Bernice Carr Vukovich

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Bernice Carr Vukovich (née Car) (born 12 January 1938) is a retired South African tennis player from South Africa of Croatian origin. Her father was a Croat immigrant from the peninsula of Pelješac.[1]

Bernice Carr Vukovich
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Born (1938-01-12) 12 January 1938 (age 83)
Turned pro1954
Retired1969
Singles
Career titles17 ITF
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1965)
French Open3R (1958)
Wimbledon4R (1958)
US OpenQF (1960)
Doubles
Career titles5 ITF
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1965)
French OpenQF (1958)
Wimbledon3R (1962)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (1960)
Wimbledon4R (1960)

Vukovich completed her secondary education at End Street Convent (Holy Family order), matriculating in 1955. She was South African junior tennis champion in 1954 and 1955.[1] After she began to compete in senior tennis, she won 1958 and 1960 South African championship,[1] and she was the runner-up in 1959. In 1958, she beat Heather Brewer-Segal with 3–6, 7–5, 6–4. In 1959, she lost the title in a match against Sandra Reynolds, losing 6–0, 8–6. In 1960, she regained the title, beating Sandra Reynolds with 6–1, 2–6, 12–10.

In 1965 Bernice Vukovich beat Luisa Bassi (Italy) 7–5,6–0 to win the International lawn tennis tournament in Palermo, Sicily.

She played many international matches.[1] She competed in 1965 Federation Cup quarterfinals, playing for South Africa against Great Britain. She lost both matches. In singles, she lost to Christine Janes, and in doubles, she played with Annette Du Plooy and lost against Ann Haydon and Deidre Keller.[2]

In the 1960 US Championships, she defeated Billie Jean Moffitt in the third round. Vukovich was seeded seventh in this tournament.

ITF FinalsEdit

Legend
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (17–8)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 19 May 1956 Paddington, United Kingdom Hard   Sandra Reynolds 6-3, 0-6, 4-6
Winner 2. 17 November 1956 Benoni, South Africa Hard   Estelle van Tonder 6-2, 6-3
Runner-up 3. 1 December 1956 East London, South Africa Hard   Beryl Bartlett 8-10, 6-1, 1-6
Runner-up 4. 1 January 1957 Port Elizabeth, South Africa Hard   Heather Brewer-Segal 2-6, 2-6
Runner-up 5. 12 January 1957 Cape Town, South Africa Hard   Daphne Seeney 3-6, 5-7
Winner 6. 7 October 1957 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Jean Forbes 3-6 6-3 6-2
Runner-up 7. 12 January 1958 East London, South Africa Hard   Gwendy Love 4-6 6-4 4-6
Winner 8. 4 April 1958 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Heather Brewer-Segal 3-6 7-5 6-4
Winner 9. 21 June 1958 London, United Kingdom Grass   Margaret Varner 6-4 5-7 8-6
Winner 10. 20 September 1958 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Estelle van Tonder 6-3 6-1
Winner 11. 3 January 1959 East London, South Africa Hard   Dora Kilian 2-6 6-3 6-4
Winner 12. 1 March 1959 Bloemfontein, South Africa Clay   Estelle van Tonder 6-1, 6-2
Runner-up 13. 29 March 1959 Johannesburg, South Africa Clay   Sandra Reynolds 0-6, 6-8
Winner 14. 26 July 1959 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Hard   Dora Kilian 6-3 6-8 6-1
Winner 15. 19 September 1959 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Joan Cross 6-3, 6-1
Winner 16. 2 January 1960 East London, South Africa Hard   Valerie Forbes 6-3 6-3
Runner-up 17. 9 January 1960 Cape Town, South Africa Hard   Sandra Reynolds 4-6, 4-6
Winner 18. 18 April 1960 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Sandra Reynolds 6-1 2-6 12-10
Winner 19. 1 May 1960 Palermo, Italy Clay   Jan Lehane 6-4, 6-3
Winner 20. 3 July 1960 Berlin, West Germany Clay   Edda Buding 12-10, 6-4
Runner-up 21. 16 July 1960 Newport, Wales, United Kingdom Grass   Angela Mortimer 9-11, 3-6
Winner 22. 31 July 1960 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Renée Schuurman 6-0, 6-1
Winner 23. 26 December 1960 East London, South Africa Hard   Valerie Forbes 6-3, 6-3
Winner 24. 5 September 1964 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Heather Brewer-Segal 7-5, 9-7
Winner 25. 19 April 1965 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Jean Forbes 6-4, 7-5

Doubles (5–15)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 7 January 1955 Port Elizabeth, South Africa Hard   Lucille van der Westhuizen   Dora Kilian
  Leonie Vermaak
1–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 14 July 1956 Sunderland, United Kingdom Grass   Merrill Hammill   Rosemary Bulleid
  Georgie Woodgate
W/O
Runner-up 3. 17 November 1956 Benoni, South Africa Hard   Merrill Hammill   Lynette Hutchings
  Yvonne van der Linde
2-6, 6-3, 2-6
Runner-up 4. 12 January 1957 Cape Town, South Africa Hard   Merrill Hammill   Daphne Seeney
  Valerie Forbes
8-10, 0-6
Runner-up 5. 7 October 1957 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Estelle Van Tonder   Beryl Bartlett
  Joan Scott
2-6, 0-6
Runner-up 6. 14 June 1958 Beckenham, United Kingdom Grass   Jean Forbes   Sonia Cox
  Ruia Morrison
1-6, 3-6
Runner-up 7. 20 September 1958 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Estelle van Tonder   Beryl Bartlett
  Joan Scott
2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 8. 3 January 1959 East London, South Africa Hard   Estelle van Tonder   Beryl Bartlett
  Dora Kilian
0-6, 0-6
Runner-up 9. 2 January 1960 East London, South Africa Hard   Peggy Pentelow   Jean Forbes
  Valerie Forbes
3-6 4-6
Runner-up 10. 9 January 1960 Cape Town, South Africa Hard   Heather Brewer-Segal   Sandra Reynolds
  Renee Schuurman
5-7, 1-6
Runner-up 11. 18 April 1960 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Heather Brewer-Segal   Sandra Reynolds
  Renee Schuurman
11-13, 9-7, 1-6
Winner 12. 4 June 1960 Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass   Maria Bueno   Ann Haydon
  Angela Mortimer
6-3 7-5
Runner-up 13. 11 June 1960 Bristol, United Kingdom Grass   Gwyn Thomas   Sandra Reynolds
  Renee Schuurman
5-7, 3-6
Winner 14. 16 July 1960 Newport, Wales, United Kingdom Grass   Angela Mortimer   Rita Bentley
  Jill Rook Mills
6-1, 6-1
Runner-up 15. 31 July 1960 Hilversum, Netherlands Clay   Renée Schuurman   Margaret Hunt
  Lynette Hutchings
6-4 4-6 5-7
Runner-up 16. 16 September 1961 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Valerie Forbes   Annette Van Zyl
  Joan Cross
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 17. 29 September 1962 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Estelle van Tonder   Beryl Bartlett
  Jean Forbes
1-6, 7-5, 4-6
Runner-up 18. 15 April 1963 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Marlene Gerson   Margaret Hunt
  Annette Van Zyl
2-6, 7-9
Winner 19. 6 February 1965 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Christine Truman   Sandra Reynolds
  Heather Brewer-Segal
2-6 6-1 6-4
Winner 20. 19 April 1965 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Marlene Gerson   Jean Forbes
  Valerie Forbes
7-5 7-5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Geni.com Early Croatian Settlers in South Africa]
  2. ^ "South Africa v Great Britain". fedcup.com.

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