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Rollo
Jul 20th, 2010, 02:29 PM
January through June

Much of this information comes from original research by Newmark

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May 4-7, First Intercolonial Lawn Tennis Tournament (New South Wales Championships),
Venue: Association Grounds, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia (Grass)

Draw=9

1R: Ada Rodd d Miss Lee '2 sets to 1'
1R: Annie Lamb d Emmaline Bloxsome
1R: Miss Gordon d Mrs Murray 'a hard contest'
1R: Miss Fitzgerald d Miss Scarvell
1R: Miss Gibson - bye

QF: Lamb d Rodd 6-2 6-5
QF: Gordon d Gibson 6-3 6-1
QF: Fitzgerald - bye!

SF: Lamb d Fitzgerald 6-2 6-4
SF: Gordon -bye

FI: Annie Lamb d Miss Gordon 6-5 6-4

Mixed Doubles

1R: Miss Lee/Clive Smith d Miss Gibson/Gibson
1R: Annie Lamb/Charles Cropper d Miss Scarvell/Bruce Ismay (GB)
1R: Miss Manning/Whyte d Gordon/Gordon
1R: Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert D Fitzgerald d Miss Macdonald/Webb walkoer
1R: Miss Cox/Coldham d Bloxsome/Riddell
1R: Nellie Want/W.J.B. Salmon (GB) d Mrs Murray/Martin
1R: Ada Rodd/Charles Metcalfe-bye

QF: Lamb/Cropper d Lee/Smith 6-2 6-2
QF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Manning/Whyte 6-2 6-2
QF: Rodd/Metcalfe d Cox/Coldham 6-3 2-6 6-3
QF: Want/Salmon -bye

SF: Lamb/Cropper d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 6-2 6-5
SF: Want/Salmon d Rodd/Metcalfe 4-6 6-5 6-4

FI: Annie Lamb/Charles Cropper d Nellie Want/Salmon GBR 6-1 6-1

Notes:

The odd 'bye' in differing rounds was common in 1885.

Mr Bruce Ismay became infamous in April of 1912 due to his involvement in the Titanic disaster.

Mrs Sydney WANT (nee Ellen Frances 'Nellie' DOYLE from 1873) Born Sydney 1853, Died England (appendicitis) on 25 January 1922. Listed as Mrs Want in contemporary news accounts.

Summary:

"Miss Gordon played up very well, but Miss Lamb's backhanded returns were too good for her. Miss Lamb played a remarkable game for a lady, as she came into the service line and volleyed throughout her matches, her backhand volley being especially severe. The ladies all through played a fairly good game, but they require to practice the backhanders."

Links to event notices:
http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/intercolonial-lawn-tennis-tournament-2-12550.html
http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/intercolonial-lawn-tennis-tournament-3-12556.html
http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/-intercolonial-lawn-tennis-tournament-4-12562.html
http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/-intercolonial-lawn-tennis-tournament-5-12586.html
http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/-intercolonial-lawn-tennis-6-12591.html

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May 18-26, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square

Singles (Draw=14)

1R: Maud Watson d. A. Palmer 6-0 6-0
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Connie Butler 6-3 1-6 6-4
1R: Lena Rice d. Miss Palmer default
1R: Florence Mardall d. G. Butler 6-4 6-1

1R: Adela Langrishe-bye
1R: Lilian Watson-bye
1R: A. Fullerton d. "Mrs Smith" default
1R: Louisa Martin d. May Langrishe 6-3 6-3

QF: M Watson d. B Langrishe 6-1 6-4
QF: Mardall d. Rice default
QF: A Langrishe d. L Watson 6-4, 6-4
QF: Martin d. Fullerton default

SF: M Watson d Mardall 6-1 6-2
SF: Martin d. A Langrishe 6-1 6-3

FI: Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin 6-2 4-6 6-3

Doubles

SF Maud Watson (GB)/Lilian Watson (GB) d. Beatrice Langrishe/Louisa Martin ????

FI: Lilian Watson (GB)/Maud Watson (GB)d. Adela Langrishe/May Langrishe 6-2 6-4

MX: Maud Watson (GB)/William Renshaw (GB) d. Miss Ramsay/Ernest Browne 6-4 6-1 6-4

This year, on her debut at the Irish Championships, Louisa Martin, from County Leitrim, Ireland, reached the final. She would go on to have arguably the most successful career of any Irish female tennis player. Born Louisa, she is usually listed as Louise in British sources. In addition she is occasionally referred to as "Molly" Martin.

3,00 watch the final, where Watson squeeks past the volleying of Martin. "The match was described as the best ever played by ladies." Maud takes the hat trick by also claiming the mixed and ladies doubles titles.

