Re: Louisa Martin - Results, Reports & More
May 24-29, Irish Championships, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Draw of 8
1R: Louisa Martin d. Miss Hodson 6-0, 6-0
SF: Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-1, 6-2
FI: May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin 6-3, 6-4
From ‘The Irish Times,’ May 20, 1886: “It was a pity that the two best matches of the afternoon – the Ladies’ Championship and the Gentlemen’s Championship – should have to be played off simultaneously, but from one cause or another the arrangement was unavoidable, and so spectators had to divide their attention between the two contests.
“The opponents in the ladies’ game were May Langrishe, an ex-holder of the championship, and Louisa Martin, who it will be remembered gained a very ready victory over her rival of Saturday at last year’s tournament. Mindful of the improvements displayed by Miss Langrishe in her previous matches during the week, many were led to anticipate a close match, but no one was prepared for the clever victory achieved by the lady named.
“It was quite evident she held the winning card throughout the first set, in which she only allowed her opponent the second, fourth and seventh games, but Miss Martin showed up so well in the early part of the second set that at one time it seemed certain the three sets would have to be exhausted to decide this match. Miss Langrishe won the first game, but Miss Martin then rattling off four in succession, amongst them one love game, the score was called ‘4 games to 1, Miss Martin leads’. However, Miss Langrishe, playing in irresistible fashion, clean outplayed her opponent at every point, and with a sequence of five games, ran out the set by 6 to 4. Included in the winner’s scores were two love games.
“Miss Langrishe played better than ever she has done before, and her victory is more attributable to this than to the slight falling away perceptible in Miss Martin’s game. Her returns were very severe, and besides placing them beautifully along the sidelines, she invariably kept them to her opponent’s backhand. Miss Martin’s returns, on the contrary, lacked much of their usual strength, but at times she showed quite up to her best form.”
DF: Connie Butler/Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe 6-3 6-4
May 31-June 3, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)
Draw of 20
2R: Louisa Martin d. Ann Dod 6-2, 6-1
QF: Louisa Martin d. Edith Davies 6-3, 6-5
SF: Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
From ‘Pastime,’ June 9, 1886: “The lady champion [Maud Watson] was certainly not having an easy time of it in this contest, as having defeated Margaret Bracewell, Grace Gibbs and Blanche Bingley, she now had to meet Louisa Martin. As might have been anticipated, a brilliant game resulted; indeed, it was universally admitted that a finer game between ladies had never been played. Miss Watson played with more than her usual accuracy and judgment, whilst Miss Martin, in her backhand strokes, was most effective.
“Miss Watson won the first three games, her opponent only gaining one stroke in each. Miss Martin won the fourth, also to fifteen. The next four games fell alternately to Miss Watson and Miss Martin; and then Miss Watson gained the set by six games to three, the last game being won to thirty. In the second set, one, two and three games-all was called; after which Miss Martin won three games in succession, giving her the set at six to three.
“One set-all. Miss Martin won the first game in the concluding set, after three times deuce. Miss Watson won the second and third, each by four strokes to two. Miss Martin took the fourth a fifteen, and the fifth after being deuce three times; but Miss Watson, playing in fine form decided the match by winning the next four games, in three of which Miss Martin could only score one stroke, the other one being at deuce twice.”
June 7-13, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)
Venue: Montpellier Gardens
Draw of 16
1R: Louisa Martin d. D. Patterson 6-2, 6-3
QF: Louisa Martin d. Ethel Gurney 6-1, 6-3
SF: Louisa Martin d. Margaret Bracewell 6-5, 3-6, 6-3
FI: Louisa Martin d. Maud Watson 6-4, 6-4
From ‘Pastime,’ June 9, 1886: “The pretty Montpelier Gardens are now looking their best. The ground is laid out much as last year. Five excellent courts, parallel with each other, face a roomy committee tent. A raised and covered stand has been erected in rear of three of the courts, from which an excellent view of the play can be obtained. The usual dressing tents are erected in convenient positions, while the inner cravings of humanity are provided for in a large refreshment tent, placed in an easily accessible corner of the ground.
