Susan Partridge (tennis)

Joan Susan Vernon Partridge (12 September 1930 – 4 December 1999) was a British tennis player.[1]

Susan Partridge
Full nameJoan Susan Vernon Partridge
Country (sports) Great Britain
Born(1930-09-12)12 September 1930
Wellington, Shropshire,
Died4 December 1999(1999-12-04) (aged 69)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine
Grand Slam singles results
French OpenQF (1953)
Wimbledon4R (1952, 1955)
Grand Slam doubles results
French OpenQF (1955)
WimbledonSF (1952)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
French Open3R (1952)
Wimbledon4R (1952, 1957, 1958, 1960)


Partridge, born in Shropshire, was the junior Wimbledon runner-up in 1949, before going on to compete with success internationally during the 1950s and 1960s.

A British Wightman Cup player in 1952, Partridge switched to representing France following her 1953 marriage to tennis player Philippe Chatrier, from who she later divorced.[2]

One of her best performances was at the 1952 Wimbledon Championships, where she troubled the second-seeded Maureen Connolly in the round of 16, going down 5–7 in the third set. She also reached the semi-finals of the women's doubles, partnering Jean Rinkel-Quertier.[3]

In 1953, competing as Sue Chatrier, she won France's national championships and was a singles quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, again pushing Connolly to three sets.[4]


  1. ^ "Ranked in France". The West Australian. 14 December 1953. p. 20. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Parson My French! — Says Susan". Singapore Free Press. 4 June 1953. p. 14.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon's Top 8 Still In". The Herald. 28 June 1952. p. 12. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Seixas causes furore". The Argus (Melbourne). 28 May 1953. p. 11. Retrieved 31 December 2021.