Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kay Stammers
Stammers continued to be interested in tennis throughout her life and attended Wimbledon annually until late in her life when she was no longer able to travel. She died at her home in Louisville and was buried in the family cemetery on 28 December 2005.
Stammers' physical appearance ensured that she attracted more than the usual interest from the press and public. In 1936, for example, an article in Time magazine described her (somewhat patronisingly) as "pretty Kay Stammers, whom English critics like to describe as the 'typical' British girl tennist, and who likes lacrosse, cricket, lump sugar and planters' punches."
Her best performances in women's doubles at the US Championships were in 1936, 1937, and 1938 when she reached the semifinals and in 1939 when she reached the final.
She also won the women's doubles title at the 1935 French Championships with partner Peggy Scriven.
Stammers won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1935 and 1936 with partner Freda James Hammersley.
According to A. Wallis Myers and John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Stammers was ranked in the world top ten in 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, and 1946, reaching a career high of World No. 2 in those rankings in 1939.
At the 1935 Kent championships in Beckenham, England, Stammers became the first British player to beat Moody in 11 years.
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