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DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Results compiled by Mark Ryan, plus Elegos, Gee Tee, Andrew Tas and Rollo, and for the slams, Brian Stewart
The 1898 Spalding Tennis Annual was entirely covered.

January to March

Date unknown New Zealand Championship

FI Kate Nunnelly

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Date unknown, Natal Championship, Pietermaritzburg, SA

FI U. Turnbull d. J. Hime 7-5 7-5

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March 13-20, South Australian Championships, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (Grass)

FI: Maisie Parr d. Miss Brown 6-1 6-2

CR: Maisie Parr d. L.E. Payne (holder) default

DF: Miss Brown/Maisie Parr d. Miss Hone/L.E. Payne 3-6 6-5 8-6

MX: Miss Hone/R.G. Bowen d. L. E. Payne/W.A. Lang default

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Date Unknown, Nice Lawn Tennis Championship

FI Miss Brooksmith

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:57 PM
April

April 5-10, British Covered Courts Championships, London, England (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Queen’s Club

CR: Edith Austin (holder) d. Ruth Dyas 9-11 6-4 12-10

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Circa April 18, Tasmanian Championship, Launceston

FI G. Swan d. Nina Rock 6-2 6-2

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April 16-19, French Covered Court Championships, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Tennis Club de Paris

SF: Adine Masson d. Edith Riseley (GB) 5-7 6-1 7-5
SF: Phoebe Hausburg (GB) d. Miss Rooke (GB) 4-6 6-4 6-1

FI: Adine Masson d. Phoebe Hausburg (GBR) 7-5 6-4

MX: Adine Masson/Robert B Hough (GB) d. Miss Rooke (GB)/Stanley Riseley (GB) 6-2 6-3

The three Riseley's were siblings. A fourth sibling, Frank Riseley (the best player in the family), was runner-up in the men's singles event at this tournament in 1897. The women's singles event at this tournament went into decline in the years circa 1898-1903.

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:57 PM
May

Circa May 3-8, New South Wales Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Grass)

CR: Phoebe Howitt d. Kate Nunneley (NZ) (holder) 6-3 3-6 6-4

DF: Phoebe Howitt/Kate Nunneley (NZ) d. Miss Dransfield/Maisie Parr 6-3 7-5

MX: Phoebe Howitt/Alfred W. Dunlop d. Kate Nunneley (NZ)/Edward Dewhurst 9-7 6-8 6-2



Howitt 'discovered that Nunneley's one weak spot was her backhand'

In 1896, Phoebe Howitt had won the women's doubles title with F. Waters. The mixed doubles was a challenge round system, with Holders Mabel Shaw and Percy Colquhon not defending.

Draw note: Nunneley often went by the nickname of "Kay".

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May 24-31, Irish Championships, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)

SF: Ruth Dyas d Charlotte Cooper (GB) 6-4 0-6 6-3

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Ruth Dyas 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

DF: Charlotte Cooper/Blanche Hillyard d. Ruth Dyas/Mrs Thompson 7-5 6-8 6-4


MX: Blanche Hillyard/George Greville d. Charlotte Cooper/Harold Mahony 7-5 6-8 6-2

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:57 PM
Early June

June 4-10, Championships of Berlin ,Berlin, Germany (Clay)


CR: Countess Clara von der Schulenburg (holder) d. Mme Popp 6-3 retired

The two finalists were sisters.
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June 7-12, Middlesex Championships, Chiswick Park, London, England (Grass)

CR: Charlotte Cooper (holder) d. Edith Austin 1-6 6-4 6-4
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June 7-12, Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

CR: Edith Austin (holder) d. E. Morgan 6-2 6-0
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Date unknown, Ealing Lawn Tennis Championship, GB

FI A. Brown

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:57 PM
US National Women's Championships

Dates: June 15-19
Venue: Philadelphia Lawn Tennis Club, Wissahickon Heights, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Surface: Grass

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SINGLES (Draw=12)

Preliminary Round

Maude Banks d. Miss Edith Rotch 6-2 2-6 6-2
Juliette Atkinson d. Marie Wimer 8-6 6-3
Kate Atkinson-bye
Hattie Beaumont-bye

Edith Kenderdine beat Miss Rachel Harlan 6-3 7-5
Ellen Kitchen d. Elizabeth Rastall 4-6 6-1 6-3.
Carrie Neely-bye
Mrs. Frank Edwards-bye

Quarterfinals

J.Atkinson d. Banks 6-1 4-6 6-1
K.Atkinson d. Beaumont 6-4 6-0
Kendedine d. Ketcham 6-2 4-6 8-6
Neely d. Edwards 6-2 6-1

Semifinals

J.Atkinson d. K.Atkinson 6-1 6-3
Kenderine d. Neely 7-5 2-6 6-0

Final

J.Atkinson d. Kendedine 6-2 4-6 6-0

Challenger Round Juliette Atkinson d. Bessie Moore (holder) 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-3

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DOUBLES (Draw=5)

Preliminary Round

Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Hattie Beaumont/Miss Slevin 6-0 6-3.
Maude Banks/Edith Rotch-bye
Mrs Frank Edwards/Elizabeth Rastall-bye
Laura Henson/Ellen Kenderdine-bye

Semifinals

Atkinson/Atkinson d. Banks/Rotch 3-6 6-4 6-4
Edwards/Rastall d. Henson/Kenderdine 6-4 6-2

Final

Juliette Atkinson/Kathleen Atkinson d. Mrs Frank Edwards/Elizabeth Rastall 6-2 6-1 6-1.

