Nancye Wynne Bolton
NANCYE WYNNE BOLTON

Australia
Born 10/6/1917 Died 9/11/2001
Australian Open 1937,1940,1946,1947,1948,1951

Nancye Wynne had a strong serve and an unreadable forehand drive which was brilliant but erratic. As an 18 year old she reached the Australian final beating arch rival Thelma Coyne-Long before losing to Joan Hartigan in the final. She was only 19 when she won her first Grand Slam title at the 1937 Australian. She beat Coyne-Long in the semis. In the final she beat Emily Westacott from 4-2 down in the final set. In 1940 Wynne took her second title beating Coyne-Long in the final. Wynne married but her husband died during the war leaving her to manage alone with their baby daughter. She won the first three post-war Australian championships without breaking sweat. Then she lost to Doris Hart the next two years. With Hart absent, Wynne took her sixth and last Australian title in 1951, beating old rival Coyne-Long in the final. Wynne achieved some success overseas. She lost in the 1938 US final to Alice Marble. In the 1947 US semis she lost to Louise Brough 7-5 final set having led 5-2 40-0 in the final set. Although she was a class above the other Australian players, she struggled to beat overseas greats Hart, Brough, Connolly and Osborne duPont. After retirement Bolton became a coach and also became a fine golfer.

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