Helen Antoinette Pedersen (July 16, 1916 – July 5, 1998) was an American amateur tennis player. She competed as Helen Rihbany in the 1940s from her marriage to Edward H. Rihbany and was later married to William McLaughlin.[1][2]

Helen Pedersen
Full nameHelen Antoinette Pedersen
Country (sports) United States
Born(1916-07-16)July 16, 1916
Stamford, Connecticut
DiedJuly 5, 1998(1998-07-05) (aged 81)
Barnstable, Massachusetts
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Grand Slam singles results
French OpenQF (1948, 1949)
WimbledonSF (1949)
US OpenSF (1936)
Doubles
Grand Slam doubles results
French OpenSF (1948)
WimbledonSF (1948, 1949)

Pedersen, raised in Stamford, Connecticut, was national junior champion in 1934 and made the semi-finals of the 1936 U.S. National Championships.[2] She won the singles title at the U.S. Women's Indoor Championships in 1945 and 1946.[2] In 1949 she made the singles semi-finals at Wimbledon and was also a quarter-finalist at the French Championships.[3] During her career she was regularly ranked in the national top 10.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ "Helen A. Pedersen Engaged to Marry". The New York Times. December 11, 1940. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Helen Pederson Rihbany McLaughlin, 81". Cape Cod Times. July 29, 1998. Archived from the original on October 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Brown and Sidwell Defeated". Lithgow Mercury. July 1, 1949. p. 1 (City Edition). Retrieved January 8, 2022 – via National Library of Australia.