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JOHANNESBURG—The mother of one of
the women accusing Bob Hewitt of rape
testified yesterday that her daughter is
lying and was not abused as a minor by
the former tennis star.
Judy Sheehan was called to testify in a
South African court by Hewitt’s defence
She said her daughter, Suellen Sheehan,
was never in a position where she could
have been raped by Hewitt, a former Grand
Slam doubles champion and Tennis Hall of
Fame member who is on trial charged with
sexually abusing three girls he coached in
the 1980s and 1990s.
“Mr Hewitt never took my child any-
where,” Judy Sheehan testified, according
to the South African Press Association. “He
never picked her up anywhere...I would
have known about it.”
Judy Sheehan’s testimony contradicted
her daughter, who testified at the start of
the trial last week that Hewitt raped her in
his car in 1982 when she was 12. Suellen
Sheehan testified that the rape took place
after Hewitt picked her up from school to
take her to tennis practice.
“If this had happened, this case would
have taken place some 30-odd years ago,”
Judy Sheehan said.
She said her daughter never told her at
the time that she had been raped. Suellen
Sheehan sat in the courtroom in Johannes-
burg while her mother testified.
Suellen Sheehan is one of three women
who have accused Hewitt of sexual abuse
decades ago when they were underage.
Twiggy Tolken also says she was raped by
Hewitt when she was 12 in 1981. A third
woman says Hewitt sexually assaulted her
during tennis lessons when she was younger
Hewitt, now 75, is charged with two
counts of rape and one of sexual assault
against minors. He pleaded not guilty to all
Although the AP typically does not identify alleged
victims of sexual abuse, Sheehan and Tolken have
agreed to be named. The third woman asked to remain
Hewitt won 15 Grand Slam doubles and mixed
doubles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is considered
one of game’s greatest doubles players. He was induct-
ed into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992,
but thrown out in 2012 after the allegations of abuse
Tolken testified that in 1981 a case was opened
with police against Hewitt after he allegedly raped
her, but authorities didn’t pursue charges then. At
least one other woman in the United States has
accused Hewitt of sexual abuse.
On Tuesday, Judy Sheehan cast doubt on the reli-
ability of her daughter’s story. Judy Sheehan said she
and her husband were now estranged from their
daughter having suffered physical and emotional
abuse from her. Suellen Sheehan’s son was “in hiding
from his mother,” Judy Sheehan testified, according
Prosecutor Carina Coetzee challenged Judy Shee-
han’s assertion that she was not told about the alleged
rape at the time by her daughter, and her denial now
was a self-defence mechanism.
DUBAI—Caroline Wozniacki served for the match
three times before finally beating Samantha Stosur
4–6, 6–1, 7–5 yesterday in the second round of the
Dubai Tennis Championships.
The third-seeded Dane led 5–2 in the third set
but struggled to close it out.
“They do say third time lucky, right?” Wozniacki
said. “I was hoping for that.”
Wozniacki has been ill with a headache, sore throat
and hoarseness since arriving in Dubai, and on the
first point of the match a recurring left knee problem
After losing the first set, the former top-ranked
player took a medical time out to have her knee treat-
“I thought I was long gone after that first set,”
Wozniacki said. “I’m happy to be through and to the
Fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic, out with a broken
toe since a first-round exit at the Australian Open,
beat Sabine Lisicki 6–0, 6–3, while fifth-seeded
Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Caroline Garcia 6–3,
Also advancing was 13th-seeded Carla Suarez
Navarro of Spain, who withdrew from Sunday’s final
in Antwerp against Andrea Petkovic with a neck
injury. Suarez Navarro beat Camila Giorgi 6–3, 6–4.
Three seeded players lost: Petkovic fell to Zarina
Diyas 7–5, 6–3; Jelena Jankovic lost to Garbine Mugu-
ruza 6–3, 6–4; and Peng Shuai was beaten by Tsve-
tana Pironkova 3–6, 6–4, 7–6 (5).
advances in Dubai
Mother of alleged Hewitt victim says daughter lying
RIO DE JANEIRO—Fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini
of Italy advanced to the second round of the Rio
Open by defeating Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic
6–1, 7–6 (7) yesterday.
Fognini joins No 3 Tommy Robredo of Spain, who
On the women’s side of the combined ATP-WTA
clay-court event, three unseeded players moved into
the second round on Tuesday: Beatriz Haddad Maia
of Brazil, Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay and
Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.
Second-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania
advanced on Monday.
Fognini into 2nd
round at Rio Open
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