Dorothy Cheney

Intro American tennis player
A.K.A. Dorothy May Bundy Cheney, Dorothy May Bundy
Was Athlete Tennis player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 1 September 1916, Los Angeles, USA
Death 23 November 2014, Escondido, USA (aged 98 years)
Star sign Virgo

Dorothy "Dodo" May Sutton Bundy Cheney (September 1, 1916 – November 23, 2014) was an American tennis player from her youth into her 90s. In 1938, Bundy was the first American to win the women's singles title at the Australian National Championships, defeating Dorothy Stevenson in the final.

Personal life

Cheney was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Tennis Hall of Famer May Sutton Bundy (1886–1975) and U. S. men's doubles champion Tom Bundy (1881–1945). She was the grandmother of former Major League Baseball player Danny Putnam. Cheney died on November 23, 2014, in Escondido, California at the age of 98.

Tennis career

According to A. Wallis Myers and John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Bundy Cheney was ranked in the world top 10 in 1937 and 1946 (no rankings issued from 1940 through 1945), reaching a career high of sixth in 1946. The United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) included Bundy Cheney in its year-end, top-ten rankings of U. S. players from 1936 through 1941, 1943 through 1946, and in 1955. She was ranked third in 1937, 1938, and 1941. Bundy was a member of the victorious U. S. Wightman Cup teams from 1937 through 1939. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004. Cheney was still competing in selected top level events at the age of 51. In 1967, she upset a seeded player, Karen Krantzcke, in the third round of the Pacific Southwest Championships 6–2, 6–2. Her win-loss singles records against some elite players were as follows: 7–2 Doris Hart 4–1 Billie Jean King 4–2 Shirley Fry 6–5 Margaret Osborne duPont 0–0 Helen Wills Moody 0–1 Althea Gibson, Angela Mortimer, Ann Haydon 0–1 Christine Truman, Lesley Turner, Nancy Richey 2–4 Maureen Connolly 0–2 Helen Jacobs, Rosemary Casals 8–11 Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Cooke 0–3 Carole Caldwell 1–5 Darlene Hard 1–6 Karen Hantze Susman 4–10 Louise Brough 1–9 Alice Marble 1–15 Beverly Baker Fleitz 8–25 Pauline Betz By the end of her senior age-groups playing career, Cheney had amassed 394 USTA titles — a record.

Grand Slam and other singles tournaments

In the first singles match of her career at any Grand Slam tournament, Bundy upset second-seeded Sarah Palfrey Fabyan in the first round of the 1936 U. S. National Championships. Bundy ultimately lost in the quarterfinals. The first nine times that Bundy Cheney played singles at the U. S. National Championships, she reached at least the quarterfinals. During those (and other) years, she had no "bad" losses at Grand Slam singles tournaments. Her losses were as follows

Year Tournament Cheney's Seeding Round Opponent
Name Seeding Finish
1936 U. S. National Championships None QF Helen Pedersen Seventh SF
1937 U. S. National Championships Sixth SF Anita Lizana Second foreign Champion
1938 U. S. National Championships Third SF Nancye Wynne Fourth foreign Runner-up
1938 Wimbledon Championships None 4R Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Seventh QF
1939 U. S. National Championships Fourth QF Virginia Wolfenden Eighth SF
1940 U. S. National Championships Fourth QF Valerie Scott Second foreign SF
1941 U. S. National Championships Third QF Helen Jacobs Fifth SF
1943 U. S. National Championships Eighth SF Louise Brough Second Runner-up
1944 U. S. National Championships Fourth SF Margaret Osborne Second Runner-up
1945 U. S. National Championships Seventh QF Sarah Palfrey Cooke Second Champion
1946 Wimbledon Championships Fifth SF Pauline Betz First Champion
1946 French International Championships Twelfth SF Pauline Betz First Runner-up
1946 U. S. National Championships Fourth 1R Dorothy Head Knode None QF
1948 U. S. National Championships None 2R Louise Brough First Champion
1955 U. S. National Championships Seventh 3R Patricia Ward None Runner-up
1959 U. S. National Championships None 1R Christine Truman Third Runner-up

Bundy Cheney also had several significant singles wins at Grand Slam tournaments:

Year Tournament Round Opponent Opponent'sSeeding
1936 U. S. National Championships 1R Sarah Palfrey Fabyan Second
1937 U. S. National Championships 3R Marie Horn Fourth foreign
1937 U. S. National Championships QF Alice Marble First
1938 U. S. National Championships 2R Margaret Osborne None
1938 U. S. National Championships QF Simone Mathieu Second foreign
1939 U. S. National Championships 3R Freda James Fifth foreign
1941 U. S. National Championships 3R Patricia Canning Todd None
1943 U. S. National Championships QF Margaret Osborne Third
1944 U. S. National Championships 2R Patricia Canning Todd None
1944 U. S. National Championships QF Doris Hart Second
1946 Wimbledon Championships 4R Betty Nuthall None
1946 Wimbledon Championships QF Katherine Stammers None

Cheney won the singles title at the 1944 Tri-Cities Championships in Cincinnati, defeating Betz in the final. The following year, Cheney was the singles runner-up at that tournament.

