Re: 1906 results
June 25-July 5, Wimbledon
CR: Dorothea Douglass d. May Sutton (US) (holder) 6-3 9-7
From ‘Lawn Tennis and Badminton’, July 11, 1906:
“When the two above-named ladies made their appearance in the centre court there was an enormous gathering present, opportunity being taken to secure every coign of vantage to view the match. Miss Dorothea Douglass started off by annexing the first two games, but Miss May Sutton, who had begun somewhat hesitatingly, improved and caused the score to be called two-all. The next three games were taken by Miss Douglass, and though Miss Sutton won the eighth and got to 40-30 and had the advantage twice called in her favour, in the ninth Miss Douglass took the initial set at 6-3.
“Miss Douglass began in the next set somewhat cautiously, a fact of which the American lady was not slow to take advantage, and with the score at 4-0 in her favour, seemed to have that set well in hand. Here Miss Douglass, like the great exponent of the game she is, began slowly but surely to catch up her opponent, and in spite of a gallant resistance and many well-placed drives on the part of her opponent, made it 5-4 in her own favour.
“Miss Sutton equalised, only, however, to see Miss Douglass win the next to love, and get within a stroke of the match at 40-0 in the following game. With admirable coolness Miss Sutton went out grandly for her shot, and though Miss Douglass was in this game on no less than on four occasions within a stroke of the match, yet the fair American not only took the game, but winning the next stood at 7-6. Miss Douglass, however, nothing daunted by the way things had been going against her, played most determinedly, and appropriating the next three games, won a most exciting match by two sets to love.
“Miss Douglass unquestionably owed her victory to better judgment, greater accuracy and more consistent clever play, while Miss Sutton, excellent and powerful as her shots were, showed considerable lack of judgment in failing to correct her length, which she ought to have done when she found that she was continually hitting quite a foot beyond the baseline. Her pluck in literally pulling the game out of the fire in the second set will long be remembered, and she may rest assured will not easily be forgotten by those present. Both ladies at the conclusion deservedly met with a grand reception on the part of the spectators.”