Varner Bloss (b. 1927)
is a former athlete, excelling in badminton, tennis and squash. She is the only
person to ever represent the US at international level in all three sports.
She won several
titles in all three sports, including the US Singles in Badminton in 1955 and four
consecutive national squash titles. She was inducted into several US halls of
fame for her proficiency in sport.
Ellen Roosevelt (1868-1954) was a professional tennis player. She won three Grand
Slam titles in her career, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Her first win was at the 1890 US
Championships, where she defeated the previous champion. The same year, she won
the doubles title along with her sister Grace – the first pair of sisters to
win the US Championships, and the only one until the Williams sisters achieved
the same in 1999.
Mary Joe Fernández (b. 1971) is a professional tennis player. She won two Grand Slam
titles and two Olympic gold medals in doubles, and has been the runner-up in
three Grand Slam tournaments in singles.
She turned professional in 1986 and won her
first title in 1989. She peaked at World No. 4 in both singles and doubles, in
1990 and 1991 respectively. After retirement, she was the coach for the 2012
Olympic tennis team.
Evonne Gollagong (b. 1951) is a retired Australian player, a former No. 1. She was
one of the best players in the world during the 1970s and 1980s.
By the end of her career, she had won 82
singles titles and fourteen Grand Slam titles. She played a total of eighteen
Grand Slam finals, a record for any player, male or female. Since 1997, she has
been a Sports Ambassador for Aboriginal communities, encouraging Aboriginal
children to participate in competitive sports and continue their education.
(b. 1980) is a wheelchair tennis player, currently the highest ranked
female athlete in this sport in Britain. She was one of the first British
players to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport, alongside her doubles
partner Jordanne Whiley.
She played badminton professionally until she had an accident that left
her paralysed at the age of 21. In 2013 she became the first Wheelchair Tennis
Player from the UK to compete in all the four major Grand Slams of the year,
also reaching her peak position of World No. 5.
Margaret Osborne duPont (1918-2012) was a tennis
player ranked as World No. 1 in 1947. She won 37 Grand Slam titles throughout
her career, out of which a record-setting 25 were US Championships.
Her titles included six singles, 21 doubles and
10 mixed doubles. She was runner-up in 14 additional competitions. Her number of
wins places her fourth on the all-time list.
(b. 1965) is a
former Czech tennis player. Her highest WTA ranking was No. 4 in singles and
No. 1 in doubles, and she won a total of 79 titles in singles or doubles.
She turned professional in 1981 and has won
14 Grand Slam doubles titles over the years. After retiring, she established
the International Lawn Tennis Club of the Czech Republic and acted as its
president. In addition to her sports career, she has a PhD in psychology and
has worked for mental health within the sports community.
Billie Jean King (b. 1943) is a legend in the world
of tennis. A former World No. 1, she has won 39 Grand Slam titles throughout
her career of almost four decades.
She is perhaps best known for the famous
‘Battle of the Sexes’, the tennis match that she won against male former No. 1
Bobby Riggs. She is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the
Women’s Sports Foundation, and is seen by many as one of the greatest tennis
players of all time.
Ann Jones (b. 1938) was a British sportswoman, a champion
in table tennis and lawn tennis. She won 8 Grand Slam championships throughout
most notable wins were the 1961 French Championships and the Wimbledon girl’s
single championship. Her highest ranking was World No. 2 in 1967 and 1969. She
also served as the chairwoman of the International Women’s Tennis Council.
(1905-1998) was a successful American tennis player. She held the top
position in her sport for a total of nine (some non-consecutive years).
She won 31 Grand Slam tournament titles throughout her career, including
a record-breaking eight at Wimbledon. In 1924, she obtained two gold medals at
the Olympic Games. Even when she did not win, she reached the final of every
Grand Slam tournament she played except for two.