Bertha Townsend

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Bertha Townsend
Full name Bertha Louise Townsend Toulmin
Country  USA
Born (1869-03-07)March 7, 1869
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Died May 12, 1909(1909-05-12) (aged 40)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open W (1888, 1889)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1889)

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.[1]

Grand slam record[edit]

U.S. Championships[edit]

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

Grand Slam finals[edit]


Titles (2)[edit]

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

Runner-ups (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1890 U.S. Championships United States Ellen Roosevelt 2–6, 2–6


  1. ^ "Hall of Famers - Bertha Townsend Toulmin". ITF. Retrieved 22 April 2012.