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WAY, EMMA (nee Emma Kate Harman)
New Zealand
Born in 1857 in Christchurch
Died in 1941 in Christchurch
Married George Edward Way on 11 March 1880 in Christchurch
[Active circa 1886-90]

Emma Harman was one of the fifteen children of Richard James Strachan Harman and Emma Harman (née Derenzy), who had married each other in the village of Carnew, County Wicklow, Ireland, on 26 April 1855. The family later emigrated to New Zealand.

Emma, junior's, siblings included fellow lawn tennis players Eveleen, who won the women's singles title at the New Zealand Championships in 1888, and Richard, who was men's singles champion of New Zealand in 1891.

For Evaleen please see: http://www.tennisforum.com/62173049-post3653.html

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SPIERS, MARY( Mary Fanny Spiers)
New Zealand
Born in 1864 in Exeter, Devon, England
Died 19 February 1938 in Epsom, Auckland
[Active circa 1886-95]

Won the women’s singles title at the New Zealand Championships during the 1893/4 lawn tennis season.

Mary Spiers was originally from England, but some of her family moved to New Zealand at some point in the 1870s or 1880s. They settled in Auckland, where Mary initially joined the Eden and Epsom Club, which was established in 1886. She was later a member of the Parnell Lawn Tennis Club in the same city.

Looking back on the lawn tennis season of 1890-91, the author of an unsigned article featured in the ‘New Zealand Herald’ newspaper on 6 October 1891, noted: “We were enabled, owing to the presence of Miss [Hilda] Hitchings (of Napier) in Auckland last summer, to match our lady [club] champion, Miss [Mary] Spiers, against an ex-champion of the colony, and, without doubt, one of the strongest lady players in New Zealand. The match, which was played on our own ground, attracted an attendance of fully 100 spectators. We were unable on that occasion to gain a victory, but have sanguine hopes of being able to furnish in Miss Spiers a future lady champion.”

Mary’s younger sister, Ellen, later Mrs Burton, was also a member of the Eden and Epsom Lawn Tennis Club, and also took part in some lawn tennis tournaments, such as the Auckland Championships, which Mary Spiers won in 1892.

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RYDER, MABEL (Mabel Agnes Ryder)
New Zealand
Born in 1874 in Birmingham, England
Died 28 May 1941 in Wellington
Married George Neilson Goldie in 1900
[Active circa 1895-1910]

Using the pseudonym ‘Huka’, George Goldie wrote on lawn tennis for the ‘Evening Post’ newspaper in New Zealand for many years.

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SMITH, "MATILDE" (nee Mary Matilde Stevenson)
United States
Born circa 1883
Died after 1930
Married Erkine M. Smith in May 1911
[Active 1916-1922]

Participated in the doubles event at the 1916 US Nationals as Mrs Erskine Smith. Playing for the Philadelphia Cricket Club, her home was in Haverford. Sons Eldridge (born in 1913) and Goerge (born 1917).

Records indicate she had a preference for her middle name of Matilde.

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COURTEIX, PAULE
France
Born 25 October 1937
Married Emmet McNulty Ferguson (7th Aug 1918 to 5th May 2007) 17 February 1968 in Annandale Virginia, United States
[Active 1957-1962]

1959 French quarterfinalist, losing to eventual champion Christine Truman. French national champion 1958 and 1960.

Paule was active in Grand Slam singles between 1957 and 1962.

Tournament titles

1960: Le Baule and Paris
1962: Genèva.



Sources:

Dawsons Annual 1961
Tennis de France March 1968
www.ancestry.co.uk
http://archivesdutennisfeminin.over-blog.com/tag/joueuses%20francaises%20des%2020's%20aux%2070's/2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HpBBIlXooc [video of Paule winning Oran in 1960. Wearing a floppy hat, she is shown in closeup at 2:02]

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COURTEIX, FRANCOISE (Françoise Courteix)
France
Born in 1944
[Active 1960-1964]

Entered the French in 1963.

