For 15 years Ann Stephens (nee Mackenzie) was the leading New Zealand women’s player. Playing an athletic, robust game she won five New Zealand titles in from 1956-63 and represented New Zealand from 1960-68. She was part of Mitchell Cup-winning teams with Oamaru and Hamilton. Her record would have been even more impressive but for the fact that she divided her time between squash and badminton, at which she was also a New Zealand champion. In 1957 she played in both sports’ national championships on the same weekend.