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BARTKOWICZ, “PEACHES” (Jane Bartkowicz)
United States
Born 16 April 1949 in Hamtramck, Michigan
Married (1) Don Krot, divorced
Married (2) B Schafer
Nickname: "The Backboard"
[Active in the 1960s to 1971, then a brief comeback attempt in the mid 70s]

Started tennis at age 7.

Solid as a brick wall from the baseline-one could depend on the ball always coming back. Under the tutelage of famed coach Jean Hoxie, she hit against wlls and backboards for hours on end. She once supposedly hit the ball 950 times in a row against a wall. She was he first US woman to suceed with a two-handed backhand, following Aussie Jan Lehane.

Peaches gave away nothing on court emotionally-one writer compared her to a Charles Addams (of the Addams family) character.

US Open QF in 1968 and 1969. Ranked #8 in the world in 1969. one highlight that year was in clinching the Federation Cup for the United States. In the deciding doubles Peaches and Nancy Richey upset Australia's Margaret Court and and Judy Tegart 6-4 6-4.

She was 7-0 in Fed Cup overall in her career. Peaches was never defeated in Fed or Wightman Cup play.

Peaches helped clinch the 1970 Wightman Cup with Billie Jean King in dramatic circumstances by winning the last doubles match. Peaches played back and King "up".

When the women started their own tour in late 1970 Bartkowicz was part of the "Original 9."

Bartkowicz retired as a player in 1971. She later expressed some resentment of Hoxie, who died in 1970, for pushing her too hard. Severe headaches led to her abandoning the game in 1971.

Involved in a hit and run drunk driving incident, she served some time in prison. After an aborted comeback in the mid to late 1970s she remarried and worked for the US government.

She has been enshrined in the United States Tennis Association/Midwest Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz career thread:
Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz career thread - TennisForum.com

Wiki Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaches_Bartkowicz

By, Leonard Katz "CAN PEACHES COME BACK?" New York Times (1923-Current file): 5. May 07 1978. ProQuest. Web. 12 Oct. 2016

The Backboard: Why it Won't Come Back | General News - News | USTA Southwest

http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/tennis/jane-peaches-bartkowicz/
This site includes a five minute video tribute, featuring clips form the 1970 Wightman Cup.


 

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BASSETT, CARLING
Canada
Born 09 October 1967
Married Robert Seguso, 26 September 1987

Played as Bassett-Segusco after marriage. Canada’s all-time best female, she was the 1984 US Open semifinalist.

 

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BASSI, LUCIA
Italy
Born 12 December 1936
Active in 1950s and early 1970s.

Tournament Wins and Finals

Winner: 1957- Menton; 1958- Antibes, Geneva; 1960- Bilbao; 1961- Lausanne; 1967- St. Moritz Kulm, St. Moritz Palace, Suvretta; 1973- Geneva, Montana;

Finalist: 1958- Berlin, Menton; 1959- Menton, Grenoble; 1961- Cannes Carlton, Valencia, Lesa; 1962- Montana; 1974- Montana;
 

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BASUKI, YAYUK
Indonesia
Born 30 November 1970
Married Hary Suharyadi, 31 January 1994

Without doubt Indonesia's best ever female. Yayuk possesed a big forehand. Sometimes called a "bazooka" forehand, a wordplay on her name. After retiring in singles she continued to play doubles for many years.

Retained her maiden name as a player.

 

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BATT, “BETTY” (Elizabeth Batt)
United Kingdom
Born 07 February 1916 Kensington London
Died 26 March 2003 Enfield London
Married (1) Noel Passingham, circa March 1940-Divorced in 1949 on grounds of her adultery.
Married (2) Frank Martin-Davies 21st May 1949 in Nigeria.
[Active 1934-1950]

Prominent British junior in 1934. She entered the doubles only at Wimbledon in 1935, then all 3 events from 1937-1939 and again in 1946 and 1948.

Best in Doubles, where she represented GB in Wightman Cup in 1946, also making the QF of Wimbledon that year in doubles.

Wimbledon Record (entered 1935, 1937-1939, 1946, 1948, and 1950 as F. Martin-Davies.

Singles: 3-5
Doubles: 10-7 (Quarterfinals in 1946)
Mixed: 9-5



Dan Maskell coaches nine of Britain's leading women tennis players at Wimbledon in December 1946. Left to right: Kay Menzies, Jean Quertier, Joy Gannon, Molly Lincoln Blair, PJ [Mary] Halford and Betty Passingham




Sources

1949-02-15-Betty|findmypast.co.uk
search.ancestry.co.uk
www.gov.uk/search-will-probate
Wimbledon archive draws at:
Archive - Draws Archive : Betty Passingham (Batt) - 2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM
Archive - Draws Archive : F. Martin-Davies - 2013 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

The New, York T. "KRAMER DEFEATED BY CZECH NET STAR." New York Times (1923-Current file): 16. Jun 29 1946. ProQuest. [Photo]
 

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BAYARD, MARTHA (Martha Pintard Bayard)
United States
Born 15 September 1902 in Short Hills, New Jersey
Died 24 December, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Married to Henry Rice Guild (1896-1980) in 1927. (listed as Henry P in many sources and even Henry W on the census)

Listed as being from Short Hills, New Jersey as a junior. Her only slam event abroad was in 1923, where she made the 2R at Wimbledon.
Her husband Henry was also a tennis player-the two being doubles partners before their marriage. They were living in Brookline during the 1930 and 1940 census. They had 3 children: Henry (born circa 1928), Sheila, (circa 1931) and Bayard (circa 1933).

