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1898

Dates: June 20-28
Venue: The All-England lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=18)

1st Round

C. Morgan-bye
Beryl Tulloch-bye
Ruth Pennington-Legh-bye
Henrietta Horncastle-bye
Louisa Martin (Ire)-bye
"Miss Ireland"-bye
Miss Hitchens-bye
ER Morgan d. Edith Bromfield 8-6 4-6 8-6

Edith Austin d. Amy Kirby 7-5 6-2
Ellen Thynne-bye
Ruth Dyas (Ire)-bye
Alice Pickering-bye
Mrs. H. I. Harper-bye
Bertha Steedman-bye
Helen Smythe-bye
Charlotte Cooper-bye

Second Round

C. Morgan d. Tulloch 6-4 6-2
Legh d. Horncastle 6-2 6-2
Martin d. 'Ireland' default
ER Morgan d. Hitchins 6-1 6-1

Austin d. Thynne 6-1 6-0
Dyas d. Pickering 8-6 2-6 6-4
Steedman d. Harper 6-1 6-2
Cooper d. Smythe 6-2 6-4

Quarterfinals

Legh d. C. Morgan 6-0 6-1
Martin d. ER Morgan 6-2 6-0
Austin d. Dyas 4-6 6-3 6-4
Cooper d. Steedman 4-6 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Martin d. Legh default
Cooper d. Austin 6-4 6-1

Final

Charlotte Cooper d. Louisa Martin 6-4 6-4

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Draw Notes:

Missing full names for:

Mrs. H. I. Harper
Miss Hitchens
'Miss Ireland' (A pseudonym)
Miss C. Morgan
Miss ER Morgan

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Sources:
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1898_LS_A4.pdf
American Lawn Tennis (v1, n8, page 119)

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Summary:

There is no Challenge Round as holder Blanche Hillyard does not defend her title. At 18 entrants it is record draw for the singles. In 1897 only 7 entered. The women have turned a corner this year. From now on Wimbledon draws will gradually increase except for 1900.

American Lawn Tennis (v1, n8, page 119) sets the scene for the final, which was played on a Monday on centre court. Louisa Martin shoots out to 2-0 led. Cooper evens things up, never falling behind again. Martin has the more penetrating shots, but makes repeated erroes,especially off her backhand, which often flies long or in the net.

By contrast "Chattie" Cooper serves better than normal and finishes off many a rally at net. Martin has a point for 5-4 in the second set ans errs off a short ball.

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Dates: June 19-27
Venue: All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=17, plus holder)

1st Round

Ruth Winch d. C. Parsons-Smith 6-0 6-0

2nd Round

Muriel Robb d. Maud Garfit 6-3 2-6 6-4
Ruth Durlacher d. Ethel Tanner 6-0 6-0
Amy Kirby d. Alice Pickering 6-4 3-6 6-3
Bertha Steedman d. Winch 6-2 7-9 8-6

Blanche Hillyard d. Helen Smythe 6-3 6-0
Edith Austin d. Ursula Templeton 6-4 6-0
Beryl Tulloch d. 'Miss Ireland' 7-5 6-2
Edith Bromfield d. Ellen Thynne 7-5 5-7 6-2

Quarterfinals

Durlacher d. Robb 6-1 5-7 6-3
Steedman d. Kirby 4-6 6-2 6-2
Hillyard d. Austin 8-6 6-4
Tulloch d. Bronfield 3-6 6-2 6-1

Semifinals

Durlacher d. Steedman 6-4 6-2
Hillyard d. Tulloch 6-3 3-6 6-2

All-Comers Final

Blanche Hillyard d. Ruth Durlacher 7-5 6-8 6-1

Challenge Round


Blanche Hillyard d. Charlotte Cooper (holder) 6-2 6-3

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Draw note
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Durlacher was the married name of Ruth Dyas.
Mrs Ruth Winch=nee Ruth Pennington-Legh. She Married in February 1899.

This draw marks the Wimbledon debuts of the Englishwomen Muriel Robb and Maude Garfit, two future top-class players.

Missing full names for:

'Miss Ireland'
Miss C. Parsons-Smith

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Sources
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http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1899_LS_A4.pdf

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Summary

This year was the inaugural women’s doubles event at Wimbledon. It would not have championship status until 1913. At this point in time the All England Women’s Doubles Championship was played during the Derbyshire Championships tournament in Buxton.

It was discontinued after 1907, then revived in 1913 with full championship status.

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1900

Dates: June 25-July 4
Venue: All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass
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Singles (Draw=16, plus holder)

1st Round

Muriel Robb d. Alice Pickering 6-3 6-4
Charlotte Cooper d. Henrietta Horncastle 7-5 6-2
Beryl Tulloch d. Helen Smythe 6-3 2-6 6-1
Edith Greville d. Edith Bromfield 5-7 6-4 6-3

Marion Jones (US) d. Ursula Templeton 6-3 6-4
Ellen Evered d. Toupie Lowther 6-3 9-7
Dorthea Douglass d. M.W. Fisher default
Louise Martin d. 'Miss Ireland' 6-4 6-3

Quarterfinals

Cooper d. Robb 6-3 9-7
Greville d. Tulloch 7-5 6-0
Evered d. Jones 7-5 6-2
Martin d. Douglass 6-4 6-3

Semifinals

Cooper d. Greville 6-1 6-2
Martin d. Evered 6-0 6-2

All-Comer's Final

Charlotte Cooper d. Louisa Martin 8-6 5-7 6-1

Challenge Round Final


Blanche Hillyard d. Charlotte Cooper 4-6 6-4 6-4

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Draw Notes:

The first Wimbledon of Dorothea Douglass (later Chambers), the greatest of the pre-World War women with 7 Wimbledons.

Mrs GE Evered=nee Ellen Thynne

Greville=Married name of Austin.
Marion Jones, American champion, becomes the first non-British female to compete at Wimbledon.

Missing full names for:

Miss M.W. Fisher
'Miss Ireland'

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Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1900_LS_A4.pdf

2010 Wimbledon Compendium, p. 78 (provides dates)

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Summary:

Hillyard and Cooper have been swapping wins until now. On July 3 Hillyard wins a nip and tuck three set thriller. Blanche is the first repeat champion in some time, Cooper having won it in 1895-1896.

This was the inaugural edition of the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon. Although it has continued indefinitely since then, it did not acquire full championship status until 1913. At this point in time the All England Mixed Doubles Championship was played during the Northern Championships tournament, held alternately in Liverpool and Manchester.

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1901

Dates: June 24-July 3
Venue: All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=30, plus holder)

1st Round

Toni Popp (Ger)-bye
Edith Greville d. Connie Meyer 6-1 6-0
Louisa Martin (Ire) d. M Chatterton default
Adelaide Barry (Ire) d. C.B. Bell 6-3 6-0
E. Monckton d. A. Bell 8-6 7-5
Agatha Morton d. Edith Johnson 6-2 6-2
Alice Pickering d. Ellen Stawell-Brown 6-8 6-2 6-1
Toupie Lowther d. Miss Francis default

Ellen Evered d. Henrietta Horncastle default
Muriel Robb d. Ruth Winch 7-9 6-4 6-4
Dorothea Douglass d. Edith Bromfield 7-9 6-1 6-3
Charlotte Sterry d. Ruth Durlacher (Ire) 6-2 6-4
Harriet Hughes D'Aath d. Beryl Tulloch 6-3 6-2
C. Parsons-Smith d. C. Webber default
Countess Clara von der Schulenburg (Ger) d. A Martin 6-0 6-0
D. Slater-bye

Second Round

Greville d. Popp 6-0 6-1
Martin d. Barry 6-4 4-6 6-1
Morton d. Monckton 6-1 6-2
Pickering d. Lowther 7-5 6-1

Robb d. Evered 6-3 4-6 6-3
Sterry d. Douglass 6-4 6-2
D'Eath d. Parsons-Smith default
Schulenburg d. Slater default

Quarterfinals

Martin d. Greville 4-6 6-3 6-4
Morton d. Pickering 6-3 7-5
Sterry d. Robb 6-0 6-0
Schulenburg d. D'Eath 6-1 6-0

Semifinals

Martin d. Morton 7-5 6-2
Sterry d. Schulenburg 6-1 6-1

All Comers-Final

Charlotte Sterry d. Louisa Martin 6-3 6-4

Challenge Round Final

Charlotte Sterry d. Blanche Hillyard (holder) 6-2 6-2

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Draw notes:

Defender Blanche Hilyard "sits" until Challenge Round final. Ladies singles began on June 26.

The Wimbledon site uses Hughes D'Eath (and not Hughes D'Aeth). Geneology records are consistent in using D'Aeth.

