Doris Hart
DORIS HART

U. S. A.
Born 20/6/1925 Died 29/5/2015
Australian Open 1949
French Open 1950,1952
Wimbledon 1951
US Open 1954,1955

Doris Hart suffered a serious knee infection as a child and faced the prospect of being crippled for life. Her remarkable recovery culminated in six Grand Slam titles in the post war era. She had a good all round game. Her main rivals were Louise Brough and Margaret Osborne duPont. Hart won the Australian in 1949 (over Nancy Wynne-Bolton) and was runner up in 1950 to Brough. At the French Open Hart was runner up to Pat Todd in 1947 and beat Todd in the final in 1950. In 1951 she lost in the French final to Fry and beat Fry in the 1952 final. She lost the following year to Maureen Connolly. At Wimbledon Hart lost to Osborne in the 1947 final and Brough in the 1948 final and finally won the title in 1951 over Fry. She lost to Connolly in the 1953 final. At the U. S. Open Hart lost to Pauline Betz in the 1946 final, Osborne in the 1949 and 1950 finals and Connolly in the 1952 and 1953 finals. Hart finally won the U. S. Open in 1954 in a classic final against Brough and retained her title the following year over Patricia Ward.

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