Sylvia Lance Harper

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Sylvia Lance Harper
Sylvia Lance.png
Sylvia Lance in a warm-up coat in 1924
Country  Australia
Born October 1895
Singles
Highest ranking No. 10 (1924, A. Wallis Myers)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1924)
Wimbledon 2R (1920)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1923, 1924, 1925)
Wimbledon 3R (1925)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1923)

Sylvia Harper (born October 1895 as Sylvia Lance) was a female tennis player from Australia who won the singles title at the 1924 Australian Championships. She reached the singles final there two other times, in 1927, losing to Esna Boyd Robertson, and in 1930, losing to Daphne Akhurst Cozens.

Harper won the women's doubles title at the Australian Championships three consecutive years. In 1923, her partner was Robertson, and in 1924 and 1925, her partner was Cozens.[1] She reached the final an additional three times with three different partners, in 1927, 1929, and 1930.

Harper won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Championships in 1923 with Horace Rice and was the runner-up in that event in 1925.

According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Harper was ranked World No. 10 in 1924, the only year she was included in those rankings.[2]

Harper competed overseas on two occasions; in 1920 she competed at Wimbledon and, in 1925, captained the first women's tennis team to represent Australia internationally. At Wimbledon, she made the second round of the ladies singles, where she lost to Dorothy Shepherd, the ladies doubles, where she partnered Daphne Akhurst[3] and the mixed doubles, where she partnered E. T. Lamb.[4]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1924 Australasian Championships Australia Esna Boyd Robertson 6–3, 3–6, 8–6
Runner-up 1927 Australian Championships AustraliaEsna Boyd Robertson 7–5, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1930 Australian Championships Australia Daphne Akhurst Cozens 8–10, 6–2, 5–7

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1923 Australasian Championships Australia Esna Boyd Robertson United Kingdom Margaret Molesworth
United Kingdom Beryl Turner
6–1, 6–4
Winner 1924 Australasian Championships Australia Daphne Akhurst Cozens Australia Kathleen Le Messurier
Australia Meryl O'Hara Wood
7–5, 6–2
Winner 1925 Australasian Championships Australia Daphne Akhurst Cozens Australia Esna Boyd Robertson
Australia Kathleen Le Messurier
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1927 Australian Championships Australia Esna Boyd Robertson Australia Meryl O'Hara Wood
Australia Louise Bickerton
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1929 Australian Championships Australia Meryl O'Hara Wood Australia Daphne Akhurst Cozens
Australia Louise Bickerton
2–6, 6–3, 2–6
Runner-up 1930 Australian Championships Australia Marjorie Cox Crawford Australia Margaret Molesworth
Australia Emily Hood Westacott
3–6, 6–0, 5–7

Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1923 Australasian Championships Australia Horace Rice Australia Margaret Molesworth
Australia Bert St. John
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1925 Australasian Championships Australia Richard Schlesinger Australia Daphne Akhurst
Australia Aubrey Willard
4–6, 4–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 Career SR
Australian Championships NH NH SF SF W SF SF F 2R SF F SF 1 / 10
French Championships1 A A A A NH A A A A A A A 0 / 0
Wimbledon 2R A A A A 3R A A A A A A 0 / 1
US Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
SR 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 11

NH = tournament not held.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

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 that tournament are shown here for 1920 through 1923. 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ["DAPHNE AKHURST. Death in Hospital.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 11 January 1933. p. 13. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  3. ^ "WIMBLEDON.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 2 July 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "LAWN TENNIS.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 5 July 1925. p. 1. Retrieved 10 November 2011.