The "Mme Popp" on the Wimbledon site is in fact Toni Popp of Germany.

Countess Clara von der Schulenburg played as 'Adams'. Thanks to Elegos, LKK, and Newmark for helping to solve the identity of 'Adams'

Missing full names for:


Miss A. Bell
Miss C.B. Bell
Mrs M Chatterton
Miss Francis
A. Martin (Could she be related to Louisa Martin? She was not a sister, as Louisa sister Agatha was married by this date.)
Miss E. Monckton
Miss C. Parsons-Smith
Miss D. Slater
Miss C. Webber

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Sources:

"Miss Adams” – a revolutionary theory on the identity of an unknown tennis player - TennisForum.com


The London Times


http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1901_LS_A4.pdf

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Summary:

From "Lawn Tennis and Croquet", July 3, 1901:

"'Miss Adams', a visitor from the Continent, is a steady baseline player with some volleying power, good backhand and forehand drives and considerable mastery of the ball. Unfortunately she had the most uninteresting draw [at Wimbledon] - a walkover and two very easy ties before she met Mrs Sterry."

From the same edition of "Lawn Tennis and Croquet":

"'Miss Adams' has never before played on grass courts, and was not quite at home with their slowness compared with the very fast courts she is acquainted to. She hails from the Continent, where she is by far the best lady player."

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Dates: June 23 to July 2
Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club,Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=22, plus holder Sterry)

First Round

Hilda Lane-bye
Blanche Hillyard-bye
Muriel Robb-bye
Edith Bromfield-bye
E. Godfrey-bye
Dorothea Douglass d. Henrietta Horncastle default
Ruth Durlacher d. Beryl Tulloch default
Alice Greene d. Ellen Stawell-Brown 6-1 6-3

Connie Meyer d. Edith Johnson default
Winifred Longhurst d. E. Burrill default
Agatha Morton d. Ethel Thompson 6-4 6-4
Phoebe Hausberg-bye
Edith Greville-bye
C.B.Bell-bye
Bertha Steedman-bye
Connie Wilson-bye

2nd Round

Lane d. Hillyard 6-2 6-8 9-7
Robb d. Bromfield 6-3 4-6 6-4
Douglass d. Godfrey default
Durlacher d. Greene 6-3 6-2

Longhurst d. Meyer 6-1 6-2
Morton d. Hausberg default
Greville d. Bell default
Steedman d. Wilson 6-3 8-10 6-4

Quarterfinals


Robb d. Lane 6-1 7-5
Douglass d. Durlacher 6-2 10-8
Morton d. Longhurst 6-3 6-4
Greville d. Steedman 6-1 3-6 6-2

Semifinals

Robb d. Douglass 6-4 2-6 9-7
Morton d. Greville 7-5 6-4

All-Comers Final

Muriel Robb Robb d. Agatha Morton 6-2 6-4

Challenge Round


Muriel Robb d. Charlotte Sterry (Holder) 7-5 6-1*

*replayed after splitting sets at 4-6 13-11 when rain halted play on the first day.

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Draw Notes

The ladies doubles and mixed events were still non-championship events in 1902.

There are Bells in the draw:

1. CB Bell in singles
2. A Bell in doubles
3. D Bell in mixed.

Missing full names for:

Miss CB Bell
Miss A Bell
D Bell
Miss E. Burrill
Miss E. Godfrey

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Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1902_LS_A4.pdf

Wade, Virginia. Ladies of the Court: A Century Of Women At Wimbledon. p 22

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Summary

Hilda Lane stuns Blanche Hillyard, opening up the draw.

Muriel Robb took advantage. After beating Lane in the quarters she wins over Douglass in the semis.There were 3 doubtful line calls that went against Douglass during her semi. Each call was at her advantage in the fourth game, which would have resulted in 3-1 lead in the third. Robb's powerful forehand pulls her through.

With this win Muriel Robb, from Newcastle in Northumberland, became the only player, male or female, to have won the four national championships of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales). No other player has ever repeated the feat.

The Challenge Round is replayed from the start after the women split sets with rain coming down. After losing the first set 4-6 Muriel eeks out the second at 13-11. The next day they start afresh rather than play out the third. Robb wins 7-5 6-1. If one counts the previous two sets this is the longest ladies final by games at 53.

Blanche Hillyard summed up Miss Robb: "The power she got on the ball was astonishing. Indeed fewer men have had a harder drive. Fortunately for her opponents she was a player who very decidedly had her days." (Ladies of the Court, p 22).

Sadly Robb never returns to Wimbledon, dying in 1907, aged only 28.

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1903

Dates: June 22-JUly 7
Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club,Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=28)


1st Round


Toupie Lowther-bye
Winifred Longhurst-bye
E. Walter d. Bertha Steedman default
Agatha Morton d. Connie Meyer 6-1 6-3
Hilda Lane d. Ellen Stawell-Brown 6-2 8-6
Gertrude Houselander d. M Stoneham 6-1 6-1
Violet Pinkney d. A. Bell retired (at 0-0?)
Dorothea Douglass d. Mrs. Riseley default

Constance Wilson d. Edith Greville 1-6 6-2 6-3
L. Ripley d. Mrs M. Chatterton default
E. L. Bosworth d. Henrietta Horncastle 6-1 6-1
Ethel Thomson d. Beryl Tulloch 6-3 6-2
Helen Smythe d. C.B. Bell default
Edith Bromfield d. Edith Longhurst 6-3 6-3
Alice Greene-bye
Mrs. Newton-bye

2nd round


Lowther d. W Longhurst 8-6 6-2
Morton d. Walter 6-2 6-2
Houselander d. Lane 1-6 6-1 9-7
Douglass d. Pinckney default

Wilson d. Ripley 6-2 6-1
Thompson d. Bosworth 6-4 6-1
Bromfield d. Smythe 6-0 6-2
Greene d. Newton 6-1 6-2

Quarterfinals

Lowther d. Morton 6-1 6-0
Douglass d. Houselander 6-2 6-0
Thomson d. Wilson 6-4 8-6
Greene d. Bromfield 6-0 4-6 6-3

Semifinals


Douglass d. Lowther 6-4 6-2
Thomson d. Greene 6-3 6-1

Final

Dorothea Douglass d. Ethel Thomson 4-6 6-4 6-2

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Draw Notes:

Missing full names for:

Miss A. Bell
Miss C. B. Bell
Miss E. L. Bosworth
Mrs M. Chatterton
Mrs. Newton
Miss L. Ripley
Mrs Riseley probably=http://www.tennisforum.com/51651146-post3223.html
Miss M. Stoneham (as per Wimbledon site. Other results have her as Miss M. Stonham)
Miss E. Walter

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Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1903_LS_A4.pdf

Lawn Tennis and Badminton

Thanks to Newmark for the match report from the final.

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Summary
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Douglass took advantage of "a lean entry" to win her first Wimbledon. Absentees included the holder Robb, and multiple winners Hillyard and Sterry (pregnant).

Ethel used "her teasing, screw underhand service and outstanding backhand returns" to blunt Dorothea's power at first.

From 4-4 in the second Douglass was in control, despite not being up to her usual standard. In pictures from 1903 Dorothea's long skirts swish just below her ankles.

A full match report of the final:

From 'Lawn Tennis and Badminton', July 8, 1903:

"This decided the championship as Miss Muriel Robb, the holder, was not defending the title. Though Miss Dorothea Douglass won, Miss Ethel Thomson nearly effected a surprise, as at one time she was a set up, with four games-all in the next, and the audience began to wonder if, after all, the prophets were to be deceivers. The Devonshire lady placed beautifully down the lines or across the court, and the balls came at a surprising pace, apparently being hit with only a moderately hard stroke.

"Several times Miss Douglass failed to get within yards of a cross shot, and it was only her imperturbable steadiness and judgment that slowly gained the upper hand. Towards the end Miss Thomson failed over some of the easier ones, but the more difficult balls came back with interest. Miss Douglass was as she was against Miss Toupie Lowther, seeming unable to go for her forehand drive, while the backhand was weak, except when lobbing, which she did with great effect just out of Miss Thomson's reach whenever the latter came up to the net.

"Miss Douglass started serving, and the first three games went with the service, but then the favourite secured the next two, and the score was 4-1, Miss Douglass leads. Miss Thomson, however, took five in succession, and so the set at 6-4. She continued the run by winning the next two games, but her opponent's effort was good enough to turn the tables, and soon the umpire announced 4-2, Miss Douglass leads. Miss Thomson made it four-all, but lost the next two, the ninth going to Miss Douglass on her excellent service. Set-all.