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MIXED DOUBLES (Draw=6)

Preliminary Round

Maude Banks/C. B. Griffith d. Carrie Neely/Parmly Paret 6-1 7-5
Miss Arnold/CC Sichel-bye
Miss Coombs/F Morgan-bye
Laura Henson/D. L. Magruder d. Kathleen Atkinson/F. Thompson default.

Semifinals

Banks/Griffith d. Arnold/Sichel 6-1 6-0
Henson/Magruder d. Coombs/Morgan 9-7 5-7 6-3

Final

Laura Henson/DL Magruder d. Maude Banks/CB Griffith 6-4 6-3 7-5.

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Summary:

Still a local affair, with the women listed with the clubs they represent! Carrie Neely is the one non-local, coming form Chicago. In 1998 the eastern women will face the first "Western" invasion, when Marion Jones comes east to vie for the title.

All the participants had a sit down dinner after the ladies final. Fresh lemonade inside the clubhouse kept spectators cool.

The local paper noted on day 3 that "all day carriages and buggies were coming to and fro the tennis festivities".

Here is the summary as written in Spalding's

The tournament for the women's championships was held last spring as usual at Wissahickon Heights, under the management of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, on June 15 and the following days. It scored the usual success, thanks to the efficient management of the home club. The
matches throughout were well contested, but it was conceded that Miss Juliette Atkinson, of the Staten Island Club, was the most promising candidate for final honors, and the experts were right. Miss Atkinson's hardest match was against Miss Maude Banks, of the Philadelphia
Cricket Club. Their contest was that of two thoroughly skilled players, and although Miss Atkinson proved to be the winner. Miss Banks pressed her hard and compelled New York's representative to play the best game she was capable of. The score of the three sets was: 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

There was added interest when it transpired that Miss At- kinson and Miss Moore would again meet in the championship round.

During the last few years these players have met six times, and as each had three victories to her credit, last year's match was to all purposes a deciding one. In '96 Miss Moore and Miss Atkinson, between them, won every ladies' tournament in this country, besides two in Canada, including the New Jersey, the Middle States, the New England, and other championships.

The standard of play in last year's championship match was not only a fine exhibition of grit and endurance, but
completely surpassed its predecessors. Miss Atkinson won the first two sets by the excellence of her placing, and her general steadiness, only to lose the next two sets after some masterly tennis. With an even score, the impression prevailed that the champion would successfully defend the
title, but Miss Atkinson rallied for a supreme effort and won the decisive set.

In the mixed doubles Miss Henson and D. L. Magruder won, and their hardest struggle was made against Miss Coombs and F. Morgan in the semi-final round.

The Misses Atkinson succeeded in capturing the ladies' doubles after a close match against Miss Rotch and Miss Banks in the semi-finals.

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Late June

June 14-19, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

FI: Charlotte Cooper d. E. Cressy 7-5 6-3

CR: Charlotte Cooper d. Louisa Martin (holder) 3-6 6-3 6-4

DF: Charlotte Cooper/Ruth Dyas d. Blanche Hillyard/Louisa Martin 6-0 7-5

Mixed

FI: Louisa Martin/Frank L. Riseley d. Ruth Dyas/Sidney H. Smith 6-3 6-3

CR: Charlotte Cooper/Harold Mahony (holders) d. Louisa Martin/Frank L. Riseley 6-3 4-6 6-4

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June 23, French Closed Championships, Societe des sports, Ile de Puteaux, Paris, France (Clay)

FI: Adine Masson d. Mme P. Girod 6-3 6-1

This first women's singles event at what was the French Closed Championships (open only to French players and overseas players who were members of French clubs) took place on one day, Wednesday, June 23, 1897. It was played separately from the men's singles event, the semi-finals and finals of which were played the following Sunday at a different venue, the Tennis Club de France. It was not until later years that all of the different events were played at the same venue and at the same time (from 1910 onwards the venue was the Racing Club de France, in Paris). There was a men's doubles event at this point in time, but no women's doubles event until 1907. The first mixed doubles event was held in 1902.

Adine Masson appears to have been a French-Canadian who settled in France. She was the best of the earliest female tennis players in France. The runner-up was a married woman, so the P. might stand for Pierre or Paul. Her identity is well hidden anyway. "Le Figaro" said it was a very hard-fought contest.

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June 30-July 3, Sheffield and Hallamshire, South Yorkshire, England, GB (Grass)

FI: Ruth Dyas d. Miss Smyth 5-7 6-3 6-3

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM
The Championshiops (Wimbledon)

Dates: June 21-July 1
Venue: The All-England Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Surface: Grass

*Defending champ Cooper sits out until challenge round.

1R: Henrietta Horncastle d. Ellen Thynne 12-10 6-4
1R: Blanche Hillyard d. Edith Austin default
1R: Ruth Dyas d. E. J. Bromfield 6-0 6-3
1R: Alice Pickering bye

SF: Hillyard d. Horncastle default
SF: Pickering d. Dyas 6-4 4-6 6-1

FI: Hillyard d. Pickering 6-2 7-5

CR: Blanche Hillyard d. Charlotte Cooper 5-7 7-5 6-2

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Early July

July 5-10, North London Championships (Gipsy Open), London, England (Grass)

FI: Edith Austin d. E Morgan 6-1 6-0

Holder A. Templeman did not defend title.

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July 7-10, Welsh Championships, Newport, Wales (Grass)

FI: H Ridding d. J Cochrane 9-7 7-5

Could J Cochrane=Ethel Cohrane 1893 winner? or is this a different Cochrane?

