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DAPHNE JESSIE AKHURST ( 22 April 1903 – 9 January 1933) known also by her married name DAPHNE COZENS, was an Australian tennis player.

Akhurst won the women's singles title at the Australian Championships five times between 1925 and 1930. According to Wallis Myers (The Daily Telegraph , Daily Mail
Daily Mail
), she was ranked World No. 3 in 1928.

CONTENTS

* 1 Career * 2 Personal life * 3 Legacy

* 4 Grand Slam finals

* 4.1 Singles: 5 titles * 4.2 Doubles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up) * 4.3 Mixed Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)

* 5 Grand Slam singles tournament timeline * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

CAREER

The second daughter of Oscar James Akhurst, a lithographer, and his wife Jessie Florence (née Smith), Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
won the women's singles title at the Australian Championships five times, in 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, and 1930. She is fourth on the list of most women's singles titles at the Australian Championships; behind only Margaret Court with eleven titles and Nancye Wynne Bolton and Serena Williams with six titles. She won the women's doubles title at the Australian Championships five times: in 1924 and 1925 with Sylvia Lance Harper , in 1928 with Esna Boyd Robertson , and in 1929 and 1931 with Louie Bickerton . She and Marjorie Cox were the runners-up in 1926.

In 1925 she was part of the first Australian women's team to tour Europe and reached the quarterfinal of the singles event at Wimbledon which she lost to Joan Fry . During her second and last European tour in 1928, she reached the singles quarterfinal at the French Championships, in which Cristobel Hardie defeated her, and the semifinal at Wimbledon, which she lost in straight sets to Lili de Alvarez .

Akhurst won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Championships four times: in 1924 and 1925 with Jim Willard , in 1928 with Jean Borotra , and in 1929 with Gar Moon
Gar Moon
. She and Willard were the runners-up in 1926. She and her partner Jack Crawford reached the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon in 1928, but lost to the team of Elizabeth Ryan / Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence
, 7–5, 6–4.

Akhurst won the singles title at the German Championships in 1928 after a three-sets victory in the final against defending champion Cilly Aussem .

PERSONAL LIFE

Akhurst attended the Miss. E. Tildesley's Normanhurst School, followed by the Sydney
Sydney
Conservatorium of Music . On 26 February 1930 at St Philip\'s Church of England , Sydney, Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
married Royston Stuckey Cozens, a tobacco manufacturer, and retired from serious competition soon after winning the Australian ladies' doubles championship in 1931. They had one son, Don. Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens died on 9 January 1933, aged 29, from an ectopic pregnancy and was cremated.

LEGACY

Since 1934 the trophy presented each year to the winner of the women's singles at the Australian Open
Australian Open
is named the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in her honour. She was inducted into the Australian Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame on Australia
Australia
Day (26 January), 2006. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in 2013.

GRAND SLAM FINALS

SINGLES: 5 TITLES

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE

Winner 1925 Australasian Championships Grass Esna Boyd 1–6, 8–6, 6–4

Winner 1926 Australasian Championships Grass Esna Boyd 6–1, 6–3

Winner 1928 Australian Championships Grass Esna Boyd 7–5, 6–2

Winner 1929 Australian Championships Grass Louie Bickerton 6–1, 5–7, 6–2

Winner 1930 Australian Championships Grass Sylvia Lance Harper 10–8, 2–6, 7–5

DOUBLES: 6 (5 TITLES, 1 RUNNER-UP)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE

Winner 1924 Australasian Championships Grass Sylvia Lance Kathleen Le Messurier Meryl O\'Hara Wood 7–5, 6–2

Winner 1925 Australasian Championships Grass Sylvia Lance Harper Esna Boyd Kathleen Le Messurier 6–4, 6–3

Runner-up 1926 Australasian Championships Grass Marjorie Cox Esna Boyd Meryl O\'Hara Wood 3–6, 8–6, 6–8

Winner 1928 Australasian Championships Grass Esna Boyd Kathleen Le Messurier Dorothy Weston 6–3, 6–1

Winner 1929 Australasian Championships Grass Louie Bickerton Sylvia Lance Harper Meryl O\'Hara Wood 6–2, 3–6, 6–2

Winner 1931 Australasian Championships Grass Louie Bickerton Nell Lloyd Lorna Utz 6–0, 6–4

MIXED DOUBLES: 6 (4 TITLES, 2 RUNNERS-UP)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE

Winner 1924 Australasian Championships Grass James Willard Esna Boyd Garton Hone 6–3, 6–4

Winner 1925 Australasian Championships Grass James Willard Sylvia Lance Harper Richard Schlesinger 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up 1926 Australasian Championships Grass James Willard Esna Boyd John Hawkes 1–6, 4–6

Winner 1928 Australian Championships Grass Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
Esna Boyd John Hawkes walkover

Runner-up 1928 Wimbledon Grass Jack Crawford Elizabeth Ryan Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence
5–7, 4–6

Winner 1929 Australian Championships Grass Edgar Moon Marjorie Cox Jack Crawford 6–0, 7–5

GRAND SLAM SINGLES TOURNAMENT TIMELINE

KEY W F SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held.

TOURNAMENT 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 CAREER SR

Australian Championships SF W W 2R W W W 5 / 7

French Championships 1 NH A A A QF A A 0 / 1

Wimbledon A QF A A SF A A 0 / 2

US Championships A A A A A A A 0 / 0

SR 0 / 1 1 / 2 1 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 3 1 / 1 1 / 1 5 / 10

* SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

1The French Championships were not held in 1924, as the Olympics were held in Paris that year.

SEE ALSO

* Performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam final

REFERENCES

* ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701. ISBN 0-942257-41-3 . * ^ A B "Mrs. Roy Cozens". The Mercury . Hobart, Tas. 11 January 1933. p. 9 – via National Library of Australia. * ^ "Remarkable Performance". The Daily News . XLVII, (16,625). Western Australia. 13 August 1928. p. 1 (Home (final) edition) – via National Library of Australia. * ^ A B Grasso, John (2011). Historical Dictionary of Tennis. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0810872370 . * ^ "Player Profiles – Daphne Akhurst". Tennis
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