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Mary Kendall Browne (June 3, 1891 – August 19, 1971) was an American professional tennis player and an amateur golfer. She was born in Ventura County, California, United States.

Mary Browne
Mary Browne.jpg
Full nameMary Kendall Browne
Country (sports) United States
Born(1891-06-03)June 3, 1891
Ventura County, California, U.S.
DiedAugust 19, 1971(1971-08-19) (aged 80)
Laguna Hills, U.S.
Height5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
PlaysRight-handed
Int. Tennis HoF1957 (member page)
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 1 (U.S. Singles Ranking)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenF (1926)
US OpenW (1912, 1913, 1914)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1926)
US OpenW (1912, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1925)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1926)
US OpenW (1912, 1913, 1914, 1921)

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BiographyEdit

According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Browne was ranked in the world top 10 in 1921 (when the rankings began), 1924, and 1926, reaching a career high of world no. 3 in those rankings in 1921.[1] Browne was included in the year-end top 10 rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association in 1913 (when the rankings began), 1914, 1921, 1924, and 1925. She was the top-ranked U.S. player in 1914.[2]

She took part in the 1925 and 1926 editions of the Wightman Cup, an annual women's team tennis competition between the United States and Great Britain.

Browne was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1957.

Browne had been playing golf for only a few years when at the 1924 U.S. Women's Amateur, she was runner-up to champion Dorothy Campbell Hurd.

Grand Slam recordEdit

  • French Championships
    • Singles runner-up: 1926
  • Wimbledon
    • Women's Doubles champion': 1926
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1926
  • U.S. Championships
    • Singles champion: 1912, 1913, 1914
    • Singles runner-up: 1921
    • Women's Doubles champion: 1912, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1925
    • Women's Doubles runner-up: 1926
    • Mixed Doubles champion: 1912, 1913, 1914, 1921

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (3 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass   Eleonora Sears 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1913 U.S. National Championships Grass   Dorothy Green 6–2, 7–5
Winner 1914 U.S. National Championships Grass   Marie Wagner 6–2, 1–6, 6–1
Runner-up 1921 U.S. National Championships Grass   Molla Mallory 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1926 French Championships Clay   Suzanne Lenglen 1–6, 0–6

Doubles (6 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass   Dorothy Green   Maud Barger-Wallach
  Mrs. Frederick Schmitz
6–2, 5–7, 6–0
Winner 1913 U.S. National Championships Grass   Louise Riddell Williams   Dorothy Green
  Edna Wildey
12–10, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 1914 U.S. National Championships Grass   Louise Riddell Williams   Louise Raymond
  Edna Wildey
10–8, 6–2
Winner 1921 U.S. National Championships Grass   Louise Riddell Williams   Helen Gilleaudeau
  Mrs. L.G. Morris
6–3, 6–2
Winner 1925 U.S. National Championships Grass   Helen Wills   May Sutton Bundy
  Elizabeth Ryan
6–4, 6–3
Winner 1926 Wimbledon Grass   Elizabeth Ryan   Evelyn Colyer
  Kitty McKane Godfree
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1926 U.S. National Championships Grass   Charlotte Chapin   Eleanor Goss
  Elizabeth Ryan
6–3, 4–6, 10–12

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(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 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 Career SR
Australian Championships NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A 0 / 0
French Championships1 A A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A NH A F 0 / 1
Wimbledon A A A NH NH NH NH A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1
U.S. Championships W W W A A A A A A F A A SF 3R SF 3 / 7
SR 1 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 3 / 9

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 that tournament are shown here from 1912 through 1914 and from 1920 through 1923. 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ United States Tennis Association (1988). 1988 Official USTA Tennis Yearbook. Lynn, Massachusetts: H.O. Zimman, Inc. p. 260.

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