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Mary K. Browne

Mary K. Browne (Tennis.  Born, Ventura, CA, June 3, 1891; died, Laguna Beach, CA, Aug. 19, 1971.)  One of the first great all-around women athletes, Mary Kimball Browne was also America’s first woman tennis pro.  She was also the first woman ranked No. 1 in the U.S., leading the first two official listings (1913, 1914).  Browne annually trekked East to thrash her tennis opponents, winning the U.S. singles championship in 1912, 1913, and 1914, and doubles in 1912, 1913, 1914, 1921, and 1925 (the first three in Philadelphia, Penna., and the last two at Forest Hills).  During the same period, she was a leading amateur golfer, reaching the final of the U.S. women’s amateur in 1924 after upsetting Glenna Collett (later Vare) in the semifinals.  Browne lost the final to Dorothy Campbell Hurd.  She made the quarterfinals in 1925 before losing to Alexa Stirling Fraser.  Browne made her pro tennis debut at Madison Square Garden in 1926 when she started a cross-country tour against French champion Suzanne Lenglen promoted by Charles (Cash ‘n’ Carry) Pyle.

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