Dates: June 5-12
Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club, St. Martins. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Singles (Draw= 71, plus holder)
*Holder Bjurstedt "sits out" until the Challenge Round.
Edith Handy d. Marie Ballin 6-0 6-0
May Currie d. Charlotte Cheston 4-6 6-3 6-4
Elizabeth Ostheimer d. Edith Stern 5-7 6-1 6-3
Gertrude Ostheimer d. Sarah Shattuck default
Eleanora Sears d. Mrs Helen Pouch 6-2 6-4
Edwina Hensel d. Edith White 6-1 6-2
Mabel Kerbaugh d. Augusta Chapman default
Evelyn Sears d. Florence Sheldon 6-2 6-3
Clara Cassebeer d. Mary Stair 9-7 6-4
Laura Pope d. Ida Huff 6-1 6-2
Sarah Neilson d. Emily Kennedy 7-5 2-6 6-2
Alice Patterson d. Teresa Wood default
Margaret Moes d. Mrs C. C. Parsons 6-2 6-3
Mary Merrick d. Elizabeth Porter 6-3 0-6 6-4
Alice Hawkins d. Gertrude Henry 3-6 7-5 6-1
Louise Raymond d. Margaret Tattersfield 6-0 6-2
Louise Adams d. Elizabeth Henry 7-9 6-2 6-3
Eugenia Wainwright d. Irene Dearnley 6-4 6-4
Miriam Steever d. Edna Wildey 6-0 6-2
Maud Barger-Wallach d. Miss Helen Pouch 6-0 6-0
Mary Wilcox d. Helen Schlichter default
Handy d. Currie 6-2 6-2
E Ostheimer d G Ostheimer 6-0 6-2
El. Sears d. Hensel 6-3 6-4
Ina Kissel d. Kerbough 3-6 6-4 6-2
Elsie Cabot d. Elizabeth Meehan 6-0 6-2
Ethel Herold d. Mrs J. H. Chapman 6-2 6-2
Phyllis Walsh d. Florence Ballin 6-4 7-5
Eleanor Freeley d. Jane Rawson default
Clara Chase d. Gertrude Hollis 6-3 7-5
Kitty Brinton d. Aureola Smoker 6-3 6-3
Susanne White d. Miss H. W. Williams 7-5 6-4
Alice Drake d. Katherine Force 6-1 6-1
Flora Harvey d. Matilde Richardson 6-2 6-2
Hannah Wright d. Edith Newhall default
Mrs. John R Hall d. Adele Bull 6-3 6-4
Dorothy Disston d. Grace Leroy 6-1 6-4
May Snyder d. Elsa Reath default
Margaretta Taylor d Mollie Thayer 6-0 2-6 7-5
Ev. Sears d. Cassebeer 6-0 6-1
Pope d. Neilson 6-2 9-11 6-3
Patterson d. Moes 6-1 6-3
Merrick d. Hawkins 6-4 8-6
Raymond d. Adams 6-2 6-1
Steever d. Wainwright 6-3 6-0
Barger-Wallach d. Wilcox 6-0 6-1
Handy d. E. Ostheimer 6-4 6-0
El. Sears d. Kissel 6-4 6-1
Cabot d. Herold 6-2 6-0
Walsh d. Freeley default
Chase d. Brinton default
White d. Drake 6-3 6-2
Harvey d. Wright 6-0 6-0
Hall d. Disston 4-6 6-4 7-5
Taylor d. Snyder default
Ev. Sears d. Pope default
Patterson d. Merrick 0-6 7-5 6-3
Raymond d. Steever 6-3 6-4
Barger-Wallach d. Handy 6-3 6-3
El. Sears d. Cabot 6-2 6-4
Walsh d. Chase 6-2 6-0
White d. Harvey 6-4 4-6 6-1
Hall d. Taylor 8-6 6-3
Ev. Sears d. Patterson 6-3 6-2
Raymond d. Barger-Wallach 6-1 6-3
El. Sears d. Walsh 6-3 6-3
White d. Hall 4-6 8-6 7-5
Raymond d. Ev. Sears 6-2 6-1