Won Pennsylvania and Eastern States in 1926.

Bayard (on left) and Eleanor Goss at Forest Hills

 

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BAYLON, NORMA
Argentina
Born 09 November 1942 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Married Bartolomé Puiggros in 1967
[Active 1962-1967]

Quarterfinalist at the French (1965), Wimbledon (1964) and U.S. (1965,1966).
Doubles finalist at the 1964 French Championships with Helga Schultze.

Ranked world No. 7 in 1966.

Norma started tennis at the age of five. In 1962 the was honored with the Olympia Award-the first female ever.

Following in the footsteps of Maria Teran de Weiss, the Argentine star of the 1950s, Baylon was a constant presence in the world top 20 from 1963, her #7 ranking in 1966 certainly being no fluke.

Unlike most South American women nurtured on clay courts Baylon exhibited an affinity for grass.

Married to Peruvian Bartolomé Puiggros in 1967, she resided in Peru for 15 years while raising their three sons.




Sources:

Wikipedia article.

Archive - Draws Archive : Norma Baylon - 2015 Wimbledon Championships Website - Official Site by IBM

[Video of Norma vs Rosie Casals in 1966. No sound]

[Spanish language interview from 1967]

[Thanks to Wolbo for this information]
 

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BEATTY, OREA (nee Orea E Helen Moustaka)
Australia/Ireland
Born
Died in Dublin Ireland 20 July 1959

Married Henry Bullen Beatty, 13 June 1903

NSW player of 1900s. Also played in England during 1900s- reaching final of doubles at Irish Championships. Listed as Aussie in 1919 Irish Chmps
 

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BEAUGE, MARCELLE
France
[Active 1925-1932]

Played the French in 1925,1927 and 1932

The source for her first name is Jeanne Cherry's 2018 book on Helen Wills.

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]
 

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BEAUMONT, EMMA (Emma Ruby Beaumont)
Australia (South Australia)
Married Richard Wilson Ragless on 8 April 1891 in Saint Luke's Church, Sydney

Emma's middle name appears to have been Ruby, not Louise.

[Thanks to Newmark for this information]
 

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BEAZLEY, “DORA” (nee Barbara Gordon Beazley)
United Kingdom
Born 10 September 1911 in Wirral, Merseyside, England
Died March 1999 in Birkenhead [Liverpool], England
[Active: 1932-1966]

Never married. Usually listed as Miss BG Beazley. This player from Cheshire played for the Heswall Club.

Won Northen Championships at Manchester in 1937.

In 1939 she had a memorable encounter against world #1 at Wimbledon.

‘Barbara Beazley, Cheshire Champion, did more to upset Alice Marbee’s equanimity than any other player has done on this side. She had Alice guessing and led her in the early part of each set. It is not often that the American Champion is passed as cleanly as she was, time after time yesterday. She never came up on the wrong ball without being beaten, for Miss Beazley hardly ever threw away an opportunity’.


Miss Beazley’s father, seeing who his daughter was to play, said he would give her a bottle of champagne for every game she won, but when Miss Marbee won, 6-4, 6-3, and went on to win the Ladies Wimbledon title, seven bottles of champagne were more than her father had bargained for. Miss Marbee however, bought Miss Beazley a lemonade, which Barbara tells me was rather unusual for the American.'

1939, saw the start of hostilities, and Miss Beazley joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Nursing Service, and after the war, she mainly played abroad, finally retiring in 1966.. Thus ended the career of one of Cheshire Ladies finest players

Wimbledon record (played 1932 to 1939-missing in main draw of singles in 1934)

Singles: 4-7
Doubles: 4-5

Sources:

https://www.heswalltennis.co.uk/club...rbara-beazley/
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/archive/players/59b205ec-9606-49cf-8752-1151a2180b6f/index.html

[Thanks to Newmark and Rollo for information on this player]
 

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BECKINGHAM, “CLAIRE” (Yolanda Claire Beckingham)
Great Britain
Born 1903
Died 1943
Married James Bird, 10 August 1929

Listed as C Beckingham. Active in the 1920s. Elma was her twin sister
 

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BECKINGHAM, "Mildred" (Elma Mildred Beckingham)
Great Britain
Born 1903 Shotley Bridge, Durham
Married Harry Suter in Bombay, India 1929
[Active in 1923]

Claire Beckingham's sister. Listed as EM Beckingham.

Participated at Wimbledon in 1923.
 

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BECROFT, ELAINE
New Zealand
Born in or before 1931

Married a Mr Stephan by 2011

Ranked #5 in NZ in 1953

As Mrs. Stephan won an 80 and over World women’s doubles in 2011 at Istanbul with Jean Murray.
 
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