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1886 results

1886

January through June


Many thanks to Elegos and Newmark for their contributions to this thread.


CR=Challenge Round. Under the challenge round system the previous year's winner, the holder of the title, "sat out" until the challenger won the final (often called the All-Comers Final).

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February 4, Hyde Park Court, Pickering Place, London, England (Indoors on wood)

Ethel Gurney/Herbert Chipp d. Blanche Bingley/Harry Grove 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-4

From: "Pastime", February 10, 1886: "Last week Harry Grove paid a flying visit to London. The inducement to quit Cannes to experience the wretched weather we have lately had in the metoropolis must have been great, but the trip was a short one, as the Oxonian, who arrived on the Tuesday, was off again on Saturday, doubtless pleased to return to the congenial climate of the south of France. On Thursday, at the Hyde Park Court, Grove and Blanche Bingley had a capital match with Herbert Chipp and Ethel Gurney. The latter pair were not expected to win, but they quite upset anticipations by securing the victory, after a hard struggle, by three sets to two.

"Grove was remarkably effective at the net, but failed in the groundstrokes, the bound being very different to that on the gravel court at Cannes, to which he has become accustomed. We have never seen his volleying so sure, and he is certainly improving. Chipp was not at his best, although his service was capital. Miss Bingley evidently requires a championship match to induce her to show her capabilities, for she was not in form on Thursday, and, except at rare intervals, failed to show the pace and placing powers which have so often stood her in good stead.

"Miss Gurney certainly deserves a paragraph to herself. We have seldom seen a lady play so well as she did in this match. Several times she contested, single-handed, severe rallies with Grove, and did not always lose the final stroke. Her returns were much stronger than usual, while her judgment and placing were excellent. She several times volleyed with effect, and undoubtedly the result was principally attributable to her play. If Miss Gurney can show this form in the open events next season, there will be very few lady players able to hold their own with her."

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May 6-15, New South Wales Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Grass)

R1: Annie Lamb d. Miss Andrews 6-0 6-2
R1: Eva Rodd d. Beatrice Metcalfe 6-4 6-4

R2: Lamb d Rodd 7-5 6-3
R2: Zilla Scott d Beaumont 6-1 6-0
R2: Eliza Fitzgerald d McLean 6-4 6-3
R2: C Green d H Beaumont 6-0 6-0

SF: Lamb d Scott 6-4 6-3
SF: Green d Fitzgerald 6-3 6-1

FI: Greene d Lamb 6-3 6-2

CR: C. Greene d. Annie Lamb (holder) 6-2

Doubles (Draw=8)

1R: Eliza Fitzgerald/Edith F Fox d Paterson/Mrs Andrew 6-1 6-1
1R: Miss Grren/Annie Lamb d Lillian Scott/Zilla Scott 6-4 8-6
1R: E/H Beaumont bye
1R: Beatrice Metcalfe/Eva Rodd- bye

SF: Metcalfe/Rodd d Beaumont/Beaumont 6-1 6-0
SF: Green/Lamb d Fitzgerald/Fox 6-3 6-4

FI: Miss Green/Annie Lamb d Beatrice Metcalfe/Eva Rodd 6-1 6-4

Mixed Doubles (Draw=14)

1R: Beatrice Metcalfe/Clive Smith d Beaumont/Bartram 6-2 6-0
1R: Zilla Scott/Louis A. Whyte d Miss Busby/Henry A. Merewether 6-1 6-4
1R: Edith F Fox/Harold S Fox d Everett/L Beaumont 6-3 6-2
1R: Cox/Edward Wallington (GB) d Mrs Andrew/William J. Bush-Salmon (GB) 6-1 6-1

1R: Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Major Pearson/Miss Manning 6-2 6-4
1R: Riddell/Greene d Lillian Scott/Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson 6-2 6-3
1R: Eva Rodd/Charles Metcalfe-bye
1R: Maclean/Charles W Cropper-bye

QF: Scott/Whyte d Metcalfe/Smith 6-2 6-2
QF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Riddell/Greene 6-0 5-7 6-2
QF: Cox/Wallington d Fox/Fox 6-2 5-7 6-2
QF: Metcalfe/Rodd d McLean/Cropper 7-5 9-11 6-3

SF: Scott/Whyte d. Cox/Wallington 6-3 6-3
SF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Metcalfe/Rodd 6-4 4-6 9-7

FI: Zilla Scott/Louis A. Whyte d Eliza Fitzgerald/RobertFitzgerald 6-1 6-5 (not a typo - though odd as other rounds were advantage sets)

Only one set appears to have been required to win in the ladies singles final.

The match, which took an hour, was thoroughly well contested and watched with great interest by a large concourse of onlookers. Miss Green played a clever game in which her superior powers of 'cutting' and 'serving' stood her in good stead. Miss Lamb was as able an exponent of volleying for a lady as one could wish to see, while Miss Green's cutting from the base lines was very fast and accurate.

An analysis of games and strokes gives Miss Greene 6 games and 37 strokes to Miss Lamb's 3 games and 28 strokes in the first set, and 6 games and 34 strokes to Lamb's 2 games and 21 strokes in the second set."

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May 20-22, West of Scotland Championships, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Jane Meikle d. Julia MacKenzie 6-4 5-7 6-0

MX: Jane Meikle/Walter W. Chamberlain d. Julia MacKenzie/John Galbraith Horn 6-1 6-2

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May 24-29, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square

Singles: Draw=8

1R: May Langrishe d. Mabel Cahill 6-0 6-1
1R: Connie Butler d. Miss Exham 6-2 6-0
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Adela Langrishe 6-3 6-4
1R: Louisa Martin d. Miss Hodson 6-0 6-0

SF: May Langrishe d. Connie Butler 6-1 6-3
SF: Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-1 6-2

FI: May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin 6-3 6-4

Doubles (Draw=5)

PR: Connie Butler/Louisa Martin d. Miss Hodson/Bessie Moore (US) 6-1 6-1

SF: Butler/Martin d. Adela Langrishe/Mrs Grogan-Graves 6-4, 6-1
SF: Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Florence Stanuell/Ethel Surtees 6-2, 6-2

FI: Connie Butler/Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe 6-3 6-4

Mixed Doubles (Draw=8)

1R: May Langrishe/Eyre Chatterton d. Miss Hodson/James Dwight (US) 6-1 6-2
1R: Louisa Martin/Willoughby J. Hamilton d. Miss Woods/C.H. Stanley default
1R: Beatrice Langrishe/"C. Saint John" d. Miss J. Bruce/E. Bruce default
1R: Adela Langrishe/Toler Garvey d. Connie Butler/"G. Edwards" 6-1 6-1

SF: M Langrishe/Chatterton d. Martin/Hamilton 6-4 6-1
SF: A Langrishe/Garvey d. B Langrishe/"Saint John" 6-4 6-2

FI: May Langrishe/Eyre Chatterton d. Adela Langrishe/Toler Garvey 6-0 6-2 6-1

From the “Irish Times”, 20 May 1886 (originally posted by Mark)

“It was a pity that the two best matches of the afternoon – the Ladies’ Championship and the Gentlemen’s Championship – should have to be played off simultaneously, but from one cause or another the arrangement was unavoidable, and so spectators had to divide their attention between the two contests. The opponents in the ladies’ game were Miss May Langrishe, an ex-holder of the championship, and Miss Martin, who it will be remembered gained a very ready victory over her rival of Saturday at last year’s tournament. Mindful of the improvements displayed by Miss Langrishe in her previous matches during the week, many were led to anticipate a close match, but no one was prepared for the clever victory achieved by the lady named.