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May 20-25, Whitehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Jane Meikle d. J Ferguson 6-0 6-0

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May 25-30, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=12)


1R: Grace Gibbs d. M. Wilder 6-4 6-3
1R: Alice Bagnall-Wild d. C. Martyn 2-6 6-2 6-3
1R: Mrs Hill-bye
1R: C Bennett-bye

1R: Mrs Hornsby-bye
1R: Miss Langley-bye
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Edith Gurney 6-2 6-3
1R: Edith Davies d. N. Pope 6-3 6-2

QF: Gibbs d. Bagnall-Wild 6-5 6-2
QF: Hill d. Bennett 6-1 4-6 6-3
QF: Hornby d. Langley 6-2 6-1
QF: Davies d. Bracewell 6-3 6-5

SF: Gibbs d. Hill 6-1 6-1
SF: Davies d. Hornby 6-5 6-5

FI: Grace Gibbs d. Edith Davies 2-6 6-4 6-0

DF: Grace Gibbs/Edith Gurney d. C Bennett/M Wilder 6-4 6-3

MX: Miss Carpenter/Donald Stewart d. Miss Knightley/WC Taylor 6-3 7-5

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June 1-6, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=14)

1R: Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin 6-2 6-3
1R: Mrs Hill d. S. Palmer 6-3 6-3
1R: Edith Davies d. B. Holden 6-3, 6-3
1R: Miss Cornford-bye

1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Edith Gurney default
1R: Florence Mardall d. F. Davies 6-4 4-6 6-1
1R: Connie Butler d. Margaret Bracewell 6-2 4-6 6-3
1R: Grace Gibbs-bye

QF: M Watson d. Hill 6-0 6-0
QF: Davies d. Cornford 6-2 5-6 6-3
QF: B Langrishe d. Mardall 6-5 6-1
QF: Butler d. Gibbs 3-6 6-2 6-3

SF: M Watson d. Davies 6-0 6-3
SF: Butler d. B Langrishe 3-6 6-4 6-4

FI: Maud Watson d. Connie Butler 6-3 6-1

DF: Connie Butler/Louisa Martin d. Edith Davies/Florence Mardall 6-4 6-5

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Beatrice Langrishe/Charles L. Sweet 11-9 6-2 6-3


Maud beats L Martin 6-2 6-3 in R1, there being no seeding and goes on to only loses a few games in next 3 matches.

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June 8-13, Kilkenny County and City Tournament*, Archersfield, County Kilkenny, Ireland (Grass)

SF: May Langrishe (owes 30) d. Mabel Cahill (scratch) 6-3 6-4
SF: Miss Neville (half 30 and 2 bisques)- bye

FI: May Langrishe d. Miss Neville 6-1 6-8 6-4

The women's singles event at this tournament appears to have been "handicap" only at least up to the final.

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June 8-13, London Championships, Stamford Bridge, London, England
Venue: London Athletic Club

1R: Maud Watson d. B. James 6-4 6-0
1R: Lilian Watson d. S. Wing 6-4 6-0
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Ida Watson 6-2 6-0
1R: Beatrice Langrishe-bye.

SF: M Watson d. Bingley 6-4 6-2
SF: L Watson d. Langrishe 6-2 6-3

FI: Maud Watson d. Lilian Watson 6-2 6-3

MX: Maud Watson/Harry Grove d. Blanche Bingley/E. Barrat-Smith 6-2 6-2

The was the inaugural London Championships tournament. The London Times lists players by club, indicating that Blanche is a member of the London Athletic Club, while the Watson sisters represent Berkeswell Athletic Club.

Blanche won the Handicap singles over fellow clubmate Miss I Canning.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886): "The London Athletic Club were so satisfied with the success of their tournament of last year, that it was determined this season to institute London Championships for both ladies and gentlemen, and to this end offered challenge cups, in addition to valuable first prizes, in order to induce good entries. Somehow or other, the number of those who sent in their names for these events was very limited, there being only fifteen for the gentlemen's and seven for the ladies'."

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June 13-19, Waterloo, Liverpool, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=7)

1R: M. Cuthbertson-bye
1R: Lottie Dod d. B. Harris 6-2 6-0
1R: Ann Dod d. Edith Davies 6-2 2-6 6-4
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Beatrice Langrishe 2-6 6-2 6-5

SF: L Dod d. Cuthbertson 6-2, 6-1
SF: Bracewell d. A Dod 6-3 6-4

FI: Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell 6-4 6-2

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell/Edith Davies 6-4 6-1 7-5

MX: Lottie Dod/Mr Edmondson d. Miss Cornelius/Mr Brown 6-1 8-6

This tournament marked the first appearance in open singles play for the 13-year-old Lottie Dod. She wins a hat trick by sweeping all 3 events. The women’s doubles final was played over the best of five sets.

