Pauline Betz
PAULINE BETZ

U. S. A.
Born 6/8/1919 Died 31/5/2011
Wimbledon 1946
US Open 1942,1943,1944,1946

Pauline Betz was born in Ohio, but was raised in California. She was very quick around the court. She reached the 1941 US final, beating Margaret Osborne before losing to Sarah Palfrey-Cooke. In 1942 she beat Shirley Fry, Osborne and Louise Brough in a tough final to win her first Grand Slam title. In 1943 she beat Doris Hart in the semis before another tough final win against Brough. In 1944 Betz overcame Brough in straight sets in the semis before a toight two set final win against Osborne in the final. In 1945 she beat Hart before losing a tight final to Palfrey-Cooke. Betz reached the 1946 French final, where she lost to Margaret Osborne duPont in a really tight match 1-6,8-6,7-5. She won Wimbledon in 1946 without dropping a set beating Brough in the final. At the US she beat Hart in the final to win her fourth title. Then Betz was banned from amateur events because she was considering turning pro, another example of an absurd decision by the tennis hierarchy of the time. She failed to make much money from the game as a pro.

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