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From the late 1950s until the mid 1960s two ever smiling faces represented South Africa on the distaff side. Together Sandra Reynolds and Renee Schuurman took women's tennis to new heights. Their matches often drew more fans than men in their home nation. Abroad the pleasant, attractive, and utterly non controversial pair proved to be popular with crowds and fellow players.

Though neither even won a major in singles they hoisted 3 slams in doubles-winning the 1959 Australian and the French in 1959 and 1961 and 62.

Indelibly linked in public as "the South African Tennis Twins", this is a thread dedicated to them.

Renee and Sandra (in sunglases) in Lebanon

 

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REYNOLDS, SANDRA
South Africa
Born 4 March 1939 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
Married Lowell Eldred Grant Price in Bloemfontein on 28 October 1961
Nicknames: "Sandy", "The Tennis Twins" (with doubles partner Renee Schuurman), "Grace Kelly of South African Tennis".
[Active 1957 to 1963]

Slight of build, Sandra delivered a walloping forehand of tremendous pace-by far the biggest of her era. With Renee Schuurman she won the first two legs on a doubles grand slam in 1959 by capturing the Australian and French titles. They would add two more French crowns to that tally.

Reynolds was slightly superior to her doubles partner, mainly due to her having a howitzer like weapon in her forehand.

World Tennis-p 24 of July 1961 issue--Her daintiness belies the fury of her forehand
In 1960 Reynolds became the only South African to reach the final at Wimbledon. After a tough opening set she easily went down to #1 seed and defending champion Maria Bueno 8-6 6-0. Reynolds came close the next year, making the semifinals. It was the third year in a row Reynolds made the semis or better.

Married in 1961 to Lowell Price, motherhood beckoned. When she hug her racquets Mrs Price had competed in only 18 majors in singles-making the quarterfinals or better 9 times.

Slam titles

Australian Doubles champion in 1959.
French Doubles champion in 1959 and 1961 to 1963. Mixed winner in 1959.

Last 8 in majors

Australian: QF (1959)
French: SF (1959, 1960)
Wimbledon RU (1960);SF (1959, 1961); QF (1957)
US: QF (1959, 1962)

Significant Singles titles

South African Champion in 1959 and 1961
German Champion from 1960 to 1962
US Clay Court Champion in 1959.

World Top Ten Rankings

1959: #5
1960: #3
1961: #5
1962: #6

Sandra Reynolds in 1961 at Wimbledon



Sources:

The South African Tennis Twins (A Blast Thread)

The South African Tennis Twins

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

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SCHUURMAN, RENÉE
South Africa
Born 26 October 1939 in Durban, Natal, South Africa
Died 30 May 2001 in Howick, South Africa
Married (1) Peter Haygarth, 29 May, 1964
Married (2) Robin Osborne in 1977
Nickname: "The Tennis Twins" (with doubles partner Sandra Reynolds)
[Active 1960-1963]

6 time winner of doubles or mixed doubles in the majors.

Best known as the half of a solid doubles team with Sandra Reynolds, she was a force in singles too, possessing an especially potent backhand.

Slam titles


Australian Doubles champion in 1959.
French Doubles champion in 1959 and 1961 to 1963. Mixed winner in 1962.

Last 8 in majors

Australian RU (1959)
French SF (1962) QF (1960)
Wimbledon SF (1961) QF (1960, 1962-1963)

Significant Singles titles

1962 British Hard Court
1963 German Champiomships

World Top Ten Rankings

1960: #10
1961: #9
1962: #9
1963: #8




Sources:

The South African Tennis Twins (A Blast Thread)
The South African Tennis Twins

Lawn Tennis Encyclopedia. (1969) By Maurice Brady. Page 34.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Schuurman

http://www.natalia.org.za/Files/31/N...20Haygarth.pdf [obituary]
 

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http://www.natalia.org.za/Files/31/Natalia v31 obituaries Haygarth.pdf

Renee Haygarth (nee Schuurman) (1939-2001)

Renee Schuurman (61), one half of the famous South African Tennis Twins, died in her home at Amberglen, Howick at the end of May after a 12*
year fight with cancer.

At her bed when she died was her former play*ing partner and close friend, Sandra Reynolds, who had travelled up from Port Elizabeth to be with
her.