“It was quite evident she held the winning card throughout the first set, in which she only allowed her opponent the second, fourth and seventh games, but Miss Martin showed up so well in the early part of the second set that at one time it seemed certain the three sets would have to be exhausted to decide this match. Miss Langrishe won the first game, but Miss Martin then rattling off four in succession, amongst them one love game, the score was called ‘4 games to 1, Miss Martin leads’. However, Miss Langrishe, playing in irresistible fashion, clean outplayed her opponent at every point, and with a sequence of five games, ran out the set by 6 to 4. Included in the winner’s scores were two love games.

“Miss Langrishe played better than ever she has done before, and her victory is more attributable to this than to the slight falling away perceptible in Miss Martin’s game. Her returns were very severe, and besides placing them beautifully along the sidelines, she invariably kept them to her opponent’s backhand. Miss Martin’s returns, on the contrary, lacked much of their usual strength, but at times she showed quite up to her best form.”

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May 31-June 3, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=20)

1R: Frances. Burton d. Miss Steedman 6-1 6-3
1R: Ethel Gurney d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-0 6-1
1R: Gertrude Gibbs d. O. Smith default
1R: Maud Watson d. Margaret Bracewell 6-4 6-3

2R: Lottie Dod d. Mrs Field 6-1 6-5
2R: Connie Butler d. Mrs Hornby 6-4 5-6 6-3
2R: N. Pope d. A. Foster 6-4 6-0
2R: Burton d. Gurney 5-6 6-2 6-4

2R: Louisa Martin d. Ann Dod 6-2 6-1
2R: Edith Davies d. Lilian Watson 6-5 6-3
2R: Blanche Bingley d. Maud Hill 6-1 6-3
2R: Watson d. Gibbs 6-3 6-3

QF: Dod d. Butler 6-0 4-6 6-4
QF: Burton d. Pope 6-2 6-3
QF: Martin d. Davies 6-3 6-5
QF: M Watson d. Bingley 4-6 6-1 6-4

SF: L Dod d. Burton 6-0 6-4
SF: M Watson d. Martin 6-3 3-6 6-3

FI: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson 7-5 6-4

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Gertrude Gibbs/Ethel Gurney 6-1 8-6

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Blanche Bingley/James Dwight (US) 5-7 7-5 6-4

Maud Watson's first defeat since 1881 in singles. Watson had won 54 straight matches in that time, dropping 12 sets. Pictures indicate that most spectators stood crowded about the court!

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The great surprise of the meeting was, of course, the defeat of the championess, Miss Maud Watson, who, up to this time, had never been beaten in singles. Her victor on this occasion was Miss Lottie Dod, not yet fifteen years old, who, however, has before this year shown that she was capable of holding her own with most of the ladies. Last year, when she played against Miss Watson, the latter won, but both the sets were advantage sets.

"As some excuse for Miss Watson getting beaten, it may be added that she had some very good players to meet in each round, the four she had played against being Margaret Bracewell, Grace Gibbs, Blanche Bingley and Louisa Martin, a most formidable quartet for any lady to meet. Miss Watson was certainly not playing in anything like the form she showed against Miss Bingley and Miss Martin, but then, on the other hand, Miss Dod hit so hard, and placed so well that Miss Watson did not have the same chance of returning the ball as she did with the other ladies.

"Miss Dod played remarkably well from start to finish of the match, and ran Miss Watson more about the court than is usually the case. The winner's forehand stroke right across the court was remarkably effective, and time after time she scored aces by placing the ball where the service line strikes the sideline. Miss Dod's backhand returns are weak, but she manages to get the ball back somehow, and then finishes the rally with a splendid forehand return."

The Mixed doubles final had both drama and humor. Bingley and American Dwight Davis had a match point vs Margaret Bracewell and William Renshaw, a pair who were unbeaten in many a season. Davis, who was very short, had poached on several balls to put volleys away. He turned around at one point and declared he hoped he wasn't blocking her view. "Oh no, thank you. I can see right over your head!", Blanche retorted, to the mirth of the crowd. Bracewell and Renshaw recovered to remain unbeaten. (p 60 of "Lawn Tennis Recollections, by H Chipp, 1988).

Draw Notes


The "Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Newspaper" mentions an Ethel Gurney, not an Edith Gurney.
The M. Hill beaten in the second round by Blanche Bingley was Maud Hill.

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Circa June 1-4, Whitehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (Clay)

FI: Jane Meikle d. Miss Meikle 6-2 6-2

MX: J. Ferguson/A. Steel d. E. Ferguson/W. Ferguson 6-3 6-2

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June 1-5, Beckenham Cricket Ground Open, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)
Venue: Beckenham Cricket Ground

MX: Ellen Wilson/Edward J. Avory d. Miss Wing/J.E. Passmore 9-7 6-1

Note: This year the mixed doubles event was the only non-handicap event open to women at this tournament, which later became the prestigious Kent Championships.

From: "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887):

"The Beckenham Cricket Ground is well known as one of the prettiest spots devoted to sports in the London district. Its annual athletic meetings stand in the foremost rank, while the cricket matches are also above the average. Although possessing a large number of lawn tennis players among its members, it has not hitherto boasted an open tournament, but this year, owing to the energy of Mr George Schofield, the honorary secretary, a very successful one has been organised.

"The programme consisted of five events, the principal of which were the Kent All-Comers' Championship singles, and the gentlemen's singles handicap. The former designation was adopted so that the event may not be confused with the Kent Championship, announced to be held on the Blackheath Club ground next month, which is only open to players possessing the qualification necessary for Kent County Cricket. [...]

"It was arranged that play should not commence until the afternoon, and consequently the ample space at the disposal of the executive had to be largely encroached upon, thirteen courts being placed at their disposal. The turf was in capital condition, for which the groundsman, Tate, deserves every praise, and the arrangements were excellent."

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June 7-13, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=16)

1R: Louisa Martin d. D. Patterson 6-2 6-3
1R: Edith Gurney d. Lilian Watson 6-3 5-6,6-3
1R: Lottie Dod d. Clara Hill default
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Connie Butler 6-2 6-1

1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Edith Davies 6-1 4-6 9-7
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Mary Agg 6-4 6-4
1R: Constance Bryan d. F. Davies 2-6 6-1 6-1
1R: Maud Watson d. Ann Dod 6-1 6-2

QF: Martin d. Gurney 6-1, 6-3
QF: Bracewell d. B Langrishe 6-4, 6-2
QF: Bingley d. L Dod 6-1 6-1
QF: M Watson d. Bryan 6-2 6-1

SF: Martin d. Bracewell 6-5 3-6 6-3
SF: M Watson d. Bingley 6-3 6-3

FI: Louisa Martin d. Maud Watson 6-4 6-4

DF: Blanche Bingley/Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Holden/D. Patterson 6-4 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Blanche Bingley/James Dwight (US) 6-4 6-4

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June 14-16, Welsh Championships, Penarth, Wales (Grass)
Venue: Penarth Lawn Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: L. Browne d. Mrs Hill 6-0 6-4
1R: A. Reynolds d. E.J. Stephens default
1R: M. Reynolds d. B. Trayes 6-5 3-6 13-11
1R: L.C. Stephens d. Miss Norton 6-4 6-4

SF: Browne d. M. Reynolds 6-0 6-0
SF: L.C. Stephens d. A. Reynolds 6-4 6-0

FI: L. Browne d. L.C. Stephens 4-6 6-1 6-3

From "Pastime", June 16, 1886: "Last year the Penarth Club held an open tournament, when the success of their initial effort encouraged them to promote a more pretentious meeting, under the title of the Welsh Championships Tournament. This commenced on Monday last on the pretty grounds of the club at Penarth. The president of the Penarth Lawn Tennis Club, Lord Windsor, has done a great deal for it, having expended considerably over a thousand pounds in laying out the courts and building a comfortable pavilion. Three asphalt and four grass courts are at the disposal of the executive, who intend to use the latter only unless the weather renders such a course unavoidable."

