Re: 1926 results
June 2-14 FRENCH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Racing Club de France
Suzanne Lenglen  d. Ilona Peteri(Hun) 6-0 6-0
Dorothy Shepherd-Barron (GB) d. Marie Conquet 6-4 6-3
Marion Jessup (US) d. Nanette Le Besnerais 6-3 6-2
Simone Mathieu d. Yvonne Bourgeois  6-2 0-6 6-1
Elizabeth Ryan (US)  d. H. D'anet 5-7 6-2 6-3
Jeanne Vaussard d. Germaine Charnelet 6-3 6-1
Joan Fry (GB)  d. G. Bourgeois 6-4 6-1
Desclercs d. Germaine le Conte 6-2 6-4
Mary Browne (US)  d. Yvonne des Landes de Danoet 6-3 6-1
Suzanne Deve d. Isabella Mumford (US) 6-3 6-4
G. Grasset d. Daisy Speranza Wyns 6-1 6-2
Kitty Godfree (GB)  d. Anne de Borman (Bel) 6-1 6-2
Helene Contostavlos(Greece) d. S Lecaron 6-4 6-2
Diddie Vlasto  d. A Sherbatskoy 6-3 6-0
Kea Bouman (Neth) d. Evelyn Colyer (GB) 6-2 6-1
Helen Wills (US)  d. Germaine Golding 6-3 7-5
Lenglen  d. Shepherd-Barron 6-0 6-0
Mathieu d. Jessup 2-6 9-7 6-0
Ryan  d. Vaussard 6-4 6-2
Fry  d. Desclercs 13-11 6-1
Browne  d. Deve 6-4 4-6 6-3
Godfree  d. Grasset 6-4 6-4
Helene Contostavlos d. Didi Vlasto  6-2 6-2
Bouman (Neth) d. Wills(US)  default
Lenglen  d. Mathieu 6-0 6-0
Fry  d. Ryan  7-5 3-6 11-9
Browne  d. Godfree  7-5 6-0
Bouman d. Contostavlos 6-2 7-9 8-6
Lenglen  d. Fry  6-2 6-1
Browne  d. Bouman 8-6 6-2
Lenglen  d. Browne  6-1 6-0
From "Ayres' Lawn Tennis Almanack" (1927)
By Arthur Wallis Myers
"[...] Joan Fry reached the semi-final of the ladies' singles by a gallant win over Elizabeth Ryan, the first of her career against the Californian. Owing to the rain, the final set was separated from the second by nearly three hours, and the battleground was then changed from a side court to the Centre Court.
"Miss Ryan opened confidently enough and advanced to a 5-2 lead, coming to within a point of the first set in the eighth game. She essayed a drop shot, but failed. By then Miss Fry, who always seemed to need time for practising her drive, had increased both her length and her accuracy. Miss Ryan was forced to make her strokes running to the sides instead of in front of her body - a vital difference to one who employs the chop shot habitually.
"With fine courage, Miss Fry took five successive games and saved a set which seemed irredeemably lost. She reacted at the opening of the second set (when an incompetent umpire was replaced by the Belgian Davis Cup captain), and Miss Ryan took the first three games. Another tenacious rally by Miss Fry looked as if it might have a similar result to the first, but Miss Ryan won the set from three, blinding rain disturbing the play in the last game and causing both players to slip.
"The final set, after the long interval, was marked by many double faults on both sides; not until the fifteenth game was the service won by either player. When she led 5-4, Miss Ryan served three double faults, losing the game to love, and again at 6-5, disdaining to serve more cautiously, she made two double faults. But she saved the critical sixteenth game pluckily, taking it to love on her own service, and passed on to lead 9-8.
"It was then that Miss Fry's unsliced drive came into its own against the chop. The younger player, ever cool at the crisis of a rally, hit her winner into the right place. When within a stroke of defeat, Miss Ryan got a lucky net-cord, but Miss Fry was not to be denied the reward of a splendid effort, and her last passing shot was one of her best.
