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SCHARENGUIVEL, AUDREY (Audrey Scharenguivel)
Ceylon
Born circa 1909
Died circa 2000 in Australia
Married Arthur Conrad Ephraums on 21 January 1943, St Mary’s Church, Bambalapitiya, Colombo
[Active 1930-41]

Audrey Scharenguivel was notably runner-up in the women’s singles event at the Ceylon Championships in 1941. She was the daughter of Dr Edwin Scharenguivel, a medical doctor by profession, and Ethel Rose Scharenguivel (née Grove). Audrey’s brother, Douglas, was also a lawn tennis player and took part in Ceylon’s first-ever Davis Cup tie, which was played in 1953 against the Netherlands in Scheveningen. In later life Audrey and her husband emigrated to Australia, as did her parents.

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Audrey Scharenguivel Ephraums is no more

The great sportswoman of yesteryear passed away peacefully after reaching a great 90 years. Audrey was fondly called “bottom heavy” during the early stages of her colourful career on the courts of the Lawn Tennis Association. An excellent singles player she had formidable opposition from a string of formidable players. I have seen her beaten by Amy Rock in the finals and I’ve also seen her beaten by Nedra Obeysekera in another final. During the period of her supremacy the champs were Nedra Obeysekera de Saram, Amy Rock, Yolande Obeysekera Illangakoon, Sheila Roberts, Doreen Sansoni and Jean Rock Sigg to name a few of the best.

Her brother Douglas was a stunning tennis star playing in the company of some of Ceylon’s greats – Koo de Saram, Ivers Gunasekera, Pat McCarthy, Robert de Kretser, Jink Kantawala, Ernley de Kretser, Dallas Gunasekera, Morris de Saram. Douglas was a classy singles player with a cannon ball service who won the junior title but thereafter he was more often than not stopped by Koo in the finals of several competitive events.

Audrey was a good methodical golfer. Never champion class but quite gutty and tenacious. She served effectively in the Committee. Quite late in life she married [Arthur] Conrad Ephraums, an accomplished golfer of the Havelock Golf Club. Conrad was the son of Sir Arthur Ephraums, a burgher millionaire who at one time had the Mount Lavinia Hotel as his personal property. He was an extremely prosperous turfite who owned “Orange William”, a thoroughbred who was classier than the famed “Cotton Hall”.

Conrad and Audrey migrated to Australia many years ago. Golf was Conrad’s first love and quite naturally he was attracted by an offer as manager of a posh Country Club in Victoria. He held that post for years. Some years ago I met the Ephraums and Dorothy Gratien at the residence of Macro and Heloise Pereira in Victoria, Australia. We caught up on old times, particularly of their friends. They were very interested to learn of Ivers and Doreen Gunasekera inquiring warmly about them. That’s the last I saw of them. Since then Conrad passed away and just recently Audrey moved on.

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EBER. MARY (nee Mary Alive ????)
Great Britain
Born 12 September 1907
Died ????
Married Michael George Eber by circa 1935
[Active circa 1935-40]

Mrs Mary Eber notably won the women’s singles title at the Singapore Championships at least twice, in 1937 and 1939. Her maiden name is currently unknown.

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ROCK, AMY (Amy Marguerite Rock)
Ceylon
Born 02 August 1910
Died in 2004 in Bedford, England
[Active circa 1930-40.]

Amy Rock was notably runner-up in the women’s singles event at the Ceylon Championships in 1934 and 1935. She was the sister of another lawn tennis player, (Etta) Jean Rock. They were the daughters of John Christopher Wilberforce Rock, a civil servant, and Marguerite Rock (née Keyt). In the mid-1940s, Amy Rock was living and working in London as a stenographer. She probably spent her final years in the town of Bedford, in the county of Bedfordshire in east England.

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ROCK, "JEAN" (Etta Jean Myra Rock)
Ceylon
Born 22 December 1912
Died 10 March 2003
Married (1) Lucien Edward de Zoysa in 1940; divorced
Married (2) Hans Heinrich Sigg
[Active circa 1930-40.]