This was the first Welsh Championships tournament. There was no women’s doubles event at this tournament for a number of years. The women’s singles final was initially played over the best of five sets.

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June 15-19 London Athletic Club Tournament [London Championships], Stamford Bridge (Grass)
Venue: London Athletic Club

Singles (Draw=4)

1R: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Gurney default (wrongly entered)
1R: Edith Davies d. B. Hannaford 6-3 6-4

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Davies 6-1 6-1

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June 14-19, Scottish Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

Singles (Draw=7)

1R: Mabel Boulton d. Jane Meikle 6-3 6-4
1R: J. Ferguson d. Miss MacKenzie 6-3 6-1
1R: Miss Meikle d. E. Ferguson 6-3 3-6 6-1
1R: Julia MacKenzie-bye.

SF: Boulton d. J. Ferguson 6-2 6-1
SF: MacKenzie d. Miss Meikle 6-3 6-1

FI: Mabel Boulton d. Julia MacKenzie 3-6 6-0 6-2 4-6 6-2

There was a best-of-five-sets final for this, the first women’s singles event at the Scottish Championships. The tournament had begun in 1878.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "We have this year to chronicle a new departure in connection with the Scottish Championship Tournament. Hitherto the Edinburgh Lawn Tennis Company were its sole sponsors; but, having taken counsel, they have now joined forces with those of the Edinburgh University Club, and, as a natural consequence of that strength which unity is said to impart, the ninth annual meeting has been conceived and carried out on a more extensive scale than had ever previously been attempted north of the border. Prior to the current year of grace, the [men's singles] championship and gentlemen's doubles alone constituted the programme, but on the present occasion these competitions were augmented by [an]other seven, including a couple of consolations. [...]

"Instead of only one champion cup as heretofore, four were now offered. The Edinburgh Lawn Tennis Company, of course, continued their one for the gentlemen's singles, and one of their members, Mr Graham Murray, added another for the double championship, which, although an annual contest, has never had a trophy associated with it. Following this worthy lead, the University Club, to make a pair, provided a similar cup, and furnished the fourth for the ladies' singles championship, the honour of instituting which, therefore, rests with them. These cups, supplied by Marshall and Sons of Edinburgh, are each of the value of 27 guineas, splendid specimens of the silversmith's art, and, along with the other prizes, were greatly admired. [...]

"Of the fair players, Miss Mabel Boulton was the heroine. In defeating all the Scottish ladies, she gave a taste of that form which enabled her to overcome the strong field she did at Scarborough last year. Still her wins here were far from easy, the final tie particularly being an exciting and an open game, and thoroughly illustrative of two different styles of play, Miss Boulton playing entirely back, while Miss Julia MacKenzie volleyed from the service line. The latter is almost perfect at volleying, and could give many gentlemen, who fancy themselves at volleying, a lesson as to how balls should be killed. Her judgment is slightly deficient as to when to run in, and she should also refrain from taking balls on the rise instead of going back and taking them falling. [...]

"Miss Jane Meikle was scarcely up to the mark in her match with Miss Boulton, who is much better on grass than on gravel; and whenever they again meet on the latter, Miss Meikle will almost to a certainty repeat her Whitehouse victory. Amongst Scottish ladies she is probably princeps, but, when Miss Julia MacKenzie and the Misses Ferguson are in opposition, certainly anything but facile princeps. By learning to toss [lob] well, she has greatly improved her game, and at the back of the court, in a mixed double, is quite equal to any of the sterner sex, placing hard and low, and getting to everything."

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June 21-26, Clifton Lawn Tennis Tournament, Bristol, Avon, England (Grass)
Venue: Clifton Lawn Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=14)

QF: Beatrice Langrishe d. A. James 6-0 6-1
QF: Clara Hill d. Miss Bryant 6-1 6-1
QF: Margaret Fyffe d. Gratian Fyffe 5-6 6-3 6-4
QF: N. Pope d. Marian Fyffe 6-3 6-0

SF: Langrishe d. Hill 5-7 6-1 6-1
SF: Pope d. Fyffe 6-3 3-6 6-4

FI: Beatrice Langrishe d. N Pope 6-2 7-5

MX: N Pope/James Baldwin d. Clara Hill/John Charles Kay 8-6 6-4

From "Pastime", June 23, 1886: "This meeting, the first held at Clifton, commenced on Monday last, and will conclude on Saturday. In the midst of a neighbourhood where lawn tennis is very popular, and situated in the heart of Clifton, and within a few minutes' walk of Bristol, the ground of the Clifton Lawn Tennis Club offers advantages for a tournament which few other clubs possess. Under the honorary secretaryship of Charles Lacy Sweet the club prospered apace, and it now possesses within its compact enclosure four grass courts and three of asphalte, with a comfortable pavilion, dressing rooms, etc."

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June 23-26, Warriston Park, Edinburgh, Scotland (Clay)

FI: Jane Meikle d. Mabel Boulton 5-7 6-1 6-1

MX: Jane Meikle/J.P. Smythe d. Mabel Boulton/Richard M. Watson 5-7 6-2 6-2

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June 23-24, Badsworth Hunt Tournament, West Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Beatrice Wood d. Miss Smith 6-0 6-0

The women's singles event was open to players from the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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began June 24, Redhill, Surrey, England (Grass)

FI: J. Wray d. Miss Wing 6-1 6-2

MX: Miss Cobbold/Harold S. Stone d. J. Wray/William C. Taylor 5-6 6-5 6-4

* As is often the case with early tournaments, it has not been possible to find the players' first names.

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June 21-26, Northern Tournament, Liverpool, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=10, plus holder)

1R: Lottie Dod d. F. Lawrence 6-1 6-1
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Knowles 6-0 6-0

QF: L Dod d. Ann Dod default
QF: Lydia Openshaw d. Miss Knowles 6-0 6-1
QF: Gertrude Bracewell d. Miss Cliff 6-4 6-5
QF: May Langrishe d. M Bracewell 0-6 6-1 6-4

SF: L Dod d. Openshaw 6-1 6-0
SF: May Langrishe d. G Bracewell 6-0 6-0

FI: Lottie Dod d. May Langrishe 6-2 6-2

CR: Maud Watson (holder) d. Lottie Dod 7-5 6-3

Doubles (Draw=4)

1R: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell/F. Lawrence 6-0 6-3
1R: Miss Cliff/May Langrishe d. Gertrude Bracewell/Lydia Openshaw 6-3 6-1

FI: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Miss Cliff/May Langrishe 6-2 6-1

Mixed doubles (Draw=5)

1R: May Langrishe/James Dwight (US) d. Gertrude Bracewell/R. Simpson 6-1 6-1

SF: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Langrishe/Dwight 6-4 6-5
SF: Lottie Dod/Harry Grove d. Ann Dod/Jacob G. Brown 6-1 6-2

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Lottie Dod/Harry Grove 3-6 6-2 6-3

Watson gains revenge before an overflow crowd of 1,500. This match was Maud Watson's last major victory in a singles tournament and marked the second-last time Lottie Dod would lose a level singles match, her next and last defeat coming to Louisa Martin in the quarter-finals of the Irish Championships in 1892.

The mixed doubles final result comes from "Pastime".

