Dorothy Head Knode


Dorothy Head Knode Brief Biography

Dorothy Head Knode (ne Head; born July 4, 1925) is a former tennis player from the United States who reached the women's singles final of the French Championships in 1955 (losing to Angela Mortimer Barrett in three sets) and 1957 (losing to Shirley Bloomer Brasher in straight sets). She reached the semifinals of six other Grand Slam singles tournaments from 1952 through 1957.

In 1948 she won the singles title at the Cincinnati Championships after defeating Mercedes Madden Lewis in the final in two straight sets. Knode won the singles title at the German Championships in 1950, 1952, and 1953. She also won the singles title at the U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships in 1951, 1955, 1958, and 1960 and the bronze medal at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. She and her partner Darlene Hard were the runners-up in women's doubles at the 1956 French Championships, losing to the team of Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton 6-8, 8-6, 6-1.

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