The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

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


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