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1884 results

1884 Summary:

The roots of women's tennis got a lot deeper this year due to the addition of a ladies singles at Wimbledon. Wimbledon has acquired a reputation as the event to win in this still young sport, so adding an event for the ladies is a big step forward for the "gentler sex".

Maud Watson has been undefeated for some time now. 1884 is no different, , as she wins 15 matches to nil defeats. She beats her sister Lilian in a surprisingly tough 3 set final at Wimbledon to become the first female winner of what is today considered a major title.

The final between sisters will stand as a record until matches by Serena and Venus Williams, who contest the 2001 US Open singles final.

Maud also wins the Irish Championships (formerly the most important event for women), the London Athletic Club Tournament (which has the biggest draw of the year at 24), and Exmouth.

Unofficial World Ranking by Rollo

1. Maud Watson: 4 titles. 15 wins and 0 defeats.

*Much of this thread comes from original research by Newmark.


January through June

May 19-24, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square

Draw=9 (note the byes oddly scattered through the draw)

1R: Maud Watson d. Mrs Graves default
1R: Beatrice Langrishe-bye
1R: G. Butler d. Miss Haines 6-0 5-6 6-2
1R: Lilian Watson d. Connie Butler 2-6 6-3 6-1
1R: May Langrishe d. Miss Tabor 6-0 6-0

QF: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-5 4-6 6-2
QF: G. Butler-bye
QF: May Langrishe d. Lilian Watson 6-4 6-3

SF: Maud Watson- bye
SF: May Langrishe d. G. Butler 6-0 retired

FI: Maud Watson d. May Langrishe 6-3 6-2 6-2

Doubles (Draw=2)

FI: Adela Langrishe/May Langrishe d. Lilian Watson/Maud Watson 11-9 6-2

Mixed doubles (Draw=9)

1R: Maud Watson/William Renshaw d. Beatrice Langrishe/Charles Lacy Sweet 6-4 6-4
1R: Lilian Watson/Teddy Williams d. Miss Black/Sir Charles Knox-Gore default
1R: Miss Tabor/Charles H. Stanley d. Miss Hallam/Arthur Pollock default
1R: Connie Butler/John Galbraith Horn d. M. White/J.B. Robinson 6-2 6-4
1R: May Langrishe/Ernest Browne-bye

QF: Maud Watson/William Renshaw -bye
QF: May Langrishe/Ernest Browne d. Lilian Watson/Teddy Williams 6-0 6-3
QF: Butler/Horn d. Tabor/Stanley 6-2 6-2

SF: Maud Watson/Renshaw d. May Langrishe/Browne 4-6 6-2 6-1
SF: Connie Bulter/John Galbraith Horn-bye

FI: Maud Watson/ William Renshaw d. Connie Butler/John Galbraith Horn 6-0 8-6 6-3

The singles final was the first and last best-of-five-sets match in the final of the women’s singles event. This tournament marked Maud Watson's first appearance in competitive play outside of England. [From Alkan Little's book on Maud Watson]" For some time followers of the game had speculated on the relative merits of Maud and Miss May Langrishe, the Irish champion, and the possibility of a clash caused much excitement in Dublin. The public were not disappointed for both emerged, from an entry of nine, to contest the final. There was little doubt who was the superior player, for Maud, volleying and driving with surprising accuracy, proved too severe for her opponent’s graceful style of play and won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, taking the last six games in a row. Maud had further success when paired with William Renshaw to win the mixed doubles."

No women's event had been provided for in the programme, so a special match was played in which two of the Langrishe sisters beat the Watson sisters.


May 21-24, Whitehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Jane Meikle d. Julia Ferguson 10-8 6-2


May 26-31, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=16)

1R: Edith Davies d. L. Turner 5-6 6-0 6-2
1R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Airey 6-0 6-2
1R: N. Pope d. Mrs Hornby 6-0 6-0
1R: AM Wilder d. C. Bennett 6-2 6-2

1R: Grace Gibbs d. Mrs Hill 5-6 6-5 retired
1R: Alice Bagnall-Wild d. G. Langley 6-5 6-2
1R: Mrs Carey d. Mrs C. Martyn 5-6 6-2 6-2
1R: Lilian Cole d. Miss McNeile 6-3 6-2

QF: Davies d. Mardall 6-4 0-6 6-1
QF: Wilder d. Pope 5-6 6-4 6-1
QF: Gibbs d. Bagnall-Wild 6-4 4-6 6-5
QF: Cole d. Carey 6-5 6-3

