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EISEL, MARY ANN
United States
Born 25 November 1946 in St. Louis, Misouri
Married (1) Peter W Curtis, 1969
Married (2) MA “Don” Beattie on 12 May 1973 in St Louis.
[Active 1963-1974]

1968 to 1970 US Indoors champion.

Few players are remembered more for a tremendous loss than for their achievements. However, Mary Ann Eisel's career moment was a tremendous comeback by one of the greats of tennis who was playing in her first Slam event.

Eisel was one of the products of a strong group of players to come out of the St. Louis area in the 50s and 60s (Ashe, Buchholtz, Bricka, Hanks, Connors). She was an aggressive serve and volley player with her best results indoors and on grass. She was also an exceptional doubles player.

Eisel was a fixture in the latter rounds of the New England Indoor and the US Indoor events. She first made the finals of the US Indoors in 1963 and then won the event in 1964. She lost in the finals in 1966 to Billie Jean King, but she defeated #1 ranked King 64 57 11-9 to win the 1967 New England Indoors. She won the US Indoors again in 1969 and 1970. Eisel also won singles titles at the Piping Rock Invitational (twice), Merion, and South Orange (all warm-up events for the US Championships) as well as Wimbledon warm-ups at Surrey and Manchester. In 1970, she won at Caracas and Barranquilla on the Caribbean circuit. After retirement periods, she returned to win smaller events in Florida and Missouri. Mary Ann's lone Grand Slam semifinal was a quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 1967 where she lost 7-5 in the third set to Ann Jones.

Eisel had numerous doubles titles from 1964-1971. She had great success with Carol Hanks Aucamp in the early years of her career, and she partnered King to titles in 1966 and 1967. She and Donna Floyd Fales reached the finals of the US Championships in 1967 where they lost a tough three-setter to Casals/King. She won multiple titles with Val Ziegenfuss and the pair reached the semifinals of both Wimbledon and the US Open in 1969 and 1971. Eisel and husband Peter Curtis had a successful career in mixed doubles, winning the 1968 US Open and reaching the quarters or better in three other Slams. The longest match of her career came in the autumn of 1968. In a record setting match (the longest in British history for females) she beat Pat Walkden 7-9 7-5 17-15 in a Dewar Cup match--60 games in total.

Mary Ann's career was marked with several encounters with a young Chris Evert. She defeated Evert in 1969 at the Austin Smith tournament in Fort Lauderdale. In the Tulsa tournament of 1971, Chrissie beat her with the loss of only 3 games. At the '71 US Open she led Evert 6-4, 6-5 and held match point six times, before falling to Evert in a tie-breaker and losing the third set 6-1. This match helped establish Evert's Grand Slam legacy in her first Slam event. In 1972, Eisel again played Evert at Wimbledon in the third round and lost a thrilling 8-6, 8-6 match.

Mary Ann Eisel spent much of her career just outside world top ten consideration, though Bud Collins ranked her #8 in 1968. She was seeded #7 at the 1968 US Open, but she was upset early. She was ranked in the top five by the USTA from 1967 through 1971. She also represented the US several times in Wightman and Federation Cup competition, clinching the winning point in a doubles win with Nancy Richey in the 1966 Wightman Cup.

In 1974--she played World Team Tennis for the Detroit Loves






Source:

Hedges, Martin. The Concise Encyclopedia of Tennis. 1978. page 23.


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ELGAS, EDITH
Estonia
Born 23 December 1913
Died 23 February 1995
Married Assur, 1937

An early figure in Estonian/Soviet tennis; in later years she was involved in the administrative and coaching sides of the sport. Edith Elgas was also a senior tennis champion in the 1960s.

A short biography (in Estonian) and a photograph of Edith Elgas can be seen here:
http://www.spordiinfo.ee/esbl/biograafia/Edith_Elgas

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ELLIGET, Hazel (nee Hazel Cocking)
Australia (Victoria)
Married a Mr T Elliget after June 1938 and by January 1939

Played the 1939 Aussie. No other results at the Aussie Chmps. She was from Footscray and Lauriston, NSW.. She had 8 match points in the 1938 VHC final vs Connie Coate and lost. Weighed only 7 stone in 1940 when she played 114 games in a handicap event. Active until 1952 locally. She had 2 children by 1952.
 

