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Anita Lizana

Anita Lizana
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
Highest ranking No.1 (1937)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1935)
Wimbledon QF (1936, 1937)
US Open W (1937)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1938, 1947)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1939)

Anita Lizana de Ellis (19 November 1915 – 21 August 1994) was a World Number 1 tennis player from Chile. She was the first Latin American, and first Hispanic person, to be ranked World Number 1 tennis player. Also, Anita 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 6–4, 6–2.

In 1936 she won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships, played on wood courts at the Queen's Club in London.

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 those rankings in 1937.[1]


  • Grand Slam finals 1
    • Singles: 1 (1 title) 1.1
  • Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Championship Opponent Score
Winner 1937 U.S. Championships Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 6–4, 6–2

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

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

NH = not held

R = restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation

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

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

See also


  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.  

External links

  • at the Wayback Machine (archived June 28, 2006) (Spanish site: her basic biography)
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