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Rollo
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:56 PM
1886

January through June


Many thanks to Elegos and Newmark for their contributions to this thread.


CR=Challenge Round. Under the challenge round system the previous year's winner, the holder of the title, "sat out" until the challenger won the final (often called the All-Comers Final).
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May 6-15, New South Wales Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Grass)

R1: Annie Lamb d. Miss Andrews 6-0 6-2
R1: Eva Rodd d. Beatrice Metcalfe 6-4 6-4

R2: Lamb d Rodd 7-5 6-3
R2: Zilla Scott d Beaumont 6-1 6-0
R2: Eliza Fitzgerald d McLean 6-4 6-3
R2: C Green d H Beaumont 6-0 6-0

SF: Lamb d Scott 6-4 6-3
SF: Green d Fitzgerald 6-3 6-1

FI: Greene d Lamb 63 62

CR: C. Greene d. Annie Lamb (holder) 6-2

Only one set appears to have been required to win in the ladies singles final.

The match, which took an hour, was thoroughly well contested and watched with great interest by a large concourse of onlookers. Miss Green played a clever game in which her superior powers of 'cutting' and 'serving' stood her in good stead. Miss Lamb was as able an exponent of volleying for a lady as one could wish to see, while Miss Green's cutting from the base lines was very fast and accurate.

An analysis of games and strokes gives Miss Greene 6 games and 37 strokes to Miss Lamb's 3 games and 28 strokes in the first set, and 6 games and 34 strokes to Lamb's 2 games and 21 strokes in the second set."

Doubles

R1: Eliza Fitzgerald/Edith F Fox d Paterson/Mrs Andrew 6-1 6-1
R1: Annie Lamb/Green d Zilla Scott/Lillian Scott 6-4 8-6
R1: E/H Beaumont bye
R1: Eva Rodd/Beatrice Metcalfe bye

SF: Metcalfe/Rodd d Beaumont/Beaumont 6-1 6-0
SF: Lamb/Green d Fitzgerald/Fox 6-3 6-4

FI: Lamb/Green d Metcalfe/Rodd 6-1 6-4

Mixed Doubles

1R: C Smith/Beatrice Metcalfe d Bartram/Beaumont 6-2 6-0
1R: LA Whyte/Scott d HA Merewether/Busby 6-1 6-4
1R: Edith F Fox/Harold S Fox d Everett/L Beaumont 6-3 6-2
1R: Wallington (GB)/Cox d Salmon GBR/Mrs Andrew 6-1 6-1
1R: Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Major Pearson/Miss Manning 6-2 6-4
1R: Riddell/Greene d Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson/Scott 6-2 6-3
1R: Eva Rodd/Charles Metcalfe bye
1R: Charles W Cropper/Maclean bye

QF: Whyte/Scott d Clive Smith/Metcalfe 6-2 6-2
QF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Riddell/Greene 6-0 5-7 6-2
QF: EW Wallington GBR/Cox d Fox/Fox 6-2 5-7 6-2
QF: Metcalfe/Rodd d Cropper/McLean 7-5 9-11 6-3

SF: Whyte/Scott d Wallington GBR/Cox 6-3 6-3
SF: Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Metcalfe/Rodd 6-4 4-6 9-7

FI: Whyte/Scott d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 6-1 6-5 (not a typo - though odd as other rounds were advantage sets)
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began May 20, West of Scotland Championships, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Jane Meikle d. J. MacKenzie 6-4 5-7 6-0

MX: Jane Meikle/W.W. Chamberlain d. J. MacKenzie/John Galbraith Horn 6-1 6-2
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May 24-29, Irish Championships, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)

Draw=8

1R: May Langrishe d. Mabel Cahill 6-0 6-1
1R: Connie Butler d. Miss Exham 6-2 6-0
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. Adela Langrishe 6-3 6-4
1R: Louisa Martin d. Miss Hodson 6-0 6-0

SF: May Langrishe d. Connie Butler 6-1 6-3
SF: Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-1 6-2

FI: May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin 6-3 6-4

DF: Connie Butler/Louisa Martin d. Beatrice Langrishe/May Langrishe 6-3 6-4

Mixed Doubles

SF: May Langrishe/Eyre Chatterton d. d. Louisa Martin/Willoughby Hamilton 6-4 6-1

FI: May Langrishe/Eyre Chatterton d. Adela Langrishe/Toler Garvey 6-0 6-2 6-1

From the “Irish Times”, 20 May 1886 (originally posted by Mark)

“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 Miss May Langrishe, an ex-holder of the championship, and Miss 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.”

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May 31-June 3, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

?R Maud Watson d Blanche Bingley ????

SF: Maud Watson d Louisa Martin (Ire) 6-3 3-6 6-3

FI: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson 7-5 6-4

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. G. Gibbs/Edith Gurney 6-1 8-6

MX:Margaret Bracewell/ William Renshaw d. Blanche Bingley/James Dwight (US) 5-7 7-5 6-4

Maud Watson's first defeat since 1881 in singles. Watson had won 54 straight matches in that time, dropping 12 sets. Pictures indicate that most spectators stood crowded about the court!
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Circa June 1-4, Whitehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Jane Meikle d. Miss Meikle 6-2 6-2

MX: J. Ferguson/A. Steel d. E. Ferguson/W. Ferguson 6-3 6-2
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June 7-13, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

2R: Blanche Bingley d Lottie Dod 6-1 6-1

SF: Maud Watson d Blanche Bingley 6-3 6-3

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

DF: Blanche Bingley/Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Holden/D. Patterson 6-4 6-4

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Blanche Bingley/James Dwight (US) 6-4 6-4
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began June 14, Welsh Championships, Penarth, Wales (Grass)

FI: L. Browne d. L. Stephens 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-2

This was the first Welsh Championships tournament. There was no women’s doubles event at this tournament for a number of years. The women’s singles final was initially played over the best of five sets.