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June 15-17, Acton Vale, East Acton, London, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Miss Day 6-0 6-2

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June 16-19, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)

MX: Mrs Clarke/JC Kay d. Miss Edlmann/H Emmons 7-5 1-6 8-6

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June 18-20, Brincliffe Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England (Grass)
Venue: Brincliffe Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Beatrice Wood d. Florence Mardall 6-1 6-0

MX: Florence Mardall/John Charles Kay d. Miss Hobson/Hamilton A. Emmons (US) 7-5 3-6 6-4


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June 20-27, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=13)

1R: Maud Watson d. Florence Mardall default
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Moult 6-0 6-0
1R: Ann Dod d. Miss Anstruther 6-1 6-1
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss D'Oyly 6-1 6-2

1R: Lilian Watson d. Miss Brierly 6-0 6-0
1R: C. Mason-bye
1R: Miss Petrie-bye
1R: Lottie Dod-bye

QF: M Watson d. Bracewell 6-4 6-4
QF: Langrishe d. A Dod 6-1 6-3
QF: L Watson d. Mason 6-1 6-0
QF: L Dod d. Petrie 6-5 6-1

SF: M Watson d. Langrishe 6-3 6-5
SF: L Dod d. L Watson 6-4 4-6 6-3

FI: Maud Watson d Lottie Dod 8-6 7-5

CR: Maud Watson d Edith Davies (holder) 6-3 6-3

DF: Won by Ann Dodd/Lottie Dod

MX: Maud Watson/William Renshaw d. Margaret Bracewell/James Dwight (US) 6-2 6-3

The "Little Wonder" Lottie Dod presses the Wimbledon champ in final.

Beatrice Langrishe had the nickname of "Bee".

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June 29-July 3, Edgbaston Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England (Grass)
Venue: Edgbaston Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Mary Steedman 6-3 6-2

DF: Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman d. Margaret Bracewell/F. Mardall 6-4 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/W.W. Chamberlain d. Beatrice Langrishe/W.H. Mahon 6-3 6-1 6-1

At this point in time the Midland Counties Championship Cup events at this tournament were only local in nature. The above results are for the open events. The mixed doubles was a best of five sets final.

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Unknown date, Ealing Lawn Tennis Tournament, GB

FI Charlotte Cooper won

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Unknown date, Natal Championships, Durban, South Africa

FI: Mabel Grant d. L. Button 18-8

Rollo
Jul 20th, 2010, 02:32 PM
July through December

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July 14-17, The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)
Venue: The All-England Club


Singles (Draw=10)

No foreign entries, though Langrishe was Irish, at this time Ireland wasn't independent. Her listing as Irish here is a therefor a bit of an anachronism.

First Round

Blanche Bingley d. L. M. Nash 6-2 6-2
Mrs. Dransfield -bye
Jane Meickle d. Lilian Watson 6-3 4-6 6-4
Edith Gurney-bye
E. F. Hudson -bye
Bryan--bye
May Langrishe (Ire)-bye
Maud Watson-bye

Quarterfinals

Bingley d. Dransfield default
Gurney d. Meikle 6-3 4-6 6-4
Hudson d. Bryan 6-3 6-0
Watson d. Langrishe 6-0 6-2

Semifinals

Bingley d. Gurney 6-1 6-2
Watson d. Hudson 6-0 6-1

Final

Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 6-1 7-5

Maud never missed a service return for the entire match in the final. Maud was the first of the "unbeatables", going with out a defeat from 1881 to 1886.

A Challenge Cup was offered in the women’s singles event for the first time this year. There would be a Challenge Round from 1886 until 1922.

While men's play began on July 4, the ladies did not start until Tuesday, July 4, at 3 PM. This was after the conclusion of men's play in the singles. The men's "Four handed Championships" (doubles) was contested during the same dates.

A large gathering came for the second round, attracted by the presence of MAud Watson and the Renshaw brothers. Bingley advanced due to the absence of Mrs Dransfield.

4,000 came for the men's singles final. The Times didn't provide figures for the ladies final.

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July 20-25, Chiswick Park Tournament, London, England (Grass)
Venue: Chiswick Park

FI: Edith Gurney (owes half 15) d. Blanche Bingley (owes half 30) 1-6 7-5 6-0

MX: Blanche Bingley/Harry Grove d. Beatrice Langrishe/Ernest Lewis 6-3 4-6 6-4

* This year the women's singles event at this tournament was "handicap" only.

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July 22-25, Newcastle, Northumberland, England (Grass)

DF: Connie Butler/Miss Marley d. Miss Cheese/E. Cheese 3-6 6-2 6-4

MX: Connie Butler/C Liddell d. W. Fenwick/John Galbraith Horn 6-2 3-6 6-3


This is the future Northumberland Championships (this year the main men’s singles event had the title Championships of Northumberland Gentlemen’s Singles Challenge Cup). It is not clear whether or not there was a women's singles event this year.


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July 23-25, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (Grass)

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Agnes Watts 6-2 8-6

MX: Margaret Bracewell/W.W. Chamberlain d. Agnes Watts/Frederick Watts 6-2 6-1

Note that in contemporary sources Agnes was listed as Mrs F Watts.

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August 3-6, Darlington, Durham, England (Grass)

FI: Florence Stanuell d. Connie Butler 6-0 7-5

DF: Connie Butler/Miss Marley d. Miss Langley/Mrs C.J. Smith 6-4 0-6 6-3

MX: Connie Butler/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Florence Stanuell/Howard G. Pease 6-4 6-1

* The two losing doubles finalists were sisters.

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August 10-14, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Davies 6-2 5-7 6-3

DF: Blanche Bingley/Beatrice Langrishe d. Margaret Bracewell/Edith Davies 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-3

MX: Blanche Bingley/Harry Grove d. Margaret Bracewell/James Dwight (US) 7-5 6-2

* The doubles final was a best-of-five-sets match.