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July 12-17, London Championships, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Queen's Club

SF: Charlotte Cooper d. Beryl Tulloch 8-10 6-3 8-6
SF: Edith Austin d. Ruth Legh 6-0 6-0

FI: Charlotte Cooper d. Edith Austin 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

Charlotte Cooper, the holder, played through this year.

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began July 13, Canadian Championships, Niagrara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (Grass)
Venue: Queen's Royal Hotel

FI: J Davis d. Mrs Smith 6-3 8-6

CR: Juliette Atkinson (US) (holder) d. J Davis 6-3 6-1

Miss J Davis was from Toronto

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July 15-17, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)

FI: Ruth Dyas d. Minnie Hunter 4-6 6-0 6-1


Holdrer Alice Pickering did not defend title.

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July 3 and 5, Sleepy Hollow Tournament, Tarrytown, NY, US
Venue: Sleepy Hollow Tennis Club

Singles (Draw=5)

PR: Miss Ewings d. Miss Seaman 6-0 6-0

SF: Ewings d. Mrs. Ely 6-4 6-1
SF: Miss Silver d. Mrs. Conrad, by default.

FI: Miss Silver d. Miss Ewings 8-6 6-2

MX: Miss Silver/EH Thayer d. Miss Ewings/CD Milliard 6-3 6-3

The SF results were called the "first round" in Spaldings, the source for the scores.

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Date unknown, Czechoslovakian Championship

FI H.F. Gerard

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Late July

July 19-24, Midland Counties Championships, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England (Grass)

FI: Ruth Dyas d. Alice Pickering 8-6 3-6 6-3
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July 26-31, Northumberland Championships, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Bertha Steedman 6-3 retired

DF: Blanche Hillyard/Bertha Steedman d. Ruth Dyas/Alice Pickering 7-5 6-4

MX: Bertha Steedman/Sidney H Smith d. Blanche Hillyard/George Hillyard 2-6 6-4 6-1

Steedman's retirement in the singles final resulted in some criticism from "The Field" reporter. Steedman's response was published a couple weeks later on August 21:

"I shall be obliged by your allowing me space in your columns to reply to certain statements made in your issue of August 7 by the reporter of lawn tennis in reference to the Northumberland meeting. He states: 'It was with great difficulty that Miss Steedman could be prevailed upon to face Mrs [Blanche] Hillyard for the final round of the ladies' singles, and even then she played only one set before retiring.'

"Whatever difficulty I made, I had certainly just cause; for it is impossible for a lady to play four hard matches on one day, and to do herself justice, as was the case with me. I started to play on Saturday morning at 11.30 in the semi-final of the mixed doubles, and the match was not finished until 12.45. At 2.30 I played one set against Mrs Hillyard in the ladies' singles and then retired. At 3.30 the final of the ladies' doubles commenced, and was not finished until 4.30. Half an hour later I had to play in the final of the mixed doubles, which took more than an hour. A lady ought not to be asked to do more than this.

"The semi-final of the mixed doubles ought to have been played off on Friday. On Friday I had pointed out to the referee that, unless I played the final of the mixed doubles that day, it was possible I might have to play all these four matches on Saturday, and said I could not do it, and should scratch to Mrs Hillyard. I was assured that I should not have all four matches to play. I think, therefore, in fairness, it must be admitted that I had excellent reason for playing only one set.

"The reporter says I should have scratched before the final if I did not intend to play; but how was I to know I should be left in for all three finals, or that the matches would be so arranged as to necessitate my scratching? The reporter also utterly ignores the fact that in the other two events I had someone to consider beside myself.

"I am prepared to play three finals if I have the good luck to be in for them, but I do draw the line at semi-finals on the same day. It is unnecessary to notice the reporter's remarks about one's duty to the public and the committee, beyond saying that the honorary secretary actually thanked me for playing even one set, and agreed that I had good reason for only playing one."

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Early August

August 2-7, Scottish Championships, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Minnie Hunter d. Miss Kendal 6-4 7-5

Holder L. Paterson (holder) did not defend title.

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August 2-7, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

FI: Violet Pinckney d. Elsie Pinckney default

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August 4-6, West of Scotland Championships, Castle Wemyss, Fife, Scotland (Grass)

FI: K. Jamieson d. Mrs Foster 6-4 6-3

DF: K. Jamieson/M. Jamieson d. Mrs Foster/Miss Spurgeon 7-5 8-6

MX: Miss Ewen/G.L. Findaly d. Miss Orr/W.R.B. Latham 6-0 6-3

Holder L. Paterson (holder) did not defend.

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August 10-14, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

FI: Alice Pickering d. Blanche Hillyard 6-4 5-7 6-4

DF: Blanche Hillyard/Alice Pickering d. M. Brooksmith/Miss Wolfenden 6-0 6-1

MX: Alice Pickering/Sidney H. Smith d. Blanche Hillyard/George Hillyard 5-7 6-3 6-4

Pickering's maiden name was Simpson.

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August 10-14, Trefriw, Wales (Grass)

CR: Ruth Dyas (holder) d. C. Hill 2-6 6-2 6-2

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August 12-15, Pacific Northwest Championships, Tacoma, Washington USA

FI: Miss Riley d. ??

DF: Miss Frere/Mrs Langley d. Riley/Miss Struve ??

MX: Frere/J.F.Foulkes d. Struve/Hurd 2 sets to 1

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Late August

August 16-21, Yorkshire Open, Scarborough, Yorkshire England (Grass)

FI: Lucy Kendal d. Muriel Robb 6-3 6-0

DF: K. Grey/Lucy Kendal d. Minnie Hunter/Muriel Robb 6-3 9-7

MX: Muriel Robb/Grainger Chaytor d. L. Kendal/Edmund D. Black 6-2 6-1

Muriel Robb, a future Wimbledon champion, was from Newcastle in Northumberland.

