(June 20, 1925-May 29, 2015)
Born in St. Louis, Missouri
In singles won two US Opens (1954-55), two French Opens (1950,1952), Wimbledon (1951) and the Australian Open (1949)
In doubles, won five French Opens (1948,1950-53), four US Opens (1951-54), four Wimbledons (1947,1951-53) and an Australian Open (1950)
In mixed doubles won five US Opens (1951-55), five Wimbledons (1951-55), three French Opens (1951-53) and two Australian Opens (1949-50)
Ranked #1 in 1951
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1969)
Why she might be annoying
She was bow legged.
Reporters often erroneously claimed that she had overcome a childhood bout of polio. ('I guess it made a better story that way.')
She and opponent Shirley Fry were booed at the 1952 French Open when they arrived late for the finals: 'Imagine over ten thousand people giving you the Bronx cheer!'
She complained about modern tennis, 'There's not really much strategy involved. It's not that appealing to watch.' (2004)
Why she might not be annoying
When she was fifteen months old, she developed osteomyelitis, a bacterial infection of the bone, in her right leg, which was initially misdiagnosed as rheumatism.
When the family doctor correctly diagnosed the disease, he performed an emergency operation without anesthesia on the kitchen table to drain infected pus. (And the press thought polio made for a better story?)
Lingering effects of the infection limited her speed on court, but she made up for it with a strong serve, accurate drop shots, and strategic play.
Due to rain delays screwing up the schedule, she won the Wimbledon singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles titles all on the same day (1951).
She is one of only three players (the others being Margaret Court and Martina Navratrilova) to have a 'boxed set' of Grand Slam titles: every possible title (singles, same-sex doubles, and mixed doubles) in all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Credit: C. Fishel
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