Re: Francisca Subirana
Thanks to Newmark we now have a tad more information on Subirana. She went by the nickname of "Panchita."
When I saw the name I went digging, and indeed, Panchita is a common nickame in Spain for women named Francesca.
Because the 1920 Hard Courts was the highlight of her career I'm copying Mark's report and draw of the event below:
1920 World Hard Court Championships
May 22-30, Stade Français, Saint Cloud, Paris, France
From "Ayres' Almanack" (1921): "After an interval of six years – for the competition in 1919 was invitation inter-allied affair – the world's hard court championships (so designated by the International Federation) were revived, under George Simond's management, in the Stade Français. Sylvan Saint Cloud (said 'The Field' special correspondent [Arthur Wallis Myers]) had never looked better, and, to judge by the variety of sports ringed around the lawn tennis matches on Whit Monday, young France was more than herself again; her athletic zeal, bottled up during the war, was bursting forth with almost ungovernable energy. Something like a score of pistol shots rang forth on the fringe of the courts during the afternoon, signalling the start of foot races and other Olympic trials. Luckily the applause from the centre court – a model of that at Wimbledon – drowned these excursions and alarums. The weather for the first four days was hot and thundery.
"The ladies' events were of comparatively poor class in the absence of decisive vollyers. Dorothy Holman won the singles, losing only one set to Suzanne Amblard. This English player thus became the holder of both the covered court and hard court championships. Phyllis Satterthwaite retired through indisposition in the semi-final, but she would scarcely have beaten Miss Holman on a hard surface. The former Mlle Broquedis (now Marguerite Billout) was put out by Panchita Subirana, the Spanish lady champion, a player of beautiful style, needing only a little more speed."
Dorothy Holman (GBR) d. Mrs C. Winslow (RSA) 6-2, 6-4
Jeanne Vaussard d. Isabel Fonrodona (ESP) 6-4, 6-0
Suzanne Amblard d. Suzanne Lenglen, walkover
Phyllis Satterthwaite (GBR) d. Germaine Golding 6-2, 6-4
Elisabeth d'Ayen d. Genevieve Cousin 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Marguerite Billout d. Miss Lammin (GBR) 6-3, 6-3
Panchita Subirana (ESP) d. Suzanne Deve 6-2, 6-2
Marie Danet had a bye.
Dorothy Holman (GBR) d. Marie Danet 6-2, 6-4
Suzanne Amblard d. Jeanne Vaussard 6-4, 6-3
Phyllis Satterthwaite (GBR) d. Elisabeth d'Ayen 6-3, 6-2
Panchita Subirana (ESP) d. Marguerite Billout 10-8, 6-4
Dorothy Holman (GBR) d. Suzanne Amblard 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
Panchita Subirana (ESP) d. Phyllis Satterthwaite (GBR), walkover
Dorothy Holman (GBR) d. Panchita Subirana (ESP) 6-0, 7-5
Last edited by Rollo; Apr 15th, 2011 at 01:55 PM.