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Jun 15-19 London Athletic Club Tournament [London Championships], Stamford Bridge (Grass)

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Davies 6-1 6-1

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mid-June, Scottish Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

FI: M. Boulton d. J. MacKenzie 3-6 6-0 6-2 4-6 6-2

There was a best-of-five-sets final for this, the first women’s singles event at the Scottish Championships. The tournament had begun in 1878.
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began June 21, Clifton, Bristol, Avon, England (Grass)

FI: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss Pope 6-2 7-5

MX: Miss Pope/James Baldwin d. Mrs Hill/J. C. Kay 8-6 6-4
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began June 24, Redhill, Surrey, England (Grass)

FI: J. Wray d. Miss Wing 6-1 6-2

MX: Miss Cobbold/Harold S. Stone d. J. Wray/William C. Taylor 5-6 6-5 6-4

* As is often the case with early tournaments, it has not been possible to find the players' first names.
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June 21-26, Northern Tournament, Liverpool, England (Grass)

CR: Maud Watson (holder) d. Lottie Dod 7-5 6-3

DF: Ann Dod/Lottie Dod d. Miss Cliff/May Langrishe 6-2 6-1

MX: Margaret Bracewell/William Renshaw d. Lottie Dod/Harry Grove 3-6 6-2 6-3


Watson gains revenge before an overflow crowd of 1,500. The mixed doubles final result comes from "Pastime":

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began June 28, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)

FI: Blanche Bingley d. Lilian Watson 6-0 6-2

DF: Blanche Bingley/Lilian Watson d. Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman 6-4 6-2

MX: Maud Watson/John Deykin d. Margaret Bracewell/ William Renshaw 7-5 6-1 4-6 2-6 8-6

* Maud Watson did not play in the either the women's singles or women's doubles events at this tournament but, together with John Deykin, was victorious in the mixed doubles final after what was a long five-set struggle.

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Unknown date, Ealing Lawn Tennis Tournament, GB

FI Charlotte Cooper won

Unknown date Natal Championships, Pietermartizburg, SA

FI: Mabel Grant d. L. Button 6-3 6-2

Rollo
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:58 PM
July through December


CR=Challenge Round. Under the challenge round system the previous year's winner, the holder of the title, "sat out" until the challenger won the final (often called the All-Comers Final).

Circa July 1-3, Stafford, Staffordshire, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Noon d. B. Noon 2-6 6-4 6-2

DF: Miss Noon/Mrs F. Watts d. H. Underhill/L. Underhill 6-5 6-2

MX: Mrs F. Watts/F. S. Moon d. E. Noon/Conway Morgan ????
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began July 3, Ilkley, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Beatrice Wood d. Miss Moir 3-6 6-5 6-0

DF: Miss Tannett/Beatrice Wood d. B. Knight/Miss Walker 6-4 6-2

MX: Miss Moir/H.W. Heaton versusMiss Wedderburn/ A. Mollinan 6-2 unfinished
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July 3-17, The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

Draw=8

1R M. Shackle d. J. Mackenzie 6-3 6-4
1R A. Tabor d. F. M. Pearson 6-1 6-2
1R Blanche Bingley d. J. Shackle 6-2 6-1
1R Lilian Watson d. A. M. Chambers 6-3 6-3

SF Tabor d. M. Shackle 6-4 7-5
SF Bingley d. L. Watson 6-3 8-6

FI Bingley d. Tabor 6-2 6-0

CR Blanche Bingley d. Maud Watson 6-3 6-3

The first year the Challenge Round was played, where the defending holder waits and plays only the final. Bingley downs two Watson sisters to take the crown.

Bingley was later md to Mr Hillyard.


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began July 16, Chiswick Park, London, England (Grass)

DF: Blanche Bingley/Mrs Field and Miss Douglas/Miss Mardall divided the prizes.

MX: Blanche Bingley/William Renshaw d. May Jacks/William C. Taylor 7-5 6-2

There appears to have been no top-class open women's singles event at this tournament this year.
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July 19-24, Kilkenny Open Tournament, Kilkenny, Ireland (Grass)

FI: Mabel Cahill (scratch) d. Beatrice Langrishe (minus half 30) 7-5 6-2 6-4

This was a "handicap" only event. The final appears to have been played over the best of five sets.