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August 16-18, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=6)

1R: E. Huxham d. Miss Punch 8-6 6-3
1R: Mrs Surman-bye
1R: Mrs Hornby-bye
1R: Miss Halford d. Miss Hodgson 2-6 6-2 7-5

SF: Surman d. Huxham 1-6 6-3 6-2
SF: Hornby d. Halford 6-1 6-1

FI: "Mrs Surman and Mrs Hornby drew for prizes, the former taking the first." (Source: "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886))

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Circa August 17-22, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Mabel Boulton d. Beatrice Wood 6-2 6-2

DF: Margaret Bracewell/Mrs Hill d. Mabel Boulton/Miss Cornford 6-4 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Mrs Hill/Ernest Browne 6-1 9-7

This particular tournament was not the precursor to the North of England Championships, but was the Yorkshire Association tournament usually held at at another venue, e.g. Harrogate.

Winner Mabel Boulton was Yorkshire born.

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August 18-22, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Ann Dod d. J. Forrest 6-0, 6-0

DF: Miss Cornelius/Ann Dod d. Miss Fyfe/G. Fyfe 6-2 7-5

MX: L. Murray/W. Ferguson d. H. Lyell/B.S. Cave 0-6 7-5 6-3

* Ann is the elder sister of Lottie Dod. Ann Dod enjoyed some success in the singles events in a small number of tournaments, particularly in Scotland.

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August 24-29, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

Singles (Draw=37)

1R: Elizabeth Mocatta d. Mrs R.P. Earwaker default
1R: Edith Gurney d. F. Otrell default
1R: Edith Davies d. Mrs Hill 6-1 6-4
1R: Agnes Watts d. "Miss Rog" 6-5 6-4
1R: Florence Mardall d. Effie Noon 6-2 6-5

2R: Blanche Bingley d. M. Crossley 6-3 6-1
2R: H. Hopkins d. Mrs Craig default
2R: Bertha Steedman d. K. Hopkins 6-0 6-0
2R: Florence Stanuell d. Winifred Fenwick 6-0 6-0
2R: Mary Steedman d. F. Pearson 6-1 5-6 6-0
2R: Mrs H. Hornby d. K. Cornford 6-1 6-4
2R: May Marriott d. Mocatta 5-6 6-2 6-1
2R: Davies d. Gurney 6-4 6-2
2R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss D'Oyly 6-0, 6-2
2R: J. Wray d. Alice Meakin 6-2 6-3
2R: L. Coke d. Miss Noon default
2R: Miss Mc Pherson d. Mrs C. Ross 6-, 6-3
2R: Watts d. Mardall 6-5 6-2
2R: Miss Surtees d. Gertrude Bracewell 6-1 6-4
2R: Miss Steedman d. N. Wary 6-1 6-4
2R: Louisa Martin d. Connie Butler 6-4 6-4

3R: Bingley d. Hopkins 6-1 6-0
3R: Stanuell d. B Steedman 6-2 6-2
3R: M Steedman d. Hornby 6-4 6-4
3R: Davies d. Marriott 6-3 6-3

3R: Bracewell d. Wray 6-5 6-2
3R: McPherson d. Coke 6-1 6-3
3R: Watts d. MSurtees 4-6 6-4 6-3
3R: Martin d. Steedman 6-2 6-1

QF: Bingley d. Stanuell 6-4 6-4
QF: Davies d. M Steedman 4-6 6-2 6-3
QF: Bracewell d. McPherson 6-1 6-1
QF: Martin d. Watts 6-1 3-6 6-2

SF: Bingely d. Davies 6-2 6-2
SF: Martin d. Bracewell 6-1 6-5

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Louisa Martin 6-3 6-3

DF: Margaret Bracewell/Agnes Watts d. Connie Butler/Louisa Martin 3-6 6-2 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Edith Davies/James Dwight (US) 6-2 6-0

This was the inaugural edition of the All England Ladies' Doubles Championships, which was held at this venue for many years.


Easily the largest ladies singles draw in 1885.

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886): "The great succes of the tournament at Buxton last year of course made it almost imperative on the directors of the Buxton Improvements Company to again hold one this season, and August 24 was the date fixed upon. The committee was again a most representative one, no less than fourteen clubs helping to form the management. Of course, after the able way in which Mr A.J. Harrison had carried on the tournament last season, the directors were only too pleased to again obtain his services in a like capacity.

"The Duke of Devonshire added a challenge cup, value 25 guineas, to the men's open singles, and for the event thirty-eight entries had been received. [...] The ladies's singles, with a 25 guinea challenge cup given by the Duke of Devonshire, closed with thirty-seven entries, and, with the exception of Miss Maud Watson and Miss Lottie Dod, all the best ladies were entered... [...]

"The attendance every day at the gardens was very large, the stand [with room for some six hundred spectators] being extremely well patronised, and must have well repaid the directors for erecting it. The five grass courts had been well looked after by the head gardener, Mr Hogg, and his assistant Mr West, and they certainly deserve great praise for their unwearying attention to its well being. At the conclusion of the tournament Mrs Drewry presented the prizes to the winners after Lieutenant-Colonel Balguy had made a short address. Mr Ayres's championship posts, nets and balls, and Mr Brookes's stop-nets were used, and all gave satisfaction.

