Daphne Akhurst
DAPHNE AKHURST

Australia
Born 22/4/1903 Died 9/1/1933
Australian Open 1925,1926,1928,1929,1930

Daphne Akhurst was athletic. She drove the ball hard and low. She was also a talented pianist. In the 1925 Australian final Esne Boyd led 3-1 in the final set but Akhurst fought back to win. The 1926 final was an easier win for Akhurst over Boyd. In 1928 Akhurst beat Boyd in the final once again. Touring overseas in 1928, Akhurst beat Helen Jacobs in the third round of Wimbledon but lost in the semis to Lili de Alvarez. The 1929 Australian final between Akhurst and Louie Bickerton contained many long absorbing baseline rallies and Akhurst won in three sets. Akhurst's final title came in 1930 with a tight final win against Sylvia Lance-Harper. Akhurst then retired and had a child but died suddenly in January 1933 aged 29 leaving a husband and baby son. The Australian womens trophy was named after her.

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