Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling

March 26, 1908
March 07, 1981
Place of Birth:
Essen, Germany
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling was an outstanding clay court player, stout of heart, resourceful and relentless, purposeful in every way. She is one of only four women ever to capture the French Championships for three consecutive years (1935-1937). Sperling was a German competitor who became a Danish citizen after getting married in 1933. She won no fewer than six German Championships singles titles, secured the prestigious Italian Championships crown once, and spent ten straight years among the top ten in the world. At Wimbledon, she won the mixed doubles in 1933 with the immensely respected Gottfried von Cramm on the fabled Centre Court, recording a triumph she would remember for the rest of her life.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion - 1935, 1936, 1937


  • Mixed Doubles Champion - 1933