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Bertha Townsend : biography

March 7, 1869 - May 12, 1909

Bertha Louise Townsend Toulmin (March 7, 1869 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – May 12, 1909) was a female tennis player from the United States. She is best remembered for being the first repeating women's singles champion at the U.S. Championships (now: U.S. Open) (1888 and 1889). She discovered the under-hand technique.

She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1974.

Grand Slam finals

Singles

Titles (2)

Year Championship Opponent Score
1888 U.S. Championships USA}} Ellen Hansell 6–3, 6–5
1889 U.S. Championships USA}} Lida Voorhees 7–5, 6–2

Runner-ups (1)

Year Championship Opponent Score
1890 U.S. Championships USA}} Ellen Roosevelt 2–6, 2–6

Grand slam record

U.S. Championships

  • Singles champion: 1888, 1889
    • Singles finalist: 1890
  • Doubles champion: 1889
    • Doubles finalist: 1890
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