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ELLIOTT, PAULINE
New Zealand
Born 15 October 1955
Married Jack Hanson, cica 1993. Son Elliott.

A tennis instructor at Meridian's Rolling Hills Club in Novato since 1987. Beginning at the age of 15, she was a national juniors champion in New Zealand who became a world-ranked player, competed in the Federation Cup (1975-77) and made the main draw at the U.S. Open in singles and doubles in 1977.

Three Achilles tendon surgeries ended her pro tennis career, so she turned to running and qualified for the 1984 Olympic marathon trials, though she couldn't compete in the U.S. trials because she wasn't an American citizen. Her husband is a former KGO reporter and host of Comcast Local Edition. They first met on Court 5 at the club where he interviewed her for a charity event. They have a son, Elliott, who is a freshman at San Marin High.
 

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ELLIS, NORMA
Australia (Victoria)
Born circa 1930
Married to Keith John “Peter” Nethersole on 3 June 1955.
[Active from at least 1949 to at least 1955]

First entered the Aussie in 1950. She reached the Australian QF in 1955, losing to eventual champ Thelma Long. She also got to the semifinals of the doubles that year.

Source:

http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10733/20110203-0219/www.australianopen.com/en_au/event_guide/history/players/7422.html

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/22904635? (provides age)

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/71886351?

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130242432? (photo from 1949)

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ELTON, MARGERY ( “ANITA”) (Margery Alys Eveline Elton)
United Kingdom
Born 07 October 1907 in Calcutta, Bengal, India
Died 13 January 1992 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Married Clement Willoughby Walker on 27 April 1932 in Saint Katharine's Church, Merstham, Surrey
[Active 1930 and 1931]

She played Wimbledon in 1930 and 1931. In Wimbledon's draws she appears also as M.A.E. Elton and Wimbledon's site lists her as Margery.

She is buried in St Andrews Cemetary, Girton, Cambridgeshire. The marriage took place at Merstham, St Katharine.

Wimbledon Record (1930 and 1931)

Singles: 2-2
Doubles: 1-1
Mixed: 1-1

Sources:

http://www.dailyprogress.com/obituaries/monghan-e/article_9934542d-7404-58aa-b6db-f48551f7fc56.html?mode=jqm

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ELVA, CATHERINE d’ (Catherine Henriette Josephe d'Aliney d'Elva)
France
Born 31 March 1888 in Changé-lès-Laval, Mayenne
Died 14 January 1977 in Paris
Married François Guillaume Henri Marie Gérald on 23 February 1908. (later a Baron)

Early finalist in the French Chmps in 1907.
 

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EMERSON, MARGARET (Margaret A Emerson)
Great Britain
Born 28 July 1930 in Bourne, Lincolnshire
Married Paul Delanoix Tointon (24 March 1924 to February 1997) Q2 (April to June) 1954 in Bourne.
[Active 1950-1951]

Played singles Wimbledon 1950 and 1951.

Sources:
www.ancestry.co.uk

Source findmypast 1939 Register

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AQUILON, EYVOR (nee Eyvor Maria Enegran)
Sweden
Born 15 February 1903 in Gävleborg
Died 17 October 1952
Married Enar Aquilon (1901-1983), before 1931
[Active in the 1930s until at least 1937]

She was the Swedish Indoor champion in 1931, 1933-34, and 1937. Mrs Aquilon was based out of Stockholm, where she was a member of the
Stockholms Allmänna Lawntennisklubb (SALK).


Robertson, Max. The Encyclopedia of Tennis, 1973. Page 327.
 

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ENGEL, MARGARET (Margaret Julia Frederica Engel)
United Kingdom
Born 16 November 1908 in Bombay, India
Died 1951 in Bournemouth, Dorset
Married William Edgar Witt in 1939 in Bournemouth, Dorset
Active 1930s.