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June 28-July 2, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)
Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Club

Singles (Draw=11)

1R: Blanche Bingley d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-2, 6-0
1R: Mary Steedman d. May Langrishe default
1R: Miss Noon d. Effie Noon default

QF: Bingley d. Margaret Bracewell 6-3 6-3
QF: F. Lawrence d. Eva Steedman 1-6 6-1 6-2
QF: Noon d. M Steedman 5-6 6-5 6-0
QF: Lilian Watson d. Bertha Steedman 5-6 6-2 6-2

SF: Bingley d. Lawrence 6-2 6-2
SF: L Watson d. Miss Noon 6-5 5-6 6-5

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Lilian Watson 6-2 6-2

Doubles (Draw=6)

1R: Blanche Bingley/Lilian Watson-bye
1R: Margaret Bracewell/F. Lawrence d. Clara Hill/Beatrice Langrishe 4-6 6-3 6-4
1R: Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman d. Effie Noon/Miss Noon 6-1 6-4
1R: Miss Noon/Effie Noon-bye

SF: Bingley/Watson d. Bracewell/Lawrence 6-2 4-6 6-2
SF: Steedman/Steedman d. Noon/Noon 6-1 6-4

FI: Blanche Bingley/Lilian Watson d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-4 6-2

Mixed doubles (Draw=10)


1R: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Miss Talbot/J.H. Mitchell 6-2 6-2
1R: Blance Bingley/James Dwight (US) d. May Langrishe/George Brewerton default

QF: Watson/Deykin d. Mary Steedman/A.H. Griffiths 6-5 6-0
QF: Miss Noon/Frank Noon d. Lilian Watson/Charles H. Ross 6-3 6-5
QF: Beatrice Langrishe/Percy B. Brown d. Bertha Steedman/J.H. Thursfield 6-4 6-2
QF: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Dwight/Bingley 6-2 6-5

SF: Watson/Deykin d. Noon/Noon 6-2 6-1
SF: Bracewell/Renshaw d. Langrishe/Brown 6-3 6-3

FI: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw 7-5 6-1 4-6 2-6 8-6

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Although the Edgbaston Cricket Club had held lawn tennis tournaments previously to 1882, it was in that year that they may be said to have originated an open meeting, and since then the fixture in the beautiful grounds in Hall Hill Road has been growing in importance. This year the entries have been rather more than the average in the different events..."

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???? Natal Championships, Pietermartizburg, Soth Africa

FI: Mabel Grant d. L. Button 6-3 6-2

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????, South of Ireland Championships, Limerick, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Limerick Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Miss Smith d. ??

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Re: 1886 results

July through December

July 1-3, Northumberland Cricket Club, Heaton, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

Doubles (Draw=8)

SF: Alice Cheese/E. Cheese d. L. Scott/Miss Scott default
SF: Connie Butler/Miss Marley d. Mrs C.F. Forster/L. Butt 6-2 6-1

FI: Alice Cheese/E. Cheese d. Connie Butler/Miss Marley 6-1 2-6 11-9

Mixed doubles (Draw=14)

SF: Connie Butler/C. Liddell d. Miss E. Cheese/R. Stephenson 6-3 6-1
SF: Miss Marley/Kenneth R. Marley d. Miss Swarbreck/T. Swarbreck 2-6 6-3 6-3

FI: Connie Butler/C. Liddell d. Miss Marley/Kenneth R. Marley 6-4 6-4

Note: This year there was no women's singles event at this tournament.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): The third annual tournament promoted by the above club took place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 1, 2 and 3, on the Heaton ground. Mr C. Liddell again acted as honorary secretary, and the arrangements made by him were very good. A band was in attendance each day. Ayres' balls, nets and posts, supplied by Mr H.A. Murton, Newcastle, gave every satisfaction. The weather throughout the three days was splendid, and the attendance very good."

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circa July 1-3, Stafford, Staffordshire, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Noon d. Effie Noon 2-6 6-4 6-2

DF: Miss Noon/Agnes Watts d. Henrietta Underhill/Laura Underhill 6-5 6-2

MX: Agnes Watts/Frank S. Moon d. Effie Noon/Conway Morgan 6-1 6-1

Agnes Watts=Mrs F. Watts

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July 3-5, Ilkley, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Beatrice Wood d. Lilla Moir 3-6 6-5 6-0

DF: Miss Tannett/Beatrice Wood d. B. Knight/Miss Walker 6-4 6-2

MX: Lilla Moir/H.W. Heaton d. Miss Wedderburn/ A. Mallinson 6-2 (only 1 set played)

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The Championships (WIMBLEDON)

Dates: July 3-17
Venue: The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

Draw=8

1R: Maud Shackle d. Julia Mackenzie 6-3 6-4
1R: Amy Tabor d. F. M. Pearson 6-1 6-2
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Julia Shackle 6-2 6-1
1R: Lilian Watson d. A. M. Chambers 6-3 6-3

SF: Tabor d. Shackle 6-4 7-5
SF: Bingley d. L. Watson 6-3 8-6

FI: Bingley d. Tabor 6-2 6-0

CR: Blanche Bingley d. Maud Watson (holder) 6-3 6-3


In 1886, a challenge cup was offered for the women's singles event for the first time. They had been under pressure to do this for some time; the men having a challenge cup since 1878. This meant that the holder did not have to play through the event, but could "sit out" and wait to meet the winner of what was known as the All-Comers' event. Bingley downs two Watson sisters to take the crown.

As the holder Maude Watson did not sit so firmly on her throne as in previous years. Young sensation Lottie Dodd defeated her Bath 7-5 6-4, this being Watson's first defeat since 1881, halting her consecutive match streak at 54.

Sadly for spectators Miss Dod did not enter the Championships. Another prominent player who was absent was the Irish Louisa Martin. That left Blanche Bingley as Maud's likely challenger, and as expected Blanche won through to the final in straight sets, though Maud's sister Lilian gave her a stout fight, losing 6-3 8-6.

Blanche took out the defending champion in a straight set final. "Miss Bingley was in her very best form, hitting the ball vigorously on her forehand and showing no signs of her usual nervousness. Maud's play lacked the determined energy which was one of it's principal characteristics." (from Maud Watson: The First Wimbledon Champion, by Alan Little, page 10).

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Saturday, July 17. The weather during the morning made the chances of playing off the two championships very doubtful, but the tarpaulins with which the courts had been covered had done their work well, and, the rain ceasing in time, it was found quite practicable to play off both competitions. The attendance was again very limited, but those who were present were most liberal with their acknowledgements of good play. Miss Blanche Bingley has several times been beaten by Miss Maud Watson without once securing a victory, and it was hardly expected that on this occasion she would be able to win the championship, though to those who follow the leading tournaments it was well known that she was improving greatly.

"Miss Bingley commenced playing well, seeming to have thrown off much of the nervousness from which she generally suffers, and making her returns with great freedom, had little difficulty in winning the opening set by six games to three, only the fourth being well contested. On crossing over it was expected that Miss Watson would do much better, and she won the two opening games, but then fell away again, and eventually was defeated the same number of games as in the first set.

"Miss Bingley won 12 games and 61 strokes, and Miss Watson 6 games and 47 strokes. During the match Miss Watson won one love game and Miss Bingley two, and three of the games were at deuce. Rather a curious feature of the match was the number of double faults served, Miss Bingley only served one, but Miss Watson lost no less than five aces by them, and four out of these were the final strokes in games.

"Miss Watson was decidedly not playing up to her best form, her forehand returns being far too much above the top of the net, and the cut that she gets on them seems to bring the ball up instead of going on, and so gives her opponent more time for placing her stroke. Her backhand returns, on the contrary, were good all the way through. Miss Bingley's forte lies in her hard hitting, and she combines this with accuracy of placing. With good players she generally lacks strength with her backhand returns; but on this occasion she missed very few, and also got a fair amount of pace on them. Miss Bingley fully deserved her victory, as it is not every lady who is able to struggle under the weight of several defeats."

Blanche was given a gold bracelet for her win.