Finals at Paris (lost to Walton 7-5 8-6) in 1960, and Paris (lost to Burel 8-6 6-3) and Dinard (lost to Walkden 6-1 6-3) in 1964.

There is a she and Paule Courteix are related. They even look alike. Research by Rosamund has confirmed they are different people.




Sources:

Coopers Annual for 1961 gives a year date of birth for Francoise as 1944.

joueuses francaises des 20's aux 70's - Le blog des archives du tennis feminin

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RYAZANOVA, IRINA
Soviet Union (Georgia)
Born 02 April 1938
Married Ermolov by 1965
Name variant: Riazanova
[Active 1956-1965]

Played at Wimbledon 1960. She was part of the first wave of players to represent the Soviet Union who were allowed to compete at Wimbledon. Known as Irina Ermolova or Ermolova-Ryazanova after her marriage.

Soviet Union Rankings from 1958-1961 (missing later years)

1958: #7
1959: #4
1960: #4
1961: #8

[From a site on Georgian tennis]

One of the strongest players in the history of the Georgian tennis. The multitime champion of Georgia. Champion of the USSR in the pair category together with A.Dmitrieva (1959,1961). Prize-winner the championship of the USSR in single category (1962,1963). Champion of University games, the winner and the prize-winner of many international competitions. The first Georgian player who acted on the courts of Wimbledon. First trainer V.Serebrennikov




Sources:

Dawson's Annual 1961

http://tennis.gol.ge/geo_great_eng.htm


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CHICHESTER, MARY (Mary Richard Chichester)
United States
Born 02 June 1878 in Montgomery, Maryland
Died 20 January 1965
Married (1) Alexis Felix du Pont, Sr. (April 14, 1879 - June 29, 1948) 09 April 1902 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Divorced 03 September 1937 in Carson City, Nevada.
Married (2) Dudley Clark
[Active in 1901]

Mary entered the 1901 US Nationals. She represented the Merion Cricket Club, also being active in organizing women's events at the club.

Sources:

https://books.google.com/books?id=VP...201901&f=false

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Felix_du_Pont
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-...swets&id=I4141

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BRADY, EILEEN (Eileen Eva Mary Brady)
New Zealand
Born 5 June 1907 in Wellington
Died 3 December 1996
Married Donald Gunn France in 1931
[Active circa 1925-35]

Donald France and his brother Len were also lawn tennis players.

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GORDON, EMMA
New Zealand
Born circa 1870 in Christchurch
Died after 1934
Did not marry
[Active circa 1888-95.]

Emma Gordon notably won the women’s singles title at the New Zealand Championships in 1889 and 1890, and was runner-up in the same event at the same tournament in 1891. In 1888, she became the first winner of the ‘triple crown’ at the New Zealand Championships, also winning the women's doubles (with Hilda Hitchings) and the mixed doubles (with Frederick Wilding, father of Anthony). Emma Gordon appears to have had Irish ancestry.

From the ‘Auckland Star’, 31 January 1934:

TENNIS YEARS AGO – WOMEN PLAYERS

Miss Emma Gordon

“In the succeeding years Miss Emma Gordon established a record that has probably been equalled by no more than three players in subsequent tournaments. She won the singles two years in succession, the doubles four years in succession, and with Mr. Wilding the mixed doubles.

“Miss Gordon, who was born in Springfield Road, still lives in Christchurch, and has lively recollections of tennis in Christchurch more than 40 years ago. ‘I enjoyed my tennis very much,’ she said to a representative of the ‘Press’. ‘I first remember playing at Lancaster Park; Mr. Robert Pinckney tried to teach me, but after a while exclaimed despairingly, ‘You’ll never play!’ But I’m Irish, and thank God for it, and I was determined to learn,’ said Miss Gordon, ‘and I did.

“‘Some of my pleasantest recollections,’ said Miss Gordon, ‘are of playing at Lancaster Park with Mr and Mrs Walter Ollivier, parents of Mr Geoff Ollivier, afterwards the seven times champion of New Zealand. I still think that Mrs. Ollivier was one of the prettiest players I have ever seen, and she was charming to play with, too.’

