Full Name: Maureen Catherine Connolly-Brinker (née Connolly)
Profession: Tennis player
Why Famous: Connolly is best known as the first woman to win all 4 Grand Slam tennis tournaments (Australian, French, US and Wimbledon) during the same calendar year (1953).
In all, she won 9 Grand Slam singles titles in a short career which ended in 1954 when she was just 19. In a freak horseback riding accident Connolly seriously injured her right leg preventing her from playing any more competitive tennis.
She was ranked world #1 player from 1952-54 and won the last 9 Grand Slam singles tournaments she played, including 50 consecutive singles matches.
Connolly's life also ended prematurely when she died in 1969 from ovarian cancer at just 34.
- 1951-09-05 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maureen Connolly wins her 1st of 9 Grand Slam singles titles; beats fellow American Shirley Fry 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
- 1952-07-05 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon crowns
- 1952-09-08 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maureen Connolly beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 7-5
- 1953-01-17 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Maureen Connolly wins 1st leg of her Grand Slam; beats Julia Sampson 6-3, 6-2
- 1953-05-30 French Championships Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4 for the 2nd leg of her Grand Slam
- 1953-07-04 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins 3rd leg of her Grand Slam beating fellow American Doris Hart 8-6, 7-5
- 1953-09-07 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Maureen Connolly becomes first female to achieve a Grand Slam; beats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4
- 1954-05-29 French Championships Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly retains her title; beats Ginette Bucaille of France 6-4, 6-1
- 1954-07-03 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins her 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Louise Brough 6-2, 7-5
- 1954-07-20 American tennis champion Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in a horse riding accident ending a brilliant career at just 19
- Maureen Connolly - International Tennis hall of Fame