"[...] More rain fell the next morning, but held off miraculously for most of the afternoon, and a full programme was possible, although the surface remained on the slow side. [...] As a counter to the defeat of Miss Ryan by Miss Fry the previous day, the captain of the American team, another Californian beat Kathleen Godfree in two sets, the second a love set. The conditions suited Mary K. Browne. There was enough moisture on the court and enough extra weight on the balls to make her chop stroke, mixed judiciously with flat drives, a deadly weapon. From start to finish Miss Browne never relaxed her pressure, her strategy being of the soundest and her play all through, though lacking the virility of Miss Wills, of a high standard.
"Suzanne Lenglen entered the semi-final of the singles after a strainless match against Simone Mathieu; Kea Bouman had to fight one of the longest matches of the meeting to beat Helene Contostavlos. Launching a volleying attack of great brilliance Miss Bouman took the first set easily and raced on to 4-2. But she obviously could not maintain this pace, and was forced to abandon the frontal attack. For the rest of the match the players exchanged drives from the back of the court, Mlle Bouman having an advantage in speed though not of security on her backhand. The third set developed a nerve-wracking finish, and the tenacity of both girls deserved the highest praise.
"[...] Mlle Lenglen and Miss Browne reached the final of the ladies' singles on June 9, neither losing a set. The weather was hot and thundery, and at eight o'clock, when Bela von Kehrling and Vincent Richards were still in court, a violent storm swept the ground. Mlle Lenglen beat Miss Fry by the same methods and almost by the same score as she had done at Wimbledon in the final last year. She remained exclusively at the back of the court, and, very much as Reggie Doherty did to his driving opponents, ran her from side to side until the position of the English girl drew an error. The subjugation, however, took longer, the non-turf court yielding a higher and a slower bound and, therefore, a greater chance of recovery, while Miss Fry's backhand, remodelled in the winter, was more reliable.
"Miss Fry led 2-1 and 30-0 in the opening set, flattering her supporters, but she did not win another game until the sixth of the second set. She played, as usual, with much energy and spirit, even when her stamina was obviously draining, but, lacking any volleying powers or the ability to use the drop shot, her game permitted Mlle Lenglen the best scope for strategic skill at the back of the court. Miss Fry ws required to run three times the distance of her opponent.
"Mlle Bouman, reacting after her strenuous match of the previous day, could only fight the first set against Miss Browne on an equal footing. In this she recovered well from 3-5 to within a stroke of the set. A fall at this stage shook her confidence and impaired her accuracy; she was never really in the hunt again. Miss Browne mixed her game well, but often had to admit the strength of the Dutch champion's forehand when she (Miss Browne) advanced to the net on a ball of indifferent length.
Mlle Lenglen's Last Championship
"On June 11, when the final of the ladies' singles and the semi-finals of the doubles were down for decision, the courts were under water - flooded by yet another storm. At four o'clock, with no prospect of a dry surface that day, play was abandoned. The next day the weather continued in its unsettled mood, but after another weary wait it was possible, by heavily 'sanding' the Centre Court, to play two matches and later two others were decided on the side courts.
"[...] Mlle Lenglen retained her title (for the sixth time since 1920) by a conclusive win over Miss Browne. Most of the match was played on a soft court in falling rain, but the conditions did not affect the strategic and stroke superiority of the champion. She lost the second game before a bustling volleying attack of the American, in which the drop shot figured, and was within a stroke of losing the fourth - indeed, this game was virtually awarded to Miss Browne by a linesman's decision, she herself over-ruling the award, which was fairly obviously wrong.
"In the thirteenth game, still persisting bravely, Miss Browne got to 'vantage twice after Mlle Lenglen was 40-15. But she had not got the speed nor the length of drive to cause any real embarrassment to the holder at the back of the court, and when she ventured to the net, as she often did, Mlle Lenglen would make a drive of such fine precision that the American volley, even if possible, gave the champion control of the rally. It was the same story as in nearly all matches waged by this incomparable player. Her control was perfect, the percentage of error was negligible; the effort of forcing a winner by her opponent resulted either in loss of stamina or position."
Thanks to Andrew Tas for the complete draw.
Last edited by Rollo; Jan 24th, 2015 at 10:28 PM.