"In the third set Miss Thomson had to be content with the second and third games, Miss Douglass taking the first one and the last five, two of them after the score had been called 40-0 against her.

"Miss Douglass, as has been said, was hardly at her best, the cut service and drive seeming to bother her, swerving as they did in the air and then keeping very low off the ground. Miss Thomson played beautifully at the start, but failed to keep it up at the end of the second set. She was very near to victory, so that the next meeting of these two expert exponents will be most interesting. Perhaps with the confidence born of victory Miss Douglass will score a decisive victory, as many of her supporters expected her to do so in the above match, but in which she never got really going with any force, being mostly content to let Miss Thomson do the scoring for both sides."

The doubles and mixed events did not have championships status until 1913.

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Dates: June 20-29
Venure: The All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw-41, plus holder)


Holder Dorothea Douglass "sits out" until Challenge Round final.

1st Round

Charlotte Sterry-bye
Lucy Ransome-bye
Beryl Tulloch-bye
Mrs. MacCauley-bye
Edith Greville-bye
Edith Bromfield-bye
Adine Masson (Fra)-bye
S. Benton-bye

Violet Pinkney-bye
Marie Louise de Pfoeffel (Fra)-bye
Alice Greene-bye
Hilda Lane d. C.B. Bell 6-1 6-0
Edith Johnson d. M. Taplin 6-2 5-7 7-5
Ruth Winch d. Ellen Stawell-Brown 4-6 6-3 7-5
Mrs M. Chatterton d. Connie Meyer default
Mabel Squire d. Maud Banks (US) 6-0 6-2

Dora Boothby d. Maud Brown 6-3 6-2
Winifred Longhurst d. L. Flemmech 6-1 6-0
Aurea Farrington d. Mrs. Albury 6-2 6-3
Blanche Hillyard d. K. Kentish 6-0 6-2
Ethel Thomson-bye
L. Ripley-bye
Agatha Morton-bye
Henrietta Horncastle-bye

Constance Wilson-bye
Margherita de Robiglio (Fra)-bye
Amy Mooijaart-bye
Phoebe Hausberg-bye
E.L. Bosworth-bye
Mrs G.D. Driver-bye
E.E.Sargeant-bye
Amy Ransome-bye

2nd Round

Sterry d. L.Ransome default
Tulloch d. MacCauley 2-6 6-0 6-0
Greville d. Bromfield default
Masson d. Benton 6-2 6-3
Pinckney d. Pfoeffel 6-0 6-3
Greene d. Lane 4-6 7-5 6-1
Winch d. Johnson 6-1 6-0
Squire d. Chatterton default

Longhurst d. Boothby 6-2 8-6
Hillyard d. Farrington 6-0 6-1
Thomson d. Ripley 6-0 6-1
Morton d. Horncastle 6-1 6-0
Wilson d. de Robiglio 8-6 1-6 retired
Mooijaart d. Hausberg default
Bosworth d. Driver default
Sargeant d. A.Ransome 0-6 7-5 6-4

3rd Round

Sterry d. Tulloch 6-2 6-2
Greville d. Masson 6-0 6-1
Greene d. Pinckney 6-2 3-6 6-3
Winch d. Squire 6-3 6-3

Longhurst d. Hillyard 6-0 6-0
Morton d. Thomson 8-6 2-6 8-6
Wilson d. Mooijart 6-4 6-0
Bosworth d. Sargeant 7-5 6-2

Quarterfinals

Sterry d. Greville 8-6 9-7
Greene d. Winch 6-4 6-4
Morton d. Longhurst 6-1 6-4
Wilson d. Bosworth 6-3 6-4

Semifinals

Sterry d. Greene 6-2 6-1
Morton d. Wilson 3-6 6-4 8-6

All Comers Final


Charlotte Sterry d. Agnes Morton 6-3 6-3

Challenge Round

Dorothea Douglass (holder) d. Charlotte Sterry 6-0 6-3

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Draw Notes
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Miss M. Banks=Maud Banks, an American tennis player who emigrated to England with her family in the early 1900s.
M. E. Brown=Maud Brown
L Flemich=Ellen or Eliza-both had middle initials that started with "L".

The Flemmich sisters were of Dutch origin. One entered Wimbledon in 1904. They both played at Wimbledon in 1905. They are virtually impossible to distinguish from each other because they were listed in draws variously as "E. Flemmich", "L. Flemmich", "E.L. Flemmich", etc.

Missing full names for:

Mrs. Albury
Miss S. Benton
Miss C. B. Bell
Mrs M. Chatterton
Mrs G. D. Driver=possibly the Mrs Dudley Driver from an earlier draw in this year.
Miss L. Flemmich (see detailed exposition above)
Miss K. Kentish
Mrs MacCauley
E.E.Sargeant

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Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1904_LS_A4.pdf
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Summary

Three French challengers who are unused to grass fall early. Douglass wins the Challenge Round easily, her volleying and smashing showing noticeable improvement. "When Charlotte Sterry got to the net she was either passed like a flash of lightening or the ball bounded out of court by the sheer force of the impact."

Douglass finally reversed her losing streak vs. Sterry, winning all 6 encounters in 1904. In fact, Douglass was unbeaten in 9 tournaments for the year.

Neither the doubles nor the mixed are championship level events

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1905

Dates: June 26-July 7
Venue: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, (Worple Road), London, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=47, plus holder)

Holder Dorothea Douglass "sits out" until Challenge Round.

First Round

Helen Harper-bye
Dora Armstrong-bye
Madeline O'Neil bye
C.B.Bell-bye
Alice Greene-bye
Edith Greville-bye
Agatha Morton-bye
Mrs. MacCauley-bye

Winifred Longhurst-bye
D. Spencer d. Henrietta Horncastle default
May Sutton (US) d. Nora Meyer 6-0 6-0
Ellen Stawell-Brown d. Aurea Farrington 6-3 6-1
Mildred Coles d. E. Flemmich 6-1 6-2
E.E.Sargeant d. Amy Ransome 6-1 6-0
Ethel Thomson d. Frieda Meyer 7-5 6-4
Mrs P. M. Morton d. Violet Pinckney default

Beryl Tulloch d. K.Kentish default
L. Ripley d. Mrs. Albury 6-0 5-7 6-3
Hilda Lane d. E. Smith 9-7 6-8 6-4
Blanche Hillyard d. Maud Banks (US) 6-0 6-0
Lottie Patterson d. M. Taplin 6-1 6-3
Gertrude Houselander d. Maud Brown 6-1 6-3
Dora Boothby-bye
L. Flemmich-bye

Connie Meyer-bye
Phoebe Hausberg-bye
Bertha Holder-bye
Edith Johnson-bye
Mabel Squire-bye
D. Taplin-bye
Connie Wilson-bye
Amy Mooijaart-bye

2nd Round

Harper d. Armstrong default
O'Neil d. Bell default
Greene d. Greville default
A. Morton d. MacCauley 6-2 6-1
Longhurst d. Spencer 6-2 6-0
Sutton d. Stawell-Brown 6-3 6-1
Coles d. Sargeant 7-5 6-3
Thomson d. P. Morton 6-2 6-0

Tulloch d. Ripley 7-5 6-3
Hillyard d. Lane 6-3 6-2
Patterson d. Houselander 4-6 6-1 12-10
Boothby d. L. Flemmich 6-2 6-4
Meyer d. Hausberg default
Holder d. Johnson 6-3 6-1
Squire d. D. Taplin 6-1 6-1
Wilson d. Mooijaart 6-2 6-0

3rd Round

Harper d. O'Neil 6-2 6-2
A.Morton d. Greene 7-5 6-4
Sutton d. Longhurst 6-3 6-1
Thomson d. Coles 6-2 6-0

Hillyard d. Tulloch 6-0 6-8 7-5
Boothby d. Patterson 3-6 6-3 6-3
Holder d. Meyer 8-6 2-6 6-4
Wilson d. Squire default

Quarterfinals

Morton d. Harper 6-2 6-4
Sutton d. Thomson 8-6 6-1
Hillyard d. Boothby 6-3 6-2
Wilson d. Holder 6-2 6-0

Semifinals

Sutton d. Morton 6-4 6-0
Wilson d. Hillyard 7-5 9-11 6-2

All Comers Final

May Sutton (US) d. Connie Wilson 6-3 8-6

Challenge Round


May Sutton (US) d. Dorothea Douglass (holder) 6-3 6-4

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Summary

An American shocks the All England Club by smashing through all to become the first foreign female to reign as Wimbledon champion. True, she is English born, but this brash young girl called May Sutton is an entirely new sort of female lawn tennis prodigy.