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July 8-10, Chapel Allerton, Yorkshire, England

FI: Lilla Moir d. Miss Tannett 6-3 5-7 6-3

MX: Beatrice Wood/Arthur H Meysey-Thompson d. Mrs Carpenter/C.F. Palmer 6-5 6-2

This was the third edition of the Chapel Allerton tournament.

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Circa mid-July, Mersey Bowmen Lawn Tennis Club, Liverpool, England (Grass)
Venue: Sefton Park

Singles (Draw=15)

SF: Katharine Hill d. C. Jones 6-1 6-1
SF: [Jane] Pickthall d. Mary McConnal 6-4 6-2

FI: Katharine Hill d. [Jane] Pickthall, 6-5 6-3

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July 19-24, Chiswick Park Tournament, London, England (Grass)
Chiswick Park

DF: Blanche Bingley/Mrs Field and Miss Douglas/Florence Mardall divided the prizes.

MX: Blanche Bingley/William Renshaw d. May Jacks/William C. Taylor 7-5 6-2

There appears to have been no top-class open women's singles event at this tournament this year.

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July 19-24, Kilkenny County and City Tournament, Kilkenny, Ireland (Grass)

Singles Handicap (Draw=5)

1R: Mabel Cahill (scratch) d. Adela Langrishe (owes half 30) 4-6 6-1 6-1
1R: Miss Kenealy (owes 30) d. Miss Butler (scratch) 7-5 6-1
1R: Beatrice Langrishe-bye

SF: Cahill-bye
SF: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss Kenealy 5-7 6-2 6-1

FI: Mabel Cahill (scratch) d. Beatrice Langrishe (minus half 30) 7-5 6-2 6-4

Mixed doubles: for the Desart Challenge Cup
(Draw=4, plus holders)

1R: Adela or May Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Connie Butler/F.W. Butler 6-1 6-2
1R: Beatrice Langrishe/Percival H. Joy d. Miss Kenealy/Arthur Ashe 7-5 8-6

FI: Adela or May Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Beatrice Langrishe/Percival H. Joy 6-1 7-5

CF: Adela or May Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Mabel Cahill/Francis R. Swayne (holders) 6-1 6-1 6-1

The women's si gles was a "handicap" only event. The final appears to have been played over the best of five sets.

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July 20-22, Taunton, Somerset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: N Pope d. Ada Meyler 6-0 6-1
1R: Miss Woodhouse d. B. Adey 6-0 6-5
1R: G. Gilling-Lax d. Constance Meyler 6-5 6-2
1R: Alice Bagnall-Wild d. Miss Chapman 6-0 6-0

SF: Pope d. Woodhouse 6-0 6-1
SF: Bagnall-Wild d. Gilling-Lax 0-6 6-3 6-1

FI: N. Pope d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-1 6-2

DF: Alice Bagnall-Wild/N. Pope d. Miss Escott/G. Gilling-Lax 6-2 6-0

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July 21-24, South of Ireland Championships, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland

Singles (Draw=4)

1R: Miss Smith d. Mary Lysaght 6-5 6-2
1R: G. Bailey d. M. Smith 5-6 6-2 6-4

FI: Miss Smith d. G. Bailey 6-1 6-4

MX: Mary Lysaght/William Bredin d. Miss Gloster/Edward Westropp 6-5 5-6 6-2 6-5

Note: The mixed doubles final was played over the best of five sets.

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July 22-24, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=9)


1R: E.F. Hudson d. Miss Exham 6-1 6-1

QF: Agnes Watts d. L. Snook 3-6 6-2 6-1
QF: Effie Noon d. Hudson 6-3 6-1
QF: Florence Mardall d. Miss Snook 6-1 5-6 6-4
QF: Florence Noon d. Mrs Hill 6-3 6-0

SF: Watts d. E Noon 6-3 6-2
SF: F Noon d. Mardall default

FI: Agnes Watts versus Florence Noon (this final may not have been played)

DF: Florence Mardall/Agnes Watts d. Miss Lorrimer/Miss Snook 6-2 6-0

MX: Florence Noon/Frank Noon d. Florence Mardall/William N. Cobbold 6-3 6-2

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July 24, Ealing Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Ealing, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Ealing Lawn Tennis Club

CR: Charlotte Cooper (holder) d. A. Brown 6-4 5-7 6-4

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July 26-31, Kent County Championships, Blackheath, Kent, England (Grass)

This, the first edition of the Kent County Championships, featured only one event, a men's singles. A handicap women's singles would be added in later years followed by a non-handicap women's singles event. This tournament was usually confined to players born in the county of Kent or players who had been residing there for at least two years. It should not be confused with the Kent Championships tournament annually held in Beckenham.

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July 26-28, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Jephson Gardens

MX: Mrs Hornby/Charles Ross d. Gertrude Mellersh/ Thomas Mellersh 6-2 6-3

There was no non-handicap women's single event at this tournament in the early years (circa 1881-1890).

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The Jephson Gardens, as they always do, looked most beautiful, but the turf was not in the best condition for lawn tennis, the heavy rain of the few previous days having thoroughly soaked the ground. The lawns, too, are slightly on the slope, but we hear that by next year the committee have every intention of making them level.

"The attendance was fairly good on each day, and it is to be hoped that this year the meeting has not been a loss. The prizes looked well up to their advertised value, and this year arrangements had been made that the winning competitors might change them up to their full value at the shops at which they were bought. The weather on all three days was fine, though at one time on Tuesday there was every prospect of a heavy storm..."

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July 28-31, Northumberland County Association Tournament, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

Doubles (Draw=5)

SF: Connie Butler/Miss Clayton d. Miss Butt/Miss Hemmingway 6-5 5-6 6-2
SF: Mrs R. Clayton/Winifred Fenwick d. Miss Nesbit/Zoe Nesbit 6-2 6-2

FI: Connie Butler/Miss Clayton d. Mrs R. Clatyon/Winifred Fenwick 6-4 6-1

Mixed doubles (Draw=10)

SF: A. Clayton/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Helen Jackson/Kenneth R. Marley 6-4 6-2
SF: Connie Butler/C. Liddell d. Ann Rowell/Robert S. Rowell 6-0 6-2

FI: A. Clayton/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Connie Butler/C. Liddell 6-1 6-4

Note: There was no women's singles event at this tournament in the years 1883-86.

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July 26-August 2, East of Ireland Championships, Howth, Dublin, Ireland
Venue: Howth Lawn Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=17)


PR: E. Knox d. Miss Cuppage 6-2 6-2

1R: May Langrishe d. E. Costello 6-1 6-1
1R: G. Crofton d. Maud Scovell 6-4 6-4
1R: Miss McClintock d. Gertrude Perry 6-3 5-7 6-0
1R: Miss Moore d. Louisa Martin default

1R: Miss Boyle d. Knox 6-4 5-7 6-1
1R: Ida Perry d. Miss Pack-Beresford 6-3 8-6
1R: A. Atthill d. Miss Griffith 6-2 6-1
1R: [Isabella] Smyth d. P. Costello 6-0 7-5

QF: Langrishe d. Crofton 6-2 6-4
QF: Moore d. McClintock 2-6 6-4 6-2
QF: Boyle d. Ida Perry 6-2 6-2
QF: Smyth d. Atthill 6-2 6-1

SF: Langrishe d. Moore 6-3 6-1
SF: Smyth d. Boyle 6-2 8-6

FI: May Langrishe d. [Isabella]Smyth 6-3 6-2

Note: May Langrishe "owed 15" throughout this event; Louisa Martin would also have "owed 15" if she had taken part.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The annual open tournament of the Howth Lawn Tennis Club, which at its inception was nothing better nor worse than the general run of such celebrations, has in the course of the last few years rapidly made its way to the front rank of Irish tournaments; in fact, as things are at present, it is only looked upon as second to the All-Ireland Lawn Tennis Championships at Fitzwilliam Square, and, as far as general arrangements and perfection of detail go, it fairly vies with the big réunion referred to.