El.Sears d. White 6-2 6-3
Louise Raymond d. Eleanora Sears 6-3 6-4
Molla Bjurstedt (holder) d. Louise Raymond 6-0 6-1
Edith Newhall/Elizabeth Ostheimer-bye
Clara Chase/Margaret Moes-bye
Molla Bjurstedt (Nor)/Eleonora Sears d. Helen Schlichter/Phyllis Walsh 6-2 6-3
Katherine Force/Elizabeth Porter d. Mrs John R Hall/Eugenia Wainwright 6-3 6-3
Dorothy Disston/Susanne White d. Louise Adams/Adele Bull 2-6 6-3 6-1
Mollie Thayer/Margaretta Myers d. Clara Cassebeer/Miriam Steever 2-6 6-0 6-4
Ida Kissel/Teresa Wood d. Edwina Hensel/Sarah Neilson 6-1 6-2
Flora Harvey/Margaret Walbridge-bye
Louise Raymond/Edna Wildey d. May Currie/Edith White 6-1 6-0
Augusta Chapman/Marion Chapman-bye
Matilde Smith/Margaretta Taylor d. Helene Martin/Helena Robinson 6-0 6-0
Emily Kennedy/Elsa Reath d. Alice Blake/Hilda Williams 6-3 6-2
Mary Stair/Mildred Willard d. Emma Betz/Sophie Norris 6-2 6-2
Elsie Cabot/Evelyn Sears-bye
Edith Handy/Mrs Helen Pouch-bye
Elizabeth Henry/Gertrude Henry-bye
Newhall/E. Ostheimer d. Chase/Moes 6-3 6-2
Bjurstedt/El. Sears d. Force/Porter default
Disston/White d. Thayer/M. Myers 6-2 9-7
Kissel/Wood d. Harvey/Walbridge 6-3 8-6
Raymond/Wildey d. Chapman/Chapman 6-4 6-3
Smith/Taylor d. Kennedy/Reath 6-1 7-9 6-2
Cabot/Ev. Sears d. Stair/Willard 6-0 6-4
Handy/Pouch d. Henry/Henry 6-2 7-5
Bjurstedt/El. Sears d. Newhall/E.Ostheimer 6-3 6-2
Disston/White d. Kissel/Wood 3-6 6-3 6-4
Raymond/Wildey d. Smith/Taylor 7-5 6-2
Handy/Pouch d. Cabot/Ev. Sears 6-3 6-4
Bjurstedt/El. Sears d. Disston/White 6-3 6-4
Raymond/Wildey d. Handy/Pouch 6-4 6-1
Molla Bjurstedt/Eleonora Sears d. Louise Raymond/Edna Wildey 4-6 6-2 10-8
Mixed Doubles (Draw=30)
Sarah Neilson/Edward Edwards-bye
Edith Handy/Percy Osborne d. Mildred Willard/Randolph Faries 6-2 6-0
Florence Ballin/Bill Tilden d. Maud Barger-Wallach/Craig Biddle 7-9 6-4 6-2
Marion Crawley/Ewing Taylor d. Elizabeth Fort/Herbert Raffeto 7-5 6-2
Teresa Wood/Wallace Johnson d. Margaret Taylor/Joseph Rowland 6-4 6-0
Flora Harvey/Joseph Carpenter d. Miss A von Bernuth/Henry Endicott 6-2 6-2
Sarah Myers/Allan Evans d. Mollie Thayer/Joseph Thayer 4-6 6-4 6-4
Molla Bjurstedt (Nor)/Charles Bull d. Violet Gratz/Oliver Baird 6-0 6-1
Dorothy Disston/Alex Thayer d. May Currie/John A. Brown 6-3 6-3
Elsa Reath/Albert Kennedy d. Charlotte Cheston/Deveraux Josephs 6-2 6-1
Florence Sheldon/Frank Hague d. Eugenia Wainwright/Paul Gibbons 9-7 1-6 7-5
Carrie Tallmann/Charles Plass d. Matilda Richardson/C. M. Taylor 6-2 6-2
Ina Kissel/Joseph J Armstrong d. Mrs Helen Pouch/Billy Pouch 6-1 6-0
Katherine Force/Henry Van Dyke Johns d. Mary Williams/Clarence Jennings 6-3 6-4
