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BUMSTEAD, BLANCHE (nee Blanche Reynolds)
United States
Born 23 August 1883 in Alameda County, California
Died January 1974 in Washington, DC
Married Charles William Bumstead (1873-1953) by 1906 *
[Active 1906-1908]

From Englewood, New Jersey. Mrs Bumpstead played in the 1908 US Nationals in Philadelphia. Her daughter Joyce was born in 1920.

*Records indicate Blanche wed Mr Bumstead on 09 August 1911 in Alameda County, California. Yet we know that our Mrs CW Bumstead was already married in when she played the Nationals in 1908. How can we explain this? Could the 1911 be a typo for 1901? A daughter named Ida was born on 10 December 1912 in Helmetta, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

Sources:

American Lawn Tennis, volume 2 (1908)

Charles William Bumstead (1873 - 1953) - Find A Grave Memorial

Blanche Reynolds Bumstead (1883 - 1974) - Find A Grave Memorial

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HOFMEYR, ANNIE (Annie Caroline Brunt Hofmeyr)
South Africa
Born 9 May 1872 in Okiep, Northern Cape
Died 21 December 1955 in Johannesburg
Married Abraham Anthony Auret on 15 November 1892 in Kimberly, Northern Cape
[Active circa 1895-1905]

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KILBOURN, MAUD (Maud Alice KIlbourn)
United States
Born 27 March 1866 in Milwaukee
Died 10 June 1936 in Summerville, South Carolina
Married Abbot Thorndike in 1898
[Active circa 1890-1905]

Sometimes listed as "Maude".

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SYFRET, HELEN (nee Helen Ross)
South Africa
Born circa 1878
Died ???? (alive in 1919 at death of husband)
Married Dr Stephen Boxer Syfret (1865-1919) on 8 December 1898 in Saint Paul's Church, Rondebosch, Cape Town
[Active circa 1900-1910]

1906/1907 Western Province Champion.

Under her married name of Syfret, Helen was notably runner-up in the singles event at the South African Championships in 1905. She appears to have had Scottish origins.

Her husband was educated at Cambridge. Very prominent in South Africa, he was one of two doctors to perform an autopsy on Cecil Rhodes.

Mr Syfret was instrumental in promoting tennis in the Western Province. In November 1902 Syfret helped select the site of the Mowbray Tennis Club.

His wife won the Western Province title in 1906/7, suggesting the event was held around late December/early January.

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Tennis: The South African Story. 1978. (pages 60 and 64)

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MAW, ANNE (Anne May Dorothea Maw)
Great Britain
Born in 1874 in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire
Died in 1950
Married Joseph Simpson in Madeley district, Shropshire
[Active circa 1895-1902.]

Anne Maw was one of the eleven children of Arthur Maw, a tile manufacturer and employer, and Grace Maw (née Meyer).

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BRADFIELD, BETTY
Australia (Queensland)
Born between May 1937 and May 1958 (17 in May 1955)
Married Grigg in or after 1956.
Height: 5' 8"
[Active 1953-1956]

Played singles Australian Championships 1956.
Educated at the University of Queensland-where she studied science.
Married a Mr Grigg.
Played U16 singles March 1953 Queensland junior championships.

Betty was from Gordon Park, a suburb of Brisbane. She started tennis at the age of seven, lucky to have a court in her backyard and a mother who had played pennant tennis in 1938 with May Hardcastle.

In an article from 1954 famed coach Harry Hopman picked her as the best prospect from Queensland, stating "She is a tall athletic girl who moved easily and fast, and her stroking is sound...and she likes to play an attacking game and thinks rapidly enough to take advantage of opportunities that come her way." (from the Brisbane Courier-Mail). His wife Nell also wrote glowingly of Betty, but also called her prone to be erratic. In several match reports nerves were a factor in defeats despite her natural promise as a junior.

The older Daphne Seeney never allowed Betty to to rise to the top of tennis in Queensland. Betty never entered another Australian Championships, let alone got a chance to compete overseas.

Later active in senior tennis in the early to mid 1980s. Betty may well be the Betty Griggs married to pineapple grower John Griggs.