Popularly known as Jean, this player was the sister of another lawn tennis player, Amy Rock. Lucien de Zoysa was a Ceylonese cricketer, actor, playwright and author. Hans Sigg, a company director, was a Swiss citizen; as of 1960, Jean also had Swiss citizenship, as did their daughter, Claudine (b. 1954).


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FONSEKA, DORIS
Ceylon/Sri Lanka
Born circa 1934
Married Somander
[Active circa 1950-60.]

Doris Fonseka was somewhat overshadowed by her sister Christobel, who won the women's singles title at the Ceylon Championships in 1955; together, Doris and Christobel won the women's doubles event at the same tournament several times.

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SUBIRATS, ELENA
Mexico
Born 30 December 1947 in Mexico City, Mexico
Died 28 March 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico
[Active 1963-1973]

1968 French quarterfinalist.

Subirats was the 1964 junior Wimbledon finalist. Pan American champion (and gold medalist) in 1967.

Her career highlight came at the 1968 French Open. In the round of 16 the 13th seeded Mexican player upset #4 seed Rosie Casals 6-4 6-3. In the quarters Elena was swamped by #5 seed Nancy Richey to the tune of 6-1 6-0. Richey went on to win the event.

Post-retirement Elena was the Director of Sports and Recreational Activities at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1986 and her second period from 1989 to 1992.



Sources:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Subirats


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KELLY, KATHLEEN (Kathleen Louise Kelly)
Ceylon
Born circa 1875 in Dickoya, Ceylon
Died 30 July 1930 in London
Married Alfred John Denison on 30 July 1903 in London
[Active circa 1895-1905]

Kathleen Kelly reached the final of the All-Comers’ event in the women’s singles event at the Ceylon Championships in 1900. She was the sister of another lawn tennis player, Douglas Edmund Kelly, who won the men’s singles event at the Ceylon Championships six times – in 1898, 1900, 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1912; his wife, Margaret (Farr) Kelly, won the women’s singles event at the same tournament in 1904 and 1907.

Kathleen Kelly’s husband, Alfred Denison, was also a lawn tennis player, and was runner-up in the men’s singles event at the Ceylon Championships in 1889 and 1891. Kathleen appears to have died on her 27th wedding anniversary.

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DEINERT, ELIZABETH (Elizabeth Flora Deinert)
United States
Born 12 December 1895 in California
Died 31 January 1985 in Honolulu
[Active circa 1920-25]

Elizabeth Deinert enjoyed some success at the early Hawaiian Championships tournament, notably winning the women’s singles title in 1923. The daughter of German immigrants to the USA, she was a schoolteacher by profession.

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DIERCXENS, JOSEPHA (Josepha Pauline Marie Diercxens)
Belgium
Born 19 March 1895 in Antwerp
Died ????
Married Frédéric Gustave Marie van Strydonck on 31 January 1921 in Antwerp
[Active circa 1918-25]

In 1919, Josepha Diercxens notably won the women’s doubles title at the Belgian Closed Outdoors Championships with Marguerite Grisar (née Good). Josepha probably didn’t play much competitive tennis after her marriage in 1921.

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DE SARAM, NINA (Nina Treherne De Saram)
Ceylon
Born 23 June 1870
Died ????
[Active circa 1880-1900]

Nina De Saram notably won the women’s singles event at the Ceylon Championships in 1899 and was runner-up in the same event at the same tournament in 1900, having also been runner-up in 1891 and 1892. Nina’s twin sister Neva had won the women’s singles title at the Ceylon Championships in 1896 and 1897 under her married name of Manners.

It is not known if she ever married.

For her sister Neva please see: https://www.tennisforum.com/68704161-post3924.html

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DUPUIS, ANNETTE (Annette Caroline Dupuis)
Great Britain
Born in 1868 Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
Died 15 December 1953 in Hastings, Sussex, England
Married Montague Hay Lushington in 1909 in Petersfield, Hampshire
[Active circa 1895-1905]

Annette Dupuis was notably runner-up in the women’s singles even at the Ceylon Championships in 1901.

