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CUYPERS, BRIGITTE
South Africa
Born 03 December 1955 in Cape Town, South Africa
Married (1) Ferreira after 1979 and by 1984
Married (2) Fourie
Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in
[Active 1971-1985]

3 time South African titlist.

Coached by US former pro Dennis Ralston from 1971 to 1976.

1974 Rhodesian Open champion, she repeated in 1975. Later in the year Brigitte was the finalist at the South African Open. She was to win in 1976, 1978 and 1979.

Retired from the international circuit in 1979 at only 23. Played at least locally after that, as she won the Natal Chmps in 1984 as Mrs Ferreira and was RU in 1985.

During her career Cuypers had wins over Chris Evert, Virginia Wade, and Olga Morozova.


Source:

Hedges, Martin. The Concise Dictionary of Tennis. 1978. Page 73.

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

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DACE, VERA (Vera Sybil Dace)
United Kingdom
Born 03 December 1921 in Southwark, London
Died 09 July 1995
Married Arthur H “Tommy” (AKA “Thomo’) Thomas, August 1947
Lefthanded
[Active 1946-1960]

Slam summary

Played Wimbledon from 1946-1948, 1951-53, and 1955-1960. Her overall record was 6 wins and 11 defeats, defaulting in 1955. She made the 3R in 1952.

Entered the French Championship in 1946.

Dace was a member of the Beckenham Club.

She is best known as a table tennis player, winning the world doubles title and runner-up in singles in 1948. Husband played cricket. A geneology website indicates they had a daughter. she missed the Championships in 1954, so perhaps this is the year of her daughter's birth.

From a newspaper report of 25 April 1947: "Miss Vera Dace, British tennis star and co-holder of the world table tennis title for women's doubles, is to marry Mr Arthur H. Thomas, a well-known Beckenham sportsman. Miss Dace, a south London [?] girl, learnt her tennis by back garden practice, and her table tennis by playing in local halls. She is a left-hander, at present competing in the Surrey Hard Court Championships.

"This tennis romance began six weeks ago when Miss Dace and Mr Thomas met at Bromley Hill Squash Club [in London]. They were introduced by Brian Phillips, one of the best squash racket players in the country."

Her DBB comes from infomation obtained via ancestry.com and includes voter registration (with address) and marriage information.

Latterly living in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Probate was in Brighton.

Sources:

Geneology site listing 1921 as date of birth --she had a daughter.
AHT, THOMAS. - Find Ancestors - Boards - Genes Reunited

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

Source www.ancestry.co.uk

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DAHL, “CARO” (Caroline Lucia Maria Peter)
Norway
Born: October 17, 1890 in İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Died: January 21, 1979 in Aker, Oslo, Norway
Married Knud Dahl in 1913
[Active 1913-1925]

Height: 5'1" (156 cm)
Affiliations: Oslo Tennisklubb, Oslo

Active as early as 1913, when she competed at the World Hard Courts in Paris. Norweigian champion in 1919-20,1923-25. Competed in 1920 and 1924 Olympics.

Dahl was the daughter of Joachim Peter who ran a business in Constantinople and Silvie Pessi (1863-1929). She was raised in Zurich, Switzerland and in 1913 was married to Knud Dahl (1891-1983) later director of Myrens Workshop, who was a student in Zurich, graduating in 1913. Knud later became president and honorary member of the Norwegian Tennis Association. From 1915 to 1917 the Dahls lived in the United States, returning to Norway to settle in Christiania. Their son Knud Dahl jr. was also active in tennis.

When she competed in the US during the 1917 season papers described her as "The Swiss Champion". She made the quarterfinals, where Eleanora Sears defeated her 6-2 6-4. Dahl packed a good amount of power into her baseline based game according to papers, but the superior net skills of Sears proved decisive.

The New York Times gives us a description of her style of play ("BAY STATE GIRL THRILLS GALLERY." New York Times (1857-1922), Jun 20, 1917, pp. 8.)

The foreigner is short on height but long on court craft, and while she seems to favor the back court style of play, she shows no hesitancy in going for the net position when she feels the time is ripe




Sources:

http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caro_Dahl

115 (Hvem er Hvem? / 1973)

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DANET, "MARIE" (nee Augustine Marcelle Engrand)
France
Born circa 1880
Died ???? [after 1934]
Married Eugène Charles "Henri" Danet on 25 April 1898 in Paris
[Active 1910-1934]

In 1912, Jeanne Matthey won the women's single title at the Closed French Championships for the fourth consecutive and last time. In the Challenge Round she defeated Marie Danet 6-2 7-5. This is the first time we encounter Mme Danet in a tennis tournament.

Marie’s son Roger (Roger Marie Robert Danet), born 22 February 1899 often played mixed doubles with Suzanne Lenglen. They were so close that at one point it was rumoured the pair were engaged to be married. Still active in the 1920s, Mme Danet well past her prime in 1932, when she entered the French Championships.

The following link indicates that Henri and Marie Danet were the parents of Roger Danet, one of France's top lawn tennis players of the 1920s (his exact date of birth of is 22 February 1899, ten months after his parent's wedding): Roger DANET - Arbre généalogique Cédric TOUVET - Geneanet

Mme Marie Danet in 1922




Sources:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Danet

For her son see: Roger Marie Robert Danet

"Marie" Augustine Marcelle ENGRAND - Arbre généalogique Guillaume GIRARD LAMAURY - Geneanet

Roger DANET - Arbre généalogique Cédric TOUVET - Geneanet

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DAVAR, RITA
India
Born 03 June 1935
[Active from 1952 to 1956]

Notable for being the first Indian to make a Wimbledon final when she reached the girl's final in 1952. Davar was also the Indian #1 in 1953 and 1954.

