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Florence Angela Margaret Mortimer Barrett (née Mortimer; born 21 April 1932) is a former world No. 1 female tennis player from England. She was born in Plymouth, Devon, England. She is married to the veteran BBC
BBC
commentator and author John Barrett. Mortimer won three Grand Slam singles titles: the 1955 French Championships, the 1958 Australian Championships, and Wimbledon in 1961 when she was 29 years old and partially deaf. Mortimer teamed with Anne Shilcock to win the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1955, her only women's doubles title at a Grand Slam. She teamed with Coghlan to reach the women's doubles final at the 1958 Australian Championships. Mortimer and Peter Newman reached the mixed doubles final at the 1958 Australian Championships, [1], her only mixed doubles final at a Grand Slam.

Contents

1 Career 2 Grand Slam finals

2.1 Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up) 2.2 Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runners-up) 2.3 Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

3 Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Angela Mortimer reached the quarterfinals of the US National Championships before losing to second seed Doris Hart. At Wimbledon in 1953, seeded no. 5, she reached the quarterfinal, losing to Dorothy Knode. She also reached the quarterfinals in 1954, 1956 (losing to fellow countrywoman Pat Ward Hales), 1959 (when she was seeded no. 2 but lost to Sandra Reynolds), and 1960 (losing to champion Maria Bueno). At Wimbledon in 1958, unseeded, she beat the former champion Margaret DuPont in the quarterfinals, then French champion Zsuzsa Körmöczy 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals, and lost the final against the defending champion Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
in straight sets. In 1961, she won the title, defeating top-seeded Sandra Reynolds 11-9, 6-3 in the semifinals and then Christine Truman in the final in three sets.[2] Not fully fit in 1962, she lost to eventual finalist Vera Sukova in the fourth round.[3] In 1955, she was the first British woman since 1937 to win one of the Grand Slams when she defeated Dorothy Knode in the final of the French Championships. During the long final set, she has said that she was given new heart when she heard her opponent asking for a brandy on court. Defending her title the following year, she reached the final, losing to Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
in two sets. During this year, she suffered a severe illness, not returning to full form until 1958.[2] She won the Australian title in 1958 when recuperating, defeating Lorraine Coghlan in the final. Her best result in the U.S. Championships was in 1961 when she reached the semifinals before losing to Ann Haydon.[2] She won three times against Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
in her career, and she made her farewell in the Torquay tournament of 1962, beating Ann Haydon
Ann Haydon
Jones in the final. Her game was played mainly from the baseline, as described in her tennis autobiography, My Waiting Game. She always played in shorts, refusing designer Teddy Tinling’s offer to design dresses for her. Ultimately, he designed shorts, and later she joined his staff.[2] According to Lance Tingay of the Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph
and the Daily Mail, Mortimer was ranked in the world top 10 from 1953 through 1956 and from 1958 through 1962, reaching a career high of world No. 1 in 1961.[4] Mortimer was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in 1993. On 27 July 2014, she received the Freedom of the Borough of Merton.[5][6] Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score

Winner 1955 French Championships Clay Dorothy Head Knode 2–6, 7–5, 10–8

Runner-up 1956 French Championships Clay Althea Gibson 0–6, 10–12

Winner 1958 Australian Championships Grass Lorraine Coghlan 6–3, 6–4

Runner-up 1958 Wimbledon Grass Althea Gibson 6–8, 2–6

Winner 1961 Wimbledon Grass Christine Truman Janes 4–6, 6–4, 7–5

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1955 Wimbledon Championships Grass Anne Shilcock Shirley Bloomer Brasher Patricia Ward Hales 7–5, 6–1

Runner-up 1958 Australian Championships Grass Lorraine Coghlan Mary Bevis Hawton Thelma Coyne Long 5–7, 8–6, 2–6

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 1958 Australian Championships Grass Peter Newman Mary Bevis Hawton Bob Howe 11–9, 1–6, 2–6

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 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 Career SR

Australia A A A A A A A W A A A A 1 / 1

France A A 3R A W F A A A A A A 1 / 3

Wimbledon 2R 3R QF QF 2R QF 3R F QF QF W 4R 1 / 12

United States A QF 3R A 1R A A A 1R A SF A 0 / 5

SR 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 1 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 1 3 / 21

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played See also[edit]

Performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam final Angela Mortimer, My Waiting Game (Frederick Muller Ltd, London, 1962) [autobiography] Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Roll of Honour

References[edit]

^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
results archive – 1958 Mixed Doubles". Tennis Australia. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.  ^ a b c d Angela Mortimer, My Waiting Game (Frederick Muller Ltd, London, 1962) [autobiography] ^ Wimbledon Players Archive Angela Mortimer ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 703. ISBN 0-942257-41-3.  ^ http://news.merton.gov.uk/2014/06/27/former-wimbledon-champions-awarded-freedom-of-merton/ ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HfRIicBWx8

External links[edit]

Angela Mortimer at the International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame Angela Mortimer at the Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association

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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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French Championships women's singles champions