Sources:

18 May 1955 - NEW BIG TENNIS HOPE - Trove [A full article with photo by Nell Hopman]

UQ Sport Awards for tennis |

29 Mar 1954 - Davis Cup captain, Harry Hopman, says - Trove [photos of Betty volleying]

02 Apr 1954 - SPORT Q'LD JUNIORS HEADED FOR TENNIS HEADLINES - Trove

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LINDE, DOROTHY
Australia (Queensland)
Born circa 1937 (aged 16 in March 1953)
Nickname: "Dot"
[Active circa 1953-1956]

Linde was from Ipswich in Queensland. She entered the 1956 Australian Championships in Brisbane.
 

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GROENEFELD, ANNA-LENA (Anna-Lena Grönefeld)
Germany
Born 04 June 1985 in Nordhorn, Germany
Married Ingo Herzgerodt in December 2018

Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
[Active 2001-present. Doubles only from 2012]

2009 Wimbledon Mixed doubles titlist with Mark Knowles
2014 Wimbledon Mixed doubles titlist with Jean-Julien Rojer
2016 Wimbledon Mixed doubles finalist with Robert Farah
2017 French Mixed doubles finalist with Robert Farah

2006 French quarterfinals in singles.

Introduced to tennis at age 5 by father and brother.

Steadily climbing up the rankings, in 2006 Anna-Lena was on the verge of the top ten after an early reason hot streak. A title in Acapulco, 2 semis, and 4 quarterfinals-then came the last 8 finish at Roland Garros in the French.

Thru Eastbourne her record for 2006 was 27-15. Then the bottom fell out The second half of the year her record was a mere 4-13.

The spiral down the rankings continued over the course of 2007.

She subsequently broke with her coach Font de Mora, who in August of 2007 blasted her in the media by declaring: "She had to adhere to a standard of performance, a standard of training and a standard of diet. She absolutely let herself go and sabotaged her marketability and her performance on the court. You work for years and invest all this money into developing contracts and developing endorsements and then she just gets around the wrong people and does the wrong things and her performance affects everything".

While she continued to struggle in singles, Groenefeld built up a reputation as a very competent doubles player. From 2005 through 2015 the German has gotten to 6 semifinals and 7 quarterfinals in ladies doubles at Grand Slams.

This led to Groenefeld playing only doubles from 2012.

In 2016 Anna-Lena reached the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon with Robert Farah, losing in straight sets.

The 2017 French Open saw Groenefeld and Farah come within a hair's breath of taking the title, as the pair held 2 match points in the supertiebreak. Sadly it ended with a double fault by Groenefeld. The opposing team of Gabriela Dabrowski/Rohan Bopanna won 2-6 6-2 [12-10].

At her 2018 wedding



[WTA Bio]

Coached by Dirk Dier ... Mother is Marie-Louise (teacher); father is Hans (surgeon); brothers are Philipp and Bastian ... Introduced to tennis at age 5 by father and brother ... Favorite tournament is Roland Garros ... Other sports interests include handball, basketball ... Favorite place to visit is home ... Enjoys music, reading, watching TV, seeing friends ... Closely follows German soap opera "Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten" ... Admires Steffi Graf.

Singles *last played singles in 2011.

Career record 287–205
Career titles 1 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest ranking 14 (17 April 2006)

Doubles

Career record 451-318
Career titles 17
Highest ranking 07 (06 March 2006)

Career Highlights:

SINGLES
Winner (1): 2006 - Acapulco.
Finalist (3): 2005 - Pattaya City, Beijing, Luxembourg.

DOUBLES

Winner (17): 2019 - Charleston (w/Rosolska); 2018 - Stuttgart (w/Atawo); 2017 - Prague (w/Peschke); 2014 - Paris [Indoors] (w/Peschke); 2013 - Brussels (w/Peschke); 2012 - Linz (w/Peschke); 2010 - Copenhagen (w/Goerges); 2009 - Brisbane (w/King), Linz (w/Srebotnik); 2008 - Stuttgart (w/Schnyder), Québec City (w/King); 2007 - Sydney (w/Shaughnessy); 2006 - Acapulco (w/Shaughnessy), Stanford (w/Peer); 2005 - Pattaya City (w/Bartoli), Toronto (w/Navratilova), Bali (w/Shaughnessy).


