Janet Morgan

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Janet Morgan
Full name Janet Rachael Margaret Morgan
Country England
Born 1921 (age 92–93)
London, England
Died 1990 (aged 68–69)
Turned Pro 1948
Retired 1960
Women's Singles

Janet Rachael Margaret Morgan (later known by her married name, Janet Shardlow) (1921–1990) was an English squash player who dominated the game in the 1950s. She won the British Open on 10 consecutive occasions and was the sport's most famous player until the rise of Heather McKay.

Born in Wandsworth, London, Morgan was originally a tennis player who played for Britain in the Wightman Cup in 1946. She quickly turned to squash and in 1948 and 1949 was a losing finalist against Joan Curry. In 1950 she won her first British Open title, beating Curry in the final. She went on to win the trophy for the next 10 successive years through to 1959. Persistent back injuries meant that she had to retire in 1960. She became the first chairwoman of the Women's Squash Racquets Association soon after.

Morgan wrote a book in 1953 entitled Squash rackets for women.

British Open Results[edit]

  • 1948: runner-up (lost to Joan Curry 9–5 9–0 9-10 6–9 10-8)
  • 1949: runner-up (lost to Joan Curry 2–9 9–3 10-8 9–0)
  • 1950: won (beat Joan Curry 9–4 9–3 9–0)
  • 1951: won (beat Joan Curry 9–1 2–9 9–3 9–4)
  • 1952: won (beat Joan Curry 9–3 9–1 9–5)
  • 1953: won (beat Marjorie Townsend 9–4 9–2 9–4)
  • 1954: won (beat Sheila Speight 9–3 9–1 9–7)
  • 1955: won (beat Ruth Turner 9–5 9–3 9–6)
  • 1956: won (beat Sheila Speight 9–6 9–4 9–2)
  • 1957: won (beat Sheila Speight 4–9 9–5 9–1 9–6)
  • 1958: won (beat Sheila Speight (Macintosh) 9–2 9–4 9–2)
  • 1959: won (beat Sheila Speight (Macintosh) 9–4 9–1 9–5)

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