Anita Lizana

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Anita Lizana
Anita Lizana.jpg
Full name Anita Lizana de Ellis
Country (sports)  Chile
Born (1915-11-19)19 November 1915
Santiago, Chile
Died 21 August 1994(1994-08-21) (aged 78)
Plays Right-handed
Singles
Highest ranking No.1 (1937)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1935)
Wimbledon QF (1936, 1937)
US Open W (1937)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 1R (1935)
Wimbledon QF (1938, 1947)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1939)
Lizana in 1938 at the Queen's Club

Anita Lizana de Ellis (19 November 1915 – 21 August 1994) was a world No. 1 tennis player from Chile. She was the first Latin American, and first Hispanic person, to be ranked World Number 1 tennis player. Also, Lizana was the first Latin American to win a Grand Slam singles championship. She won the U.S. Championships in 1937, defeating Jadwiga Jędrzejowska in the final in straight sets.

She won the Scottish Championships four times (1935–37, 46).

In 1936 Lizana won the singles titles at the British Covered Court Championships, played on wood courts at the Queen's Club in London, and the South of England Championships.

Since Anita Lizana, the only other Latin American to be ranked World Number 1 in ladies tennis has been Maria Bueno of Brazil.

According to A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, she was ranked in the world top ten in 1936 and 1937 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of world No. 1 in 1937.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1937 U.S. Championships Grass Poland Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 6–4, 6–2

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held.
Tournament 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 - 1944 1945 19461 19471 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A A A A NH NH A A 0 / 0
French Championships 3R A A A A NH R A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon 3R QF QF 2R 2R NH NH NH A 2R 0 / 6
U.S. Championships A A W A A A A A A A 1 / 1
SR 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 8

R = restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

1In 1946 and 1947, the French Championships were held after Wimbledon.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 702. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 

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