SF: Davies d. Wilder 4-6 6-3 6-3
SF: Cole d. Gibbs 3-6 6-1 7-5

FI: Edith Davies d. Lilian Cole 6-4 6-4

Doubles (Draw=9)

1R: Edith Davies/Florence Mardall d. Miss Giles/Mrs Hornby 6-0 6-3
1R: Mrs Carey/N. Pope d. E.C. Miles/Anna B. Wait default
1R: Carrie Bennett/A.M. Wilder d. Grace Langley/K. Warde 4-6 6-3 6-5
1R: Mrs C. Martyn/Miss McNeile d. Clara Hill/Ellen Ramsay 6-3 6-4
1R: Edith Cole/Alice Bagnall-Wild-bye

QF: Edith Davies/Florence Mardall-bye
QF: Edith Cole/Alice Bagnall-Wild d. Mrs Carey/Pope 6-2 3-6 6-4
QF: Mrs Martyn/McNeile d. Bennett/Wilder 6-4 2-6 6-4

SF: Davies/Mardall d. Cole/Mrs Bagnall-Wild 6-3, 6-3
SF: Mrs C. Martyn/Miss McNeile-bye

FI: Edith Davies/Florence Mardall d. Mrs C Martyn/Miss McNeile 8-6 8-6

Mixed Doubles (Draw=32)

QF: Florence Mardall/Captain Charles Gostling d. E.C. Miles/Donald Stewart 6-5 4-6 6-1
QF: A.M. Wilder/Boles d. Mrs Carey/John Charles Kay 4-6 6-2 6-1
QF: R. Samborne/Pelhan von Donop d. Edith Davies/L.K. Smith 6-5 6-5
QF: Edith Cole/George J. Mitton d. Mrs Horny/S. Hull 6-3 6-4

SF: Mardall/Captain Gostling d. Wilder/Boles 6-1 6-3
SF: Cole/Mitton d. Samborne/von Donop 6-4 3-6 6-4

FI: Florence Mardall/Captain Charles Gostling d. Lilian Cole/George J. Mitton 11-9 4-6 6-4


June 5-10, Waterloo, Liverpool, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=9)

1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Clara Fletcher 6-3 6-0
1R: Miss Eckersley d. Miss Cornelius 6-2 6-1
1R: Ann Dod d. Emily Fletcher 6-4 6-4
1R: E. Gordon d. Katherine Hill 6-2 6-2
1R: J.B. Gorton had a bye.

QF: Bracewell-bye
QF: Eckersley d. Dod 6-1 6-5
QF: Gordon d. Gorton 6-1 6-0

SF: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Eckersley 1-6 6-5 6-5
SF: E. Gordon-bye

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. E. Gordon 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-1

Doubles (Draw=5)

1R: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod-bye
1R: Clara Fletcher/Emily Fletcher d. Miss Cornelius/Miss Helder 6-2 2-6 6-3
1R: Margaret Bracewell/Miss Eckersley d. Miss Banner/Katherine Hill 6-2 6-4

SF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Clara Fletcher/Emily Fletcher 6-0 6-1
SF: Margaret Bracewell/Miss Eckersley-bye

FI: Margaret Bracewell/Miss Eckersley d. Ann Dod/Lottie Dod 8-6 14-12 7-5

Mixed Doubles (Draw=12)

1R: Margaret Bracewell/John Bruce Ismay d. Lottie Dod/Anthony Dod 6-4 6-3
1R: Miss Helder/H.G. Wright d. Louisa Fletcher/John Edmondson 3-6 6-3 6-4
1R: Clara Fletcher/William J. Bush-Salmon d. Ann Dod/Donald Stewart default
1R: J.B. Gorton/Charles Stananought d. Mrs Clark/E. Bucknall 3-6 6-1 6-5
1R: Emily Fletcher/E. Edmondson d. Miss Cornelius/Andrew Macfie 6-4 6-2
1R: Miss Eckersley/Thomas A. Forde d. E. Gordon/Johan F. Caroe 6-5 6-4
QF: Bracewell/Ismay d. Helder/Wright 6-1 6-2
QF: Gorton/Stananought d. Clara Fletcher/Bush-Salmon default
QF: Eckersley/Forde d. Emily Fletcher d. E. Edmondson 6-4 6-1

SF: Bracewell/Ismay d Gorton/Stananought 6-0,6-4
SF: Miss Eckersley/Thomas A. Forde-bye

FI: Margaret Bracewell/John Bruce Ismay d. Miss Eckersley/Thomas A Forde default

"A most extraordinary match was seen in the final of this competition [the ladies doubles]…" ("The Field"). Both finals were best-of-five-sets. The 12 year old Lottie Dod amazes spectators.

