Alice Marble
ALICE MARBLE

U. S. A.
Born 28/9/1913 Died 13/12/1990
Wimbledon 1939
US Open 1936,1938,1939,1940

Alice Marble was one of the first women with a big serve-volley game. Her serve was one of the best seen up until that time. Marble was a Californian. She suffered from pleurisy in her early twenties but fought back to become a champion. She won the US in 1936, beating Helen Jacobs in a tough final. At Wimbledon 1937 she lost in the semis to Jadwiga Jedrzejowska. At the US Open she lost surprisingly in the quarters to Dorothy Bundy. At Wimbledon 1938 she lost in the semis to Helen Jacobs. She won the US over Nancye Wynne. At Wimbledon 1939 she beat Hilde Sperling and Kay Stammers to take the title. At the US she beat Jacobs in a tough final. She beat Jacobs rather more easily in the final in 1940 to take her fourth and last US title. She then turned pro but, like all the women who turned pro before open tennis, did not make much money from the game.

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