Born in Plymouth in 1886, her family had emigrated to California in 1890. It was in the Western US that she learnt her whipped topspin shots. She boldly sailed for England in May of 1905, alone except for a letter of introduction from Marion Jones, the American who had entered Wimbledon in 1900. May stayed with the Hillyard family to get used to English conditions. The Hillyards thought the heftly May would be too slow around the court, but she proved them wrong by winning her first event at Manchester.

At Wimbledon "spectators were shocked to see her ignore protocol and play with the cuffs of her blouse rolled back, revealing bare wrists." May still wore the long skirt with a belt, but her blouse was more loosely fitted for better movement. In fact, she often wore her father's shirts for this reason. May topped off this ensemble with a headband, crowned with a large bow just above her forehead. Her stockings and shoes were all white.

Ethel Thomson used drop shots to build a 5-2 lead in the first set of her qf with Sutton until the Americans's superior driving wore her down at 8-6 6-1. Commenting on this match, Molla Bjurstedt Mallory said, "Mrs. Bundy (Miss May Sutton) is a hard and accurate driver; it was her driving that brought her the English championship, although she plays extremely well overhead when such play is needed. She drove so well that some of the English women thought they could break up her game if only they could dislodge her from the command of the drive. In the championship singles of 1905 Mrs. Larcombe (then Miss E. W. Thompson) planned to win from Miss Sutton with a volley game. She lured Miss Sutton to the net by a short, drop drive and then lobbed the return high to the base line; this gave her the chance to reach the net, where she caught Miss Sutton's return of the lob with a sharp cross-court volley for the ace. Miss Thompson won five out of the first seven games by these tactics, but she ran herself off her feet in the winning; she became feebler and feebler, while Miss Sutton was as fresh and strong as at the beginning. Having worn herself out, Miss Thompson lost all control and Miss Sutton ran out that set and then took the second set and the match without the least trouble. Possibly Miss Thompson might have won had she been able to keep up her starting pace but she went the way of all women volleyers. I am fairly certain that, some day, a girl will burst out with the ability to play the fast game through the course of two tournament sets; that girl will be, beyond question, a champion. But there is no sight of her as yet."

In the Challenge Round may beat Douglass 6-3 6-4. The holder was hampered by a wrist injury suffered in France 3 months earlier. She almost considered defaulting until "a course of electricity" allowed her to practice and compete.

"The rallies were sometimes long and exciting but when they were extended May invariably won the point with a crushing forehand drive. Her victory never seemed in doubt" after she dropped the first game. May hit continuously to Douglass's backhand to gain errors.

From “Lawn Tennis and Badminton”, July 12, 1905:

“A huge interested audience was gathered together in the centre court when Miss Douglass most pluckily, in spite of the troublesome pain to her right wrist, and consequent want of practice, started the match with a bad omen of what was to come – a double fault. Nevertheless she won the first game, which, however, was the only one she managed to capture for some time, as Miss Sutton, playing far better than we have seen her before, took the next five. Here, however, the holder made a determined effort, and, winning the next two games, caused the score to be called 5-3 in Miss Sutton’s favour. This, however, was unavailing, as the American, who was not to be denied, ran out a winner of the first set at 6-3.

“In the second and what proved to be the deciding set Miss Sutton, who played in relentless fashion on Miss Douglass’s backhand, placed the first three games to her credit before the latter lady, by dint of some good well-played services and telling drives, managed to win two games; she, however, lost the sixth game to 15, which gave Miss Sutton the useful lead of 4-2. In the next game, with Miss Sutton serving, the holder got to 40-30, but lost it, making the score 5-2 in favour of the challenger. Nothing daunted, she, however, although deuce was called in the next, won the game, and also the next, but this was her final effort, as she lost the next game to love and with it the set at 6-4.

“Thus for the first time the Ladies’ Championship has gone from this country. Miss Sutton’s service, which is not strong, was considerably better than her opponent’s, and she got it in consistently. There was little variety in the play, practically no lobbing and hardly a volley shot being attempted. The rallies were sometimes long and exciting, and when they were long Miss Sutton invariably carried off the point with a well and fiercely directed forehand drive. Absolute confidence and splendid condition marked Miss Sutton’s entire effort, and she seemed mistress of the situation from the first game of the second set.”

Although born in England, May Sutton was raised in the United States and in 1905 became the first overseas player to win a Wimbledon singles title. She won the title without the loss of a set, making her the first - and to this day still the only - player, male or female, to win both the US Championships and Wimbledon on her debut and in straight sets. In addition, she was still a teenager when she achieved both feats.

Note that the ladies doubles and mixed doubles are non-championship events.

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Draw Notes

The draw of 48 – a record for the women's singles event at Wimbledon – features not only two pairs of sisters – the rather obscure E. Flemmich and L. Flemmich, and D. Taplin and M. Taplin – but also a set of three sisters. These are the Meyers, Cornelia ("Connie"), Frieda and Nora. They were German in origin.

O'Neill is the married name of the Englishwoman Madeline Fisher.

M. E. Brown=Maud Brown
H. I Harper=Helen Harper.
B. M. Holder=Bertha Holder
G. M. Houselander=Gertrude Houslander

Missing full names for:

Mrs. Albury
Miss C. B. Bell
Miss E. Flemmich (probably Ellen)
Miss L. Flemmich (probably Lina)
Miss K. Kentish
Mrs MacCauley
Mrs P. M. Morton
Miss L. Ripley
Miss E.E.Sargeant
Miss E. Smith
Miss D. Spencer
Miss D. Taplin
Miss M. Taplin

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Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1905_LS_A4.pdf

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Dates: June 25-July 5
Venue: The All-England Club, Worple Road, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=48, plus holder)

Holder May Sutton "sits out" until the Challenge Round final.

First Round

Wilfred Longhurst-bye
R. Elliott-bye
Alice Greene-bye
M. Perceval-bye
Connie Meyer-bye
Maud Brown bye
Dorothea Douglass-bye
Ethel Thomson-bye

Dora Armstrong d. A. Andrews default
Beryl Tulloch d. Margaret Snowden 6-3 6-3
E.L. Bosworth d. S. Benton 6-1 6-2
I. Huleatt d. E. M. Mayne default
Frieda Meyer d. B. Rowlandson default
Blanche Hillyard d. Amy Mooijaart 6-0 6-0
Edith Johnson d. Helen Harper 6-4 6-4
Mrs E. B. Hawker d. C.B. Bell 6-4 6-1

E.E. Sargeant d. Bertha Holder default
Violet Pinckney d. Edith Bromfield 6-0 3-6 7-5
Hilda Lane d. Winifred Slolock 6-1 6-1
Mildred Coles d. Gertrude Houselander 6-2 6-4
Agnes Morton d. May Bloxsome 6-1 6-1
Mabel Parton d. Mary Whyte 6-1 6-2
Charlotte Sterry d. Dora Boothby 8-6 6-2
Mrs P. M. Morton d. K. Kentish default

C. Bagenal-bye
L. Smith-bye
Toupie Lowther-bye
G. M. Carver-bye
Edith Greville-bye
Ruth Winch-bye
Gladys Eastlake-Smith-bye
Clare Cassel (US)-bye

2nd Round

Longhurst d. Elliott 6-2 6-3
Greene d. Perceval default
C. Meyer d. Brown 6-1 6-1
Douglass d. Thomson 6-2 6-1
Tulloch d. Armstrong default
Bosworth d. Huleatt 6-2 4-6 7-5
Hillyard d. F. Meyer 6-0 6-0
Johnson d. Hawker 6-1 6-4

Pinckney d. Sargeant 6-1 6-4
Lane d. Coles 6-3 6-2
A. Morton d. Parton 6-0 6-3
Sterry d. P. Morton 6-0 6-3
Bagenal d. Smith default
Lowther d. Carver 6-0 6-2
Greville d. Winch 6-2 6-2
Eastlake-Smith d. Cassel default

3rd Round

Longhurst d. Greene 7-5 6-4
Douglass d. C. Meyer 6-3 6-1
Tulloch d. Bosworth 6-0 6-3
Hillyard d. Johnson 6-3 6-4

Pinckney d. Lane 7-5 6-1
Sterry d. A. Morton 6-0 6-3
Lowther d. Bagenal 6-0 6-0
Eastlake-Smith d. Greville 6-2 6-3

Quarterfinals

Douglass d. Longhurst 6-4 6-3
Tulloch d. Hillyard 6-3 6-1
Sterry d. Pinckney 6-4 6-2
Lowther d. Eastlake-Smith 6-3 6-3

Semifinals

Douglass d. Tulloch 6-2 6-2
Sterry d. Lowther 4-6 8-6 6-4

All Comers Final

Dorothea Douglass d. Charlotte Sterry 6-2 6-2

Challenge Round


Dorothea Douglass d. May Sutton (holder) 6-3 9-7

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Summary

British papers have dubbed the defending Yank May Sutton, "The Pasdena Washerwoman" because of her shocking habit of exposing her arms. The prospect of Miss Douglass retaking her title stirs more excitement than usual for the ladies event.

