Mary Hawton

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Mary Hawton
Country  Australia
Born (1924-09-04)4 September 1924
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Died 18 January 1981(1981-01-18) (aged 56)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Plays Right-handed
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1948, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1959)
French Open 4R (1960, 1962)
Wimbledon 4R (1958)
US Open QF (1957)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1946, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958)
French Open F (1958)
Wimbledon F (1957)
US Open SF (1957, 1958, 1960)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1958)
French Open QF (1960, 1962)
Wimbledon 3R (1957, 1960)
US Open 2R (1957)

Mary Renetta Hawton, née Bevis,(4 September 1924 – 18 January 1981) is an Australian former tennis player. Her career spanned the end of the 1940s and the 1950s.

Hawton won the women's doubles title at the Australian Championships five times.[1][2] In 1958 she also won the mixed doubles title together with compatriot Robert Howe.[3]

In May 1946 she was engaged with Keith Ernest Hawton and the pair married in October 1948.[4][5]

She was captain of the Australian Fed Cup team in 1979 and 1980 and director of the NSW Tennis Association.

In 1979 Hawton published a book titles How to Play Winning Tennis.[6] She died on 18 January 1981 in Sydney, Australia.[7]

The Mary Hawton Trophy, the prize for the winner of the 14s Australian Teams Championships for girls, was named after her.[8]

Career[edit]

A career that spanned twenty years, Mary Hawton found much success in Australia at the Australian Championships. She made it to the last four in singles six times in 1948, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1959. Hawton was even more successful in doubles reaching an astounding 12 finals in Australia, eight of those being consecutive. She also reached the doubles finals at the Wimbledon and French Championships in 1957 and 1958 with Australian legend, Thelma Coyne Long. Mary Bevis Hawton would end her prolific career with 6 Grand Slam titles: 5 in women's doubles and 1 in mixed doubles.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 14 (5–9)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1946 Australian Championships Grass Australia Joyce Fitch Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton
Australia Thelma Coyne Long
9–7, 6–4
Runner-up 1947 Australian Championships Grass Australia Joyce Fitch Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton
Australia Thelma Coyne Long
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1948 Australian Championships Grass Australia Pat Jones Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton
Australia Thelma Coyne Long
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1951 Australian Championships Grass Australia Joyce Fitch Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton
Australia Thelma Coyne Long
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1952 Australian Championships Grass Australia Allison Burton Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton
Australia Thelma Coyne Long
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1953 Australian Championships Grass Australia Beryl Penrose United States Maureen Connolly
United States Julia Sampson Hayward
4–6, 2–6
Winner 1954 Australian Championships Grass Australia Beryl Penrose South Africa Hazel Redick-Smith
South Africa Julia Wipplinger
6–3, 8–6
Winner 1955 Australian Championships Grass Australia Beryl Penrose Australia Nell Hall Hopman
Australia Gwen Thiele
7–5, 6–1
Winner 1956 Australian Championships Grass Australia Thelma Coyne Long Australia Mary Carter Reitano
Australia Beryl Penrose
6–2, 5–7, 9–7
Runner-up 1957 Australian Championships Grass Australia Fay Muller United States Shirley Fry
United States Althea Gibson
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1957 Wimbledon Grass Australia Thelma Coyne Long United States Althea Gibson
United States Darlene Hard
1–6, 2–6
Winner 1958 Australian Championships Grass Australia Thelma Coyne Long Australia Lorraine Coghlan
United Kingdom Angela Mortimer
7–5, 6–8, 6–2
Runner-up 1958 French Championships Clay Australia Thelma Coyne Long Mexico Yola Ramírez
Mexico Rosie Reyes
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1961 Australian Championships Grass Australia Jan Lehane Australia Mary Carter Reitano
Australia Margaret Smith
4–6, 6–33, 5–7

Mixed doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1956 Australian Championships Grass Australia Roy Emerson Australia Beryl Penrose
Australia Neale Fraser
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1958 Australian Championships Grass Australia Robert Howe United Kingdom Angela Mortimer
Australia Peter Newman
9–11, 6–1, 6–2

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia 2R QF SF QF QF QF SF SF SF QF SF QF QF SF QF QF 3R 2R 2R 2R 38–20
France A A A A A A A A A A 1R 3R 3R A 4R A 4R A A A 7–5
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 4R A 2R A 2R A A A 4–4
United States A A A A A A A A A A A QF 3R A 2R A 1R A A A 6–3

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia W F F SF SF F F F W W W F W SF SF F QF QF QF 2R 45–15
France A A A A A A A A A A 2R QF F A SF A 2R A A A 7–4
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A A A F SF A SF A 2R A A A 11–4
United States A A A A A A A A A A A SF SF A SF A A A A A 7–3

A = did not participate in the tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Open players archive – Mary Beavis". Tennis Australia. 
  2. ^ "Australian Open players archive – Mary Hawton". Tennis Australia. 
  3. ^ "Australian Open Winners". TennisNow.com. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tennis Champions Engaged.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 14 May 1946. p. 7. 
  5. ^ "Gossip From Joan.". Wellington Times (NSW : 1899 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 25 October 1948. p. 5. 
  6. ^ "How to play winning tennis". Worldcat. 
  7. ^ "In Brief Death of Tennis Pioneer.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 20 January 1981. p. 18. 
  8. ^ "December Showdown" (PDF). Tennis Australia. 

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