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SAUTTER, WINIFFED (nee Winifred Gladys Coles)
Great Britain/Switzerland
Born 23 June 1894 in Bengal, British India
Died 11 November 1972 in Gorran, Cornwall, England
Married Guy Auguste Alexandre Sautter (1886-1961) in November 1916 in Christchurch, Hampshire, England
[Active circa 1919-25]

Guy Sautter was also a lawn tennis player and a badminton champion. Although born in Hyères, France, he later represented Switzerland.

Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_A._Sautter

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BLINKOVA, ANNA (Anna Vladimirovna Blinkova-in Russian Анна Владимировна Блинкова)
Russia
Born 10 September 1998 in Moscow
Height: 5' 10" (1.79 m)
[Active 2015-pressent]

Personal:
Currently without a full-time coach... Mother's name is Elena; father's name is Vladimir ... Did not win a single game in first match as a junior ... Likes hard courts ... Favorite shot is forehand ... Speaks Russian, Slovak, French and English ... Loves animals.

Career Highlights:

SINGLES

Winner (1): 125K New Haven

DOUBLES

Winner (2): 2019-125K New Haven; 2018 - Rabat (w/Olaru).

Finalist (1): 2019 - Hua Hin (w/Y.Wang).

ADDITIONAL

Russian Fed Cup Team, 2017.

Year-END WTA Ranking

2019: #59
2018: #98






Sources:

The 100 Club: Anna Blinkova reflects on a breakthrough year | WTA Tennis
 

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COLLINS, DANIELLE
United States
Born 13 December 1993 in St. Petersburg, Florida
Height: 5' 8" (1.78 m)

2019 Australian semifinalist.

Strong self belief and fighting spirit are her best attributes. In the words of Pam Shriver she is "a tough, feisty, in your face competitor."

Her backhand is hit like a laser beam and produces winners in droves.

Has her ranking hit a ceiling? Collins had had huge results at big events on hardcourts-Miami in 2018 and Australia in 2019, but 1 big tournament a year won't get her into the top 20.

Coached by Chip Brooks ... Parents are Walter and Cathy; older brother is Joel ... Started playing tennis at age 3; introduced to the sport by her dad (who played recreationally and used to coach her) ... Favorite surface is hard ... Enjoys going to the beach, fishing and running.

Year-End WTA Ranking

2019: #31
2018: #36
 

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HUBER, ANKE
Germany
Nickname: "The Next Steffi Graf"

Throughout her career Anke had to handle to the near impossible expectations of being 'the next Steffi Graf.' A 1996 assessment was '..despite her solid enough groundstrokes, including a forehand heavily dependent on topspin, she lacks the confidence and charisma of the champion [Graf] from whose shadow she has been unable to emerge.'

At her best Huber cracked off forehand winners galore. Too often pressure or errors were her undoing.

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1996 Official Wimbledon Annual, page 16.
 

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STUDENIKOVA, KATERINA
Czech Republic

The blonde with a pony tail is best remembered as the woman who pulled off a stunning upset over World #2 Monica Seles in the 2nd round of Wimbledon in 1996.

Ranked a mere #59, The Czech won 7-5 5-7 6-4.


Katerina's role model was Steffi Graf, whom she slightly resembled in looks and with her sliced backhand.
 

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MILES, MOLLY (nee Molly McCann)
South Africa
Born 05 May 1910
Died 29 September 1992
Married Lawrence Edgar Miles, 22 August 1929
[Active in 1929]


Ranked #10 in South Africa for 1929.


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ELLIOTT, MARY (Mary Barnes Elliott)
United Kingdom/Australia
Born 29 January 1903 in Yorkshire, England
Died 10 June 1992 in Terrey Hills, New South Wales
Married Grahame Edgar on 28 November 1928 in Saint Paul’s Church, Burwood, Sydney
[Active circa 1922-30]

From ‘The Daily Telegraph’ (Sydney), 29 November 1929:

Daphne in Pink Chiffon – Tennis Champion as Bridesmaid

Miss Daphne Akhurst, the tennis champion, discarded white frock and tennis shoes to play the role of bridesmaid at Miss Mary Elliott’s wedding at Saint Paul’s Church, Burwood, yesterday evening. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs W.J. Elliott, of Livingstone Street, Burwood, while the bridegroom, Mr Grahame Edgar, is the third son of the late Mr Thomas Edgar and Mrs Edgar, of Summer Hill. […]

Dainty Ensembles

Bridesmaids with Miss Akhurst were Miss Vera Norrie and Miss Ena Rodway. They were frocked alike in pale pink chiffon, and wore pink straw hats. Their flowers were pink tuberous begonias and cherry-toned trails of begonias falling to the hems of their frocks. Mr Roy Cozens was best man, and Messrs Ian Robertson and Roland Elliott groomsmen.

