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Sylvia Harper (née Lance, born October 1895) was a female tennis player from Australia
Australia
who won the singles title at the 1924 Australian Championships. She reached the singles final there two other times, in 1927, losing to Esna Boyd, and in 1930, losing to Daphne Akhurst. Harper won the women's doubles title at the Australian Championships three consecutive years. In 1923, her partner was Boyd, and in 1924 and 1925, her partner was Akhurst.[1] She reached the final an additional three times with three different partners, in 1927, 1929, and 1930. Harper won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Championships in 1923 with Horace Rice
Horace Rice
and was the runner-up in that event in 1925. According to A. Wallis Myers
A. Wallis Myers
of The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
and the Daily Mail, Harper was ranked World No. 10 in 1924, the only year she was included in those rankings.[2] Harper competed overseas on two occasions; in 1920 she competed at Wimbledon and, in 1925, captained the first women's tennis team to represent Australia
Australia
internationally. At Wimbledon, she made the second round of the ladies singles, where she lost to Dorothy Shepherd, the ladies doubles, where she partnered Daphne Akhurst[3] and the mixed doubles, where she partnered E. T. Lamb.[4] She married businessman Robert Rainy Harper on 28 May 1924 and they had one son.[5][6]

Contents

1 Grand Slam finals

1.1 Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up) 1.2 Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up) 1.3 Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

2 Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 3 See also 4 References

Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score Ref.

Winner 1924 Australasian Championships Grass Esna Boyd 6–3, 3–6, 8–6 [7]

Runner-up 1927 Australian Championships Grass Esna Boyd 7–5, 1–6, 2–6 [7]

Runner-up 1930 Australian Championships Grass Daphne Akhurst 8–10, 6–2, 5–7 [7]

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score Ref.

Winner 1923 Australasian Championships Grass Esna Boyd Margaret Molesworth Beryl Turner 6–1, 6–4 [8]

Winner 1924 Australasian Championships Grass Daphne Akhurst Kathleen Le Messurier Meryl O'Hara Wood 7–5, 6–2 [9]

Winner 1925 Australasian Championships Grass Daphne Akhurst Esna Boyd Kathleen Le Messurier 6–4, 6–3 [10]

Runner-up 1927 Australian Championships Grass Esna Boyd Louie Bickerton Meryl O'Hara Wood 3–6, 3–6 [11]

Runner-up 1929 Australian Championships Grass Meryl O'Hara Wood Daphne Akhurst Louie Bickerton 2–6, 6–3, 2–6 [8]

Runner-up 1930 Australian Championships Grass Marjorie Cox Margaret Molesworth Emily Hood 3–6, 6–0, 5–7 [8]

Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score Ref.

Winner 1923 Australasian Championships Grass Horace Rice Margaret Molesworth Bert St. John 2–6, 6–4, 6–4 [12]

Runner-up 1925 Australasian Championships Grass Richard Schlesinger Daphne Akhurst James Willard 4–6, 4–6 [13]

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 Career SR

Australian Championships NH NH SF SF W SF SF F 2R SF F SF 1 / 10

French Championships1 A A A A NH A A A A A A A 0 / 0

Wimbledon 2R A A A A 3R A A A A A A 0 / 1

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

SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 11

NH = tournament not held. A = did not participate in the tournament. SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played. 1Through 1923, the French Championships were open only to French nationals. The World Hard Court Championships (WHCC), actually played on clay in Paris or Brussels, began in 1912 and were open to all nationalities. The results from that tournament are shown here for 1920 through 1923. The Olympics replaced the WHCC in 1924, as the Olympics were held in Paris. Beginning in 1925, the French Championships were open to all nationalities, with the results shown here beginning with that year. See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

^ "Daphne Akhurst. Death in Hospital". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 January 1933. p. 13 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ 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.  ^ "WIMBLEDON". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 July 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 11 November 2011 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ "LAWN TENNIS". The Sunday Times. Perth. 5 July 1925. p. 1. Retrieved 10 November 2011 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ Guy Verney. "Harper, Robert Rainy (1894–1941)". Australian Dictionary of Biography.  ^ " Tennis
Tennis
Champion". The Evening News. Sydney. 29 May 1924. p. 3 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ a b c " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / Women's Singles". Australian Open
Australian Open
official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11.  ^ a b c " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / Women's Doubles". Australian Open
Australian Open
official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1924 Women's Doubles". Australian Open official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1925 Women's Doubles". Australian Open official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11.  ^ " Tennis
Tennis
Contest". The Western Star and Roma Advertiser. Toowoomba, Qld. 2 February 1927. p. 2. Retrieved 2015-10-14 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1923 Mixed Doubles". Australian Open official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11.  ^ " Australian Open
Australian Open
Results Archive / 1925 Mixed Doubles". Australian Open official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 

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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 King
Billie Jean King
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