Douglass bears down in 1906 and takes 10 titles, dropping only 2 sets all year. One of those wins is at Wimbledon, where she romps through the field. Over 4,000 show for a Thursday final (A capacity crowd at Worple Road) where Douglass beats the American. The second set is a thriller, Dorothea coming back from 0-4 to 5-4. In the 12th game Sutton saves 4 match points with "plucky play". "May Sutton, though hitting as hard as ever, couldn't control her strokes at the crucial stages." May's balls were flying long over the baseline, often by a foot. This is only May's second loss on British soil, both at the hands of Douglass.

Note that the doubles and mixed events were still not championship status.

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Draw notes

Helen I Harper
Bertha M Holder
Curtis-Whyte is the first married name of the Scottish player Mary Gray. Parton is the first married name of the English player Mabel Squire.

Missing full names for:

Miss A. Andrews
Mrs C. Bagenal
Miss C. B. Bell
Miss S. Benton
Miss E. L. Bosworth
Miss G. M. Carver
Miss R. Elliott
Mrs E. B. Hawker
Miss I. Huleatt
Miss K. Kentish
Miss E. M. Mayne
Mrs P. M. Morton
Miss M. Perceval. Possibly related to F.W. Perceval, who was in the men's doubles draw.
Miss B Rowlandson
Miss E.E. Sargeant
Miss L. Smith

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Source:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1906_LS_A4.pdf

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Dates: June 24-July 5
Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Worple Road, Wimbledon.
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=42)

1st Round

E. L. Bosworth-bye
Marjorie Boadle-bye
Jessie Coles-bye
May Bloxsome-bye
D. Johnston-bye
Violet Summerhayes (Can)-bye
Maud Brown-bye
Hilda Lane-bye

Amy Ransome-bye
Dorothy Boadle bye
Jessie Tripp bye
Constance Meyer d. F. Walter 6-3 6-2
May Sutton(US) d. Winifred Slolock 6-2 6-1
Toupie Lowther d. Dora Bothby 7-5 6-3
Agatha Morton d. Willy Klima (Aut) 6-0 6-2
Mildred Coles d. M. Taplin 6-2 6-2

Connie Wilson d. Dora Armstrong 6-1 6-1
E.E.Sargeant d. Violet Pinckney default
Ruth Durlacher d. P. C. Adams 6-3 6-1
Gladys Eastlake-Smith d. Charlotte Sterry 6-3 9-7
Madeline O'Neil d. Mita Klima (Aut) 6-1 6-2
Alice Greene-bye
Mrs E. B. Hawker-bye
Winnifred Boadle-bye

Mabel Parton-bye
Miss Groombridge-bye
Blanche Hillyard-bye
Helen Harper-bye
Edith Johnson-bye
Mrs. Speck-bye
D. Taplin-bye
Betty Nutcombe-Quick-bye

2nd Round

Bosworth d. M.Boadle 6-1 6-3
J.Coles d. Bloxsome 7-5 6-3
D.Johnson d. Summerhayes 6-2 6-1
Brown d. Lane 5-7 8-6 8-6
Ransome d. M Boadle 6-4 7-5
Meyer d. Tripp 6-2 6-2
Sutton d. Lowther 6-4 6-4
Morton d. M. Coles 6-1 6-2

Wilson d. Sargeant 6-1 6-0
Eastlake-Smith d. Durlacher 1-6 6-1 6-4
Greene d. O'Neil 6-3 6-0
Hawker d. W. Boadle 6-1 6-3
Parton d. Groombridge 6-2 6-2
Hillyard d. Harper 6-1 6-1
E Johnson d. Speck 6-3 6-2
D Taplin d. Nutcombe-Quick default


3rd Round

Bosworth d. J. Coles 6-3 6-3
Brown d. Johnson 6-3 7-5
Meyer d. A. Ransome 8-6 6-4
Sutton d. Morton 6-0 6-2

Wilson d. Eastlake-Smith 6-1 6-4
Greene d. Hawker 6-1 6-2
Hillyard d. Parton 6-4 6-3
E. Johnson d. D Taplin 6-3 6-0

Quarterfinals

Bosworth d. Brown 6-1 6-2
Sutton d. Meyer 6-0 6-3
Wilson d. Greene 6-2 9-7
Hillyard d. E. Johnson 6-2 6-3

Semifinals

Sutton d. Bosworth 6-2 6-2
Wilson d. Hillyard 6-3 6-2

All Comers Final

May Sutton d. Connie Wilson 6-4 6-2

Challenge Round


May Sutton d. Dorothea Chambers (holder) 6-1 6-4

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Summary

A record of 4 foreign entries. 2 Austrian sisters and a Canadian join May Sutton, out to reclaim her position as the world's unofficial #1. May had little trouble getting to the Challenge round, though Toupie Lowther led at 4-2 40 love in the second set in round 2. In the All Comers final Wilson made it a match. "Time and again she manoeuvred for the kill, only to volley into the net." It was closer than the 6-4 6-2 score suggests, as 11 of the 18 games went to deuce, Miss Wilson often having advantage point.

In the Challenge round Chambers appeared pale and anxious as her opponent "brimmed with confidence".
Chambers (Douglass had married in 1907) hammered away at May's weaker backhand, but this stroke had improved since last year. Sutton's shots cleared the net by only an inch or so with tremendous pace. At 1-3 in set 2 Chambers resorted to matching pace for pace and drew up to 4 all. Dorothea saved 3 match points before falling at 6-1 6-4. May Sutton finished 2-1 in their head-to-head meetings at Wimbledon.

In 1907 Chambers was still wearing sleeves that covered her wrists, a tie and belt added color to an all-white costume. May's sleeves were rolled above her elbow as usual. Both women look severe in hair buns and grim looks that proclaim they are ready to kill.

As a sidenote: Austrian Mita Klima becomes the youngest ever ladies singles competitor at the age of 13.

There was a tempest in a teapot when Mrs Hillyard wasn't allowed a proper time to digest an afternoon tea. The Wimbledon site takes up the tale

Quote:
In 1907 Mrs Hillyard, who became a six time Champion, ate a ‘fearful’ tea when persistent rain stopped play: 2 Bath buns, 6 or 7 slices of bread and butter, 3 or 4 cups of tea, 6 or 7 biscuit cakes, 2 or 3 slices of other cake and 3 plates of strawberries. No sooner had she finished than the Referee requested her to play. She lost her semi-final match and complained bitterly to the Committee and the Daily Mail.
A detailed report on the Challenge Round from “Lawn Tennis and Badminton”, July 10, 1907

“Friday, July 5. In tardy reparation for its scandalous behaviour during the rest of the meeting, the sun shone out brightly during the whole of the last day’s play at Wimbledon. There was also a considerable wind, which was, perhaps, just as well, for a torrential downpour in the early morning had swamped the outside courts, though the centre court, under its protecting tarpaulin, had, of course, escaped. Here, promptly to time, Miss May Sutton and Mrs Lambert Chambers, respectively the challenger for and the holder of the Ladies’ Championship, stepped on to the court to renew their battles of 1905 and 1906, with a win apiece to their credit.

“But little confidence was felt as to the English lady’s ability to retain her title; and when she went on to the court she looked – and indeed was – ill, and her play betrayed the anxiety she felt at being England’s last hope; and at the same time not fit enough to do justice to herself or her country. Miss Sutton, on the contrary, was clearly brim full of confidence, and played right from the start as well as she has ever played, if not better. She soon had the first three games won, but then lost her service game against the wind – a game in which Mrs Lambert Chambers for the first time got into her true form, and kept Miss Sutton well on the run. Two beautiful drop shots and a fine service made the score in the next game 40-30 in Mrs Lambert Chambers’ favour, but Miss Sutton picked up again, won the game and the two next following, thus taking the first set at 6-1.

“Mrs Lambert Chambers played very well at the beginning of the second set, but Miss Sutton nevertheless soon led by three games to one. Then Mrs Lambert Chambers picked up a game, and was 40-30 in the next, but lost it. She won the sixth, but only after Miss Sutton had picked up to deuce from love-forty, and the eighth, making the score four-all. This was her last success, however, and Miss Sutton took the next two games, and the set and match, though in the tenth game she was thrice within a stroke of the match before she could win it.