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September 7-17, Devonshire Park Tournament, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

Singles (Draw=12)

1R: Blanche Bingley d. Miss Hudson 6-3 6-2
1R: Mrs Cooper d. L. Turner 6-1 6-3
1R: Edith Gurney-bye
1R: Amy Jones-bye

1R: Mrs "Gee" d. Mrs A. Frankau 5-6 6-2 6-1
1R: Alice Strapp d. Miss FitzGibbon 6-4 2-6 7-5
1R: E Putney-bye
1R: Ada Strap-bye

QF: Bingley d. Cooper 6-3 6-0
QF: Gurney d. Jones 6-3 6-3
QF: Alice Strapp d. "Gee" 3-6 6-5 6-1
QF: Ada Strapp d. Putney 6-4 6-3

SF: Bingley d. Gurney 6-2 6-0
SF: Ada Strapp d. Alice Strapp 3-6 6-4 6-3

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Ada Strapp 6-1 6-0

MX: Edith Gurney/William C. Taylor d. Blanche Bingley/Harry Grove default

This was the first real top-quality women’s singles event at this tournament. There was no non-handicap women’s doubles event at many tournaments in the early years. Later considered the South of England Championships

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September 21-26, Sussex County Championships, Brighton, Sussex, England (Hard/Asphalt)
Venue: Hove Rink

Singles (Draw=6)


1R: EF Hudson d. Miss Adshead 6-2 6-2
1R: Elsie Lane-bye
1R: E Bushell-bye
1R: C. Bryan d. Blanche Bingley (owes 30) 6-3 4-6 7-5

SF: EF Hudson d. Lane 6-0 6-3
SF: Bryan d. Bushell 6-1 6-3

FI: EF Hudson d. C Bryan 6-1 6-4

DF: Blanche Bingley/Edith Gurney d. Miss Bridges/Elsie Lane 5-6 6-0 6-1

MX: C Bryan/Charles H.A. Ross d. EF Hudson/ER Hudson 3-6 6-1 6-1

Draw note: The very elusive Miss Bryan had a first name beginning with "C".

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886): "This annual tournament, which marks the conclusion of the lawn tennis season, commenced on September 21st at the Hove Rink, West Brighton. The play was advertised to take place on asphalte courts, two of which had been specially prepared for the tournament. Last year the players complained that the raised banks at each end of the courts were much too near the play, and therefore the committee this season had them set back so as to allow twelve feet between the banks and the baselines. The committee reserved the right to decide all matches in the covered court in case of rain; but, fortunately, they had no necessity to avail themselves of that power, as the weather was favourable throughout the week, though slightly cold for the spectators on the last two days.

"The players usually seen at tournaments did not muster well at this meeting, a fact probably due to a dislike to play on asphalte after playing all the summer on grass. In addition to this, the courts are not well spoken of, and the rink itself is not particularly well suited for a tournament of this description. Under these circumstances, it will not cause much surprise to know that the committee contemplate holding the meeting on grass at an earlier period next year."

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Circa October 5-10, Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)

FI: Mabel Shaw d. Miss Patterson 13-7*

DF: Lydiard/Wilson d ????

* The first player to take thirteen games was the winner.

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Results for other years are in the Women's Database at:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=90372 (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=90372)

GeeTee
Nov 3rd, 2011, 03:53 AM
More details:

30 April - 7 May 1886- First Intercolonial Lawn Tennis Tournament (NSW Championships)
Association Grounds, Moore Park, Sydney (Grass)

Round 1:
Ada Rodd d Miss Lee '2 sets to 1'
Annie Lamb d Emmaline Bloxsome
Miss Gordon d Mrs Murray 'a hard contest'
Miss Fitzgerald d Miss Scarvell
Miss Gibson - bye

Round 2:
Lamb d Rodd 62 65
Gordon d Gibson 63 61
Fitzgerald - bye!

SF Lamb d Fitzgerald 62 64
SF Gordon - bye!

FI Annie Lamb d Miss Gordon 65 64

"Miss Gordon played up very well, but Miss Lamb's backhanded returns were too good for her. Miss Lamb played a remarkable game for a lady, as she came into the service line and volleyed throughout her matches, her backhand volley being especially severe. The ladies all through played a fairly good game, but they require to practice the backhanders."

MIXED
Miss Lee/Clive Smith d Miss Gibson/Gibson
Annie Lamb/Charles Cropper d Miss Scarvell/Ismay
Miss Manning/Whyte d Gordon/Gordon
Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert D Fitzgerald d Miss Macdonald/Webb walkoer
Miss Cox/Coldham d Bloxsome/Riddell
Nellie Want/Salmon GBR d Mrs Murray/Martin
Ada Rodd/Charles Metcalfe bye

QF Lamb/Cropper d Lee/Smith 62 62
QF Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Manning/Whyte 62 62
QF Rodd/Metcalfe d Cox/COldham 63 26 63
QF Want/Salmon - a bye!