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THORPE, INA (nee Ina Leila Maud Cochrane)
Australia
Born in 1906
Died ????
Married Marcus Claude Thorpe on 10 August 1929 in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Armidale, New South Wales
[Active circa 1924-39]

Ina (Cochrane) Thorpe was notably runner-up in the women's singles event at the Australian New England Championships in 1939; this popular tournament was held in Armidale, New South Wales, every Easter. Marcus Thorpe and at least one of Ina's sisters, Doreen, were also lawn tennis players.

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BROWNING, ELSIE (Elsie M. Browning)
Australia
Born circa 1885
Died ????
[Active in the 1910s]

Probably did not marry. Active both before and just after World War One. Elsie Browning's successes include reaching the semi-finals of the women's singles event at the Victorian Championships in 1919. She worked for the Red Cross during the war.

From ‘The Age’, 16 August 1918

The interstate woman champion, Miss Elsie M. Browning, who was a passenger on the ill-fated Wimmera, that was sunk by a mine off the coast of New Zealand, has returned to Melbourne, and has sufficiently recovered from the shock consequent on the tragic experience to resume her Red Cross work at the Federal Government House.
 

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DUVALL, JEANNE
United States
Born 12 July 1959 in Dallas, Texas
Height: 5' 1"
Played: Right-handed with a two-handed backhand
[Active 1977-1981]

Attended UCLA for one year. On winning the 1978 National college championships she turned pro.

"Aggressive play from the baseline is her strength" (1980 Media Guide) Jeanne's best results came on American clay. Her best slam results was the round of 16 at the 1979 US Open.

The 1980 Media Guide lists her hobbies as cooking, reading, and films.

Titles:

1980: Avon Futures of Southwest Florida

Her post tennis life is unclear. She has a daughter named Caro.




WTA Year-end Rankings

1978: #22 (career high at #21 in October 1978)
1979: #36
1980: #45
1981: #125

Sources:

1980 WTA Media Guide. page 58.

https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=20003485
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Duvall
 

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YARNELL, MARGARET (Margaret Harrison Yarnall)
United States
Born 14 January 1892 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died 08 February 1978 in Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Married Arthur Emlen Newbold(1888-1946) on 23 June 1913
[Active 1908-1909]

Margaret is the Miss Yarnell who entered the 1909 US Nationals. Her father was the banker Charlton Yarnall.

She wed Arthur E. Newbold. He lived in Chesnut Hill, site of the Philadelphia Cricket Club. His father had entered the US Championships in 1881.




Sources:

https://newspaperarchive.com/philade...-15-1913-p-27/
http://www.pennock.ws/surnames/fam/fam35535.html
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...rrison-newbold


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FERNANDEZ, ANNA-MARIA (Anna-Maria Fernandez)
United States
Born 22 October 1960 in Los Angeles, California
Married Ray Ruffels by 1997
Played: Lefthanded with a two-handed backhand
Height: 5' 6"
[Active 1978-1989]

Finalist: 1978: Florida Federal Open

Won 5 doubles titles.

The elder of two twin sisters, her sister Ana Lucia was born 1 minute after her. Attended University of Southern California as a journalism major. Her mother Dolores was a top ranked junior in Peru in the early 1950s.

Her name appears variously as Ana Maria or the more anglicized Anna-Maria. In 1978 the WTA computer has her as Maria Fernandez. Anna-Maria is her preferred name.

She was coached by her mother and then by Robert Lansdorp, who was most famous for coaching Tracy Austin.

In 1978 Maria climbed to a career high #23 after she beat Wendy Turnbull at the Florida Federal Open. Virginia Wade beat her in a close 6-4 7-6 final.

1979 ranking dropped as she devoted most of her time to college. Her 1979 recrod was a dismal 0-5. In 1981 Fernandez was re-granted amateur status. and won the AIAW singles national championship title. Upon graduating from USC she turned pro again.

Her children Ryan (born 29 April 1998) and Gabriela Ruffels(born in 2000) are both pro golfers.

WTA Rankings

1978: #23
1979: #85 (career high #20 in May )
1980: #94
1981: #66
1982: #82
1983: #82




Sources:

1980 WTA Guide, page 152 (listed as Ana Maria)
1984 World of Tennis, page 288 (listed as Anna Maria)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna-Maria_Fernandez
https://angelusnews.com/news/mike-nelson/the-fernandez-family-a-lifelong-love-affair-nourished-by-faith
 

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KENIN, SOFIA
United States
Nickname: "Sonja"
Born 14 November 1998 in Moscow, Russia
Height: 5' 7" (1.70m)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
[Active 2013-present]

Her family emigrated to the US permanently in her infancy. While her father has been her primary coach, Kenin was a product of tennis academies run
by Rick Macci and Nick Bolletieri.

