Shirley Bloomer Brasher was a British tennis player who was widely known during her time to win three grand slam titles in her career and single ranked player in her country in 1957. She was born on June 13, 1934 in Grimsby, Lincolshire, England.
She won the single title at the 1957 French Championships. She overcame Dorothy Head Knode in the finals of their match on that year. She was the runner up to ZsuZsi Kormoczy in the 1958 match. When she teamed with Darlene Hard, they won the womens, doubles title in 1957 French Championship defeating Yola Ramirez Ochoa and Rosie Reyes.
She also teamed up with Nicola Pietrangeli and won the 1958 French Championship overcoming Lorraine Coghlan Robinson and Bob Howe. Brasher paired with Patricia Ward Hales in the 1955 during the Wimbledon match was beaten by Beverly Baker Fleitz.
Brasher played for the British Wightman Cup team form 1955 to 1960. The team up of Christine Truman Janes was the first time that Great Britain won the competition since 1930. She was member of the Grimsby Town Tennis Club, located in College Street Grimsby.
In 1959, she married Chris Brasher who helped pace Roger Banister in running the first four minute mile in 1954 and in 1956 won Olympic Gold medal. Shirley Bloomer and Chris Brasher had three children. One of them is Kate who played at Wimbledon and on the women’s professional tour in the 1980’s.