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August 16-22, German Championships, Hamburg, Germany (Clay)

FI: Blanche Hillyard (GB) d. Charlotte Cooper (GB) 6-3 6-2 6-2

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August 17-19, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FI: Mrs White d. N. Bloxsome 6-4 6-4

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Circa August 23-29, Bad Homburg, Germany (Clay)

FI: Blanche Hillyard and Charlotte Cooper divided the prizes as final was cancelled due to non-stop rain.

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August, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: Mrs White d. Henrietta Horncastle 6-3 6-3

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began August 24, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Boulogne, France (Clay)

FI: F. Gould (GB) d. Ms Harvey (GB) 6-1 6-3

Holder Lottie Paterson (GB) (holder) did not defend

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Circa August 23-30, Queensland Championships, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (Grass)

FI: Eileen Persee d. Mabel Mant 6-2 6-3

CR: Ethel Mant (holder) d. Eileen Persee 6-3 5-7 6-[?]*

MX: Miss Mant/F.A. Waller d. Miss Newton/Dr Hughes 3-6 6-4 7-5

*The complete score of the singles finalis not known.

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began August 25 Niagara-on-the-Lake International, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (Grass)
Venue: Niagara Lawn Tennis Club

CR: Juliette Atkinson (US) (holder) d. Maude Smith 6-4 7-5

Mrs Eustace Smith=nee Maude Delano-Osborne.

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM
September

Began in mid to late August ????* Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany (Clay)

FI: Blanche Hillyard (GB) d. Charlotte Cooper (GB) 6-2 6-4

From Newmark:

A big tournament was held in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1897, in mid-to late August. The Doherty brothers, Laurie and Reggie, took part in it. Reggie had won his first Wimbledon singles title earlier in the season. Blanche Hillyard had won her fourth, and she won the women's singles title at Baden-Baden, too, repeating her Wimbledon Challenge Round win over Charlotte Cooper, her nearest rival. Elsie Lane had won the women's title at Baden-Baden in 1896, so if she did not defend, the last women's match would probably have been an all-comers' final.

The Baden-Baden tournament went into decline after 1898 or so and wasn't revived until 1904, when it began to prosper again.

*From Rollo: Mark's information strongly suggests this event was held either prior to or after the German Chmps and Bad Homburg. For now I'm going with the later date.

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Began September 3 Toronto Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Toronto, Canada (Grass)
Venue: Toronto Lawn Tennis Club

Won By Maude Smith with a 3-0 record.

RR: Maude Smith d. Mrs. Whitehead 6-1 6-4.
RR: Violet Summerhays d. Miss Johnson 6-1 6-4

RR: Maude Smith d. Violet Summerhays, 6-1 6-2.
RR: Mrs. Whitehead d. Miss Johnson 6-2 6-4.

RR: Maude Smith d. Miss Johnson 6-1 6-2.
RR: Mrs. Whitehead d. Violet Summerhays, 6-4 5-7 7-5.

"In the ladies' singles Mrs. Smith easily out-classed her three opponents and won without the loss of a set. " (Spalding). The results demonstrate that this was basuically a round robin event.


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early September, Ladies’ Western Championships, Chicago, Illinois, US
Venue: Kenwood Country Club

FI: Louise Pound d. Juliette Atkinson 6-4 6-1 6-3

CR: Louise Pound d. Jennie Craven (holder) 6-0 6-3 7-5

Doubles
CR: Juliette Atkinson/Jennie Craven d. Grace Cloes/Carrie Neely 6-2 5-7 6-2 6-4

* Carrie Neely had won the women’s doubles title the previous year with Harriet Rew.
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September ?? Pacific Coast Championships , San Rafael, California, US (Hard)
Venue: San Rafael Hotel


Was a ladies event even held? Miss Bee Hooper is listed as the holder when the 1898 even tis held, yet no score exists for a ladies single after 1896. Could Bee have "won" the Pacific Coast Championshipsin 1896 and 1897 by default due to a lack of challengers?

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September 6-11, Sussex Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Charlotte Cooper d. Elsie Lane 6-2 6-3


CR: Charlotte Cooper d. Blanche Hillyard (holder) 7-5 7-5


DF: Charlotte Cooper/E. Thynne d. Mrs Hausburg/Miss Riseley 6-2 6-0

MX: Edith Austin/George Greville d. Charlotte Cooper/George Hillyard 6-2 6-3

Mixed winners Austin and Greville were later married.
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September 13 + fd, Dinard Tournament, Dinard, Brittany, France (Clay)

CR: Ivy Arbuthnot (GB) (holder) d. Adine Masson 6-3 3-6 6-4
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September 13-18, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

FI: Charlotte Cooper d. Edith Austin 6-3 4-6 6-0

CR: Charlotte Cooper d. Blanche Hillyard (holder) 6-4 6-0

MX: Edith Austin/George Greville d. Toupie Lowther/Reggie Doherty 3-6 6-2 6-4
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September 20-25, Welsh Covered Courts Championships, Llandudno, Wales (Indoors on Wood)

CR: Ruth Dyas d. Alice Pickering (holder) 4-6 6-3 6-4
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late September, Western Australian Championships, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (Grass)

FI: E. Calder d. Miss Stewart 6-3 6-0

*possibly started or ended on Sept 21

DavidK
Oct 10th, 2010, 01:59 PM
October-December

November 15-20, Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)

