Re: 1926 results
Week of January 18-24
January 18-24, Metropole Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: The Metropole Hotel
1R: Phyllis Satterwaite (GB)-bye
1R: M Ashby d Madeline O'Neill (GB) 7-5 4-6 6-2
1R: Lesley Cadle (GB) d Young 6-2 6-2
1R: Eileen Bennett (GB) d Rendall 6-2 6-0
1R: Helene Contostavlos (Gre)-bye
1R: M Tripp (GB)-bye
1R: Mrs Coleman (SA) d Mrs Sinclair Westcott 6-0 6-1
1R: Lady Domini Elliadi Crosfield d Miss MA Dallett 6-3 6-3
1R: Diddie Vlasto d W Saunders 6-0 6-0
1R: Calder d Hutton Coats 6-2 11-9
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Miss EM Green (GB) 6-0 6-0
1R: Peggy Saunders (GB) d Cosette St Omer Roy 6-0 6-2
1R: Lady Blanche Roundway (GB) d Elsa Haylock (GB) 6-3 6-1
1R: Leslie Bancroft Aeschliman (Swt) d Mrs EH Keays (SA) 8-6 6-0
2R: Satterthwaite d Best 6-0 6-1
2R: Cadle d Ashby 6-3 6-2
2R: Contostavlos d Bennett 6-4 2-6 6-1
2R: Tripp d Cazelet 6-0 6-0
2R: Coleman d Crosfield 6-3 6-1
2R: Vlasto d Calder 6-2 6-0
2R: Wills d Saunders 6-2 6-1
2R: Aesclimann d Roundway 6-3 6-3
QF: Cadle d Satterwaite default
QF: Contostavlos d Tripp 6-1 6-2
QF: Vlasto d Coleman 6-2 3-6 6-1
QF: Wills d Aeschlimann 6-2 6-2
SF: Vlasto d Cadle 6-2 6-2
SF: Wills d Contostavlos 6-4 6-4
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Diddie Vlasto 6-3 7-5
1R: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d Miss MB Brown/Miss KM Scott 6-0 6-1
QF: Lenglen/Vlasto d Lady Crosfield/Mrs M Morris 6-2 6-0
SF: Lenglen/Vlasot d Lesley Cadle/M. Tripp 6-3 6-0
FI: Suzanne Lenglen/Diddie Vlasto d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/Phyllis Satterthwaite (GB) 6-0 6-1
MX: Suzanne Lenglen/Toto Brugnon d. Helene Contostavlos (Gre)/FMB Fisher (NZ)/ 6-0 6-1
Draw notes: Lilie de Alvarez and Satterwaite were in the top half-with Wills in the bottom half of the draw.
From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "The chief interest in this tournament centred round Miss Helen Wills, who, recently arrived from California, entered for the singles. Although the American champion won the event without the loss of a set, her form revealed no sign of dominance or material advance. Against Mlle [Helene] Contostavlos in the semi-final she lost four games in each set, her opponent playing a baseline game with vigour and judgment. The final against Mlle [Diddie] Vlasto resolved itself into a somewhat monotonous sequence of backhand exchanges, Miss Wills preferring to neglect her opponent's powerful forehand. The score in favour of California does not do justice to Mlle Vlasto. In the first set she missed an easy smash to lead 4-3; in the second had she obtained the 3-1 lead, which was her due, she must have gone to 5-2 instead of 5-3..."
The stands are packed to overflowing, and the club must turn away spectators. The event has a record profit. In the quarters Helen gained revenge upon Aeslimann, nee Bancroft, who had beaten Helen when they last played in 1923 and 4 times in 1922. The lefty got ill in 1923 and her game stagnated. In 1925 she md Swiss player Charles Aeschlimann. Fans leave the other courts deserted when Wills plays. Even Lenglen sees nothing but empty seats when her doubles match is played at the same time as as a Wills match.
Helen's conservative style prompts both comment and copy. She is the only 1 of the 32 lady competitos not to have her hair bobbed, declaring. "I am old-fashioned." her green shade quickly becomes a fashion rage though, being copied by other women in droves.
Suzanne Lenglen did not play in the singles event at this tournament. In fact, the only Riviera tournament in which she and Helen Wills both entered the singles event was the Carlton Club tournament in late February 1926.
In the first round Wills dropped only 8 points against a nervous Miss Green.
Last edited by Rollo; May 14th, 2011 at 08:11 PM.