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WAUCQUEZ, MARY (Mary Julie Antoinette Waucquez)
Belgium
Born 3 July 1909 in Brussels
Died 28 June 2009 in Oisterwijk, Netherlands
Married Jan Willem Maria Jurgens on 6 September 1930 in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Belgium
[Active circa 1928-35]

In 1929, Mary Waucquez notably won the women’s doubles title at the Belgian Closed Outdoor Championships with Josane Sigart. Mary was ranked no. 4 in singles in Belgium for 1930. She probably didn’t play much competitive tennis after her marriage to Jan Jurgens, a manager with Unilever N.V. en Ltd, who was from the Netherlands. Mary died five days short of what would have been her one hundredth birthday.

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GOOLDEN, DOROTHY (nee Dorothy Augusta Goolden)
Ceylon
Born in 1885 in Bayswater, London
Died ????
Married Robert Gorton Coombe (1875-1953) between 1910 and 1921
[Active circa 1905-25]

Dorothy (Goolden) Coombe was notably twice runner-up in the women's singles event at the Ceylon Championships, in 1910 and in 1921, the latter year under her married name. Dorothy's husband, Robert, was also a lawn tennis player; she was his second wife. A tea planter by profession, Robert Coombe died in Bandarawela, Ceylon, in 1953.
 

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VAN EXEL, ANOUSKA (Anousjka van Exel)
Netherlands
Born 05 October 1974 in Heerhugowaard
[Active 2000-2005]

A rather unremarkable career. Her high point came in 2002,when she reached the 3rd round in doubles at the Australian Open. This briefly saw he doubles ranking crack the top 100-exactly at #100 to be precise. In all Anouska made the main draw in grand slam doubles on five occasions.

Won 3 ITS single and 8 ITS doubles titles.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anousjka_van_Exel


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VAN ROMUNDE, CATHERINA (Catharina Johanna van Romunde)
Netherlands
Born 20 February 1888 in Bandung, Java (now Indonesia)
Died 25 October 1970 in ‘s-Gravenhage, Netherlands
Married Reinoldus Jacobus Tellegen in 1916
[Active circa 1908-25]

Catharina van Romunde notably won the women’s singles at the Dutch International Championships in 1913 and 1915. She also enjoyed a good deal of success at the Dutch National Championships before, during and after World War One; her first title at that tournament came in the women’s doubles event in 1910 with an L. Biljardt.

Catharina was the youngest of the five children – two daughters and three sons – of Richardus van Romunde and Eleonore Ernestine van Romunde (née Halewijn). Catharina’s three brothers, Ernest, Leonardus and Richardus, also took part in lawn tennis tournaments.

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VAN HAVER, MONIQUE (Monique van Haver)
Belgium
Born 31 August 1948
[Active late 1960s-1980]

Monique van Haver was one of Belgium’s top players from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Somewhat overshadowed by her contemporary Michèle Gurdal, Monique notably won the women’s singles event at the Belgian Closed Outdoor Championships in 1970, and the same event at the Belgian Closed Covered Court Championships five times, in 1970, 1973, 1975, 1979 and 1980. She also enjoyed a good deal of success in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles events at both of the aforementioned tournaments.

After her career as a player, Monique van Haver became a professional tennis coach before founding a tennis school at the Forêt de Soignes tennis club in south-east Brussels.
 

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BAUMANN, IRMGARD (Irmgard Baumann)
Germany
Born 14 October 1910 in Chemulpo (now Incheon) Korea
Died 01 September 1999 at Maryknoll, New York
[Active circa 1930-36]


Irmgard Baumann was born in Korea to a German father and Belgian mother (Irmgard’s birthplace is now known as Incheon in South Korea). As a tennis player Irmgard notably won the women’s singles title at a Philippines Championships tournament in 1934.

