The chain smoking ex-tennis champ took up horse training and golf.She played the game as a man would, coming in to rally on her service. She drove, she chopped, she lobbed, she volleyed, equally adept in any part of the court. Her opponents never got used to her game, never knew what she would do next. She loved to worry and puzzle them, keep them guessing. Rose loved every minute of a match, reveled in it, the cheeriest personality one could imagine, yet despite her carefree style she could be desperately serious too, and concentrate with the best.
The 1927 French was her best slam performance in singles. Seeded #4 she won tight three sets matches over Cilly Aussem (6-4 in the third) and Eileen Bennett (9-7 in the third), both after dropping the first set. In the final Kea Bouman won 6-2 6-4. She remained the only South African female to reach a slam final in singles until Sandra Reynolds in the late 1950s.She was an immense help in furthering the tennis of the gifted South African girl [Bobbie Heine]--From Tennis, The South African Story, page 81