Sylvia Lance

Sylvia Lance [b.1895 – ?] was a long-term resident of Strathfield.  She won the Australian Women’s Open Championship in 1924 and was runner-up to the title in 1927 and 1930.  She won the Australian Open Women’s Doubles with Esna Boyd in 1923 and with Daphne Akhurst in 1924 and 1925.  Lance also won the Mixed Doubles in 1923 with Horace Rice. She married Robert Harper in 1924, a colonel in the army.  After her marriage, she continued to play competitive tennis.   Her last known title is 1930 as runner up at the Australian Open in the category of women’s singles.

Sylvia was the daughter of Charles Carey Lance [1859-1934], an engineer and Louisa Fuller, a singer and artist. 

Sylvia Lance [later Sylvia Lance Harper] Tennis Titles

Year Title Position Titles
1923 Australian Open Winner Women’s Doubles with Esna Boyd
1923 Australian Open Winner Mixed Doubles with Horace Rice
1924 Australian Open Winner Women’s Doubles with Daphne Akhurst
1924 Australian Open Winner Women’s Singles
1925 Australian Open Winner Women’s Doubles with Daphne Akhurst
1925 Australian Open Runner-Up Mixed Doubles with Richard Schlesinger
1927 Australian Open Runner-Up Women’s Singles
1927 Australian Open Runner-Up Women’s Doubles with Esna Boyd
1929 Australian Open Runner-Up Women’s Doubles with Meryl O’Hara Wood
1930 Australian Open Runner-Up

Women’s Singles

© Cathy Jones 2005. This article is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced without permission of the author. 

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