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Kea Bouman : biography

23 November 1903 - 17 November 1998

Kornelia "Kea" Bouman (23 November 1903 – 17 November 1998) was a female tennis player from the Netherlands. She won the singles title at the 1927 French Championships, beating Irene Bowder Peacock of South Africa in the final. Bouman was the first, and is so far the only, Dutch woman to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.

In 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1926 she won the singles title at the Dutch Championships.

Born in Almelo, Bouman teamed with Hendrik Timmer to win a bronze medal in mixed doubles at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.

In October 1927 Bouman won the singles title of the Pacific Southwest Tennis Championship, defeating Molla Mallory in the final in three sets. In 1929, Bouman teamed with Spain's Lili de Alvarez to win the women's doubles title at the French Championships.

According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bouman was ranked in the world top ten in 1927 and 1928, reaching a career high of World No. 8 in those rankings in 1928.

Bouman also was successful in other sports. She was a Dutch champion in golf and played for the national field hockey team. She died in Delden.

Grand Slam finals


Titles (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score
1927 French Championships South Africa|1912}} Irene Bowder Peacock 6–2, 6–4


Titles (1)

Year Championship Partner Opponents in Final Score
1929 French Championships ESP|1873}} Lili de Alvarez RSA|1928}} Bobbie Heine Alida Neave 7-5, 6-3

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Championships1 A NH A SF W SF 1R 1 / 4
Wimbledon 2R 1R 2R QF 4R 3R 3R 0 / 7
U.S. Championships A A A A QF A A 0 / 1
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 1 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 1 / 12

A = did not participate in the tournament.

NH = tournament not held.

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 the 1923 edition of that tournament are shown here. 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.

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