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Re: 1924 results

Australian Championships
Dates: January 18-26 (or 19-28-see AustinRunner's note below)
Venue: Albert Park, Meblourne
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw= 22)

1st round

Sylvia Lance d Mavis McIver 6-2 6-1
Flora Rowe d. Muirhead 6-1 6-0
Mrs Gertrude Todd d. Frances Hoddle-Wrigley 6-3 6-3
Esna Boyd d. Nell Thyne 6-2 6-1
E.Johnson d. Lily Addison default
Hack d. JW Salter 6-3 7-5

Others received byes

2nd Round

Lance d. Rowe 6-3 6-2
Gertrude Todd d. Vera De Bavay 6-1 6-1
Kath Le Messurier d. Miranda Richardson 6-3 6-1
Mall Molesworth d. M.Howett default

Boyd d. Johnson 6-1 6-1
Mrs. Simpson d. Hack 6-3 6-8 6-4
Daphne Akhurst d. MU.Bere 4-6 7-5 6-0
Violet Mather d. J.Ferguson 6-2 10-8


Lance d. Todd 1-6 6-4 6-1
Le Mesurier d. Molesworth 7-9 6-3 8-6
Boyd d. Simpson 6-1 6-1
Akhurst d. Mather 6-1 6-4


Lance d. Le Messurier 6-2 6-2
Boyd d. Akhurst 6-1 6-4

Sylvia Lance d. Esna Boyd 6-3 3-6 6-4

Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Lance d. K Roberts/JW Salter 6-1 6-1
Miranda Richardson/Simpson d. Lily Addison/Hope 6-3 6-4
Mall Molesworth/Dorothy Rendall d. I.Morton/M.Fairsworth 6-4 6-1
Youtha Anthony/Frances Hoddle Wrigley d. M.Grant/Phillimore default
Esna Boyd/Gertrude Todd d. Violet Mather/Marjorie Mountain 61 6-2
Boddington/Nell Thyne d. I.Wade/R.Mercer 6-3 6-1
Kath Le Messurier/Meryl O'Hara Wood d. M.U.Bere/Vera de Bavay 6-2 6-1
Hack/Flora Rowe d. Goodes/H.Outhwaite 6-8 8-6 7-5 (may be 6-3 3-6 7-5)


Akhurst/Lance d. Richardson/Simpson 6-3 6-2
Molesworth/Rendall d. Anthony/Hoddle Wrigley 6-3 6-2
Boyd/Todd d. Boddington/H.M.Thyne 9-7 6-3
Le Mesurier/O'Hara Wood d. Hack/Rowe 6-2 6-1

Akhurst/Lance d. M.Molesworth/ D.Rendall 6-3 6-1
Le Mesurier/O'Hara Wood d. Todd/E.Boyd 6-4 6-3

Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Lance d. Kath Le Messurier/Meryl O'Hara Wood 7-5 6-2

Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard d. Flora Rowe/FR Drews 6-2 6-4
Mall Moleworth/GN Roberts d. Phillimore/Heath 6-4 6-2
J Hope/Bob Schlesinger d. Meryl O'Hara Wood/Pat O'Hara Wood 3-6 6-2 6-4
Miranda Richardson/AC Newton d. Hack/CH Fitts 6-2 1-6 6-4

Sylvia Lance/Ian McInnes d. Vera de Bavay/Rupert Wertheim 7-5 6-1
Kath Le Messurier/WH Smith d. Winter Irving/ BE Henty 6-2 3-6 9-7
Gertrude Todd/Jack Clemenger d MU Bere/AE Sandral 6-3 4-6 6-1
Esna Boyd/Gar Hone d Mavis McIver/Timothy Fitchett 6-2 7-5


Akhurst/Williard d Molesworth/Roberts 6-3 6-0
Hope/Schlesinger d Richardson/Newton 4-6 6-2 6-3
Lance/McInnes d Messurier/Smith 6-0 6-3
Boyd/Hone d Todd/Clemenger 6-3 6-3

Akhurst/Willard d. Hope/Schlesinger 7-5 6-2
Boyd/Hone d. Lance/McInnes 6-1 6-4

Daphne Akhurst/Jack Willard d. Esna Boyd/Gar Hone 6-3 6-4

Draw Notes:

