Re: 1926 results
UNITED STATES WOMEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dates: August 15-23
Venue: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, New york
Elizabeth Ryan bye
Eleanor Cottman bye
Miss Heaton bye
Elsa Tauble bye
Eleanor Goss d. Jeanette Chappell 6-1 6-3
Isabelle Mumford bye
Helen Gilleaudeau Lockhorn bye
Mrs.Eaton d. Dorothy Blodgett 6-2 6-2
Mary Browne d. Maud Barger-Wallach 6-0 6-2
Mrs. Stenz bye
Theodora Soest d. Caroma Winn 6-0 6-0
Rosamund Newton d. Golda Gross 6-2 8-6
Penelope Anderson d. Florence Sheldon 6-3 6-3
Mrs. B.E.Cole d. Mrs. Owen Lewis 6-1 6-1
Edna Roeser d. Louise Gladwin 6-0 6-1
Mrs.William Sheddon d. Irving Murphy 6-1 6-3
Mrs. William H. Pritchard bye
Jesse Gott d. Mrs. Arthur Duncan 6-0 6-4
Margaret Blake d. Edith Moore 6-8 6-1 6-1
Mrs. Philip Hawk d. Mrs. de Forest Candee 6-2 6-8 6-4
Martha Bayard d. Gertrude Dwyer 6-0 6-3
Mrs. Le Roy d. Agnes Lamme 3-6 6-3 6-3
Eleanora Sears d. Florence Ballin 6-4 retired
Mildred Willard d. Mrs. Harrison Smith 6-1 6-2
Molla Mallory d. Mrs. Frank Godfrey 6-0 6-1
Grace Bristed d. Jean Burritt 6-0 6-1
Alice Francis d. Florence Bradley 6-0 6-0
J. Van Der Ende d. Anne Page 3-6 6-3 8-6
Charlotte Chapin bye
Mrs. P. Mitton bye
Mrs. John Bailey bye
Hazel Wightman bye
Ryan d. Cottman 6-0 6-1
Heaton d. Taubele 6-2 6-0
Goss d. Mumford 6-0 6-3
Lockhorne d. Eaton 6-2 6-1
Browne d. Stenz 6-2 6-1
Sohst d. Newton 6-4 6-4
Anderson d. Cole 6-0 1-6 6-3
Roeser d. Sheddon 6-1 6-3
Pritchard d. Gott 6-3 6-3
Blake d. Hawk 6-2 7-5
Bayard d. Le Roy 6-0 6-1
Willard d. Sears 8-6 7-5
Mallory d. Bristed 6-1 6-0
Francis d. Van Der Ende 6-3 6-1
Chapin d. Mitton 6-1 6-1
Wightman d. Bailey 6-1 6-1
Ryan d. Heaton 6-2 6-0
Goss d. Lockhorn 6-3 6-2
Browne d. Sohst 6-0 6-0
Anderson d. Roeser 9-7 5-7 6-4
Blake d. Pritchard 3-6 6-1 6-1
Bayard d. Willard 6-4 7-5
Mallory d. Francis 6-1 6-0
Chapin d. Wightman 6-4 6-4
Ryan d. Goss 3-6 6-4 6-0
Browne d. Anderson 7-5 6-1
Bayard d. Blake 6-4 6-2
Mallory d. Chapin 7-5 6-0
Ryan d. Browne 6-1 6-3
Mallory d. Bayard 6-3 6-3
Molla Mallory d. Elizabeth Ryan 4-6 6-4 9-7
Goss/Ryan d. Lamme/Lockhorn 6-0 6-1
Le Roy/Sohst d. Lewis/B. Turkle 6-2 6-0
Hawk/Newton d. Ballin/Mrs. Hall 6-2 6-4
Francis/Roesner d. Godfrey/Mumford 6-0 6-2
Chapman/Raymond d. Bailey/Stanwix 6-3 6-4
Sears/Wightman d.Blodgett/Sheddon 6-2 6-1
Candee/Weaver d. Dwyer/Van Der Ende 6-2 9-7
Browne/Chapin d.Davison/McCagg 6-0 6-1
Morris/Stenz d.Chisholm/Caroma Winn 6-0 6-1
Cottman/Willard d. Gross/Mitton 6-2 6-2
Bronson/Eaton d. Duncan/Wright 6-4 8-10 6-4
Cole/Mallory d. Brush/Duble 6-2 6-2
Anderson/Bayard d. Chappell/Pritchard 6-2 6-0
Andrus/Page d. Bradley/Sheldon 8-6 6-3
Goss/Ryan d. Le Roy/Sohst ????