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August 2-6, Darlington, Durham, England (Grass)

FI: Florence Stanuell d. Beatrice Wood 6-2 6-2

DF: Connie Butler/Florence Stanuell d. Miss Langley/Miss Surtees 6-4 6-3

MX: Florence Stanuell/Patrick Bowes-Lyon d. Connie Butler/John Galbraith Horn 6-1 7-5

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

FI: Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 7-5 0-6 6-3

MX: Blanche Bingley/William Renshaw d. Maud Watson/John Deykin 5-7 7-5 8-6

Maud's third Exmouth title in a row, the 1885 event having been cancelled.
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began August 9, Teignmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

MX: Lilian Watson/ John Deykin d. J. Wray/C.E. Pine-Coffin 6-1 6-4
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began August 9, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Miss Cobbold d. May Jacks 3-6 6-1 6-1

DF: Miss Arbuthnot/Miss Cobbold d. Miss Bird/Miss Saint-Clair 6-4 6-3

MX: Miss Cobbold/W.N. Cobbold d. May Jacks/H. Yockney 6-2 6-0
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August 9-14, Scarborough, England (Grass)

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Boulton 6-4 8-6

DF: Margaret Bracewell/Miss Mardall d. E. Atkinson/E. Rawlinson 8-6 4-6 6-4


MX: Margaret Bracewell/Harry Grove d. Mrs Hill/J.H. Aitken 6-0 6-3

Note per Newmark on first name of M Boulton--"My money is on Mabel."
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began August 16, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Boulton 5-7 8-6 3-0 retired

DF: Margaret Bracewell/Miss Mardall d. E. Atkinson/E. Rawlinson 6-2 6-1

MX: M. Boulton/B. Hartley d. Mrs Hill/John Galbraith Horn 6-4 6-4
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began August 16, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FI: G. Rant d. A. Forster 6-4 6-5

DF: G. Rant/Mrs Warwick d. Miss Lowther/Miss M. Lowther 6-3 6-1

MX: K. Berkley/R.G. Pollock d. Miss Bond/H. Longe 6-4 6-1
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began August 16, Tenby, Wales (Grass)

FI: K. Hiel d. M. Agg 6-4 6-3

DF: M. Agg/B. Henry d. V. Hardy/C. Jones 6-2 6-2

MX: M. Agg/James Baldwin d. C. Jones/E.W. David 6-3 6-3
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August, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: A. Ridley d. Helen Kersey 6-1 6-5
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August 23-28, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

QF: Louisa Martin d. E. Richardson 6-1 6-1
QF: Blanche Bingley d. Florence Stanuell walkover
QF: Mary Steedman d. Miss Marshall 6-3 6-1
QF: May Langrishe d. Lottie Dod 6-5 3-6 6-4

SF: Louisa Martin d. Blanche Bingley 6-5 6-5
SF: May Langrishe d. Mary Steedman 6-1 4-6 10-8

FI: Louisa Martin d. May Langrishe 6-3 6-0

DF: Lottie Dod/May Langrishe d. Louisa Martin/Florence Stanuell 6-2 7-5

Mixed
SF: Louisa Martin/Tom Campion d. J.G. Horn/Mrs Hill 5-6 6-5 6-3
SF: Miss Noon/P. B. Brown d. Lottie Dod/Anthony Dod 0-6 6-2 6-4

FI: Louisa Martin/Tom Campion d. Miss Noon/P. B. Brown 6-3 4-6 6-2

* Lottie Dod had not quite reached invincibility and lost here to her doubles partner.
* The Buxton doubles carried the All-England title at this time
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August 30-September 7, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Blanche Bingley (owes half 15) 6-1 6-3

A Challenge Cup was offered for the women’s singles event at this tournament for first time this year. Blanche Bingley was "handicapped" in the final.
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c. October 18-29, Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)

FI: C. Greene d. M. Mayne 6-1 6-1

DF: Miss Mayne/Mabel Shaw d. Miss Barnard/Miss Brunton 6-1 6-0
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28-30 December New Zealand Championships, Farndon Park, Napier

SF: Sarah Lance d E Harman 3-6 6-0 6-4
SF: Hilda Hitchings d Mrs G Way 6-3 6-4

FI: Lance d Hitchings 6-2 3-6 6-1

DF: Sarah Lance/Mrs G Way d Miss Hannin/Miss Cotterill 6-1 6-4

XD: Hilda Hitchings/EP Hudson d Sarah Lance/HB Williams 6-3 6-1


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)

DavidK
Jul 21st, 2010, 11:51 AM
Gee Tee's recent post shows the NSW score as 6-3 6-3. Shall we change it?

Rollo
Jul 21st, 2010, 12:28 PM
Gee Tee's recent post shows the NSW score as 6-3 6-3. Shall we change it?


We could change it IMO. Perhaps we could ask Gee Tee to double check it to make certain, change the score, and then note that another person (Newmark in this case) has a different score.

newmark401
Jan 10th, 2011, 03:12 PM
1886 Northern Tournament (June 21-26) mixed doubles final result, from "Pastime":

XDF: William Renshaw/Margaret Bracewell d. Harry Grove/Lottie Dod 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
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Rollo
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:56 PM
Added in the Northern mixed-thanks Mark.:)

Note I also reformatted the mixed results for the thread. Following the American style I list mixed results with the female names first.

GeeTee
Nov 3rd, 2011, 03:28 AM
We could change it IMO. Perhaps we could ask Gee Tee to double check it to make certain, change the score, and then note that another person (Newmark in this case) has a different score.

