Carole Caldwell Graebner

Born on the 24th of June, 1943, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Carole Caldwell Graebner reached as high as being the No.4 women player in 1964. She was also ranked among the top ten in 1965.

Her name was present in all year-end top ten rankings including the ranks of the United States Lawn tennis Association from 1961 to 1965 and then again in 1967. She was also ranked as the US No.1 in 1963 in the Doubles category. She stood as the third-ranked US player in the years 1964 and 1965.

Graebner holds a more impressive Doubles record as compared to the Singles records. Graebner did not manage to win any Grand Slam singles finals and she could reach as far as the Semifinals of the Australian Open in 1966, whereas she had to withdraw from the first round of the French Open in the same year.

She managed to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon in 1964 and was the finalist of the US Open in 1964 losing to Maria Bueno, she was also the quarter-finalist in the tournament in 1965. She won two Grand Slam Doubles titles, one in the US Open in 1965 and one in the Australian Open in 1966 paired with Nancy Richie Gunter.

Graebner also won the US Women’s Clay Court Doubles title in 1964 and 1965. She also won a gold medal in the Doubles at the Pan American 1963 games. She was present in the first Fed Cup US team. After ending her tennis career she joined as a commentator on the TV and radio. She died on 19th November 2008.

Pauline Betz

Pauline Betz Addie was born on the 6th of August, 1919 in Dayton, Ohio. She was a professional tennis player and won 5 Grand Slam Singles titles and was the runner-up in another three. Addie started her professional career in 1947 and retired in 1951.

She was ranked her career-best in 1946 as World’s No.1. She was also ranked by the US Tennis Association among the top ten from 1940 to 1945. She was the US top ranked Tennis player from 1942 to 1944 and also in 1946.

Her name was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1965. Besides her 5 Grand Slam Singles, she also won a Grand Slam Mixed Doubles title in 1946 at Wimbledon besides being the finalist in 3 other Grand Slam events. She was also the finalist in the 6 Women’s Doubles event in the Grand Slam.

Addie won her first Grand Slam Singles title in 1942 at the US Open, also winning the title in 1943, 1944, and 1946. She also won the Wimbledon Singles title in 1946. She was runner up in the Singles and women’s Doubles event in The French Open in 1946 and the Women’s Doubles in Wimbledon in the same year.

She was also the Singles runner-up of the US Open in 1941 and 1945 and the women’s Doubles runner-up in 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945 along with being the Mixed Doubles runner-up in the US Open in 1941 and 1943. Pauline Betz died on the 31st of May, 2011 at the age of 91.

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