"This pleasing state of affairs is almost entirely due to the energy and experience of the tournament committee, and we have no hesitation in stating that the club is indeed lucky to be able to command the services of such a competent and hard-working team trio as Mr Ronald MacDougall, Mr Cheney Knox and Mr Dawson Knox.

"For the benefit of those who do not know the locale, it may be stated that the club courts, five in number, are picturesquely situated on the hill which gives it name to the pleasant seaside resort, and which commands a splendid view of Dublin Bay and the surrounding coast scenery. Being within half an hour's run by train of the metropolis, Howth may be regarded as easy of access, and when we have added to this the attractions of a capital programme, and all the accessories of a first-class tournament, small wonder it is that the Howth affair receives substantial patronage from players.

"Indeed, in this connection the executive may fairly claim a record as Irish tournaments go, seeing that the half-dozen events on the programme obtained considerably over two hundred entries. Wet weather on 26 July caused the commencement to be postponed until the following day, and the tournament was not concluded until Monday last."

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August 2-5, Darlington, Durham, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=5)


1R: Florence Stanuell d. Miss Kemp 6-2 6-0

SF: Stanuell d. Connie Butler 4-6 6-1 6-3
SF: Beatrice Wood d. Mrs J.T. Proud 6-0 6-4

FI: Florence Stanuell d. Beatrice Wood 6-2 6-2

DF: Connie Butler/Florence Stanuell d. Miss Langley/Miss Surtees 6-4 6-3

MX: Florence Stanuell/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Connie Butler/John Galbraith Horn 6-1 7-5

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August 2-7, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=7)

1R: Maud Watson-bye
1R: Constance Bryan d. Katharine Kindersley 6-2 6-2
1R: Katherine Hole d. Leila Lodwick default
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Lilian Watson 6-5 6-1

SF: M Watson d. Bryan 4-6 6-2 6-3
SF: Bingley d. Hole 6-2 6-0

FI: Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 7-5 0-6 6-3

MX: Blanche Bingley/William Renshaw d. Maud Watson/John Deykin 5-7 7-5 8-6

Maud's third Exmouth title in a row, the 1885 event having been cancelled.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "It will be remembered that previously to 1885, in which year no tournament was held, Miss Maud Watson had won the challenge plate two year in succession, and when the committee considered that she was fairly entitled to have it, she most generously sent it back, with the only condition attached that she was able again to contest for it this year, or, if not, then it was to be held over until 1887. As will be gathered from the foregoing report, Miss Watson won it for the third year in succession, so it now becomes doubly her property."

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August 2-7, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland (Grass)

SF: May Langrishe d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3 6-3
SF: Ann Gallwey d. Mabel Cahill 6-3 1-6 6-5

FI: May Langrishe d. Ann Gallwey 6-0 6-0

DF: Ann Gallwey/Frances Gallwey d. Miss Knox/May Langrishe 6-3 6-2

MX: May Langrishe/Toler R. Garvey d. Frances Gallwey/Henry J. Gallwey 6-3 6-3

Note: All of the above events were "handicap" only.

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August 5-7, Hull, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Constance Hodgson d. Miss Alfrey 6-3 6-2

DF: Dorothy Boulton/Mabel Boulton d. Constance Hodgson/Mrs Travers 6-3 6-3

MX: Mabel Boulton/F.J. Hirst d. A. Thorney/A.W. McIlwaine 6-4 6-5

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began August 9, Teignmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

FI: Lilian Watson and Maud Watson divided the prize (handicap event)

MX: Lilian Watson/ John Deykin d. J. Wray/Charles E. Pine-Coffin 6-1 6-4

This was the match where an incompetent umpire who couldn't keep the correct score caused the match to be abandoned at one set all and declared itnull and void and the sisters divided the prize.

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began August 9-11, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Cobbold d. May Jacks 3-6 6-1 6-1

DF: Miss Arbuthnot/Miss Cobbold d. Miss Bird/Miss Saint-Clair 6-4 6-3

MX: Miss Cobbold/William N. Cobbold d. May Jacks/Herbert Yockney 6-2 6-0

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August 9-14, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=13)

1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Ethel Atkinson 6-2 1-6 6-2
1R: B. Young d. Miss Young 6-4 5-6 6-0
1R: Florence Mardall d. G. Freeman default
1R: L. Brown-bye

1R: Miss Robinson d. B. Hopkinson 6-0 6-4
1R: Mrs W. Hill d. Ella Rawlinson 3-6 6-4 6-5
1R: Mabel Boulton-bye
1R: E. Robinson-bye

QF: Bracewell d. Young default
QF: Brown d. Mardall 6-2 6-4
QF: Hill d. Robinson 6-2 5-6 6-2
QF: Boulton d. E. Robinson 6-1 6-0

SF: Bracewell d. Brown 6-1 5-6 6-3
SF: Boulton d. Hill 6-4 6-2

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Mabel Boulton 6-4 8-6

DF: Margaret Bracewell/Miss Mardall d. Etkel Atkinson/Ella Rawlinson 8-6 4-6 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/Harry Grove d. Clara Hill/J.H. Aitken 6-0 6-3

Clara Hill=Mrs W Hill

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August 16-21, Tenby, Wales (Grass)

FI: Katherine Hill d. Mary Agg 6-4 6-3

DF: Mary Agg/B. Henry d. V. Hardy/C. Jones 6-2 6-2

MX: MaryAgg/James Baldwin d. C. Jones/E.W. David 6-3 6-3

This tournament was first held in 1879 or 1880 and later became the West Wales Championships.

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August 16-21, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=8)

1R: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Crossley 6-1 6-3
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Willett 6-2 6-5
1R: Constance Hodgson d. Ethel Atkinson 4-6 6-0 6-4
1R: Mabel Boulton d. Beatrice Wood 6-3 2-6 6-2

SF: Bracewell d. Mardall 6-1 6-3
SF: Boulton d. Hodgson 6-0 6-3

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Mabel Boulton 5-7 8-6 3-0 retired

DF: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Ethel Atkinson/Ella Rawlinson 6-2 6-1

MX: Mabel Boulton/B. Hartley d. Clara Hill/John Galbraith Horn 6-4 6-4

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began August 16, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FI: G. Rant d. A. Forster 6-4 6-5

DF: G. Rant/Mrs Warwick d. Mabel Lowther/May Lowther 6-3 6-1

MX: Kate Barkley/R.G. Pollock d. Miss Bond/Herbert Longe 6-4 6-1

Are the Lowthers any relation to Toupie Lowther?

