Ann Haydon Jones

Great Britain
Born 7/10/1938
French Open 1961,1966
Wimbledon 1969

Ann Haydon Jones, from Birmingham, was one of several British women who won Grand Slam titles in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Haydon was finalist in the 1957 World Table Tennis Championships and came close to winning. Then she left table tennis behind her and concentrated full time on tennis. She was a semi finalist at the 1957 French (losing to Dorothy Head-Knode). At Wimbledon 1958 Haydon beat Maria Bueno before losing in the semis to Althea Gibson. At the US in 1959 she lost to her compatriot Christine Truman in the semis. She lost in the 1960 Wimbledon semis to Sandra Reynolds. At the French in 1961 Haydon beat Margaret Smith, Suzi Kormoczi and Yola Ramirez to win her first Grand Slam title. At the US she beat her compatriot Angela Mortimer in the semis before losing the final to Darlene Hard. The following year she lost in the French semis to Lesley Turner. At Wimbledon she lost in the semis to Karen Hantze-Susman. At the 1963 French Open Haydon-Jones lost in the final to Turner. She lost in the Wimbledon semis to Billie-Jean Moffitt and the US semis to Bueno 9-7 in the final set. At the French in 1966 Haydon-Jones beat Maria Bueno in a tough semi final before an easy win over Nancy Richey in the final to take her second title. However, at Wimbledon she lost a tough semi to Bueno. She reached the final at Wimbledon and the US in 1967 but lost both to Moffitt-King. Richey beat her in the final in the French in 1968 and Moffitt-King beat her in a tight Wimbledon semi final. At the US she lost in the semis to compatriot Virginia Wade. At the 1969 Australian Haydon-Jones lost in the semis to her nemesis King. At the French Haydon-Jones lost a tight final to Smith-Court. Haydon-Jones gained her revenge over Smith-Court in the semis of Wimbledon. In the final Haydon-Jones overcame Billie-Jean King in three sets to finally win at Wimbledon at the age of 30. She played little after that. After retirement, Haydon Jones remained active in the game as both a coach and a TV commentator.