A few more details on this championship and clarification of the final result:

6-15 May 1886 - Intercolonial Lawn Tennis Tournament (NSW Championships)
Assocation Ground, Moore Park, Sydney (Grass)

R1 Annie Lamb d Miss Andrews 60 62
R1 Eva Rodd d Beatrice Metcalfe 64 64
Rest - byes

R2 Lamb d Rodd 75 63
R2 Zilla Scott d Beaumont 61 60
R2 Eliza Fitzgerald d McLean 64 63
R2 C Green d H Beaumont 60 60

SF Lamb d Scott 64 63
SF Green d Fitzgerald 63 61

FI Greene d Lamb 63 62

"The match, which took an hour, was thoroughly well contested and watched with great interest by a large concourse of onlookers. Miss Green played a clever game in which her superior powers of 'cutting' and 'serving' stood her in good stead. Miss Lamb was as able an exponent of volleying for a lady as one could wish to see, while Miss Green's cutting from the base lines was very fast and accurate.

An analysis of games and strokes gives Miss Greene 6 games and 37 strokes to Miss Lamb's 3 games and 28 strokes in the first set, and 6 games and 34 strokes to Lamb's 2 games and 21 strokes in the second set."

DOUBLES
R1 Eliza Fitzgerald/Edith F Fox d Paterson/Mrs Andrew 61 61
R1 Annie Lamb/Green d Zilla Scott/Lillian Scott 64 86
R1 E/H Beaumont bye
R1 Eva Rodd/Beatrice Metcalfe bye

SF Metcalfe/Rodd d Beaumont/Beaumont 61 60
SF Lamb/Green d Fitzgerald/Fox 63 64

FI Lamb/Green d Metcalfe/Rodd 61 64

MIXED
C Smith/Beatrice Metcalfe d Bartram/Beaumont 62 60
LA Whyte/Scott d HA Merewether/Busby 61 64
Edith F Fox/Harold S Fox d Everett/L Beaumont 63 62
Wallington GBR/Cox d Salmon GBR/Mrs Andrew 61 61
Eliza Fitzgerald/Robert Fitzgerald d Major Pearson/Miss Manning 62 64
Riddell/Greene d Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson/Scott 62 63
Eva Rodd/Charles Metcalfe bye
Charles W Cropper/Maclean bye

Whyte/Scott d Clive Smith/Metcalfe 62 62
Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Riddell/Greene 60 57 62
EW Wallington GBR/Cox d Fox/Fox 62 57 62
Metcalfe/Rodd d Cropper/McLean 75 911 63

SF Whyte/Scott d Wallington GBR/Cox 63 63
SF Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald d Metcalfe/Rodd 64 46 97

FI Whyte/Scott d Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald 61 65 (not a typo - though odd as other rounds were advantage sets)

Sorry - men are listed first in mixed

GeeTee
Dec 1st, 2011, 03:07 AM
28-30 December 1886 - New Zealand Championships
Farndon Park, Napier

SF Sarah Lance d E Harman 36 60 64
SF Hilda Hitchings d Mrs G Way 63 64

FI Lance d Hitchings 62 36 61

DF Sarah Lance/Mrs G Way d Miss Hannin/Miss Cotterill 61 64

XD Hilda Hitchings/EP Hudson d Sarah Lance/HB Williams 63 61

newmark401
Dec 2nd, 2011, 09:37 AM
28-30 December 1886 - New Zealand Championships
Farndon Park, Napier

SF Lance d E Harman 36 60 64
SF H Hitchings d Mrs Way 63 64

FI Lance d H Hitchings 62 36 61

DF Lance/Mrs Way d Miss Hannin/Miss Cotterill 61 64

XD Miss Hitchings/EP Hudson d Lance/HB Williams 63 61

Graham,

One of the New Zealand newspapers, I forget which one, mentions that H. Hitchings' first name is Hilda.

Mark

newmark401
Dec 2nd, 2011, 09:47 AM
"Louise" Martin should, of course, be Louisa Martin (see Cheltenham tournament).

GeeTee
Dec 2nd, 2011, 08:43 PM
Graham,

One of the New Zealand newspapers, I forget which one, mentions that H. Hitchings' first name is Hilda.

Mark
Cheers. I see her full name is Hilda Maude Hitchings.

Interesting to read that she was born with only one arm (the left) and "She serves in a wonderfully clever manner by holding her racket with three fingers of her only hand, and a slight toss of the ball which is held by the remaining finger and thumb, followed by a quick twisty tap with the racket, results in a fast low service which is anything but easy to take."

She was unusually tall (5' 11) and had a sister Una who also played in NZ. Hilda lived in London from the 1897 to 1906 and had some tournament play. Apparently around August 1904 she won the Ladies' Silver Challenge Cup of the St Quintin Lawn Tennis Club, decisively beating Miss Pocock.

Her first tournament in England was the Chichester tournament in 1897 where she was defeated in the handicap singles.

She was also a fine singer, pianist and painter as well as being talented at needlework, making all her own dresses.

ETA: I've also found that Miss Lance is Sarah Mary Lance, who was born and apparently played in English tournaments before coming to NZ. She married cricketer Edgar Tanner in 1887 and played as Mrs Tanner in tournaments through until the 1890s.

DavidK
Dec 3rd, 2011, 02:36 PM
Thanks historians, above has been edited in.

Jimbo109
Nov 19th, 2012, 11:22 AM
Info provided by Newmark401

August, East of England Championships, Felixstowe

FI: A. Ridley d. Helen Kersey 6-1 6-5

DavidK
Nov 24th, 2012, 12:57 PM
Thanks Mark and Jimbo, this year's East of England has been edited in.

newmark401
May 3rd, 2013, 01:35 PM
July 26-28, Leamington, Warwickshire, England (Grass)

XDF: Charles Ross/Mrs Hornby d. Thomas Mellersh/Gertrude Mellersh 6-2, 6-3

There was no non-handicap women's single event at this tournament in the early years (circa 1881-1890).
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From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The Jephson Gardens, as they always do, looked most beautiful, but the turf was not in the best condition for lawn tennis, the heavy rain of the few previous days having thoroughly soaked the ground. The lawns, too, are slightly on the slope, but we hear that by next year the committee have every intention of making them level.

