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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), she was ranked World No. 3 in 1928.[1]

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[edit] 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
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
Esna Boyd
Robertson, and in 1929 and 1931 with Louie Bickerton. She and Marjorie Cox were the runners-up in 1926.[citation needed] 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.[2] 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. 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, 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.[3] Personal life[edit] Akhurst attended the Miss. E. Tildesley's Normanhurst School, followed by the Sydney
Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.[4] 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.[2] Legacy[edit] 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
Daphne Akhurst
Memorial Cup in her honour.[4] She was inducted into the Australian Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame on Australia
Australia
Day (26 January), 2006.[5] She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in 2013. Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles: 5 titles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score

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

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

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

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

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

Doubles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

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

Winner 1925 Australasian Championships [8] Grass Sylvia Lance Harper Esna Boyd Kathleen Le Messurier 6–4, 6–3

Runner-up 1926 Australasian Championships [9] Grass Marjorie Cox Esna Boyd Meryl O'Hara Wood 3–6, 8–6, 6–8

Winner 1928 Australasian Championships [9] Grass Esna Boyd Kathleen Le Messurier Dorothy Weston 6–3, 6–1

Winner 1929 Australasian Championships [9] Grass Louie Bickerton Sylvia Lance Harper Meryl O'Hara Wood 6–2, 3–6, 6–2

Winner 1931 Australasian Championships [10] Grass Louie Bickerton Nell Lloyd Lorna Utz 6–0, 6–4

Mixed Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1924 Australasian Championships [11] Grass James Willard Esna Boyd Garton Hone 6–3, 6–4

Winner 1925 Australasian Championships [12] Grass James Willard Sylvia Lance Harper Richard Schlesinger 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up 1926 Australasian Championships [11] Grass James Willard Esna Boyd John Hawkes 1–6, 4–6

Winner 1928 Australian Championships [11] Grass Jean Borotra Esna Boyd John Hawkes walkover

Runner-up 1928 Wimbledon [13] Grass Jack Crawford Elizabeth Ryan Patrick Spence 5–7, 4–6

Winner 1929 Australian Championships [11] Grass Edgar Moon Marjorie Cox Jack Crawford 6–0, 7–5

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

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 Championships1 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[edit]

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

References[edit]

^ 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
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 26 July 2012.  ^ a b c d e " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / Women's Singles". Australian Open. Tennis
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 2016-12-12.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1924 Women's Doubles". Australian Open. Tennis
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 2016-12-12.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1925 Women's Doubles". Australian Open. Tennis
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 2016-12-12.  ^ a b c " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / Women's Doubles". Australian Open. Tennis
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 2016-12-12.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1931 Women's Doubles". Australian Open. Tennis
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 2016-12-12.  ^ a b c d " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / Mixed Doubles". Australian Open. Tennis
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 2015-10-11.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1925 Mixed Doubles". Australian Open. Tennis
Tennis
Australia. Retrieved 2016-12-12.  ^ "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Mixed Doubles". Wimbledon. AELTC. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 

External links[edit]

Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
at the International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame Profile at Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) Tennis
Tennis
Australia
Australia
Player Profile

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Australasian and Australian Championships women's singles champions

(1922) Margaret Molesworth (1923) Margaret Molesworth (1924) Sylvia Lance (1925) Daphne Akhurst (1926) Daphne Akhurst (1927) Esna Boyd (1928) Daphne Akhurst (1929) Daphne Akhurst (1930) Daphne Akhurst (1931) Coral McInnes Buttsworth (1932) Coral McInnes Buttsworth (1933) Joan Hartigan (1934) Joan Hartigan (1935) Dorothy Round (1936) Joan Hartigan (1937) Nancye Wynne (1938) Dorothy Bundy (1939) Emily Hood Westacott (1940) Nancye Wynne (1941–1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Nancye Wynne Bolton (1947) Nancye Wynne Bolton (1948) Nancye Wynne Bolton (1949) Doris Hart (1950) Louise Brough (1951) Nancye Wynne Bolton (1952) Thelma Coyne Long (1953) Maureen Connolly (1954) Thelma Coyne Long (1955) Beryl Penrose (1956) Mary Carter (1957) Shirley Fry (1958) Angela Mortimer (1959) Mary Carter Reitano (1960) Margaret Smith (1961) Margaret Smith (1962) Margaret Smith (1963) Margaret Smith (1964) Margaret Smith (1965) Margaret Smith (1966) Margaret Smith (1967) Nancy Richey (1968) Billie Jean King