Susanne White/Rowland Davis d. Eliza Fox/Casper Wister 6-3 7-5
Eleanora Sears/Willis Davis-bye
Handy/Osborne d. Neilson/Edwards 6-1 6-4
F Ballin/Tilden d. Crawley/Taylor 6-1 6-1
Wood/Johnson d. Harvey/Carpenter 6-1 6-3
Bjurstedt/Bull d. S Myers/A Evans 6-3 6-1
Disston/A. Thayer d. Reath/Kennedy 6-2 6-4
Sheldon/Hague d. Tallmann/Plass 6-2 6-4
Kissel/Armstrong d. Force/Johns 6-4 6-0
El Sears/Davis d. White/R. Evans 6-3 6-4
F Ballin/Tilden d. Handy/Osborne7-5 6-8 6-2
Bjurstedt/Bull d. Wood/Johnson 6-1 6-4
Sheldon/Hague d. Disston/A. Thayer 7-5 6-4
El Sears/Davis d. Kissel/Armstrong 3-6 9-7 6-3
F Ballin/Tilden d. Bjurstedt/Bull 6-2 6-4
El Sears/Davis d. Sheldon/Hauge default
Eleanora Sears/Willis E. Davis d. Florence Ballin/Bill Tilden 6-4 7-5
The New York Tribune (source for the first day) lists the Preliminary Round as the first round.
Miss Helen Pouch and Mrs Helen Pouch are daughter and mother.
The quarterfinals of the mixed=the third round.
Missing full names for
Mrs J. H. Chapman plays for the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Mrs. John R Hall is from New York and plays for the West Side Tennis Club.
Mrs C. C. Parsons is from New York and plays for the West Side Tennis Club.
Miss A von Bernuth
Miss M. E. Wilcox plays for Merion Cricket Club. Could she=Mary Wilcox?
Miss H. W. Williams
Mr C. M. Taylor propably Charles M Taylor)
Louise Adams=Mrs CW Adams of Huntington Valley CC
Florence and Marie Henrietta Ballin were sisters. Both attended Bryn Mawr.
Emma Betz=Mrs John F Betz 3rd.
Mrs J. H. Chapman plays for the Philadelphia CC
Charlotte Cheston plays for the Philadrlphia CC
May E Currie (or Curry) played for the West Side TC, New York. Also listed as C Currie.
Irene E Dearnley plays for Plymouth CC
Alice C Drake is from St Paul, Minnesota
Katherine E Force
Eleanor H Freedley plays for Plymouth CC
Mrs John R Hall is from New York
Flora Harvey=Mrs Gilbert Harvey
Pouch=Helena Hellwig. Listed in papers of era as Mrs W. H. Pouch. Her daughter was Miss Helen Pouch.
Edwina C Hensel is from Merion.
Ethel Herold listed as Mrs Robert Herold
Raymond=Louise Hammond. Listed in papers of era as Mrs Edward Raymond
Elizabeth N Meehan plays for Germantown CC
Mary R Merrick is from Philadelphia (note some sources use "Herrick")
Margaret Moes is from Chevy Chase, Maryland
Alice M Patterson plays for the Philadelphia CC
Laura Pope=Mrs Robert A. Pope
Elizabeth Porter is from Washington DC
Elsa Reath plays for Merion CC
Mathilde Richardson is from Belmar
Jane Rowson is from Patterson
Mrs Isaac Schluichter=Helen, nee Ehret.