"The attendance was fairly good on each day, and it is to be hoped that this year the meeting has not been a loss. The prizes looked well up to their advertised value, and this year arrangements had been made that the winning competitors might change them up to their full value at the shops at which they were bought. The weather on all three days was fine, though at one time on Tuesday there was every prospect of a heavy storm..."
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 09:50 AM
June 21-26, Clifton, Bristol, Avon, England (Grass)

FI: Beatrice Langrishe d. N. Pope 6-2, 7-5
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XDF: James Baldwin/N. Pope d. John Charles Kay/Mrs Hill 8-6, 6-4

From "Pastime", June 23, 1886: "This meeting, the first held at Clifton, commenced on Monday last, and will conclude on Saturday. In the midst of a neighbourhood where lawn tennis is very popular, and situated in the heart of Clifton, and within a few minutes' walk of Bristol, the ground of the Clifton Lawn Tennis Club offers advantages for a tournament which few other clubs possess. Under the honorary secretaryship of Charles Lacy Sweet the club prospered apace, and it now possesses within its compact enclosure four grass courts and three of asphalte, with a comfortable pavilion, dressing rooms, etc."
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 10:01 AM
July 20-22, Taunton, Somerset, England (Grass)

FI: N. Pope d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-1, 6-2
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DF: Alice Bagnall-Wild/N. Pope d. Miss Escott/Miss Gilling-Lax 6-2, 6-0
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 10:02 AM
July 24, Ealing Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, Ealing, London, England (Grass)

CR: Charlotte Cooper (holder) d. A. Brown 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 10:07 AM
August 9-11, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England (Grass)

XDF: William N. Cobbold/Miss Cobbold d. Herbert Yockney/May Jacks 6-2, 6-0
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newmark401
Aug 21st, 2013, 10:12 AM
August 16-21, Tenby*, Wales (Grass)

FI: K. Hill d. M. Agg 6-4, 6-3
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XDF: James Baldwin/M. Agg d. E.W. David/C. Jones 6-3, 6-3

* This tournament was first held in 1879 or 1880 and later became the West Wales Championships.
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newmark401
Aug 28th, 2013, 05:20 PM
June 7-13, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (Grass)

Draw of 16

1R = First round

1R: Louisa Martin d. D. Patterson 6-2, 6-3
1R: Edith Gurney d. Lilian Watson 6-3, 5-6, 6-3
1R: Lottie Dod d. Miss Hill, retired
1R: Blanche Bingley d. Connie Butler 6-2, 6-1
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. Edith Davies 6-1, 4-6, 9-7
1R: Beatrice Langrishe d. M. Agg 6-4, 6-4
1R: Miss Bryan d. F. Davies 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
1R: Maud Watson d. Ann Dod 6-1, 6-2
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QF: Louisa Martin d. Edith Gurney 6-1, 6-3
QF: Margaret Bracewell d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-4, 6-2
QF: Blanche Bingley d. Lottie Dod 6-1, 6-1
QF: Maud Watson d. Miss Bryan 6-2, 6-1
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SF: Louisa Martin d. Margaret Bracewell 6-5, 3-6, 6-3
SF: Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 6-3, 6-3
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FI: Louisa Martin d. Maud Watson 6-4, 6-4
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newmark401
Aug 28th, 2013, 05:30 PM
May 31-June 3, West of England Championships, Bath, Somerset, England (Grass)

Draw of 20

1R = First round

1R: F. Burton d. Miss Steedman 6-1, 6-3
1R: Edith Gurney d. Alice Bagnall-Wild 6-0, 6-1
1R: Grace Gibbs d. O. Smith, walkover
1R: Maud Watson d. Margaret Bracewell 6-4, 6-3

Twelve players each had a bye.
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2R = Second round

2R: Lottie Dod d. Mrs Field 6-1, 6-5
2R: Connie Butler d. Mrs Hornby 6-4, 5-6, 6-3
2R: N. Pope d. A. Foster 6-4, 6-0
2R: F. Burton d. Edith Gurney 5-6, 6-2, 6-4
2R: Louisa Martin d. Ann Dod 6-2, 6-1
2R: Edith Davies d. Lilian Watson 6-5, 6-3
2R: Blanche Bingley d. M. Hill 6-1, 6-3
2R: Maud Watson d. Grace Gibbs 6-3, 6-3
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QF: Lottie Dod d. Connie Butler 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
QF: F. Burton d. N. Pope 6-2, 6-3
QF: Louisa Martin d. Edith Davies 6-3, 6-5
QF: Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
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SF: Lottie Dod d. F. Burton 6-0, 6-4
SF: Maud Watson d. Louisa Martin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
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FI: Lottie Dod d. Maud Watson 7-5, 6-4*

* From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "The great surprise of the meeting was, of course, the defeat of the championess, Miss Maud Watson, who, up to this time, had never been beaten in singles. Her victor on this occasion was Miss Lottie Dod, not yet fifteen years old, who, however, has before this year shown that she was capable of holding her own with most of the ladies. Last year, when she played against Miss Watson, the latter won, but both the sets were advantage sets.

