Biography of Famous Tennis Player and Athlete Maureen Connolly

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Maureen Connolly

This petite teen-ager was one of the greatest women's singles players in tennis history. She won 9 major world titles before she was 20. When she was 18 she became the 1st female to score a Grand Slam.

Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly was born in San Diego, Calif., and wasted no time. By the age of 16 she had learned enough to win the U.S. singles title at Forest Hills. Startled tennis fans began comparing her to Helen Wills Moody. Seldom had they seen such a hard forehand, such concentrated drive in one so young.

The following year, the 17-year-old Maureen charged Wimbledon and won the all-English crown by defeating Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3. In 1953, she repeated at Wimbledon, added the French and Australian baubles to her jewel box and came to Forest Hills with an opportunity to become the 1st woman and the 1st player since Don Budge to achieve a Grand Slam. It took less than 45 minutes of speedy footwork and long ground-strokes for Little Mo to finish Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4.

After her 3rd Wimbledon victory in 1954, tragedy struck. Indulging in her 2nd love, riding, she was injured when her frightened horse ran into a truck. Her leg was broken and she was unable to defend her U.S. title that year.

It proved to be the end of her playing career. In about 4 years of blistering tennis, Maureen had won both the U.S. and Wimbledon titles 3 times, the Australian singles and doubles once, the French singles twice, doubles and mixed doubles once, the Italian singles once, the U.S. clay court singles twice and doubles once, and had won 9 out of 9 in Wrightman Cup play. She was ranked best in the world from 1952 to 1954 and was voted Woman Athlete of the Year by the AP 3 years running.

Maureen Connolly died prematurely in 1969.

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