MCKAY IS GREATEST
Jessica O’Halloran, writing effusively of Serena Williams, is perhaps too young to remember one of the world’s best sportspeople ever, male or female, in any sport (“The greatest of them all”, 1/9).
Almost every sportsperson — Don Bradman, Serena Williams, or whoever – loses matches from time to time. The now 78-year-old Heather McKay (nee Blundell) from Queanbeyan, NSW, was never beaten in top-level squash from 1962 to 1981. When she retired in 1981, aged 40, McKay had gone nearly 20 years undefeated. From 1962 to 1977, she won 16 consecutive British Open titles, including the inaugural women’s World Open title in 1976.
She was the Australian amateur champion for 14 consecutive years, 1960 to 1973. McKay has since won two over-45 world championship squash titles and two over-50 world championship titles. On top of which she twice represented Australia in field hockey. WILL HAGON