“High Collars and Hatpins

“To members of the present generation of women tennis players the marvel is how women played at all in the clothes they wore 45 years ago. How, indeed? Miss Gordon remembers that she used sometimes to wear a striped skirt and a polonaise, but when she won the championship in Napier in 188S she was more quietly attired. It was, she still thinks, the hottest day she has ever experienced, and her most important match began at noon, and lasted till about 2.15. She wore a white cashmere blouse with high collar, a black skirt, almost touching the ground, over several almost equally long petticoats, and a wide straw sailor hat, securely speared to her hair by true and trusty hatpins.

“Even in those leisurely days, when ‘nerves’ were supposed not to exist, occasional diverting incidents occurred on the courts. One day, in a match at Crannier Square, Miss Gordon’s partner, a player with good stroke equipment and a bad temper, wrathfully threw her racquet at her. Miss Gordon dodged, and the racquet missed its mark.

“On another occasion, in a club match, Miss Gordon was playing Miss Beatrice Loughnan, a sister of Mr. H.H. Loughnan, of Avonside. The umpire gave the match to Miss Gordon, who sank down on a seat to receive the congratulations of her friends. Then the umpire found he had made a mistake in the score, the match was resumed, and Miss Loughnan won.”

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ZINKE, CLARA (Clara Louise Zinke)
United States
Born: 30 March 1909 in Leavenworth, Kansas
Died 20 April 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Married (1) Henry Northey Hooper (1907-1966) after 1939
Married (2) William M. Judd after 1966
Nickname: "Pete"
[Active 1923-1933]

The best player from the Midwest in the 1930s, Zinke hold a record 12 titles in the Tri-State event (now the Western open in Cincinnati) and 18 finals.

Tri-State titles


  • Singles Titles (5): 1926, '27, '29, '30 & '31
  • Doubles Titles (6): 1927, '28, '30, '31, '32 & '33
  • Mixed Doubles Title (1): 1931
[Obituary from the Cleveland Enquier]

The Cincinnati Enquirer April 26, 1978

Clara Louise Judd

Social Worker Clara Louise Hooper Judd, whose notable career included social work, championship athletics and music, is dead at the age of 69. A resident of 7643 Forest Rd., Forestville, she died Thursday at Holmes Hospital after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Judd was the wife of William M. Judd, a retired loan company president who has served for the last 12 years on the Ohio State Board of Education.

Mrs. Judd, a Cincinnati native, attended Hughes High School and entered the University of Cincinnati at age 16, where she earned a degree in education and later attended graduate school. At age 14 and 15, Mrs. Judd (at that time Miss Zinke who was known by the nickname "Pete") was city tennis champion and was ranked 12th nationally. "Pete," a perfectionist, also excelled at lawn bowling in the 1950s and 60s and was, according to her family, expert at surf fishing. Mrs. Judd was a hobby pianist and performed for various organizations of which she was a member. She was pianist for junior choir at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, where she taught Bible School. Also she held copyrights on two songs, "Rider's Lament," and "I Don't Know Why I Cry At Night." A social worker for most of her career, Mrs. Judd held several Civil Service positions with the Department of Agriculture.

Widowed in 1966, she became an admissions counselor for the. Methodist Home On College Hill, where she met her second husband who was a trustee of the home. Besides her husband, survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Richard J. Vonderhaar; two grandchildren, and her mother, Mrs. Beulah F. Zinke. Graveside services were held Monday at Spring Grove.

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ancestry.com

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hooper&GSfn=clara&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=37&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=146957874&df=all&

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

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FORUM, VERA (Vera Gerda Form)
Denmark
Born 29 July 1900 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Died ????
[Active in 1921]

Vera played for the Hellerup IK Club. Vera and her doubles partner Jutta Steenberg won the 1921 Danish doubles title. They were also losing finalists at the 1921 World Indoor Championships, held that year in Denmark with a small field of Danish only players.

https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Forum

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HARLAN, RACHEL (Rachel Baker Harlan)
United States
Born June 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died ???? [Alive in 1935]
Married Dr James Wilson Hunter 04 June 1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
[Active 1897-1907]

1907 US Nationals quarterfinalist, losing a tight 3 set match to Carrie Neely 2-6 6-4 6-3. She competed for the Belmont Country Club.