"As some excuse for Miss Watson getting beaten, it may be added that she had some very good players to meet in each round, the four she had played against being Margaret Bracewell, Grace Gibbs, Blanche Bingley and Louisa Martin, a most formidable quartet for any lady to meet. Miss Watson was certainly not playing in anything like the form she showed against Miss Bingley and Miss Martin, but then, on the other hand, Miss Dod hit so hard, and placed so well that Miss Watson did not have the same chance of returning the ball as she did with the other ladies.

"Miss Dod played remarkably well from start to finish of the match, and ran Miss Watson more about the court than is usually the case. The winner's forehand stroke right across the court was remarkably effective, and time after time she scored aces by placing the ball where the service line strikes the sideline. Miss Dod's backhand returns are weak, but she manages to get the ball back somehow, and then finishes the rally with a splendid forehand return."
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newmark401
Aug 30th, 2013, 12:35 PM
August 2-7, Exmouth, Devon, England (Grass)

Draw of 7

QF: Miss Bryan d. Katharine Kindersley 6-2, 6-2
QF: K. Hole d. Leila Lodwick, walkover
QF: Blanche Bingley d. Lilian Watson 6-5, 6-1

Maud Watson had a bye.
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SF: Maud Watson d. Miss Bryan 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
SF: Blanche Bingley d. K. Hole 6-2, 6-0
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FI: Maud Watson d. Blanche Bingley 7-5, 0-6, 6-3

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "It will be remembered that previously to 1885, in which year no tournament was held, Miss Maud Watson had won the challenge plate two year in succession, and when the committee considered that she was fairly entitled to have it, she most generously sent it back, with the only condition attached that she was able again to contest for it this year, or, if not, then it was to be held over until 1887. As will be gathered from the foregoing report, Miss Watson won it for the third year in succession, so it now becomes doubly her property."
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newmark401
Aug 30th, 2013, 12:46 PM
August 30-September 7, South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)
Venue: Devonshire Park

Draw of 17

1R = First round

1R: A. Jones d. Harriet Mellersh 6-2, 6-2

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

2R: Margaret Bracewell d. Miss Hudson 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
2R: E. Malcolm d. Alice Strapp 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
2R: E. Monckton d. Mrs Rothney 6-2, 6-4
2R: Florence Mardall d. Gertrude Mellersh 2-6, 6-5, 6-4
2R: Catherine Triscott d. Mrs Burr 6-1, 6-3
2R: Miss Tullock d. Blanche Pedley 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2R: Ada Strapp d. A. Jones 6-2, 6-1
2R: Blanche Bingley, owes half 15 d. Miss Gauntlett 6-0, 6-0
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QF: Margaret Bracewell d. E. Malcolm 6-3, 6-2
QF: Florence Mardall d. E. Monckton 6-1, 6-3
QF: Catherine Triscott d. Miss Tullock 6-3, 6-1
QF: Blanche Bingley, owes half 15 d. Ada Strapp 6-0, 6-0
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SF: Margaret Bracewell d. Florence Mardall 6-2, 6-4
SF: Blanche Bingley, owes half 15 d. Catherine Triscott 6-1, 6-1
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FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Blanche Bingley 6-1, 6-3*
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A Challenge Cup was offered for the women’s singles event at this tournament for first time this year. Blanche Bingley was "handicapped", owe half 15, throughout the whole of the women's singles event.

* From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Margaret Bracewell defeated Blanche Bingley, owing half 15, two sets in succession. Miss Bingley seemed extremely nervous all through the match, not once playing her well-known hard strokes. Miss Bracewell won the first five games, and then Miss Bingley just saved a love set by winning the sixth, but her opponent took the seventh, which gave her the set.

"After crossing over, it looked for a short time as if Miss Bingley would have a chance, as she gained the first three games, but she was unable to secure another, Miss Bracewell taking the next six in succession, and so winning a love set, and the match. Five of the games in this set were at deuce. Miss Bracewell thus becomes the first holder of the cup given by the Duke of Devonshire."
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newmark401
Aug 30th, 2013, 01:08 PM
August 23-28, Derbyshire Championships, Buxton, Derbyshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 20

1R = First round

1R: Blanche Bingley d. Mrs Hill 6-0, 6-3
1R: Miss Noon d. R. Goodman 6-3, 6-2
1R: Gertrude Bracewell d. Miss Richardson 6-1, 6-2
1R: Lottie Dod d. Connie Butler 5-6, 6-1, 6-1

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

2R: Louisa Martin d. Gertrude Bracewell 6-3, 6-3
2R: E. Richardson d. Mrs Craig, walkover
2R: Florence Stanuell d. Mrs Willoughby, walkover
2R: Blanche Bingley d. Miss Noon 6-3, 6-5
2R: Mary Steedman d. Bertha Steedman 2-6, 6-4, retired
2R: Florence Mardall d. Miss Petrie 6-2, 6-1
2R: Lottie Dod d. Margaret Bracewell 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
2R: May Langrishe d. Mrs Aga, walkover
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QF: Louisa Martin d. E. Richardson 6-1, 6-1
QF: Blanche Bingley d. Florence Stanuell walkover
QF: Mary Steedman d. Florence Mardall 6-3, 6-1
QF: May Langrishe d. Lottie Dod 6-5, 3-6, 6-4
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SF: Louisa Martin d. Blanche Bingley 6-5, 6-5
SF: May Langrishe d . Mary Steedman 6-1, 4-6, 10-8
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FI: Louisa Martin d. May Langrishe 6-3, 6-0
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newmark401
Aug 30th, 2013, 01:36 PM
Jun 15-19, London Championships, London Athletic Club Stamford Bridge, London, England (Grass)