SF Lamb/Cropper d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 62 65
SF Want/Salmon d Rodd/Metcalfe 46 65 64

FI Annie Lamb/Charles Cropper d Mrs Want/Salmon GBR 61 61

Mrs Sydney WANT (nee Ellen Frances 'Nellie' DOYLE from 1873) Born Sydney 1853, Died England (appendicitis) on 25 January 1922.

DavidK
Nov 29th, 2011, 04:54 PM
GeeTee - this is a reply in the 1885 thread but date is given as 30-April-7-May 1886. Before I put in the wrong place, could you confirm which year it is.
Thanks
David

GeeTee
Nov 29th, 2011, 05:41 PM
GeeTee - this is a reply in the 1885 thread but date is given as 30-April-7-May 1886. Before I put in the wrong place, could you confirm which year it is.Thanks David
Sorry it's 1885 - my finger must've slipped :(

DavidK
Nov 29th, 2011, 06:29 PM
My recurrent slip back here is not making it 19__ - amazing we are dealing with matches 126 years ago!

Thanks, it has been added to the main chronology.

Rollo
Aug 20th, 2012, 11:46 PM
Added links to the NSW event in May. One of the contestants was J Bruce Ismay-some may know him better as the man whose life was changed forever by the Titanic disaster of 1912.

newmark401
Aug 28th, 2013, 04:13 PM
May 18-26, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Fitzwilliam Square

Draw of 14

1R = First round

1R: Maud Watson d. A. Palmer 6-0, 6-0
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Connie Butler 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
1R: Lena Rice d. Miss Palmer, walkover
1R: Florence Mardall d. G. Butler 6-4, 6-1
1R: A. Fullerton d. "Mrs Smith", walkover
1R: Louisa Martin d. May Langrishe 6-3, 6-3

Adela Langrishe and Lilian Watson had a bye.
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QF: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-1, 6-4
QF: Florence Mardall d. Lena Rice, walkover
QF: Adela Langrishe d. Lilian Watson 6-4, 6-4
QF: Louisa Martin d. A. Fullerton, walkover
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SF: Maud Watson d. Florence Mardall 6-1, 6-2
SF: Louisa Martin d. Adela Langrishe 6-1, 6-3
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FI: Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
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newmark401
Aug 28th, 2013, 04:20 PM
May 25-30, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Draw of 12

1R = First round

1R: Grace Gibbs d. M. Wilder 6-4, 6-3
1R: Alice Bagnall-Wild d. C. Martyn 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Edith Gurney 6-2, 6-3
1R: Edith Davies d. N. Pope 6-3, 6-2

Four players each had a bye.
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QF: Grace Gibbs d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-5, 6-2
QF: Mrs Hill d. Miss Bennett 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
QF: Mrs Hornby d. Miss Langley 6-2, 6-1
QF: Edith Davies d. Margaret Bracewell 6-3, 6-5
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SF: Grace Gibbs d. Mrs Hill 6-1, 6-1
SF: Edith Davies d. Mrs Hornby 6-5, 6-5
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FI: Grace Gibbs d. Edith Davies 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
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newmark401
Aug 28th, 2013, 04:26 PM
June 1-6, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Draw of 14

1R = First round

1R: Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin 6-2, 6-3
1R: Mrs Hill d. S. Palmer 6-3, 6-3
1R: Edith Davies d. B. Holden 6-3, 6-3
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Edith Gurney, walkover
1R: Florence Mardall d. F. Davies 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
1R: Connie Butler d. Margaret Bracewell 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Grace Gibbs and Miss Cornford had a bye.
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QF: Maud Watson d. Mrs Hill 6-0, 6-0
QF: Edith Davies d. Miss Cornford 6-2, 5-6, 6-3
QF: Beatrice Langrishe d. Florence Mardall 6-5, 6-1
QF: Connie Butler d. Grace Gibbs 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
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SF: Maud Watson d. Edith Davies 6-0, 6-3
SF: Connie Butler d. Beatrice Langrishe 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
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FI: Maud Watson d. Connie Butler 6-3, 6-1
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newmark401
Aug 28th, 2013, 04:43 PM
June 20-27, Northern Tournament, Manchester, England (Grass)

Draw of 13

1r = First round

1R: Maud Watson d. Florence Mardall, walkover
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Moult 6-0, 6-0
1R: Ann Dod d. Miss Anstruther 6-1, 6-1
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss D'Oyly 6-1, 6-2
1R: Lilian Watson d. Miss Brierly 6-0, 6-0

Three players, including Lottie Dod, had a bye.
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QF: Maud Watson d. Margaret Bracewell 6-4, 6-4
QF: Beatrice Langrishe d. Ann Dod 6-1, 6-3
QF: Lilian Watson d. C. Mason 6-1. 6-0
QF: Lottie Dod d. Miss Petrie 6-5, 6-1
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SF: Maud Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-3, 6-5
SF: Lottie Dod d. Lilian Watson 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
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ACF: Maud Watson d. Lottie Dod 8-6, 7-5
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CR: Maud Watson d. Edith Davies (holder) 6-3, 6-3
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newmark401
Aug 28th, 2013, 04:49 PM
September 7-17, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)

