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MAIR, SUZI
Great Britain (Sctoland)
Born 26 November 1967, in Edinburgh, Scotland
Married Geoff Brown (died March 2003)-later divorced.
[Active in 1984]

Father was Scottish Rugby and cricket international Norman Mair (7th October 1928 to 7th December 2014) and mother was sports journalist Lewine Mair.

Married Geoff Brown STV Presenter. They had 4 children and were divorced. He was found dead in a flat in Edinburgh in early March 2003 at the age of 42.

Only grand slam singles was as a wild card at Wimbledon 1984.

Later became a presenter/ interviewer for STV.

Sources Eurosport website.
Wimbledon archive website.
Google

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MILLS, LAURA (nee Laura Stallknecht)
United States
Born 30 July 1877 in Connecticut
Died 14 August 1961 in Ventura, California
Married David Collier Mills (1877-1948) 28 on October 1901 in New Jersey
[Active 1912-1925]

Competed at the 1921-1923 US Nationals. Mrs Mills was also the 1919 New Jersey doubles champion with Molla Mallory and the 1924 doubles winner with Florence Ballin. Laura's game was characterized as "steady driving from the backcourt", in contrast to Ballin's more adventurous net game.

Mr David Mills was a lawyer from East Orange, New Jersey. Their address in 1920 was 15 Vose Avenue, Orange, New Jersey . Apparently she helped organize tournaments at Orange as early as 1919 throughout most of the 1920s. In the 1930 census the couple lived in Darien, Connecticut. David died there in 1948. At some later date Laura my have relocated to California.

The first mention of Mrs Mills is from 1920, years after the birth of her 3 sons James Ellison Mills (1903-1973), Seward (1904-1980) and Harry (1908-1976). Her last event was the 1925 US Indoors. Most all of her known tennis was centered on the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Sources:

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~rudged/gen/mills.html#one%20hundred%20twenty-eight
US census records
California death index

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SOUTH, MELANIE (Melanie Jayne South)
Great Britain (England)
Born 03 May 1986, Kingston-Upon-Thames, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Played: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
[Active 2001-2013]

Pro from October 2001 to retirement 2nd December 2013.

Appeared in singles at Wimbledon from 2006 to 2010. Only win was in debut match defeating Francesca Schiavone, who was ranked #14 in the world at the time. Also appeared in singles at Australian and French Opens 2009.

Highest singles ranking was 99 on 2nd February 2009. Won 6 singles and 24 doubles titles on the ITF circuit.
On retirement became a coach and as November 2017 is coaching at Bath Academy and David Lloyd centre in Swansea.

Also does some commentating.



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_South
Twitter account.

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DUAN, YING-YING (Chinese: 段莹莹)
China
Born 03 July 1989 in Tianijn, China
Height: 6' 1" (1.86m)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand
Nickname: Duan-venport (段文波特). Lightening
[Active 2006-present)

Her game has been compared to Lindsay Davenport-hence her nickname. Her other nickname ("Lightening") comes from her powerful forehand. Starting in 2009, Yuan has made the main draw of slams since 2012. Her peak rank in 2017 came partly as a result of making the 3rd round at the Aussie Open, which is to date her best performance ever in a grand slam.

Her singles has suffered after 2017, but Duan has carved out a role as a top 20 doubles player.

Personal:

Coached by Dong Yuesen ... Trains with the Chinese national program ... Father works in the Subway company (was a basketball player); mother works in a hospital (was a handball player) ... Introduced to the sport by a friend ... Strength is her power; is working on her speed ... Favorite surface is hard; favorite tournament is US Open ... Enjoys shopping and hanging out with friends ... Tennis idol is Roger Federer ... Goal is to reach Top 100 [a goal met and exceeded in 2017]

Career Highlights:

SINGLES

Winner (1): 2016 - Nanchang. 11 ITF singles titles.

Finalist: 2016 - 125/Suzhou.

DOUBLES

Winner (2): 2018 - Taipei City (w/Y.Wang), 125/Zhengzhou (w/Y.Wang); 2017 - Zhuhai (w/Han).
Finalist (3): 2019 - Shenzhen (w/Voracova), Strasbourg (w/Han), Roland Garros (w/S.Zheng).

Career-high singles: #60 on 24 April 2017

WTA Year-End Top 100 Rankings

2017: #95



Sources:


https://www.wtatennis.com/players/314492/yingying-duan

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

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ELLIS, WINIFRED (nee Winifred ????)
United States
Married Walter R. Ellis by 1917
[Active fom at least 1917-1923]

1917 Ohio State champion
1918 runnerup at the Pacific Coast championship to Anita Myers, losing 4-6 6-4 6-2.
Competed at the 1921 US Nationals

Mrs Ellis moved about, perhaps because of her husband's job.