Draw of 4

SF: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Gurney, wrongly entered
SF: Edith Davies d. B. Hannaford 6-3, 6-4
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FI: Blanche Bingley d. Edith Davies 6-1, 6-1
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newmark401
Aug 30th, 2013, 01:46 PM
June 21-26, Northern Tournament, Liverpool, England (Grass)

Draw of 11

1R = First round

1R: Lottie Dod d. F. Lawrence 6-1, 6-1
1R: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Knowles 6-0, 6-0

The remaining players each had a bye.
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QF: Lottie Dod d. Ann Dod, walkover
QF: Lydia Openshaw d. Miss Knowles 6-0, 6-1
QF: Gertrude Bracewell d. Miss Cliff 6-4, 6-5
QF: May Langrishe d. Margaret Bracewell 0-6, 6-1, 6-4
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SF: Lottie Dod d. Lydia Openshaw 6-1, 6-0
SF: May Langrishe d. Gertrude Bracewell 6-0, 6-0
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ACF: Lottie Dod d. May Langrishe 6-2, 6-2
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CR: Maud Watson (holder) d. Lottie Dod 7-5, 6-3*

* This match was Maud Watson's last major victory in a singles tournament and marked the second-last time Lottie Dod would lose a level singles match, her next and last defeat coming to Louisa Martin in the quarter-finals of the Irish Championships in 1892.
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newmark401
Sep 2nd, 2013, 05:49 PM
June 28-July 2, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)

Draw of 11

1R = First round

1R: Blanche Bingley d. Beatrice Langrishe 6-2, 6-0
1R: Mary Steedman d. May Langrishe, walkover
1R: Miss Noon d. Effie Noon, walkover

The remaining players had a bye.
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QF: Blanche Bingley d. Margaret Bracewell 6-3, 6-3
QF: F. Lawrence d. E. Steedman 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
QF: Miss Noon d. Mary Steedman 5-6, 6-5, 6-0
QF: Lilian Watson d. Bertha Steedman 5-6, 6-2, 6-2
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SF: Blanche Bingley d. F. Lawrence 6-2, 6-2
SF: Lilian Watson d. Miss Noon 6-5, 5-6, 6-5
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FI: Blanche Bingley d. Lilian Watson 6-2, 6-2

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Although the Edgbaston Cricket Club had held lawn tennis tournaments previously to 1882, it was in that year that they may be said to have originated an open meeting, and since then the fixture in the beautiful grounds in Hall Hill Road has been growing in importance. This year the entries have been rather more than the average in the different events..."
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 03:26 PM
May 20-22, West of Scotland Championships, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Jane Meikle d. Julia MacKenzie 6-4, 5-7, 6-0
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XDF: W.W. Chamberlain/Jane Meikle d. John Galbraith Horn/Julia MacKenzie 6-1, 6-2
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 03:35 PM
June 14-19, Scottish Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland (Grass)

Draw of 7

QF: Mabel Boulton d. Jane Meikle 6-3, 6-4
QF: J. Ferguson d. Miss MacKenzie 6-3, 6-1
QF: Miss Meikle d. E. Ferguson 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Julia MacKenzie had a bye.
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SF: Mabel Boulton d. J. Ferguson 6-2, 6-1
SF: Julia MacKenzie d. Miss Meikle 6-3, 6-1
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FI: Mabel Boulton d. Julia MacKenzie 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "We have this year to chronicle a new departure in connection with the Scottish Championship Tournament. Hitherto the Edinburgh Lawn Tennis Company were its sole sponsors; but, having taken counsel, they have now joined forces with those of the Edinburgh University Club, and, as a natural consequence of that strength which unity is said to impart, the ninth annual meeting has been conceived and carried out on a more extensive scale than had ever previously been attempted north of the border. Prior to the current year of grace, the [men's singles] championship and gentlemen's doubles alone constituted the programme, but on the present occasion these competitions were augmented by [an]other seven, including a couple of consolations. [...]

"Instead of only one champion cup as heretofore, four were now offered. The Edinburgh Lawn Tennis Company, of course, continued their one for the gentlemen's singles, and one of their members, Mr Graham Murray, added another for the double championship, which, although an annual contest, has never had a trophy associated with it. Following this worthy lead, the University Club, to make a pair, provided a similar cup, and furnished the fourth for the ladies' singles championship, the honour of instituting which, therefore, rests with them. These cups, supplied by Marshall and Sons of Edinburgh, are each of the value of 27 guineas, splendid specimens of the silversmith's art, and, along with the other prizes, were greatly admired. [...]

"Of the fair players, Miss Mabel Boulton was the heroine. In defeating all the Scottish ladies, she gave a taste of that form which enabled her to overcome the strong field she did at Scarborough last year. Still her wins here were far from easy, the final tie particularly being an exciting and an open game, and thoroughly illustrative of two different styles of play, Miss Boulton playing entirely back, while Miss Julia MacKenzie volleyed from the service line. The latter is almost perfect at volleying, and could give many gentlemen, who fancy themselves at volleying, a lesson as to how balls should be killed. Her judgment is slightly deficient as to when to run in, and she should also refrain from taking balls on the rise instead of going back and taking them falling. [...]