Finalist (26): 2019 - Doha, Rome, Birmingham, Toronto, Cincinnati (all w/Schuurs); 2017 - Toronto (w/Peschke); 2016 - Linz (w/Peschke); 2013 - Brisbane, Nürnberg, Toronto, Cincinnati (all w/Peschke); 2012 - Paris [Indoors], Bad Gastein (both w/Martic), Stuttgart (w/Goerges), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Peschke); 2011 - Monterrey (w/King), Linz (w/Goerges); 2010 - Monterrey (w/King); 2008 - Zürich (w/Schnyder); 2006 - San Diego (w/Shaughnessy), Montréal (w/Black), Luxembourg (w/Huber); 2004 - Stockholm, Cincinnati (both w/Gagliardi), Vancouver (w/Callens), Filderstadt (w/Schruff).



Holding the 2014 French Mixed trophy with Jean-Julien Rojer





Sources:

https://www.wtatennis.com/players/310318/anna-lena-groenefeld
Hitting Bottom: Groenefeld looks to rebuild career | TENNIS.com - Live Scores, News, Player Rankings
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna-Lena_Grönefeld

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HENRIQUES, LOUISA (Louisa Augusta Henriques)
Australia
Born in 1874 in Emerald Hill, Victoria
Died ????
Married Frederick William Eggleston in 1904 in Perth
[Active circa 1894-1904]

Louisa Henriques enjoyed most of her success in doubles events.

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PENNY, BLANCHE (Blanche Maud Penny)
Australia
Born 16 April 1874 in Hackney, Adelaide
Died in 1962 in Perth,
Married William Lambert Hunter 13 February 1908 in Norham, Western Australia
[Active circa 1896-1908]

Blanche Penny notably won the women's singles title at the Western Australia Championships in 1900. She also enjoyed some success in doubles events. Sister of fellow lawn tennis player Gertrude Penny.

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PENNY, GERTRUDE (Gertrude Mabel Penny)
Australia
Born 15 October 1876 in Hackney Adelaide
Died 27 February 1958 in South Australia
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1896-1906]

Sister of fellow lawn tennis player Blanche Penny, with whom she enjoyed some success in doubles events.

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MALFROY, WENDY (Wendy Elizabeth Malfroy)
Australia
Born 14 March 1947 in Victoria
Married (1) Peter Symons in January 1968. Divorced 1977. (2 sons)
Married(2) Allan Albert Millar 1983 in Melbourne.
[Active in 1966]

Played singles 1966 Australian Championships

Grammar School Teacher 1996.

Source Google. Wendy Elizabeth Malfroy- The Purvis Family Tree

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FENTON, MARY
Australia (NSW)
Born circa 1938 in Temora, New South Wales.
[Active 1957-1962]

Played singles Australian Championships 1958 and 1962.

Per Sydney Morning Herald was aged 17 on 30th August 1955 and aged 18 when she beat Shirley Fry at Australian Hard Court Championships on 18th March 1957.

14th October 1961 was a nurse at Sydney Hospital.

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Results Archive - Mary Fenton - Australian Open Tennis Championships 2015 - Official Site by IBM

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RANDALL, BERNADETTE
Australia
Married Marshall ????
Born 27 September 1965 in Sydney(per ITF website)
[Active 1979-1984, 1988-1989]

Daughter of Pat Parmenter, who entered the Aussie in the late 1950s. Played singles at Australia Open 1979,1980 and 1983 and Wimbledon 1983 winning 1 match.
Married a Mr Marshall . In August 2008 employed as a WorkCover investigator and also breeds English bull terriers.

An arm injury suffered while weightlifting cruelly took her away from tennis before her twenties. She was ranked #1 in the world as a junior in 1983. Sporadic attempts to mount a comeback in 1984 and again in 1988 and 1989 were futile.