Letson/Wagner d. Hawk/Newton 6-3 6-2
Francis/Roeser d.Chapman/Raymond 6-1 6-3
Sears/Wightman d. Candee/Weaver 6-1 6-3
Browne/Chapin d. Morris/Stenz 6-3 6-2
Cottman/Willard d. Bronson/Eaton 6-4 6-1
Cole/Mallory d. Anderson/Bayard ????
Andrus/Page d. Blake/Bristed 5-7 7-5 6-0
Goss/Ryan d. Letson/Wagner 6-3 6-1
Francis/Roeser d. Sears/Wightman 6-2 4-6 7-5
Browne/Chapin d. Cottman/Willard 6-3 6-2
Cole/Mallory d. Andrus/Page 6-1 6-3
Goss/Ryan d. Francis/Roeser 7-5 6-1
Browne/Chapin d. Cole/Mallory 6-2 3-6 7-5
Goss/Ryan d. Browne/Chapin 3-6 6-4 12-10
No opponents are given for 2 of the 2nd round women's doubles. We know their opponents from missing spots. perhaps the NYT can fill in there.
Notes: There was seeding. It was the 1921 Lenglen disaster that introduced the concept. Ryan-Mallory at 1-2 (or reverse), with Browne, Goss at 3-4. Anderson and Bayard were tough.
Some of these women were around a long time. Eleanor Sears was around in the "aughts" and Barger-Wallach was the 1908 champ! Wightman was the 1909-12,19 winner.Browne 1912-14.
A poor entry. Helen Wills was still recovering form her appendicitis operation of June. The British were absent as the Wightman Cup was played in Britain. There were no foreigners entered. Ironically, Molla was considered more American than Ryan, due to Ryan's living abroad. Fans cheered the Norse woman mightily as she battered her way to one last Us title-a record 8th.
Here is a recap of the memorable final:
From "The Fireside Book of Tennis"
"Molla Mallory Wins Back Tennis Crown
"By Allison Danzig
"The sceptre in American women's tennis returned to Mrs Molla Mallory yesterday. Time turned back at Forest Hills as the New York woman, holder for six years of the title, fought her way to a stunning victory over Miss Elizabeth Ryan of California to regain the crown which she lost to Miss Helen Wills in 1923 and to tie the record for all time of the number of championships won by a single player.
"In all the thirty-nine years of the women's national championship, there has probably never been a more sensational victory scored in a final round than Mrs Mallory's yesterday.
"Trailing at 0-4 in the final set, in which she was within a single stroke of defeat in the fourteenth game, the New York woman threw the 3,000 spectators in the stadium into a frenzy of delight as she fought her way through four games in a row with a savageness of stroking that crushed all opposition. Miss Ryan, clearly the favourite from the start up to this point, wilted before the devastating attack which completely broke up her volleying game. She fought desperately through seven more games to hold off Mrs Mallory's pentrating forcing shots, and then, amid screams of joy from the whole gallery, Mrs Mallory brought the play to a climax by breaking through service and winning her own game for the match. The score was 4-6, 6-4, 9-7.
"It is not often that a tennis gathering runs the gamut of emotions that those 3,000 spectators experienced yesterday. There were moments when the suspense was so terrific that it set hearts to pounding wildly as the match hung in the balance on a single stroke. Because Mrs Mallory's cause was almost unanimously regarded as hopeless, the onlookers broke into applause at her every winning shot, cheered her on excitedly as she fought her way to victory in the second set, and then the safety valve was blown off as she staged her rally in the final chapter. The stadium fairly rocked as Mrs Mallory won the last point, and of all those 3,000 people none was so unrestrainedly exuberant as the champion.
"Mrs Mallory danced with joy, throwing her racket into the air, waving to the cheering stands and unreservedly giving vent to her glee. One would have thought, as she received the championship cup from Jones W. Merserau, president of the United States Lawn Tennis Association, that Mrs Mallory was experiencing a new thrill. Certainly she showed greater happiness than she did over any of her victories in the past. And well she might. Looked upon as having passed the prime of her career and given little consideration as a champion contender, the New York woman showed that the same courageous fighting spirit and iron will to win that kept her at the top for seven years and enabled her to triumph over Mlle Suzanne Lenglen at Forest Hills in 1921, are still as strong as ever within her.