(1897) Adine Masson (1898) Adine Masson (1899) Adine Masson (1900) Hélène Prévost (1901) P. Girod (1902) Adine Masson (1903) Adine Masson (1904) Kate Gillou (1905) Kate Gillou (1906) Kate Gillou-Fenwick (1907) Comtesse de Kermel (1908) Kate Gillou-Fenwick (1909) Jeanne Matthey (1910) Jeanne Matthey (1911) Jeanne Matthey (1912) Jeanne Matthey (1913) Marguerite Broquedis (1914) Marguerite Broquedis (1915–1919) No competition (due to World War I) (1920) Suzanne Lenglen (1921) Suzanne Lenglen (1922) Suzanne Lenglen (1923) Suzanne Lenglen (1924) Julie Vlasto (1925) Suzanne Lenglen (1926) Suzanne Lenglen (1927) Kea Bouman (1928) Helen Wills (1929) Helen Wills (1930) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (1931) Cilly Aussem (1932) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (1933) Margaret Scriven (1934) Margaret Scriven (1935) Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (1936) Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (1937) Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (1938) Simonne Mathieu (1939) Simonne Mathieu (1940–1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Margaret Osborne duPont (1947) Patricia Canning Todd (1948) Nelly Adamson Landry (1949) Margaret Osborne duPont (1950) Doris Hart (1951) Shirley Fry (1952) Doris Hart (1953) Maureen Connolly (1954) Maureen Connolly (1955) Angela Mortimer (1956) Althea Gibson (1957) Shirley Bloomer (1958) Zsuzsa Körmöczy (1959) Christine Truman (1960) Darlene Hard (1961) Ann Jones (1962) Margaret Smith (1963) Lesley Turner (1964) Margaret Smith (1965) Lesley Turner (1966) Ann Haydon-Jones (1967) Françoise Dürr

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Pre Open Era Wimbledon ladies' singles champions

(1884) Maud Watson (1885) Maud Watson (1886) Blanche Bingley (1887) Lottie Dod (1888) Lottie Dod (1889) Blanche Bingley
Blanche Bingley
Hillyard (1890) Lena Rice (1891) Lottie Dod (1892) Lottie Dod (1893) Lottie Dod (1894) Blanche Bingley
Blanche Bingley
Hillyard (1895) Charlotte Cooper (1896) Charlotte Cooper (1897) Blanche Bingley
Blanche Bingley
Hillyard (1898) Charlotte Cooper (1899) Blanche Bingley
Blanche Bingley
Hillyard (1900) Blanche Bingley
Blanche Bingley
Hillyard (1901) Charlotte Sterry (1902) Muriel Robb (1903) Dorothea Douglass (1904) Dorothea Douglass (1905) May Sutton (1906) Dorothea Lambert Chambers (1907) May Sutton (1908) Charlotte Sterry (1909) Dora Boothby (1910) Dorothea Lambert Chambers (1912) Dorethea Lambert Chambers (1913) Ethel Thomson Larcombe (1914) Dorothea Lambert Chambers (1915) Dorothea Lambert Chambers (1915-18) No competition (due to World War I) (1919) Suzanne Lenglen (1920) Suzanne Lenglen (1921) Suzanne Lenglen (1922) Suzanne Lenglen (1923) Suzanne Lenglen (1924) Kathleen McKane (1925) Suzanne Lenglen (1926) Kathleen McKane Godfree (1927) Helen Wills (1928) Helen Wills (1929) Helen Wills (1930) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (1931) Cilly Aussem (1932) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (1933) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (1934) Dorothy Round (1935) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (1936) Helen Jacobs (1937) Dorothy Round (1938) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (1939) Alice Marble (1940–45) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Pauline Addie (1947) Margaret Osborne (1948) Louise Brough (1949) Louise Brough (1950) Louise Brough (1951) Doris Hart (1952) Maureen Connolly (1953) Maureen Connolly (1954) Maureen Connolly (1955) Louise Brough (1956) Shirley Fry (1957) Althea Gibson (1958) Althea Gibson (1959) Maria Bueno (1960) Maria Bueno (1961) Angela Mortimer (1962) Karen Hantze Susman (1963) Margaret Smith (1964) Maria Bueno (1965) Margaret Smith (1966) Billie Jean King (1967) Billie Jean King

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Pre Open Era Wimbledon ladies' doubles champions

(1913) Winifred McNair / Dora Boothby (1914) Agnes Morton / Elizabeth Ryan (1915-18) No competition (due to World War I) (1919) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1920) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1921) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1922) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1923) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1924) Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
/ Helen Wills (1925) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1926) Mary Browne
Mary Browne
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1927) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1928) Peggy Saunders Michel / Phoebe Holcroft Watson (1929) Peggy Saunders Michel / Phoebe Holcroft Watson (1930) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody / Elizabeth Ryan (1931) Phyllis Mudford / Dorothy S. Barron (1932) Doris Metaxa / Josane Sigart (1933) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1934) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Elizabeth Ryan (1935) Freda James
Freda James
/ Kay Stammers (1936) Freda James
Freda James
/ Kay Stammers (1937) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Billie Yorke (1938) Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
/ Alice Marble (1939) Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
/ Alice Marble (1940-45) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne duPont (1947) Patricia Canning Todd / Doris Hart (1948) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne duPont (1949) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne duPont (1950) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne duPont (1951) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Shirley Fry (1952) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Shirley Fry (1953) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Shirley Fry (1954) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
/ Margaret Osborne duPont (1955) Angela Mortimer Barrett / Anne Shilcock (1956) Angela Buxton / Althea Gibson (1957) Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
/ Darlene Hard (1958) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Althea Gibson (1959) Jeanne Arth / Darlene Hard (1960) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Darlene Hard (1961) Karen Hantze Susman / Billie Jean Moffitt (1962) Karen Hantze Susman / Billie Jean Moffitt (1963) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Darlene Hard (1964) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Lesley Turner Bowrey (1965) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Billie Jean Moffitt (1966) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Nancy Richey (1967) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King

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