Betty Hilton

Betty Hilton (born Elizabeth Evelyn Clements, 12 February 1920 – 3 July 2017) was a British tennis player of the post-World War II era. She reached the women's doubles final at the 1949 French Open alongside Joy Gannon. Clements also reached the quarterfinals in singles at the 1946 French Open and the quarterfinals at the 1949 and 1950 Wimbledon Championships.[1]

Betty Hilton
Full nameElizabeth Evelyn Clements
Country (sports)United Kingdom United Kingdom
Born12 February 1920
Died3 July 2017 (aged 97)
Retired1950
Singles
Grand Slam singles results
French OpenQF (1946)
WimbledonQF (1949,1950)
Doubles
Grand Slam doubles results
French OpenF (1949)
WimbledonSF (1947,1949)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
WimbledonQF (1946,1950)

CareerEdit

Clements reached her first singles quarterfinal and doubles semifinal at the 1946 French Championships. In 1947 she reached her first Wimbledon doubles semifinal with partner Jean Bostock falling to Doris Hart and Pat Todd who went on to win the championships.[2] The next year Clements partnered Kay Menzies and reached the third round.[3] Clements partnered Joy Gannon in 1949 at Wimbledon and reached the semifinals for the second time in her career, they lost to Louise Brough and Margarent du Pont.[4][1]

At the 1948 British Hard Court Championships Clements won the women's singles title defeating Pamela Bocquet 6–1, 6–4 in the final.

At the 1949 Scandinavian Indoor Championships Clements won the women's doubles title with Jean Quertier.

In 1949 and 1950 Clements reached consecutive singles quarterfinals at Wimbledon, in 1949 falling to Margaret du Pont and in 1950 falling to Pat Todd.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

Clements married Raymond Hilton on 2 September 1942, he died during WWII. Clements played under the name Hilton until her second marriage to Andrew James Christopher Harrison on 19 June 1950 and Clements briefly played under the name Harrison until she retired later that year.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 19461 19471 1948 1949 1950 SR W-L Win%
Australian Championships A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
French Championships A NH R R R R A QF A A 1R A 0 / 2 4–2 66%
Wimbledon 2R NH NH NH NH NH NH 4R 4R 3R QF QF 0 / 6 17–6 74%
U.S. Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Win–loss 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 7–2 3–1 2–0 4–2 4–0 0 / 8 21–8 72%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 19461 19471 1948 1949 1950 SR W-L Win%
Australian Championships A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
French Championships A NH R R R R A SF A A F A 0 / 2 11–2 85%
Wimbledon 2R NH NH NH NH NH NH 1R SF 3R SF QF 0 / 6 17–6 74%
U.S. Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Win–loss 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–2 5–1 2–0 11–2 4–0 0 / 8 28–8 78%

R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.

1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1949 French Championships Clay  Joy Gannon   Louise Brough
  Margret Osbourne
7–5, 6–1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Player Profile - Betty Harrison". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  2. ^ The Championships 1947 - Ladies Doubles Draw (PDF). All England Lawn Tennis Club.
  3. ^ The Championships 1948 - Ladies Doubles (PDF) All England Lawn Tennis Club
  4. ^ The Championships 1949 - Ladies Doubles (PDF) All England Lawn Tennis Club
  5. ^ The Championships 1949 - Ladies Singles (PDF) All England Lawn Tennis Club
  6. ^ The Championships 1950 - Ladies Singles (PDF) All England Lawn Tennis Club
  7. ^ "Tennis and Marriage". Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1954). 10 July 1950. p. 5. Retrieved 16 October 2019.