Grand Slam and other women's doubles tournaments

Bundy Cheney was a three-time runner-up in Grand Slam women's doubles tournaments: 1938 Australian National Championships, 1940 U. S. National Championships, and 1941 U. S. National Championships. Cheney won the women's doubles title at the 1944 and 1945 Tri-Cities Championships in Cincinnati.

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1938 Australian Championships Grass Dorothy Stevenson 6–3, 6–2

Doubles (3 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1938 Australian Championships Grass Dorothy Workman Nancye Wynne Thelma Coyne Long 7–9, 4–6
Loss 1940 U. S. National Championships Grass Marjorie Gladman Van Ryn Alice Marble Sarah Palfrey 3–6, 7–9
Loss 1941 U. S. National Championships Grass Pauline Betz Margaret Osborne Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–3, 1–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles (4 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1940 U. S. National Championships Grass Jack Kramer Alice Marble Bobby Riggs 7–9, 1–6
Loss 1944 U. S. National Championships Grass Don McNeill Margaret Osborne Bill Talbert 2–6, 3–6
Loss 1946 Wimbledon Championships Grass Geoff Brown Louise Brough Tom Brown 4–6, 4–6
Loss 1946 French Championships Clay Tom Brown Pauline Betz Budge Patty 5–7, 7–9

Other singles finals (21 titles, 26 runner-ups)

