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Sarah Palfrey Danzig, Former Tennis Champion, Dies

February 28, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sarah Danzig, a tennis champion in the 1930s and ’40s who was considered one of the most elegant players on the circuit, died Tuesday at New York Hospital of lung cancer. She was 83.

Danzig won 18 Grand Slam titles, most in doubles where her skill around the net made her a coveted partner. She was the U.S. singles champion in 1941 and 1945, won nine U.S. doubles titles and teamed with Alice Marble to capture Wimbledon doubles titles in 1938 and 1939.

The Massachusetts native played on 10 Wightman Cup teams and was ranked among the world’s top 10 women on six occasions from 1933-39. She won the first of 63 national titles at the age of 14, taking the 1927 Junior Grass Courts doubles championship.

Danzig turned professional in 1947 for an exhibition tour, before becoming a sports editor for NBC and later an advertising consultant for World Tennis magazine. The author of two tennis instruction books, she was selected to the sport’s Hall of Fame in 1963.

She is survived by husband Jerry Danzig; daughter Diana Dupont of Hudson, N.H.; son Jerry P. Danzig of New York; and two sisters.

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