Re: 1926 results
Week of March 1-7
March 1-6, Women's Championships of Florida, Palm Beach, Florida, USA (Clay)
Venue: Poinciana Hotel
1R: Elizabeth Ryan d Lucia Chase 6-0 6-0
1R: Phyllis Walsh d Lady Surdale (GB) 6-3 6-0
1R: Clare Cassel d Lady Cholmondeley (GB) 6-0 6-0
2R: Cassel d Walsh 6-2 6-4
2R: Ryan d Lady Dorren Hely-Hutchinson (GB) 6-0 6-1
QF: Mary Browne d Mrs Bernard Stenz 6-4 8-6
QF: Mrs J Saunders Taylor d Elizabeth Choate 8-6 6-1
QF: Ryan d Cassel 6-1 6-2
QF: Mrs Edward Raymond d Mrs WH Pritchard 6-3 6-2
SF: Browne d Saunders Taylor 6-3 6-0
SF: Ryan d Raymond 6-2 6-2
FI: Elizabeth Ryan d. Mary K. Browne 6-4 6-0
DF: Mary K. Browne/Phyllis Walsh d. Julia Brokaw/Elizabeth Ryan 6-3 7-5
MX: Elizabeth Ryan/A. Drexel-Biddle d. Mrs W. Pritchard/Jerry Lang 4-6 6-3 6-1
The influx of English nobility is due to the weather-this being "the season" the warm Flordia in winter. "Bunny" won the final despite serving 10 double faults. She often serves up a lot of doubles, but when her serve goes it is difficult to handle.
Draw notes: Mixed finalists Mrs Pritchard and Jerry Lang are brother and sister. Fuller results are in the NYT, which confusingly calls the opening round the Preliminary round AND the first round. I have settled on calling it the first round.
March 1-7, Riviera Championships, Mentone, France (Clay)
1R: Helen Wills (US) d Daisy Hamerton* 6-0 6-0
1R: Nelly Neppach (Ger) d Norris 6-1 6-1
1R: Evelyn Dearman (GB) d Mrs Marriott 5-7 retired
1R: Diddie Vlasto d Campbell 6-1 6-0
1R: Ilona Peteri (Hun) d Dashwood 6-0 6-1
1R: E Connell d M Ley 6-3 6-2
1R: Heather Woolrych (GB) d Mrs [Winifred] Bower 6-0 11-9
1R: Mrs Hunt d V Humphrey 4-6 6-0 6-1
1R: G Maynard d Nore 6-1 6-1
1R: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d ???? 6-1 6-0
2R: Wills d Neppach 6-0 6-1
2R: Dearman d Mary Cambridge 1-6 1-5 retired
2R: Mrs Pitman d N Hunt 3-6 6-3 6-2
2R: Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) d M Harland 6-0 6-2
2R: Vlasto d V Shaw 6-0 6-2
2R: Peteri d Bainbridge 6-0 retired
2R: Woolrych d Connell 6-2 3-6 6-3
2R: Alvarez d Maynard 6-2 4-6 6-1
QF: Wills d Dearman 6-1 6-1
QF: Harvey d Pitman 6-4 6-3
QF: Vlasto d Peteri 6-0 6-0
QF: Alvarez d Woolrych 6-0 6-0
SF: Helen Wills (US) d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB) 6-0 6-1
SF: Lili de Alvarez (Sp) d. Diddie Vlasto 7-5 8-6
FI: Helen Wills (US) d. Lili de Alvarez (Sp) 6-4 6-4
DF: Lili de Alvarez (Sp)/Diddie Vlasto d. Ermyntrude Harvey (GB)/Dorothea Lambert Chambers (GB) 4-6 7-5 7-5
MX: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Allen (US) 7-5 3-6 6-3
Coupe des Nations/Nations Cup (players must be from same nation)
FI: Diddie Vlasto/Henri Cochet d. Helen Wills (US)/Jimmy van Allen 6-2 6-2
Daisy Hamerton (1R loser to Helen Wills) is likely to be a nickname for Lily Hamerton or a close relation.
From "Ayres' Almanack" (1927): "The mixed doubles final between Cochet and Mlle Vlasto and van Alen and Miss Wills provided a spectacular match. Cochet's overhead work was amazingly good, but van Alen failed to take advantage of his openings at the net which his partner's fine baseline play provided. These four met again in the final of the Coupe des Nations, but the French pair scored an easy win." Van Allen later famously brings sudden-death and the sudden-death tiebreak to tennis in the early 1970s.
Wills has wisely avoided questions about Lenglen for the most part, but she does provide one juicy quote this week. "I am sorry Miss Lenglen has gone off to Italy. But she stillknows gher own business best. ....Don't you feel she should have given me ar eturn match here?"
Hawkers are making money off of Helen Wills by falsely selling eyeshade with her fake signature. The Eyeshade is selling for anywhere from 5 to 10 US dollars.
Nelly Neppach is having problems with her own federation, which has very publicaly made it clear that she is not officially representing Germany. Nelly has ignored their demands not to play on the Riviera. Germans are still barred from many events due to the Great War. Neppach remarked, "Do they want to keep this war going forever? I have never received a better welcome anywhere than from the French on the Riviera. This is my own people firing upon me from the rear."
Last edited by Rollo; May 14th, 2011 at 08:34 PM.