“The winner was right at the very top of her game; both off the ground and in her volleys her shots were varied and admirable; her drives were very severe and kept at a most beautiful height, stroke after stroke clearing the net at tremendous speed by only an inch or so; her backhand shots were not only played hard, but well placed across the court, and though the play was mostly from the back of the court, she seldom failed to score when she got near enough in to volley.

“Mrs Lambert Chambers, as last year, hammered away at her opponent’s backhand, but the immense improvement made by Miss Sutton in that stroke rendered it far less advantageous to attack her there. Still, Mrs Lambert Chambers, even in defeat, displayed the better tactics, especially when, realising that she was playing too much on the defensive, she strove, in the second set, to put more pace on her returns; and if Miss Sutton could only borrow her opponent’s generalship to supplement her own strength and determination, there would be no lady in the world who would have even an outside chance against her.”

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Draw notes:

Maud Brown=M. E Brown

Missing full names for

P. C. Adams (who plays mixed with S. H Adams, in all probability her brother)
Miss E.L. Bosworth
Miss Groombridge (her only entry at the Championships)
Mrs E. B. Hawker
D. Johnston (note there is a P Johnston in the mixed-possibly her sister)
E.E.Sargeant
Mrs Speck
D. Taplin (probably sister of M Taplin)
M. Taplin (probably sister of D Taplin)
F. Walter (note that E Walter entered Wimbledon in 1903-is there a connection?)


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http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1907_LS_A4.pdf

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Dates: June 22-July 1
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon (on Worple Road)
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=30)

1st Round

Dora Boothby-bye
Countess Clara Schulenburg (Ger) d. E.E. Sargeant 6-1 6-2
Mildred Coles d. Alice Greene 6-8 6-3 6-4
Violet Pinckney d. E.L. Bosworth 6-3 6-2
Ruth Winch d. Mary Whyte 6-4 6-2
Dorothea Chambers d. Mrs. Paine 6-0 6-0
Charlotte Sterry d. Mrs. JB Perrett 6-2 6-0
Connie Luard d. N. Stevens default

C.B. Bell d. Edith Boucher default
Agatha Morton d. Mabel Parton 2-6 6-0 6-2
Blanche Hillyard d. Edith Johnson 6-2 6-3
Beryl Tulloch d. Helen Harper 6-4 6-0
Madeline O'Neil d. Winifred McNair 4-6 6-0 6-3
Gladys Lamplough d. Amy Ransome 6-1 6-2
Agnes Tuckey d. Dora Armstrong 6-1 6-2
Lina Flemmich-bye

2nd Round

Boothby d. Schulenburg 5-7 6-3 6-1
Pinckney d. M. Coles 7-5 6-2
Chambers d. Winch 6-3 6-3
Sterry d. Luard 6-3 6-4

Morton d. Bell default
Tulloch d. Hillyard 7-5 3-6 6-4
Lamplough d. O'Neil 6-2 6-1
Tuckey d. L. Flemmich 7-5 6-1

Quarterfinals

Boothby d. Pinckney 6-1 6-4
Sterry d. Chambers 6-3 7-5
Morton d. Tulloch 7-5 6-1
Lamplough d. Tuckey 6-3 6-1

Semifinals

Sterry d. Boothby 6-2 6-4
Morton d. Lamplough 6-3 6-4

Final

Charlotte Sterry d. Agnes Morton 6-4 6-4

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Draw notes


L. Flemmich=Lina, as her sister was married by this date.
Lamplough=married name of Gladys Eastlake-Smith.
Luard=married name of Constance "Connie" Wilson

Missing full names for:

Miss C. B. Bell
Miss E.L. Bosworth
Mrs. Paine
Mrs. JB Perrett
Miss E. E.Sargeant
Miss N. Stevens

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Souces:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1908_LS_A4.pdf

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Summary

Sterry gets her 5th Wimbledon after a gap of some years. The key to her win is a quarterfinal upset over Chambers. Charlotte still has the record as the oldest Wimbledon champion at age 37 and 9 months (291 days to be exact).

Sutton doesn't defend. She wouldn't return to Wimbledon until 1929. In a letter of 1908 to American Lawn Tennis she wrote that if the English "Wanted their cup back they could come here (America)." No Englishwoman took up the challenge.

A summary of play follows:

A surprising defeat of Alice Greene by Mildred Coles. Miss Greene never got going and never acquired that absolutely rock-like steadiness which has won her so many successes. Miss Coles, on the other hand played an exceptionally strong game, her service was a valuable asset and her drives too had a great deal of sting in them. However against Miss Pinckney her strokes were neither so powerful nor so safe and she fell an easy victim. Countess Schulenburg made a good fight against Miss Boothby and Miss B Tulloch added to her reputation by defeating Mrs Hillyard after a very closely-fought encounter. Mrs Sterry and Mrs Luard (Connie Wilson) played an excellent match. The cut which Mrs Sterry puts on almost every ball lends an appearance of softness to her strokes yet makes her length very hard to judge. Furthermore the low bound adds considerable difficulty to reaching and dealing with her drop shots. She placed the ball faultlessly and kept a very good length while making scarcely a single mistake on the volley. Mrs Luard always plays a graceful and distinguished game but has lost some of her severity. Against Mrs Lambert Chambers, Mrs Sterry not only maintained, but improved the form she had shown against Mrs Luard. She showed a most varied excellence of stroke while Mrs Lambert Chambers lacked versatility. Mrs Lambert Chambers hit hard and long whereas Mrs Sterry varied her pace and continually approached the net where she demonstrated wonderfully secure and clever volleying. Below her best, Mrs Lambert Chambers found her back-line game smothered by Mrs Sterry’s volleys.

In the final Mrs Sterry met a stubborn opponent in Miss Morton. Miss Morton has a strong forehand drive and repeatedly scored with some magnificent cross court driving which time after time flummexed Mrs Sterry along with some well played drop shots. Mrs Sterry not as good as she was against Mrs Lambert Chambers nevertheless played a very fine all round game in which her volleying as usual formed a conspicuous element. She also showed great coolness and pluck when she was pressed by the attack of a determined opponent.

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Dates: June 21-July 5
Venue: The All-England Club
Place: Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=37)

1st Round

Phoebe Hausberg-bye
Wilfred Longhurst-bye
Madeline O'Neil-bye
C. B. Bell-bye
Mildred Brooksmith-bye
V. Woodhouse-bye
Aurea Edgington-bye
Blanche Hillyard-bye

Edith Johnson-bye
Molla Bjurstedt (Nor)-bye
Elizabeth Bromfield-bye
Daisy Kercheval Hole-bye
Mrs. Robinson-bye
Agatha Morton d. Jessie Tripp 6-2 5-7 7-5
Amy Ransome d. Dora Armstrong default
Ruth Winch d. May Bloxsome 6-0 6-1

Ethel Attfield d. L. Boustead 2-6 6-2 6-2
Mabel Parton d. Loes Everts (Bel) default
Hilda Lane-bye
Winifred Mcnair-bye
Maud Garfit-bye
W. Evens-bye
Beryl Tulloch-bye
E.E. Sargeant-bye

Dora Boothby-bye
Alice Greene-bye
Mildred Coles-bye
M. Messom-bye
Helen Aitchison-bye
Edith Greville-bye
Agnes Tuckey-bye
Vera Aitken-bye

2nd Round

Hausberg d. Longhurst default
O'Neil d. Bell default
Brooksmith d. Woodhouse default
Edgington d. Hillyard 6-3 6-4
Johnson d. Bjurstedt 6-3 6-4
Bromfield d. Hole 6-4 6-0
Morton d. Robinson 6-0 6-0
Winch d. Ransome 6-2 6-3

Parton d. Attfield 6-3 6-2
Lane d. McNair 5-7 6-1 7-5
Garfit d. Evens default
Tulloch d. Sargeant 6-0 6-2
Boothby d. Greene 6-4 6-2
Coles d. Messom 1-6 6-1 6-3
Aitchison d. Greville 6-2 4-6 7-5
Tuckey d. Aitchen 6-0 6-2

3rd Round

O'Neil d. Hausberg 6-3 6-4
Edgington d. Brooksmith default
Johnson d. Bromfield 6-3 6-4
Morton d. Winch 5-7 6-3 8-6

Parton d. Lane 6-3 6-3
Garfit d. Tulloch 6-4 3-6 6-4
Boothby d. Coles 6-2 6-4
Aitchison d. Tuckey 4-6 6-1 13-11

Quarterfinals

Edgington d. O'Neil 6-3 6-4
Morton d. Johnson 6-0 6-3
Garfit d. Parton 6-3 6-4
Boothby d. Aitchison 6-4 3-0 retired

Semifinals

Morton d. Edgington 6-0 6-2
Boothby d. Garfit 6-2 6-1

Final

Dora Boothby d. Agnes Morton 6-4 4-6 8-6

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Draw Notes:

Miss C. B. Bell
Miss L. Boustead
Miss W. Evens
Miss M. Messom
Mrs. Robinson-a Mr J Robnson was in the men's singles. Could he be her husband?
Miss E.E. Sargeant
Mrs V. Woodhouse

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Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1909_LS_A4.pdf

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Summary:

Charlotte Sterry does not defend her title.