Gertrude Newbeging (Mrs Todd)
HM. Thyne = Nell Thyne
Mavis McIver (later Mrs McKay)

Molesworth was the favorite again this year but fell in the quarters to Kath Le Mesurier 9-7 3-6 6-8. This match was different to the usual women's matches of this time as both women drove fiercely from beginning to end. Le Mesurier who had improved greatly over the last 12 months led in every set. Molesworth pegged her back from 3-5 to win the first. Le Mesurier's off-backhand caused problems for Molesworth, jamming her on the backhand side, to give her the second set and two match points at 5-2 in the 3rd. Molesworth hit her away back to 5-5 but Le Mesurier steadied to win 8-6.
A young 20 y/o Daphne Akhurst won her quarterfinal with one reporter getting quite carried away:
"Miss Akhurst an artist to her fingertips, belied her delicate Victorian appearance that suggested she had slipped out of one of Jane Austen's novels by sifting cayenne pepper shots from a never-failing supply.
Sylvia Lance recovered from a bad start to beat the Victorian Mrs. Todd 16 64 61 and Boyd beat Simpson to complete the semi lineups. Boyd carried this form to beat Akhurst by pinning the Sydney youngster against the backnetting with the depth and power of her forehand, the most feared shot in Australian women's tennis. Lance defeated Le Mesurier 6-2 6-2 by adapting her game to the soft court by slicing and chopping, in which the lack of pace told against le Mesurier who handled Molesworth's power the round before."

Lance looked to be in full control against Boyd when she led 6-3 3-0 and 40-15, but Boyd struggled back to duece and then after 6 more dueces took the game and the next 5 to win the set. This effort took its toll and Lance gained a slight advantage at the start of the 3rd and held on to 6-4.

It was a tense and interesting contest, but the same reporter who found Akhurst such a delight was not that impressed:
"As a spectacle the match fell short of realising the requirements of championship tennis of the tonic quality which, reinforced by vigour, carries the hallmark of high distinction. Both players were over-cautious and bent on making a success of the engagement in an entirely unbrilliant way. There was some evidence of the artistic quality that appeals to the doctrinaire or dilettante but too much harmless hitting of the mercerised near silk quality to provide the exciting interest associated with an inspiriting contest."

We have this great summary thanks to Louloubelle

..and From AustinRunner comes interesting instructions from the organizers of the 1924 Australasian Championships:

"The first Australasian championship meeting to be held under the new conditions in Melbourne from January 19 to January 28 will comprise seven events only - the singles, doubles, and mixed, women's singles and doubles, and junior (boys) singles and doubles; each event carrying with it for 12 months the title of championship of Australasia. The principle conditions are as follows:-
(1) Entries must be made on the prescribed form; and when entrance fees are payable they must accompany all entries. Any holder of a championship of the previous year, if wishing to compete, must enter and play through.
(2) No entry will be accepted from any player residing in Australia unless such player be a member of a club affiliated to a State Association or a member of such association.
(3) The committee reserves the right to refuse the entry of any player, or to determine if such player is not eligible to enter, or has not the necessary ability to compete, and shall not be required to give a reason.
(4) In all events the draw will be seeded by the committee in accordance with the rules.
(5) Play shall be continuous from the first service till the match be concluded, provided that after the third set - or when women take part, the second set - either player is entitled to a rest which shall not exceed 10 minutes.
(6) Entries for all events will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening January 5 with the secretary of the L.T.A.V., Mr. J. F. Koch, at the club house, Glenferrie road, Kooyong.

There appears to exist in the mind of many players doubt as to who is eligible to enter. Owing to its being a championship meeting pure and simple, it is certainly not intended to accept entries from anyone who may come along; otherwise the events, or the preliminary rounds in them, would become a farce. It is intended to receive entries from all A grade players of both sexes, and possibly from the best of the B grade, and from any promising juniors, the committee finally determining who are eligible. Should any entries be refused on account of the players not being considered of sufficient standard to compete, the entrance fees will be refunded."

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