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Dorothy Shepherd-Barron

Dorothy Shepherd-Barron
Dorothy Shepherd-Barron 1926.jpg
Full nameDorothy Cunliffe Shepherd-Barron
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1897-11-24)24 November 1897
Beighton, England
Died20 February 1953(1953-02-20) (aged 55)
Melbourn, England
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1926)
WimbledonQF (1921, 1924)
US OpenQF (1931)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1931)
US OpenF (1929)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonF (1923, 1924, 1934)
Team competitions
Wightman CupW (1924)

Dorothy Shepherd-Barron (née Cunliffe; 24 November 1897 – 20 February 1953) was a tennis player from Great Britain who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics.

Tennis career

At the 1924 Summer Olympics she teamed up with Evelyn Colyer to win a bronze medal in the women's doubles event. In the singles event she reached the quarterfinal; she was beaten by Julie Vlasto.

Between 1920 and 1939 she participated in 15 editions of the Wimbledon Championships. In the singles event her best result was reaching the quarterfinal in 1921 (lost to Mabel Clayton) and 1924 (lost to Phyllis Satterthwaite.[1] She reached the final of the Wimbledon doubles event in 1929 with Phyllis Howkins Covell but lost in straight sets to compatriots Peggy Saunders Michell and Phoebe Holcroft Watson, a result that would be repeated a few months later in the final of the U.S. National Championships. Two years later, 1931, she partnered Phyllis Mudford King to win the doubles title, defeating Doris Metaxa Howard and Josane Sigart in three sets.[2]

In the mixed-doubles event she was a Grand Slam finalist on four occasions, partnering Lewis Deane, Leslie Godfree and Bunny Austin.

Personal life

On 23 September 1921, she married engineer Wilfred Shepherd-Barron in Bombay, India. One of their sons is John Shepherd-Barron, credited as the inventor of the atm while their youngest son, Richard Shepherd-Barron, was in the 1950s and 1960s a racing driver, finishing 13th overall at the 1962 Le Mans race. She died in a car accident in Cambridgeshire on 20 February 1953.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1929 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Phyllis Howkins Covell United Kingdom Peggy Michell
United Kingdom Phoebe Holcroft Watson
6–4, 8–6
Loss 1929 U.S. Championships Grass United Kingdom Phyllis Howkins Covell United Kingdom Peggy Michell
United Kingdom Phoebe Holcroft Watson
6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 1931 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Phyllis Mudford King France Doris Metaxa Howard
Belgium Josane Sigart
3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 4 (4 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1923 Wimbledon Grass United States Lewis Deane United States Elizabeth Ryan
United Kingdom Randolph Lycett
4–6, 5–7
Loss 1924 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Leslie Godfree United Kingdom Kitty McKane
United Kingdom John Gilbert
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 1931 French Championships Clay United Kingdom Bunny Austin United Kingdom Betty Nuthall
South Africa Patrick Spence
3–6, 7–5, 3–6
Loss 1934 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Bunny Austin United Kingdom Dorothy Round
Japan Tatsuyoshi Miki
6–3, 4–6, 0–6


  1. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Dorothy Shepherd Barron (Shepherd)". AELTC.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon draws archive – 1931 Ladies' Doubles". AELTC.

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