Played Wimbledon 1954 to 1956.

Titles

1953-1954 Indian Nationals
1953-1954 All India Hard Hard Championship
1953 North India India Championship
1955 South India Championship

As of 2001 Miss Davar was living in Germany.

Sources:

A Century of Indian Tennis, by P. K. Datta. (2001). page 210

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/7d9cc07a-3ad0-4c24-a47f-7b117c075de8/index.html
www.ancestry.co.uk
UK Outward Passenger Lists 1890 to 1960--15th November 1957 sailing from London to Bombay on the ship "Himalaya".

http://indiansports.quora.com/Indian-Tennis-A-rich-legacy



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DAWSON-SCOTT, PEGGY(nee Peggy Leila MacCorkindale)
United Kingdom
Born 29 July 1920 Brentford
Died July 1993 Bodmin Cornwall
Married (1) William M Penman Q1 1940 Hendon
Married (2) Edward W Dawson Scott Q4 1945 Marylebone
[Active 1946-1955]

Quarterfinalist in singles Wimbledon 1949, also reaching the 4R in 1948 and from 1951 to 1954. She lost to American Helen Rihbany 7-5 7-5 in the 1949 quarterfinal.

Wimbledon record (1946-1955)

Singles: 19-10 (QF in 1949)
Doubles: 9-10 (QF in 1951)
Mixed: 11-9

Real maiden name should be Peggy (Leila) MacCorkindale

Also had name as Ursula Margaret MacCorkindale

Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/61c05249-f6f4-47e8-bb21-82436e7417a9/index.html

www.ancestry.co.uk

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DAY, ALICE (Alice L Day)
United States
Married Charles Henry Beard in 1909
Career Span (as early as 1905 according to AustinRunner)
RU in the US Indoors in 1913 and 1914

In 1909 a paper lists her as “Mrs Charles Beard, of Kenwood.” She was a club mate of Carrie Neely, a fellow Chicagoan.

Easily confused with Mrs Charles N Beard, nee Edythe Parker.


Photo taken September 9 1913. The LOC calls her Mrs C. N. Beard.

 

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HARRIS, HELEN (nee Helen Marie Day)
United States
Born 10 December 1860 in St Louis, Missouri
Died 25 May 1962
Married Alan Hale Harris (1859-1917) circa 1876 in Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
[Active 1887-1892]

Helen Day was living in the Chesnut Hill area of Philadelphia when lawn tennis took off in popularity as a sport for women as well as men.

She competed at the very first US Nationals in 1997, losing a tight 3 set affair to eventual winner Ellen Hansell Hansell 2-6 6-4 6-4. After a 1R loss in 1888 she strongly challenged again in 1889, reaching the All-Comer's final, where she fell to Lida Voorhees 6-5 2-6 6-3. She had a son early in 1890, keeping her out of that year's event, but was back in action from 1891 to 1893. 1892 witnessed her second trip to the All-Comer's final, going down
5-7 6-1 6-1 to Bessie Moore. Helen also made the doubles final Amy Williams. Throughout this period Mrs Harris also helped organize the Women's Nationals.

After 1893 motherhood again intervened-this time for good apparently, as her name dissappears from draws.

Married at a young age, the 1910 census states she had been married 24 years. In the era she played in Helen was typically listed as Mrs A. H. Harris. Unusually, she was at times called Helen Day Harris. This was unusual for incorporating her maiden name-a habit she retained all her life.

She had two sons and one daughter with Alan Hale Harris between 1890 and 1896.

1. Alan Hale was born on April 4, 1890
2. Edward Day was born on May 4, 1894
3. Helen Marie was born on October 17, 1896

US Nationals Record (entered 1887-)

Singles: 6-6 (All Comer's RU in 1889 and 1892, SF in 1887)
Doubles:3-3 (RU in 1892)

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=146833724&ref=acom
 

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DEARMAN, EVELYN (Evelyn Mary Dearman)
United Kingdom
Born 8 September 1908
Died 2 December 1993
Married Ralf Harold Cleverley, 4 April 1944
[Active 1927-1939]

1935 Australian doubles and 1931 Canadian singles winner.

At her best in doubles. Dearman was also part of the Wightman Cup from 1934 to 1937 in doubles.

Other quality finishes in slams for doubles winning the 1935 Australian final (w/Nancy Lyle-d. Bickerton/Hopman 6-3 6-4) and 1937 Wimbledon doubles semis with Joan Ingram.

Wimbledon record
(entered every year from 1927 to 1939)

Singles: 6-10 (3R in 1933 and 1937)
Doubles: 19-12 (QF in 1931,34, and 35. SF in 1937)
Mixed: 18-10 (SF in 1937)





Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Dearman

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/ce596326-eed5-4467-ae42-2afc19601ac3/index.html
 

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DECHY, NATHALIE
France
Born 21 February 1979 in Abimes, Guadeloupe
Married Antoine Maître Devallon, 18 September 2004
[Active: 1995-July 2009]

Dechy is a three-time doubles Grand Slam champion, winning the 2006 US Open women's doubles title with Vera Zvonareva, the 2007 French Open mixed doubles title with Andy Ram, and the 2007 US Open women's doubles title with Dinara Safina. Her biggest singles achievement is reaching the semifinals of the 2005 Australian Open, where she was just two points away from the final, before eventually losing to Lindsay Davenport.

Dechy was well regarded in her day as one of the nicest players on tour.

Retained maiden name after marriage. As of 2017 her husband is the agent of Océane's Dodin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Dechy

 
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