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Darlene Hard

Tennis Player Darlene Hard

Profession: Tennis Player

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Known for her strong serves and volleying ability, she captured singles titles at the French Championships in 1960 and the U.S. Championships in 1960 and 1961.

Born: January 6, 1936
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Age: 85 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn

Historical Events

  • 1957-07-06 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson becomes the first black female athlete to win Wimbledon beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2
  • 1958-09-07 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Althea Gibson beats Darlene Hard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
  • 1959-07-04 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 3 Wimbledon singles titles beating Darlene Hard 6-4, 6-3
  • 1960-05-28 59th Women's French Championships: Darlene Hard beats Yola Ramirez (6-3, 6-4)
  • 1960-09-17 US National Championship Women's Tennis: American Darlene Hard wins her first US singles title; beats defending champion Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-4, 10-12, 6-4
  • 1961-09-10 75th US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Darlene Hard beats England's Ann Jones 6-3, 6-4
  • 1962-09-10 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Margaret Smith beats defending champion Darlene Hard 9-7, 6-4 for her first US singles crown

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