Re: 1906 results
June 4-9, Northern Tournament, Aigburth, Liverpool, England (Grass)
Draw of 21
1R = First round
1R: Dorothea Douglass d. Blanche Hillyard 7-5, 6-2
1R: Maud Garfit d. Winifred Longhurst, walkover
1R: Charlotte Sterry d. Mrs T. Patterson, walkover
1R: F. Hollins d. M. Brown 8-6, 8-6
1R: May Sutton (USA) d. Mrs Chapman, walkover
Eleven players had a bye.
2R: Dorothea Douglass d. Maud Garfit 8-6, 6-2
2R: Edith Longhurst d. Mrs German, walkover
2R: A. Brown d. A. Cannon 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2R: Ethel Thomson d. Connie Meyer 6-0, 6-1
2R: Violet Pinckney d. Ruth Winch, walkover
2R: C. Hollins d. D. Eccles 6-2, 6-0
2R: Charlotte Sterry d. F. Hollins 6-2, retired
2R: May Sutton (USA) d. Miss Sturton 6-0, 6-1
QF: Dorothea Douglass d. Edith Longhurst 6-1 6-2
QF: Ethel Thomson d. A. Brown 6-0, 6-0
QF: Violet Pinckney d. Miss Hollins 6-2, 7-5
QF: May Sutton (USA) d. Charlotte Sterry 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
SF: Dorothea Douglass d. Ethel Thomson 8-6 6-4
SF: May Sutton (USA) d. Violet Pinckney, walkover
FI: Dorothea Douglass d. May Sutton (USA) 7-5, 6-2
From “Lawn Tennis and Badminton”, June 13, 1906:
“Miss Douglass was known to be in magnificent form, by her previous performances this year; and the writer, who won a small bet of 2 to 1 on her, has never seen Miss Douglass play better. Miss Sutton started serving, and deuce was called twice before the first game fell to Miss Douglass. Throughout the match, and especially in the first set, Miss Sutton kept a much better length than Miss Douglass, Miss Douglass sending nearly every return to Miss Sutton’s backhand, and never sending them very deep. Her game seemed to get Miss Sutton out of position by driving the ball across the court on to Miss Sutton’s backhand, and then to finish the rest by one of her famous forehand cross-court drives. And so well did she play that the first three games quickly fell to her.
“Miss Sutton now seemed to wake up, and by means of her wonderful forehand drives, won the next four games straight off the reel, the fourth being a love game. Four-three was called in Miss Sutton’s favour, and English hopes began to sink somewhat – recalling Miss Sutton’s performances in this country last year. However, Miss Douglass won the next game with the loss of one point. Four games all!
“The ninth also fell to Miss Douglass on Miss Sutton’s service, but she lost her own service and five games all was called. Tremendous excitement prevailed. Which would win the first set? But Miss Douglass rose equal to the occasion, and by means of superb play and some seemingly impossible backhand saves, won the next two games with the loss of only two points. First set to Miss Douglass at 7 games to 5; and Miss Sutton lost her second set in open singles.
“Miss Sutton started the service in the second set, and got to 30-love, only to lose the game after deuce had been called. The next, a deuce game, fell to Miss Sutton. One game all! But Miss Douglass now played as she never played before, and by means of her magnificent forehand cross-court drives, and some wonderful backhand saves, quickly brought the score up to 5 games to 2 in her favour. In the eighth and last game Miss Sutton completely altered her tactics. Both ladies had hitherto played entirely from the baseline, but now Miss Sutton, realising that something desperate must be attempted, came up to the net and volleyed, but although this was partially successful, it was too late to alter her style of play.
“Miss Douglass was serving and got to 30-love. Miss Sutton, however, won the next two points by some good volleying, but lost the next, and 40-30 was called in Miss Douglass’s favour. The latter got four times within a point of the match before winning the set and match, Miss Sutton bringing the score back to deuce by well-placed kills. Then ‘vantage to Miss Douglass was again called, and after a good rally the game fell to Miss Douglass, and the set at 6-2. And Miss Sutton retired defeated for the first time in open singles for over two years.”
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