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Kitty McKane

tennis player
Full name: Kathleen McKane
Nickname: Kitty
Alias: Mrs L.A.Godfree
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Bio Kathleen "Kitty" McKane Godfree was a British female tennis and badminton player.

According to Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Godfree was ranked in the world top ten from 1921 (when the rankings began) through 1927, reaching a career high of World No. 2 in those rankings in 1923, 1924, and 1926.

Godfree won five Olympic medals in tennis at the 1920 Antwerp and 1924 Paris games, the most Olympic medals ever won by a tennis player. In 1923 she captured the title at the World Covered Court Championships.

In 1922, Kitty and her sister Margaret McKane Stocks were the only sisters to contest a Wimbledon doubles final (until Serena and Venus Williams reached the final in 2000), losing to Suzanne Lenglen and Elizabeth Ryan 6–0, 6–4.

Fluent in two racquet sports, Kitty McKane Godfree was a versatile Englishwoman who managed to win the Wimbledon Singles Championship and the All England Badminton Championships in 1924.

Godfree won the Wimbledon singles title twice. In the 1924 final, Godfree recovered from a set and 4–1 (40–15) down against Helen Wills Moody to win the title. This was the only defeat at Wimbledon for Moody who would go on to win eight titles. In the 1926 final, Godfree recovered from a 3–1 and game-point-against deficit in the third set to defeat Lili de Alvarez.

In 1925, Godfree became the first person to have reached the singles finals of the French Championships, Wimbledon, and U.S. Championships during her career.

Victorious again at Wimbledon in the singles two years later, she secured the mixed doubles crown that year on the fabled grass courts with her husband Leslie. They are the only married couple in the history of the game to win the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title. Thoughtful and resilient on the court, she was unfailingly congenial away from the arena.

Godfree received a Centenary medallion on Wimbledon's Centre Court in 1977. She presented the winner's trophy to Martina Navratilova in 1986, in honor of the centenary year of play at Wimbledon.Godfree was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978.

In badminton, Godfree won eight All England Open Badminton Championships from 1920 through 1925, considered the unofficial World Badminton Championships until 1977.

Kitty was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1978.
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