Reynolds and Schuurman, later to become Price and Haygarth respectively, repeatedly made world headlines in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Two of the most popular players on the international circuit for nearly a decade, they took the South African women's doubles title three times, the French Open crown on three occasions and were runners-up at Wimbledon in 1960 and 1962.

Schuurman took the French doubles a fourth time with English player Ann Jones. She reached the singles semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1961 and advanced to the quarter-finals on three occasions. She added the Australian doubles title to her list in 1959 when she was also the runner-up in
the singles event.

She went into tennis coaching at the end of her playing career and spent over 25 years helping budding young players while also assisting the Natal
squads.

Sandra Price said her friend 'fought the bravest of battles for 12 years.' 'We trav*elled overseas together six times and have remained the closest of friends since our playing days. I am in awe of her courage. She was someone special, the most compas*sionate of people and an incredible example
to us all.'

Renee, a widow, leaves four children, one of whom, Brent Haygarth, had to fly back for the funeral from Paris where he was playing in the French
Open.

John Bishop

Natalia 31 (2001) (reprinted from the Natal Witness)
 

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1961 at Wimbledon

South Africans must have been on tenterhooks in late June and early July. There were two Springboks in the Wimbledon semifinals!

Renee Schuurman came next against Christine Truman.
Sandra Reynolds was to face Angela Mortimer

Renee was lucky to get to the semis, having survived a match point to defeat Karen Hantze in the quarterfinals.

High as excitement ran, people at home couldn't plop down in front of a telly, as television didn't exist in South Africa until 1976.

In the first semi Christine simply overpowered Schuurman by a score of 6-4 6-4.

Mortimer takes up the encounter vs Reynolds in her book My Waiting Game:

"To fight my way to the final I had to beat Sandra Reynolds, the brilliant, lithe, South African player." (p 169)

From page 170:

"Sandra and I played a tough game. It only ran to two sets, but I did more running than in three sets vs Christine. Sandra hits a very hard forehand, but slices her backhand. She was feeding me with a tremendous variety of pace throughout the match."

Sandra twice had a point for a 5-2 lead, but missed both times by mere inches. Angela dug in and directed every ball she could to the backhand, dragging out rallies. Sandra's forehand finally lost its sting but she fought on grimly-six times having a point to tie it at 10 all. When Mort won the set 11-9 the partisan crowd erupted in cheers.

Soon after it was all over at 11-9 6-3. The South African dream of a Wimbledon final was no more.


World Tennis wrote:
The South African girls have contributed so much to the game these past six years by their grace and charming femininity that it was sad to see them lose, especially when we realized we will not see Sandra again.She plan to retire after her marriage in the Autumn.
Sandra changed her mind, as she toured two more years after her marriage before having children.
 

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Nice article! South Africa has been blessed with so many excellent female players from the 1920s until about the end of the 1970s, it's good to give them some attention.

From Tennis - The South African Story:

"No doubles pair has been more popular in this country, possibly anywhere, than Sandra Reynolds and Renee Schuurman, and more than one provincial secretary used to say: "Give us Sandra and Renee, nobody else, and we'll have capacity crowds every day of the tournament." In the light of their extraordinary and lasting popularity, it is surprising to recall that they had a relatively brief period of top-class tennis before marriage claimed them. During that time they won the South African championship three times, the French title as often and they were runner-up at Wimbledon twice." (p.22)

"Destined to never win a South African singles title despite reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1961 and several other international tournaments , Miss Schuurman was one half of the famous SA "Tennis Twins" who repeatedly made world headlines in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Renee Schuurman and Bloemfontein's Sandra Reynolds were two of the most popular players in world tennis for nearly a decade..." (p.109)
 

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"No doubles pair has been more popular in this country, possibly anywhere, than Sandra Reynolds and Renee Schuurman, and more than one provincial secretary used to say: "Give us Sandra and Renee, nobody else, and we'll have capacity crowds every day of the tournament."
Love that quote Wolbo!

Thanks for posting:)

We have so little on "The Twins", every new nugget of information is wonderful to have.
 

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Is the 30 May 2001 death date for Renée Schuurman based on a separate source or a translation of the obituary's mention of 'at the end of May'?
 

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Is the 30 May 2001 death date for Renée Schuurman based on a separate source or a translation of the obituary's mention of 'at the end of May'?
A separate source, though I am hard put to tell you what it was after so many years. There is a South African Death database-and I also think the South African ITF also put out a notice at the time.
 
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