In 1917 she was from Chicago, Illinois.
In 1919 she is a resident of Los Angeles, California.

A Mrs Ellis was ranked #6 in Washington in 1921. Could this be her? It might explain why she played the US Nationals that year.

Mrs Winifred M Ellis competed at the 1923 US Nationals in doubles only. The "M" may provide a clue to her maiden name.

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CAVADAY,NAOMI
Great Britain (England)
Born 24 April 1989 in Sidcup, Kent, England
[Active 2005-2010 and 2014-2015]

Active on circuit 2005 to 2010, retired then played again 2014 to 2015 finally retiring 7th October 2015 with wrist problems.

Highest singles ranking was 174 on 10th May 2010.

Played at Wimbledon 2006,2007 losing to Martina Hingis after having match points and 2008 losing to Venus Williams.

On retiring in 2010 talked about battle with eating disorder and depression.

Became head of Bromley Tennis Girls Academy 2011.

On 2nd retirement in 2015, she became a tennis coach at Virgin Active at Chiswick and a commentator for BBC radio, Eurosport and BT.
Is also British Tennis Mental Health Ambassador.

Sources:

Wikipedia.
Google

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GOULD, LISA
Great Britain
Born 27 May 1967, in Billericay, Essex, England
Married Warren Bradley Green (born 31 October 1962) on 11 January 1992 in South Africa.
[Active in the late 1980's]

Highest singles ranking was 216 on 30th August 1987.
Played singles at Wimbledon 1987 (winning 1 match) and 1988.
Biography from WTA 1990 Media Guide.

Lisa emigrated to South Africa in 1991.

Reference to Facebook in 2017 shows she has married a Mr. Green, lived in Durban South Africa and currently resides in Sydney Australia where she is self employed.

Sources:

1990 WTA Media Guide.
Facebook
gendatabase.com for South Africa

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BLACHFORD, LINDSAY
Great Britain (England)
Born 06 April 1953, in Stepney, London, England
[Active 1970-1977]

Active in the 1970's she played singles in Australian Open in 1973, French 1974 and Wimbledon 1973 to 1976. Reached last 32 of Wimbledon in 1973 beating the 17 year old Sue Barker in the 2nd round.

In 1976 was the Associate editor of Tennis Magazine and also part-time coach and secretary. Played Kenya circuit in 1977. Captain of Essex Ladies team in 1978.

Sources:

itf website.
www.ancestry .co.uk
International Who's Who in Tennis
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/draws_archive/player_profile.html?id=19722c23-012a-4c18-a903-1b231bcc2cb9

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WILBOURN, "STELLA" (nee Martha Stella Moore)
United States
Born in May 1879 [baptized 15 May 1879 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died ???? [Alive and living in Hollywood, Florida in 1950.
Married Percy Wilbourn (1874-1966) on 28 April 1906 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania
[Active 1915-1923]

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Martha Stella Moore (who went by Stella) wed in 1906.

From 'The Daily Notes' (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania), April 14, 1906:

"Coming Wedding at Carnegie

"April 28th has been set for the marriage of Miss [Martha] Stella Moore, daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Moore, and Mr Percy Wilbourn, of Washington, D.C. Mr Wilbourn's former home was at Derbyshire, England."

Two children were born to them: Martha (b. 1908) and Mary (born 30 July 1912).

The little evidence we have suggests Stella took up tennis relatively late in life after the birth of her children.

In her era Stella was always listed as Mrs Percy Wilbourne. She played for the New York Tennis Club. Mrs Wilbourn ran tournaments for 7th Regiment Armory, most notably the US Women's Indoor Championships.

Most of her play was limited to the New York area. Thus the US championships moving to New York in 1921 gave her the chance to participate in the US Nationals from 1921 to 1923. Stella compiled a respectable 3-3 record, reaching the 3rd round in 1921, a 1R defeat in 1922, and a 2R defeat in 1923.

1923 was her last year as an active tennis player. She spent time in California (her location in the 1940 census) and later in Florida. Stella was in Hollywood in Florida. Percy died in the same city in 1966. Both husband and wife were salespeople.

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NEWTON, ROSAMOND (Rosamond A. Newton)
United States
Born 29 March 1894 in Holyoke, Massachusetts
Died 26 June 1983 in Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Married Edward Nicoll Fenno (1875-33 Feb 1950) in 1940.
[Active 1921-33]

Rosamond's middle name is difficult to find, but her mother's first name was Adeline.

