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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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Re: 1890 results

US NATIONAL WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS June 10 to June 14.
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In Philadelphia at Wissahickon Heights. Draw of 8.

1R Ellen Roosevelt d. D. Butterfield 6-0 6-0
1R Mabel Cahill(Ireland)d. Rebecca Lycett 6-1 6-1
1R Lida Voorhees d. F. Gregory 6-1 3-6 6-1
1R Margaret Ballard d. S. Day 6-2 6-1

SF E. Roosevelt d.Cahill 2-6 6-5 3-2 retired
SF Voorhees d. Ballard 6-4 3-6 6-5

FI E. Roosevelt d. Voorhees 6-3 6-1

Challenge Round Final
Ellen Roosevelt d. Bertha Townsend (holder) 6-2 6-2
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Doubles (Draw=4)

First Round
E. Roosevelt/G. Roosevelt d. Cahill/Voorhees 6-3 6-4
Ballard/Townsend d. Bristol/Gaskill 6-1 6-0

Final
E. Roosevelt/G. Roosevelt d. Ballard/Townsend 6-1 6-2


Ellie (Ellen) Roosevelt, a first cousin of the future President Franklin Roosevelt, becomes the first non-Philadelphian winner. For the final "nearly 2 thousand interested spectators" came to "watch the erractic bounding of felt-covered sphere". 'All have been compelled to confess that the late champion [Townsend] has not been playing nearly so well as last year of late".

Roosevelt kept up a steady reply while Bertha attempted "brilliant shots" that just missed their mark. Ellie raced out to a 5-0 lead in set two before the champ recoverd to win 2 games. "With 40 to love in her [Bertha's] favor it seemed that Dame Fortune would yet deign to smile on her, but, alas! in trying to return a hot one, put two balls in the net in quick succession. Miss Roosevelt then took a brace and finally won the set and the championship."

Early interest focused on Miss Cahill, who was visiting the US from Ireland. All admired "this plucky daughter of Erin" for playing despite doctor's orders not to because of an injured wrist. She came near to defeating Roosevelt in the semis but had to retire in the third set. Cahill's "manly play" was " a revelation to some spectators". Mabel got loads of applause for hitting spectacular volleys. After winning the first set Cahill tired. As the paper put it, "she gave unmistakable evidence of overtraining in the second set." Roosevelt "generously allowed her rival to rest several times, but it was all of no avail."

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