Quadruple Wimbledon singles champion Brough dies

Posted at 02/12/14 9:40 AM

LONDON - American four-time ladies singles Wimbledon title winner Louise Brough has died aged 90, The Times of London announced.

Brough, who also won the US Open singles title in 1947 and the Australian Open singles crown in 1950, won three successive Wimbledon titles from 1948-50 and even more remarkably in 1948 and 1950 she also won the women's doubles and the mixed doubles.

However, perhaps her greatest Wimbledon was when she won the singles in 1949, beating her doubles partner Margaret Osborne DuPont 10-8, 1-6, 10-8, then teamed up with the latter to take the doubles title on the same day.

Having retained those titles she had to go back out on court again on the same day to play the mixed doubles final with partner John Bromwich but lost in three sets 9-7, 9-11, 7-5 to leave her exhausted having played for 5 1/2 hours encompassing 117 games.

Brough, who was to add a further Wimbledon singles title in 1955, was introduced to tennis at an early age by her ambitious and driven mother and won her first tournament aged 15.

At one point Brough even competed in two events in the same week, one in Philadelphia the other in New York and her aunt ensured she got to do so by driving her backwards and forwards to the respective events -- as a result she never missed a game in either.

However, despite all the titles and glory accrued it being before the professional era Brough never made her fortune out of it as she ruefully observed later in life on watching her successors make millions.

"It's fun to watch what they spend it on, but I could slit my throat when I think about how much money I could have won playing today," she said.

She was married just the once a dentist, who died in 1999, and had no children.

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