Sarah Shattuck played for Longwood CC
May B Snyder is from Pittsburgh
Mary K Stair plays for York CC
Matilde Smith=Mrs Erskine Smith, who plays for the Philadelphia Cricket Club
Aureola Smoker=Mrs A. D. Smoker.
Edith Stern=Mrs David S Stern of New York. She=nee Edith Katzenberg of Philadelphia.
Margaret Tattersfield plays for Germantown CC
Margaret Walbridge, nee Buffum=Mrs Charles A Walbridge, who represented the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Edith H White and May E Curry are from the West Side Club and staying as guests of Hannah C Parks.
Susanne White is from Baltimore.
Mary Wilcox=Miss M. E. Wilcox
Teresa Wood listed by papers of the era as Mrs Rawson Wood
Oliver Baird=Mr O. H. Baird. His full name was Oliver Hopkinson Baird.
Henry Endicott=Mr H. B. Endicott. His full name was Henry Bradford.
Frank Hague=Mr F. B. Hague
Albert Kennedy=Mr A. E. Kennedy
Charles Plass=Mr C. W. Plass. His full name was Charles Webster.
The New York Tribune
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger
The Grand Slam Book of Tennis (p 928 for Mixed results)
Thanks to The Computer for some results.
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Norsewoman Molla Bjurstedt set a record (for the time) of winning a final in less than 30 minutes. Though the field was quite large, Mrs. May Sutton Bundy and Mary Browne were "particularly missed", as no challenger for Molla could be found. The Philadelphia Public Ledger describes her famous forehand shots as "wallops", also writing that "Miss Bjurstedt's driving constantly brought forth applause from the gallery."
Raymond's "stage fright" made the final a nightmare. Never once did it appear she would offer up a challenge. Mercifully it was over in 26 minutes. This is the shortest and most lopsided US ladies final in history aside from the 1964 final. Louise got to deuce only 3 times and won 24 points in all. Mrs Raymond won her few points at net, but never really pursued a change in tactics to get there more often.
An exciting doubles final gave Mrs Raymond a chance for revenge. Molla and Louise were given a 30 minute rest after the singles final. In a corker of a match Edna Wildey performed brilliantly. Louise Raymond again failed to ply up to her usual standards, giving Bjurstedt and Eleanora Sears enough room to get by 10-8 in the 3rd. Miss Sears also won the mixed with Californian star Willis Davis.
A drizzle kept spectators in the semis down to "a few dozen."
Throughout the week Bill Tilden wrote articles on the event for The Evening Ledger.
SPALDING'S LAWN TENNIS ANNUAL. 35 National Women's Championships By Miss Florence Ballin. Rain, a steady drizzHnsr rain, and the wonderful playing of Miss Molla Bjur- stedt in tlie chnllense round, were the outstanding features of the thirtieth women's national championships, held on the grass courts of the Philadelphia Cricket Club at i<t. Martins, near Philadelphia, the week of June 5. There was a certain lack of excitement to the matches of the tournament proper, due to the absence of a number of the leading players. None of the Californians came East, and neither Mrs. fJeorge Wightman, Mrs. Marshall McLean nor Miss Marie Wagner were entered. Mrs. Edward Raymond, as was expected, came through the winner of the tournament, but although she had played Miss Bjurstedt a close three-set match early in the season, in the challenge round in this instance she found her opponent at her very best, well-nigh invincible, and went down to defeat in about the shortest time in wtiich a match has ever been recorded — twenty-two minutes. The first two days of the tournament were marked by fair weather and every- thing went smoothly, with no notable upsets. Then the rain started, and kept up more or less steadily until Saturday afternoon. Matches were played in a drizzling rain, on slippery courts : but Mr. Jennings, by good management and with the co-operation of the players, kept up fairly well with his schedule. The fifth round, on Friday, saw all of the favorites still playing. Miss Susanne White defeated Mrs. Hall in a closely contested three-set match ; but Mrs. Barger-Wallach, handicapped by the heavy courts, was unable to cope with the clever placing of Mrs. Raymond, and lost, 6/1,6/3. Again, In the semi- finals, Mrs. Raymond rose superior to adverse conditions and, playing at her best, outgeneraled Miss Evelyn Sears to the score, 6/1,6/2. Miss Eleonora Sears likewise advanced to the final round with comparatively little trouble, the wet grass onlv serving to make her chops more deadly. In the semi-final round she defeated Miss White. 