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August 17-23, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)

Singles (Draw=12)

SF: Evelyn Blencowe d. Ada Blencowe 6-4 6-3
SF: Lottie Paterson d. A. Barry 6-4 3-6 6-3

FI: Evelyn Blencowe d. Lottie Paterson 6-0 6-4

CF: Ann Dod (holder) d. Evelyn Blencowe 6-2 6-3

Doubles

SF: Ada Blencowe/Evelyn Blencowe d. A. Barry/K. Callender 6-2 6-2
SF: Ann Dod/Miss Thomson d. Gertrude Blencowe/Lottie Paterson 6-1 6-1

FI: Ada Blencowe/Evelyn Blencowe d. Ann Dod/Miss Thomson 7-5 4-6 6-1


MX: Lottie Paterson/Edward B. Morrison d. Ann Dod/Richard M. Watson 9-7 7-5

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August ????, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: A. Ridley d. Helen Kersey 6-1 6-5

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August 23-28, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=20)

1R: Gertrude Bracewell d. Miss Richardson 6-1 6-2
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Clara Hill 6-0 6-3
1R: Miss Noon d. R. Goodman 6-3 6-2
1R: Lottie Dod d. Connie Butler 5-6 6-1 6-1

2R: Louisa Martin d. G Bracewell 6-3 6-3
2R: E. Richardson d. Mrs Craig default
2R: Florence Stanuell d. Mrs Willoughby default
2R: Bingley d. Noon 6-3 6-5
2R: Mary Steedman d. Bertha Steedman 2-6 6-4, retired
2R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Petrie 6-2 6-1
2R: Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell 2-6 6-2 6-4
2R: May Langrishe d. Mrs Aga default

QF: Martin d. Richardson 6-1 6-1
QF: Bingley d. Stanuell default
QF: M Steedman d. Mardall 6-3 6-1
QF: Langrishe d. Dod 6-5 3-6 6-4

SF: Martin d. Bingley 6-5 6-5
SF: Langrishe d. M Steedman 6-1 4-6 10-8

FI: Louisa Martin d. May Langrishe 6-3 6-0

DF: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-2 7-5

Mixed

SF: Louisa Martin/Tom Campion d. Clara Hill/John Galbraith Horn 5-6 6-5 6-3
SF: Miss Noon/Percy B. Brown d. Lottie Dod/Anthony Dod 0-6 6-2 6-4

FI: Louisa Martin/Tom Campion d. Miss Noon/Percy B. Brown 6-3 4-6 6-2

* Lottie Dod had not quite reached invincibility and lost here to her doubles partner.
* The Buxton doubles carried the All-England title at this time

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August 24-29, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=9)

1R: L. Elphinston d. Miss Palmer 7-5 1-6 7-5

QF: Mrs Hornby d. Miss Wollaston 6-0 6-0
QF: Mrs Surman d. M. Elphinston 9-7 6-3
QF: L. Elphinston d. Miss Fryer 4-6 6-3 6-2
QF: B. Hannaford d. Miss Vaughan 6-3 6-3

SF: Mrs Hornby d. Mrs Surman 6-0 6-4
SF: Hannaford d. L. Elphinston 6-4 6-4

FI: Mrs Hornby d. B. Hannaford 6-3 6-3

MX: Miss Vaughan/Leslie C. Wintle d. Miss Palmer/D.W. Donaldson 6-2 6-3

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August 27-30, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: G. Walters d. Beatrice Wood default

DF: A. Walters/G. Walters d. Miss Wilkins/E. Wilkins 6-2 6-2

MX: Mabel Hartley/George E. Brewerton d. L. Cheetham/Arthur G. Pease 6-4 6-3

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August 30-September 7, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

Singles (Draw=17)

1R: Amy Jones d. Harriet Mellersh 6-2 6-2

2R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Hudson 6-1 3-6 6-1
2R: E. Malcolm d. Alice Strapp 1-6 6-2 6-1
2R: E. Monckton d. Mrs Rothney 6-2 6-4
2R: Florence Mardall d. Gertrude Mellersh 2-6 6-5 6-4

2R: Catherine Triscott d. Mrs Burr 6-1 6-3
2R: Miss Tullock d. Blanche Pedley 6-4 4-6 6-4
2R: Ada Strapp d. Jones 6-2 6-1
2R: Blanche Bingley (owes half 15) d. Miss Gauntlett 6-0 6-0

QF: Bracewell d. Malcolm 6-3 6-2
QF: Florence Mardall d. Monckton 6-1 6-3
QF: Triscott d. Tullock 6-3 6-1
QF: Bingley (owes half 15) d. Strapp 6-0 6-0

SF: Bracewell d. Mardall 6-2 6-4
SF: Bingley (owes half 15) d. Triscott 6-1 6-1

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Blanche Bingley (owes half 15) 6-1 6-3

Doubles (Draw=10)

1R: E.F. Hudson/Ada Strapp d. Miss Tulloch/Miss Monckton 6-0 6-0
1R: Gertrude Mellersh/Elizabeth Mocatta d. E. Malcolm/Miss Malcolm 6-0 6-1

QF: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Blanche Bingley/Mrs Field 6-0 6-1
QF: Hudson/Ada Strapp d. Blanche Pedley/Miss Staines default
QF: Alice Strapp/Catherine Triscott d. Mrs A. Burr/E. Durlacher 6-2 6-4
QF: Mellersh/Mocatta d. K. Head/Mrs Head 6-1 6-2

SF: Bracewell/Mardall d. Hudson/Ada Strapp 6-0 6-1
SF: Mellersh/Mocatta d. Alice Strapp/Mrs Triscott 6-2 6-3

FI: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. Gertrude Mellersh/Elizabeth Mocatta 6-4,6-3

Mixed doubles (Draw=23)


QF: Margaret Bracewell/John Galbraith Horn d. Alice Strapp/William J. Down 6-1 6-1
QF: E. Malcolm/Ernest Renshaw d. Ada Strapp/William C. Taylor 6-4 6-3
QF: Amy Wilson/Daniel Wilson d. Mrs A. Burr/A. Burr 6-2 6-5
QF: Florence Mardall/Percy B. Brown d. E.F. Hudson/George E. Brown 6-5 5-6 6-3

SF: Bracewell/Horn d.Malcolm/ Renshaw 6-3 6-2
SF: Mardall/Brown d. Wilson/Wilson 6-2 6-3

FI: Margaret Bracewell/John Galbraith Horn d. Florence Mardall/Percy B. Brown 6-4 8-6

A Challenge Cup was offered for the women’s singles event at this tournament for first time this year. Blanche Bingley was "handicapped", owe half 15, throughout the whole of the women's singles event.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Margaret Bracewell defeated Blanche Bingley, owing half 15, two sets in succession. Miss Bingley seemed extremely nervous all through the match, not once playing her well-known hard strokes. Miss Bracewell won the first five games, and then Miss Bingley just saved a love set by winning the sixth, but her opponent took the seventh, which gave her the set.

"After crossing over, it looked for a short time as if Miss Bingley would have a chance, as she gained the first three games, but she was unable to secure another, Miss Bracewell taking the next six in succession, and so winning a love set, and the match. Five of the games in this set were at deuce. Miss Bracewell thus becomes the first holder of the cup given by the Duke of Devonshire."

Miss Hudson=EF Hudson.

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circa October 18-29, Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)

Singles (Draw=4)


1R: C. Greene d. Constance Raleigh 6-3 5-6 6-3
1R: Ellen Mayne d. Mabel Shaw 0-6 6-4 6-1

FI: C. Greene d. Ellen Mayne 6-1 6-1

Doubles (Draw=6)

1R: Ellen Mayne/Mabel Shaw d. Miss Brunton/Miss Hetherington 6-3 6-0 *
1R: C. Greene/ConstanceRaleigh d. Miss Calder/Miss Martin 6-0 6-0 *
1R: Miss Barnard/Miss Brunton-bye
1R: Miss Riddell/Miss Ross-bye

SF: Mayne/Shaw d. Greene/Raleigh ????
SF: Barnard/Brunton d. Riddell/Ross ????

FI: Ellen Mayne/Mabel Shaw d. Miss Barnard/Miss Brunton 6-1 6-0

*we are not entirely certain of these scores.

