Kea Bouman

Cornelia "Kea" Tiedemann-Bouman (23 November 1903 – 17 November 1998) was a female tennis player from the Netherlands. She won the singles title at the 1927 French Championships, beating Irene Bowder Peacock of South Africa in the final. Bouman was the first, and so far the only, Dutch woman to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Kea Bouman
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Kea Bouman (1929)
Full nameCornelia Bouman
Country (sports) Netherlands
Born(1903-11-23)23 November 1903
Almelo, Netherlands
Died17 November 1998(1998-11-17) (aged 94)
Delden, Netherlands
Highest rankingNo.8 (1928)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenW (1927)
WimbledonQF (1926)
US OpenQF (1927)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenW (1929)
WimbledonQF (1928, 1929)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open3R (1929)
WimbledonQF (1929)

In 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1926 she won the singles title at the Dutch Championships.[1]

Born in Almelo, Bouman is also the first female Dutch athlete to win an Olympic medal, when she teamed with Hendrik Timmer to win bronze in mixed doubles at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.[2]

In October 1927 Bouman won the singles title of the inaugural edition of the Pacific Southwest Tennis Championship, defeating Molla Mallory in the final in three sets. In 1929, Bouman teamed with Spain's Lilí Álvarez to win the women's doubles title at the French Championships.

According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bouman was ranked in the world top 10 in 1927 and 1928, reaching a career high of world no. 8 in those rankings in 1928.[3]

Bouman also was successful in other sports. She was a Dutch champion in golf and played for the national field hockey team. She died in Delden, Netherlands.

On 27 January 1931 she married Ir. Wilhelm Tiedemann in Almelo, and shortly afterwards the couple emigrated to Dutch East Indies where they would live for nine years and where Tiedemann worked as a geologist.[4]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1927 French Championships Clay   Irene Bowder Peacock 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1929 French Championships Clay   Lilí Álvarez   Bobbie Heine
  Alida Neave
7–5, 6–3

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Championships1 A NH A SF W SF 1R 1 / 4
Wimbledon 2R 1R 2R QF 4R 3R 3R 0 / 7
U.S. Championships A A A A QF A A 0 / 1
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 1 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 1 / 12

1Through 1923, the French Championships were open only to French nationals. The World Hard Court Championships (WHCC), actually played on clay in Paris or Brussels, began in 1912 and were open to all nationalities. The results from the 1923 edition of that tournament are shown here. The Olympics replaced the WHCC in 1924, as the Olympics were held in Paris. Beginning in 1925, the French Championships were open to all nationalities, with the results shown here beginning with that year.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Max Robertson, ed. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 208. ISBN 0047960426.
  2. ^ "Kea Bouman". Sports Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.
  4. ^ "Huwelijken 1931, Almelo | 1811-1818 en 1914-heden" (in Dutch). Archief Almelo.

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