A. Louise Brough
A. LOUISE BROUGH

U. S. A.
Born 11/3/1923 Died 3/2/2014
Australian Open 1950
Wimbledon 1948,1949,1950,1955
US Open 1947

Althea Louise Brough was one of the top women players in the decade after the second world war. She was a great volleyer. Her main rivals were Margaret Osborne duPont and Doris Hart, who she seemed to play in every Grand Slam event. At the 1946 French Open Brough beat Hart before losing to Osborne in the semis. At Wimbledon Brough beat Osborne before losing to Pauline Betz in the final. At the 1947 French Open Brough lost to Hart in the semis. At Wimbledon Brough beat Nancy Wynne-Bolton before losing a tough three-setter to Hart in the semis. At the U. S. Open she beat Osborne in the final to take her first U. S. title. At Wimbledon 1948 Brough beat Hart in the final. At the U. S. Open she lost to Osborne du Pont 15-13 in the final set. At Wimbledon 1949 Brough won a tough final 10-8 in the final set against Osborne du Pont. At the U. S. she lost in the semis to Hart. Brough won the 1950 Australian Open with a tough final win against Hart. At the French Open Brough lost to Hart in the semis but gained revenge in the semis at Wimbledon. In the final Brough beat Osborne du Pont to win a hat trick of titles. At Wimbledon 1951 Brough lost in the semis to Shirley Fry. At Wimbledon 1952 Brough lost in the final to Maureen Connolly. At the U. S. Open she lost in the semis to Hart and lost to Hart again in the semis the following year. At Wimbledon 1954 Brough beat Hart in the semis before losing to Connolly in the final. Hart beat her in a tough U. S. final. Brough took her last Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 1955 when she beat Darlene Hard and Beverly Baker-Fletiz to take her fourth title. The following year she lost to Fry in the semis. Brough's last great run in a Grand Slam event came at the U. S. in 1957 where she beat Ann Haydon and Darlene Hard before losing the final to Althea Gibson.

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