Mary Sawyer (tennis)

Mary Sawyer (born 11 June 1957) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.

Mary Sawyer
Full nameMary Sawyer
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1957-06-11) 11 June 1957 (age 62)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1979)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1978, 1979)
Wimbledon2R (1977, 1978)
US Open2R (1979)


Sawyer comes from Perth and is of Irish descent, with her father an immigrant from Ireland.[1] A two-time winner of the Irish Open, Sawyer beat former Wimbledon and US Open champion Maria Bueno in the 1977 final, then won the event again the following year.[1]

Her most notable performance was a semifinal appearance at the 1979 Australian Open. Previously twice a quarter-finalist, she began the tournament with a first round upset over top seed Virginia Ruzici.[2] This was the first occasion that a number one seed had been beaten in the opening round of the women's singles at a grand slam.[3] She then defeated Naoko Sato and seventh seed Janet Newberry, then lost in the semifinals to Sharon Walsh.[4]

After the Australia Open, Sawyer took a break from tennis, which she had planned before her tournament run. She had announced that she wanted to spend more time at home in Perth, having only been there for three-months out of the last five years.[5] The break turned out to be permanent as she never returned to the tour.

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Doubles (0–1)Edit

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss October, 1979 Borden Classic, Japan Colgate Series Carpet   Sue Saliba   Chen Chuan
  Yu Li-Qiao
0–6, 6–7


  1. ^ a b "Sawyer beats Bueno in Irish open". The Canberra Times. ACT, Australia. 11 July 1977. p. 11. Retrieved 10 May 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Sensationally tedious". The Canberra Times. ACT, Australia. 1 January 1980. p. 14. Retrieved 10 May 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "The unlikely five: Angelique Kerber joins dubious list of first-round Slam losers". ABC News. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Guillermo Vilas beats Amaya". The Canberra Times. ACT, Australia. 2 January 1980. p. 30. Retrieved 10 May 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Win or Lose, Mary Wants Rest". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 January 1980. p. 28. Retrieved 10 May 2018.

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