In 1937, Irmgard Baumann joined the Maryknoll Sisters (Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic), a Catholic organisation involved in the overseas mission activity of the Catholic Church, particularly in East Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Latin America and Africa. On joining this organisation, Irmgard Baumann became known as Sister Marie Elise Baumann.
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On the death of Sister Marie Elise Baumann in New York in 1999, the following unsigned obituary was published (together with a photograph of Sister Marie Elise) in the Maryknoll Mission Archives website:

https://maryknollmissionarchives.org...ise-baumann-mm

Sister Marie Elise Baumann died peacefully on Wednesday, September 1, 1999 in the Residential Care Unit at Maryknoll, New York. She was eighty-eight years of age and had been a Maryknoll Sister for sixty-two years.

Irmgard Baumann was born October 14, 1910 in Chemulpo, Korea. Her father, Paul Baumann, was a German businessman in Korea. Her mother, Elise Vincart Baumann, was the daughter of the Belgian Ambassador to Korea. Her parents met and were married in Korea. Irmgard had three sisters and two brothers, all of whom were born in Korea.

Irmgard attended elementary school in Korea. Later the children were sent to Japan for two years to study English. In 1925, the family moved to the Philippines where they resided in Manila. Irmgard attended high school at the American School in Manila from which she graduated in 1929. Following graduation, she was employed as an English teacher at the Japanese School in Manila.

An accomplished athlete, she was well known in the Philippines as a tennis player and in 1934, became the Philippine National women’s singles tennis champion as well as the doubles champion. An extremely gifted linguist, she spoke German, French, Japanese, Korean, English, Tagalog, Spanish and Russian.

Irmgard became acquainted with the Maryknoll Sisters while in Manila. She entered Maryknoll on June 26, 1937 at Maryknoll, New York. On her trip to New York, she accompanied Sister Trinita, who was traveling to Maryknoll as delegate to the General Chapter. At Reception, she received the religious name of Sister Marie Elise, a name she would retain for the rest of her life. She made her First Profession of Vows on January 6, 1940 at Maryknoll and was assigned to Manchuria that same year. Her Final Profession of Vows was on the same date in 1943 in Manchuria.

Soon after Sister Marie Elise’s arrival in Manchuria, World War II began. Maryknoll Sisters working in Manchuria who were U.S. citizens were interned and later repatriated. Sister Marie Elise, a German citizen, along with four other Maryknoll Sisters, remained in Manchuria. During these war years, the Sisters managed to continue their ministry in the Maryknoll Academy. They lived in complete isolation from Maryknoll, New York, from 1941 until October 1945. During these war years, Sister Marie Elise’s father was in Shanghai, her mother and sisters were interned in Manila and one of her brothers was in San Francisco.

Sister Marie Elise’s first letter to Maryknoll in October 1945 described some of her experiences: “It has been a long and sometimes very hard ordeal. The biggest strain and the most dangerous and disagreeable time has been during these past few weeks. We tried to help the poor people who came running to us for protection though we were not safe ourselves. The present problem is food. The poor people, what will they do? There are many sick to be cared for and I try to do what I can for them. Doctors are very scarce here.”

In September 1947, Sister Marie Elise and the other four Sisters were finally allowed to leave Manchuria although they had to pay for their passage in gold. Sister Marie Elise went to Manila where she taught elementary school until 1949. She was assigned to Japan in 1949 where she would spend the next forty-six years in pastoral work.

During those years, she worked in and around Kyoto in three parishes: Takano, Kujo and Otsu. In 1949, Sister began the Legion of Mary in the Kyoto Diocese. Her lifelong Marian devotion was an important part of her own spirituality. In each of the parishes where she was involved in ministry, she helped to develop the Legion of Mary. Sister Marie Elise’s pastoral ministry included a wide variety of services: teaching ethics to kindergarten children, catechetical classes for Catholic children, counseling, ecumenical activities and mothers’ classes.

In 1950, Sister began the Catholic Girl Scouts in Japan. She continued to work with Girl Scouts and with Scout leaders during all of her many years of service in pastoral ministry. In 1978, she received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Japan Girl Scout Association.

