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Jan Lehane O'Neill OAM (née Lehane; born 9 July 1941) is a former Australian female tennis player. She was the first leading female player with a double-handed backhand.[1]

Jan Lehane
Full nameJan Lehane O'Neill
ITF nameJan O'Neill
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1941-07-09) 9 July 1941 (age 78)
Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia
PlaysRight-handed (double-handed backhand)
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1963)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)
French OpenQF (1960, 1962, 1963, 1964)
WimbledonQF (1962)
US OpenQF (1960, 1961)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1961, 1963)
French OpenSF (1960, 1961, 1962)
WimbledonF (1961)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1960, 1961)
French OpenSF (1961)
Wimbledon4R (1960, 1962)
Team competitions
Fed CupF (1963)

She won the singles title at the New South Wales Championships in 1959 after a three-sets victory in the final against Mary Carter Reitano. In 1960 she successfully defended her title by winning the semifinal against world No. 1 ranked Maria Bueno and the final in straight sets against Margaret Smith.[2]

At the Australian Championships, Lehane reached the singles final four consecutive years (1960–1963) but lost to Margaret Smith each time. She had a similar experience in women's doubles, reaching the final twice (in 1961 with Mary Bevis Hawton and 1963 with Lesley Turner Bowrey) but losing each time to a team that included Smith (with Mary Carter Reitano in 1961 and Robyn Ebbern in 1963).[3] Lehane had more success in the mixed doubles, twice winning the title (in 1960 with Trevor Fancutt and 1961 with Bob Hewitt). However, Mike Sangster and Lehane lost the 1964 mixed doubles final to Smith and Ken Fletcher.

She had an operation on her right knee in January 1965 and did not play any of the Grand Slams that year.[4][5]

She was part of the Australian Fed Cup team that reached the final in 1963 and won all three of her singles rubbers.

According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, O'Neill was ranked in the world top 10 in 1960, 1963, and 1964, reaching a career high of World No. 7 in 1963.[6]

Lehane married James John O'Neill on 19 February 1966.

In 2018, she was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.[7]

On Australia Day 2019, she was awarded an OAM for her service to the sport of tennis.


Contents

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (4 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1960 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 1961 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1962 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith 0–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1963 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: (3 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1961 Australian Championships Grass   Mary Hawton   Mary Carter Reitano
  Margaret Smith
4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 1961 Wimbledon Grass   Margaret Smith   Karen Hantze Susman
  Billie Jean King
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1963 Australian Championships Grass   Lesley Turner Bowrey   Robyn Ebbern
  Margaret Smith
1–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1960 Australian Championships Grass   Trevor Fancutt   Christine Truman
  Martin Mulligan
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1961 Australian Championships Grass   Bob Hewitt   Mary Carter Reitano
  John Pearce
9–7, 6–2
Runner-up 1964 Australian Championships Grass   Mike Sangster   Margaret Smith
  Ken Fletcher
2–6, 3–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Tournament 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 Career SR
Australia 1R SF F F F F SF A 2R 3R A A 3R QF A A 2R A A 2R / A 0 / 13
France A A QF 4R QF QF QF A A 3R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 6
Wimbledon A A 4R 3R 3R QF A A A 4R A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 5
United States A A QF QF 3R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 3
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 27

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December. O'Neill participated only in the January edition.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bud Collins (17 January 2005). "Legends of the court". The Age.
  2. ^ C.M. Jones, ed. (1961). Dawson's International Lawn Tennis Almanac. London: Dawson's of Pall Mall. p. 196.
  3. ^ Peter Bodo (5 January 2014). "Twenty-four majors good?". Tennis.com.
  4. ^ "Jan Lehane to have operation". The Canberra Times. 9 January 1965. p. 26 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Who's Who in A.C.T. Open". The Canberra Times. 2 October 1965. p. 25 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
  7. ^ "Greats of the game at the Happy Slam". www.wtatennis.com. Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

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