Nancye Wynne Bolton

Nancye Wynne Bolton (née Wynne; 2 December 1916 – 9 November 2001) was a tennis player from Australia. She won the women's singles title six times at the Australian Championships, third only to Margaret Court's and Serena Williams' 11 and 7 titles respectively. Bolton won 20 titles at the Australian Championships, second only to Court's 23 titles.

Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton 1938.jpg
Country (sports) Australia
Born(1916-12-02)2 December 1916
Melbourne, Australia
Died9 November 2001(2001-11-09) (aged 84)
Melbourne, Australia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PlaysRight-handed
Int. Tennis HoF2006 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1937, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951)
French Open3R (1938)
WimbledonQF (1947)
US OpenF (1938)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1940, 1946, 1947, 1948)
French OpenF (1938)
WimbledonF (1947, 1951)
Thelma Coyne (l) and Nancye Wynne (r) in Adelaide (1938)

According to Wallis Myers and John Orloff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bolton was ranked in the world top ten in 1938, 1947, and 1948 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of World No. 4 in those rankings in 1947 and 1948.[1] According to Ned Potter of American Lawn Tennis magazine, Bolton was the second ranked player in 1947, behind Louise Brough.

She married George Bolton on 6 July 1940.[2] He was a RAAF pilot and was killed in May 1942 during a raid on Germany.[3]

Bolton was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (6 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1936 Australian Championships Grass   Joan Hartigan 4–6, 4–6
Win 1937 Australian Championships Grass   Emily Hood Westacott 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Loss 1938 US Championships Grass   Alice Marble 0–6, 3–6
Win 1940 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long 5–7, 6–4, 6–0
Win 1946 Australian Championships Grass   Joyce Fitch 6–4, 6–4
Win 1947 Australian Championships Grass   Nell Hall Hopman 6–3, 6–2
Win 1948 Australian Championships Grass   Marie Toomey 6–3, 6–1
Loss 1949 Australian Championships Grass   Doris Hart 3–6, 4–6
Win 1951 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long 6–1, 7–5

Doubles: 12 (10 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1936 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   May Blik
  Katherine Woodward
6–2, 6–4
Win 1937 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Nell Hall Hopman
  Emily Hood Westacott
6–2, 6–2
Win 1938 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Dorothy Bundy Cheney
  Dorothy Workman
9–7, 6–4
Win 1939 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   May Hardcastle
  Nell Hall Hopman
7–5, 6–4
Win 1940 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Joan Hartigan
  Emily Niemayer
7–5, 6–2
Loss 1946 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Joyce Fitch
  Mary Bevis Hawton
7–9, 4–6
Win 1947 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Joyce Fitch
  Mary Bevis Hawton
6–3, 6–3
Win 1948 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Pat Jones
  Mary Bevis Hawton
6–3, 6–3
Win 1949 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Doris Hart
  Marie Toomey
6–0, 6–1
Loss 1950 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Louise Brough
  Doris Hart
2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Win 1951 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Joyce Fitch
  Mary Bevis Hawton
6–2, 6–1
Win 1952 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Allison Burton Baker
  Mary Bevis Hawton
6–1, 6–1

Mixed doubles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1938 French Championships Clay   Christian Boussus   Simonne Mathieu
  Dragutin Mitić
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1938 Australian Championships Grass   Colin Long   Margaret Wilson
  John Bromwich
3–6, 2–6
Win 1940 Australian Championships Grass   Colin Long   Nell Hall Hopman
  Harry Hopman
7–5, 2–6, 6–4
Win 1946 Australian Championships Grass   Colin Long   Joyce Fitch
  John Bromwich
6–0, 6–4
Loss 1947 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Colin Long   Louise Brough
  John Bromwich
6–1, 4–6, 2–6
Win 1947 Australian Championships Grass   Colin Long   Joyce Fitch
  John Bromwich
6–3, 6–3
Win 1948 Australian Championships Grass   Colin Long   Thelma Coyne Long
  Bill Sidwell
7–5, 4–6, 8–6
Loss 1951 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Mervyn Rose   Doris Hart
  Frank Sedgman
5–7, 2–6

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 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 – 1944 1945 1946[a] 1947[a] 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 SR W–L Win %
Australian Championships 2R F W SF 2R W NH NH W W W F SF W SF 6 / 13 44–7 86.3
French Championships A A A 3R A NH R[b] A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50.0
Wimbledon A A A 4R A NH NH NH A QF A A A 3R A 0 / 3 7–3 70.0
U.S. Championships A A A F A A A A A SF A A A A A 0 / 2 7–2 77.8
Win–Loss 1–1 4–1 4–0 10–4 0–1 4–0 5–0 11–2 4–0 3–1 3–1 7–1 3–1 6 / 19 59–13 81.9

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.
  2. ^ Tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 702. ISBN 978-0-942257-41-0.
  2. ^ "Married in Melbourne". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 8 July 1940. p. 4.
  3. ^ "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52864". Aviation Safety Network (ASN).

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