Ismay later became infamous in 1912 for his involvement in the Titanic,disaster.


June 9-14, Cheltenham Tournament,Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=6)

1R: Edith Davies d. Kate Cornford 6-1 6-3
1R: Lilian Watson d. F. Davies 6-2 6-3
1R: Louisa Martin d. Florence Mardall 6-0 6-1

SF: Edith Davies-bye
SF: Louisa Martin d. Lilian Watson 6-2 6-5

FI: Edith Davies d. Louisa Martin 3-6 6-5 6-3

Doubles (Draw=7)

1R: Edith Davies/Florence Mardall d. Mrs Huddleston/Miss Rooke 6-4 6-0
1R: Clara Hill/Ellen Ramsay d. Miss Brown/Miss Richardson 6-0 6-4
1R: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. Kate Cornford/F. Davies 6-1 5-6 6-2
1R: Miss Jones/M. Jones-bye

SF: Davies/Mardall d. Miss Jones/M. Jones 6-0 6-4
SF: Lilian Watson/Maud Watson d. Mrs Hill/Ramsay 6-3 6-2

FI: Edith Davies/Florence Mardall d. Lilian Watson/Maud Watson 8-10 9-7 6-2

Mixed Doubles (Draw=13)

1R: Ellen Ramsay/J. Beresford-bye
1R: Maud Watson/Wilfred Milne d. Florence Mardall/John Charles Kay 6-3 6-5
1R: Mrs Huddleston/Donald Stewart d. Miss Jones/Edward Meyricke 6-2 6-5

1R: William J. Bush-Salmon/F. Davies d. C.W. Aylmer/Mrs C. Aylmer 6-5 6-4
1R: Lilian Watson/Captain G. Taylor d. Fanny Morris/Hall 6-3 6-1
1R: Kate Cornford/Richard D. Sears (US) d. Miss Rooke/Henry B. Porter 6-4 6-2
1R: Edith Davies/Captain Charles K. Wood d. Clara Hill/James Dwight (US) 6-3 6-3

QF: Maud Watson/Milne d. Ramsay/Beresford 6-4 6-1
QF: Mrs Huddleston/Donald Stewart-bye
QF: F. Davies/Bush-Salmon d. Lilian Watson/Captain Taylor 6-5 6-5
QF: Edith Davies/Captain Wood d. Cornford/Sears 6-1 6-3

SF: Maud Watson/Milne d. Mrs Huddleston/Stewart 6-4 6-1
SF: Edith Davies/Captain Wood d. F. Davies/Bush-Salmon 6-2 6-5

FI: Maud Watson/Wilfred Milne d. Edith Davies/Captain Charles K Wood 6-2 1-6 6-2 6-4

Lilian and Maud Watson lost in doubles F, which went 45 games. Maud did not enter the singles.


June 14-19, Northern Tournament, Liverpool, England (Grass)
Venue: Liverpool Cricket Club at Aigburth

Singles (Draw=10)

1R: Edith Davies d. Mrs G. Smith 6-3 6-2
1R: Ann Dod d. Beatrice Wood 6-1 6-4
1R: Miss Eckersley d. N. Carrington 6-0 6-0
1R: Miss Cliff d. B. Fletcher 3-6 6-3 6-2
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. F. Underhill 6-2 6-1

QF: Davies d. Dod 6-5 6-3
QF: Eckersley-bye
QF: Bracewell d. Cliff 5-6 6-1 6-2

SF: Davies d. Eckersley 6-5 4-6 6-4
SF: Bracewell-bye

FI: Edith Davies d. Margaret Bracewell 2-6 6-4 6-4

Doubles (Draw=7)

1R: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. A. Collin/N. Carrington 6-0 6-1
1R: B. Fletcher/N. Hutchins d. Emily Fletcher/J.B. Gorton 6-5 6-4
1R: Miss Gardner/Mrs F. Smith d. Miss Cliff/F. Underhill 6-5 4-6 6-1
1R: Edith Davies/Miss Eckersely-bye

SF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. B. Fletcher/N. Hutchins 6-1 6-2
SF: Edith Davies/Miss Eckersley d. Gardner/Mrs Smith 6-4 6-0

