Shirley Fry
SHIRLEY FRY

U. S. A.
Born 30/6/1927
Australian Open 1957
French Open 1951
Wimbledon 1956
US Open 1956

Shirley Fry, from Ohio, had a solid all round game that helped her win a career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles. As a fifteen year old she reached the quarters of the US, where she lost to eventual winner Pauline Betz. She lost to Margaret Osborne in the quarters two years later. At the French in 1948, Fry beat Doris Hart in an epic semi final 11-9 in the third set before losing to Nelly Adamson-Landry in the final. At the US in 1950 she lost in the quarters to Doris Hart. At the 1951 French Open Fry beat Osborne and Hart to take the title. Fry beat Louise Brough in the semis at Wimbledon but lost to Hart easily in the final. At the US she lost in the final to Maureen Connolly, but took a set off her. She was runner up to Hart in the 1952 French Open and lost in the semis of Wimbledon to Connolly. She again took a set off Connolly in the semis of the US in 1952. Hart beat her in the semis of the 1953 French and Connolly beat her in the semis of Wimbledon. Then she beat Osborne duPont before being thrashed by Connolly in the semis of the US. In 1954 she lost in the US semis to Hart. In 1956 Fry beat Althea Gibson, Brough and Angela Buxton to win her first Wimbledon title. Then she beat Osborne, Shirley Bloomer and Gibson to win her first US title. She beat Gibson to win the Australian title in 1957 to complete her set of Grand Slam titles. That seemed to satisfy her and she did nothing of note after that.

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