Result Week of Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Won Apr 5, 1937 Ambassador Hotel InvitationalLos Angeles, California Hard Barbara Winslow 6–4, 8–6
Won Apr 19, 1937 Ojai Valley Tennis TournamentOjai, California, U. S. Hard Barbara Winslow 6–2, 6–2
Won May 3, 1937 Southern California Sectional ChampionshipsLos Angeles, U. S. Hard Gracyn Wheeler 6–1, 6–8, 7–5
Lost Jun 28, 1937 Hotel del Coronado InvitationalCoronado, California, U. S. Hard Bonnie Miller Blank 5–7, 4–6
Won Jul 12, 1937 Colorado State ChampionshipsDenver Country ClubDenver, Colorado, U. S. Clay Carolin Babcock 4–6, 6–0, 6–3
Won Dec 6, 1937 Victorian ChampionshipsKooyong Lawn Tennis ClubMelbourne, Australia Grass Nancye Wynne 6–4, 1–6, 6–4
Won Apr 18, 1938 Ambassador Hotel InvitationalAmbassador Tennis ClubLos Angeles, California Hard May Doeg Smith 8–6, 3–6, 6–2
Won Apr 25, 1938 Ojai Valley Tennis TournamentOjai, California, U. S. Hard Gertrude Bishop Bixler 6–3, 6–3
Lost May 23, 1938 Middlesex ChampionshipsChiswick Tennis ClubLondon, United Kingdom Grass Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 5–7, 2–6
Lost Jul 11, 1938 Scottish ChampionshipsPeebles, Scotland Grass Mary Hardwick 2–6, 5–7
Lost Jul 25, 1938 Seabright InvitationalSeabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket ClubRumson, New Jersey, U. S. Grass Alice Marble 2–6, 2–6
Lost Aug 8, 1938 Eastern Grass Court ChampionshipsWestchester Country ClubRye, New York, U. S. Grass Alice Marble 5–7, 0–6
Won Sep 26, 1938 Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsLos Angeles, U. S. Hard Sarah Palfrey Fabyan 6–4, 6–4
Won Jan 9, 1939 Palm Springs InvitationalPalm Springs Tennis ClubPalm Springs, California, U. S. Hard Mary Arnold Prentiss 6–4, 6–2
Won Jun 26, 1939 Colorado State ChampionshipsDenver Country ClubDenver, Colorado, U. S. Clay Marjorie Gladman Van Ryn 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Lost Sep 25, 1939 Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsLos Angeles, U. S. Hard Alice Marble 7–9, 1–6
Lost Jan 8, 1940 Palm Springs InvitationalEl Mirador Tennis ClubPalm Springs, California, U. S. Hard Helen Bernhard 3–6, 4–6
Won Apr 15, 1940 Beverley Hills InvitationalBeverley Hills, California, U. S. Hard Helen Bernhard 6–2, 7–5
Won Apr 22, 1940 Ojai Valley Tennis TournamentOjai, California, U. S. Hard Pauline Betz 6–4, 6–4
Won Jun 24, 1940 Hotel del Coronado InvitationalCoronado, California, U. S. Hard Louise Brough 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Won Jul 8, 1940 Colorado State ChampionshipsDenver, Colorado, U. S. Clay Esther Bartosh 7–5, 6–4
Lost Jul 15, 1940 Eastern Clay Court ChampionshipsJackson Heights Tennis ClubNew York City, U. S. Clay Virginia Wolfenden 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Won Jul 29, 1940 Maidstone InvitationalMaidstone Lawn Tennis ClubEast Hampton, New York, U. S. Grass Gracyn Wheeler 6–2, 6–3
Won Sep 16, 1940 Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsLos Angeles, U. S. Hard Valerie Scott 6–3, 6–3
Won Nov 11, 1940 Championships of the ArgentineBuenos Aires, Argentina Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
Won Nov 25, 1940 International Tournament of UruguayMontevideo, Uruguay Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–4, 7–9, 6–3
Lost Dec 2, 1940 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 8–6, 3–6, 3–6
Lost Dec 9, 1940 Championship of the FluminenseRio de Janeiro, Brazil Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 2–6, 1–6
Lost Jan 20, 1941 Florida West Coast ChampionshipsSt. Petersburg, Florida, U. S. Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 5–7, 1–6
Lost Feb 3, 1941 South Florida ChampionshipsWest Palm Beach, Florida, U. S. Clay Pauline Betz 4–6, 1–6
Lost Feb 24, 1941 Southeastern Sectional ChampionshipsJacksonville, Florida, U. S. Clay Pauline Betz 4–6, 9–11
Lost Jun 23, 1941 Hotel del Coronado InvitationalCoronado, California, U. S. Hard Louise Brough 2–6, 11–9, 2–6
Lost Sep 15, 1941 Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsLos Angeles, U. S. Hard Sarah Palfrey Cooke 3–6, 5–7
Lost Nov 17, 1941 Championships of the ArgentineBuenos Aires, Argentina Clay Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–3, 7–9, 5–7
Won Jun 12, 1944 U. S. Clay Court ChampionshipsDetroit Tennis ClubDetroit, Michigan, U. S. Clay Mary Arnold Prentiss 7–5, 6–4
Won Jun 19, 1944 Tri-State ChampionshipsCincinnati Tennis ClubCincinnati, Ohio, U. S. Clay Pauline Betz 7–5, 6–4
Lost Jul 3, 1944 Western Sectional ChampionshipsNeenah, Wisconsin, U. S. Clay Pauline Betz 1–6, 2–6
Lost Jul 10, 1944 Chicago OpenRiver Forest Tennis ClubRiver Forest, Illinois, U. S. Clay Mary Arnold Prentiss 7–9, 4–6
Lost Aug 20, 1945 Maidstone InvitationalMaidstone Lawn Tennis ClubEast Hampton, New York, U. S. Grass Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6–8, 4–6
Lost 1946 Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsLos Angeles Tennis ClubLos Angeles, U. S. Hard Pauline Betz 2–6, 2–6
Lost 1950 Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsLos Angeles Tennis ClubLos Angeles, U. S. Hard Helen Pastall Perez 2–6, 2–6
Lost Jun 22, 1953 Hotel del Coronado InvitationalCoronado, California, U. S. Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 6–4, 6–8, 1–6
Lost Aug 3, 1953 Balboa Bay Club Invitational,Newport Beach, California, U. S. Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 4–6, 5–7
Lost Sep 7, 1953 Santa Monica City TournamentSanta Monica, California, U. S. Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 4–6, 4–6
Lost Apr 30, 1956 Ojai Valley Tennis TournamentOjai, California, U. S. Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 5–7, 2–6
Won Aug 26, 1957 Santa Monica City TournamentSanta Monica, California, U. S. Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 6–3, 0–6, 6–4
Lost Oct 21, 1957 Balboa Bay Club InvitationalNewport Beach, California, U. S. Hard Beverly Baker Fleitz 4–6, 1–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Key

W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Tournament 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 – 1954 1955 1956 – 1958 1959 Career SR
Australian Championships A A W A A NH NH NH NH NH A A A A A A A 1 / 1
French Championships A A A A NH R R R R A SF A A A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon Championships A A 4R A NH NH NH NH NH NH SF A A A A A A 0 / 2
U. S. National Championships QF SF SF QF QF QF A SF SF QF 1R A 2R A 3R A 1R 0 / 13
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 17

R = tournament restricted to French nationals and held under German occupation. In 1946 and 1947, the French International Championships were held after the Wimbledon Championships.

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