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Beryl Penrose (born 22 December 1930) is an Australian former international tennis player. She competed in the Australian Open eight times, from 1950 to 1957. Penrose won the singles title in 1955 defeating compatriot Thelma Coyne Long in the final in straight sets.[1]

Beryl Penrose
Full nameBeryl Penrose Collier
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1930-12-22) 22 December 1930 (age 88)
Sydney, Australia
PlaysRight–handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 5 (1955, Lance Tingay)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1955)
French OpenQF (1955)
WimbledonQF (1955)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1954, 1955)
French OpenSF (1955)
Wimbledon3R (1955)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1956)
French OpenSF (1952, 1955)
WimbledonSF (1955)

In January 1948 she won the Australian girls singles title.[2] In July 1952 she won the singles title at the Welsh Championship.[3]

Her best results came in 1955, aged 24, when in addition to her Australian success, she reached the quarter-finals at the French and Wimbledon Championships. While overseas, Penrose reached four finals including winning the German Championships.

She was rated as high as 5th in the world in the 1955 tennis rankings.

In 2017, she was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.[4] Her grandson, James Duckworth, is an Australian tennis professional.[5]

Contents

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1955 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long 6–4, 6–3

Doubles (2 titles)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1954 Australian Championships Grass   Mary Bevis Hawton   Julia Wipplinger
  Hazel Redick-Smith
6–3, 8–6
Winner 1955 Australian Championships Grass   Mary Bevis Hawton   Nell Hall Hopman
  Gwen Thiele
7–5, 6–1

Mixed doubles (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1955 Australian Championships Grass   Neale Fraser   Mary Bevis Hawton
  Roy Emerson
6–2, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beryl Penrose at australianopen.com
  2. ^ "Beryl Penrose is Girls' Tennis Star". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia. 26 January 1948. p. 8.
  3. ^ "TITLE TO MISS PENROSE". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 19 July 1952. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Player profiles – Beryl (Penrose) Collier". www.tennis.com.au. Tennis Australia.
  5. ^ "Player profiles – James Duckworth". www.tennis.com.au. Tennis Australia.