From 'The New York Times', April 10, 1940:

Mrs James Stuart Newton [née Adeline Frances Curtis] of Brookline has announced the engagement of her daughter, Miss Rosamond Newton, to Edward Nicoll Fenno of this city and Falmouth, Massachusetts. Miss Newton, a grand-daughter of the late John Gardner Curtis of Brookline, is a member of the Junior League of Boston, in which she has been active for several years with The Players and the glee club. For five years she was a director of religious education in the Episcopal Church for the Diocese of Massachusetts.

She is a member of the Longwood Cricket Club, the Badminton and Tennis Club, Institute of Modern Art, Footlight Club and the Boston Authors Club. Her first book, a novel for girls, entitled "Londonderry Heir", was published in 1934. The prospective bride is one of the leading tennis players of the country and has held national as well as New England first-ten ranking. She has played on Boston's Sears Cup team.

Mr Fenno is a son of the late of Mr and Mrs Edward N. Fenno of this city and a brother of Mrs Arthur W. Bell [née Marion Fenno], also of Boston. He was graduated from Harvard University, where his clubs included the D.K.E., Hasty-Pudding Institute of 1770, Iroquois and Fly. While at Harvard he was on the varsity track team. Miss Newton's fiancé belongs to the Tennis and Racquet, Country, Varsity and Woods Hole golf clubs and the country club of Barbados, B.W.I.

Rosamond's husband Edward died while abroad in Bermuda in February of 1950.

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SMITH, SAM
Great Britain (England)
Born 27 Novembe 1971,in Epping, Essex, England
[Active 1989-1992 and 1995-2001]

Spent 1992 to 1995 studying history at Essex University.

Played in singles in 14 Grand Slams. Highlight was reaching the 4th round at Wimbledon in 1998 after beating Conchita Martinez. This was the only occasion from 1986 to 2012 inclusive (i.e. 27 Wimbledons ) where a British woman managed to reach the 4th round of Wimbledon.

As at November 2017 i.e. nearly 20 years on, this was the last occasion that a female born in the UK reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam singles. Although Johanna Konta has achieved it 5 times and Laura Robson twice they were both born in Australia.

Highest ranking was 56 in August 1998.

On retirement has made a successful career of commentating on various channels in UK and abroad.

Sources: 2001 WTA Media Guide.

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LATIMER, LOUISE
Great Britain
Born 19th January 1978, Norwich, Norfolk.
Married ???? by 2014
[Active 1994-2001]

County tennis was for Warwickshire.

Pro from July 1994. Retired October 2001.

Played in singles in 4 Wimbledons from 1998 to 2001, reaching the 2nd round on 3 occasions. Also played singles Australian Open 2001.
Highest singles rankings was 107 from January 15th to 28th 2001.

Retired from tennis to spend time with boyfriend South African yachtsman Chris Kilshaw.

Reported that she played county tennis for Warwickshire in 2014, having got married and returned to England after being in Australia.

Sources:

2002 WTA Media Guide.
Michael Ward article in Birmingham Post and Mail 13th October 2001.

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THOMPSON, BELINDA
Great Britain (England)
Born 03 May 1956, Bramhall, Cheshire, England.
[Active in the 1970's and early 80's]

Played in 3 Wimbledon's 1976,77 and 79 winning 1 match. Also played singles in Australian Open 1975 and French of 1977.

Sources: 1981 WTA Media Guide

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JAVER, MONIQUE
Great Britain
Born 22 July 1967, in Burlingame, California, United States
Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
[Active 1985-2000]

As her mother was English, she was able to represent Great Britain in Fed Cup,Wightman Cup, and the Olympics.

Active on the circuit from 1985 to 2000. She played singles in 21 Grand Slams between the US Championships of 1987 and Wimbledon 1994. She won 6 matches and managed 1 win in each of the Grand Slams.

Highest singles ranking was 61 in August 1992. She won the Singapore singles in 1988 and also reached the singles semi finals of 4 other WTA tournaments.

In later years she has returned to live in California. She coached CICi Bellis in her pre teen years.

In an article dated 21st January 2017, entitled Scary Bellis 17 compared to Capriati, mention is made of her daughter aged 3 when Bellis was 6. This makes her daughter born c. 2002.



