Joan Ridley

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Joan Ridley
Joan Ridley 1930s.jpg
Full nameJoan Cowell O'Meara Ridley
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1903-07-11)11 July 1903
Ipswich, England
Died4 October 1983(1983-10-04) (aged 80) [1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1929, 1931)
WimbledonSF (1929)
US OpenSF (1932)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenSF (1927)
WimbledonSF (1933)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1931)

Joan Cowell O'Meara Ridley (11 July 1903 – 4 October 1983) was a female British tennis player who was active in the 1920s and 1930s. Ridley was a semifinalist at the 1931 Wimbledon Championships where she lost in straight sets to Helen Jacobs.[2][3] In 1932 she also reached the semifinal at the U.S. Championships which she lost in three sets to Carolin Babcock.

Her best Grand Slam result was reaching the final of the mixed doubles event at the 1929 Wimbledon Championships with compatriot Ian Collins. They lost the final in three sets to the American pairing Anna Harper and George Lott.

Ridley won the Scottish Championships in 1928 and successfully defended her title in 1929.

In 1930 she won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships, played at the Queen's Club in London, after defeating Joan Fry in the final in straight sets. The previous year, 1929, she was runner-up at the same event to Peggy Saunders Michell. With Stanley Doust she won the mixed doubles covered court title in 1926.[4][5]

In October 1932 and 1933 she won the tennis tournament in White Sulphur Springs.[6][7][8]

Her forehand drive was her favourite stroke.[6]

In October 1935 she married Daniel Joseph Patrick O'Meara, a gyneacologist, at the West Suffolk Hospital.[9][10]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles: 1 runner-up[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1931 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Ian Collins United States Anna Harper
United States George Lott
3–6, 6–1, 1–6


  1. ^ "Find a will". Government Digital Service (GDS).
  2. ^ "Lawn Tennis – Wimbledon Matches". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 6 July 1929. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – 1929 Ladies' Singles". AELTC.
  4. ^ McKelvie, Roy (1986). The Queen's Club Story, 1886-1986. London: Stanley Paul. pp. 257–258. ISBN 0091660602.
  5. ^ "Lawn tennis". Daily Telegraph. 21 October 1926. p. 3 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ a b Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1935. p. 229.
  7. ^ "Miss Ridley's Success". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 17 October 1932. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Miss J. Ridley (Eng.) Wins Women's Title". The Advocate. Burnie, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 16 October 1933. p. 4.
  9. ^ "Joan Ridley married". The New York Times. 5 October 1935.
  10. ^ "Tennis star engaged". The West Australian. 25 July 1935. p. 7 – via National Library of Australia.

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