6/2.6/3. Saturday afternoon, however, found the ground comparatively dry after the morning's wind, and although Miss Sears put all she had on the ball, she was unable to upset Mrs. Raymond's calm, driving game. The latter played a heady game, as always, coming to the net occasionally for points, but relying in the main on her ability to coax Miss Sears out of position and take advantage of the resulting openings. In the challenge round, however, played on Monday afternoon under a sunny sky, it was Miss Bjurstedt who made the openings, one after another, and sent her ball smashing through. So swift was the pace she set. so few her errors, that the match was over before Mrs. Raymond had had a chance to show the sterling tennis of which she is capable. As she played in that match. Miss Bjurstedt seemed absolutely unbeatable. As she herself said afterwards, "every- thing was working," and she saw to it that it worked to the best advantage. Her service was well placed and swifter than usual : her backhand, as well as her forehand, seemed to be under perfect .control and her court covering was, as always, remarkable. It seemed impossible to force her out of position, although this was partly due to the fact that she kept Mrs. Raymond almost entirely on the defensive by the speed of her own attack. As in the singles, the doubles did not bring out any remarkable playing until the final match, which was played immediately after the challenge round of the singles. In the third round Jliss Disston and Miss White won a hard fought match from Miss Kissel and Mrs. Wood, but found themselves unable to cope with Miss Bjurstedt and Miss Eleonora Sears in the semi-flnals. due in some small part to their lack of confidence. In the final match, Mrs. Raymond came back from a brief rest after her singles match, determined to make a good showing, and with the aid of Miss Edna Wildey. nearly succeeded in winning the doubles title. A better women's doubles match has seldom been seen. With the exception of the second set, when Mrs. Raymond and her partner slumped badly, the games were all keenly contested. " The sounder game indeed was played by the eventual losers, who many times in the third set had victory almost in their grasp, only to lose it in "the end. Their headwork was excel- lent, their use of both drives and lobs very judicious. However, after falling behind In the third set. Miss Biurstedt and Miss Sears settled down in grim earnest and. directing most of their plays at Miss Wildey. whose net play up to this point had been excellent, finally forced her to weaken just enough to give them the needed points for victory.
The mixed doubles was also won by Miss Eleonora Sears, partnered this time with Willis Davis, but only after a number of interesting matches had been played. Miss Ballin and W. T. Tilden. 2nd, after a close battle with Mrs. Wal- lach and Craij? Biddle, surprised everyone by defeating Miss Bjurstedt and Charles M. Bull in the semi-final round, 6/2,6/4. Miss Sheldon and Frank Hague played a very good game in the third round, defeating Miss Disston and Thayer, but were unfortunately obliged to default the semi-final round on Mon- day morning. In the third round, too. Miss Sears and Davis had a hard struggle before they could defeat Miss Kissel and Joe Armstrong. Davis, who had been playing erratically the first set, suddenly came into his own in the middle of the second set, and playing all over the court, gave a very good exhibition of tennis, although it could hardly bo called "mixed doubles." This set he won only after the games had gone to deuce several times. In the third, Armstrong weakened before his onslaught and lost the set, 6/3. In the final round, played late Monday afternoon after the women's doubles, Davis was again at the top of his game. But he had acquired wisdom over Sunday and allowed his partner to handle her own shots, which she did most capably, a method which worked so well that they defeated Miss Ballin and Tilden In an interesting exhibition by the score 6/4,7/5. So ended the thirtieth women's championship meet, which, thanks to the capable management of the committee headed by Mr. Jennings, and despite the very unfavorable weather conditions, was a most enjoyable tournament.