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1994 WTA media guide
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monique_Javer

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DVORNIK, "LENA" (Magdalena Dvornik)
Yugoslavia/Croatia
Born in 1952 in Split, Croatia (then Yugoslavia)
Died on 29 November 2016 in Split, Croatia
[Active 1967-1975]

Did not marry. Magdalena Dvornik, who was popularly known as Lena, enjoyed success as a tennis player at all levels of the sport – junior, regular and senior, in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, and as a team member. She was also a successful tennis coach for a number of years. Lena also worked as a lawyer for several companies in her native Split and was latterly employed as a secretary at the Mornar Water Polo and Swimming Club in the same city.

In 1969 Lena competed at the girls event at Wimbledon, where she was double bageled 6-0 6-0 by Pam Teeguarden in the opening round.

Yugoslav Top 10 Rankings (where known-missing most years)

1969: #5
1970: #6
1972: #4




Source:

For more on Lena Dvornik (in Croatian) and a photo of her, see here: Hrvatski olimpijski odbor - Preminula Magdalena - Lena Dvornik

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/draws_archive/player_profile.html?id=29f53a27-1f19-43be-9a07-f6a292ccd26d


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WHITMAN, JEANNE (nee Jeanne Adeline Crocker)
United States
Born 1887
Died 1974
Married (1) Malcolm D. Whitman (1877-1932) in 1912, divorced 1924
Married (2) Robert E. Henderson by 1931
[Active in 1923]

Participated in events as Mrs Whitman.

First husband Malcolm Whitman was the US National tennis champion from 1898 to 1900. He committed suicide in 1932 by throwing himself off an apartment building.

Her daughter Mary (1915-1931), decribed as "heiress to the Crocker millions" died of pneumonia.


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

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SPARRE, Countess EVA (nee Eva Hedvig Wilhelmina Johanna Mannerheim)
Sweden
Born 30 June 1879 in Askainen, Finland (then the Russian Empire)
Died 27 December 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden
Married Count Pehr "Louis" Sparre (1863-1964) in the summer of 1893
[Active ????-tennis activityis unconfirmed]

An artist, she married fellow artist and sportman Count Louis Sparre in 1893. Her brother was Carl von Mannerheim, who led the Finnish war effort as it fought Russia for independence in 1939 and 1940. Her two sons were Pehr (born 1893) and Carl (born 1898).

In a 1925 article her husband Louis is described as Sweden premiere portrait painter. The New York Times refers to Eva as "tennis champion of Sweden." As she was aged 53 this seems dubious at best, but ship records make her age and identity clear. The couple sailed on the Drottningholm, gaining far more ink from the press than 19 year old Greta Garbo, who would soon become the world's most famous actress.

Countess Sparre was prominent enough to be considered as a foil for Lenglen's 1926 pro tour: "Sweden's leading woman tennis player may turn professional - Rumor has it that Countess Sparre, Sweden's leading woman amateur tennis player, has accepted a substantial offer to come to America and join C.C. Pyle's troupe of professional tennis players." (15 Sept 1926).

Much of this is newspaper hyperbole-as Sweden's #1 player throughout the 1920s was clearly Sigrid Fick. Perhaps this was one of Pyle's attempts to drum up publicity for his tour. Countess Eva's tennis accomplishments and their date remain a complete mystery.

She came to the United States in 1940 to plead for American help in fighting Russia and to visit her son Pehr. The couple returned to Sweden after the war.

Author of several books covering diverse topics such as cooking, art, and her life.

Author of:


Kokbok för finsmakare och vanliga hungriga (1935)
Bröllopsresan (1945)
Konstnärsliv (1951)
Barndomsminnen (1952)
Öken, sol och sand (1957)

Sources:

Currie, Teresa Sparre. A Scandinavian Story: Two Families Allied in Art and Marriage. 2007. [A book in English devoted to this remarkable artistic couple]


GOT [Count] AXEL SPARRE TO SAIL FOR SWEDEN." New York Times (1923-Current file), Aug 20, 1925, pp. 32, ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index, https://search.proquest.com/docview/...ccountid=10274

Times, Wide W. "MANNERHEIM'S SISTER HERE ON A VISIT." New York Times (1923-Current file), Feb 04, 1940, pp. 34, ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index, https://search.proquest.com/docview/105165582?accountid=10274.

https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Mannerheim-Sparre

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

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

BLF

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HARRISON, ALICE (Alice Rosamond Harrison)
South Africa
Born 16 September 1906 in Pietermaritzburg
Died 16 September 1971
Married Walter Blaikie Hathorn on 27 August 1930
[Active circa 1925-35]

Usually listed as "Mrs W.B. Hathorn" after her wedding. Alice Hathorn appears to have died on her sixty-fifth birthday.

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