Dorothy Shepherd-Barron

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Dorothy Shepherd-Barron
Dorothy Shepherd-Barron 1926.jpg
Full name Dorothy Cunliffe Shepherd-Barron
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born (1897-11-24)24 November 1897
Beighton, England
Died 20 February 1953(1953-02-20) (aged 55)
Melbourn, England
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1926)
Wimbledon QF (1921, 1924)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1931)
US Open F (1929)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1923, 1924, 1934)
Team competitions
Wightman Cup W (1924)
For the Canadian politician, see Dorothy Shephard

Dorothy Shepherd-Barron (née Cunliffe; 24 November 1897 – 20 February 1953) was a female tennis player from Great Britain who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics.

Tennis career[edit]

At the 1924 Summer Olympics she teamed up with Evelyn Colyer to win a bronze medal in the women's doubles event. In the singles event she reached the quarterfinal in which she was beaten by Julie Vlasto.

Between 1920 and 1939 she participated in 15 editions of the Wimbledon Championships. In the singles event her best result was reaching the quarterfinal in 1921 (lost to Mabel Clayton) and 1924 (lost to Phyllis Satterthwaite.[1] She reached the final of the Wimbledon doubles event in 1929 with Phyllis Howkins Covell but lost in straight sets to compatriots Peggy Saunders Michell and Phoebe Holcroft Watson, a result that would be repeated a few months later in the final of the U.S. National Championships. Two years later, 1931, she partnered Phyllis Mudford King to win the doubles title, defeating Doris Metaxa Howard and Josane Sigart in three sets.[2]

In the mixed doubles event she was a Grand Slam finalist on four occasions, partnering Lewis Deane, Leslie Godfree and Bunny Austin.

Personal life[edit]

On 23 September 1921 she married engineer Wilfred Shepherd-Barron in Bombay, India. One of their children was John Shepherd-Barron, credited as the inventor of the automated teller machinem while their youngest son, Richard Shepherd-Barron, is a former racing driver in the fifties and sixties finishing thirteenth overall at the 1962 Le Mans race. She died in a car accident in Cambridgeshire on 20 February 1953.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1929 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Phyllis Howkins Covell United Kingdom Peggy Saunders Michell
United Kingdom Phoebe Holcroft Watson
6–4, 8–6
Runner-up 1929 U.S. National Championships Grass United Kingdom Phyllis Howkins Covell United Kingdom Peggy Saunders Michell
United Kingdom Phoebe Holcroft Watson
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1931 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Phyllis Mudford King France Doris Metaxa Howard
Belgium Josane Sigart
3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 4 (4 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1923 Wimbledon Grass United States Lewis Deane United States Elizabeth Ryan
United Kingdom Randolph Lycett
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1924 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Leslie Godfree United Kingdom Kitty McKane
United Kingdom John Gilbert
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 1931 French Championships Clay United Kingdom Bunny Austin United Kingdom Betty Nuthall
South Africa Patrick Spence
3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Runner-up 1934 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Bunny Austin United Kingdom Dorothy Round
Japan Tatsuyoshi Miki
6–3, 4–6, 0–6

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