Well, I'm bumping this thread
Al Laney and Alison Danzig were the premier US tennis writers through much of the 20th century. Laney published "Covering The Court - A Fity Year Love Affair with the Game of Tennis" and here are a few of this thoughts on the 'Queen of Ice and Fire'...
"From the day of her first Championship at Wimbledon in that wonderful final with Lili de Alvarez, Helen Wills, like Tilden, enjoyed absolute supremacy for six years. She was, in fact, an even more dominant champion, since Tilden, though never beaten in a Championship match, was often challenged. By 1933 Miss Wills had won four Wimbledon titles, seven US and four French titles without losing a set and she was unchallenged anywhere in the world. No tennis player of her time, man or woman, stood out so far ahead of her comtemporaries.
With the exception of the Cannes match (vs. Lenglen, which he witnessed and wrote of with exceptional insight) and the 1927 (Wimbledon) final with Alvarez which are unforgettable, all of Miss Wills's matches about which I can remember anything worth remembering came after 1932. That was the last year in which she was untouchable and other girls were struck with awe in her presence.
I remember very well, of course, seeing the teenage Miss Wills for the first time; but between the 1927 Wimbledon final and her last appearance on that centre court in 1938, I remember Miss Wills only when she was in difficulty, if not actual distress.
Miss Wills had not Lenglen's ability to give you pleasure by the beauty of her method and the glitter of her personality, but she had a manlike speed of service and drive that gave her superiority over her rivals. There was an immaculate quality about her play. Never much of a strategist, her progress through a tournament was seldom exciting, but the steady placidity of her play, unvaried against all opponents, never seemed to bore her. She never sought new ways of dealing with and defeating opponents as Lenglen did, but she never had to do so for a long time. A quick guess and a bit of mental arithmetic indicate I must have seen Miss Wills play about fifty matches during the six years of her untroubled reign as Queen of the courts, but of them all I really remember only those to which came feeling not quite up to strenuous effort, as happens periodically to girl athletes.
During these years there was this British tennis journalist, Powell Blackmore, who kept book on the girl players and he always kindly informed me when Miss Wills's time was due so that I did not miss these interesting occasions. They were interesting because she was so good she could win standing still, you might say, while the other girl ran miles. If there was a ball that was out of reach and was to beat her, well let it. There would be others that could be dealt with, for Miss Wills, standing in the middle of the baseline, was so persistently accurate and so forceful that she seem actually to attract the ball to her racket, to force the opponent to play back to where she was standing or else to miss altogether.
One often wondered why the silly girl did not make Miss Wills run, until one realized that the silly girl had more than she could do merely knocking the ball back down the centre.
It was certainly interesting to see Miss Wills operate during these few times of comparative discomfort, but otherwise I do not even remember the names of the long list of victims she disposed of as easily as shelling peas."