Madi­son lifts Cup

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - SPORT -

War­ragul North Pri­mary School stu­dent Madi­son Ash­ley formed part of the win­ning Cen­tral Gipp­s­land team at the Judy Dal­ton Ten­nis Cup held in Morn­ing­ton re­cently.

Madi­son, 12, formed part of a team of four girls to com­pete against re­gions in­clud­ing Bar­won, Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, Cen­tral High­lands, Goul­burn Val­ley.

Af­ter eight rounds of sin­gles and dou­bles, the Cen­tral Gipp­s­land team won over­all to take out the re­gional state cham­pi­onship.

Judy Dal­ton spoke to all teams about the dif­fi­cul­ties of be­ing a women’s ten­nis player. She was one of the nine fe­male play­ers who fought for equality for women com­peti­tors.

Fed up with the lack of prize­money and sup­port they re­ceived in com­par­i­son to their male coun­ter­parts, the group of nine broke away from the ten­nis es­tab­lish­ment to form their own tour.

They signed sym­bolic $1 con­tracts with World Ten­nis Magazine founder Gla­dys Held­man to com­pete on the newly-cre­ated Vir­ginia Slims Cir­cuit, which de­buted with a tour­na­ment in Hous­ton and be­came known as the Orig­i­nal Nine.

It paved the way for women’s pro­fes­sional ten­nis, and later the found­ing of the Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (WTA) in 1973.

The Orig­i­nal Nine’s vi­sion was one in which women and girls could make a liv­ing play­ing com­pet­i­tive sport. That dream is now a re­al­ity for hun­dreds of women play­ing on the WTA Tour.

Dal­ton reached a ca­reer-high sin­gles rank­ing of seven in 1968, where she fin­ished run­ner up at Wim­ble­don, and ex­celled in the tan­dem game, win­ning ma­jor dou­bles ti­tles.

She was in­ducted into the Aus­tralian Ten­nis Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ru­bies de­feat Opals

Ru­bies main­tained sec­ond spot on the War­ragul Thurs­day women’s ten­nis lad­der with vic­tory over Opals in round five.

Emer­alds de­feated Pearls in the other match to move closer to sec­ond po­si­tion.

Di­a­monds, who have es­tab­lished a run­away lead at the top of the ta­ble, had the bye. Re­sults: Emer­alds 6/38 d Pearls 0/20, Ru­bies 4/32 d Opals 2/19, Di­a­monds bye.

Lad­der: Di­a­monds 33, Ru­bies 22, Emer­alds 19, Opals 14, Pearls 12.

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