Robyn Ebbern

Robyn Ebbern (born 2 July 1944) is an Australian former tennis player who was active in the 1960s.

Robyn Ebbern
Robyn Ebbern 1964.jpg
Ebbern in 1964
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1944-07-02) 2 July 1944 (age 76)
Brisbane, Australia
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 9 (1964)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1961, 1963, 1964)
French OpenQF (1963)
WimbledonQF (1964)
US OpenQF (1964)
Doubles
Career recordno value
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1962, 1963)
French OpenF (1963)
US OpenW (1963)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1965)
French Open3R (1961, 1963, 1964)
Wimbledon3R (1964)
US Open1R (1964)

BiographyEdit

Born in Brisbane, Ebbern and Margaret Smith won the Australian Championships doubles in 1962 and 1963 and the U.S. Championships doubles in 1963. In the same year in the French Championships, they were defeated in the final by Renée Schuurman and Ann Haydon-Jones. In January 1962, she reached the final of the Tasmanian Championships in which she was defeated by Margaret Smith.[1] In July 1963 she won the singles title at the Swiss Championships, played in Gstaad, defeating Lesley Turner in the final in straight sets.[2] In the doubles final, she teamed up with Turner and won against Renée Schuurman and Norma Baylon.[3] In November 1963, she partnered with Smith to win the South Australian doubles title against Turner and Jan Lehane.[4]

In the 1965 Australian Championships mixed doubles, she and Owen Davidson shared the championship with Court and John Newcombe. The final was not played. In 1966, Ebbern and Bill Bowrey were defeated in the final by Judy Tegart and Tony Roche.

According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Ebbern was ranked World No. 9 at year-end in 1964.[5]

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1962 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith   Darlene Hard
  Mary Carter Reitano
6–4, 6–4
Win 1963 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith   Jan Lehane
  Lesley Turner
6–1, 6–3
Loss 1963 French Championships Clay   Margaret Smith   Renée Schuurman
  Ann Haydon-Jones
7–5, 6–4
Win 1963 U.S. Championships Grass   Margaret Smith   Darlene Hard
  Maria Bueno
4–6, 10–8, 6–3
Loss 1964 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith   Judy Tegart
  Lesley Turner
6–4, 6–4
Loss 1965 Australian Championships Grass   Billie Jean Moffitt   Margaret Smith
  Lesley Turner
1–6, 6–2, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1965 Australian Championships Grass   Owen Davidson   Margaret Smith
  John Newcombe

Title shared

Loss 1966 Australian Championships Grass   Bill Bowrey   Judy Tegart
  John Newcombe
1–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Laver Wins Tas. Title". The Canberra Times. 30 January 1962. p. 16 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Ebbern Wins". The Canberra Times. 22 July 1963. p. 20 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Shock Defeat of Emerson". The Canberra Times. 23 July 1963. p. 28 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Australians Take Tennis Title". The Canberra Times. 23 November 1963. p. 44 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ 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.

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