FI: Phoebe Howitt d. F. Waters 6-3 2-6 6-3

DF: Phoebe Howitt/Miss Howitt d. F. Waters/Miss Wilmoth 6-3 6-4

MX: Phoebe Howitt/Alfred W. Dunlop d. F. Waters/T. Irving 6-3 2-6 6-3
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newmark401
Nov 29th, 2010, 10:27 AM
Some information from "Le Figaro" newspaper on the first ever women's singles event at the French Closed Championships:

June 23, French Closed Championships, Societe des sports, Ile de Puteaux, Paris, France (Clay)

FI: Adine Masson d. Mme P. Girod [score?]*

* This first women's singles event at what was the French Closed Championships (open only to French players and overseas players who were members of French clubs) took place on one day, Wednesday, June 23, 1897. It was played separately from the men's singles event, the semi-finals and finals of which were played the following Sunday at a different venue, the Tennis Club de France. It was not until later years that all of the different events were played at the same venue and at the same time (from 1910 onwards the venue was the Racing Club de France, in Paris). There was a men's doubles event at this point in time, but no women's doubles event until 1907. The first mixed doubles event was held in 1902.

Adine Masson appears to have been a French-Canadian who settled in France. She was the best of the earliest female tennis players in France. The runner-up was a married woman, so the P. might stand for Pierre or Paul. Her identity is well hidden anyway. It was not possible to find the score of this final, but a report in "Le Figaro" said it was a very hard-fought contest.
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Rollo
Nov 29th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Added Mark:)

That was very important information that fills in a huge gap. By the way I do have a score for the final-it was 6-3 6-1.

newmark401
Nov 29th, 2010, 06:51 PM
Added Mark:)

That was very important information that fills in a huge gap. By the way I do have a score for the final-it was 6-3 6-1.

I know "wikipedia" gives the score of the 1897 French Closed Championships women's singles final as 6-3, 6-1, but that doesn't sound like a closely-fought contest to me. I couldn't confirm that score anywhere else, so I didn't include it.

Rollo
Mar 2nd, 2011, 04:08 AM
Added a note on status of Pacific Coast event for this year.

Jimbo109
Oct 21st, 2011, 10:17 PM
July 3-5, Sleepy Hollow Tournament, Tarrytown, NY, USA
Venue: Sleepy Hollow TC

FI: Miss Silver d. Miss Ewings 8-6 6-2

MX: Silver/Thayer d. Ewings/Milliard 6-3 6-3

DavidK
Nov 13th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Above addition from Jimbo added into thread

Jimbo109
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:15 AM
April

April 5-10, Covered Courts Championships, London, England (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Queen’s Club

CR: Edith Austin (holder) d. Ruth Dyas 9-11 6-4 12-10
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The exact tournament's name was "British Covered Court Championships", not to be confused with the "London Covered Court Championships" of following years, also played at Queen's Club.

DavidK
Apr 12th, 2012, 09:17 PM
"British" added to Covered Courts

Jimbo109
Apr 23rd, 2012, 06:59 PM
began August 25 Niagara-on-the-Lake International, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (Grass)

CR: Juliette Atkinson (US) (holder) d. Mrs E. Smith 6-4 7-5

CR: Juliette Atkinson (USA) (holder) d. Maude Delano-Osborne Smith 6-4, 7-5

Rollo
Apr 27th, 2012, 04:43 PM
Added-thanks Jimbo.

Jimbo109
May 21st, 2012, 08:26 AM
August 12-15, Pacific Northwest Championships, Tacoma, USA

FI: Miss Riley d. ??

DF: Miss Frere/Mrs Langley d. Riley/Miss Struve ??

MX: Frere/J.F.Foulkes d. Struve/Hurd 2 sets to 1

DavidK
May 27th, 2012, 03:02 PM
PNW added - I'm only 6 days behind you now!

Jimbo109
Jun 10th, 2012, 01:32 PM
Circa April 18, Tasmanian Championship, Launceston?

FI G. Swan d. Nina Rock



Info provided by GeeTee

in Launceston

FI: G. Swan d. Nina Rock 6-2 6-2

DavidK
Jun 16th, 2012, 03:00 PM
Tasmanian score added and Launceton ? removed

newmark401
Nov 17th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Here is the text of a letter written to "The Field" sports newspaper by Bertha Steedman concerning a report on her play at the 1897 edition of the Northumberland Championships in Newcastle. The report had appeared in the edition of "The Field" published on 7 August 1897. Bertha Steedman's letter was printed in the edition of 21 August 1897:

"The Ladies' Singles at the Northumberland Tournament

"Sir,

"I shall be obliged by your allowing me space in your columns to reply to certain statements made in your issue of August 7 by the reporter of lawn tennis in reference to the Northumberland meeting. He states: 'It was with great difficulty that Miss Steedman could be prevailed upon to face Mrs [Blanche] Hillyard for the final round of the ladies' singles, and even then she played only one set before retiring.'

"Whatever difficulty I made, I had certainly just cause; for it is impossible for a lady to play four hard matches on one day, and to do herself justice, as was the case with me. I started to play on Saturday morning at 11.30 in the semi-final of the mixed doubles, and the match was not finished until 12.45. At 2.30 I played one set against Mrs Hillyard in the ladies' singles and then retired. At 3.30 the final of the ladies' doubles commenced, and was not finished until 4.30. Half an hour later I had to play in the final of the mixed doubles, which took more than an hour. A lady ought not to be asked to do more than this.

"The semi-final of the mixed doubles ought to have been played off on Friday. On Friday I had pointed out to the referee that, unless I played the final of the mixed doubles that day, it was possible I might have to play all these four matches on Saturday, and said I could not do it, and should scratch to Mrs Hillyard. I was assured that I should not have all four matches to play. I think, therefore, in fairness, it must be admitted that I had excellent reason for playing only one set.

