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Old Jan 16th, 2014, 01:22 AM   #26
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Re: The Helen Wills Thread

Decided I wanted to find out more about Wills tournament and match wins, so I started going through the Yearly Results section of TF.
I will include in the up-coming posts all record of doubles wins in the Yearly Results, but I concentrated mostly on the singles wins in my summaries.
It seems like she didn't play a lot in some years, but there are doubles matches and Wightman Cup and other inter-country matches as well. Most likely the record keeping is incomplete.

I compiled the following:

Singles Matches (win - lose)
307-30 matches TennisForum has recorded in Yearly Results section
380-30 matches we can fairly guess at taking into account missing rounds
398-35 according to Bud Collins - this is the usually quoted career stat

Tournaments
56.5 wins in 86 singles tournaments in TF Yearly Results
the 0.5 comes from 1933 London (Queen's) Chps in which the prize was split with Elsie Pittman due to weather.

Match wins by year:
[year: wins - losses (# inferred wins)]
[inferred wins are wins it seems reasonable to guess at and are included in the 'wins' total for that year, e.g. a 'runner-up' probably implies 3-1 record for that tournament]
1919: 2 - 1 (2)
1920: 2 - 2 (2)
1921: 14 - 5 (11)
1922: 27 - 9 (17)
1923: 25 - 2 (3)
1924: 21 - 3 (0)
1925: 38 - 1 (11)
1926: 51 - 3 (6)
1927: 31 - 0 (2)
1928: 29 - 0 (5)
1929: 23 - 0 (0)
1930: 20 - 0 (6)
1931: 19 - 0 (0)
1932: 21 - 0 (4)
1933: 15 - 1 (4) ends 158 match win streak
1934: 0 - 0 (0)
1935: 14 - 1 (0)
1936: 0 - 0 (0)
1937: 0 - 0 (0)
1938: 28 - 2 (0)
The doubles record ends in 1940 and the singles in 1938.

Singles tournament wins by year: (tournaments that had defaults, that would now be called walkovers, in the first match played were not counted)
[year: wins - total played]
1919: 0 - 1
1920: 0 - 2
1921: 1 - 6
1922: 1 - 10
1923: 4 - 6
1924: 3 - 4
1925: 7 - 8
1926: 8 - 12 (withdrawal after winning first match)
1927: 6 - 6
1928: 5 - 5
1929: 3 - 3
1930: 4 - 4
1931: 3 - 3
1932: 4 - 4
1933: 1.5 - 3
1934: 0 - 0
1935: 2 - 3
1936: 0 - 0
1937: 0 - 0
1938: 4 - 6

More to come, including Helen Wills year by year results.

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