“Two extra courts are marked out on the upper terrace, but these will be used only in case of emergency. The arrangements, as last year, are admirable, not even a minor detail having been omitted by the genial John Charles Kay, whose cheery voice offers a welcome to all arrivals. The ground wears a gay appearance, owing to a plentiful supply of bunting and the club colours which adorn the large barrels used as umpire’s stands...”
From ‘Pastime,’ June 16, 1886: “The play of the winner was probably equal to any yet shown by a lady, and as she exhibited a thorough determination all through, Maud Watson, try as she would, and as she most pluckily did right to the finish, could never get the better of her. Had Miss Martin played like anything in the same form in Dublin, May Langrishe would not have secured the victory. [...]
“The match was a very exciting one. Louisa Martin played a very fine game, and Maud Watson, though hardly at her best, also showed some excellent play. After three-all had been called in the first set, Miss Watson won a love game, but Miss Martin followed her example, and four-all was called. The Irish lady then won the next two games and the set.
“Following up this success, Miss Martin won the first two games in the second set, but Miss Watson replied with a like number. The fifth game was very stubbornly contested, deuce being called three times, Miss Watson once being at ‘vantage, but Miss Martin secured it. The lady champion won the next game after deuce had been called once. In the next game Miss Watson reached 40-30, but then lost three strokes in succession and the game. The eighth Miss Watson won to fifteen, but in the ninth she had very bad luck, losing two strokes by false bounds. The last game Miss Watson commenced by serving a double fault, but she won the next ace. The next three strokes she returned out of court and thus received her second defeat.
“Where both played so pluckily and well, the praise must be evenly awarded. Miss Martin has long had the reputation of being capable for a great performance and at last she has shown it. After her close matches with Miss Watson on former occasions, this success cannot be said to be undeserved. Miss Martin won 64 strokes and Miss Watson 55. Miss Martin now holds the fifty guinea challenge cup, which was last year held by Miss Maud Watson.”
August 23-28, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)
Draw of 20
2R: Louisa Martin d. Gertrude Bracewell 6-3, 6-3
QF: Louisa Martin d. Miss Richardson 6-1, 6-1
SF: Louisa Martin d. Blanche Bingley 6-5, 6-5
FI: Louisa Martin d. May Langrishe 6-3, 6-0
DF: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-2, 7-5
XDF: Louisa Martin/Tom Campion d. Miss Noon/Percy B. Brown 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
From ‘Pastime,’ September 1, 1886: “For the third year in succession this charming meeting, under unusually good management, has turned out a complete success. The ground, consisting of three double and two single courts, laid out side by side, is, besides being all that a played could desire, one of the very prettiest in England. In August, Buxton is crowded to the utmost capacity, especially during the tennis week, for which many rooms are bespoken as much as a year in advance.
“Several times during the week we were reminded of the Fitzwilliam meeting. The courts ranged side by side, the dense masses of spectators outside the ropes, the brilliant costumes of the fashionable 'fair', the unmistakable Irish tones of most of the umpires, and of the foremost players, everything seemed to recall the famous Irish square [...]
“In the fourth round [semi-final] Louisa Martin succeeded in beating the holder of the cup and the lady champion by two sets, 6-5, 6-5. Neither player, in our opinion, played in anything like her best form, but the excitement of the vast crowd was tremendous, and the match was certainly very close, as one bisque, used by Blanche Bingley at the proper time, would just have reversed the sets. Miss Bingley complained of a sprained ankle, which must have affected her play. Miss Martin won several points at critical points by her service, which is not only the hardest, but the best-placed we have observed in any lady yet. In this match the backhand of both players seemed feeble comparatively, while Miss Bingley was not hitting nearly as hard as usual. [...]
“The final took place on Thursday before a huge crowd, but was disappointing in one respect, as on that day the strong cross wind appeared to interfere with May Langrishe’s play a good deal. We think the result would have been the same in any case, but the games would have been closer. Miss Martin was perfectly undeniable in this match, playing a very severe game for most men, and getting up her opponent's most difficult balls with seeming ease. In this match she gave the idea of simply being unapproachable among the ladies.”
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