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Family of all sports | Berwick News
gives background to the family.

For her mother please see: www.tennisforum.com/25510866-post1465.html

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ORTON, "Betty" (Elizabeth Orton)
Australia(Victoria) Born between 18 March 1936 and 18 March 1937.
[Active 1954-1955]

Australian junior champion 1954 and 1955.
Played singles Australian Championships 1955 and 1957.
Aged 18 at 20th March 1955
Source Google

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PLAISTED, "HELEN" (Nancy Helen Plaisted)
Australia
Born 15 August 1942 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
[Active 1961-1968]

Played singles Australia 1961,62 and 63, French and Wimbledon 1964.

Training partner of Margaret Smith (later Court ) and opened fashion shop in Perth with her in November 1966.

Plaisted was better known for the sport of squash than tennis.

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Sydney Morning Herald 13th November 1966
Google "Nancy Helen Plaisted " refers to website
Peter-W-Troode-User Trees-Genealogy.com
Results Archive - Helen Plaisted - Australian Open Tennis Championships 2015 - Official Site by IBM

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SCHUYLER, SARAH (Sarah Edwards Schuyler)
United States
Born 23 July 1879 in Bergen Point, New Jersey
Died in 1958 in New Jersey
Did not marry.
[Active circa 1900-05]

Sarah Schuyler won the singles event at the tournament held in Plainfield in her native New Jersey in 1904. A graduate of Columbia University in New York, she later worked as a teacher.

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WILLIAMS, SERENA (Serena Jameka Williams)
United States
Born 26 September 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan
Married Alex Ohanian on 16 November 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Nicknames: "Rena"
[Active 1995-present]

Chasing Down Margaret Court

The colossus of her era-Serena has been the one constant on the WTA Tour from her first grand slam victory in 1999 to the present. Clearly the greatest of the 21st century, she is also arguably the greatest of all-time. The younger Williams sister is widely seen as having the best serve ever in women's tennis.

Serena is currently at 23 slams in singles, behind only Margaret Court at 24. After recently capturing her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open she announced she was expecting a child. Her daughter Alexis was born on September 1, 2017. There were several complications during and after birth, delaying her return to the WTA tour.

In 2018 she returned to the sport in a quest to tie and even break Court's record. Despite being in far from peak physical condition Serena reached the final at Wimbledon, only to fall 6-3 6-3 to Angleique Kerber.

2019 saw her come close without nabbing a slam. At Wimbledon and the US Open she was routined in straight sets on both occasions. With time running out due her age can Serena tie or surpass Court?

The quest continues.....

Serena first went out on tour with her elder sister Venus. Together the pair have won 14 doubles slams together, going an unprecedented 14-0 in slam finals. Serena came out from under her sister's shadow on winning her maiden slam tile in 1999.

Little sister won 4 consecutive slams from 2002 French to 2003 Australian Open-coined "The Serena Slam". From this point forward Serena has eclipsed Venus as the dominant sister, a role reversal both have been gracious about.

Since taking on Patrick Mouratoglou as her coach in June of 2012 Williams has experienced a Renaissance in her career unprecedented in a female past the age of 30. His contributions included increasing her margin of error by giving more 'shape' (spin) to the ball and increasing her use of percentage tennis.

Serena won 4 consecutive slams for the second time from the 2014 US Open through Wimbledon in 2015. Just two short matches away from a calendar Grand Slam, she lost to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals of the 2015 US Open.

Some of her acheivements

38 total slam titles-22 in singles, 14 in doubles, and 2 in mixed.

Year end WTA Computer #1 for five years 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Grand Slam Singles results (only female to win 6 titles in 3 of 4 slams)

Australian Open W (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
French Open W (2002, 2013, 2015)
Wimbledon W (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Grand Slam Doubles results

Australian Open W (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
French Open W (1999, 2010)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2009)

Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results

Wimbledon W (1998)
US Open W (1998)

Olympic Titles

Singles gold medal in 2012
Doubles gold medals in 2000, 2008, and 2012

WTA YEC Titles

2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014

Significantly, Serena has a head to head advantage over almost all of her peers.

