Maureen Connolly
MAUREEN CONNOLLY

U. S. A.
Born 17/9/1934 Died 21/6/1969
Australian Open 1953
French Open 1953,1954
Wimbledon 1952,1953,1954
US Open 1951,1952,1953

Maureen Connolly, 'Little Mo' as she was known, won every Grand Slam event she entered in a brief career. Connolly hit the ball hard from the baseline and even the greats of her era (Hart, Brough and duPont) were at a loss to know how to beat her. Connolly began by winning the U. S. Open in 1951 when she was just 16 years old, beating Doris Hart in the semis and Shirley Fry in a tough final. The following year she won Wimbledon (over Thelma Long, Fry and Louise Brough) and the U. S. (beating Fry and Hart). In 1953 she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam events in the same year (beating Hart in the French, Wimbledon and U. S. finals). In 1954 she won the French Open (over Ginette Bucaille) and Wimbledon (over Margaret Osborne-duPont and Brough). Then a severe leg injury caused by a horse riding accident ended her career before her 20th birthday. She died of cancer in 1969.


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