D D Steel

Born: 1884

Died: 1965

Inducted: 2011

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Miss Dorothy Dyne (D.D.) Steel - D.D, as she was always known - dominated the game between the two world wars, and was perhaps the first to prove that women could play on equal terms with men.

In the British Open Championship she competed in ten finals, winning four times, and also collected 5 Doubles and 7 Mixed Doubles titles, in both cases with three different partners.

D.D played in the President's Cup for 17 consecutive years, recording 6 wins, and was also involved in a quadruple tie for first place. She won the Women's Championship 15 times between the two wars.

Unsurprisingly, she was a member of three of the four MacRobertson Shield teams in this period, missing only the trip to Australia in 1935 for family reasons.

She was probably the most dominant player between the two wars of either sex. She may have been controversial, but to exclude her is a travesty.

DD Steel