Maureen Connolly

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Connolly, Maureen

Connolly, Maureen, 1934–69, American tennis player, b. San Diego, Calif. She became, at 16, the youngest player to win the U.S. national singles. She successfully defended the U.S. title (1952, 1953), won the Wimbledon championship (1952, 1953, 1954), and completed a grand slam of the world's four major titles in 1953 with the French and Australian championships. Little Mo, as she was known, was one of America's greatest woman tennis players. Following a serious injury in a horseback riding accident, she was forced to retire in 1955.
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Connolly, Maureen (Catherine)

(1934–69) tennis player; born in San Diego, Calif. In 1953 she became the first woman to win in the same year the four major championships that comprise the Grand Slam of tennis: the U.S., Australian, British, and French titles. Nicknamed "Little Mo," a horse riding accident in 1954 ended her career in active competition.
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She is survived by her husband, Brad; four children and their spouses, Brian and Denise Connolly, Maureen Connolly, Terence and Janet Connolly and Jon and Kathleen (Connolly) Cameron; eight grandchildren, Caitlin and Shannon Connolly, Bradley, Sean and Brianna Connolly, and Christi, Mitchell and Kimberly Cameron; two sisters-in-law, Theresa McLaughlin and Carole McLaughlin; and numerous nieces and nephews, Theresa, Kathleen and Daniel McLaughlin, Tommy, Patricia, Matthew, Mark and Laura McLaughlin, and Elizabeth (Speranzella), Paula and Marty Reisner, as well as many maternal cousins.
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