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date: 25 June 2022

McKane Godfree, Kathleen

A Supplementary Dictionary of Sports Personalities

Stuart George

McKane Godfree, Kathleen (1897–1992) British lawn tennis and badminton player. 

In 1924 and 1926 she was the Wimbledon women’s singles champion. She was the first person to reach the singles finals of the French Open, US Open, and Wimbledon. She and her sister Margaret McKane Stocks contested the Wimbledon doubles final in 1922, the only sisters to do so until Serena and Venus Williams in 2000. In 1927 she and her husband, L.A. Godfree, became the only married couple to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title. She also won four All England Open badminton championships (1920–24).