"What other woman has ever come from so hopelessly behind to win a championship final? William Tilden, with all of his great fifth-set rallies, could have done no better.
"By winning the championship yesterday for the seventh time Mrs Mallory equalled the record of seven victories by Richard D. Sears and William A. Larned, both of whom captured the men's title the same number of years, and Dorothea Lambert Chambers, champion at Wimbledon seven times. Mlle Lenglen has won at Wimbledon six times, while Tilden has captured the American title six times. Mrs Mallory's other victories were scored in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921 and 1922. In addition, she also won the patriotic tournament of 1917 (held in place of the championship because of the war), so that she has held the honours eight years in all, one more than any other player has ever held either the American or English crown.
"Frustrated in her effort for the singles crown, Miss Ryan came back on the courts later to win the doubles championship with Miss Eleanor Goss. In the final round they defeated Miss Mary K. Browne and Mrs Charlotte Hosmer-Chapin, 3-6, 6-4, 12-10. In an exhibition Miss Penelope Anderson and Henri Cochet of France divided two sets with Miss Martha Bayard and Jacques Brugnon of France.
"The singles final was remarkable for the closeness of the play. In both the first and second sets neither player ever held a commanding lead, and only in the first four games of the final set was the play one-sided. The point score and stroke analysis show how closely the two women were matched. Miss Ryan won one more point than Mrs Mallory, 112 to 111, while the champion gained two more games, 19 to 17. Mrs Mallory made eight more errors and seven more earned points than Miss Ryan.
"It was the magnificent sharpshooting of Mrs Mallory that decided the issue. The champion needed only to fall behind to become rampant, and she was never so deadly in her stroking as she was in overcoming the 4-0 lead of Miss Ryan in the final set, a lead that had been gained in hardly more than six minutes on Mrs Mallory's inexcusable errors. In the next four games Mrs Mallory scored nine placements of her sixteen points and in this set she made seventeen placements to Miss Ryan's nine. This remarkable accuracy and keenness of Mrs Mallory in penetrating the openings completely broke up Miss Ryan's net attack. During the last twelve games the Californian scored only one winning volley.
"Not only did Miss Ryan's short game become a total loss, but her chop strokes to deep territory made no impression whatever upon Mrs Mallory in the last stages, contrasting with their effect earlier in the match, when they induced error-making repeatedly. Mrs Mallory did not seem to know how to make an error any longer. Everything that came back over the net was sent like a bolt to open territory, keeping Miss Ryan on the run until she was badly tired and fell off in control.
"Mrs Mallory, to add the last straw, completely smothered her opponent's drop shots. These crafty trap strokes, which Miss Ryan made with such delicate finesse to catch Mrs Mallory flat-footed in her back court in the first two sets, were now retrieved by a fleet-footed, keenly alert opponent every time and returned with winning shots.
"Miss Mallory had the advantage of what might be called the 'breaks' in the concluding stages, winning a number of points when the ball hit the top of the net and rolled the right way for her. But, on the other hand, she was the victim of a number of what seemed doubtful decisions, one of which cost her a point in the twelfth game that put Miss Ryan within two points of the match. Mrs Mallory showed her fine sportsmanship by refusing to question the decision and silenced the crowd, which objected to it, with a wave of her arm. In the fourteenth game Miss Ryan was at match point but her errors in returning service - a weakness she showed throughout the match - cost her her opportunity.
"Mrs Mallory pulled out the game, and then there began a desperate struggle in the fifteenth. Miss Ryan gained a 30-0 lead. Mrs Mallory pulled up to 30-all and then scored on a fluke return of service, the ball just getting over the net. Miss Ryan brought the score to deuce. Fighting desperately to get to the net, she found her efforts wasted when Mrs Mallory scored on a net-cord placement, and the deciding break was made.
"In the final game Miss Ryan showed her championship fibre. Trailing at 0-40 and with defeat only a point away, she fought Mrs Mallory through the next four rallies and gained advantage point. Here her control waned as Mrs Mallory pounded her base corners, and the champion took the next two points on errors for the match."
Last edited by Rollo; Jan 24th, 2015 at 10:37 PM.