Esna Boyd

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Esna Boyd
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Full name Esna Boyd Robertson
Country (sports)  Australia
Born (1899-09-21)21 September 1899
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 1966
Scotland
Singles
Career titles 37
Highest ranking No. 10 (1928, A. Wallis Myers)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1927)
French Open 3R (1928)
Wimbledon QF (1925)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1922, 1923, 1926, 1928)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1922, 1926, 1927)

Esna Boyd Robertson (née Boyd; 21 September 1899 – 1966) was an Australian tennis player who reached seven consecutive women's singles finals at the Australian Championships from 1922 through 1928. She won one of those finals, defeating Sylvia Lance Harper in 1927. Robertson participated in the first women's singles final at the Australian Championships in 1922 against fellow Australian Margaret Molesworth.

According to Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Robertson was ranked World No. 10 in 1928.[1]

Boyd was born in Melbourne on 21 September 1899, the daughter of James Boyd, a politician, and Emma Flora McCormack. She had a sister, Alva who became a medical practitioner.[2] She married Angus Robertson on March 11, 1929 and they had a son, William, in 1930 and a daughter Mary, in 1933.[3]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (1 title, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1922 Australian Championships Grass Australia Margaret Molesworth 3–6, 8–10
Runner-up 1923 Australian Championships Grass Australia Margaret Molesworth 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1924 Australian Championships Grass Australia Sylvia Lance Harper 3–6, 6–3, 6–8
Runner-up 1925 Australian Championships Grass Australia Daphne Akhurst Cozens 6–1, 6–8, 4–6
Runner-up 1926 Australian Championships Grass Australia Daphne Akhurst Cozens 1–6, 3–6
Winner 1927 Australian Championships Grass Australia Sylvia Lance Harper 5–7, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 1928 Australian Championships Grass Australia Daphne Akhurst Cozens 5–7, 2–6

Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1922 Australian Championships Grass Australia Marjorie Mountain Australia Gwen Utz
Australia Floris St. George
1–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 1923 Australian Championships Grass Australia Sylvia Lance Harper Australia Margaret Molesworth
Australia Beryl Turner
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1925 Australian Championships Grass Australia Kathleen Le Messurier Australia Daphne Akhurst
Australia Sylvia Lance Harper
4–6, 3–6
Winner 1926 Australian Championships Grass Australia Meryl O'Hara Wood Australia Daphne Akhurst
Australia Marjorie Cox Crawford
6–3, 6–8, 8–6
Runner-up 1927 Australian Championships Grass Australia Sylvia Lance Harper Australia Louise Bickerton
Australia Meryl O'Hara Wood
3–6, 3–6
Winner 1928 Australian Championships Grass Australia Daphne Akhurst Australia Kathleen Le Messurier
United Kingdom Dorothy Weston
6–3, 6–1

Mixed doubles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1922 Australian Championships Grass Australia John Hawkes Australia Gwen Utz
Australia Harold Utz
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1924 Australian Championships Grass Australia Gar Hone Australia Daphne Akhurst
Australia Jim Willard
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1926 Australian Championships Grass Australia John Hawkes Australia Daphne Akhurst
Australia Jim Willard
6–1, 6–4
Winner 1927 Australian Championships Grass Australia John Hawkes Australia Youtha Anthony
Australia Jim Willard
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1928 Australian Championships Grass Australia John Hawkes Australia Daphne Akhurst
France Jean Borotra
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Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; or (NH) tournament not held.
Tournament 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 Career SR
Australian Championships F F F F F W F A A A 2R A A 1 / 8
French Championships1 A A NH A A A 3R A A A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon A A A QF A A 4R A 4R A A A 1R 0 / 4
United States Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 13

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 the 1922 and 1923 editions of that tournament are shown here. 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2008). The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book. New York: New Chapter Press. pp. 695, 701. ISBN 0-942257-41-3. 
  2. ^ "Boyd, James Arthur (1867–1941)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 
  3. ^ "TENNIS STAR'S WEDDED BLISS.". The Sunday Times. Perth. 16 March 1930. p. 1 Section: First Section – via National Library of Australia.