
Spain
Born 20 January 1976
[Active 1992-2007]

Often confused with her much more famous fellow Spaniard Conchita Martinez. In 204 she finished the year at #94, her highest year end ranking.

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MARTINEZ, "CECI" (Cecilia Martinez)
United States
Born 24 May 1947
[Active 1965-1976]

[From the ITA Hall of Fame site]

POWER AND GRACE

Cecilia “Ceci” Martinez began playing tennis at age 9 and was one of the top players in Northern California throughout her junior years. She graduated from San Francisco’s Presentation High School and San Francisco State University where she was the USTA Intercollegiate Women’s Singles Champion in 1966.

In November 1970, Martinez was instrumental in helping to launch the first all-women’s professional tennis event — the “Virginia Slims Invitational Tour” at Westwood Club in Richmond, Virginia. Earlier at Forest Hills, women players considered boycotting Jack Kramer’s Pacific Southwest tournament due to the 12:1 differential in prize money between male and female players. Martinez produced a one-page questionnaire designed to uncover the true popularity of women’s tennis, and with her doubles partner, Esme Emanuel, collected surveys whose results sent a powerful message to the tennis establishment — fans liked watching women’s tennis, agreed there should be equity in prize monies, and would pay to attend a women-only tournament.

During her competitive career spanning 20+ years, Martinez was ranked #1 in singles and doubles in Northern California, and nationally ranked #9 in juniors, #11 in women’s singles, #4 in women’s doubles, and in 1993, #11 in 35 doubles. She won tournaments in ten countries, and played in singles, doubles and mixed doubles at Wimbledon and Forest Hills between 1965 and 1976. Since retiring, Martinez has been a teaching pro and tennis director in the San Francisco Bay Area, a freelance travel writer and photographer, and a real estate broker.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Winner of John Whitney and Rancho Park International Sportsmanship Awards — 1965
  • NCTA Girls Intersectional Team Champions — 1965
  • Ranked #1 singles and doubles in Northern California — 1965
  • Junior Wightman Cup team member — 1966, 1967 and 1968
  • USTA Intercollegiate Women’s Singles Champion from San Francisco State University — 1966
  • Philippine Open Champion in singles and mixed doubles with Eddie Cruz — 1970
  • Wimbledon Singles Quarterfinalist (defeating Virginia Wade) — 1970
  • Nationally ranked as high as #11 in singles and #4 in doubles
  • Co-Author of Tennis Psychology with Harold Geist — 1976
  • Tennis Director at Konocti Harbor Inn — 1978–1979
  • Teaching Pro at San Francisco Tennis Club — 1980–1983
  • Inducted into San Francisco State University Hall of Fame — 1983
  • USPTA certification of “Professional 1” — 1984
  • Head Tennis Pro at University Club of Palo Alto — 1984–1985
  • Head Tennis Pro at Peninsula Golf & Country Club — 1986–1987
  • California Real Estate Broker — 1989–Present (as of 2014)
  • Team Fundraiser in Walk to Defeat ALS — 2007–Present (as of 2014)
  • Competes with her dogs in Agility, Obedience and Lure Coursing


Source:

http://itahalloffame.org/inductees/cecilia-martinez/

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