Boothby wins her lone grand slam--serving 16 double faults in the final!. Edgington upsets 6 time Wimbledon champ Hillyard in round one. Norweijian Molla Bjurstedt is the only foreign entry in her first Wimbledon. She will return in 1920 as the highly regarded American Molla Mallory, emigrating to the US and marrying during the 1st World War.

Miss Morton had a very stiff struggle with Miss J Tripp. Miss Boothby playing more decisively than usual defeated Miss Greene, the latter only showing flashes of her best form. Miss Garfit was hard pressed by Miss B Tulloch, a left hander with a sweeping drive but was a shade more steady. Miss Morton came close to defeat against Mrs Winch who has accounted for many formidable opponents in the past. In this match the courts were wet and she was hitting the heavy balls with more confidence than Miss Morton. However Miss Morton, always plucky, held on helped by the better of the luck. In the Semi Finals Miss Garfit, making her first appearance in a centre court singles made no more than a decent resistance to Miss Boothby while Miss Morton completely outplayed Mrs Edgington. In the final Miss Boothby’s most efficacious weapon was a low, hard, heavily cut drive to her opponent’s backhand and she showed more command of the ball than Miss Morton who was forced to scrape up many shots. Miss Boothby was very useful also at the net, although the match was practically a back-line one from start to finish. Miss Morton took to serving underhand with cut half way through the match but with very little gain.

Chambers is absent from the championships due to the birth of her first child in June

Here is Boothby's description of her win (from the Chambers book):

Without doubt my most exciting match was the final last year at Wimbledon. In every player's heart there must be a faint hope that one day she may win the All England Championship. At least it has always been in mine.

From Christmas and all through the spring my family and friends had dinned into my ears that now was my chance, and if I did not win this year I never would. Only when I was leading one set up and 2-love in the second did all these things flash across my mind. I suddenly got nervous. Oh, the misery of it! I served double fault after double fault (I learnt afterwards that I gave away sixteen points in this way), and my friends told me that it was a relief to them when my service went over the net at all, however slowly. My opponent, Miss Morton, caught up, won the set 6/4, and led me 4/2 in the final set. All this time I had been fighting hard to regain confidence. At last my nerve came back--I was determined to win, and, only after a very great effort, just succeeded in capturing the Championship with the narrow margin of 8/6 in the final set.

It was not until I had finished and had come off the court that I realized how very excited I had been, and how relieved I was when it was all over. Only those who have had experience can know how exhausting it is to concentrate one's whole thoughts and efforts, without cessation,for an hour or more. Fortunately you do not feel the strain until afterwards, when it does not matter, and then you can look back with very great pleasure and satisfaction on a hard-won fight.


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1910

Dates: June 22-July 2
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=33, plus holder)


*Holder Dora Boothby "sits out" until Challenge Round Final.

1st Round

Sophie Castenschiold (Den)-bye
Dora Armstrong-bye
Madeline O'Neil-bye
Mrs V Tabbush-bye
Gladys Lamplough-bye
Mrs F Good-bye
Beryl Tulloch-bye
Phoebe Hausberg-bye

Dorothy Holman-bye
E Peterson-bye
Edith Johnson-bye
Nora Schmitz(US)-bye
Mabel Parton-bye
Mildred Coles-bye
Olive Manser-bye
M Messom d. Winifred Ramsay 6-4 6-2

Amy Ransome-bye
Marjorie Boadle-bye
Helen Aitchison-bye
Mildred Brooksmith-bye
Vera Aitken-bye
Jessie Tripp-bye
Dorothea Chambers-bye
Freida Nesham-bye

Aurea Edgington-bye
Charlotte Sterry-bye
Dorothy Boadle-bye
Lina Flemmich-bye
Blanche Hillyard-bye
Una Evans-bye
Winifred McNair-bye
Rosamund Salusbury-bye

2nd Round

Castenschiold d. Armstrong default
O'Neil d. Tabbush 1-6 6-4 6-0
Lamplough d. Good default
Tulloch d. Hausberg default
Holman d. Peterson 6-0 6-2
Johnson d. Schmitz 6-3 6-4
Parton d. Coles 6-4 7-5
Manser d. Messom 6-1 6-1

Ransome d. Boadle 6-3 6-1
Aitchison d. Brooksmith 6-4 6-3
Aitchen d. Tripp default
Chambers d. Nesham 6-1 6-0
Edgington d. Sterry default
Boadle d. Flemmich 9-7 6-4
Hillyard d. Evans 6-1 6-1
McNair d. Salusbury 1-6 6-4 6-1

3d Round

Castenschiold d. O'Neil 6-3 6-3
Lamplough d. Tulloch default
Johnson d. Holman 5-7 6-0 6-0
Parton d. Manser 6-2 8-6

Aitchison d. Ransome 6-1 6-3
Chambers d. Aitchen 6-1 6-0
Edgington d. Boadle 6-1 6-4
McNair d. Hillyard 5-7 6-3 6-3

Quarterfinals

Lamplough d. Castenschiold 7-9 6-4 6-3
Johnson d. Parton 7-5 6-4
Chambers d. Aitchison 6-2 6-1
McNair d. Edgington 2-6 6-3 6-3

Semifinals

Johnson d. Lamplough 1-6 6-0 6-3
Chambers d. McNair 6-1 6-0

All-Comers Final

Dorothea Chambers d. Edith Johnson 6-4 6-2

Challenge Round Final

Dorothea Chambers d. Dora Boothby (holder) 6-2 6-2

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Draw notes:

UNA Evans is incorrectly listed as V.E. Evans by the Wimbledon site.
Mrs Neshem=nee Freida Meyer
Mrs FG Schmitz=nee Nora Myer, Frieda's sister, who has come over from the United States.

Missing Full Names for:

Mrs F Good. 1910 her only entry. Probably related to F Good, who often entered the men's event.
M Messom. 1910 her only entry.
E Peterson. Entered in 1909 and 1910.
Mrs V Tabbush possibly related to Percy Tabbush. This was her only entry in the Championships.

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Summary:

Chambers returns to tennis after an 18 month absence in May. The press wondered if her time was past. Could she return as before? Her reply was to whip through the Wimbledon draw with the loss of only 16 games in 6 matches. In the semis she had early difficulty with Johnson, a surprise winner over Gladys Lamplough, but coasted after adjusting to the stiff wind. In the final Dorothea won easily, though Dora did score several aces off her serve.

Castenschiold becomes the first Dane to make the quarters of a slam.

Mrs. Chambers went undefeated all year, winning 7 events out of 8. The only event she didn't win after entering was Croydon, where she defaulted the final because of a cold.

[A match summary]

Mrs Parton and Miss Coles played a capital match. Miss Coles served powerfully and repeatedly scored down her opponent’s right-side line. However Mrs Parton has her strong and beautifully executed forehand drive. Miss Coles attacked Mrs Parton’s backhand but Mrs Parton replied successfully with short returns. Mrs Parton deserved her victory because her length was better than Miss Cole’s. Miss Salusbury made some beautiful strokes from the baseline against Mrs McNair but Mrs McNair equalized with some neat volleying and eventually had matters her own way.

Mrs Lamplough drew a large crowd for her match against Miss Castenschiold. She often hit clean passed down the line and took advantage of Miss Castenschiold’s backhand which is mainly defensive. In fact her forehand drive is curiously jerky yet it proved most effective. Miss Castenschiold seems to have an excellent temperament for the game and should achieve many successes.

Mrs Lambert Chambers was too steady for Mrs McNair. The match between Mrs Lamplough and Miss Johnson was taken at a brisk pace and was full of brilliant strokes. Both ladies have fast overhead services. Mrs Lamplough even though of slighter build than Miss Johnson has a more lively service and her backhand is the equal of any seen so far at this meeting. She earned loud applause from the crowd for her brilliant strokes playing in a most buoyant fashion. Then fortune went against her, a little less net and more court would have made a great difference to her. Miss Lamplough’s methods attractive as they were, were not profitable. Miss Johnson does not have her opponent’s variety of strokes but she executes with restrained power and at very little risk. Indeed it was to her accuracy that her success was chiefly due and she also volleyed to good effect near the end. Mrs Lamplough struggled pluckily but her form had gone and it was to no purpose.