In her home visits one day in 1950, Sister Marie Elise encountered a young woman, Yoshie Date, who became ill during her last year in college with a disease that left her unable to use her arms and legs. She was cared for by a younger sister and brother. Sister Marie Elise continued to visit the young woman regularly and was happy to be present at her baptism in 1952. Their friendship continued to grow in the intervening years as both became more and more interested in doing something with adults who were handicapped.

In 1956, Sister Marie Elise, together with Yoshie Date, was instrumental in the founding of a Catholic organization for the handicapped in Japan called the Lamb of God Association (Kohitsuji Kai). Based on the idea that all persons have a contribution to offer, members resolve to live according to the teachings of Christ. While encouraging and supporting each other, the members live faithfully and cheerfully proclaiming Christ to their friends in similar circumstances. This organization developed in many Catholic parishes and eventually became a national organization for the handicapped. Sister Marie Elise remained active in this group until her retirement in 1995.

Sister Marie Elise made the decision to return to the Center in 1995 after surgery was unsuccessful in improving her vision. She moved to Residential Care in 1997. Her lifelong commitment to maintaining friendships with the many people she had come into contact with during her long life in mission was clearly apparent to all especially during these last years.

Many visitors from Japan came to visit Sister Marie Elise, including members of the Lamb of God Association, parish members, former Girl Scouts and some she had been with during the war years in Dairen. Even in this last year, when she was unable to communicate with them, friends came from afar to accompany this woman whose friendship they treasured during so many years.

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BROESE VAN GROENOU, "NETTIE" (Jeannetta Broese van Groenou)
Netherlands
Born 02 December 1884 in Yokjakarta, Indonesia
Died 10 November 1960 in The Hague
Married Herman Gerhard von Oven on 04 April 1912 in The Hague
[Active circa 1902-12]

Jeannetta Broese van Groenou was the sister of another lawn tennis player, Adolf, who married a third player, Albertine Alexandrine Holle, popularly known as ‘Noesy’. Jeannetta was the more successful lawn tennis player of the sisters-in-law.

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STRAFFIN, MABEL (nee Mabel B. ????)
United States
Born 1896
Died 16 December 1963 in North Bergen, New Jersey
Married a Mr Straffin by 1919?
Married George Aubrey Adam (1874-1952) on 01 October 1921
[Active 1919-1923]

Entered the US Championships from 1919-1921. She was from New York.

Usually called Mrs M. B. Straffin. Less often called Mrs Mable Straffin. The last reference we have from the New York Times
is in early 1922. At the Brooklyn Height event in January Mrs M. B. Huff "advanced at the expense of Mrs G. A. Adam, the former Miss Mabel
Straffin." Is the last reference an error in calling her Miss Straffin?

At present we can't find a Mr Straffin or her maiden name.

Her name pops up again at the 1923 event, where she was wiped off the court 6-0 6-0 by Molla Mallory. She appears to have been from Brooklyn.

Sources:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/167786978/george-aubrey-adam
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/174542070/mabel-adam

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KEIL, KATHRIN
United States
Born 28 November 1962 in La Jolla, California
Name pronounced a "Kyle"
[Active 1980-1989]

Junior finalist at the 1980 U Open juniors to Susan Mascarin. By the end of the year she was doing well enough in adult competition to crack the top 100. Kathrin made the semis at Tampa, where she pushed Tracy Austin 6-3 7-6.

Keil turned pro in 1982. Despite her good start Keil never made a successful transition to the women's tour. In her 7 grand slam appearances Keil never it past the round of 64. Injuries played their part, leading her to retire in 1985. Within months she was back on tour. 1987 was her best year, once again reaching the top 100. A quadriceps injury in 1988 meant the end of her days on tour.

The ITF gives her won-loss record as 38-51.

Highest career ranking at #68 on 26 October 1987.

WTA Top 100

1980: #71
1981: #90
1987: #76

Source:

1981 World of Tennis, page 314.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathrin_Keil

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