Sheila Piercey Summers

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Sheila Piercey
Full nameSheila Piercey Summers
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Born(1919-03-18)18 March 1919
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died14 August 2005(2005-08-14) (aged 86)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenSF (1949)
WimbledonSF (1947)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenSF (1949)
WimbledonQF (1947, 1949)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1947, 1949)
WimbledonW (1949)

Sheila Piercey (18 March 1919 – 14 August 2005) was a South African female tennis player. She was also known under her married name, Sheila Piercey-Summers.

Piercey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Along with her compatriot Eric Sturgess, she won three mixed doubles titles, at the French Open in 1947 and 1949 and at Wimbledon in 1949.

In 1947 she became the first South African woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal in the singles event.[1] She lost the match in straight sets to first-seeded and eventual champion Margaret Osborne.[2] Two years later, in 1949, she again reached the semifinal of the French Championships and again lost to Osborne in straight sets.

Summers won the South African Championships singles title in 1948, 1949 and 1951 and was runner–up in 1939, 1940 and 1947. In August 1947 she won the singles title at the International Swiss Championships at Lausanne after defeating Doris Hart in the final in three sets.[3]

After her active playing career she coached the South African Federation Cup team.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles (3 titles)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1947 French Championships Clay South Africa Eric Sturgess Poland Jadwiga Jędrzejowska
Romania Christian Caralulis
6–0, 6–0
Winner 1949 French Championships Clay South Africa Eric Sturgess United Kingdom Jean Quertier
United Kingdom Gerry Oakley
6–1, 6–1
Winner 1949 Wimbledon Grass South Africa Eric Sturgess United States Louise Brough
Australia John Bromwich
9–7, 9–11, 7–5


  1. ^ a b "SA tennis champion from 1940s dies". Mail & Guardian. 15 August 2005.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon player archive – Sheila Summers (Piercey)". AELTC.
  3. ^ G.P. Hughes, ed. (1948). The Dunlop Lawn Tennis Almanack 1948. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. pp. 201, 201.