FI: Edith Davies/Miss Eckersley d. Ann Dod/Lottie Dod 6-2 6-3

Mixed Doubles

SF: Edith Davies/Ernest Browne d. Miss Eckersley/Richard D. Sears (US)/ 6-2 6-4
SF: Miss Gorton/William J Bush-Salmon-bye

FI: Edith Davies/Ernest Browne d. Miss Gorton/William J Bush-Salmon 6-1 6-1

The byes scattered across multiple rounds was common practice for this era.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1885): "Alternately held in Manchester and Liverpool, it was the turn for the latter town to have the Northern Championships in its domains this season, and, as in 1882, the beautiful grounds of the Liverpool Cricket Club at Aigburth were chosen for the venue. What with the pavilion, commodious dressing rooms, and refreshment arrangements, the Aigburth grounds are certainly convenient for tennis tournaments, and with such a great extent of lawn available for play, good courts can always be arranged for, as they were on this occasion, in spite of the weather for the past month or so being greatly against getting the ground into order.

"Prizes to the value of 180 guineas were offered for competitions, besides three challenge cups of the value of 95 guineas. The committee offered a challenge cup for ladies this year for the first time of the value of 25 guineas, the conditions being that it must be won two years in succession or three years altogether."


June 16-21, London Athletic Club Tournament, Stamford Bridge, London, England (Grass)
Venue: London Athletic Club

Sinlges (Draw=24 or 25. Tradition and Alan Little in his book on Watson cite 25, but there are only 24 names in the draw.)

1R: Maud Watson d. Edith Patney default
1R: C. Bushnell d. Miss Elvey 6-3 3-6 6-3
1R: Mrs Anderson d. Miss Carr 6-4 6-3
1R: Mrs Warmford-Thomson d. E. Lewis 6-2 6-2
1R: Miss Joyce d. M. Clark 6-4 6-4
1R: Ethel Field d. Miss Jacko 6-2 6-0
1R: E. Bushnell d. Miss Nelson 6-1 6-2
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Miss Yockney 6-0 6-0

1R: Lilian Watson-bye
1R: Miss Page-bye
1R: Ida Watson-bye
1R: Miss Bouchier-bye
1R: Miss Hayward-bye
1R: M. Enstone-bye
1R: Edith Cole-bye
1R: Miss Cane-bye

2R: M Watson d. C. Bushnell 6-0 6-0
2R: Warmford-Thomson d.Anderson 6-2 6-4
2R: Joyce d. Field 6-3 4-6 7-5
2R: Bingley d. E. Bushnell 6-1 6-0

2R: L Watson d. Page, default
2R: I Watson d. Miss Bouchier default
2R: Hayward d. Enstone 6-0 6-0
2R: Cole d. Miss Cane default

QF: M Watson d. Warmford-Thomson 6-2 6-0
QF: Bingley d. Joyce 6-0 6-0
QF: L Watson d. I Watson 4-6 6-2 6-4
QF: Cole d. Hayward 6-2 6-1

SF: M Watson d. Bingley 6-1 6-2
SF: Cole d. L Watson 4-6 8-6 6-2

FI: Maud Watson d. Edith Cole 6-4 6-2 2-6 6-1

The first ladies’ singles event staged at the London Athletic Club attracted 25 entries – possibly the largest field assembled anywhere up to that date. Maud won the title handsomely, although she was forced to drop the third set to Mrs Cole (nee Davis) of the Southgate L.T.C., in the final, which lasted over two hours.


June 21-July 1, Kilkenny County and City Tournament, Kilkenny, Ireland (Grass)

FI: Mabel Cahill (15) d. May Langrishe (owes 30)* 6-4 6-4

* This was a handicap event. Mabel Cahill, a native of County Kilkenny and a future winner of the United States Championships, was 21 years of age at this point.


June 24-26, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass_

Mixed Doubles (Draw=4)

1R: Miss Noon/Frank Noon d. Florence Mardall/John Charles Kay 6-2 6-3
1R: Miss Exham/Alfred Betham d. Agnes Watts/Frederick Watts 6-4 6-4

FI: Miss Noon/Frank Noon d. Miss Exham/Alfred Betham 6-2 6-4 6-1

Note: The mixed doubles final was played over the best of five sets.


Unknown date, Ealing Lawn Tennis Tournament, GB

FI: Mrs. Streetern won


Unknown date, Natal Championship, Pietermaritzburg, SA

FI: Pearson d. L. Button 6-0 6-0 3-6 7-5

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