"Miss Jane Meikle was scarcely up to the mark in her match with Miss Boulton, who is much better on grass than on gravel; and whenever they again meet on the latter, Miss Meikle will almost to a certainty repeat her Whitehouse victory. Amongst Scottish ladies she is probably princeps, but, when Miss Julia MacKenzie and the Misses Ferguson are in opposition, certainly anything but facile princeps. By learning to toss [lob] well, she has greatly improved her game, and at the back of the court, in a mixed double, is quite equal to any of the sterner sex, placing hard and low, and getting to everything."
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 04:33 PM
August 16-21, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 8

QF: Margaret Bracewell d. M. Crossley 6-1, 6-3
QF: Florence Mardall d. Miss Willett 6-2, 6-5
QF: C. Hodgson d. E. Atkinson 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
QF: Mabel Boulton d. Beatrice Wood 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
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SF: Margaret Bracewell d. Florence Mardall 6-1, 6-3
SF: Mabel Boulton d. C. Hodgson 6-0, 6-3
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FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Mabel Boulton 5-7, 8-6, 3-0, retired
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 04:40 PM
July 19-24, Kilkenny County and City Tournament, Kilkenny, Ireland (Grass)

Draw of 5

1R = First round

1R: Mabel Cahill, scratch d. Adela Langrishe, owes half 30, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
1R: Miss Kenealy, owes 30 d. Miss Butler, scratch, 7-5, 6-1

Beatrice Langrishe had a bye.
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SF: Beatrice Langrishe d. Miss Kenealy 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Mabel Cahill had a bye.
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FI: Mabel Cahill, scratch d. Beatrice Langrishe, minus half 30, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4

This was a "handicap" only event. The final was played over the best of five sets.
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 04:59 PM
July 3-17, The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

From "The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" (1887): "Saturday, July 17. The weather during the morning made the chances of playing off the two championships very doubtful, but the tarpaulins with which the courts had been covered had done their work well, and, the rain ceasing in time, it was found quite practicable to play off both competitions. The attendance was again very limited, but those who were present were most liberal with their acknowledgements of good play. Miss Blanche Bingley has several times been beaten by Miss Maud Watson without once securing a victory, and it was hardly expected that on this occasion she would be able to win the championship, though to those who follow the leading tournaments it was well known that she was improving greatly.

"Miss Bingley commenced playing well, seeming to have thrown off much of the nervousness from which she generally suffers, and making her returns with great freedom, had little difficulty in winning the opening set by six games to three, only the fourth being well contested. On crossing over it was expected that Miss Watson would do much better, and she won the two opening games, but then fell away again, and eventually was defeated the same number of games as in the first set.

"Miss Bingley won 12 games and 61 strokes, and Miss Watson 6 games and 47 strokes. During the match Miss Watson won one love game and Miss Bingley two, and three of the games were at deuce. Rather a curious feature of the match was the number of double faults served, Miss Bingley only served one, but Miss Watson lost no less than five aces by them, and four out of these were the final strokes in games.

"Miss Watson was decidedly not playing up to her best form, her forehand returns being far too much above the top of the net, and the cut that she gets on them seems to bring the ball up instead of going on, and so gives her opponent more time for placing her stroke. Her backhand returns, on the contrary, were good all the way through. Miss Bingley's forte lies in her hard hitting, and she combines this with accuracy of placing. With good players she generally lacks strength with her backhand returns; but on this occasion she missed very few, and also got a fair amount of pace on them. Miss Bingley fully deserved her victory, as it is not every lady who is able to struggle under the weight of several defeats."
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newmark401
Sep 9th, 2013, 06:21 PM
August 9-14, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

Draw of 13

1R = First round

1R: Margaret Bracewell d. E. Atkinson 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
1R: B. Young d. Miss Young 6-4, 5-6, 6-0
1R: Florence Mardall d. G. Freeman, walkover
1R: Miss Robinson d. B. Hopkinson 6-0, 6-4
1R: Mrs W. Hill d. Ella Rawlinson 3-6, 6-4, 6-5

Three players had a bye.
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QF: Margaret Bracewell d. B. Young, walkover
QF: L. Brown d. Florence Mardall 6-2, 6-4
QF: Mrs W. Hill d. Miss Robinson 6-2, 5-6, 6-2
QF: Mabel Boulton d. E. Robinson 6-1, 6-0
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SF: Margaret Bracewell d. L. Brown 6-1, 5-6, 6-3
SF: Mabel Boulton d. Mrs W. Hill 6-4, 6-2
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FI: Margaret Bracewell d. Mabel Boulton 6-4, 8-6
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DF: Margaret Bracewell/Florence Mardall d. E. Atkinson/Ella Rawlinson 8-6, 4-6, 6-4
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XDF: Harry Grove/Margaret Bracewell d. J.H. Aitken/Mrs W. Hill 6-0, 6-3
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newmark401
Oct 17th, 2013, 01:07 PM
July 10 and 12, Chapel Allerton, Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: L. Moir d. Miss Tannett 6-3, 5-6, 6-5
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XDF: A. Meysey-Thompson/Miss Wood d. C. Palmer/Mrs Carpenter 6-5, 6-2
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