Neely used her endurance to turn the tide in a three set quarterfinal win over Rachel Harlan. Harlan ran Neely off the court in the first set with cross court shots but ran out of steam as Carrie won 2-6 6-4 6-3. Rachel waits for her opponents to miss, so when Carrie resorted to the same style points went on forever. "Miss Neely was more aggressive at the critical moments" declared The Record.

The unusual thing was Rachel seemingly came out of nowhere to get to the final 8. Her previous efforts at the US Nationals in 1897, 1899, 1900 and 1901 had all ended in opening round defeats or a a default. Then six years later she wins 3 matches to make the quarterfinals. The sudden improvement has no explanation, though Harland had clearly gotten better, for she was the 1906 Philadelphia champion. After 1907 she never again competed at the National.

US Nationals singles record: 3 wins, 4 defeats and a default.

She was married to a Dr. James Wilson Hunter in June of 1912. According to the 1930 census they were living in Talbot, Maryland. She and Dr Hunter appear to have been childless. The last mention we have of Rachel comes from a 1935 ship's passenger list.

Sources:

Ancestry.com

The Philadelphia Record

https://books.google.com/books?id=kwYTAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA730&lpg=PA730&dq=rachel+harlan+philadelphia+james+hunter&source=bl&ots=tWy-CQ5XtM&sig=Tb3WWWazzAf4a68sEQCyfv7i7XY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwij9PKErp_SAhUn5YMKHZVdBOIQ6AEIRDAH#v=onepage&q=rachel%20harlan%20philadelphia%20james%20hunter&f=false
 

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CREMONIN, HENRIETTA (nee Henrietta Christine Priester]
United States
Born April 11 1898 Offenbach Main, Germany
Died circa 18-20 July 1973 in Manhattan, New York City, New York
Married Julius Victor Cremonin (1891-1979) on 01 June 1921 in Saarbrucken, Germany
[Active 1928-1935]

German by bith, she wed Julius Cremonin in 1921 and emigrated to the US in November 1923. Her Times obit writes that Greta Priester was her sister-in-law. Husband Julius Cremonin was born in Argentina, his name of Julio Victorio Marcos Cremonini Anglicized in the United States.

The Cremonins were members of the 7th Regiment Armory, located near the Cremonin home. This was the home of the US Women's Indoors. She was also a member of the West Side Tennis Club.

She died as a result of a hit and run incident on July 18th 1973, being struck by another vehicle while exiting her car in downtown Manhattan.

Sources:

ancestry.com [Naturalization papers]

The New York Times
 

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CREMONIN, Mrs LY H
United States
Married Ly H. Cremonin
[Active 1944-1953]

From New York.

Confusingly also in US Nationals Women's veterans event in 1942! The NYT (probably wrongly) lists her as Miss Ly Cremonin. Could she be a daughter (or daughter-in-law?) of Henrietta and Julius Cremonin? All indications are that Julius and Henrietta had no children.

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SLATTERY, HELEN
Australia
Born 08 October 194? [exaact year of birth unknown]
Married John Fraser by March of 1967
[Active 1961-1964]

Played singles at Australian 1961 and French 1964 Championships.

Also played in both doubles at Wimbledon 1964 but failed to qualify for the singles.

World Tennis March 1967 reported that she had recently married Dr. John Fraser who had a medical practice in Preston a Melbourne suburb.

John Fraser was the brother of the 1960 Wimbledon champion Neale Fraser. He himself reached the semi-finals of the mens singles and mens doubles at Wimbledon 1962.

Helen at Rome in 1964 playing in the Italian Open



Sources:

British Tennis Magazine October, 1966

World Tennis, March 1967 issue

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fraser_(tennis)

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