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ENGER, “GISELA” (P Gisela Enger)
Germany (Hamburg)
Born 06 August 1911 in Berlin
Married Hamann circa 1940-1941
Started tennis at age 9.
[Active as early as 1928 to 1940s]

Listed as PG Enger. Entered the French and Wimbledon in 1928. Ranked #4 in Germany in 1940. Ranked #6 in Germany in 1941 as Frau Hamann, the list gives Hamburg as her hometown.

From “Der Tennissport”, December 1938

Gisela Enger writes to us as follows:

“Since a nice newspaper report only this year described me as an ‘up-and-coming player’, I feel duty bound to reveal that I was actually born on 6 August 1911 and have been swinging a tennis racket for eighteen years! Including my mother’s ‘chopping board’ against which, after attaching it to a wall in our house in Lichterfelde, I used to ‘bang’ stolen old tennis balls – to our neighbours’ annoyance, often for hours – I have already begun my third decade as a tennis player. And more than nine years have already passed since I sat my apprenticeship examination in the respectable trade of dressmaking!

“Because my mother had been active in the ‘Wespen’ Hockey and Tennis Club in Zehlendorf before World War One, I was able to join the Steglitz Tennis Club at the age of ten. The club’s chairman, Herr Eversberg, nurtured my talents by facilitating my participation in many junior tournaments and also in three Reich Youth Courses [Reichsjugendkurse]. In 1927, I became junior champion of Berlin for the first time and held the title for three years. However, at the German Junior Championships I always lost either to Edith Sander or to Marieluise Horn who, although a year younger than me, were one level higher.

“To improve my opportunities for training I responded to a friendly invitation from the Rot-Weiss Club in 1929, and played in the first team there for several years. I soon achieved my first successes, in provincial tournaments, and in 1930 I earned my points in the Three Nations Competition in Prague against Hungary and Czechoslovakia. In the summer of 1933, the professional Roman Najuch informed me that the Swedish junior champion, Frl Wittenström, had invited me to Stockholm for several months. I won several prizes at tournaments in Sweden and also gained interesting impressions.

“Since 1934, I have been the top player at the Schwarz-Weiss Tennis Club in Berlin. I gradually rose in the ‘Gau’ [‘District’] ranking list, and in 1936 I succeeded in entering the top ten in the Reich’s ranking list. In 1937, I won, amongst other things, the Pomeranian, Silesian and Baden-Württemberg Championships, was second in the national championships in Braunschweig, and moved up to number four in the rankings.

“To my joy, the Tennis Section [of the ‘National Socialist Reich Association for Sport’] made me a member of the ‘national team’ and has sent me in the last year to take part in not only the International Competition between Germany and Poland in Warsaw and to the French Championships in Paris, but also to Wimbledon. The fact that I was able to represent the German flag there was not only the fulfilment for me of a long-held dream, but also the spur to further success. I hope in the next year to be able to continue to justify the expectations people have of me.”

Jadwiga Jędrzejowska (left) and Enger (on right) in April of 1938



[Thanks to Newmark for his translation from “Der Tennissport”]
 

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ENZEN, Mrs HEIDI
Switzerland
Born circa 1920*
Died 28 February 2015*
Married Oetiker*
[Active 1944 – 1958]

*Googling Madame Heidi ENZEN-OETIKER -Deces gives pdf that she died on 28th February 2015 in her 95th year in Lausanne. I think it is the tennis player as she was based in Lausanne.

**Wimbledon cites her as Mrs A Enzen of Czechoslovakia

***Jimbo cites her as Mrs Enzen in 1946.

Associated with Montchoisi

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ERNEST, ELIZABETH
Great Britain (Wales)
Born 15 May 1946 in Cardiff, Wales
Married Kerry R. James Q4 (October to December) of 1970 in East Glamorgan, Wales
[Active from at least 1967 to 1971]

Played at Wimbledon from 1967 to 1971.

Mother Mrs Barbara Ernest (nee Williams ) played Ladies doubles at Wimbledon in the early 1950s.

For her mother please see: https://www.tennisforum.com/51929714-post3259.html

Sources:

www.ancestry.co.uk
Google

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