Draw of 12

1R = First round

1R: Blanche Bingley d. Miss Hudson 6-3, 6-2
1R: Mrs Cooper d. L. Turner 6-1, 6-3
1R: Mrs "Gee" d. Mrs A. Frankau 5-6, 6-2, 6-1
1R: Alice Strapp d. Miss FitzGibbon 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

Four players had a bye.
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QF: Blanche Bingley d. Mrs Cooper 6-3, 6-0
QF: Edith Gurney d. Amy Jones 6-3, 6-3
QF: Alice Strapp d. Miss "Gee" 3-6, 6-5, 6-1
QF: Ada Strapp d. E. Putney 6-4, 6-3
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SF: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Gurney 6-2, 6-0
SF: Ada Strapp d. Alice Strapp 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
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FI: Blanche Bingley d. Ada Strapp 6-1, 6-0
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newmark401
Aug 30th, 2013, 12:26 PM
June 8-13, London Championships, London Athletic Club, Stamford Bridge, London, England

Draw of 7

QF: Maud Watson d. B. James 6-4, 6-0
QF: Lilian Watson d. S. Wing 6-4, 6-0
QF: Blanche Bingley d. Ida Watson 6-2, 6-0

Beatrice Langrishe had a bye.
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SF: Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 6-4, 6-2
SF: Lilian Watson d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-2, 6-3
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FI: Maud Watson d. Lilian Watson 6-2, 6-3

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886): "The London Athletic Club were so satisfied with the success of their tournament of last year, that it was determined this season to institute London Championships for both ladies and gentlemen, and to this end offered challenge cups, in addition to valuable first prizes, in order to induce good entries. Somehow or other, the number of those who sent in their names for these events was very limited, there being only fifteen for the gentlemen's and seven for the ladies'."
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newmark401
Sep 2nd, 2013, 04:48 PM
June 13-19, Waterloo, Liverpool, England (Grass)

Draw of 7

QF: Lottie Dod d. B. Harris 6-2, 6-0
QF: Ann Dod d. Edith Davies 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
QF: Margaret Bracewell d. Beatrice Langrishe 2-6, 6-2, 6-5

M. Cuthbertson had a bye.
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SF: Lottie Dod d. M. Cuthbertson 6-2, 6-1
SF: Margaret Bracewell d. Ann Dod 6-3, 6-4
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FI: Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell 6-4, 6-2
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newmark401
Sep 2nd, 2013, 04:57 PM
August 24-29, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 37

1R = First round

1R: Elizabeth Mocatta d. Mrs R.P. Earwaker, walkover
1R: Edith Gurney d. F. Otrell, walkover
1R: Edith Davies d. Mrs Hill 6-1, 6-4
1R: Agnes Watts d. "Miss Rog" 6-5, 6-4
1R: Florence Mardall d. Effie Noon 6-2, 6-5

The remaining players each had a bye.
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2R = Second round

2R: Blanche Bingley d. M. Crossley 6-3, 6-1
2R: H. Hopkins d. Mrs Craig, walkover
2R: Bertha Steedman d. K. Hopkins 6-0, 6-0
2R: Florence Stanuell d. Winifred Fenwick 6-0, 6-0
2R: Mary Steedman d. F. Pearson 6-1, 5-6, 6-0
2R: Mrs H. Hornby d. K. Cornford 6-1, 6-4
2R: May Marriott d. Elizabeth Mocatta 5-6, 6-2, 6-1
2R: Edith Davies d. Edith Gurney 6-4, 6-2
2R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss D'Oyly 6-0, 6-2
2R: J. Wray d. Alice Meakin 6-2, 6-3
2R: L. Coke d. Miss Noon, walkover
2R: Miss Mc Pherson d. Mrs C. Ross 6-0, 6-3
2R: Agnes Watts d. Florence Mardall 6-5, 6-2
2R: Miss Surtees d. Gertrude Bracewell 6-1, 6-4
2R: Miss Steedman d. N. Wary 6-1, 6-4
2R: Louisa Martin d. Connie Butler 6-4, 6-4
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3R: Blanche Bingley d. H. Hopkins 6-1, 6-0
3R: Florence Stanuell d. Bertha Steedman 6-2, 6-2
3R: Mary Steedman d. Mrs Hornby 6-4, 6-4
3R: Edith Davies d. May Marriott 6-3, 6-3
3R: Margaret Bracewell d. J. Wray 6-5, 6-2
3R: Miss McPherson d. J. Coke 6-1, 6-3
3R: Agnes Watts d. Miss Surtees 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
3R: Louisa Martin d. Miss Steedman 6-2, 6-1
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QF: Blanche Bingley d. Florence Stanuell 6-4, 6-4
QF: Edith Davies d. Mary Steedman 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
QF: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss McPherson 6-1, 6-1
QF: Louisa Martin d. Agnes Watts 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
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SF: Blanche Bingely d. Edith Davies 6-2, 6-2
SF: Louisa Martin d. Margaret Bracewell 6-1, 6-5
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FI: Blanche Bingley d. Louisa Martin 6-3, 6-3

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886): "The great succes of the tournament at Buxton last year of course made it almost imperative on the directors of the Buxton Improvements Company to again hold one this season, and August 24 was the date fixed upon. The committee was again a most representative one, no less than fourteen clubs helping to form the management. Of course, after the able way in which Mr A.J. Harrison had carried on the tournament last season, the directors were only too pleased to again obtain his services in a like capacity.