"The reporter says I should have scratched before the final if I did not intend to play; but how was I to know I should be left in for all three finals, or that the matches would be so arranged as to necessitate my scratching? The reporter also utterly ignores the fact that in the other two events I had someone to consider beside myself.

"I am prepared to play three finals if I have the good luck to be in for them, but I do draw the line at semi-finals on the same day. It is unnecessary to notice the reporter's remarks about one's duty to the public and the committee, beyond saying that the honorary secretary actually thanked me for playing even one set, and agreed that I had good reason for only playing one.

"Bertha Steedman

"High Ercall Hall, Wellington, Salop."
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Rollo
Nov 17th, 2012, 06:53 PM
Thank you Mark for that rare and detailed first-person account.

Jimbo109
Nov 19th, 2012, 11:32 AM
Info provided by Newmark401

August, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: Mrs White d. Henrietta Govey Horncastle 6-3 6-3

DavidK
Nov 24th, 2012, 01:10 PM
East of England edited in

newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 09:42 AM
Thank you Mark for that rare and detailed first-person account.

When you are bastardizing other members' contriubtions you often tend to leave out vital information, change the format or even add spelling and grammatical mistakes. This is very annoying and makes a mockery of the original contribution. Could you not simply copy and paste the original contribution, crediting the poster?
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 09:44 AM
August 17-19, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FI: Mrs White d. N. Bloxsome 6-4, 6-4
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 11:22 AM
April 16-19, French Covered Court Championships, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Tennis Club de Paris

FI: Adine Masson d. Mrs Hausburg 7-5 6-4

The women's singles event at this tournament went into decline in the years circa 1898-1903.
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April 16-19, French Covered Court Championships, Paris, France (Indoors on Wood)
Venue: Tennis Club de Paris

SF: Adine Masson d. Edith Riseley* (GBR) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
SF: Phoebe Hausburg* (GBR) d. Miss Rooke (GBR) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
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FI: Adine Masson d. Phoebe Hausburg (GBR) 7-5, 6-4

Note: The women's singles event at this tournament went into decline in the years circa 1898-1903.
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XDF: Robert B. Hough (GBR)/Adine Masson d. Stanley Riseley* (GBR)/Miss Rooke (GBR) 6-2, 6-3

* These three players were siblings. A fourth sibling, Frank Riseley (the best player in the family), was runner-up in the men's singles event at this tournament in 1897.
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 11:30 AM
June 30-July 3, Sheffield and Hallamshire, South Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Ruth Dyas d. Miss Smyth 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
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Rollo
Aug 21st, 2013, 01:03 PM
When you are bastardizing other members' contributions you often tend to leave out vital information, change the format or even add spelling and grammatical mistakes. This is very annoying and makes a mockery of the original contribution. Could you not simply copy and paste the original contribution, crediting the poster?
-----I will and do gladly acknowledge errors-point it out to me and I'll look at or correct it. If if's vital I'll include it.

I reserve the right to change the format, as we are dealing with multiple years and multiple formats. One example is the way you and I deal with mixed results.It's a women's tennis forum, so the female comes first in mixed results.

Another difference exists with commas. I find them a nuisance as well as taking up space. Leave them in your format or results-that's fine. Don't expect me to include them.

Others original contributions are there for the record for those who wish to compare.

Comments are welcome. But don't throw stones without expecting to have them hurled back at you: note your own spelling error above. Surely not the first or last. Quite often that you have difficulty owning up to your own errors. I've can't recall seeing an "excuse me" or "sorry", etc.

Contributions added-thank you.

Jimbo109
Sep 17th, 2013, 11:17 AM
Early August

August 4-6, West of Scotland Championships, Castle Wemyss, Fife, Scotland (Grass)



In Scotland there were 2 Castle Wemyss: in West of Scotland and in East of Scotland.

The above Fife county is in East of Scotland, where there is a Castle Wemyss
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wemyss_Castle

The Castle Wemyss in West of Scotland (demolished in 1984) was in Wemyss Bay, Inverclyde.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Wemyss

Therefore:
August 4-6, West of Scotland Championships, Castle Wemyss, Wemyss Bay, Scotland (Grass)

newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:08 PM
April 5-10, Covered Court Championships, Queen's Club, London, England (Indoors on wood)

Draw of 4

1R = First round

1R: Ruth Dyas d. Henrietta Horncastle 6-3, 6-1

E. Wigram had a bye.
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ACF: Ruth Dyas d. E. Wigram 6-2, 6-1
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CR: Edith Austin (holder) d. Ruth Dyas 9-11, 6-4, 12-10
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:12 PM
May 31-June 5, Middlesex Championships, Chiswick Park, London, England (Grass)

Draw of 7

1R = First round

1R: Edith Austin d. Ursula Templeman 6-1, 6-0
1R: Ellen Thynne d. E. Hutton, walkover

Two players had a bye.
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SF: Edith Austin d. E. Moseley 6-0, 6-0
SF: Ellen Thynne d. Henrietta Horncastle 6-1, 6-4
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ACF: Edith Austin d. Ellen Thynne 6-0, 6-2
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CR: Charlotte Cooper (holder) d. Edith Austin 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:15 PM
June 7-12, Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

Draw of 13

1R = First round

1R: Miss Becher d. Miss Tootell 7-5, 6-4
1R: E. Wigram d. M. Rooke 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
1R: Ruth Pennington-Legh d. Miss Smythe 6-1, 6-1
1R: E. Morgan d. Ursula Templeman 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

