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Emily Hood

tennis player
Full name: Emily Jane Lucy Harding Hood
Alias: Mrs V.C.Westacott
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Bio In 1930 she won the national junior singles and doubles titles as well as the doubles title with Margaret Molesworth. Due to illness she played little tennis in 1935 and the first half of 1936.

She won the Australian Championship singles in 1939, defeating Nell Hopman in straight sets. In 1937 she was a finalist losing in the final to Nancye Wynne Bolton in three sets. Together with Margaret Molesworth, she won three women's doubles titles at the Australian Championships in 1930, 1933, and 1934.

In 1939 the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association proposed to send Westacott and May Hardcastle to the Wimbledon Championships, but Westacott declined due to illness of her mother.

She was troubled by illness, including a nervous breakdown, through her career, she was unlucky not to ever play overseas, though she competed against British and American stars in Australia. In 1939, the Queensland Assocation agreed to send Westacott and May Hardcastle to Wimbledon, but a serious illness to Westacott's mother forced her to decline.

In 1946, after a serious operation, she was forbidden from playing tennis for a year and was advised to give up singles for all time.
Despite her hard-hitting strokes, Westacott used one of the lightest tennis racquets possible, weighing 11 1/2 oz (against the 'norm' at the time for ladies of 12 1/2 to 13 oz). Aged 13, she was forced to choose between playing tennis or basketball (netball) for her school and, fortunately, the coin favoured tennis. Her height (5'11) assisted her to develop a severe serve and fearsome smash.
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