F. Angela Mortimer
F. ANGELA MORTIMER

Great Britain
Born 21/4/1932
Australian Open 1958
French Open 1955
Wimbledon 1961

Angela Mortimer, from Plymouth, was the first of Britain's post war womens Grand Slam singles champions. Mortimer was plagued by ill health and was a champion through sheer hard work more than natural ability. Mortimer had solid groundstrokes and was particularly strong on the forehand. In the French final of 1955, Mortimer overcame Dorothy Head-Knode in a titanic struggle 10-8 in the final set to take her first Grand Slam title. The following year she lost in the final to Althea Gibson. In 1958 she won the Australian beating Lorraine Coghlan in straight sets in the final. At Wimbledon Mortimer beat veteran Margaret Osborne-du Pont in an epic quarter final and Suzi Kormoczi in the semis before losing the final to Gibson. In 1961 Mortimer, at 29, faced her much younger compatriot Christine Truman in the Wimbledon final. Mortimer battled back to win the title. At the US Mortimer lost in the semis to her compatriot Ann Haydon. Like Haydon-Jones nearly a decade later, Mortimer played little after finally winning Wimbledon. In 1967 she married TV commentator John Barrett.

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