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December 28-30 New Zealand Championships, Napier, New Zealand (Grass)
Venue: Farndon Park

SF: Sarah Lance d E Harman 3-6 6-0 6-4
SF: Hilda Hitchings d Mrs G Way 6-3 6-4

FI: Lance d Hitchings 6-2 3-6 6-1

DF: Sarah Lance/Mrs G Way d Miss Hannin/Miss Cotterill 6-1 6-4

MX: Hilda Hitchings/EP Hudson d Sarah Lance/HB Williams 6-3 6-1

Results for other years are in the Women's Database at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=90372

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Re: 1886 results

"Pastime" classification of players for 1886:

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Louisa Martin
Maud Watson

1 bisque

Blanche Bingley

2 bisques

Lottie Dod
May Langrishe

Half 15

Margaret Bracewell

Half 15 and 1 bisque

Mabel Boulton

Half 15 and 2 bisques

Edith Davies
Beatrice Wood

15

Connie Butler
Jane Meikle
Amy Tabor

15 and 1 bisque

C. Bryan
Ethel Gurney [not Edith]

15 and 2 bisques

E.F. Hudson
Julia Mackenzie
Bertha Steedman
Lilian Watson

Half 30

Ann Dod
Beatrice Langrishe
Effie Noon or Florence Noon
J. Wray

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Gee Tee's recent post shows the NSW score as 6-3 6-3. Shall we change it?
We could change it IMO. Perhaps we could ask Gee Tee to double check it to make certain, change the score, and then note that another person (Newmark in this case) has a different score.
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Re: 1886 results

1886 Northern Tournament (June 21-26) mixed doubles final result, from "Pastime":

XDF: William Renshaw/Margaret Bracewell d. Harry Grove/Lottie Dod 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
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Re: 1886 results

Added in the Northern mixed-thanks Mark.

Note I also reformatted the mixed results for the thread. Following the American style I list mixed results with the female names first.
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We could change it IMO. Perhaps we could ask Gee Tee to double check it to make certain, change the score, and then note that another person (Newmark in this case) has a different score.
A few more details on this championship and clarification of the final result:

6-15 May 1886 - Intercolonial Lawn Tennis Tournament (NSW Championships)
Assocation Ground, Moore Park, Sydney (Grass)

R1 Annie Lamb d Miss Andrews 60 62
R1 Eva Rodd d Beatrice Metcalfe 64 64
Rest - byes

R2 Lamb d Rodd 75 63
R2 Zilla Scott d Beaumont 61 60
R2 Eliza Fitzgerald d McLean 64 63
R2 C Green d H Beaumont 60 60

SF Lamb d Scott 64 63
SF Green d Fitzgerald 63 61

FI Greene d Lamb 63 62

"The match, which took an hour, was thoroughly well contested and watched with great interest by a large concourse of onlookers. Miss Green played a clever game in which her superior powers of 'cutting' and 'serving' stood her in good stead. Miss Lamb was as able an exponent of volleying for a lady as one could wish to see, while Miss Green's cutting from the base lines was very fast and accurate.

An analysis of games and strokes gives Miss Greene 6 games and 37 strokes to Miss Lamb's 3 games and 28 strokes in the first set, and 6 games and 34 strokes to Lamb's 2 games and 21 strokes in the second set."


DOUBLES
R1 Eliza Fitzgerald/Edith F Fox d Paterson/Mrs Andrew 61 61
R1 Annie Lamb/Green d Zilla Scott/Lillian Scott 64 86
R1 E/H Beaumont bye
R1 Eva Rodd/Beatrice Metcalfe bye

SF Metcalfe/Rodd d Beaumont/Beaumont 61 60
SF Lamb/Green d Fitzgerald/Fox 63 64

FI Lamb/Green d Metcalfe/Rodd 61 64

MIXED
C Smith/Beatrice Metcalfe d Bartram/Beaumont 62 60
LA Whyte/Scott d HA Merewether/Busby 61 64
Edith F Fox/Harold S Fox d Everett/L Beaumont 63 62
Wallington GBR/Cox d Salmon GBR/Mrs Andrew 61 61
Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Major Pearson/Miss Manning 62 64
Riddell/Greene d Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson/Scott 62 63
Eva Rodd/Charles Metcalfe bye
Charles W Cropper/Maclean bye

Whyte/Scott d Clive Smith/Metcalfe 62 62
Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Riddell/Greene 60 57 62
EW Wallington GBR/Cox d Fox/Fox 62 57 62
Metcalfe/Rodd d Cropper/McLean 75 911 63

SF Whyte/Scott d Wallington GBR/Cox 63 63
SF Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Metcalfe/Rodd 64 46 97

FI Whyte/Scott d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 61 65 (not a typo - though odd as other rounds were advantage sets)

Sorry - men are listed first in mixed

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Re: 1886 results

28-30 December 1886 - New Zealand Championships
Farndon Park, Napier

SF Sarah Lance d E Harman 36 60 64
SF Hilda Hitchings d Mrs G Way 63 64

FI Lance d Hitchings 62 36 61

DF Sarah Lance/Mrs G Way d Miss Hannin/Miss Cotterill 61 64

XD Hilda Hitchings/EP Hudson d Sarah Lance/HB Williams 63 61

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28-30 December 1886 - New Zealand Championships
Farndon Park, Napier

SF Lance d E Harman 36 60 64
SF H Hitchings d Mrs Way 63 64

FI Lance d H Hitchings 62 36 61

DF Lance/Mrs Way d Miss Hannin/Miss Cotterill 61 64

XD Miss Hitchings/EP Hudson d Lance/HB Williams 63 61
Graham,

One of the New Zealand newspapers, I forget which one, mentions that H. Hitchings' first name is Hilda.

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Re: 1886 results

"Louise" Martin should, of course, be Louisa Martin (see Cheltenham tournament).

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Graham,

One of the New Zealand newspapers, I forget which one, mentions that H. Hitchings' first name is Hilda.

Mark
Cheers. I see her full name is Hilda Maude Hitchings.

Interesting to read that she was born with only one arm (the left) and "She serves in a wonderfully clever manner by holding her racket with three fingers of her only hand, and a slight toss of the ball which is held by the remaining finger and thumb, followed by a quick twisty tap with the racket, results in a fast low service which is anything but easy to take."

She was unusually tall (5' 11) and had a sister Una who also played in NZ. Hilda lived in London from the 1897 to 1906 and had some tournament play. Apparently around August 1904 she won the Ladies' Silver Challenge Cup of the St Quintin Lawn Tennis Club, decisively beating Miss Pocock.

Her first tournament in England was the Chichester tournament in 1897 where she was defeated in the handicap singles.

She was also a fine singer, pianist and painter as well as being talented at needlework, making all her own dresses.

ETA: I've also found that Miss Lance is Sarah Mary Lance, who was born and apparently played in English tournaments before coming to NZ. She married cricketer Edgar Tanner in 1887 and played as Mrs Tanner in tournaments through until the 1890s.

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Re: 1886 results

Thanks historians, above has been edited in.
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Info provided by Newmark401

August, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: A. Ridley d. Helen Kersey 6-1 6-5
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Thanks Mark and Jimbo, this year's East of England has been edited in.
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Re: 1886 results

July 26-28, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)

XDF: Charles Ross/Mrs Hornby d. Thomas Mellersh/Gertrude Mellersh 6-2, 6-3

There was no non-handicap women's single event at this tournament in the early years (circa 1881-1890).
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From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The Jephson Gardens, as they always do, looked most beautiful, but the turf was not in the best condition for lawn tennis, the heavy rain of the few previous days having thoroughly soaked the ground. The lawns, too, are slightly on the slope, but we hear that by next year the committee have every intention of making them level.

"The attendance was fairly good on each day, and it is to be hoped that this year the meeting has not been a loss. The prizes looked well up to their advertised value, and this year arrangements had been made that the winning competitors might change them up to their full value at the shops at which they were bought. The weather on all three days was fine, though at one time on Tuesday there was every prospect of a heavy storm..."
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