June 7-12, Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)
Draw of 13
1R = First round
1R: Miss Becher d. Miss Tootell 7-5, 6-4
1R: E. Wigram d. M. Rooke 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
1R: Ruth Pennington-Legh d. Miss Smythe 6-1, 6-1
1R: E. Morgan d. Ursula Templeman 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
Four players had a bye.
QF: Edith Austin d. C. Morgan 6-1, 6-0
QF: Miss Becher d. E. Wigram, walkover
QF: Miss Rutherglen d. Miss Carter 6-4, 6-4
QF: E. Morgan d. Ruth Pennington-Legh 7-5, 3-6, 9-7
SF: Edith Austin d. Miss Becher 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
SF: E. Morgan d. Miss Rutherglen, walkover
FI: Edith Austin d. E. Morgan 6-2, 6-0
From "The Field", June 19, 1897: "Saturday. The Beckenham Cricket Club Grounds were seen to advantage this afternoon, the weather being beautifully bright and fine, although too sultry for the players to show at their very best; it was wonderful that they could play at all, so extreme was the heat. Special arrangements had been made as to the courts in the expectation that some 2,000 spectators would be looking on during the afternoon, and this expectation was certainly fulfilled. The two centre single courts were netted round in a large circle, and this gave almost everyone a chance of witnessing the best matches, while those who preferred seeing the doubles had the same advantage in another part of the ground. The two centre courts were in grand condition, playing very true and well, this being all the more wonderful as no part of the cricket pitch was touched upon. [...]
"Last year Miss Austin won the Beckenham Cup outright, so this tournament she played through the rounds, and once again gained the Kent Open Championships, not finding one of her opponents able to win a set from her except Miss Becher."
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