"The Duke of Devonshire added a challenge cup, value 25 guineas, to the men's open singles, and for the event thirty-eight entries had been received. [...] The ladies's singles, with a 25 guinea challenge cup given by the Duke of Devonshire, closed with thirty-seven entries, and, with the exception of Miss Maud Watson and Miss Lottie Dod, all the best ladies were entered... [...]

"The attendance every day at the gardens was very large, the stand [with room for some six hundred spectators] being extremely well patronised, and must have well repaid the directors for erecting it. The five grass courts had been well looked after by the head gardener, Mr Hogg, and his assistant Mr West, and they certainly deserve great praise for their unwearying attention to its well being. At the conclusion of the tournament Mrs Drewry presented the prizes to the winners after Lieutenant-Colonel Balguy had made a short address. Mr Ayres's championship posts, nets and balls, and Mr Brookes's stop-nets were used, and all gave satisfaction."
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 03:00 PM
August 18-16, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (Grass)

Draw of 6

1R = First round

1R: E. Huxham d. Miss Punch 8-6, 6-3
1R: Miss Halford d. Miss Hodgson 2-6, 6-2, 7-5


Two players had a bye.
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SF: Mrs Surman d. E. Huxham 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
SF: Mrs Hornby d. Miss Halford 6-1, 6-1
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FI: "Mrs Surman and Mrs Hornby drew for prizes, the former taking the first." (Source: "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886))
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 03:14 PM
September 21-26, Sussex County Championships, Hove Rink, Brighton, Sussex, England (Asphalt)

Draw of 6

1R = First round

1R: Miss Hudson d. Miss Adshead 6-2, 6-2
1R: C. Bryan d. Blanche Bingley, owes 30, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Two players had a bye.
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SF: Miss Hudson d. Elsie Lane 6-0, 6-3
SF: C. Bryan d. E. Bushell 6-1, 6-3
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FI: Miss Hudson d. C. Bryan* 6-1, 6-4

* The very elusive Miss Bryan had a first name beginning with "C".

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1886): "This annual tournament, which marks the conclusion of the lawn tennis season, commenced on September 21st at the Hove Rink, West Brighton. The play was advertised to take place on asphalte courts, two of which had been specially prepared for the tournament. Last year the players compalined that the raised banks at each end of the courts were much too near the play, and therefore the committee this season had them set back so as to allow twelve feet between the banks and the baselines. The committee reserved the right to decide all matches in the covered court in case of rain; but, fortunately, they had no necessity to avail themselves of that power, as the weather was favourable throughout the week, though slightly cold for the spectators on the last two days.

"The players usually seen at tournaments did not muster well at this meeting, a fact probably due to a dislike to play on asphalte after playing all the summer on grass. In addition to this, the courts are not well spoken of, and the rink itself is not particularly well suited for a tournament of this description. Under these circumstances, it will not cause much surprise to know that the committee contemplate holding the meeting on grass at an earlier period next year."
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 06:11 PM
August 17-22, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Mabel Boulton* d. Beatrice Wood 6-2, 6-2

* A Yorkshire-born player.
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DF: Margaret Bracewell/Mrs Hill d. Mabel Boulton/Miss Cornford 6-4, 6-4
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XDF: William Renshaw/Margaret Bracewell d. Ernest Browne/Mrs Hill 6-1, 9-7

This particular tournament was not the precursor to the North of England Championships, but was the Yorkshire Association tournament usually held at at another venue, e.g. Harrogate.
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newmark401
Mar 11th, 2014, 03:43 PM
June 18-20, Brincliffe Lawn Tennis Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Beatrice Wood d. Florence Mardall 6-1, 6-0
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XDF: John Charles Kay/Florence Mardall d. Hamilton A. Emmons (USA)/Miss Hobson 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
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Rollo
Mar 12th, 2014, 02:47 AM
Updated to here.

Note dates given for Bournemouth

August 18-16, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (Grass)

I used dates of August 16-18-guessing they were inverted.

Thanks for these very rare results Mark!

the computer
Jul 9th, 2014, 05:27 PM
Hi Rollo

1885 - CHELTENHAM SF Connie Butler d Florence Mardell - I think it should read d Beatrice Langrishe

Rollo
Jul 10th, 2014, 02:46 PM
Hi Rollo

1885 - CHELTENHAM SF Connie Butler d Florence Mardell - I think it should read d Beatrice Langrishe

Thanks for catching my error! :)

It's corrected. We are up to date here.

newmark401
Jul 10th, 2014, 03:10 PM
Thanks for catching my error! :)

It's corrected. We are up to date here.

She's Mardall, not Mardell.
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