Career Highlights

SINGLES
Winner (72): 2017 - Australian Open; 2016 - Rome, Wimbledon; 2015 - Australian Open, Miami, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Cincinnati; 2014 - Brisbane, Miami, Rome, Stanford, Cincinnati, US Open, WTA Finals; 2013 - Brisbane, Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros, Bastad, Toronto, US Open, Beijing, WTA Finals; 2012 - Charleston, Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, Olympics, US Open, WTA Finals; 2011 - Stanford, Toronto; 2010 - Australian Open, Wimbledon; 2009 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, WTA Finals; 2008 - Bangalore, Miami, Charleston, US Open; 2007 - Australian Open, Miami; 2005 - Australian Open; 2004 - Miami, Beijing; 2003 - Australian Open, Paris [Indoors], Miami, Wimbledon; 2002 - Scottsdale, Miami, Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open, Tokyo [Princess Cup], Leipzig; 2001 - Indian Wells, Toronto, WTA Finals; 2000 - Hannover, Los Angeles, Tokyo [Princess Cup]; 1999 - Paris [Indoors], Indian Wells, Los Angeles, US Open, Grand Slam Cup.
Finalist (25): 2019 - Wimbledon, Toronto, US Open; 2018 - Wimbledon, US Open; 2016 - Australian Open, Indian Wells, Roland Garros; 2013 - Doha, Cincinnati; 2011 - US Open; 2010 - Sydney; 2009 - Miami; 2008 - Wimbledon; 2007 - Moscow; 2004 - Wimbledon, Los Angeles, WTA Finals; 2003 - Charleston; 2002 - Berlin, WTA Finals; 2001 - US Open; 2000 - Paris [Indoors], Montréal; 1999 - Miami.

DOUBLES
Winner (23): 2016 - Wimbledon (w/V.Williams); 2012 - Wimbledon, Olympics (both w/V.Williams); 2010 - Australian Open, Madrid, Roland Garros (all w/V.Williams); 2009 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, Stanford, US Open (all w/V.Williams); 2008 - Wimbledon, Olympics (both w/V.Williams); 2003 - Australian Open (w/V.Williams); 2002 - Wimbledon (w/V.Williams), Leipzig (w/Stevenson); 2001 - Australian Open (w/V.Williams); 2000 - Wimbledon, Olympics (both w/V.Williams); 1999 - Hannover, Roland Garros, US Open (all w/V.Williams); 1998 - Oklahoma City, Zürich (both w/V.Williams).
Finalist (1): 1999 - San Diego (w/V.Williams).

MIXED DOUBLES
Winner (2): 1998 - Wimbledon, US Open (both w/Mirnyi).
Finalist (2): 1999 - Australian Open (w/Mirnyi); 1998 - Roland Garros (w/Lobo).

Year-End WTA Computer rankings

2019: #9
2018: #16
2017: #22
2016: #2
2015: #1
2014: #1
2013: #1
2012: #3
2011: #12
2010: #4
2009: #1
2008: #2
2007: #7
2006: #95
2005: #11
2004: #7
2003: #3
2002: #1
2001: #6
2000: #6
1999: #4
1998: #20
1997: #99

#1 in doubles on 07 June 2010.

A Vogue photoshoot


At the 2013 US Open


2015



Sources:

Players | WTA Tennis English
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serena_Williams


Home - Serena Williams [Her official site]

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SEYMOUR, MERELINA (Merelina Evelyn Seymour)
Great Britain/United States
Born in 1878 on Isle of Wight
Died 22 July 1967 in Chicago
Married Ashbel Barney Newell in 1910 in Mentor, Ohio
[Active circa 1900-10]

Merelina’s mother, Myra, also took part in some lawn tennis tournaments. They both seem to have favoured tournaments in California. Merelina is sometimes listed as "Merita" or "Melita".

There is an article here on Merelina Seymour with a photograph of her: Los Angeles herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, August 23, 1908, Image 11 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

There is also an article on her marriage on this page: The oasis. (Arizola, Ariz.), 1910-05-07 :: The Oasis

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