Four players had a bye.
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QF: Edith Austin d. C. Morgan 6-1, 6-0
QF: Miss Becher d. E. Wigram, walkover
QF: Miss Rutherglen d. Miss Carter 6-4, 6-4
QF: E. Morgan d. Ruth Pennington-Legh 7-5, 3-6, 9-7
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SF: Edith Austin d. Miss Becher 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
SF: E. Morgan d. Miss Rutherglen, walkover
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FI: Edith Austin d. E. Morgan 6-2, 6-0

From "The Field", June 19, 1897: "Saturday. The Beckenham Cricket Club Grounds were seen to advantage this afternoon, the weather being beautifully bright and fine, although too sultry for the players to show at their very best; it was wonderful that they could play at all, so extreme was the heat. Special arrangements had been made as to the courts in the expectation that some 2,000 spectators would be looking on during the afternoon, and this expectation was certainly fulfilled. The two centre single courts were netted round in a large circle, and this gave almost everyone a chance of witnessing the best matches, while those who preferred seeing the doubles had the same advantage in another part of the ground. The two centre courts were in grand condition, playing very true and well, this being all the more wonderful as no part of the cricket pitch was touched upon. [...]

"Last year Miss Austin won the Beckenham Cup outright, so this tournament she played through the rounds, and once again gained the Kent Open Championships, not finding one of her opponents able to win a set from her except Miss Becher."
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:27 PM
June 14-19, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

Draw of

1R = First round

1R: Charlotte Cooper d. N. Forster 6-1, 6-0
1R: Ida Cressy d. Maud Garfit 6-2, 6-3
1R: Blanche Hillyard d. E. Vaudrey, walkover
1R: Ellen Cressy d. Muriel Robb 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Four players had a bye.
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QF: Charlotte Cooper d. Ida Cressy 6-4, 6-2
QF: Ruth Dyas d. M. Alison 6-2, 6-2
QF: Lucy Kendal d. E. Makinson 6-4, 6-3
QF: Ellen Cressy d. Blanche Hillyard 13-11, 3-6, 7-5
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SF: Charlotte Cooper d. Ruth Dyas 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
SF: Ellen Cressy d. Lucy Kendal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
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FI: Charlotte Cooper d. Ellen Cressy 7-5, 6-3
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CR: Charlotte Cooper d. Louisa Martin (holder) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:31 PM
July 12-17, London Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Grass)

Draw of 8

QF: Charlotte Cooper d. Henrietta Horncastle 6-0, 6-1
QF: Berly Tulloch d. Miss Montagu 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
QF: Ruth Pennington-Legh d. Miss Miles 6-0, 6-0
QF: Edith Austin d. Ursula Templeman, walkover
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SF: Charlotte Cooper d. Beryl Tulloch 8-10, 6-3, 8-6
SF: Edith Austin d. Ruth Penningnton-Legh 6-0, 6-0
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FI: Charlotte Cooper d. Edith Austin 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:36 PM
July 26-31, Northumberland Championships, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

Draw of 21

1R = First round

1R: Ruth Dyas d. Minnie Hunter 6-3, 6-3
1R: Lucy Kendal d. L. Doig 6-1, 6-1
1R: Miss Stephenson d. Miss Lewis 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
1R: Alice Pickering d. Miss Lister 6-2, 6-2
1R: Bertha Steedman d. Madeline O'Neill 6-2, 6-1

Eleven players had a bye.
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2R = Second round

2R: Blanche Hillyard d. Miss Bowey 6-1, 6-1
2R: Ruth Dyas d. Lucy Kendal 6-3, 6-1
2R: Miss Dickinson d. M. Thorp 9-7, 6-3
2R: Constance Hill d. M. Robinson 6-2, 6-3
2R: Ida Cressy d. Muriel Robb 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
2R: Mrs P. Morton d. Bertha Holder 6-2, 6-3
2R: Ellen Cressy d. Miss Stephenson 6-3, 6-3
2R: Bertha Steedman d. Alice Pickering 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
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QF: Blanche Hillyard d. Ruth Dyas 6-3, 6-2
QF: Constance Hill d. Miss Dickinson 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
QF: Ida Cressy d. Mrs P. Morton 6-2, 6-0
QF: Bertha Steedman d. Ellen Cressy 6-1, 6-3
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SF: Blanche Hillyard d. Constance Hill 6-4, 6-2
SF: Bertha Steedman d. Ida Cressy 6-2, 2-0, retired
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FI: Blanche Hillyard d. Bertha Steedman 6-3, retired
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:44 PM
August 2-7, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

Draw of 15

1R = First round

1R: Violet Pinckney d. N. Bloxsome 6-1, 8-6
1R: B. Peck d. L. Davies 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
1R: E. Morant d. C. Bloxsome 6-2, 6-3
1R: Mrs Harvey d. D. Compton-Lundie 6-3, 6-3
1R: Edith Riseley d. S. Smith, walkover
1R: Maud Garfit d. E. Peck 6-4, 6-1
1R: Elsie Pinckney d. Miss Carter, walkover

Phoebe Hausburg had a bye.
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QF: Violet Pinckney d. B. Peck 6-0, 6-2
QF: Mrs Harvey d. E. Morant 6-2, 6-3
QF: Edith Riseley d. Maud Garfit 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
QF: Elsie Pinckney d. Phoebe Hausburg 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
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SF: Violet Pinckney d. Mrs Harvey 6-3, 6-3
SF: Elsie Pinckney d. Edith Riseley 6-8, 8-6, 6-4
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FI: Violet Pinckney d. Elsie Pinckney, walkover
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:49 PM
August 10-14, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 10

