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Shirley Brasher

Shirley Brasher
Country  Great Britain
Born (1934-06-13) 13 June 1934 (age 80)
Grimsby, England
Career record
Highest ranking No. 2 (1957)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open W (1957)
Wimbledon QF (1956, 1958)
US Open SF (1956)
Career record
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1957)
Wimbledon F (1955)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1958)

Shirley Brasher, née Bloomer (born 13 June 1934, in Grimsby, Lincolnshire) is an English former tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles during her career and who was the second ranked singles player in her country in 1957.

Brasher (known at the time as Shirley Bloomer) won the singles title at the 1957 French Championships, defeating Dorothy Head Knode in the final 6–1, 6–3. She was the runner-up in singles at the 1958 French Championships, losing to Zsuzsi Körmöczy 6–4, 1–6, 6–2.

Brasher teamed with Darlene Hard to win the women's doubles title at the 1957 French Championships, defeating Yola Ramírez Ochoa and Rosie Reyes in the final 7–5, 4–6, 7–5. She teamed with Nicola Pietrangeli to win the mixed doubles title at the 1958 French Championships, defeating Lorraine Coghlan Robinson and Robert Howe in the final 8–6, 6–2.

Brasher partnered Patricia Ward Hales to reach the 1955 women's doubles finals at Wimbledon, where they lost to Angela Mortimer Barrett and Anne Shilcock 7–5, 6–1, and at the French Championships, where they lost to Hard and Beverly Baker Fleitz 7–5, 6–8, 13–11.

Brasher played on the British Wightman Cup team from 1955 through 1960. The 1958 team that included Christine Truman Janes and Brasher won the cup, which was the first time that Great Britain had won the competition since 1930.

Brasher played a hard baseline game, and her tennis was concerted rather than spectacular. She was a member of the Grimsby Town Tennis Club, which was located in College Street, Grimsby.

In 1959, she married Chris Brasher who helped pace Roger Bannister to running the first sub-four-minute mile in 1954. They had three children, including their daughter Kate who played on the women's professional tennis tour in the 1980s.

Grand Slam singles finals (2)

Win (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1957 French Championships United States Dorothy Head Knode 6–1, 6–3

Runner-up (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1958 French Championships Hungary Zsuzsi Körmöczy 6–4, 1–6, 6–2

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 Career SR
Australian Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Championships A A 3R QF QF W F 4R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 1 / 6
Wimbledon 1R 3R A 4R QF 4R QF 2R 3R 2R A 2R A A 4R A 4R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 18
US Championships A A A 3R SF QF A 3R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 4
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 28

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.

See also


  • Martin Hedges, 1978. The Concise Dictionary of Tennis. Mayflower Books Inc.
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