Mrs Chambers played Miss Johnson at her own game only better and Mrs Chambers always wins the point that matters. Miss Johnson played with pluck but the effort told on her and she eventually found herself swamped by Mrs Chambers’ accurate and relentless hitting to her backhand. The result was never in doubt.

Mrs Chambers hit with more power than Miss Boothby and with less exertion. Miss Boothby played accurately but Mrs Chambers more so. Mrs Chambers forehand drive swept the whole court and her backhand was kept low and used for attack as well as defence; even against Miss Sutton she would have had nothing to fear for the opinion on all sides was that she has never played better in her life. Her driving was irreproachable in length and Miss Boothby became increasingly desperate. She tried taking risks and hitting harder than she has ever done before while Mrs Chambers continued to probe her backhand remorselessly. Miss Boothby’s backhand crossed the net at such a great height that Mrs Chambers had plenty of time to make her dispositions and mighty unpleasant they were. Still, Mrs Boothby served as hard as she could and lost like a champion which is the next best thing to winning like one.

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Dates: June 26-July 8
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon, London
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=34, plus holder)

Holder Dorothea Chambers "sits out" until the Challenge Round.

1st Round

Edith Hannam-bye
Ethel Attfield-bye
Madeline O'Neil-bye
Charlotte Sterry-bye
Mildred Coles-bye
Miss Dudley-bye
Una Gracey-bye
Mrs. Ritchie-bye

Helen Aitchison- bye
Evelyn Dillon-bye
Agatha Morton-bye
Micken Rieck (Ger)-bye
Rosamund Salusbury-bye
Dorothy Elliadi (Gre)-bye
Winifred Ramsay-bye
Marie Hazel d. Beryl Tulloch 4-6 6-4 6-4

Aurea Edgington d. Eileen Antrobus default
Hilda Lane-bye
Phylis Carr-bye
M. Dillon-bye
Edith Johnson-bye
Domini Crosfield-bye
Dora Boothby-bye
Sophie Castenschiold (Den)-bye

Mabel Parton-bye
Anita Lent (Ger) -bye
Winifred McNair-bye
Mrs. E. Bousfield-bye
Vera Spofforth-bye
Dora Armstrong-bye
Dorothy Holman-bye
Betty Nutcombe-Quick-bye

2nd Round

Hannam d. Attfield default
O'Neil d. Sterry default
Coles d. Dudley default
Gracey d. Ritchie default
Aitchison d. E. Dillon 6-1 6-3
Morton d. Rieck 6-2 6-4
Salusbury d. Elliadi default
Hazel d. Ramsay 6-2 7-5

Edgington d. Lane 6-4 6-3
Carr d. M. Dillon 7-9 6-3 8-6
Johnson d. Crosfield 6-4 6-2
Boothby d. Castenschiold 6-3 8-6
Parton d. Lent 6-2 6-2
McNair d. Bousfield 6-2 6-2
Spofforth d. Armstrong default
Holman d. Nutcombe-Quick 6-0 6-2

3rd Round

Hannam d. O'Neil 6-1 6-1
Coles d. Gracey 6-1 6-1
Aitchison d. Morton 6-4 retired
Hazel d. Salusbury default

Edgington d. Carr 8-6 6-4
Boothby d. Johnson 6-3 6-3
Parton d. McNair 6-2 7-5
Holman d. Spofforth 6-1 6-0

Quarterfinals

Hannam d. Coles 6-4 4-6 7-5
Aitchison d. Hazel 6-0 6-3
Boothby d. Edgington 6-2 6-4
Parton d. Holman 6-0 8-6

Semifinals

Hannam d. Aitchison 6-3 6-8 7-5
Boothby d. Parton 6-3 6-4

All Comers Final

Dora Boothby d. Edith Hannam 6-2 7-5

Challenge Round Final


Dorothea Chambers d. Dora 6-0 6-0

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Draw notes:

Mrs C. Antrobus=Eileen Antrobus
Lady Crosfield=Domini Elliadi Crosfield, of Greek origin. Could the other D Elliadi in this draw be a sister?

Missing full names for:

Mrs. E. Bousfield
Miss Dudley
Miss M. Dillon=Melita, Minnie, or perhaps even Alice Maud Dillon
Mrs Ritchie

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Sources:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1/LS/r1s1.html

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Summary
:

There are a record 6 defaults in the second round.

The Challenge Round is over in 25 minutes. Chambers is devastating. "She never played better and,as usual, her marvelous headwork, rather than the actual force of her stroke, gave her victory." Boothby never gave up, 4 times extending games to deuce. Both the score and the time remain Wimbledon records.

This was the first ever whitewash in a major singles final and is one of only two occasions in tennis history when the losing finalist failed to win a single game in a major championship match. The other occasion was in the 1988 French Open final when the then West German Steffi Graf beat the then Soviet player Natalia Zvereva.

The mixed doubles is still a non-championship event in 1911

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Dates: June 24-July 8
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

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Singles (Draw=34, plus holder)

Holder Dorothea Chambers "sits out" until the Challenge Round.

1st Round

Agnes Tuckey-bye
Mrs V. Woodhouse-bye
Winifred Longhurst-bye
Phyllis Satterwaithe-bye
Dora Boothby -bye
Edith Johnson-bye
Charlotte Sterry-bye
Mabel Parton-bye

Helen Aitchison-bye
Mrs. Scott-bye
Dorothy Holman-bye
Beryl Tulloch-bye
Madeline O'Neil-bye
Jessie Tripp-bye
Agatha Morton-bye
Olive Manser d. Ada Hollick 6-1 5-7 6-4

Jessie Coles d. Edith Longhurst 6-3 6-4
Edith Hannam-bye
Ethel Larcombe-bye
Hilda Lane-bye
Tessa Hall -
Dora Armstrong-bye
Winifred McNair-bye
Vera Spofforth-bye

Blanche Hillyard-bye
Winifred Beamish-bye
Erna Kribben (Ger)-bye
Daisy Schultz (Ger)-bye
D. Allen-bye
Marie Decugis (Fra)-bye
Elizabeth Ryan (US)-bye
Jeanne Liebrechts (Bel)-bye

2nd Round

Tuckey d. Woodhouse default
W Longhurst d. Satterwaithe 6-4 6-2
Boothby d. Johnson 6-4 6-3
Sterry d. Parton 12-10 7-5
Aitchison d. Scott default
Holman d. Tulloch 6-0 6-2
O'Neil d. Tripp 6-3 7-5
Morton d. Manser 7-5 6-2

Hannam d. J Coles 6-1 6-1
Larcombe d. Lane default
Hall d. Armstrong default
McNair d. Spofforth 6-3 6-2
Hillyard d. Beamish 2-6 6-1 7-5
Kribben d. Schultz default
Allen d. Decugis 8-6 5-7 6-3
Ryan d. Liebrechts 7-5 6-3

3rd Round

W Longhurst d. Tuckey 8-6 3-6 6-1
Sterry d. Boothby 6-2 4-6 6-1
Holman d. Aitchison default
Morton d. O'Neil 6-2 6-1

Larcombe d. Hannam 7-5 8-6
McNair d. Hall 6-1 6-2
Hillyard d. Kribben default
Ryan d. Allen 6-1 6-2

Quarterfinals

Sterry d. W Longhurst 6-1 6-3
Holman d. Morton 7-5 6-2
Larcombe d. McNair 6-2 5-7 6-0
Hillyard d. Ryan 3-6 8-6 6-3

Semifinals


Sterry d. Holman 6-3 4-6 7-5
Larcombe d.Hillyard 6-1 6-0

All Comers Final


Ethel Larcombe d. Charlotte Sterry 6-3 6-1

Challenge Round


Ethel Larcombe d. Dorothea Chambers (holder) default

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Draw Notes:

Missing full names for:

D. Allen
Mrs Scott
Mrs V. Woodhouse

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Source:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/score...1912_LS_A4.pdf

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Summary:

5 foreign entries. The 3 strongest were all unfortunately in the same part of the draw. Elizabeth Ryan will enter every Wimbledon from 1912 to 1934, minus the war years. Her first Wimbledon is memorable as she holds a match point in her quarterfinal vs. Hillyard.
Ethel Larcombe finally graps a Wimbledon title in the absence of Dorothea Chambers. Chambers, unbeaten in singles in 1910 and 1911, had her second child in April. She announced her intention to defend her Wimbledon crown but changed her mind after a long mixed doubles in the championship.

Larcombe earned it by defeating both Hillyard and Sterry decisively in the semis and finals. The two losers have 11 Wimbledon singles between them!

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