3 titles in 2019 moved her up into the top 20.

"Back then [when Kenin was five], I came right out and said Sofia was the scariest little creature I’d ever seen. It was unique: the hand-eye coordination and her ability to take the ball immediately right after the bounce. I have a lot of kids do that, but it was almost like it was baked in already, even though she was little and the racket was actually bigger than her. The only player I’ve seen like that is [former world No. 1] Martina Hingis-Rick Macci on Kenin
Garnered attention in 2019 by upsetting Serena Williams at the French Open.

Coached by father Alexander Kenin... Born in Moscow, and moved to USA when she was a young child... Resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where she was home-schooled



Career Highlights

SINGLES
Winner (3): 2019 - Hobart, Mallorca, Guangzhou.
Finalist (1): 2019 - Acapulco.

DOUBLES
Winner (2): 2019 - Auckland (w/Bouchard), Beijing (w/Mattek-Sands).

ADDITIONAL
US Fed Cup Team, 2018.
WTA YEAR-END RANKINGS

2019: #14 (Career high at #12 on 21 October)

2018: #52

2017: #113
2016: #212
2015: #620




https://www.tennisforum.com/12-general-messages/1329795-sofia-kenin-being-spoilt-kid-locker-room-stand-her-own.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia_Kenin
https://www.wtatennis.com/players/320942/sofia-kenin
 

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GRISAR, MARGUERITE (nee Marguerite Emilie Good)
Belgium
Born 26 November 1891 in Antwerp
Died ????
Married Robert Gustave Frédéric Grisar on 29 July 1914 in Antwerp; divorced 17 February 1930
[Active 1919-1923]

Active in the years just before and after World War One. In 1919, under her married name, Marguerite Grisar notably won the women’s doubles event at the Belgian Closed Outdoor Championships with Josepha Diercxens. In mixed doubles she was the 1921 Belgian champion.

The Grisars were a prominent sporting family. Alfred Felix Grisar founded the famous Beerschot Athletic Club in Antwerp. Robert helped organize the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp.

Mr and Mrs Grisar competed on the Riviera in 1920. In 1923 Marguerite competed at Wimbledon, where after a bye she lost in 3 sets in the 2nd round to the South African Mrs McArthur.

Sources:

https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/gr/eugene-grisar-1.html

Renson, Roland. The Games Reborn. 1996 (may have info on the Grisar family)

Renson, Roland and Marjike den Hollander. "Sport and Business in the City: The Antwerp Olympic Games of 1920 and the Urban Elite", In Olympika: Journal of the Olympiad.

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MCARTHUR, MRS
South Africa
[Active from at least 1923-1928]

A Mrs N McArthur played at Wimbledon in 1923. She was quite good in her home nation, for a Mrs L McArthur was runner-up at the South African Championships in 1924 and 1925. Both finals were lot to Irene Peacock.

She was still active in 1928, competing in doubles against a visiting team from Australia.

There is little doubt that Mrs N McArthur and Mrs L McArthur are one and the same.

Finals:

1924 South African: lost to Irene Peacock 7-5 6-4
1925 South African: lost to Irene Peacock 5-7 6-1 6-1

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PENDO, SUSAN
United States
Born 01 February 1968 [WTA]
Height: 5' 6"
[Active 1985-1987]

Susan opted for college tennis, delaying going pro.

After college she was active on the satellite circuit. Her lone grand slam appearance was at the 1986 Wimbledon doubles-where she paired with Jamie Golder. Lucky losers from qualifying; they lost in the first round.

Since 2013 she has been the director of tennis at Braemar Country Club in Los Angeles.

[From the Braemar Country Club site]

Susan comes to us with an extensive background in tennis as a player, coach and manager. She was a highly ranked junior player from Southern California, recruited and played for University of Southern California and competed professionally.

After playing, she was the assistant coach for UCLA then moved into teaching. She was the head tennis professional at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades for 10 years before moving to Braemar Country Club.




Sources:

http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Braemar-Country-Club/Reusable-Content-Items/People/Staff-Members/Susan-Pendo
https://byucougars.com/athlete/w-tennis/11029/Susan-Pendo
https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=20000103 [gives date of birth as 19 December 1961]

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BURT, GWENDOLYN (nee Gwendolyn Jessup)
United States
Born 24 December 1888
Died 04 April 1968
Married Louis Millens Burt (1879-1958) by 1915
[Active 1910s-1920s]

Daughter of Charles A and Margaret Jessup.

Mrs Burt lived in and competed mainly in the New York City and Long Island area. Her husband Loius Millens Burt was also a tennis player of note. He was a graduate of Brown University.

Mrs Burt was in the 1923 US Nationals in doubles.

She is buried with her husband in Providence, Rhode Island.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/129822246/louis-m-burt
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/129822248/gwendolen-burt


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