1R = First round

1R: Alice Pickering d. Mrs Mott 6-2, 6-3
1R: Blanche Hillyard d. Mrs Heatley 6-3, 6-0

Six players had a bye.
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QF: Alice Pickering d. Madeline O'Neill 6-1, 6-1
QF: Miss Wolfenden d. Miss Rooke 6-3, 6-1
QF: Muriel Robb d. Miss Wadsworth 6-3, 6-3
QF: Blanche Hillyard d. A. Clarke 6-2, 6-1
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SF: Alice Pickering d. Miss Wolfenden 6-0, 6-0
SF: Blanche Hillyard d. Muriel Robb 5-7, 6-1, 10-8
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FI: Alice Pickering d. Blanche Hillyard 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 06:53 PM
September 6-11, Sussex Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Grass)

Draw of 17

1R = First round

1R: Charlotte Cooper d. C. Morgan, walkover
1R: Elsie Pinckney d. M. Stonham 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
1R: Helen Pillans d. Miss Tootell 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
1R: Edith Austin d. Ursula Templeman, walkover
1R: Amy Kirby d. Maud Garfit 6-4, 6-4
1R: Ellen Thynne d. C. Bloxsome 6-2, 6-1
1R: Phoebe Hausburg d. E. Wolfenden 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
1R: Elsie Lane d. Miss Smythe, walkover
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QF: Charlotte Cooper d. Elsie Pinckney 6-1, 6-2
QF: Edith Austin d. Helen Pillans 6-2, 6-2
QF: Amy Kirby d. Ellen Thynne 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
QF: Elsie Lane d. Phoebe Hausburg 6-2, 6-1
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SF: Charlotte Cooper d. Edith Austin 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
SF: Elsie Lane d. Amy Kirby 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
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ACF: Charlotte Cooper d. Elsie Lane 6-2, 6-3
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CR: Charlotte Cooper d. Blanche Hillyard (holder) 7-5, 7-5
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newmark401
Sep 28th, 2013, 07:06 PM
September 13-18, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

Draw of 29

1R = First round

1R: Charlotte Cooper d. Hon. Miss Heneage 6-0, 6-1
1R: E. Morgan d. Alice Greene 7-5, 6-3
1R: Miss Bloxsome d. Mrs R. Gosling 6-1, 6-1
1R: Ellen Thynne d. Toupie Lowther 6-2, 6-4
1R: Miss Hughes d. Mrs Philpot 6-3, 6-1
1R: Henrica Ridding d. Henrietta Horncastle 4-6, 6-3, 11-9
1R: Maud Garfit d. C. Webber 6-1, 6-0
1R: Ursula Templeman d. E. Mott 6-0, 6-1
1R: Miss Tootell d. E. Windsor 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
1R: E. Wolfenden d. Katherine Pillans 6-8, 8-6, retired
1R: Miss Plaskitt d. Helen Pillans 0-6, 10-8, 8-6
1R: Elsie Pinckney d. Amy Kirby 6-1, 7-5

Four players had a bye.
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2R = Second round

2R: Charlotte Cooper d. E. Morgan 6-0, 6-1
2R: Ellen Thynne d. Miss Bloxsome 6-2, 6-0
2R: Henrica Ridding d. Miss Hughes 12-10, 9-7
2R: Ruth Pennington-Legh d. C. Morgan 6-2, 6-2
2R: Maud Garfit d. Ursula Templeman 6-1, 6-2
2R: E. Wolfenden d. Miss Tootell 6-3, 7-5
2R: Elsie Pinckney d. Miss Plaskitt 6-4, 6-0
2R: Edith Austin d. Miss Buszard 6-3, 6-0
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QF: Charlotte Cooper d. Ellen Thynne 6-3, 6-2
QF: Ruth Pennington-Legh d. Henrica Ridding 6-4, 6-4
QF: Maud Garfit d. E. Wolfenden 8-6, 6-0
QF: Edith Austin d. Elsie Pinckney 6-4, 6-8, 6-2
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SF: Charlotte Cooper d. Ruth Pennington-Legh 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
SF: Edith Austin d. Maud Garfit 6-2, 6-4
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ACF: Charlotte Cooper d. Edith Austin 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
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CR: Charlotte Cooper d. Blanche Hillyard (holder) 6-4, 6-0
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newmark401
Apr 17th, 2014, 12:37 PM
June 5-8, Hexham, Northumberland, England (Grass)

FI: Lucy Kendal d. Miss Lister 6-0, 6-3
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newmark401
Apr 17th, 2014, 12:40 PM
June 14-19, Kent County Championships, Blackheath, Kent, England (Grass)

CR: Phoebe Hausburg d. Gertrude Baylay* (holder) 6-3, 6-1

* The married name of Gertrude Wilson, sister of Constance and Amy.
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newmark401
Apr 17th, 2014, 12:42 PM
August 2-5, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

FI: Henrica Ridding d. G. Beavis 6-1, 6-0
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newmark401
Apr 17th, 2014, 12:42 PM
August 24-27, Criccieth, Wales (Grass)

CR: Miss Makinson d. M. Pick (holder) 6-3, 6-3
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Jimbo109
Apr 27th, 2014, 08:21 PM
June 14-19, Kent County Championships, Blackheath, Kent, England (Grass)

CR: Phoebe Hausburg d. Gertrude Baylay* (holder) 6-3, 6-1

* The married name of Gertrude Wilson, sister of Constance and Amy.
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Georgina Wilson, not Gertrude, is Mrs Baylay.
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=29155025&postcount=2567

Is Gertrude another sister?
And it don't seem that Constance Wilson was sister of Amy and Georgina.