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Australasian and Australian Championships women's doubles champions

(1922) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Marjorie Mountain (1923) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Sylvia Lance Harper (1924) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Sylvia Lance Harper (1925) Sylvia Lance Harper
Sylvia Lance Harper
/ Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens (1926) Meryl O'Hara Wood
Meryl O'Hara Wood
/ Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson (1927) Meryl O'Hara Wood
Meryl O'Hara Wood
/ Louie Bickerton (1928) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson (1929) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Louie Bickerton (1930) Margaret Molesworth / Emily Hood Westacott (1931) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Louise Bickerton (1932) Coral McInnes Buttsworth / Marjorie Cox Crawford (1933) Margaret Molesworth / Emily Hood Westacott (1934) Margaret Molesworth / Emily Hood Westacott (1935) Evelyn Dearman
Evelyn Dearman
/ Nancy Lyle Glover (1936) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1937) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1938) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1939) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1940) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1941 - 1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Joyce Fitch / Mary Bevis (1947) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1948) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1949) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1950) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp / Doris Hart (1951) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1952) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Nancye Wynne Bolton (1953) Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
/ Julia Sampson Hayward (1954) Mary Hawton / Thelma Coyne Long (1955) Mary Hawton / Beryl Penrose (1956) Mary Hawton / Thelma Coyne Long (1957) Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
/ Shirley Fry
Shirley Fry
Irvin (1958) Mary Hawton / Thelma Coyne Long (1959) Renée Schuurman / Sandra Reynolds Price (1960) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Christine Truman Janes (1961) Mary Carter Reitano / Margaret Court (1962) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Robyn Ebbern (1963) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Robyn Ebbern (1964) Judy Tegart / Lesley Turner (1965) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Lesley Turner (1966) Carole Caldwell Graebner
Carole Caldwell Graebner
/ Nancy Richey (1967) Lesley Turner / Judy Tegart (1968) Karen Krantzcke / Kerry Melville

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Australasian and Australian Championships mixed doubles champions

(1922) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Jack Hawkes (1923) Sylvia Lance Harper
Sylvia Lance Harper
/ Horace Rice (1924) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Jim Willard (1925) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Jim Willard (1926) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Jack Hawkes (1927) Esna Boyd
Esna Boyd
Robertson / Jack Hawkes (1928) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Jean Borotra (1929) Daphne Akhurst
Daphne Akhurst
Cozens / Edgar Moon (1930) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1931) Marjorie Cox Crawford
Marjorie Cox Crawford
/ Jack Crawford (1932) Marjorie Cox Crawford
Marjorie Cox Crawford
/ Jack Crawford (1933) Marjorie Cox Crawford
Marjorie Cox Crawford
/ Jack Crawford (1934) Joan Hartigan
Joan Hartigan
Bathurst / Edgar Moon (1935) Louie Bickerton
Louie Bickerton
/ Christian Boussus (1936) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1937) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1938) Margaret Wilson / John Bromwich (1939) Nell Hall Hopman
Nell Hall Hopman
/ Harry Hopman (1940) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1941 - 1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1947) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1948) Nancye Wynne Bolton
Nancye Wynne Bolton
/ Colin Long (1949) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1950) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1951) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ George Worthington (1952) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ George Worthington (1953) Julia Sampson Hayward / Rex Hartwig (1954) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Rex Hartwig (1955) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ George Worthington (1956) Beryl Penrose / Neale Fraser (1957) Fay Muller / Malcolm Anderson (1958) Mary Hawton / Bob Howe (1959) Sandra Reynolds Price / Bob Mark (1960) Jan Lehane / Trevor Fancutt (1961) Jan Lehane / Bob Hewitt (1962) Lesley Turner Bowrey
Lesley Turner Bowrey
/ Fred Stolle (1963) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Ken Fletcher (1964) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Ken Fletcher (1965) Robyn Ebbern
Robyn Ebbern
/ Owen Davidson
Owen Davidson
& Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ John Newcombe (1966) Judy Tegart Dalton / Tony Roche (1967) Lesley Turner Bowrey
Lesley Turner Bowrey
/ Owen Davidson (1968) Billie Jean

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