Former American Tennis Star Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Catherine Connolly Brinker was born on the 17th of September, 1934 in San Diego, California. She is popularly known as the second tennis player and the first women tennis star to have won all the four Grand Slam titles in a single year. She started her career at the age of 10 and within 4 years she had won 56 consecutive Singles matches and the very next year in 1951, she bagged in the title of being the youngest US National Championship winner of the under 18 girl’s category beating Shirley Fry. Connolly was ranked among the top ten tennis players from 1951 to 1954 where she was standing at the World’s No. 1 position through 1952 to 1954. She was also a top ranked US Top player from 1951 to 1953. She was inducted in the International tennis Hall of Fame in 1969 and in the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

She won the Australian Open in 1953 and the French open in 1953 and 1954. She also won the Wimbledon in 1952, 1953 and 1954 along with winning the US Open in 1951, 1952 and 1953. She won all the last 7 Singles Grand Slam matches she played. Connolly also won two Doubles titles at the Australian Open in 1953 and the French Open in 1954 and one Mixed Doubles title in the French Open in 1954. She had an accident while horse riding and crushed her right leg ending her career in 1954 however she officially announced retirement in 1955. She died on 21 June, 1969 aged 34 due to Cancer.

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